Sunday, January 14, 2018

Who's On First?

Considering who's on board, I actually think a 3-5-2 would suit just fine for the USMNT's upcoming Bosnia friendly. Granted as always, I won't see training - but there's a host of defenders I'd like to see. I started in goal, where Steffen seems the appropriate choice at this time. Then, we ink in the no-matter-whats, which for me means Adams.

If we do run this set, it seems only fair to give Morrow a run on the left, see what he can do in his regular role. Might as well let Polster take the right side, he may be better suite3d at this level as a true wingback. I'd also kinda like to find out if Trapp can transfer his back-half of the season form to a US shirt, but would prefer that not be in a 4-3-3. The idea of giving him 4-5 runners to aim at going forward while three guys have his back sounds good.

It would be cool if there was a dyed-in-the-wool #10 around, but maybe it's best to learn how Rowe can operate there. Dwyer would have been my pick to run off Sapong, but his injury opens a place for Morris to run the left channel and help bring Morrow into the attack.

Of course, I've also gotta offer up a 4-3-3 look. This time, Morris fans wide and Arriola comes in on the opposite flank. I could also live with Rowe on the left wing, with double #8's leading the midfield triangle. Canouse enters to guard the gate, and that's the first thing I want to see him do.  Acosta joins to work left back, hopefully defense first.

- Greg Seltzer


Patrick said...

I really don't see any reason for playing guys as old as Opara and Morrow. Is this a USMNT camp or a, "reward for good MLS season" camp?

Greg Seltzer said...

I understand your line of thinking, but here's where I'm at.

1 - I do not want to lose the concept of earning US calls.

2 - I see most people thinking in terms of the next full cycle, but my view is squarely on next summer's Gold Cup. Win that = Confederations Cup berth. That's my target for now.

Besides, this team needs to re-install the concept of consistent winning right now. The air around the team needs as much of an overhaul as the roster.

Patrick said...

Those are valid reasons. I think #1 took a hit with this roster and maybe would have been a good reason to skip this camp this year. How does Harkes earn a call? Cropper? The bar is being set very low just by this camp.

I think all Gold Cups should be domestic talent for now on and should be de-emphasized. I think the League of Nations should be emphasized as that gets us road experience in CONCACAF and will be against better competition generally. By de-emphasizing the Gold Cup we can send the A team to the Copa America or Centenario (or Olympics). I don't believe there will be another Confederations Cup. League of Nations starts in September, so you don't really have to look forward so far. But if Morrow couldn't get Villafana out of the lineup this year, not sure there is much to look at when he is 32.

Dr.Jon said...

Greg, is the 2021 Confed Cup going to happen? Last I heard, there were rumblings about 2017 being the last one:

Nothing set in stone, I guess. (I see now this is what Patrick is saying, too)