Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Your USMNT Line-Up v New Zealand

I'm diggin' Acosta's move into midfield... finally. The problem is this correction comes when there's already two defensive-minded midfielders out there. Which, of course, means I'm not digging the 4-4-2 diamond formation. Naturally, we should get away with it against a Kiwis "B-" side, which will only encourage its continued use in the future.

UPDATE: Scratch all that prattle; it's a 4-3-3 shaped to my liking. Acosta is at left back, Yedlin is on right wing.

- Greg Seltzer


Kirk Diggler said...

Yedlin is still not a right wing. Doesn't have the ball skill.

Green's goal, while a nice shot, was awful keeping.

Would like to have seen more of Gooch, him on the wing and Yedlin where he belongs.

Klinsman and his stupid tinkering. It's all about ego with this guy, he fancies himself a genius but he's not. Mexico won't be easy as these friendlies were uninspiring.

DaM said...

Agreed. Bunch of guys out of position and we look awkward. Frustrates me that any time he tries out the 4-3-3 he does it with 5 field players out of position. Almost like he wants it to fail so he has to go diamond. Conspiracy! Meh.

dikranovich said...

Guys, let's not try and exaggerate the truth so much. DY can play a midfield role, and it's not that big of a deal. He is dynamic and If he is in the midfield, or on the wing, he can do it, and he has done it. Acosta is playing left back from his county, he I see young and he is doing a nice job.

This team on Tuesday night was playing multiple formations, and they were changing as the game went on. No five players playing out of position nonsense.

Patrick said...

No great American soccer player is playing FB at age 13 or 15 or 17. They are playing CF or CAM. Yedlin himself didn't pay FB until 19 or so. This means FBs have to be made not developed here. Converting a young #6 to FB is just not that weird. Not sure why this is constantly harped on.