***Official USMNT Thread***

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  1. shagcarpetjesus

    shagcarpetjesus Well-Known Member

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    The talk about Berhalter's system is starting to grate on me some. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the fact that we have a coach that actually thinks about the game tactically. That's a vast improvement from the Klinsmann days. But I do worry about trying to implement a system that appears to be fairly complicated for international soccer. You don't get a lot of time to drill with the same group of players in these windows so there's something to be said for keeping it simple.

    But most of all, at this point in time I just want to see 11 guys out there tonight who seem to GAF. Soccer is a very fluid game so an attacking 4-3-3 can become a 4-5-1 very easily. Berhalter has shown that you can defend with a back 4 and shift to a back 3 in attack. I enjoy those tactical wrinkles. However, I think the obsession with formations with some in the US fandom gets a little tedious.
     
  2. shagcarpetjesus

    shagcarpetjesus Well-Known Member

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    Lineup:

    Zardes
    Arriola-Pulisic-McKennie-Boyd
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    Ream-Long-Zimmerman-Lima
    Steffen
     
  3. shagcarpetjesus

    shagcarpetjesus Well-Known Member

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    It’s nice when us people out West don’t have to deal with a game that starts at 4:30 pm every once in a while.
     
  4. AlaCyclone

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    I wish I was there tonight! I had plans to go, booked my hotel, etc., but I was so pissed after the Venezuela Friendly, I cancelled my plans and more importantly my St. Paul Hotel reservation. Oh well, next time! Go USA!
     
  5. shagcarpetjesus

    shagcarpetjesus Well-Known Member

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    There was a dude in the AO section on the drums wearing an ISU hat.
     
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  6. ianoconnor

    ianoconnor Well-Known Member
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    I dig this kit. Nice and simple, but cool detail.
     
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  7. shagcarpetjesus

    shagcarpetjesus Well-Known Member

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    Agree. The sublimated Stars and Stripes in the red are kick ass.
     
  8. CycloneDaddy

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    Dang they needed to finish a few more of those shots. How do pros kick it over the bar from 8 yards out?
     
  9. shagcarpetjesus

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    I’m loving what I’ve seen from Boyd. His passing has been spot on and his service on set pieces is consistent.
     
  10. shagcarpetjesus

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    It's easier than you might think. The ball's just a little bit too far away from your body, you've really got to reach to make good contact and get your toe underneath and the ball just takes off.
     
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  11. ianoconnor

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    You called it
     
  12. Gunnerclone

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    Boyd gets rewarded for his decent play with an easy goal. Our defense is wayyyyyayayayayayayay behind where they need to be with knowing where and how to play the ball in GHs system.
     
  13. enisthemenace

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    Haven’t been able to keep up lately, but from what I saw in the first half:

    The bad:

    - Bradley is still sloppy in the middle. Even simple back passes are off. His forward lobs are always long

    - There has to be someone better than Zardes up top. He might be fast, but no strength and seems to panic when he gets a touch in the box

    - Wing entries seem to be timed poorly. I’m not sure if that’s the wings or a Zardes issue. I’m leaning the latter

    The good:
    - Arriola is still fast. He and Boyd have had some good exchanges

    - Pulisic has great foot skills and has looked really fast at times.

    (Goal Boyd! I think he was offsides though, because Bradley’s pass was late, but they didn’t call it, sooooo)

    - I think Lima has played really well. He has had some good services from the side

    - McKenna showed some flashes

    Overall: Being up 1-0 after 45 minutes against this team is not good, but there were plenty of chances. Probably should been at least 3-0 at the half

    Tell me where I’m off.
     
  14. Gunnerclone

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    Classic Gyasi goal.
     
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  15. shagcarpetjesus

    shagcarpetjesus Well-Known Member

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    What a first touch!!!!
     
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  16. enisthemenace

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    Have come out in pure attack mode here early in the 2nd.
     
  17. Gunnerclone

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    Can’t wait for the new Crew stadium so we can get Gold Cup and qualifiers in CBus again.
     
  18. shagcarpetjesus

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    Seriously, Boyd's crossing and long passing is getting me excited. The goal was very nice, but Berhalter's system needs wingers that are attacking threats. Boyd looks like he may end up being a really nice find. I'm curious who it was that tracked him and his US eligibility down.
     
  19. shagcarpetjesus

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    Oh goodie, Wil Trapp. I'm afraid we're just going to have to get used to Trapp being a part of the USMNT as Berhalter's pet.
     
  20. Gunnerclone

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    I’m really concerned with the passing of the back 4. They aren’t using the gk very well and putting the mf’ers in bad spots.
     

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