Sunday, June 14, 2015

Man, I hate penalties.

The US Under-20 NT has just gone out of the World Cup following a 0-0 draw over 120 minutes and a crazy 6-5 penalty kick shootout loss to Serbia. Zach Steffen rescued the team from bowing out with huge saves after we has passed the initial five rounds of kicks. Ouch.

And I really hate to make this remark after what just transpired with our Baby Nats, but... this was a great tourney run ended with a lesson to leave the cutesy approaches out. Do not play chess with the keeper, just hit a regular old solid try. Even a hard pass will usually do (witness the Delgado make). A little goes a long way on a penalty, do not over-think it.





- Greg Seltzer

14 comments:

Chris said...

And Rubin of all players. Disappointed. But the team played with heart.

Dany Tzvi said...

delgado delayed and saw which way the keeper leaned... it was just as cutesy as rubin and requejo, except marky didnt forget to shoot where the keeper wasnt going. tired minds.

Greg Seltzer said...

Nothing was near as cutesy as the approach Rubin made. I have no clue what Requejo was doing.

DaM said...

I knew the moment rubin started that fake run in place nonsense that he was done. If you can't tell the differences btw Marky's run up and Rubin's run up....

As a keeper, I always used to tell my guys to keep it simple. Don't give the keeper any gifts, even if he guesses correctly on you there's a chance (such as the 2nd pk that steffen got a hand too but went in).

The problem was, Requejo had no clue what Requejo was doing either.

I try not to penalize a CB too much for taking a bad ... penalty. That being said, you are a CB hitting 8th or 9th for a reason... maybe don't go for a top 90 pk. Disappointing from CCV who was one of the best in the tourney at age 17.

It was a good run in that we made it to where we made it, but not really a good tournament. The draw opened up something fierce for them, but in the end they really only looked GOOD for 1 match. Serbia didn't play well, we just had too many guys flailing around with the ball.

Micah said...

It bugs me to no end that US teams play so passively in pressure filled games.

Matt said...

In fairness, Serbia should have put that game away at least twice in the closing minutes.

That said, I think it was a great tournament overall for identifying up and comers. Arriola was unbelievable last night, as were CCV and RR. Zelalem is weak on the ball, but he'll get better. Tommy Thompson looks wound a little tight, but skillful. And I loved that when Joel Sonora came on, he immediately set up two big counters (after getting out of tight spaces).

We are definitely making progress in the youth ranks, and I look forward to many of these guys making cases for inclusion in the next WC squad.

Dany Tzvi said...

the point of delaying your run up, which rubin and marky both did, is to see which direction the keeper bites towards. rubin delayed, the keeper bit left, and rubin shot left, which was just a huge mental mistake from rubin. marky delayed, the keeper cheated left, and he shot right. keeper tried to recover but couldnt shift his mass quickly enough. if marky had just jogged up normally and hit that penalty, it probably would have been saved.

DaM said...

@matt agreed Serbia definitely should have had that one chance. That being said, let's not overstate how good Arriola was last night either. He was dangerous at times but he has a tendency to get into the final third and then let things go all wonky. I know its a tendency at this level to have the ball get too stuck in and I agree that he may have been (sadly) our best offensive player last night. But out offense was pretty... offensive... so that isn't saying much. Would you really give him much over a 6 with 9 goals, 0 assists and maybe 2 chances created? Maybe a 6.5 for all the running he put in. That's not unbelievable (unless you mean its unbelievable how average everyone played with the ball).

DaM said...

@DT Honestly do you think nobody but you get's the "point" of the delayed run? *Gasp* you mean its to try to get the keeper to commit?!?! It's dangerous and if you do it you better have a better backup play for when he doesn't commit than "do it one more time then weekly knock the ball low and soft" which is what Rubin went with. Last night was not a stellar showing by Rubio in almost any facet of the game. Not saying *he* was awful because so much of that relies on how the people behind him play... but that was a terrible PK from your first guy in line. It's like a fastball pitcher leading off a batter with a straight changeup before he has seen the pitch it is changing up from. Just poor strategy. He's young, lesson learned.

Dany Tzvi said...

but the keeper did commit on the rubin pen. he leaned to his right, and rubin hit it that direction. marky hit it in the other direction. rubin lost his concentration and marky didn't. theres not much more to it than that. i agree that that shouldnt be a team's opening penalty.

Greg Seltzer said...

Rubin did more than delay, he approached slowly and then came to an abrupt stop directly before striking the ball. This has always been a terrible approach idea, whoever started it should apologize to everyone that copies it.

Tony M said...

Very few penalty kicks that fail are "saved". Most are missed or mishit. A well struck ball a couple feet off the ground, a foot inside either post is going to work pretty much every time. Screw the mind games and hit it hard.

DaM said...

I actually questioned whether Rubin's was even legal under current rules. Would be an interesting question. We always apend the person who first famously pulls of a trick or pk (the pacheco or whatever they kept talking about for a chipped pk... i am sure i should have gotten the reference but it was beyond me)... why not name the terrible moves too? We can start calling the awful give away right to an attacking midfielder the Agoos. Maybe we can just call the stutter stop stutter flub PK the Rubio :)

Dany Tzvi said...

chipped pk = paneka. stopping at the ball = paradinha. fifa did make the paradinha illegal, but as long as you are moving forward (even at molasses-speed) you won't be called.