Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Your USMNT Line-Up V Brazil

The return to a proper formation has me a bit jazzed. The staffing looks peculiar in places, but I am going to see how it plays out. Of course, I would rather see Bedoya and The General switch spots, on opportunity cost alone. Do note that Brooks is being held out due to a knock, and Wooten is also not dressed for this one.







- Greg Seltzer

13 comments:

Freegle said...

This is the moment when all of those people who talked about how great and important the friendly wins in Europe were this spring tell us how friendlies are just for tinkering and the results don't matter right?

Greg Seltzer said...

I'm just waiting on somebody to bust on the formation, when it probably would have been 10-1 in a diamond.

Tom Shenk said...

Well, say what you will about the formation, several of the personnel were in the wrong spots, just from a match up perspective. You can certainly argue that there were exclusions of personnel that made this result even worse. Yedlin at right midfield was not technical or savvy enough to keep up with Marcello, Cameron had some really rough moments keeping up with Costa, and Bedoya was lost as a holding mid. Simply rotating those three players clockwise one position might have given the US a better chance. But that was only the most glaring of problems. The center backs were a catastrophe and Jozy too isolated. Tim Ream can hope for better days, but he also had a tough match-up.

The real problem is that Klinsmann leaves this team with very little to "learn" from the experience. None of the experiments worked.

dikranovich said...

What the heck are you two dorks talking about???

Matt said...

Klinsi time is coming to an end. He's done if they lose to MEX. Bradley looked like he quit. And Donovan openly criticizing team moves on a twitter. Time to get the pitchforks!

Dany Tzvi said...

*shrug*. for the most part klinsmann has gotten the results when it has mattered. does mexico look much much better than us atm? yes. at the end of the day, though, i'm not too worried. waiting for a kamikaze to sink Ferretti's mongolian fleet...

midfield play was the big problem. we never had the ball and we couldnt feed jozy. dropping into the hole and playing the ball is a serious strength of his, but we were never able to get it anywhere near him. on pure abilitiy, yedlin is not quite there, zardes is not quite there, ventura is not quite there. it's still a work in progress, and tbh, looking at the 4 year plan I'm okay with that.

JJO said...

Alvarado, at this point in time, is the worst player to have been capped by the US since at least 1989. If Klinsmann is ousted after losing to Mexico having played Alvarado again he will have no one to blame but himself.

I don't actually believe that Klinsmann is going anywhere, win or lose next month. I'd like to see him go though. He's always too clever by half. "Bedoya at D-Mid against Brazil" will go down as shorthand for why we eventually fail under him.

downintexas said...

Best quote of the night goes to Bedoya. "I've never played that position as a professional before."

Dany Tzvi said...

except for 180 minutes of shutting down germany and mexico and a very solid gold cup, you're right alvarado is dreadful, the root cause of all our failings /s /s /s

JJO said...

@Dany,

I didn't say anything about him being the "root cause" of the problem. I had hoped my comment implied that I think Klinsmann is the cause of the current struggles. However, Alvarado is "dreadful" right now and has no business near the squad. Are you saying that Alvarado was a big reason that we beat Germany?

The Streetsweeper said...

So, serious question here for soccer scholars who operate at a higher level than I:

How many great coaches, for club or country, were, prior to their coaching careers, world-class goalscorers? (Strikers, forwards, whatever…) My theory here is that the answer is going to be very, very few.

If I'm wrong, I'm wrong.

But here is my theory.

Goalscorers don't really need to develop the same sort of whole-field, global, tactical acumen as most other players on the field. In fact, we often laud great goalscorers for their "instinctive" play, which is to say, they’re not thinking nearly as much as doing. Certainly, there are goalscorers who excel at finding space, and making the right runs at the right time, but tactically all of that work is relatively simple – especially if it comes naturally as it must for world class goalscorers – compared to the decisions that must be made. moment-by-moment, by midfielders and defenders. More to the point, a goalscorer's success is much more a matter of the intangibles of mentality and confidence, than, say, everyone else, because everyone else's jobs are more tactically demanding (not easier, just more tactically demanding). My suspicion is that one of the reasons why Jurgen is of the mentality that "anyone can play anywhere if they just try hard enough and believe in themselves" is because that attitude was always a recipe for success for him as a player. But I suspect that you would never hear a player like Beckenbauer or Guardiola or Ancelloti or… or… Dunga say such a thing because they know that tactical understanding and team cohesion beats your dog-eared copy of THE SECRET any day of the week.

dikranovich said...

StSw, you make a point, but what does it all mean? Coach klinsmann has an assistant who is German and was a pretty strong defender In His own right, in berti Vogts. Shouldn't a former German defender have an understanding of cohesion?

Is it personnel? Is it tactics? Is it the fact that a home game against Brazil in New England drew five times as many Brazil fans as USA fans. Is that maybe the biggest problem we have?

Dany Tzvi said...

its the players. they'll get better with time. rn theyre not very good.

foxboro is a dumb place to play friendlies at. i have no doubt in my mind they scheduled it there full-well knowing that boston's large lusophone population would turn up. for most people though, the stadium's inconvenience makes attending a friendly there unattractive. reassuring to know that USSF is still in the business of catering to opposing fans /s /s /s