Saturday, July 1, 2017

Your USMNT Line-Up v. Ghana

Quite a lot of questions for this particular XI to answer, I'd say. It also looks to me like the USMNT will do much of their attacking up the left side. Enjoy the final Gold Cup tune-up, catch you all later with player ratings over at MLSS.







- Greg Seltzer

6 comments:

downintexas said...

Is it fair to think that the Bruce might be trolling Klinsi? I mean so far he has played a different formation each game and has been successful. Almost like hey look kids its not the formation its the game plan. Heck he even played the same formation in Azteca that Klinsi used in Columbus but with vastly different results.

BTM said...

Why no Agudelo?

Greg Seltzer said...

@ downintexas: The major difference is Arena drilled the team in that formation for two weeks, whereas Klinsi sprung it on them the day of the game.

Nicholas said...

I've been critical to an unproductive point in the past about some things said on this site. But lately I applaud a lot of what you've been saying. The one thing I wasn't sure about was your lack of enthusiasm for Dwyer, is it's the one thing the U.S. needs. We're, if we're honest, years away from being able to compete on a purely technical level, so if we do abandon a 2 striker, whatever "forward" means now is Dwyer exactly what you want. I've admittedly been in the U.S. sporadically, but when I've watched him he provides an element we don't have. That is someone who will press and harry for 90 minutes, causing the odd slip-up, and when added in our more technical players, that odd slip-up, that is all something a Pulisic or whomever would need. Could his hold up play and finishing ideally be better? Of course, but it's not a million miles from Altidore, maybe Wood, but in general, I think a pest and menace is something to look into, and not just for matches where when teams bunker, but in matches where teams are looking to pick us apart and imagine they will have time on the ball. Eventually I hope Sargent is the larger answer, I haven't personally seen Harry Kane comps, but instincts, hold-up, movement, preternatural accuracy, that's who he reminds me of, and I don't know if he'll be ready then or live up that description (Kane hasn't either wearing England rather than Spurs colors). Just spit-balling really, but great work. Excuse me for a terrible comparison, but I think we're getting to a point that's similar to Germany, except where they have an abundance of players that are genuinely great and on the same level and have the same ethos, we are running into having this abundance of players who are good to very good but not great (Pulisic excluded) which is going to make line-up choices in the future more difficult with an actual rationale. Aside from the dark pit that is left-back.

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Adrian said...

I agree that we're now at a point where we have a large number of good but not great players to choose from. IMO, not too much separates Rowe, Bedoya, Nagbe, Arriola, Corona, Lletget, & Green, all of whom are likely in competition for one or two spots for the final roster of 23.