Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Finishing Touch

Our man Bobby Wood started and finished a counter break to complete the scoring as Hamburg - who haven't raised the German Cup in 30 years - reached the DfB-Pokal quarterfinals with a 2-0 win over FC Köln on Tuesday night. The goal, Wood's seventh across all competitions this term, moved him into a seven-way tie atop the tournament scoring chart.

- Greg Seltzer


UnitedDemon said...

Man. Bruce has to figure out who to start. And we've been too exposed playing two strikers, because of the midfield being outnumbered.

Right now, if I had to choose just one forward to start up top, it would be Wood, with Morris coming off the bench.

But I'm hoping Bruce can find a way to get both Jozy and Wood on the field, with Morris as the super sub.

I'm really grateful I'm not the coach of the USMNT right now.

Unknown said...

Its a good problem to have

Patrick said...

I think Bruce should figure out the best tactical system and go from there. If it is the 4-2-3-1 that we played against Serbia, then start Wood alone. Bring Jozy on if we need to switch to a 4-4-2 or to replace Wood late. If he liked the 4-1-3-2, against Jamaica, better than start them both. Wood is good alone and Jozy is not, simple.

Unknown said...

Our fatal problem the last two matches was getting killed in the middle of the park. Coming out with two strikers in march would be insanity. Some combination of 3 CMs with a couple of wide guys and one striker, pretty please. I like the idea of starting wood and having him run around then you bring on jozy who can shield the ball and win headers against tired CBs. He's been our automatic starting striker for so long, but i think jozy's style would be great as a sub, he could do some real damage.

Greg Seltzer said...

To be honest, I still don't understand who so many are so ready to toss Altidore from the line-up - especially from a solo-striker set. He's easily the most well-rounded and experienced guy we have. And, ya know, the reigning US Soccer POTY.

Unknown said...

Wood is in the middle of a season playing against bundesliga defenders. Altidore will be two weeks into an MLS season. For that reason i wood prefer wood, but obv im happy to see jozy as well

Unknown said...

Would prefer wood wow that was a funny slip

Greg Seltzer said...

I see your point, but technically Wood will be near the end of a long season. Nevertheless, I counted that factor as a wash, so it didn't really weigh on the decision. More importantly, Altidore can do all that's needed up front and Wood is more the type to punish tiring defenders with his wheels.

Kirk Diggler said...

I don't know why Jozy is constantly propped up as some great goal scorer. He stunk at Sunderland. I don't want to hear about his 'hold up play', because it's meaningless, because it never bagged him goals. Look what Defoe has done at Sunderland since Jozy left. Night and day. No one needs to make up excuses about Defoe's hold up play because his technical ability is worlds better than Altidore.

Yeah, we know Jozy is a big strong guy. His technical soccer IQ is low. He reminds me of a gym rat who looks good in the mirror but when it comes to true strength just flops down like he's made of clay.

I think he believes he is better than he is, which is why he would often challenge defenders that he could never beat 1 vs 1. Look at what Giovinco has accomplished for Toronto. Jozy just rides his coattails. Gio creates space by attracting defenders, and this allows Jozy the time on the ball that he had in the weak-defending Dutch League.

Remember all the goals he scored there? Didn't translate to a better league.

Give me Wood as a lone striker (not the 4-3-3 that Jurgen Klueless had him in) with formidable wingers like Pulisic and Fabian and Wood will score what we need. And yeah, Bring Jozy in as a late sub to work against tiring defenders.

He's a bench guy at best. I think it will be moot though. Jozy has bad hamstrings and will probably be injured again when Russia rolls around. Morris will have eclipsed him by then anyway.