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  1. “And in that very moment, away behind in some far corner of the city, a cock crowed. Shrill and clear he crowed reckoning nothing of wizardry or war, welcoming only the morning that in the sky far above the shadows of death was coming with the dawn.”
  2. I bet Wan Kuzri shows up in Akron for training. A College Degree is still good to have.
  3. Apologies to Ben Lundt, but Evan Bush is still the best Zips GK in my reference (since 1976). He should add quality depth to Crew, if not pressing to start. Great teammate by all accounts.
  4. I believed the. ACC intends to play both Fall and Spring, further adding to the confusion.
  5. No surprise here. Sam Harter has wanted to play for Zips for probably ever. He has attended Zips matches since he was very young. Welcome, Sam.
  6. https://www.cleveland.com/sports/2020/08/money-games-going-away-time-for-the-mid-american-conference-to-face-reality-about-football-budgets-terry-pluto.html
  7. Joao Moutinho will undoubtedly be on MLS Team Of Week! He then blasted his PK in as well!
  8. @zipsmsoc CF Nagbe, Mattocks, Holthusen, Egbo Consider it a miscarriage of justice that Darlington Nagbe and Darren Mattocks cannot both be on this Team Of The Decade. Darlington Nagbe is on the short list for the best Akron Zips MSOC player ever. I state that without hesitation; I doubt any of you would disagree. He is up there with Pete Milich, George and Louie, Simon Spelling, etc. DNag is among the very best. The only player in the last twenty years comparable to Darlington Nabge is perhaps Steve Zakuani. It was apparent even as early as 2008, his freshman year, that Darlington was best suited to play in Midfield, what we here are calling the CAM role. To a certain extent, my initial assessment has proven out in the MLS. Nagbe is not a natural scorer; it is not his first instinct, though he has scored his share. His natural instincts are to possess the ball, to dictate tempo, and to distribute. DNag is one of the best ever at these three aspects, as exhibited routinely in the MLS. A fading Zips memory worth reliving is the 2008 NCAA Tournament match hosting Ohio State. The match had been scheduled for Tuesday night before Thanksgiving. But the match was postponed due to a heavy, wet snow storm. The match was played the afternoon of the next day, and venue was changed to St. V/St. M field because Lee Jackson was considered unplayable. Most reading this remember that match vividly. One of the understated happenings on a legendary day was the play of Darlington Nagbe. He controlled the match. He dropped back from the front line and controlled the ball, dictated tempo, and steadied the Zips to victory. It was that day that I was certain that Nagbe would play at the next level. No bout adout it! It is in the very best interest of USMNT that Darlington Nagbe and Coach Gregg Berhalter find a way to include DNag on the squad. This bears mentioning: Most of the players in this competition seem to be decent folk. Akron MSOC tends to recruit according to citizenship in addition to athletics. We can all be proud that our program sets standards way above the minimum requirements. Having said all that… Darlington Nagbe is a truly exemplary human. This is by all accounts of everyone everywhere. He has won the MLS sportsmanship award multiple times. I have never seen him argue with an official on any level (including high school), even when it has seemed he should. I recently heard on an MLS broadcast that DNag has been shown yellow card nine times in ten seasons. Darren Mattocks is the most instinctive goal scorer I have ever witnessed at the collegiate level. Mattocks would rather score goals than eat. When asked about the late recruit from Jamaica in August 2010, Coach Caleb Porter grinned and quipped “He is simply electric. You’re going to love him.” Porter’s summation rang true, and Darren Mattocks quickly became the sharpened spearhead of the Zips’ already potent attack. Replacing 2009 Hermann Trophy Winner Teal Bunbury was no mean feat, but Mattocks did that and more. Mattocks greedily and desperately pursued scoring, as if his very life depending upon putting that ball in that net. And the variety of scoring methods ran the entire gamut. There were left-footed chip shots, right-footed instep drives, diving headers, full-volleys, half-volleys, attempted bicycles and even an unusual chesting the ball over the line. There is no such thing as a “Darren Mattocks type” score; ALL scores are Darren Mattocks type scores. It was not just his agility and blazing speed that overwhelmed defenses, it was also Mattocks’ ruthlessness that made him so dangerous. Darren Mattocks logged 87 points in 2010-2011! He scored 21 goals in 22 games in 2011! Directly competing with Nagbe is the ONLY way Mattocks is shamefully left off this Team Of The Decade. Stuart Holthusen is likely pound for pound the toughest player in Akron Zips MSOC program history. He is listed on 2017 roster as 6’1” and 150#. I dispute that weight. I say he has never been 150# standing in the pouring rain. Many opponents have underestimated Stu based on physical appearance. They would try to rough him up a bit, tackle him hard. What these opponents did not understand is that Stuart is a fighter, even a bit nasty. He would get his licks in. Have you ever heard the description of wiry? Holthusen is a Forward through and through, always looking for an opportunity. Perhaps Stuart’s slight build did not match his courage, and that is why he was occasionally hampered by injury. Even so, he recorded a stellar 76 points 2014-2017. Some of these goals and assists were truly memorable. The dramatic, match-winning OT goal in the 2017 NCAA Tournament versus Wisconsin is the one that sticks with me most. FINAL ANALYSIS: Darlington Nagbe is the consensus pick here. But Darren Mattocks also belongs on this Team Of The Decade.
  9. @zipsmsoc RW Lewis, Serna, Biros, Portillos To reiterate, I object to fielding a 4-3-3, as this formation has not often been employed during the previous decade. Also, this grouping is notably the weakest in this competition. It was obvious to anyone watching Zips practice in August 2016 that Jonathan Lewis was a player, the real deal. He was not widely announced as a recruit, so only the inner circle of Embick’s coaching staff even knew JLew was coming. Immediately evident was his athletic first step. Such a burst! And JLew was tough. Ben Lundt was sporting a black eye that day. I inquired as to how he got it. Ben pointed at JLew. Nicholas Hinds, JLew’s fellow Plantation native, interjected that both Ben and Jonathan were going for a 50/50 ball in a short-sided drill. Take note that Ben Lundt is a entire foot taller than Jonathan Lewis. I asked Ben if it was a righteous play. Ben nodded yes, saying “I got the ball, but he got me.” Lewis only scored twice in 2016 but he had 12 assists, all from the right flank. He regularly gave wing defenders the Linda Ronstadt treatment: Blue Bayou. He flashed raw athleticism and brilliance every time he entered a match. He probably should have scored 10 additional goals, but his actual shooting was awful. Atrocious is more like it; even laughable at times. As a professional, JLew’s shooting has markedly improved, especially recently. See MLS website. Jonathan Lewis has been called up to USMNT for several caps. That trend should continue in the near term. How is Reinaldo Brenes not even mentioned in this entire competition?! At least Brenes actually played Forward most of the time, unlike Colin Biros. Reinaldo Brenes registered 49 points from 2010-3013. Not too shabby! Brenes understands the game very well and has the requisite skills to execute. Last I heard he was still in the talent pool for Costa Rica Mens’ National Team. Lest we all forget Reinaldo Brenes, here are some his accolades: Hermann Trophy Watch List (2013) Senior CLASS Award Watch List (2013) NSCAA All-America (Third Team, 2013) 2x CoSIDA Academic All-America (Third Team, 2013; First Team,2012) NSCAA Academic All-America (First Team, 2013) All-Great Lakes Region (First Team, 2013) 2x All-MAC (First Team: 2012, 2013) Dillon Serna showed tremendous potential during his only year playing for Zips in 2012. As he does now in the MLS, Serna exhibited a penchant for combination playmaking in the offensive third. But he was frequently beset with nagging injuries, limiting his effectiveness and participation. Even so, Serna contributed 2 goals and 8 assists during his checkered freshman year. Dillon was conspicuously diminished in the 2012 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal vs. Creighton. Many suspect this was due to recurring injury. The offensive flair of a match-fit Serna may have helped the Zips prevail over visiting Creighton in that bitterly memorable contest. FINAL ANALYSIS: Reinaldo Brenes undoubtedly contributed more to the program over four years, but Jonathan Lewis was absolutely stunning in 2016. My pick here is JLew, just as the voters have chosen. I would much rather have Darren Mattocks 2010-2011 in my lineup than any of the four candidates listed above, irrespective of formation or system or years played. No disrespect intended to anyone.
  10. @zipsmsoc LW Zajac, Gainford, Nanchoff, Stevenson Here again, I object to fielding a 4-3-3, as this formation has not often been employed during the previous decade. Marcel Zajac is another product of Sigma FC in Toronto. What an excellent youth program they have up there! Upon first watching Zajac practice in 2016, it was readily apparent that he was all about scoring goals. His overall focus is on finishing, which is a difficult instinct for a player to acquire from a coach. Some have it; some do not. It is very tough to instill this into a youngster, and it is nearly impossible to introduce this at the collegiate level. Marcel is a willing passer, but he will first look to score. He uses either foot well enough, but his calling card has always been his thunderous left-footed shot. This guy can really put the laces through the ball! In the 2018 postseason, Zajac enjoyed perhaps the most statistically prolific NCAA tournament in Akron Zips’ history. In eight postseason matches, Marcel Zajac scored 8 goals and provided 2 assists for 18 points. Every one of these points occurred at critical junctures in the respective matches. It was magical! Marcel garnered multiple awards and accolades along the way; these are listed on the official website. I believe Marcel Zajac deserved to be All American in 2018, and that he was hampered in that regard by early season injury. Few Akron Zips past or present are as beloved as Sam Gainford. From 2014-2017 Sam routinely made opposing players, many with more athletic ability than him, look rather silly. It mattered not if the opposition was bigger, or stronger, or faster. Sam found a way to best them. Savvy! He is fluent and versatile with either foot. He would overpower faster players that were smaller than he. He would frustrate players stronger than he by patiently retaining the ball and inviting the foul. And the opposition was in for a very long night should Sam Gainford ever find out he was faster than the guy defending him. Good Lord! Gainford’s trademark is his exquisite ball skills, no doubt acquired in the Liverpool FC youth academy. Sam would analyze the opposition accurately and quickly. While his counterpart would be thinking that maybe he should guard #7 tighter, Sam would have already figured out how to skin the poor guy. Every year Sam would employ the same move. Probably still does it now. He slowly drags the ball to his left with his right foot, and then quickly cuts back with the outside of his right foot. Inexplicably, MAC defenders just could not catch on to what he was doing. I guess Sam sold it so well. Sam Gainford showed up in 2013 but redshirted his freshman year. And he has never really left Akron, as he is currently a member of the coaching staff. Sammy, You’ll Never Walk Alone! ZipsNation is with you! Did Michael Nanchoff ever really play Left Wing during 2010, his only year in the previous decade? The name Nanchoff is tantamount to Akron Zips MSOC royalty. So, if this is all about fitting Mikey on this Team Of The Decade, well, I get it. I am very familiar with this player (if not the person). I have watched him since he was a freshman in high school. I even coached against him a time or two, much to my chagrin. But I doubt Michael would consider himself a Left Wing; not before, during, or after his time at Akron. I suppose we can ask him, as he is currently the Assistant Coach on Jared Embick’s staff. I would describe Mikey as an offensive minded Midfielder. Michael can offer only 2010 as justification for election. But what a brilliant year 2010 was, of course, culminating in a national championship. I am not going to list all the numerous accolades earned by Nanchoff in 2010. The most telling one was election to College Cup All-Tournament Team. It is the proverbial sour grapes in noting that had Michael Nanchoff not been injured in the 2009 post season leading up to the 2009 College Cup, Zips very well may have prevailed over Virginia. Also, I would be remiss in failing to mention that Michael Nanchoff is arguably the best taker of free kicks in Akron Zips MSOC history. FINAL ANALYSIS: I am not going to complain much about the election of Michael Nanchoff to this squad. All hail the champions! But Sam Gainford contributed more to the program over his 4 (5) years than Nanchoff did in one year. Moreover, Zajac in 2018 logged an absolutely legendary post season, even though it ultimately resulted in second best. My pick is Marcel Zajac. In all candor, I would rather have Darren Mattocks 2010-2011 in my lineup than any of the four candidates listed above, irrespective of formation or system or years played. No disrespect intended to anyone.
  11. ... And Georgetown, Creighton, St. Joseph, Cleveland State etc. The list of schools fielding sports programs excepting Football is not a small one. It is not a novel idea. These are indeed desperate times.
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