USMNT soccer team thread

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by Alsacs, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. Alsacs

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    I rewatched the game and Bradley only had one forward pass all game the rest of his passes are lateral or backwards.

    He is killing the offense. He needs to be tested for his spot.
     
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    I agree with a lot of this - Johnson's touch let him down several times, but he clearly has skill and is a live wire for us. Yedlin is so much better after spending a year learning under Rafa Benitez. I can't wait to see him for Newcastle next season.

    I agree that Wood was off his game, and Morris still has a ways to go. I like Bedoya, too, as well as Corona. With our persistent trouble at left back, I'm wondering if one of those guys, or maybe Zusi, could be the answer. Although I thought Villanfana had a pretty good game against Venezuela.

    One thing I disagree with, though, is using Bradley farther forward. He's just not a 10. Klinsmann tried him there, and while he would make the occasional smart pass, he just turns it over too much for my taste.
     
  3. Forza Azzurri

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    Both Wood and Johnson can, and should play much better.

    I am fine with Villafana.

    I wasn't saying that Bradley should play as a 10. I was saying that, even as a 6, he was playing too deep. He needs to be further upfield when our back four has the ball so he can receive the ball behind the other team's forwards and turn and link with the rest of the midfield. His one pass forward (according to Alsacs) was caused by the fact that he was is consistently receiving the ball far too deep and had nowhere to go with it other than backwards or sideways.

    Unless Arena is telling him that he needs to play the Beckerman role (sit in front of the centerbacks and not worry about getting into the attack), he needs to be more involved upfield...
     
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    Found this and it illustrates exactly what I am talking about...

    This graph represents the aggregate location of each player on the ball during the game.

    Look at how deep Bradley is playing and close he is to the two center backs...

    Now, perhaps this is intentional because of how high up the field both Villafana and Yedlin were, but it kills any linkage in the midfield...

    Look at how big the gap is between 4 (Bradley) and the other mids (15, 10 & 23)...

    One question this brings to mind is how deep Dempsey was dropping to receive the ball. That could have been part of the spacing and congestion issue and I just missed it...He is not going to be effective with that positioning...
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  5. Alsacs

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    Need 3 points tonight.

    I am seeing the lineup like this.

    Altidore-Dempsey
    Pulisic
    Johnson-Nagbe
    Bradley
    Villafana-Cameron-Brooks-Yedlin
    Howard

    I would save Wood for Mexico as Altidore has dominated T&T.

    I really only hate the Bradley selection.
     
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  6. CUSU

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    Yours is very close to what we will see.

    If it was me pulling the strings I'd get Bradley a partner by playing 3 in the back, because lets face it he's playing and is a liability.

    ----------Altidore-----Wood---------
    -----------------Pulisic----------------
    Johnson--Bradley--Nagbe--Yedlin
    ------Besler--Brooks--Cameron----

    This way we will have some game time in a formation that will help us in the midfield vs. Mexico. Because, if we play Bradley as a lone DM vs. Mexico it will get ugly real fast.

    I early think 3 in the back suits our team well, but they just hadn't practiced it enough before Juergen through it out there vs. Mexico. For one LB is our weakest position with zero depth. Yedlin and Johnson are both great fits at wing back, along with Chandler. Bradley plays better with a partner. Pulisic is allowed to roam behind the forwards where he's at his best.

    Need 3! TT will be bunkering and countering all night.
     
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  7. CUSU

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    Prediction for tonight Alsacs ?

    I'm saying 3-1 good guys
     
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  8. Alsacs

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    USA 2 Trinidad and Tobago 0

    Dempsey ties National team goal record.
     
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    Have to do better in the final third. Watching at the bar... but was that Johnson that missed the cross at around the 10' mark? Looked clumsy.
     
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    Nearly 30' in... plenty of chances and nothing to show.

    Yet...
     
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  11. Alsacs

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    Our forwards are terrible. Dempsey is just older and Altdiore is useless tonight.

    Put Wood in for Jozy at halftime.
     
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    Guys whatever happened to that young kid from Germany that scored that goal against Belgium? I try to follow the national team as best I can but its amazing how many guys they cycle in and out.
     
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    He can't get minutes at the club level, partly because he was with Munich. He moved clubs and still didn't get much time. Not sure he's really improved or not
     
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    I'd put wood in for Dempsey, he's looking extra old tonight.
     
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    Thanks. Scary that we dont have any elite scorers ib the pipeline with Dempsey in the later half of his career and Donovan obvioulsly already retired
     
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  16. Alsacs

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    Pulisic is the best player on the team as an 18 year old.
    That is good for the future but scary for our present.
    Great finish 1-0 USA.
     
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    The future is Pulisic... and Pulisic is gooooood. :)
     
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  18. Alsacs

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    With the lead I would put Acosta in and take out Nagbe.
     
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    Pulisic, Yedlin, Brooks, and a few of the young guys from the U-20 squad are so exciting. Sargent, McKinnie, and others will be breaking the door down soon to replace some of these stale older players.

    I've also been much happier with Villafana tonight than I expected and I'm so impressed with Yedlin's growth as a defender. Hard not to be excited going forward.
     
  20. Alsacs

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    God Pulisic is so good.
    He finished again.
    2-0 USA

    He is probably our only world class offensive player. I do think Brooks and Cameron are solid CBs.
     
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    That Pulisic is legit.
     
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    Whats up with Chandler, is that dude ever not hurt.
     
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  24. Alsacs

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    He is our only player starting for a legit Champions League squad.

    Johnson plays in UEFA CL matches as well for an inferior squad.

    Playing with those players obviously shows in CONCACAF matches.
     
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  25. Alsacs

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    He was a favorite of Klinsmann and his German team wanted him off international duty.

    Arena doesn't like him and your right he does get hurt.
     
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