Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Game day, baby.

Some won't, but I dig the line-up. As always, I will have ratings after the game.

Also, you may wish to notice this new pair of NSC features. Scott Kessler is now on our team, running the feed there and active around here once he is a bit further removed from ankle surgery.





- Greg Seltzer

15 comments:

UnitedDemon said...

I'm a big proponent for F. Johnson at left mid. He provides a different element to the attack- most of our players are very direct with their play, are all about go, and he's more of a passer and a possession enabler. He makes classy passes, and has a great soccer IQ. In short, he makes us a more sophisticated in our play all by himself.

Or course, he could still get forward as a left back, but if there is any way to keep him further upfield, JK should take it.

SleeStaxx said...

big games for some players here...

Love to see F-Johnson at left wing...

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SleeStaxx said...

oh, and... GOOOOOCHHHHH...

token... haven't done that in a while ;-)

dikranovich said...

its ironic, but in the US system, the left back gets plenty of opportunity to get up the pitch.

Castillo is clearly not the answer, and for many people, this has been the opinion for some time.

no way Fabian Johnson does not track back on that Ukraine goal, because he does. Castillo just stood there and watched the best player on Ukraine run right by him.

really, its looking like we need FJ at right back and DMB on the left.

enough with Fabian Johnson in midfield, its ridiculous already, just ridiculous!!! well, hopefully people are starting to realize this.

Dempsey, he is a great player, but he does not have the vision of a distributor, he just does not, and he more often then not, holds the ball to long, and our strikers don't play well off one and other, but since we really don't call Dempsey a striker, I guess it does not matter.

team USA does not look to bad, and we are usually doing better in the second half of these games.

dikranovich said...

lesson learned today. teams need their center halfs to compliment each other, and this pair was great at defending balls coming in from the sidelines, but it was the balls over the top that they could not handle.

if this is going to be the strongest MLS season ever, we are going to need these MLS national teamers to really step it up over the next couple of months, and they will have to come together with these euro based players to really form something nice.

Matt said...

I didn't watch the game. Did we learn anything meaningful today?

SleeStaxx said...

we learned this back 4 combination should never be used in a meaningful match.

Alex said...

This match made the MLS players look a lot better and they didn't even play.

Greg Seltzer said...

I know that is the easy assumption, but it is not necessarily accurate, for several reasons.

paul said...

Yar. Goodson and Parkhurst are the only mls'ers that maybe got a bump in selection from this. The other mls folks are all pretty much locked in no matter what happened here.

Greg Seltzer said...

Frankly, I am not sure why Goodson would need any bump - or why he would be behind Gonzo, for that matter. Since the win in Italy, Goodson has rather easily been the best US center back.

John said...

If Goodson was easily the best U.S. CB then he would have started since the Italy game. Besler is the best U.S. CB atm, him and Gonzalez will likely stay and be the starting CBs in the WC.

Greg Seltzer said...

Ummm that is not true. Who starts is not a direct quality rating and coaches do not automatically make the best choices. I have no idea why Goodson is not a set starter, his USMNT performances in this span have been at least a step above the others. Besler I would put second, rather easily ahead of everyone else. Those two are clearly the tandem with the best overall showing in the last two years.

John said...

It is true according to coaching staff ;)