About Author: art-frisson

Art Frisson is the manager of Arzt Schnell, a team currently residing in Div.IV of the USA. He spends a lot of time with statistics for the GMC fed and organizes the GMC Youth Cup.

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USA Player Tracker

As you’ve probably seen on the HT USA forum, we have a new Player Tracker, developed by Hightech (9299093). It’s a superior tool to HT-world in a key way – it automatically updates your players week-to-week after you’ve logged in once. The site is http://ht-usa.org/, and I’d encourage anyone who has the time to please log in and sync your players with our database. If you have any questions about its operation, please feel free to HT-mail Hightech. I really appreciate Hightech’s work on this tool, he’s put a lot of time and effort in to it and I hope to see it turn in to a competitive advantage for the USA.

I do encourage users to continue using HT-World, http://www.ht-world.org/, as there will be some players that fall through the cracks of either HT-usa.org and HT-world.org.


U20 14 qualifying match stats

Kim Abbott (325693021) 7 7 4 3 0 0 0 0 1
Bruce Ackerman (325496441) 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Osvaldo Barragán (326819960) 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Bobby Borden (326738277) 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Tony Bourgeois (325693671) 11 11 3 0 1 0 0 2 9
Ronnie Clifton (325906572) 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Cordero (324349523) 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aubrey Durant (326954577) 6 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
James Gibbons (325967948) 11 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Merlin Goldberg (326739459) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Weldon Goldberg (333288596) 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Paul Hartley (322577287) 7 7 1 0 2 1 0 0 0
Jake Hatch (325771948) 10 10 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
Guy Jameson (336057342) 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bill Johnson (327971005) 6 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Joe Joyce (326788539) 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Facundo Mandujano (325610762) 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lawrence Marin (323776669) 7 7 0 0 0 0 2 3 1
Roy Meredith (327073765) 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hank Neil (326005408) 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Calvin Ng (334734519) 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kelvin Oneal (325807428) 13 13 2 0 1 0 0 0 1
Ike Polk (334630488) 10 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 1
Kev Reese (325691658) 4 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Martín Rivas (335153030) 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
David Saint-Onge (332400676) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brendon Simmons (324901993) 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Neal Tobin (329500093) 9 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Harry Valdes (328057129) 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Derrick Webber (326784452) 13 12 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Curt Welsh (327153172) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

My short hand – to make the table fit better:
MP: Matches played
SEG: Special Event Goals
Y: Yellow cards received
R: Red cards received
CS: Clean Sheets
C: Captain
MoM: Man of the Match – determined by hattrick


An interview with one of our scouts, Callison

Callison, you and I met through eccde. How did you meet eccde?

I messaged eccde back in December of 2011 after taking a look through the mentor thread. At that time, I was in a psychological & neurological therapeutics course, and it was finals week, so I was doing anything to avoid studying as my grade was going to end up the same regardless of my performance on the exam. I was able to discuss some theories about the game with him and he seemed to see that I was interested in more than just helping out my own club, so he offered me avenues to get involved at the national level. I haven’t looked back, as it has been the best decision I have made since coming back to Hattrick. Eccde has been a great mentor to me, and I’m sure he would be to any aspiring manager who wants to get involved in helping out our effort for Team USA.

Is this your first time playing hattrick?

Ha. No, it is not, sadly. To think where I’d be if I kept the original team I had…

Anyhow, I joined HT back in 2002 when I was 13. I had no clue what I was doing. I played on and off for a while, but quit later during high school, quite frankly due to the slow pace of the game-the same pace which keeps me playing these days.

When I came to college, I got addicted to playing Football Manager when my roommate and I would rotate playing against people in FIFA on Xbox Live. Somehow we got to talking about online football management games, and I had told him about some of HT’s competitors, but told him that Hattrick was always my favorite, but it moved too slowly. We decided to sign up and play each other in a friendly each and every week-or at least as many as possible. Since then he’s moved on, and now he doesn’t even play HT, so that’s disappointing, but I will not forget playing those games and sitting next to him rooting for my team. Even though I only won 27 of the 38 games that we played, they were very fun, and they were something to talk after he transferred schools.

Why did you leave last time? Why are you staying this time?

I think having a goal that is greater than “just for my team” really makes a huge difference. You know, it can be really disheartening to peruse the upper ranks of the USA, or any country really, and see how good those top teams really are. When you compare that to how slowly your own team gets better, it only gets worse.

Even though I train defending, I would like, in the future, to train a forward for the USA and get him to the NT someday. It’s not like that will be coming any time soon, as I will be moving to winger training in two seasons, but it’s something I aspire to do.

If I ever get “bored” with HT, I have a secondary plan to fall back on, and I think it could be very fun. I also like hearing about some of the niche players out there, and wouldn’t mind creating my own “niche beast” that spurs conversation among users on the forums.

Under Cata, you were a GK scout; this time you are the GK scout, FW scout and scouted England. What did you learn last time as the GK scout? What did you learn this time as the FW scout?

I came in under Cata, but it was very much near the end. I didn’t know much at all, other than that a goalkeeper needed some Keeper and Defending skill. After asking around and looking into what a NT goalkeeper needs, I really began to realize how much I was underestimating the set pieces skill. At the U20 level, I then became aware of how a set piece can change the game so quickly. At the lower club levels that I was used to, they didn’t seem like a huge deal, mainly because none of the clubs I was playing had a huge SP element to them. Taking my experience in playing a counter-attacking style and adding it to what I was learning about set piece skill, I began to understand how important it was to have a rather large amount of SP on our keeper.

For as little as I knew about keepers, I knew even less about forwards–except for the fact that I someday want to make an amazing one. One of the first things I learned was that if a player does not have a spec, his chance of making the team decreases drastically, albeit a non-zero chance if form works out. Also, due to the fact that so many skills go into making a forward, it is interesting to see the different paths that managers use and to hear about the philosophies players use regarding the secondary skills, such as winger, passing, and playmaking.

How would you encourage others to be involved?

I think I can boil it down to some bullet points:

• If you can afford it, get supporter and join some feds, hopefully some our NT feds

• Get a mentor, or become a mentee (15947454.1). Talk to him/her weekly.

• Develop a long-term plan and critically assess it with others. As Mark Cuban says, and I’m paraphrasing here, “When I do something, I try to think ‘if someone were going to kick my [butt], how would he or she do it.” Bring that long-term plan to people you trust and have fun developing it.

• Bring your talents and/or what you can offer to the attention of NT staff. Regardless of how small it is, you can always help. We’ve seen numerous people with completely different levels of experience bring something to the table in this campaign alone.

What are your future plans for your club?

As stated before, this season and next I am going to be training defending. After this, I will be moving to winger, unless I have some guys make the U20 squad. After that U20 cycle though, I will be moving to winger regardless. I want to make some studly 15/15 wingbacks. At worst, they’ll make my club team very strong.

Coinciding with my training plans, my personal goal for my team is to promote to Div. IV within the next 3 seasons. I think I can do it within 2 season’s time.

After this point, I’m really not sure. I have a coach on my team that I hope to someday transform into an excellent coach and go from there.

What are your future plans for involvement with the NT/U20s?

I’d like to stay on the U20 staff for a while, if any future coach will have me. At some point, I’d like to transition over to being the defending scout, since I am more familiar with it than any other position, but as long as that need is filled, I’m comfortable staying put.

Someday down the road, I’d really like to the U20 coach. I’ve thought about running in other countries to get some experience at that level, but after seeing the amount of work the coach needs to put in, I’d better wait until I’m out of school to take on such a commitment.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I just want to say thanks to all who have helped me and have been patient with me. I’ve learned a lot in my time with this great group of people and I hope to continue learning more.

To those not involved, please consider becoming a dedicated trainer. Just training one guy for the U20 can become a symbiotic relationship for you and the country. Even if the player doesn’t make the team, your club will be markedly better due to your dedication.


Start as we mean to go on?

The USA NT won their first game under the management of T. Johnson with a 3-0 win against the Philippines in a friendly.

The goal scorers for the USA were

0 – 1 Ben Rosenberg 25′
0 – 2 Richard Blackman 50′
0 – 3 Rod Tobin 72′

The only down side to the game was the injury to David Gibbs of Full Contact Runnerd.

Pilipinas – 0 USA – 3
Midfield passable (very high) poor (high)
Right Defence world class (very high) magical (very low)
Central Defence extra-terrestrial (high) mythical (very high)
Left Defence supernatural (low) magical (very low)
Right Attack formidable (very low) supernatural (very low)
Central Attack inadequate (high) brilliant (very high)
Left Attack formidable (low) world class (very low)
Indirect set pieces
Defence outstanding (low) brilliant (very low)
Attack solid (very high) excellent (high)
Team Attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack on wings Counter-attacks
Tactic skill titanic magical
Average midfield passable (very high) poor (high)
Average defence supernatural (very high) magical (very low)
Average attack solid (very high) magnificent (very high)
Total average formidable (very high) brilliant (high)
HatStats 327 385
HatStats Defence: 169
Midfield: 72
Attack: 86
Defence: 206
Midfield: 33
Attack: 146
LoddarStats 25.83 19.56

Match Analysis by HTMS

Predicted result 0.97 0.87
win/draw/loss 35.15 28.87 35.98



Captain America?

T 'tache' Johnson at the training ground today.

Congratulations to T Johnson who beat away some strong opposition this week to take over the management of Team USA this season (48). As past managers will testify it can often be a thankless task but everyone I am sure will wish him all the best and future success.


Vote for your NT Manager

"I'm voting for HIM"

Yes it’s that time again, when 2% of the HT managers actually vote to see who gets to take on the job of coach for our NT team. The managers who want the poison chalice this time are..


or it could be this lot if you ignore the forums entirely


Some are more serious than others so get your sorry selves over to the USA forum and read their election speeches along with their Q&A. Who do YOU want to lead us to glory? Now’s your chance to have your say.


USA vs Azerbaycan

Magi Raistlin was unavailable for this match report, rumours abound that he was heading for the River of Souls Stadium, so we paid $25 to one of the hot-dog sellers for a report. Sadly he was last seen heading to the local bar so there may be a slight delay.


USA vs Prathet Thai

USA 2-0 Prathet Thai

A spellbinding report from Magi Raistlin.

There’s no higher point in a local lad’s career than when he earns the opportunity to don the red, white, and blue. Whether it’s a friendly or a competitive match, it matters not. The long walk from the locker room to the field of a packed stadium is the moment that each and every player has dreamt of since boyhood. The fact that the dream they have worked towards meeting for so long has been realized will make even the toughest of athletes take notice of their emotions. Whether they are brought to tears on national television – as was the case with the usually robust Brian Mahoney – or simply feel the euphoria course through their body in the form of goosebumps, they feel that moment like none other. They feel a sense of gratitude towards each and every coach that has helped them on their long and sometimes winding journey. They feel humbled to be given such trust by their manager, the United States Soccer Federation, and their loyal supporters. Perhaps more than anything else, though, they feel the anticipation of the match, which is only minutes away from getting underway as they step out and onto the field. For ninety minutes, they will give all they have in them to ensure that the trust which has been bestowed upon them was done so deservedly. For ninety minutes they will play like their lives depended on it. For ninety minutes they will pour out their souls onto the pitch. This past Friday’s match away to Thailand was no exception, for our boys made the sport they play and love seem like pure poetry at the best of times.

It was clear from the beginning of the match that the United States’ manager had instructed his team to sacrifice the midfield in favor of a counterattacking approach. The players were all too willing to follow the gaffer’s instructions as they focused primarily on their defensive and offensive responsibilities, leaving only two men in the midfield in the opening minutes. Playing such an extreme formation as the 5-2-3 is always a risky proposition. It can either work out beautifully for any team that employs such an approach, or it can end in a pure bloodbath. For certain, to call upon one’s players to lineup in such a formation during a national team match is a gutsy call. Some might say that to do so takes a certain amount of bravado. Such courage may have been lacking in years past, but it was on full display as dan7857 led the troops from the sidelines.

Ironically enough, though, this was an approach that both teams’ managers went with in this intriguing matchup. Against such an unfamiliar opponent, neither manager knew just what the other would do. Watching game tapes of each team’s previous matches likely led one another to believe that each team would put out a formation that favored a midfield first approach. However, that was not to be the case in this match.

Ben Rosenberg - Scorer of the 1st goal

While both teams were content to sit back and absorb pressure, looking for a quick break in the early moments of the game, it was a special event that broke the deadlock in the favor of the visiting team. In the 16th minute, Victor Pederson broke out from his central position and moved towards the wing in order to deliver an extraordinary and unexpected cross, which was finished off by the ever speedy Ben Rosenberg. The speedster flipped his game jersey over his head and ran down the sidelines in a jubilant fashion, celebrating his opening goal. The television cameras zoomed in on his tee-shirt that had what seemed to be an interesting message written upon it. “#3 striker??!?” it read. The text scrawled on his shirt was clearly meant as a message to the coach on the sidelines in an effort to make the manager consider the striker for a more prominent role in future matches. Whether such a ploy for more playing time will pay off, remains to be seen. What is clear is that Rosenberg has stiff competition for his striker position, for Rod Tobin showed up moments later to put his own stamp on the game. The experienced forward took advantage of some confusion within Thailand’s backline and struck home a superb strike, bringing the score line to 2 – 0 in favor of the United States.


Leading by a pair of goals, the US players seemed sure of themselves and began to focus even more on their defensive efforts than before. For it was a safe bet that Thailand would likely try to regroup and comeback in a more concerted effort.

Liberty showing her appreciation for the teams efforts.

Dan7857 looked to make a change in the thirtieth minute in order to make the team a bit more balanced, subbing out a center defender and inserting his replacement in a position on the wing. A few minutes later, Thailand managed to suppress an attack from the visitors and spring forth with a counter; however, Rhett James was more than up to the task as he pushed the shot wide of the frame while completing an acrobatic dive.

Much of the second half seemed like a chess match, as each manager made a number of changes, trying to break through each other’s defensive lines. It was clear that the United States had the better run of things in the later stages of the match, as they were able to produce a pair of purely magical counterattacking opportunities that just went wide of the net. In the end, it was a deserved victory for the boys in blue.

The United States’ senior national team squares off against Azerbaijan this coming Friday. Make sure to tune in as our team looks to make it four for four against teams from Asia in a five week span.


On a wing and a prayer

Everyone loves a good suit
Asleep on the job again.

Scout Profile

Taketoshi – Wingers

Taketoshi is new to the NT/U20 game, but that hasn’t stopped him from getting in the way everywhere. As winger scout, he’s got his hands full. “I can’t tell the difference between a WTM and an IMTW,” admits Taketoshi. “I pretend like I do, because it’s my job–I swear I’m not racist, but they all look the same to me.” With the training speed increase, T. has recently found his job becoming more complicated. “A lot of younger players have real talent, and it’s harder to separate the younger generation from the older generation in terms of skill. The coming World Cups will be a confusing mess.”

Asked about his role beyond scouting, he says, “Occasionally I offer some tactical feedback to our NT and U20 coaches, but mainly it’s bad. Recently our U20 ran a 4-4-2 CA in a key match that didn’t turn out well. After the fact, nobody could figure out where the idea came from–turns out it was all my fault. Stupid whiskey.”


Meet the team

While the NT manager takes on the responsibility of team selection, tactics and so on, he is ably supported by many in the USA community to ensure we get the best team possible. Here are some of our prime assistants.

Robash "The Tash"


Not to be confused with Goodwill


Everyone loves a good suit








From the left we have Robash, Redwill and Taketoshi  securing our backline and flanks.

It's there in Black and White


Shady indeed


Our resident Ozone chef








Taking care of possession, scoring and specialties we have ‘050505″, Real Tim Shady and O3 Cook.

The man in the shadows

Scouting Coordinator

The Man in Black

TL Scout

Dan the Man

NT Manager








Scouting duties fall to these two gentlemen, Rdanholz and Badassican, and of course our team manager Dan.