Good ol' NSC regular Rob Usry is going global. He was kind enough to put together an every-touch clip of Mikkel Diskerud's NYCFC bow against Orlando. When watching this, I want you to think about all those who say the USMNT is not yet capable of using possession to excel.
Then, think about how Mix positions himself after releasing a pass: always safely available to get the ball back and with full view of the road ahead - until he decides to bomb raid the area, Diskerud is essentially the playmaker for reaching the final third, the No. 10 who drops to No. 8... and then OMG he's in the area.
Finally, imagine Michael Bradley forming an understanding with Mix of when he should move forward past the hair model in certain various US attacks. With Deuce running ahead of them or Cameron/Beckerman/Williams/Edu/the ghost of Soccer Dog behind them to play it simple, I vehemently disagree that the US squad is incapable of tactically dictating a match against quality opposition. It just takes, ya know, practice together in these accurate roles.
Enjoy the soothing video/soundtrack below, and then go check out the rest of Rob's article for his full debut dissection.
- Greg Seltzer