Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Locksmiths

Call it the #10, call it the support forward, call it the deal-maker, call it the jail-breaker... call it whatever you like. This is your attack spark plug, who should be a threat to score and set up moves.

Clint Dempsey
Mikkel Diskerud
Benny Feilhaber

In the frame: Lee Nguyen
Look out above: Christian Pulisic


Deuce's Champions League show this week displayed why he's still my starter here. Mix has had plenty of success when played high enough on the pitch for the USMNT. Benny is the forgotten man, but not around here. Lee looks fairly good during his caps, but hasn't offered final product yet - and that's why he's outside the top three. Meanwhile, the kid is coming on strong, but I agree with Klinsi that there's no need to hurry him into the senior side. Let's hope he'll play a big part for the Olympic squad.




- Greg Seltzer

20 comments:

dikranovich said...

Is this player going to be in the middle of a three man midfield?

Greg Seltzer said...

No, same as always.

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dikranovich said...

So, really , it's a 4-5-1, which makes more sense anyway. Why not just refer to it as a 4-5-1, give our national team a more defensive posture, and let them play to their strength from this formation?

I really don't get this 4-3-3 infatuation. A team may score a goal playing Ina 4-3-3, but they will win that same game, reverting to a 4-5-1.

We are a nation that will play defend and counter. We have, we do, and we will.......always. Why do people want to get away from this? Why fight against the natural tendencies, that are ingrained in the people? The 4-3-3 formation is about as far away from defending and countering as you can get.

dikranovich said...

Greg, Doesn't Christian pulisic look like a winger to you?

Greg Seltzer said...

No, it's not a 4-5-1, as the wingers are higher than the #10. And one can just as easily counter from a 4-3-3, only it can begin anywhere on the pitch. One does not need to backed up before countering. Not to be impolite, but you really don't understand these things you say ad nauseum.

And no, he looks like an attacking central midfielder who is temporarily getting minutes capably portraying a winger.

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Greg Seltzer said...

Think what you want. Explaining something to you is like trying to dribble a brick.

dikranovich said...

Why in your mind should the American style try and mimic the Dutch style? The success? I'm serious Greg, give me some rationale here.

Bernardinho said...

^ Ha! The scene in that mental image is so hilariously futile. *not unlike some of the commenting culture around here*

Greg Seltzer said...

Yeah, I know... and now he expects that I won't be able to prove that Total Football-based systems can lead to greater success than the USMNT has achieved thus far. I mean, good grief.

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Dany Tzvi said...

greg you've obviously never tried dribbling a brick. it's not nearly this excruciating.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Dany: Good point.

@ dikranovich: Late time I ask: stop piling up unanswered posts.

DaM said...

Man I said to myself I wasn't going to bother with nonsense troll postings but... man. First a 4-3-3 looks nothing like a 4-2-3-1. I know Taylor Twellman likes to point out how they can look really similar on defense but that's a bit simplistic and doesn't make them the same.

Second of all I don't get the antipathy towards dutch success. For a country whose population is smaller than the state I live in, they have been pretty darn successful. Didn't total football make 2 world cup finals in a decade? How many have we made? Wouldn't making a final world cup match be a pretty huge upgrade for us? I don't mind ther 4-3-3, I tend towards a 4-1-3-2 at least for the US team myself... but at least I recognize, for whatever reason, we have been awful with a diamond midfield so I have to concede that my preference is probably wrong. Probably similar reasons of getting overmatched in the midfield due to not having a good enough dm/am pairing.

%^$&^%$&^% Sorry had to get that off my chest.

This exercise has kind of underlined for me how short we are in the attacking mid/withdrawan forward pool post LD. Clint is definitely still the guy, but will he be by 2018? Will we even see him again for Klinsi? Pulisic has been great news so far but man we are short there. Need some of the young guys to take a step forward. What has been Rubin's deal at Utrecht? All i know is he seems to barely play.

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Dr.Jon said...

DaM - Rubin is still rehabbing. Like you , I am more of a 4-1-3-2 guy, too. I think this plays well to our strengths. It can easily collapse into a 4-2-2 or a 4-5-1 for defensive spells and it can easily pinch up into a 4-3-3 when pressing up high on offense and retaining possession.

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DaM said...

@ docjohn ahhh still? Why does that seem like it's been an insanely long rehab? I thought I remembered him being expected to be out until January but foot problems can be tricky. Especially in... football. I wonder if we should be worried that it's March now.

(p.s. sorry Greg for spurring on so much moderation :))