From The Community: Coach Kuch’s Corner By Coach Kuch
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Coach Kuch’s Corner
Benjamin Netanyahu once said, "It doesn't matter if justice is on your side. You have to depict your position as just."
Well, Yuya Kubo may feel that his position in the midfield is not "just," but we are glad to have him on our side.
Hey everyone! I’m Coach Seymour Kuchs, and I’m the newest correspondent for The Post (Editor's Note: this is a guest spot, thank god). I hope to bring a little bit of tactical sophistication, and a whole lot of Capital L Leadership, to the unruly bunch of War Pigs and Memelords at this little website.
A little bit about me. First off, I’m a #Girldad. I have two beautiful daughters, Heather and Mitts, who are 8 and 10 respectively. Second of all, I’m a coach. I coach youth soccer two seasons a year (Spring and Fall). My dad might have been "Mr. Kuchs" or "Sir," but you can just call me Coach.
On the weekends, when my girls come stay with me, there’s nothing they love more than getting up early, coming to the fields, and hanging out while I lead practice for my U-14 boys team. Sometimes, I have to stay late to ref a few games, but I always reward the girls by taking them to Top Golf for some soda (and I have some "adult soda," haha). They love it when we get to take an Uber home – they say it's like their mom's new husband's limousine.
So you can trust me when I say I bring a little bit of a different perspective when I watch The Beautiful Game. I look at the tactics and strategy – what position is this guy playing, who made the pass to the guy who scored the goal, how many saves does the goalie have, things like that – and not just the score at the end of the game. You can get lucky and win, or you can get unlucky and lose, but the tape doesn’t lie. (By tape, I mean that I have a VCR that I use to record all of the games. After my divorce, I ended up taking A LOT of tapes with me – you know, things that you don’t watch anymore, and never really watched anyway, but you were just curious, and your wife found, and why was she going through my things anyway – and you can just tape over things and it looks fine, for the most part.)
For my first column here, I thought I’d share a few words about FCC's inconsistent start to the season and how Jaap Stam can right the ship during this long break before the next game. Now, I have to admit that I'm a bit disappointed in the results so far. Last Saturday, I was so distraught that I let my flag touch the ground when I was lowering it for Memorial Day, so I had to burn it. And now my neighbor downstairs is pissed because I stained her windows – people pay good money for tint – and set fire to her succulents.
But there’s a silver lining: We're only six games into the season, and FC still has 15 home games left. That loud Nippert crowd will be rocking come June 19, now that DeWine has finally embraced freedom and individual responsibility and stopped those Jim Crow China Flu restrictions.
While we wait for games to start back up, then, why don't we take a look at some things FCC can work on over the next three weeks.
First, let's take a look at the goal from the recent loss against New England Revolution:
If you play that clip back a few times, you will see that the New England player (I didn't catch his name) kicked the ball into the box to his teammates, who quickly rock-paper-scissored (hehe, scissored) to determine who could head the ball into the goal. FC Cinci keeper Peter Vermeer really never had a chance on that one.
So let's break it down:
First, this player has way too much space with the ball.
The closest FC Cincinnati players are at least 10 yards away each.
You really can't give a guy that much space with the ball. He's going to punish you every time, over and over again.
And then look what happens next:
Three New England players are jumping, which gives them an advantage at reaching a ball in the air over the FC Cincinnati players.
And then Vermeer fails to stop the ball when it goes in the net. He's going to want to have that one back.
So what are the takeaways?
- Don't let a kicker have so much space with the ball.
- Jump if you want to have a better chance at getting a ball in the air.
- It's always better if the keeper can get a hand on the ball.
But it's not all bad. The fact is – and I'd like to see the left-wing communist media at the Washington Post check this one – that if you take away that goal, FC Cinti comes away with a hard-won point, and a lot of confidence going into the break.
Aside from providing tactical analysis, I also enjoy the finer things in life. In particular, I like to settle in at night and have some whiskey before bed.
Tonight, I’m keeping it classy with a little Kentucky Gentleman. This one is a real bang for your buck – it’s about $10 for a liter. And it’s what they call an “acquired taste” – my first sip tonight was a little harsh, but now after a couple of hours it’s actually quite easy to drink.
My rating: 5 out of 4 strss.
As I mentioned above, I like to think of myself as having the qualities of a Leader. But what is leadership? Is leadership as simple as, you see a group of people following someone, and that person is the leader? Yes, it is.
But it’s also something that can be hard to define. If someone is independent, is that leadership? Yes, if they are setting an example for others to follow. Can you be a leader when no one else is around? Yes, if you are practicing leadership at home, like reading Marcus Aurelius and tweeting replies to certain young socialist congresswomen who don’t know how the world works.
Since leadership is hard to define, though, I’m not going to try to do that here. Instead, I hope to show leadership through example, and by sharing the wisdom of others.
And in that spirit, I’d like to close on a quote that spoke to me at a tough time in my life, and I hope that FC Cincinnati can find inspiration just like I did:
“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” – Brad Pitt