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Feilhaber out of Gold Cup?

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09:35 AM ET 05.29 | Benny Feilhaber's Gold Cup dreams could be over. The 26-year-old Revolution midfielder hurt his right ankle late in New England's matchup against the LA Galaxy on Saturday night and could possibly be a late absence from the U.S. men's national team's squad in next month's tournament. Feilhaber's ankle was in a foot cast following his team's 1-0 defeat in the locker room, though there was no official word on his condition from the medical staff.

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May 29, 2011  01:32 PM ET

I **** HATE Barca, but all credit. This team only loses when they're not mentally engaged. With that being said, eventually all things come to an end. If Flor would stop tinkering and just let the boys get some time playing together with the same group, we are one of only 2-3 teams on the planet capable of beating Barca on our day.

May 29, 2011  01:33 PM ET

So take pride and enjoy your well deserved crown Cules. Because we'll be coming for you...

May 29, 2011  01:38 PM ET

To the topic, it was nasty if you didn't see the injury. His heel comes down on the ball which moves all of his weight forward and to the outside of his toe and he rolls over on it to where the top of his foot is almost flush against the turf.

May 29, 2011  02:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

So take pride and enjoy your well deserved crown Cules. Because we'll be coming for you...

For the third year in a row, you'll be coming for us....

I re-read an article yesterday, where Florentino Perez crowed about bringing two of the three best players in the world to Madrid, Ronaldo and Kaka. Hahahahahahah....

May 29, 2011  02:57 PM ET

Looks like he won't be having another chance for this:



I love it when the announcer is repeating GOLAZO over and over again because he starts yelling "AZO! AZO! AZO! AZO!" And it sounds like azzhole.

May 29, 2011  04:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Looks like he won't be having another chance for this:I love it when the announcer is repeating GOLAZO over and over again because he starts yelling "AZO! AZO! AZO! AZO!" And it sounds like azzhole.

-100

; )

May 29, 2011  05:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

For the third year in a row, you'll be coming for us....I re-read an article yesterday, where Florentino Perez crowed about bringing two of the three best players in the world to Madrid, Ronaldo and Kaka. Hahahahahahah....

Way to take a compliment with class...

May 29, 2011  05:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Way to take a compliment with class...

And Madrid isn't the only one to miss on a transfer...

May 29, 2011  06:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

And Madrid isn't the only one to miss on a transfer...

True--Barca's record is even worse.

And don't be bothered by the sweet dancing on Kaka's grave; just past of the fun of this weekend.

Best;

May 29, 2011  07:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Looks like he won't be having another chance for this:I love it when the announcer is repeating GOLAZO over and over again because he starts yelling "AZO! AZO! AZO! AZO!" And it sounds like azzhole.

+1

May 29, 2011  07:52 PM ET

Just wanted to pop in to congratulate all the Barca fans. Your team is pure class.

Despite everything, I still think Xavi is one of those players who just doesn't get enough credit. The second Barca won, everyone was talking about Lionel Messi as the greatest player in the world.

Consider this: Xavi completed more passes than the entirety of Man. U.'s midfield and did it with the highest completion rate of anyone on the field. The guy's a **** machine.

May 29, 2011  08:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

To the topic, it was nasty if you didn't see the injury. His heel comes down on the ball which moves all of his weight forward and to the outside of his toe and he rolls over on it to where the top of his foot is almost flush against the turf.

Call in Mixx? Bedoya?

I actually would bring in Herc Gomez - means Deuce would play in the midfield and not as striker.

May 29, 2011  08:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Despite everything, I still think Xavi is one of those players who just doesn't get enough credit.

^Agree

May 29, 2011  08:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Call in Mixx? Bedoya? I actually would bring in Herc Gomez - means Deuce would play in the midfield and not as striker.

*clarify - meaning Deuce would stay in midfield, rather than bumping up to striker (as has been a bradley habit).

Watch Bob Bradley do something like call in Dax McCarty.........

May 29, 2011  08:14 PM ET

I'd be remiss if I didn't take the opportunity to comment on Bin Hamaam withdrawing from the FIFA presidential 'election.' Take some, Qatar.

May 29, 2011  08:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

So take pride and enjoy your well deserved crown

The Best Moment of the UCL Final....

May 29, 2011  11:17 PM ET

Too many whiny fans of international futbol. LOL I'm happy to remain unaffiliated. ;)

May 30, 2011  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Consider this: Xavi completed more passes than the entirety of Man. U.'s midfield and did it with the highest completion rate of anyone on the field. The guy's a **** machine.

Taking nothing away from the accomplishment, I wonder what the avg length was? 3-4 meters tops? I also wonder where most of them occured? Within 15 meters of the center circle?

May 30, 2011  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#21):

Too many whiny fans of international futbol. LOL I'm happy to remain unaffiliated. ;)

Uh, ok. Great observations.

 
May 30, 2011  01:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#30):

Taking nothing away from the accomplishment, I wonder what the avg length was? 3-4 meters tops? I also wonder where most of them occured? Within 15 meters of the center circle?

In percentage terms, that's probably true, though I would extend the range to within 30 meters of the center circle since a large number of those short passes were much closer to the United area. The key though is that he's also the fulcrum on which the whole system works; a role that pretty much no other player would be capable of doing as well. And mixed in are those probing runs and or passes forward, such as on the play leading up to the first goal.

Xavi's vision of the field is unparalleled, as is his quickness of thought in taking advantage of any openings that might appear. It's almost as if he's thinking 3 moves ahead of everyone else - the closest you are ever going to see to a chess grandmaster on a soccer field.

What makes Barca so effective is that the lull you to sleep (or to desperation) with all their short passes and then throw in a sudden change of pace with a quick dart towards goal that catches the defenders off balance. While Messi is often the executer of those quick darts, Xavi (sometimes via Iniesta) is usually the one who sets it all up.

The NYTimes recently called Messi a "genius". To me Messi is almost otherwordly in his talent - by far the best player in the world right now - but the true genius is Xavi.

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