11/9: McKennie, Steffen, & Morales - Schalke v. Fortuna

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  1. ArsenalMetro

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  2. autobus39

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    Morales starts as well.

    McKennie is at center-back.
     
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  3. ArsenalMetro

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    I forgot that he existed for a minute. Whoops. Thanks for pointing that out.
     
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  4. USA-Zebuel

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    Center back? Wasn’t he just playing the 10 role a few weeks ago?
     
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  5. wrench

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    The guy he is replacing expected to be out for sometime. Get used to Wes in the back. He has to temper his fire somewhat. I see him as a weapon on set pieces. I love it when they say "all the big boys are coming up". You know, with his height and all.
     
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  6. ArsenalMetro

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    This has been a really bad game through the first 30 minutes. 3 combined shot attempts, 1 (Dusseldorf) on target.
     
  7. FirstStar

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    Watching a little. Schalke look especially toothless. Me thinks they miss Wes too much in the midfield. I’d call up a junior player to help on the back line if I were Wagner.
     
  8. autobus39

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    HT 1-0 Schalke

    McKennie has done. Fortuna hasn't tested him too much. He had a foul early on, came rushing out to mark a man in midfield about midway through half and Fortuna played around him into the space, and there was a late corner where he ended up the closest man in what looks like a zonal marking scheme. The ball went over his head but Fortuna weren't able to do anything with it. His passing has been good. Tried a couple of long balls midway through the half one of which almost connected to Kenney.

    Morales has not been to involved. Was playing on the left side of a double pivot, though may have swtich to the right after the goal. Lost a couple of 1 on 1 situations to Serder early in the game, the goal came on a move where Harit was able to be picked between him in the center back, and Morales almost picked off a couple balls high up the field. Two of Fortuna's better attacking moves came when Morales was able to make himself available in the halfspace and connect a pass to get them moving towards goal.

    Nothing Steffen could really do on the goal. There was one other big chance for Schalke where Raman got a shot off just outside the six. Steffen came out but I am not sure if he got a touch or Raman just scuffed it. It was cleared off the line by Jean Zimmer. Other than that Steffen has only had collect a couple of attempts to play the ball over the top.
     
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  9. schrutebuck

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    Steffen makes a big save to stop a bouncing half volley from Schopf after a Schalke counter. The crossbar had already denied a great chance from Harit in the sequence.
     
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  10. dougtee

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    obligatory goretzka was schalkes only true offensive threat and how have they even still not replaced him post
     
  11. schrutebuck

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    McKennie's flailing hand just stopped a Dusseldorf shot off a corner. Dusseldorf should get a PK out of this, but let's hope he doesn't also get a red card.
     
  12. wrench

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  13. autobus39

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    McKennie has his hand up by his head and a Fortuna header hits it from a short distance.

    Penalty to Fortuna converted. Yellow card to McKennie.

    1-1
     
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  14. schrutebuck

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    Jul 26, 2007
    1-1.

    Fortunately, McKennie earns only a yellow card out of this.
     
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  15. schrutebuck

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    2-1. Schalke retake the lead off a corner. Kabak powers a header between Steffen and the far post Dusseldorf defender.
     
  16. schrutebuck

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    2-2. Dusseldorf attack after a Schalke turnover.

    I hate to say it, but McKennie was sort of lost at sea defending on that sequence. He was sort of drifting back, letting a 3-vs.-2 develop without putting pressure on the Dusseldorf attacking player. Nubel had a discussion with McKennie after the goal.
     
  17. autobus39

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    Fink comes on for Morales's double pivot partner Bodzek after the equalizer.

    Looks like Morales playing as a pure six now which he hasn't really done this year for Fortuana from what I've seen.
     
  18. bballshawn

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    What a game
     
  19. largegarlic

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    Jul 2, 2007
    Yeah, this has definitely been the most exciting Dusseldorf game I've watched.

    It seemed like the 3rd Schalke goal took a deflection off the defender and into the corner. Tough luck for Steffen.
     
  20. schrutebuck

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    Jul 26, 2007
    3-2. Schalke beat Steffen with a deflected strike.

    Morales was getting back to provide cover on a Schalke attack. He collided with a teammate (Adams) near the top of the box and the ball just sat there, enabling Serdar to find an opening for the strike (which deflected off of Adams).
     
  21. schrutebuck

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    Jul 26, 2007
    3-3. I don't think McKennie was really a problem in this sequence, it was just a fine little attack from Dusseldorf.
     
  22. bigtw64

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    Now it's 3-3! fun game
     
  23. yabo

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    How did both yanks look?
     
  24. autobus39

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    Morales off in stoppage time. Game ends 3-3.

     
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  25. onefineesq

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    McKennie was up and down. He did get lost out there a number of times and obviously gave up the penalty as well. If he weren't a US player (and certainly if he were a player COMPETING with McKennie for a spot) he would be taking major heat for this performance from our fanbase. I thought Steffen was decent, even giving up 3. Basically, there was nothing he could do on the goals and he did make a couple pretty decent stops. That's my take, anyway.
     

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