Sunday, February 8, 2015

Your USMNT Line-Up v Panama






- Greg Seltzer

19 comments:

Tony M said...

So are we ready for all the people who said "It was just a friendly" after Chile to now point to this friendly as evidence that everything is okay?

Frankly, that was as Bob Bradley a performance as I've seen in a while...

dikranovich said...

tony man, what is the deal? I mean, what do you want? im serious here. our team just won 2 to nil, and you offer spite. so freaking weird.

the offer was made for you to give your prediction, and if you choose, you could have added some caveats along with the prediction of the score, like you wanna see the team play like barcelona or something.

I don't get it!
I don't get it!


I don't get it!!!

I have not seen the game yet, so I cant really comment further. but ill be back in four hours. bank on it!!!

Andy Palmer said...

I think this is a more natural formation for the USMNT.
- I'm not convinced about JJ as a CB
- Ibarra deserves some more looks
- Zardes will see more looks
- the team plays so much better with Jozy up top in this formation
- the team plays so much better with Bradley playing deep in this formation

Mike Lommler said...

I like us in a 4-2-3-1 with Deuce in the hole beneath a striker, so I was generally pleased with this line-up.

Any thoughts on Shea as a left back? I didn't get to actually watch the game, unfortunately. Part of me thinks it might just work long-term, like Robbie Rogers. I'm not crazy about Shea's technical ability, just like I wasn't crazy about Rogers. But as a left back he might still be able to occasionally run at players and get crosses in, while providing extra height on defensive set pieces.

Dany Tzvi said...

bradley is a regista, through and through. playing him up the pitch was never going to work.

Tom said...

Bradley is a good player, if you play him deep. He is also a good player if you play him B2B with both defensive cover and offensive linkages. If you play him attacking, you better bet your butt he needs some strong pieces around him.

dikranovich said...

that deuce goal, and the zardes buildup, didn't that remind you of the first goal back in 1990 against czechslovakia? maybe not so much the finish, but the high pressure, leads to a turnover, and a quick counter, and catch the opposing defense off guard.

twenty five years later, our style is still our style, and we have so many fans trying to fight it, with smug little alternatives, "enlightened" principles.

mix is going to get stronger and stronger in his defensive duties, and that is going to raise his stature, world wide. why is this so hard to grasp? it doesn't make any sense.

over the next couple of years, we are going to see multiple American players getting minutes on eufa champions league teams, and the numbers of players is going to be bigger than ever before, and on bigger teams than ever before.

whats wrong with dos a cero? this is the American score, and high work rate, with high pressure and counter attack is the American style. counter attacking doesn't mean you are not playing proactive soccer, the Italians can attest to this.





dikranovich said...

Why is it so hard to understand that our national team has a style, and that it has been cultivated over the years, in spite of outside influences, and because of outside influence. Outside influences being foreign coaches, who bring their countries style to the table.

This is really the crux of all discussions about US soccer. Every country has a style. There is no running from it, it's embedded in the culture of whichever country you wanna name.

We need to get over this hurdle as a soccer nation. At least in the meantime we are learning skills, and advancing. We could advance the cause so much faster and further, if we could just have a little more unanimity .

DaM said...

Really? You think unanimity is what encourages advancement? What a seriously flawed understanding of human endeavor over the last thousand years you have.

Dany Tzvi said...

america controls things. your style has to match your culture. we need to control matches. that is when we will succeed. we need to be able to take it to them, and that means combining possession and territory (we need to have the ball and we need to keep the ball in attacking areas).

dikranovich said...

dany, I think you know very well that America is not into the practice of colonialism, and it is in fact, just the opposite. we have been a nation that has fought against aggression, towards us, or our allies. be it, crossing the Delaware river, or the English channel. or the surge.

counter attacking teams don't need to keep possession, in fact, they thrive on dispossessing their opponent, and striking with fury. dany, its ok if you don't understand the American style, because you aren't the only one, and you were not even born here.

Dany Tzvi said...

fight against imperialism? ever heard of manifest destiny? spanish-american war? puerto rico? cuba? the philippines?

this isnt 1776, this is 2015.
the US military is currently deployed in 150 countries.

dikranovich said...

daM, my friend, we have not been playing soccer for a thousand years. ill give you 13% of that time. and honestly, im not a fan of tipping less than 15%, so it has to be bad service to drop below that line.

if you can show me one top national side that does not have agreement as to the style they play, ill take back my comment.

dikranovich said...

yeah, the US military is deployed to Haiti, and they are in African countries assisting people who are suffering. ahh, I guess you know better.

Dany Tzvi said...

and they're deployed in iraq and south korea running drills being ready for war, making sure the rest of the world knows who's boss. there are countries on every continent whose currency is tied to the USD. during the cold war, the cia fomented violent revolution and propped up totalitarianism in chile, iran, lebanon, and nicaragua (to name a few). we are the superpower of the world, the octopus, if you will, with tentacles and influence everywhere.

dikranovich said...

"People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do."
I Asimov

Greg Seltzer said...

No. Politics. Whatsoever.

Thank you.

k-hamrin said...

dik, piss off, seriously. You are ruining the great discussions on this site. You're a proper nutter, and most importantly half the time you don't have a clue what you're talking about. It seems as though you pull most of your thoughts out of youth soccer training books and wiki pages. Go start an SB Nation site where you can spit your right wing bs.

dikranovich said...

Piss off, proper nutter....Oliver twist, come on, you can play nicer than that