- Feb 3, 2007
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- Suffolk, England
Thanks, much appreciated @lorenzotexan. I hope the US generates some buzz and makes this a happening place.Woah, excellent post. I loved reading this especially after watching today. Looks like you are spot on with this team and it looks like there has been some progress with this team which is promising. Particularly with pulisic, he looks willing to play any position in the final third, whether it’s a false 9 or an attacking 10 or a traditional winger on both sides or center forward. That is promising because it means berhalter can confuse opponents and mutate his tactics within a match. The goal for any attacking squad should be to change tactics so that your opponent cannot mentally focus on your tactics. The key with pulisic and the other talented players will be chemistry. Having versatile talent around one another and the players being able to communicate on the pitch. I’m very happy with the performance today, but they need to be more clinical in the final third. A couple of positions I’m unsure of? Who is playing in front of the center backs? Is that mckennie and/musah? Is it just a given that we are hoping Brooks and Miazga are the center back pairing or are their young players coming in there as well?
Ok cool, thanks for the info. I have to get caught up on a lot of those CBs, it’s good to see many of them playing in Europe in situations where they are expected to bring the ball up and play out of the back against quality opposition that are putting them under pressure. I think that’s probably our next step now that we have some attacking players who seem to be taking that next step.Thanks, much appreciated @lorenzotexan. I hope the US generates some buzz and makes this a happening place.
I think you’re spot on that we could see Pulisic move around with Berhalter wanting to throw out multiple looks (this was one of the rationale he gave for throwing out a 3 CB line against Northern Ireland though I don’t expect to see a ton of it).
In their current system, you can count on Tyler Adams playing the 6 ahead of the two CBs as much as possible. McKennie and Musah are the favored dual pressing 8s. They’ve looked much improved since going to this more aggressive setup, though haven’t had a real significant test yet.
Barring catastrophe, Brooks is locked in. The not too distant future (as much as these things can be predicted anyway) looks to belong to Chris Richards who’s now starting for Hoffenheim after getting a couple games for Bayern Munich then going out on loan. He’s early in his career though and CBs need a lot of reps. As of right now you’ve also got Aaron Long as probably the best MLS option, then younger but unproven quantities in Miazga (never looked super convincing but apparently doing alright for Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht), Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien), and Cameron Carter-Vickers (always somewhere on loan in the English Championship). Huge spot up for grabs.
Great analysis for each player. I want to talk more about Jedi because I thought he stood out for me, for the guys that played the full 90. He seems to be everywhere and I feel like that’s a good sign. Unfortunately he leaves some desire in the final third. I think several players did not have that final touch in that match, but watching him at Fulham, I’ve noticed that he’s had that issue in the games that I’ve watched.First and foremost, how great is it to actually get excited about watching an MNT match. May can’t come soon enough. Few thoughts mostly on Northern Ireland given they were a step up from Jamaica (though I think Jamaica was well organized defensively in the first half considering they had many replacement players due to a dispute with the federation).
It is noteworthy that Dest was able to combine better with Pulisic on the left than with Reyna on the right considering that is his natural side (even when accounting for the opponent). Played very well against NI, plus good entertainment to see him carry the ball across the field beyond the (imaginary vertical) center. Seeing how he builds chemistry with Reyna is something to watch going forward.
Pulisic was (obviously) both dangerous and not quite sharp, so what I like is that in his second game in three days he got stronger as the 2nd half went on. Both he and Reyna freelanced repeatedly, not just finding space centrally but switching sides as well. Good stuff, made life difficult on Northern Ireland beyond just the goals (deflection or not, have to love Reyna slipping his mark). Maybe just a touch too much freelancing for the whole team as there were a couple of times near the box it seemed like there were a dozen bodies within about three feet. Not worried, that will sort out with reps and chemistry.
I’m not quite sure what to make of Jedi, he got the ball in dangerous places a few times but either the final pass or decision was achingly off that little bit. If he’s got the ball low along the paint of the box a hundred times, how many of his centering passes are a little better (and thus in the back of the net) and how many are a little worse than seen Sunday? Don’t think we know yet.
John Brooks might be the most indispensable member of the pool to replace, there’s just nobody close behind him (especially not left footed, which is preferred but not mandatory). So I try not to make too many presumptions but Tim Ream’s name was the one that made me wince when I saw the starting eleven. Ream does offer good distribution, which we saw on the Reyna goal. And an even better one that looked to have sent Siebatcheu on to goal had he not been bear hugged. The obvious “but defending...” on display with him and Miazga standing in the same spot trying to head the ball that wound up being NI’s goal.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that little came down Long’s channel during his time on the field vs NI. His positioning allowed him to quietly prevent attacking plays before they started. He generally offers zero in distribution and the same was true in these two games... except for one time dropping a gorgeous diagonal ball right onto Reyna’s chest at the penalty spot. Go figure. Hasn’t claimed it but in the mix for more starts.
Musah already looking like a recruiting coup. Yeah I’ll go with the “he plays like a vet and not a teenager” cliche for when he smoothly carries the ball 30 yards. There’s definitely going to be more impact multinationals choosing the US in the future. Just the way international soccer is now (though there’s always been an element of it, with the way global communication and information spreads now it’s basically supercharged) and the US is well poised to benefit.
Whiplash in quality between how Acosta played vs Jamaica and vs Northern Ireland (different role but should have been a more comfortable one). Very clear roster hole of being the backup to Tyler Adams and not a lot of candidates.
Daryl Dike: the goals will flow. Very excited to see what happens at the end of Barnsley’s season.
I don’t think there’s a better marriage of prospect to club in the pool right now than Brenden Aaronson and RB Salzburg.
Not a knock on Steffen but I would like to see Matt Turner play with the A team to see if that shot stopping prowess actually does carry over.
Josh Sargent showed a pretty hefty tool box, lot of the stuff you want to see when paired with Reyna and Pulisic instead of being hung out to dry like in Germany. Combines well in and out of the box, nice hold up play, meaningful movements off the ball.
You picked the wrong half to watch, they were better in the first half. There were sporadic moments of unfocused play, but it became more apparent once the subs came on.I watched the second half of the friendly vs Swiss, overall I enjoyed the mentality of the players. they were bold and trying to play on the front foot against a very talented team. they have a lot of players that are interested in attacking and getting forward. they also look comfortable on the ball which is good. they were really sloppy defensively and Brooks looked unfocused in defense for the 10 mins that I watched him play. the handball to dest was harsh and glad the penalty was not converted. but US could have lost by 2 or 3 goals with how poor they defended at times. It looks like the weak spot of the team for me are the center backs and holding midfielder(s). If you are going to be able to attack in numbers, your center backs and holding midfielder cannot be your weakest players, they have to be your best players. It is a concern for me with them being able to contend at the next level. can musah fit that role? is it Tyler Adams? who is going to be in front of the centre backs. with that being said, it is nit picking, this team is on the up swing, they just need to get their players more time together. I am also interested in darrell dike from Barnsley(who were on the verge of being promoted to the premier league), he is a bull and hopefully will be a better version of jozy altidore. the USA have a lot of quality attacking players. Of corse the crown jewel is pulisic, thankfully with the amount of talent they have in the attacking end, he should be able to play multiple roles within a match to adjust to the opponent.
well that's good to hear, after all it was a friendly and many players that will be in the rotation soon were not involved. excited for the match tonight.You picked the wrong half to watch, they were better in the first half. There were sporadic moments of unfocused play, but it became more apparent once the subs came on.
What a fantastic game and win over Mexico in the final!!!
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