Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Your USMNT Line-up

Is the Azerbaijan set a clue as to what we will see line up against Ghana? Supposedly, so definitely maybe. My main fear is we have come full circle, right back to the next level of the empty bucket. I am getting a really sour feeling in the pit of my stomach for this summer.

Howard; Johnson, Cameron, Besler, Beasley; Jones, Zusi, Bedoya, Bradley; Dempsey, Altidore
And in case you are wondering, no, this back four has never started together. Best I can tell, there was one time when three of the four started in the same place they start tonight, the 2-0 home WCQ win over Jamaica in October.



- Greg Seltzer

24 comments:

dikranovich said...

We have never had this kind of balance from our wingbacks, along with the cover from the wide midfielders. The pinball wizards are going to show their stuff tonight. I like that each game in the send off series will get progressively more difficult

justinwkoehn said...

Looks to be a 4-4-2 Diamond. Let's see if Jones can stay home like Beckerman did vs Mexico.

Greg Seltzer said...

If it is a diamond, I am even more scared.

And dikranovich, I think the 2002 wide stable would laugh at your suggestion.

dikranovich said...

A 4-4-2 diamond to a 4-5-1 is only a matter of a couple of feet. Let's see who the opponent is, then we can rationalize formations.

Oh yeah, we already know who our team is playing tonight.

Greg Seltzer said...

Ummm, no it is not even slightly that. An empty bucket is far closer to a 4-5-1.

dikranovich said...

Im calling it, we will see deuce dropping into midfield to pick up balls tonight, and we will also see some strong defending from Bradley tonight, and even stronger defending from jones

Matt Averna said...

I'd rather Dempsey stay upfield as an outlet to break directly. I think our attack gets super bogged down when Dempsey drops into Bradley's area and jozy has no one to party with

dikranovich said...

Very high energy in the first half from pretty much all the players. The highest energy came from zusi, who also delivers very nice from set pieces. To bad, they didn't score from the short corner.

Jones brought some really nice play in this first half

Unless it is Jozy and Eddie Johnson, we are going to see a forward playing in the hole. It helps when you are pressing high, and when wing backs are overlapping, it helps create space.

Wondo showed well on short notice, and he should have one,

This team had some nice flow in the first half for USA, and it looks like we see chandler for fj in the second half, and green for bedoya. Aron comes on for Jozy, And all in all, this first half was a win for the good guys.

This can be a great ride, if you can just put your ego aside.

dikranovich said...

Wondo heads one down, which is good, but he hit it right at the keeper, then he heads to the corner, but it's high and was saved. Now in the second half he will head down and to the right, down and to the right, down and to the right.

Greg Seltzer said...

Dude... it is Azerbaijan.

And Wondo has been rather poor in link play so far.

dikranovich said...

The coldest winter I ever spent, was a summer In San Francisco

dikranovich said...

You know what, jones was impressive tonight, showing some game that I think many people didn't think he had.

Greg Seltzer said...

Dude... Azerbaijan. Jones was sub-par.

dikranovich said...

Greg, you are off your rocker...... Jones subpar??? Dear lord help me get through to this guy

Tony M said...

I was at the game, sitting at midfield. Jones was pretty mediocre. And the first half defense was horrific. Not an inspiring game. The best thing we had going for us is that Azerbaijan was horrible.

dikranovich said...

Tony m, you must have been sitting in that corner of candlestick where you can't see half the pitch.

This debate is very surreal . Let's go over to MLS .com and see how Greg saw it

Tony M said...

Nope, I sat ten rows up just on the US side of the field in the first half, with a great view of Beasley, Besler and Jones in particular. Greg was too generous. Besler had three dangerous give aways that I saw and Beasley was chewed up all night, although he still has the speed to be a pest. Jones was mediocre, but so was the rest of the team. It was a fantastically uninspiring performance. A better would have crushed our mistakes.

justinwkoehn said...

I don't think a friendly where the other team parks the bus like Mourinho gives us great preparation for the three teams we are facing in the group stage. It's hard to evaluate our biggest deficiency, the back 4, when you enjoy 70% of the possession. That being said, we should note it took Portugal 63 minutes to unlock Azerbaijan in European qualifying, with a final score of 2-0 as well.

Tony M said...

Following up on Jones: He wasn't horrible, just mediocre. Among the problems I had with him was that he was muscled off balls a few times int he first half (which is counter his value prop, as they say in branding) and he very much tried to force his passing up the middle. This iwas worse in the second half when he looked at the wide open Yedlin making some great runs, then turned and passed into a crowd.

justinwkoehn: I know it's not what you were saying, but I wouldn't make much of the similarity in results between us and Portugal It was a strange choice to play a team that presented very little offensive pressure. But what pressue they did apply challanged us considerably. We made lots of unforced errors. Any kind of decent attacking team - like, say, Ghana, Portugal or Germany - would have crushed us in the first half.

Tony M said...

PS - in other words justin.. completely agree with your post. (In case that wasn't clear.)

Matt said...

I also was at the game, and from the sound of it, just a few rows away from Tony M.

A couple of thoughts:

1. Timmy Chandler looked pretty unimpressive overall. Very clear he has no left foot.

2. Omar Gonzalez looked a) creaky and injured, b) slow, and c) out of position often. He had a couple of back passes that were not far from being punished.

Based on both watching the game and the practice the previous day, Aron needs to start.

Tony M said...

Matt! If I only knew!

I like Aron, but man, he looked very slieght in person. My only concern is whether he can stand up to a world class pounding

Matt said...

@Tony: totally agree, he looks like a slim Jim. But he looks like a slim Jim that knows how to score, so I'm happy to take our chances. Jozy looks more than capable of dealing out enough punishment for the two of them.

Also: did you see Yedlin level that guy? In person, he looks like he's built like a 170 pound bowling ball.

Tony M said...

Matt: Yeah, Yedlin is packed on that frame. He must be around Beasley's height, nearly as fast and twice as thick.