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Borussia Dortmund Stop Play While Opposing Player Puts His Shoe Back On

What a great gesture: Dortmund may find themselves in a very precarious situation at the moment, but that doesn’t stop them from playing fair. When Hertha Berlin’s Per Ciljan Skjelbred was having problems with his boot, Borussia’s players were decent enough to wait for him to give the signal that he was good to go again. They get the thumbs up from us too. Bravo Dortmund.

Why do bad things happen to good people!? But seriously what a great gesture by Borussia Dortmund made even better by the fact they are currently in the relegation zone. They could have had the mindset that they need all the points they can get, however they can get them. Instead, they did the honorable thing and held up play so the opposing team wouldn’t be at unfair advantage. Hopefully, this good karma they built up helps them right the ship before their season ends with them being relegated.

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Hershey Teen Christian Pulisic Heading For German Soccer Club Borussia Dortmund

From PennLive.com:

Pulisic will begin his transition from promising American-born player packing a highly combustible assortment of God-given ability, built-in soccer instincts and blue-collar work rate to European-based professional scraping and scrapping for playing time with other remarkably gifted midfielders and forwards at globally prominent German club Borussia Dortmund.

With a long-term contract in play (five years) and a European passport in his already-ragged travel bag once the paperwork is finalized — his grandfather, Mate Pulisic, is a Croatian native who eventually emigrated to the United States so Christian is attempting to obtain a Croatian passport — the youthful Pulisic will begin crafting yet another crisp diagonal run or sliding a through ball behind a defense or corkscrewing an unsuspecting defender into the ground.

The article quoted above is one of the better articles about the process and sacrifices it takes for a player to move abroad to continue working towards his dream of being a professional soccer player and playing on the USMNT. From the sounds of it Christian Pulisic could be one of the next best USMNT players if his development continues and it is great to know that is where he has set his lofty career goals. There is a growing trend of American soccer players going to academies abroad and it can only mean good things to the future of the USMT. It is especially positive that Christian is going to Borussia Dortmund because his development will be accelerated by being there rather than a smaller club such as a Sunderland or Hull City. It only helps that David Wanger, an former US international, is a coach of Borussia Dortmund II and Joe Gyau, a hot USMNT prospect, has played a few games with Borussia Dortmund’s first team after coming progressing from their reserve team (Borussia Dortmund II). If this move works out then people will be looking back at his transfer to Borussia Dortmund as the beginning of something special.

Friday Links- Interview With Bob Bradley, Borussia Dortmund Players Play FIFA 15 Torunament, David Goliath & Burnley + More

David Goliath And Burnley

http://sportsworld.nbcsports.com/david-and-goliath-and-burnley/

Soccer Brawl Between Players From Deportivo Roca And Cipolletti

Interview with Bob Bradley About His Career and Current Stint At Stabæk

http://sportsworld.nbcsports.com/thats-football/

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Tournament Between Borussia Dortmund Players

New Laws Proposed To Allow Fans On Clubs’ Boards, Chance To Buy Shares

http://www.espnfc.us/barclays-premier-league/story/2092983/labour-propose-new-laws-to-allow-fans-on-clubs-boardschance-to-buy-shares

Playing For The USA: Joe Gyau

Speed kills. It is the most essential element during a counterattack to help a team outnumber an opponent’s defense and exploit the man advantage in order to create quality scoring chances.

Aside from DeAndre Yedlin, speed was largely absent from the wing for the USMNT in Brazil this past summer. Landon Donovan used to provide this speed on the wing. This was perfectly illustrated by the game-winning goal against Algeria in the final group stage match during the 2010 World Cup where he scored on the break after receiving a quick outlet from Tim Howard. Speed in the attack was also a large reason why Eddie Johnson and Charlie Davies were able to find a place for them on the USMNT over the years.

That lack of speed this summer, among other things, is why the offense in Brazil seemed stagnant at times. The need for groundbreaking speed on the USMNT roster is one of the reasons why Joseph Claude “Joe”Gyau is one of the most intriguing attacking prospects for the USMNT.

The 22 year-old Florida native played club soccer in Maryland before joining the IMG Academy in 2009. In 2011, after two sharp years at the academy, Joe signed with German club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim II, and was quickly promoted to their first team. In the summer of 2014 he was transferred to Borussia Dortmund II, the 3rd division side in the Bundesliga which serves as the U-23 team for the renowned Borussia Dortmund, after having played on loan at FC St.Pauli.

Borussia Dortmund II is a fertile breeding ground to cultivate Gyau’s talent, but as many Americans have found, breaking into the first team of a major European side is a difficult task. Despite this, the primary benefit of playing for a major European club team is the competition for roster spots and the superior coaching staff. Joe Gyau has the opportunity to learn from one of the greatest coaches and talent developers in the game, Jurgen Klopp, and his time within the development system at Borussia Dortmund could prove invaluable to his growth as a player.

In fact, Gyau did not have to wait long to make his debut on the first team. On September 22nd he came in as a substitute in the 74th-minute in a 2-2 draw against Vfb Stuttgart after being an unused substitute in the previous two matches. He played a solid match where he almost had an assist and completed 8 of 9 passes but the most important thing to note about his debut, and his spot on the bench in the previous two games, is what both mean for his first team prospects this season. A consistent selection for the first team roster means that Joe gets to train day in and day out with some of the top talent in the world as well as exposure to the lectures and unique teaching style of one of the world’s most respected coaches and his staff. There are not many American talents who can boast those credentials and it is why Joe Gyau is poised to be an important part of the future of the USMNT’s attack.

Currently, Jozy Altidore is the focal point of the front line; but he could use a quick, creative winger to work off his hold-up play and provide crosses. Speed and creativity is a missing element of the current USMNT attack and Joe Gyau can be the player that provides both. He is an incredible athlete who shows great strength on the ball and is very comfortable with the ball at his feet. During the recent game against Czech Republic he showed what he can add to the team going forward. At times he was not as effective but he showed the intangibles which US soccer fans have been clamoring for. His tremendous upside, coupled with the perfect environment to nurture his development, has led many to believe that he is certain to make the 2018 USMNT World Cup roster. The most important part of insuring his inclusion is whether he gets the requisite playing time to gain experience and develop his abilities. Thankfully, his rise to the bench of Borussia Dortmund’s first team roster could not have come at a better time due to their current underwhelming form and injuries to Ilkay Gundogan, Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Whether he manages to exploit this opportunity still remains to be seen.

There will be growing pains for him as there are for most USMNT prospects. Jurgen Klinsmann demands his players to be playing against top competition but players do not develop as quickly riding the bench, no matter where they are playing. Riding the bench at Borussia Dortmund is not necessarily better than starting every game at Utrecht, and for that reason players such as Joe Gyau are always under the threat of losing their form.

Former US international David Wanger is the current coach of Borussia Dortmund II so he will make sure to get the most out of Joe Gyau when he is playing for Borussia Dortmund II. However, Gyau needs first team experience in order to reach his full potential.

Julian Green went to Hamburg on loan to help himself find playing time and Joe Gyau may have to do the same to insure his talent does not stagnate. If he can remain in form and utilize his opportunity to train under one of the greatest coaches and teams in the world then he can add a new dynamic to the USMNT offense that was so lacking in the 2014 World Cup.

 

First Published in First Touch

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Puts On Spiderman Mask During Goal Celebration

This is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal celebration after he scored in todays German Super Cup which Borussia Dortmund won 2-0 over Bayern Munich. I wonder how many games he would have carried that mask around with him if he had not scored today..

FC Copenhagen Just Changed The Tifo Game

This tifo the other day from FC Copenhagen is amazing. Tifos are amazing and an incredible example of how devoted and creative soccer fans can be. Expect supporters groups around the world to take notice and try to better this one. I for one can’t wait to see how this can be bettered. (Thanks to Deadspin for finding this)

Below I listed two of my favorite tifo displays. The first is from Borussia Dortmund and the second is from the Portland Timbers. Both of which have fantastic supporters groups. There are many more awesome ones that I have not listed but it is worth a YouTube search.

 

Must-See Soccer Videos: Xavi & Marco Reus

If you are a serious soccer fan and have some free time on your hands, do yourself a favor and check out the following two videos.

The video above showcases Barcelona’s Xavi Hernandez and illustrates how he controls a game via subtle movements and intelligent field awareness. The nuances of Xavi’s game are what separate him from other great players and inspire quotes like the following from Johan Cruyff “the most spectacular is Messi, but the best is Xavi.”

I also love this quote from Xavi, which perfectly encapsulates his style of play: “I’d love to be faster. Physically I’m limited, but I’ve survived by using my head.” All aspiring players can improve by watching Xavi and analyzing how he reads the game. For instance, just notice how many times he checks over his shoulders before he receives a pass. It’s no wonder that he plays as if he has eyes in the back of his head.

The video above shows the 2012-2013 highlights of Marco Reus, the young German and Borussia Dortmund playmaker, who is one of the most underrated players in Europe and will be a known commodity sooner rather than later.