The Soccer Hour with Glenn Davis: Sponsored by — The Soccer Hour with Glenn Davis: Sponsored by The Soccer Hour with Glenn Davis 2014-06-16T15:54:38Z WordPress glenndavis <![CDATA[Three U.S. keys vs. Ghana]]> 2014-06-16T15:54:38Z 2014-06-16T15:54:38Z The United States will get their group play started today against Ghana and one goes directly to how this team can get a result in a group that includes both Portugal and Germany.

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The “Black Stars” are athletic and mobile but the United States in my opinion seemed primed for a positive result based on a few factors:

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There is no secret that the U.S. has in-experience at the CB position.
Well, yes and no. Geoff Cameron is a regular for Stoke City but as a right back.
His athletic ability paired with Matt Besler is essential so as to provide lateral cover.
Still the play of likely Jermaine Jones and Kyle Beckermann in front of these two is essential.
Tim Howard will need to be at his best talking these two cb’s through the game.
If this block of five is solid then good things can happen to the U.S.

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That vital 2-3 seconds when the ball is won or lost today is vital.
How quick thinking can the U.S be?
This along with striking a balance between attacking and defending will prove immense.
The U.S. won’t by design sit back and defend but will have to defend for extended periods of time.
Countering Ghana pressure with pressure of their own is essential.

Experienced players like Tim Howard, Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Clint Dempsey must lead the way but it is how World Cup “newbies” perform that could be the difference on the big stage.
U.S. fitness could provide an edge in this during the later stages.

What do you think is key for the United States?

glenndavis <![CDATA[Tom Marshall – The World Cup Excitement Is Building For Everyone]]> 2014-06-11T17:41:03Z 2014-06-11T17:41:03Z In this week’s spotlight, Tom Marshall joins Glenn to discuss all the hot topics dealing with the World Cup.

Tom Marshall

What’s the countries mood concerning Mexico going into the World Cup?

I think everyone in Mexico, generally like everyone else in the world, is very excited and ready. There are some optimism with the last two friendly matches. The first thing they want is to get out of the group. This will be very difficult with the group Mexico is in. It’s exiting to see everyone gearing up for the World Cup really.

How much stock can you put into these warm up games prior to the World Cup?

I think from the Mexican point of view I really think they were vital. Miguel Herrera just started to coach the national team in November. I believe he just had four games with his complete squad, including the European players and having everyone fit. To see the results with what he had was quite promising.

To hear the rest of the interview with Tom Marshall you can find it here:

Remember to tune in next week on Monday as we go live after the United States and Ghana match. Let’s hear your voice, opinions, and go U S A!

glenndavis <![CDATA[Brad Davis – Juergen Klinnsman Is An Unbelievably Confident Guy]]> 2014-06-04T15:36:25Z 2014-06-04T15:36:25Z Brad Davis joins Glenn Davis on Soccer Matters, fresh off the friendly with Turkey, to discuss last minute preparations before the World Cup.



Let’s talk about the last two friendly games against Turkey and Azerbaijan. Where are you guys as a team and how you are feeling heading into the World Cup?


Obviously, coming off two wins. Still in the building process. Training has been intense. Everyone is feeling good and ready to move on to Nigeria and get some confidence going into the World Cup.


Nigeria, kind of mirrors Ghana. Is that why you have them on your schedule prior to World Cup?


Ya I think so. They are going to be very strong and athletic team with pace. I think it is going to feel very similar to Ghana. So I believe that this will be a good match up for us.

For the rest of the interview with USMNT mid fielder Brad Davis, just click the link below:

glenndavis <![CDATA[Postcards from Washington D.C. and three things to think about]]> 2014-05-21T14:04:03Z 2014-05-21T14:04:03Z The Dynamo begin the first of three on the road tonight at RFK Stadium against an improved DC United.

DC will be without striker Eddie Johnson who has been suspended by the MLS disciplinary committee for kicking gk Troy Perkins of Montreal.

The Dynamo come into this one missing Brad Davis and Boniek Garcia who are both off with pre World Cup camps . Additionally Ricardo Clark remains out with a concussion .

Three things to consider:

DC United have blown things up after one of the worst season’s in MLS history.
In comes experience and goals with Eddie Johnson, Davey Arnaud, Fabian Espindola, Chris Rolfe which instantly has made this a better team.
Defensively they have moved out “livewire” center backs Dejan Jakovic and Brandon McDonald replacing them with Bobby Boswell and Jeff Parke.
Boswell comes off a less than stellar season in Houston and Parke comes over from Philadelphia.

The Dynamo striker turned midfielder seems the likely choice to replace Boniek Garcia out wide in the Dynamo set up.
Cummings comes off one of his best overall performances in a Dynamo uniform playing 64 minutes.
What I like is that he floats forward into a higher positions complicating things for opponents. His pace also on occasion was unsettling for LA .
Cummings also worked defensively to track runners.

Good wide play at the DC outside backs in the form of penetration off the dribble and via the pass can lure out the less than fleet of foot center backs Boswell and Parke, pull them out of the middle and success will come in the Nations Capital.

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glenndavis <![CDATA[Dynamo and Barnes “punish” LA in 1-0 win/ Horst, Taylor, Cummings shine]]> 2014-05-18T19:28:25Z 2014-05-18T16:36:03Z The Dynamo got a valuable 1-0 victory and three points over the LA Galaxy at BBVA Compass Stadium on a cool night in Houston.
Giles Barnes provided the lone goal in the 61st minute punishing an LA mistake.

SCARY START: Only twenty seconds in a poor pass back from Barnes led to a chance for Brazilian striker Samuel getting the start in the absence of Landon Donovan. Samuel on loan from Fluminense in Brazil pulled his shot wide.
Much credit has to go to Jermaine Taylor who recovered defensively to protect the goal in composed fashion.

BONIEK INJURED Boniek Garcia went off injured in a scary moment and had ice packs on his right leg. Apparently Boniek Garcia has a strained hamstring and this was precautionary to get him substituted.
Omar Cummings came on and played very strong in his absence.

HORST HEADS OFF LINE After Robbie Keane found Aj De La Garza for a shooting opportunity David Horst made another saving play. De La Garza’s shot beat Tally Hall but Horst had gone behind his gk on the line and in reactive fashion was able to head the shot over the cross bar.
Horst and Taylor were excellent on the evening!!

BARNES GOAL With the ball deep in the LA half their right back Dan Gargan inexplicably decided to throw the ball in to gk Jaime Penedo. The choice was poor and the thrown was heavy and skipped in front of Penedo who could not control it.
Credit the quick thinking Mark Sherrod for closing down Penedo and finding Barnes quickly.
The angle of the pass, bodies in front of goal made this a difficult finish but Barnes produced something special to hit the far side netting! An amazing goal.

GOAL DEFINES TACTICS The Barnes goal actually defined the Dynamo tactics for the final thirty minutes of the game as they defended deeper and looked for opportunity on the counter attack.
The Dynamo kept an excellent team shape and protected Tally Hall and their goal well.
They managed the game out in good fashion getting the well deserved win repelling attack after attack from LA quite comfortably.

20,000 FANS !
Dynamo fans turned out for LA that is for sure. The lively loud crowd lived up to the night and it was good to see more seats filled!!!

The Dynamo now go on the road for three games beginning with DC United this Wednesday, San Jose and Colorado.

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glenndavis <![CDATA[Four thoughts heading into Dynamo vs. LA]]> 2014-05-17T17:31:34Z 2014-05-17T17:31:20Z The Dynamo were beaten 5-2 by RSL in their last home game and tonight clearly the club would love a reversal of fortune against the LA Galaxy:

Will Dom Kinnear pair Will Bruin and Mark Sherrod up front tonight against the LA Galaxy?
It’s hard to take off the rookie who is confident after scoring two goals and Bruin’s return could push Giles Barnes into an attacking midfield role.
Dom Kinnear also could play Barnes on the right side of midfield and move Boniek Garcia inside in the absence of Brad Davis out of a 4-4-2.

If Warren Creavalle is the lone holding midfielder he is going to have to play his best game of the year. Creavalle has played best out of the central midfield role when he is paired with Ricardo Clark. Clark remains out with a concussion.
All eyes on Warren tonight.

3.) SERVANDO says his tackle was mistake on Morales
I love this accountability from Carassco. Look back at the play and he is right.
He never needed to go in to the tackle as he had support and Morales had his back to goal.
Refreshing ! Sadly the Dynamo will miss him vs. LA.

The Irish captain is worth the price of admission alone.
A driving desire and passion to get to goal is matched with the ability to play-make.
He has five goals already this year.

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glenndavis <![CDATA[Robbie Keane – I Have Not Not Changed The Way I Play]]> 2014-05-14T17:20:49Z 2014-05-14T17:20:49Z In this week’s spotlight, Glenn Davis is joined by Ireland international and LA Galaxy player Robbie Keane.



I want to talk about your game. You clearly are a guy who relishes picking up the ball and taking people on. I’m wondering during your youth career where did you gain this confidence? Did it come organically or was it a coach that made you this type of player?


I was kind of always that type of player to be honest. My kind of skills were learned on the streets of Dublin. When we got a chance to play it was on the streets. For me, that is where I benefited from most. I took every opportunity I could get. I transferred that to my youth clubs and always been that type of player ever since.


I see you as a guy that loves the game. Are you enjoying the game now still, since your early soccer career?


Oh yes. I think anybody who knew me, they would say I love the game so much. I love what I do. When you get older you appreciate things a lot more. When you are younger you think things will never end. You relish the opportunity now compared to when you are younger.

For the entire interview with Robbie Keane, you can find it here:

glenndavis <![CDATA[The tactical game: Dealing with the “diamonds” of Real Salt Lake]]> 2014-05-10T18:53:00Z 2014-05-10T18:49:21Z Real Salt Lake comes to BBVA Compass Stadium tomorrow with a new manager Jeff Cassar and and the only undefeated team in Major League Soccer.
Last weekend in dramatic fashion they scored three late to come from behind against the Chicago Fire to win 3-2 on the road.

A four man midfield can be aligned in different ways.
The common theme through the history of Real Salt Lake has been the 4-4-2 with their midfield in a “diamond” shape.
At the base of the diamond will be Kyle Beckermann who protects the back four as a shield and is a strong passer of the ball.
The sides of the diamond tucked in will likely be Ned Grabavoy and Luke Mullholland or potentially Luis Gil based on the last game and at the top of the diamond a “playmaker” behind two forwards in this case the dangerous Argentine Javier Morales.

PRO’S: Things will be tight up the middle of the field, players generally have options on the ball and an additional player higher up the field at the top of the diamond to support two strikers.

CON’S: This system is vulnerable to the counter attack and very dependent on collective play.
Outside backs in this case for RSL Tony Beltran and Chris Wingert have to be all around box to box outside backs, supportive in attack and able to press or get back behind the ball when it is lost.


The Dynamo currently in a 4-3-3 set-up with two wins might be pushed into changing back to a four man midfield as to not be out numbered in a central midfield area.
Dom Kinnear could field Servando Carrasco and Warren Creavalle in the middle and push Brad Davis on the left and Boniek Garcia on the right to match RSL .
Carrasco and Creavalle could be good together protecting the pocket of space in front of their central defenders where Morales and Joao Plata like to operate.

The Dynamo will have opportunity to counter in wide areas and test the collective mental strength of RSL when the ball is lost.
Recognizing those moments will be key……this will be a night where good ball possession will help either team control the match.

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glenndavis <![CDATA[Carrasco shines in Dynamo win/ Game defining save from “passionate” Hall]]> 2014-05-09T00:57:02Z 2014-05-08T23:25:06Z The Dynamo catapulted into a four way tie in the East after a 1-0 win over Columbus last night. Dynamo striker Will Bruin scored for the third consecutive game and now has 6 goals to rank amongst the league’s top goal scorers.

The two straight wins set the club up beautifully for a showdown with last year’s MLS runner-up Real Salt Lake.

Here are a few thoughts:

The holding midfielder was replacing Ricardo Clark and got the nod over Warren Creavalle whose battled tendinitis recently. Carrasco was excellent positionally, useful with the ball and switched the point of attack well and protected his center backs.
On top of that his decision making was sharp.
Before the game on Comcast Sports Net we put a circle around Carrasco. It is one thing to do it against Chivas USA but another against Federico Higuain and Columbus.
Carrasco in a sense “introduced” himself to Dynamo fans.
His work ethic in training is truly professional and it was interesting to see him recently working on hitting diagonal balls after training. (Note to young players…don’t be the first in the locker room after training, work on an element of your game)
His play is good news for the competition and options for manager Dom Kinnear in the central midfield position.

Tally Hall made a “spectacular” reaction save in the 30th that helped to script this game out differently.
The timeliness of this save was important on the night because it allowed the Dynamo to get the game’s first goal five minutes into the second half.
It was also great to see Hall get verbal and emotional with his teammates in this game like I have not seen before. I am still amazed how this big man can get down.
Who knows maybe looking over at Pat Onstad an assistant for the Crew and former Dynamo gk ignited a bit more emotion!

Dom Kinnear balanced that ever difficult focus of two games subbing out a trio of veterans in Brad Davis, Will Bruin and Boniek Garcia to rest them for Sunday vs. Real Salt Lake.

The Crew did have their chances on this night to take the lead and it could have been different if they had produced the first goal.
Federico Higuain feed repeatedly Bernardo Anor, Dom Oduro and Jason Williams only to see failed final pass after final pass.
IN the end the Dynamo kept Higuain from being that person MAKING the final pass over the course of the night.

Three straight games with a goal with some saying his goal was lucky.
I beg to differ, by making the run he put himself into position to score off his back. Don’t make the run, you won’t get the good fortune.
He now is amongst the top goal-scorers in all of MLS.

I won’t stop saying how tough it is for me to see so many no shows and small crowds.
The crowd again was sparse but I must say for the hardcore that show up consistently, they are delivering.
Those on the drums deserve a raise!!!
Lets hope more get out Sunday night to see the MLS runner-ups with their great playmaker Javier Morales, potentially World Cup bound Kyle Beckermann, Nick Rimando of the U.S. and Costa Rican striker Alvaro Saborio.

Twitter: GlennDavisSoc

glenndavis <![CDATA[Why Chivas USA could be the perfect opponent]]> 2014-05-03T21:03:08Z 2014-05-03T21:03:08Z Chivas USA have not won in 7 matches and have only scored 8 goals.
For a variety of reasons this team could be the perfect opponent for the Dynamo today to win for the first time in 6 games.

*MISSING STARS Chivas USA will be missing two of their most important players.
GK Dan Kennedy one of the most under-rated in MLS is suspended which
means back up Tim Melia will start for the first time this year.
Mauro Rosales their Argentine DP is also out injured, between the two
“The Goats” will be missing a ton of experience.

GO WIDE Tonight is a night the Dynamo could benefit from widening the game out.
If they can break down the Chivas USA outside backs they will pull two strong
but less than mobile center backs out of the middle in former US Captain Carlos
Bocanegra and Bobby Burling. Penetration out wide will be vital.

SHUT DOWN EL CUBO Chivas USA has only eight goals and six have come from the loan
player Erick Torres. The 21 year old is mobile, chases everything and
is dangerous around the penalty area. Cut out his delivery and you will
limit his danger.

INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE You can hide two players on an off day in matches but not 4-5.
The Dynamo have struggled to get optimum player performance out
from players consistently. Maybe tonight is the night!!!

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