Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Zlatan-ing

We're on the road again for a couple weeks, so I'll be scarce in the short term. Did wanna drop this, though...







- Greg Seltzer

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Friday night lamp-lights

We had a trio of goals from our ex-pats last night, including Rubio Rubin's debut strike for Tijuana. It capped an important 3-0 win for the playoff-hunting hosts (and perhaps tenderized Chivas for Toronto FC a little).





Elsewhere, Jann George hopped off the bench at halftime to strike a decisive double in Jahn Regensburg's win at Greuther Fürth. His goal plays start at about 2:00 and 3:37. There's also a couple of Julian Green spottings in this reel.






- Greg Seltzer

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

In the Mix again?

Given the fact that we have no ironclad No. 10 back-up for Christian Pulisic, it may be worth noting that Mikkel Diskerud is in fine form to start IFK Göteborg's campaign. He bagged his third goal in seven games to open a 2-1 home loss to Hammarby on Tuesday night.







- Greg Seltzer

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Pulisic says, "Oops."

Young Borussia Dortmund ace Christian Pulisic snapped a 10-game goal drought with a bit of luck. He opened the scoring in Sunday's win over Stuttgart thanks to a cross that floated into the far corner.









- Greg Seltzer

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thing Two(s)

I initially thought to go with three variations on the 3-5-2, but have pulled it back to two USMNT looks for this formation. No need to complicate matters further.

First, we go with Christian Pulisic...





And then we go without him...












- Greg Seltzer

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Thing One

Okay, I changed my mind. We're gonna split the USMNT Clipboard line-up looks by formation. Tomorrow's 3-5-2 recap will feature three different potential looks, but for now the lone 4-3-3 set-up:





Honestly, I wouldn't mind also testing out a version that has someone speedy pushing Saief from the left to the No. 10 slot, with Pulisic wide right. Really, most everything is open to personnel tweaks. The keeper job is wide open, and the same can be said for left back. Brooks carries an asterisk because he's recovering from an injury, so in the interim it would be nice to see Palmer-Brown team up with Miazga. 

The midfield is also ripe for rotation, but I'm not interested in squeezing Adams and McKennie into the same triangle at the expense of a genuine No. 6. There's no need to break positional integrity (and tactical foundation building with it) when we haven't even entered the next cycle.

There is no such think as a meaningless friendly, and especially not now. This is the time to learn things about how to develop our blueprint, and there is so much to learn. I still believe this formation will be our best bet a few years down the road... but it is the ideal shape right now? I can't yet say. Bring on the next friendly.



- Greg Seltzer