Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Your USMNT Line-Up v Costa Rica

Looks like the same exact set as Friday night. I'm feeling a bit bemused.







- Greg Seltzer

28 comments:

DaM said...

I guess I am not really surprised. Klinsi made the point repeatedly that he thought this lineup was as good as colombia. It's costa rica so we should be able to find 2 goals somewhere. Probably see Wood and Zardes cutting in a lot and Dempsey droppping behind to make it look more like a 4-3-1-2 but without watson there should be some space in the middle nontheless.

DaM said...

Really interesting half.

Early penalty made a huge difference, but that was definitely a penalty. Changed the complexion for sure though.

Interesting battle between Mattarita and Yedlin. That is much speed.

Lots of interesting points. The 4-3-3 was, predictably, super narrow but that also let Fabjo basically play wing and he looked real good.

JJ or Clint for man of the match so far.

If our decision making in the final third was better we would have 5 (or if zardes had better touch).

Wonder if the switch in formation was planned. No coincidence that Wood's goal comes shortly thereafter. He looked lost in the final third on the wing. Wonder if that is what predicated the change in formation.

Up until the 2nd goal the need for Nagbe over Bedoya was pretty obvious. Getting out of our final third on the right was pretty brutal. I think the window may be closing on Ale.

At this point there are more goals in this match. Not a bad idea to pad goal differential in case of a need for the tie breaker.

dikranovich said...

The USA can look so dangerous on the counter, and other times, the can look inept. I think when this team commits to defending and countering we see beautiful things, and somehow, that is lost on a lot of people. This USA team is built to counter the hell out of teams.

Certainly many different players could play that left back spot, but damn we got ourselves a good player for the position. A smart player, who understands this game so well. He has only had to mark cuardadado, and Campbell the last 135 mins. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but it is hard for everyone to be right. Some people can be right some of the time, and not others, and that's ok.

A little more understanding about where players are on the pitch, and a little quicker movement of the ball, and this USA team can rise to higher levels. Bradley is in beast mode tonight. The subs are going to come on tonight and continue impacting this game. When you get a team down, you don't let up. Let's make Costa Rica feel this game for years to come!!!

DaM said...

I am pretty sure Klinsman is just trolling US fans this game. Go up 3-0, switch to the 4-4-2 with the ever ineffective Bradley-JJ pairing and basically cede the 2nd half. Then bring on Zusi, Wondo and Beckerman.

Now doing our best to give up a goal. Has to be deliberate.

DaM said...

Gotta love getting the 4th. Thank god we got wondo and beckerman some tourney experience. That will be integral for our preparation for the next world cup.

dikranovich said...

i think really we can take a tie tonight in the Colombia game, or a Colombia win. Paraguay win would be the worst result.

Dam, I think you could step up and be a bit of a man and admit some of your ideas don't have as much merit as you might think,

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DaM said...

Excuse me? Name one thing I said about this team that was wrong? I said we were better in a 4-3-3, I said Nagbe should be in for Bedoya, I said there would be goals and predicted a 2-0 win. I was right about Wood, I was right about our 4-3-3 playing like a 4-3-1-2, i was right about our 4-4-2 completely killing our possession (like it always does)... anyway I am not going to sit here and tout how right I am about random facts. If you have an issue with something I said in particular feel free to cite it, otherwise I will just go back to ignoring you.

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DaM said...

Most predictable non-response ever. back to ignoring it is :)

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Greg Seltzer said...

Clam it, dikranovich.

And DaM, the team was in an empty bucket for all 90 minutes.

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dikranovich said...

This is what censorship looks like people. It's one person feeling that their opinion is more important than someone else's, and they have the power to affect that opinion through their control of the medium in question. Keep up the great work tsar Gregor!

downintexas said...

I'll finally give JK some credit. Way to stick with a line up and let the team play as a team instead of trying to tinker every game.

JustinV said...

dikranovich, when you enter someone else's forum and ignore their repeated requests to be civil and they remove your posts which violate those requests, that's not censorship. At least not the way you imagine in your fever dreams. This is Greg's house and why he has been as accommodating to you over the years as he has been is beyond me. And as this is Greg's forum and the rest of us come here to read his insights and opinions, his opinion is more important than yours. If you feel you need a forum of your own, go start one. I know you've been banned from other soccer sites, I look forward to the day that Greg decides to do the same. Unfortunately he probably won't because he's a much more tolerant person than I would be in his position.

Greg, I know I'm feeding the troll, so I get it if you delete this post. Cheers!

Greg Seltzer said...

dikranovich, it has nothing to do with your opinion - I didn't even read the posts deleted. It's about one person feeling that their antics are more important than EVERYONE else.

And you still clearly have no idea what the word censorship means.

dikranovich said...

Justin, your post isnt getting deleted. Greg is making up rules and using those rules to justify removing opinions. If someone else breaks the rule, he can let that slide. All Greg has to do is admit that Fabian Johnson is far superior to Edgar Castillo at left back, but instead, he is trying a different approach.

I don't like a lot of gregs opinions, I think they are bad for us soccer. I want to be able to state my beliefs, and argue and debate their merits.

Greg Seltzer said...

NEWSFLASH: I am the one who makes the rules here. Always have been, always will be. And these rules have been clearly stated to you too many times to count. I'm so far past over your crap, and the other readers consider me as being overly lenient with you. You don't come here to state beliefs or debate, you come here to disrupt, insult, annoy, put words in people's mouths, pretend you are always right when you are almost always miles off and just act a general fool. When you play by the rules that everyone follows, your posts stay up. When you act like, well... you, they come down. How hard is any of this for you to understand? Do you need a remedial tutor?

*Any* more comments about this nonsense and I'll go back to taking down everything you post for an unspecified length of time, regardless of whether it follows the rules or not.

DaM said...

@Greg wrt empty bucket: really, the full 90 minutes? First 25 minutes or so really seemed like the 4-3-3 until Woods moved up top to me. Happy to defer to your expertise but I will take another look at that if I get a chance. Didn't seem like they went 4-4-2 until Bedoya moved over to the left midfield spot, basically right before Woods's goal.

Dr.Jon said...

Well, we can all (maybe) agree on one point, and I won't defend Klinsmann on this one - Zardes is the weak link of this team. He has heart, he has speed, he has strength, but it just isn't international quality in his footballing ability. Sometimes you only get a chance of two in an entire 90 minutes. He blew several in both games. He needs to get better, but it might be too late.

Dr.Jon said...

A real final thought for a while:

57 English Premier League goals
56 Major League Soccer goals
50 United States national team goals
7 FA Cup goals
7 Europa League goals
2 CONCACAF Champions League goals
1 U.S. Open Cup goal
1 League Cup goal
181 Total Career goals

Clint is the best US soccer player and best in USMNT history - sealed 100% when he surpasses LD's record. #IMO but there is some data there too... Clint hits 58 USMNT goal around cap 145. Roughly 0.4 goals per game.

DaM said...

@Dr.Jon Not so sure the case for Clint is so cut and dried. He's obviously in the top 4 or 5, but you are basing your view on goals. We all know there is much more to soccer than just goals... or assists... but as a "for instance," LD, the all time MLS assist leader also is the record holder for the USMNT with 58. Second plays is like 25 behind him and it isn't Clint (Cobi I believe).

If Clint passes him in goals when you say, his scoring rate will be slightly better... and his assist rate nowhere even close. Not to mention the defensive value LD provided when playing outside (which was often). Obviously, somewhat different positions, but the gap in assists is huge. I'm sure Kei Kamara can tell you someimtes just goals doesn't do it for MVP consideration :)

For my money, the goat it is still LD walking away with it (though I will always be willing to argue for Tab).

kyle johnson said...

Reyna would also have to seriously enter conversation if not for his injuries. I think LD, TAB, Reyna, Demp, and the other clint if healthier wouldve gave these guys a run as well

Dr.Jon said...

Good points DaM, but LD will always have the MLS goals etc... and the points you raise are good. But Clint did it up for different teams and managers in a much more competitive (as in compete for your spot) than MLS.