Sunday, January 31, 2016

Your USMNT Line-up v. Iceland

We've come full circle since Klinsi was hired: back in an empty bucket for a Camp Cupcake friendly. And we're still trying to jam Bradley and Jones into a workable tandem. Yeah, I guess you could say I'm annoyed as hell.See you on the other side with USMNT player ratings over at MLSS.








- Greg Seltzer

13 comments:

DaM said...

Jones makes no &%^%^$ sense. He hasn't played well at all recently, he's aging and he and Bradley have never worked well together. If I had to point to a single reason why I wanted Klinsman to go away and not come back it would be this starting line up right here. Orozco? Really? Evans? Is Brad Evans our future right back?

Sorry, had to vent. Anger shared.

dikranovich said...

Brad Evans contributions to often go unnoticed. Very good player, probably future men's team head coach.

Looks like junior Bradley still has some pretty decent touch, and the USA is showing some inventiveness in the final third.

DaM said...

I like Brad Evans. I am glad he got his chance with the USMNT. I will even agree that he is a future head coach. He is a past borderline-international caliber player. He surely isn't the right back of the future or present.

Meanwhile Orozco had a nice free-ticket to watch both goals (and probably stole one from Birnbaum) and Jermaine was apparently obligated to play in cast iron shoes. Would have liked to see Nagbe start but we missed him less with a couple of better possession guys to start off.

Still trying to decide what I thought about Ngyuen. Should have had an assist. There were times where I just thought he held the ball way too long or tried to make the more difficult play. But as noted above, our possession was much better with him (and Finlay who I didn't think was great) out there. I'd say it was a pretty solid first start from Lee. Preferred the 4-2-3-1 but would have rathered have nagbe as the 10 and Lee outside (though it often wound up that way anyway... cause offensive players can play together if they are actually good at it instead of d-mids playing out of position). That's okay they are both just keeping it warm for CP10.

dikranovich said...

This was a nice win tonight for the USMNT, and if a team is going to tie, I always prefer that they do it scoring the game tying goal, rather than giving it up, and the USA scored the game tying goal twice tonight. Like good teams do, they felt the urgency when they went down, and responded.

Michael Bradley looks healthy, and ready to have a big year. The tactics were good tonight, and with the exception of a couple defensive lapses, and a couple of fairly easy chances, USA fully controlled this game tonight. When our mentality was more of a bunker mentality, defending was in a senses easier. It's a lot easier to be ready to defend when you have to constantly be on alert, as opposed to not having to defend for long stretches, then having to step up and make a play. American defenders will have to better learn to make this transition.

This Bradley jozy partnership in Toronto is what it is all about. It is clearly carrying over to the national team, and hopefully will continue to mature. And I think with each passing game we are seeing a more defined US style, especially in terms of how the team is moving the ball into, and through the final third of the field. We can see what Jordan Morris does with a ball being played into him overthe top, he handles it like an expert, and if only jozy had that bag of tools in his belt.

Canada should offer a stiff test, and maybe we can get something other than cero-cero, and at the same time leaving the zero in the canada scoring column. This can really be a fun year to be a U.S. Men's team fan

Dr.Jon said...

2016 could be a breakout year for young USMNT players playing abroad. CCV is earmarked to step up (per Pochettino) at Spurs after Vertongen injury.
JAB at Hertha signs extension. Miazga as a "squad player" for Chelsea. Palmer-Brown seems to be headed to Porto.
Pulisic at BVB (and Gyau if/when healthy).
FJ doing well in Bundesliga. Williams seems to be having a good year at Reading.

I am sure there are more....

DaM said...

@ Doc JonL: Yeah, it's hard not to drool thinking of Mazga/Brooks/CCV/EPB choice at CB for the next decade and a half. Maybe the wise thing to do, given our dearth of outside backs, is switch to a 3-5-2. I think, but could be wrong, that JK experimented with it in some friendly last year for like 20 minutes but that's not the kind of thing you can just mess around with. With Yedlin and FabJo as eligible wings it actually kind of makes some sense personnel wise.

As for the "more" Pulisic at Dotmund is our #10 of the future. From what I have seen with him this summer (and his 25 minute appearance this weekend for Dortmund) he can play the slot underneath the forward or either wing. I guess we'll see how he deals with the physicality in the middle. For as much as we have talked about players coming back to MLS and such, there seems to be a real selection of players in Europe that will be maturing over the next decade (not to mention guys like Payne, Hyndman, etc.)

Dr.Jon said...

We went from crisis of no real European players to the brink of maybe the most ever?

dikranovich said...

Dam, the game you are referring to is last years away game at chile, when the USA played a 3-5-2, for the first half, with jermaine jones in the middle of a three man back line, flanked by besler and birnbaum. The USA took a 2-1 lead into the half, switched to a 4-4-2 at half and lost 3-2.

There is no reason to rush pulisic into the senior team. He can worry about helping USA advance to the Olympics, and if he focuses on this and achieves this goal, the senior team will be a natural progression.

maybe for once, we should take a youth player and not try and force them to grow up so quickly.

Chris said...

We should have worked on the 3-5-2 more. It looked good for stretches and really plays to our strengths.

Dr.Jon said...

"maybe for once, we should take a youth player and not try and force them to grow up so quickly"

Amen....

Fennel said...

Chris,

The USMNT doesn't have a back three good enough at this point to play a three man back line properly.

dikranovich said...

Ah fennel, maybe in bizarro world, your statement has some validity, but in reality, mexico played a three man back line at the last World Cup. Shoot, Costa Rica played England in the deciding game of the group stages using a three man backline, in fact, they used a three man backline the whole tournament.

Try again!

DaM said...

@dik I'm not rushing him, just saying he is our future #10. That being said if he starts getting Europa league time and regular Dortmund minutes (I know they had a lot of injuries to deal with against Ingolstadt so we'll see...) then I don't see why he wouldn't be getting US senior consideration this WC cycle. There is no particular virtue in taking it slow if a guy is ready for it.

For the record it is not ME rushing him it is Dortmund. You may not think they know as much as you, but they tend to have a pretty good track record of how to develop young talent. If he's getting regular minutes at dortmund there's no reason to hold him up... though I agree he should be working with the olympic team because I put value on that tournament.