Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Your USMNT Line-Up v Uruguay

Certainly not everything I wanted to see, and a couple of things that are irksome, but at least the St. Louis boy gets to start in his hometown. So that's cool.











- Greg Seltzer

9 comments:

DaMa said...

so, wait. starting a central midfield trio that actually has some possession ability helps when you try to play a possession style? I am confused. Anyway, let's hope that is a lesson learned by BG and not just "only guys available."

And yes, I know this is nothing like Tata's mexican high press and it isn't uruguay's a team... but there are some real world quality players out there, especially on defense.

and yes it makes a difference when you have a CF who can play with his back to goal and hold it up a bit... but really this is about the central midfield's ability to turn and hit a pass, albeit against looser coverage. Still none of those 3 is having an AMAZING game, but we still look infinitely better playing it to feet, I think.

or at least that's what i think after 1 half :)

ZackL said...

Be great to see Pomykal get a look.

JBS said...

Another bullshit night in suck city. Gregg will claim this as "progress" of course.

ZackL said...

@JBS
Maybe it was a little better than the Mexico game? The scoreline certainly was, if nothing else.

It definitely helped that it was Uruguay's B-team AND that they gave the US so much space, but, it was marginally better. If Uruguay had opted to press like Mexico did? Might have been a different story.

Joe Bailey said...

The game wasn't bad. And yes @ZackL. if Uruguay decided to press things could've gotten ugly. I'll take the result though. What else can I do?

I have a crazy random idea, Start Altidore in the number 10 position with Sargent in front of him?
Keep Pulisic on the wing...

DaMa said...

Altidore can't play in the midfield for the same reason we are inclined to put Pulisic out wide. Having an orange cone in the central midfield is a bit too 1980's (not that Pulisic's effort is *that* bad).

a 3-5-1-1? yeah that would work. seems like GB is settled on the 4-3-3 at this point and frankly settling on something (that is more simple than the first iteation of The System (TM), but it would be nice to think there's a plan b formation. Really seems like our personnel would set up better for a 3 man backline given our fullback issues... but maybe it won't matter as much in 2 or so years when some of our young promising fullbacks (even when Dest goes full dutch, we have a few) are available... then again you could see guys like Antonee and Arriola and such being great wingback type foils playing on the wing opposite Pulisic.

Just a thought.

Dr.Jon said...

@DaMa I think you are right. I would be surprised if Dest plays for the USMNT after that showing. only hope is that he bonded well with some of the young guys and wants to be part of the "club"/future? He said he plays Pulisic in FIFA, right?

DaMa said...

Or maybe he feels some loyalty to the guys who gave him his first shot... but i doubt it. would be hard to blame him for taking the oranje if it was offered.

downintexas said...

@DaMa

I bet he takes a slow approach. Why not try out the U23 Dutch team. See if he fits in. Then you try to figure out where you have the best chance to be a starter for a longer time. Then who will make it to the WC. I would think having the WC in the US sooner might play a factor. Who knows. Best of luck to him regardless