Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Your USMNT Line-Up v Jamaica

The boss has made a few interesting changes for the first big one we kinda knew was coming all along. I'm not sure if Gregg Berhalter has pulled the right levers for this match-up, but I'm definitely glad he didn't just trot out the same exact USMNT group that decided to stop playing football as soon as they scored the 1-0 against Curaçao.

For me the men on the spot tonight are Miazga (one of those changes) and Pulisic. One will need to give his optimum transition defense showing, while the other will be charged with poking holes in Jamaica's sneaky good back when it's packed in tight.









- Greg Seltzer

11 comments:

DaMa said...

wierd. wholeheartedly agree on not wanting to see the same 11... some changes i like (jozy). some i dont get (morris for boyd, miazga). some i would havew wanted to see (lima at lb instead of making ream captain ;))

have to think jozy starting has a chance to make the other changes better regardless. would have liked to see boyd serving to jozy. feels like that right side is a reaction to jamaica's speed. not sure i like that as a reason for lineup selection. maybe its smart. i dunno. GB has me lost.

Joe Bailey said...

I don’t get the issues GB has with Boyd. And Miazga? I’m not sure about this...

DaMa said...

wonder if GB is thinking of playing this as like a 3-4-2-1 in attack with morris staying a bit wide and cp10 inverted on the left.

DaMa said...

I think it would be hard to say GB has "issues" with Boyd. He has given him a bunch of meaningful minutes from the second he became eligible. Not sure why he didnt get the start today. Maybe he was afraid of Boyd helping on Bailey with Reggie bombing forward? I dunno. Bit weird.

Gotta think Jamaica is praying for as much rain as they can get.

ZackL said...

The storm is Gyasi's fault.

Joe Bailey said...

Roldan but not Boyd. Issues...

DaMa said...

I'm dubious. He brought Roldan on to play defense. If they were down 1 it would have been Boyd, I imagine.

Reggie did himself some good today.

DaMa said...

I will say, I spent the whole first half wondering why this wasnt a match that Morris was more effective in. Seemed tailor made for him. A bit better in 2nd half.

Joe Bailey said...

I think the 90 minute delay took something out of the attack. Morris and Arriola had to work harder to get back in the game. Pulisic was great but seemed to be on a higher gear than the rest of the attack. I was wrong about Miazga. I think he had a decent game. The defense (and team) overall really needs to press more. Maybe that’s not a part of GB’s system but they better do that v Mexico...

DaMa said...

That's interesting. I thought Miazga was okay but had some bad moments. I didnt look at opta stats but it felt like his line breaking passing was poor. Be interesting to see greg's ratings later.

ZackL said...

Overall I thought the team looked good. They handled the pressing better than I expected them to after previous showings (both in the GC and friendlies). There were still some nail-biting moments when Steffen attempted to play short passes out of the back. BUT, the team was clearly willing (or instructed) to go long when the short option was untenable. So that's good.

It's also clear that Jozy is a huge upgrade of Gyasi, not that I think anyone on here would argue otherwise. I mean, full credit to Gyasi who clearly possess a high "footballing IQ" (or whatever you want to call it) which allows him to adapt to any role a particular coach or team requires of him. And make the most of his limited technical ability. But it's hard to play a possession-oriented game when your lone striker struggles to actually possess the ball.

It's also super frustrating that the USMNT is essentially two-deep at striker right now.

At any rate, I thought it was a good performance overall and will hopefully serve to give the team a bit of momentum heading into the final against Mexico.