Monday, June 6, 2016

Me Want

Given the roster available, this is how I'd proceed for the USMNT's vital Costa Rica tilt on Tuesday. Let's play a proper forward and give Deuce back his usual duties. Playing Nagbe behind him means he won't expend quite s much energy dropping back to aid possession/build. Playing Johnson where he so obviously belongs helps us on both sides of the ball, while returning Bedoya to the right side helps Yedlin get into attack. I was tempted to swap the wingers, allowing Nantes' track-back workhorse to aid Castillo, but I think against the Ticos the best defense will be a healthy offense. Pulisic, Zardes and Jones can provide boosts off the bench (which, frankly, should probably be their roles at this tournament anyway).





- Greg Seltzer

15 comments:

Tom Shenk said...

Your formation makes too much sense for it to ever happen.

Greg Seltzer said...

I fear you are correct.

UnitedDemon said...

I don't want to see Castillo start. He doesn't have a defensive bone in his body. I say we go ahead and start Pulisic, instead. That doesn't give us much off the bench, but it's better than giving up the left flank.

dikranovich said...

"I fear you are correct." What kind of pompous BS comment is this?

gratefulag said...

Castillo?

DaM said...

why is "i fear you are correct" pompous? It's just english... is english pompous?

Anyway I agree with UnitedDemon. As much as I think the last few matches have proved that Fabjo at LB for us is a misuse of his talents, I have very little faith in Edgar on the defensive side of the ball. Not positive where Mr. Campbell will lineup, but assuming it is on the right I really don't want to see Castillo defending him. Normally I would say he is okay for CONCACAF competition, but i fear he may be toasted, repeatedly.

Other than that, you know I'm on board with the Clint is a 10 in this formation train. I don't love Bedoya on the wing, but he probably has fewer flaws than Zardes, for now. So I guess my only change would be castillo off, pulisic on (or you could play Zardes out of position too, but I would prefer him as a late speed sub up top for either Clint, Bobby or Bedoya.)

Nick said...

I agree with this line-up, given the roster. It could also work as a 4-4-2. I think the only thing I'd like better would be if we had a better LB with us (e.g. Ream or Villafana).

dikranovich said...

It's a little confusing that Jorge villafana and Jorge Flores, sueno something winner, are the same person, but they are. Flores, aka villafana is a decent player, and at Portland, he was starting ahead of Chris Klute, who some experts pegged as the left back the national team needed. Ok, it was Eric wynalda who said this, but he is no idiot, even if he can act like it, often. He is a smart knowledgeable soccer person. It's Klute, it's villafana, it's a right sided player moving to the left, one of championship caliber, English championship caliber.. Ok Eric Lehigh

Is this the way forward? it seems like a jumbled mess of ideas. When Argentina take the field, each player knows their role, and the roles of their teammates. It almost doesn't matter where they play. I love that Argentina counter, three players darting down the field, side by side.

I don't know, we have put forth, and are putting forth more and more ideas, and it's like we can't settle on a system, that probably, frankly is inevitable, our style will always be inevitable, yet it's like most fans want to fight against it, and almost can't stand the idea of embracing it.

Greg Seltzer said...

Agreed on the left back, but not on the 4-4-2.

And I know Castillo makes everybody super-nervous. Talk to the manager about it. He's what we have. I actually considered pushing Brooks out there with Besler starting at LCB... yeah.

DaM said...

This is Chris Klute's first year at portland. He was signed to replace the departed Villafana.

That's an interesting point Greg... would you move Brooks out there instead of Besler? Don't know enough about Brooks's career path to know if he played some LB at some point.

It's amusing but this roster actually screams for the 3-5-2 (with Yedlin and Fabjo as your wings and Dempsey and Wood as your forwards) but in order to do that you would need to do crazy things like play the same players together in friendlies so they got used to it and each other, implement a system and stick with it over a cycle and, you know, coach.

Greg Seltzer said...

I'd move Brooks over Besler because of his mobility and passing ability, but I'm not even slightly interested in moving either of them to left back. The unescapable reality is that Villafana, Ream or Lichaj should be on this roster. Hell, at this point, give me Chris Tierney. I'm so over inappropriate squad staffing by policy.

Dr.Jon said...

Ream looked shaky against Puerto Rico on a number of occasions, mostly in that middle third of the field that he doesn't see very often. Like I said before I don't understand why there is no Lichaj or Villafana. But I would be more comfortable with Besler at LB over Ream and Castillo. FJ wide left mostly with an occasional run from Besler and FJ knows enough to properly cover. Otherwise I like it...might even work.

Tom Shenk said...

The US could surely use some goals in this match. Kilnsi needs to start making some better decisions about personnel and that includes Wood at striker and Dempsey in the hole.

DaM said...

Preach it. I'd take Klute at this point :)

brian said...

hahahahaha at this