Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thing Two(s)

I initially thought to go with three variations on the 3-5-2, but have pulled it back to two USMNT looks for this formation. No need to complicate matters further.

First, we go with Christian Pulisic...





And then we go without him...












- Greg Seltzer

8 comments:

Patrick said...

Still crazy to sit McKennie for Kitchen.

Greg Seltzer said...

What sit? They don't play the same position. I'm never going to be someone who wants to simply cram the best 10 field players out there somehow. Specific roles are important in this game.

Jester said...

I agree Greg. Even if they did play the same position, I wouldn't want one to automatically have the spot over the other. There needs to be competition for spots. If we give certain players automatic spots, based on their age and potential, we are doing them a disservice. If they're not fighting to earn their spot they are missing out on an important piece of their development. That is why I disagree with completely pushing out all of the old guard. We need to keep maintaining the natural progression of the team, and a lot of the veterans can have an important role in that.

Dr.Jon said...

Is Kitchen playing well? If so, what happened to him in the SPL went from new player to team captain to benched to gone? Am I understanding that right? (I see.....weird manager change.)

Patrick said...

Ok, don't cram your best 10. But you do have to fit in your best three or you are failing. Sorry, Kitchen is not even that good. You could argue a guy like Morales is better and he doesn't pass well. Kitchen isn't even the best at that position in his own league. Trapp, Bradley, and McCarthy are better. Delgado could probably play it well and so could Adams. Both are better players than Kitchen now and will be much better players than Kitchen ever was in a short time.

Oh, and McKennie has played 6,8, LB, and CB for Schalke this season, I'm sure he would play any position better than Kitchen. Not sure how you can say that is not his position, Tedesco doesn't have him as pigeon-holed as you.

Patrick said...

Oh, and playing without Pulisic is just trolling.

If you want to write a well reasoned post that he doesn't actually have the skill set to be th #10 everyone else is putting him down as, go for it. But to line up the USMNT in 2018 without him on the field is a joke.

downintexas said...

Pat

I think what Greg is getting at, is if we don't have Pulisic, ie injury or he needs a rest. Not that the US is going to bench him. Greg coming up with two lines, one with and one without is basically saying how important Pulisic is the US. Every other player has a back up and could still use the same formation. Without Pulisic the US would be better suited to change the entire formation

Patrick said...

Down, I get that, but why not 11 different lineups in case all the first choice guys get hurt? I think Greg must believe there are situations where he would play without Pulisic. That is an opinion, but spell out why. Otherwise, it is an endless amount of lineups if this guy is hurt or that guy.

In this exercise you either leave out the currently hurt or not. But it is endless if you want to say, well if this guy is unavailable. Just put the best lineup up there, we will adjust at any moment for injuries, et al. Right now, any lineup without McKennie and Pulisic is not serious, imo. I believe Adams and Miazga are approaching that level too.

I do believe playing Pulisic centrally, at this time, is a mistake. He plays and excels on the wing for his club, play him there. He is our best player, build around him and that position. If we don't have a classic #10, in the pool at this time, let's not play our best player out of position to make a system. Lots of teams and countries play without a classic #10, it can be done.