Saturday, July 22, 2017

Your USMNT Line-Up v Costa Rica

First off, please forgive my silence that past week or so - been battling a lovely case of acute tonsillitis and trying to avoid surgery. Now to tonight's man event a ka the "ish gets real" semifinal match against a nearly-full strength Ticos side. We have a few back line changes and a couple on the flanks. This one looks like a proper 4-3-3, but we'll see.  

- Greg Seltzer

Thursday, July 20, 2017

I guess we needed the safe word.

Was it just me or was the USMNT's win over El Salvador like attending some strange fetish party? I've never seen such a coordinated team effort to be freakin' bizarre.

And then there's Tim Howard's facetious take (courtesy of Ives Galarcep):

Don't give 'em any ideas, Tim.

- Greg Seltzer

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Your USMNT Line-Up v El Salvador

Considering the way our man Deuce likes to drop deep for the ball and run off Jozy Altidore, I suppose we're back in a 4-2-3-1 (and that goes even if it's intended to be the empty bucket). You'll hear no gripes with the XI from me. Tonight, I think we'll finally get the comfy win we've all been waiting on.

- Greg Seltzer

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Arena makes his knockouts swaps

So Bruce Arena took advantage of all six roster changes allowed ahead of the quarterfinals.

In: Tim Howard, Jesse Gonzalez, Michael Bradley, Darlington Nagbe, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey

Out: Brad Guzan, Sean Johnson, Alejandro Bedoya, Cristian Roldan, Kelyn Rowe, Dom Dwyer

There were a few surprises, and they were all in the out group. For starters, I expected a few of the Liga MX guys to head back to their clubs with that season set to start. MY main shock, however, was seeing Rowe released from duty. I'm sure there's a reason for it, but at this moment it's one I can't understand. Here's what remains to chase the Gold Cup crown:

G - Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids)

D - Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

M - Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

F - Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders)

And here is what I'd like to see line up against a quarterfinal foe one could assume will be Honduras (I can guess the gripes already)...

- Greg Seltzer

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Your USMNT Line-Up v Nicaragua

Can't say for sure, but it seems as though we are switching to a 4-3-3. What I can promise is that it's time for a cruise. There's no reason we should be biting nails toward the end of this one.

- Greg Seltzer

Off to a headstart

I meant to get this up yesterday and it slipped my mind. Somehow, I've managed to get a summer cold, so I spent most of the day in bed. In any event, Maccabi Tel Aviv's Aaron Schoenfeld scored in a Europa League qualifier for the second straight week, this time in a leg one rally win over guests KR Reykavik. Let's see how many he can pile up before the rest of the Americans playing abroad get off the mark.

- Greg Seltzer