Monday, February 11, 2013

Remembering what I forgot

I meant to put this up last week when I saw it, but... yeah. Anyhooooo, Maurice Edu made the Team of the Week on an outlet I'm not familiar with that covers the Turkish top flight.

His celebratory blurb: Prior to the game Edu said: "the game verses Galatasaray is make or break," well the US international helped get his side the break they were in desperate need of. Bursaspor went into the game without a manger, Ertuğrul Sağlam had resigned earlier in the week and they were coming off the back of a 4-1 defeat against IBB. Edu put in a praiseworthy performance, his work rate was immense, he closed down the opposition midfielders and gave them hardly any time on the ball. The home crowd brought out the best in Edu and he probably felt a little at home seeing all the Texas banners around the stadium. Texas in case you were wondering are Bursaspor's largest ultra group.

If not playing draws this much focus from a defensive midfielder, I can't wait to see how Landon Donovan comes back.






- Greg Seltzer

8 comments:

dikranovich said...

oh god, who would not love to see USA playing a 3-5-2, with 2 d-mids!!!

Greg Seltzer said...

(raises hand oh so high, then stands on a chair)

dikranovich said...

3-5-2 really is the quintessetial US formation. it takes advantage of a plethora of central defenders. it puts a lot of pressure on those wing players to be able to play two ways, and that speaks to training and fitness of the american player. it uses two defensive midfielders, which is probably our deepest position, no, it definately is, and it gets two strikers on the field, with an attack minded central attacking distributor.

not tot mention, USA has never looked better at a world cup, then when playing in this formation, and that should be the clincher.

Greg Seltzer said...

Erm, that was 11 years ago and that formation was only used for a small portion of that World Cup run. With Donovan away and Cherundolo hurt, there are also zero members of the squad currently available.

Besides, we ALWAYS find a way to avoid playing a #10.

dikranovich said...

bring back tony sanneh!!!

when USA plays its own game and does not worry about what all the outside forces are saying, we do wonderful things.

dikranovich said...

oh, and greg, its looking like dmb might be closer to this current team than either of cherundolo and donovan

downintexas said...

Could we get a follow up story on the Texas ultras. Would love to know the back story.

dikranovich said...

check out wiki, they give some good backstory. it is actually spelled teksas. the legend of teksas. my guess is that the mad turks fancy themselves as some kind of cowboys and that is the etymology of the name of the name.