Pre-match: International Friendly: USA vs Mexico; September 6th

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  1. NietzscheIsDead

    United States
    May 31, 2019
    I think that these two are private contractors now and looking for work.
    [​IMG]
     
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  2. juvechelsea

    juvechelsea Member+

    Feb 15, 2006
    Someone was saying back at the start how this was slim pickings for a friendly. Teams that ended up playing friendlies this time include:

    Japan
    Paraguay
    Korea
    Saudi Arabia
    Northern Ireland
    Peru
    Ecuador
    Honduras
    Chile
    Argentina
    Ivory Coast
    Tunisia
    Morocco
    Brazil
    Colombia
    Costa Rica
    South Africa

    And the solution was play Mexico twice in a row.

    One thing I am befuddled about is we don't play fresh teams that would expose different things, good or bad, about the players and the formation.

    I also think there are hints of something racial and arrogant in assuming we are beyond playing Asian or African sides. We who can't qualify out of Concacaf. Our mentality is stuck back somewhere about 2002.
     
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  3. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    433 is more of the fans' emphasis. GB has been more flexible. What he has insisted on is a deep-lying playmaker.
     
  4. Mahtzo1

    Mahtzo1 Member+

    Jan 15, 2007
    So Cal
    My point is that it makes sense that if a coach...any coach calls in a guy like Morales that he would want to see him in action. If he is going home after the first game, it makes sense to play him in the first game.

    People (coaches are people) do things that don't make sense all the time so it is not guaranteed but I still think it is kind of premature to criticize him the day of the game before the lineups are out. After the lineups are out there will probably be something to gripe about...if it is Trapp starting or Zardes starting. Those would be extremely legitimate gripes that I believe would be indefensible, but I am just saying wait 9 more hours...obviously less now. (I haven't had a chance to check....are the lineups out yet?)

    Again...I am not making a prediction on whether or not Morales, Trapp, Zardes or whoever would start, only that it makes sense to start Morales. Whether Berhalter starts him or not is another question and this close to game time I'd rather wait and see.
     
  5. Mahtzo1

    Mahtzo1 Member+

    Jan 15, 2007
    So Cal
    Other than the U20, I haven't seen Dest play. Having said that, Dest doesn't remind me at all of Yedlin. Yedllin has poor skill compared to Dest. We should get a good view of Dest's defensive qualities vs. Mexico but I have seen enough to believe that offensively and in possession they are 100% different.
     
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  6. DHC1

    DHC1 Member+

    Jun 3, 2002
    NYC
    What’s the downside in stating a worry before the rosters come out?

    We’ve been through this before - I was worried that the gold cup roster would be too familiar / MLS biased and you wrote pretty much the same thing (“it’s too early”) and predicted that we’d be surprised by how many new faces were brought in for the gold cup. Well, there was only one new face to get excited about and he was benched after strong performances. Conversely, the same players we’re excited about today weren’t brought in then. IIRC, you acknowledged that your hope for new players was mostly unmet.

    My biggest hope is that we move away from the regista position as our foundation. More specifically, we have to move away from Bradley and Trapp in that role. Irrespective of the result (and I’ve got skin in the game), it would be a welcomed, albeit overdue, systemic change and I’ve got my finger crossed.

    If we start Trapp and he’s both our defensive cover and distribution hub, I’ll be quite irate.
     
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  7. bct81

    bct81 Member+

    Mar 17, 2007
    Colorado (formerly northern Virginia)
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Will be interesting actually to see how well Dest attacks down the flank against Mexico. He has tremendous skill and speed .... but when necessary will he have the mental set to defend well? But he is starting at Ajax ... that says alot.
     
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  8. yurch10

    yurch10 Member+

    Feb 13, 2004
    Morales starts per Twitter.

    Egg, you're quickly finding a way into my heart!
     
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  9. DHC1

    DHC1 Member+

    Jun 3, 2002
    NYC
    Link?
     
  10. Gsus. Do you have any idea at what level the Orange team plays?
     
  11. yurch10

    yurch10 Member+

    Feb 13, 2004
    Rgonzalezcbs Twitter? Dunno who he is but he's got a blue checkmark!
     
  12. yurch10

    yurch10 Member+

    Feb 13, 2004
    Oops, looks like we have Zardes too. Lol.
     
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  13. UncagedGorilla

    Sep 22, 2009
    Tulsa
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    American Samoa
    I 100% expected that. I don't think it's right but with the Uruguay game being in Sargent's home town, it was almost a guarantee Zardes would start this one. The LB spot is where I'd like to see another change. If he starts Morales and a non-Ream/Lovitz left back, I'll be happy.
     
  14. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Wondo:Klinsmann::Zardes:Egg
     
  15. I think a lot of countries would love to be on the way down the Dutch way....like beating the 2018 World Champion France and their predecessor Germany in the Nations League group and while on that track spiraling down into the semi final demolishing the 2018 WC semi finalist England.
    We keep on spiraling down with this evenings win in Hamburg by beating Germany 2-4 in a European Championship qualifier match.
    Gsus, I feel so depressed by all that doom and misery we have to endure with the Orange team this year.
    Things arenot looking good, it's terrible.
     
  16. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    The Dutch are playing wonderfully, which means they should be getting ready for yet another heart-breaking loss in the Qatar final.
     
  17. chris thebassplayer

    Feb 18, 2014
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    I'll take a stab at GB's 11

    ………..Zardes...…………
    Puli......McK……...Morris
    …...Morales...Trapp...…..
    Ream...JB..Long….Dest
    ………...Stef...……

    Hoping to see Mckennie back with Morales and Lletget further up.
     
  18. Yeah, but you're still dreaming of ever having a chance of a heart break.
    I dated several super models, but they all broke my heart by swapping me for a billionaire....but hey....I was there first:D
     
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  19. markandrew78

    markandrew78 Member

    Jun 10, 2007

    I hope we don’t see Zardes
     
  20. chris thebassplayer

    Feb 18, 2014
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    I'm not crazy for Zardes either. Hopefully we see a 20 min Sargent cameo and a Sargent start in St louis.
     
  21. markandrew78

    markandrew78 Member

    Jun 10, 2007
    So Zardes and no JB.

    Dumb.
     
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  22. bsky22

    bsky22 Member+

    Dec 8, 2003
    Oh my... WTF90 protecting Long and Zimmerman. What could go wrong with that?
     
  23. bsky22

    bsky22 Member+

    Dec 8, 2003
  24. Brock Hannsen

    Brock Hannsen Member+

    Feb 3, 2014
    Hartford, CT
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    the future is us
     
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  25. Brock Hannsen

    Brock Hannsen Member+

    Feb 3, 2014
    Hartford, CT
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    LOLOLOLULULOUOLZ
     

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