Sunday, June 30, 2019

Your USMNT Line-Up v Curaçao

No surprise here, we are back to the group that started the first two Gold Cup matches. Frankly, I'd prefer to keep McKennie out of this one altogether, to avoid any chance of a suspension before the semifinal.

- Greg Seltzer


DaMa said...

Meh. Not good. GB coaching from the Jill Ellis handbook tonight. Thing I was most impressed with? Weston not getting a yellow card. Seriously. Good to see he can play with it. Though he is going to get burned on a throw in dispute some day. Probably the sharpest Bradley has looked.

I know its early... but really starting to worry about whether GB gets it. That being said, I was all for him getting the spot when he got it. Meh again.

ZackL said...

Every time a Curacao attacker cut inside and tried to curl a shot into the upper corner last night, I had a vision of a Mexican player doing the same thing and scoring. Hell, Curacao nearly did. Though I might be getting ahead of myself in worrying about Mexico in the final, since if they play like that against Jamaica I think we'll lose. Though credit to Curacao, who really took the game to the US.

There still doesn't appear to be a real understanding among the players on how to deal with pressure, either in the midfield or in the back. And stronger teams, in CONCACAF and outside of it, will know how to really make that pressure count. But like you said, the "Berhalter Project" is still embryonic so we'll just have to see how it goes. I'd like to think that the longer guys spend working together in this system, the more comfortable they'll get with it. But we'll see.

tom said...

Not sure who came up with the bright idea of playing goal kicks short as a strategic part of the game plan. At one point the USA needed three successive kicks to get out of their own end, largely because Curacao would immediately close down on USA defenders as they were passing the ball back and forth. Brainless.

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