Friday, November 13, 2015

Your USMNT Line-up v. St. Vincent & Grenadines

I must admit it is a bit difficult to focus on the game considering what is unfolding in Paris. Let us all hope for the best possible conclusion there and I will get on with my job.

As i look at the line-up, obviously the major surprise and delight is to see Yedlin at right back (and, perhaps subsequently, Johnson in attack). In this game, they should be able to get away with a central midfield pairing that can have issues, but you know me... I want three in central park. This will never be compact enough for me. 









- Greg Seltzer

11 comments:

downintexas said...

Now the real question is, is Klinsman just experimenting since this was going to be an easy win? Or has he finally pulled his head out of his arse. Lets hope we see the same defense play back to back games.

justinwkoehn said...

Yedlin was culpable in the lone goal, and had a lapse in the first minute of the second half that could have led to another. As much as I've been screaming for Yedlin at RB, he gave me some pause. Does his offensive prowess make up for these lapses?

Greg Seltzer said...

He sure did, and these are the mistakes every young defender must learn from. Better that he makes them now, rather than later. Frankly, he should have made them a year ago.

Dr.Jon said...

Totally agree with Greg and justin

dikranovich said...

It looks to me like the USA is entering the fourth quarter of coach klinsmanns tenure. The first quarter was everything up to the first game of the last hex, Honduras on the road. This was the time of the Strauss article, a time of deep uncertainty. The second quarter started with Costa Rica in the snow, in Denver, and ran up to Brazil 2014. The third quarter has just ended, and it is now four fingers time, up in the air. We are in the forth quarter, and some teams just play better in the 2nd and 4th quarters, some play better in the 1st and 3rd.

Tuesday will tell the tale. Jozy does have one of his hattricks v. T and T. Yet, would it be bad to see Morris and wood up top? I think not.

The center half pairing last night, maybe time has shown this to be our number one pairing.

The crowd was impressive last night. WCQs have a different feel from GC crowds,

Dr.Jon said...

I'd like to see Nagbe/Bbradley in the diamond. I think Nagbe > Bradley at #10 and Bradley > anyone else (overall) at #6. Nagbe is young too (25, right?) That would squelch the Benny, Lee questions. Yedlin and Shea give us width. The rest is up to attack. Maybe... :)

Dr.Jon said...

http://americansoccernow.com/articles/4-takeaways-from-friday-s-world-cup-qualifier-win

I like that article. I do think Jones/Bradley is over, really. I think Jozy played best with a Charlie Davies type speedy partner, which could be Wood or Morris.

DaM said...

I would never be happy about an injury, but that being said, the JJ injury may be a blessing in disguise. Jones did not look good on the ball again. I would like to see JK stick with a 3 man middle but with Jones he seems to gravitate to just using Jones and Bradley in the middle. That was actually part of the problem in the goal we gave up against St. vincent. Personally I would like to see a 4-1-3-2 or a 4-1-4-1 (kind of the same thing) but I am a bit down on Beckerman at the moment so not sure who would play the 6 role. Anyway, I think without Jones and Bradley available JK will gravitate to a formation that makes it less difficult to control the middle (hopefully something like Bradley, Nagbe and Beckerman).

CG said...

25 is not young in world soccer. Only in America.

Dr.Jon said...

CG - relative to Feilhaber (30) and Lee Nguyen (29) Nagbe is young(er, 25), that was the point I tried to make.

dikranovich said...

cg, 25 is 25 everywhere. the Olympics are U/23, so that means 23 is young, add two years and 25 is still pretty young. an athletes prime is 26-29. wear and tear not withstanding, of course.

Jordan morris has a hi soccer IQ, he is on a great path that we should not discount, or over look. a little bit older, a little less distance travelled, it makes good sense.