Monday, August 10, 2015


And away we go into attack. Lemme tell ya, I spent a lot of time moving about five of the players you will see over these next three Clipboard lists back and forth between these next three Clipboard lists. My shuttle budget is well-busted at this point.

Anyway... so yeah, right wing! Please do remember, my game plan is full-on 4-3-3 (as in, no 4-5-1 with the wingers lower then the #10 on the heat map if we can help it). The wide attackers will have defensive responsibilities, but not quite so many as, say, Beasley circa PSV or Beasley circa most of his USMNT career or my current starter for this list, Bedoya, at last year's World Cup.

Now, don't get me wrong; Bedoya's hustle from end-to-end is one of his most valuable traits and I don't want to lose it. I just want these wingers pinned back less and unleashed more often. Speaking of off the chain, Morris was one of those moved around several times and he appeared on all three forward line lists at some point before the posting. Confining him to one position is almost unfair, but I'm hooked and will testify that the kid is a legit bench threat option for any important game right now.

As for Corona, I understand playing him as a defensive midfield guarding the back line less than I understand playing Diskerud there. His best US outings have come on right wing and I prefer best US outings. Rubin has added a little muscle and only needs time for seasoning. I'll tell why Finlay could make things happen at this level: he does not waste steps on his "shortest point between... " runs/dribbles and his unusual cross delivery is very difficult to read. I'd like to see him in the shirt next time out, pleeeease.

Alejandro Bedoya
Jordan Morris

Joe Corona

In the frame:
Rubio Rubin

Needs a call ASAP: Ethan Finlay

Almost ready: Kelyn Rowe

- Greg Seltzer


dikranovich said...

With ream playing left wing back, maybe we should switch to a 5-3-2, and move him in a little more inside. Ream is to slow to play left wingback, especially if he is not getting help from, ostensibly, Fabian Johnson, who will be pushing so high. I'm not a big fan of Cameron, Ream, Brooks, and Gonzales, combination, it just seems to tall and to far from where the ball is played for most games.

Greg Seltzer said...

You act like these are not mobile athletes. And frankly, we have removed too many set piece value players from the line-up. We need a positive restart goal differential to be successful.

Greg Seltzer said...

Oh... and all four of those players are passing or passed at better than a 75% clip for their clubs in the current/most recent seasons.

dikranovich said...

yes greg, it is commonly accepted that center backs will compliment each other. do you really see that with these two? I don't know... is ream going to be on an island at left back? because the way you are describing this, he is. id like to see this clipboard on a formation chart, I think maybe that would help me understand it better.

UnitedDemon said...

So, basically for you, Greg, Zardes is not a starter? Because him and Mix I would pencil in every game, I'd be tempted to do it in ink.

dikranovich said...

like greg said in the last post, the counter attack is part of our history. look at the first goal during the modern era. it was high pressure, two passes, and Czech Slovakia was slowly picking the ball out of their net. that goal by the way was scored by gregs all time #1 at left back.

two defensive mids is also deeply entrenched in our DNA, so why the huge need to shift away from this?

and now bedoya is #1 right wing??? how many times was this player and his position debated in the past? it was for sure more than once.

UnitedDemon said...

You have a point, dik. But with the diamond formation, we automatically counterattack.

Here's how.

Say a defender makes a tackle, wins the ball. Who does he give it to? Seriously, pick a player, and I will explain how the diamond formation would work.

Bear in mind, the lineup is as follows:

Dempsey Josy

UnitedDemon said...

I can't believe I mispelled Jozy. Altidore has been one of my favorite players for almost 8 years.