Jimmy Conrad exposes Michael Bradley

Discussion in 'USA Men' started by #1 Feilhaber and Adu, Aug 27, 2018.

  1. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    Where's the downvote button :(
     
  2. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
    Raleigh
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    There is only one non-insane answer.

    Who the hell knows?
     
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  3. TOAzer

    TOAzer Member+

    The Man With No Club
    May 29, 2016
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It's probably saner to say "sane" than to run with "non-insane"... ;)
     
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  4. Mahtzo1

    Mahtzo1 Member+

    Jan 15, 2007
    So Cal
    I think he was referring to the "middle class" of sanity. I know that I am not considered rich by many but I am not poor either. I have a feeling most view my level of sanity in the same way.
     
  5. Cannons

    Cannons Member+

    May 16, 2005
    #305 Cannons, Nov 17, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2018
    I always felt Bradley was responsible for making sure Lee Nguyen never got a fair shot. Every time the two were on the field together, he froze Lee out, took over his position and made Lee look bad. Lee still is a very good possession #10 and still could contribute if given a chance.

    That being said... its time for Bradley and Jozy to retire from international soccer. Their time is over. The next generation needs to develop now and add to them, a good number of the U20s. They are also very good
     
  6. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Mike also tried to do that to Pulisic in the Panama away game we tied 1-1.

    Puli was supposed to roam inside from the right, but time and again Mike was just there demanding the ball from him, so in the end he was taking over the CM and AM roles. At some point Puli just took his chances and ignored him.

    Happy days.
     
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  7. zhe fulano

    zhe fulano Member

    Jan 31, 2010
    Florida Keys, USA
    Club:
    Everton FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I've been following this thread for months, as I thought many interesting positions were advanced. Three points:

    (1) As noted, MB's resumé is one matched by no one else in the USMNT player pool. Some obviously think his ego is in the same category. In my estimation, Berhalter has handled this touchy situation well by bringing Bradley onto the team but not making him captain. It recognizes that MB has something to offer, but also sends a pretty clear message that MB is no longer top dog. I suspect we'll see more and more of MB as a second half sub in the 2022 cycle.

    (2) As for Chad Marshall, my memory is still tormented by thoughts of our U.S. B-team playing in the Gold Cup final and getting toasted for five goals by Mexico in the second half. He's a competent defender at MLS level. By implication, however, 5 USMNT coaches - Bradley, Klinsmann, Arena, Sarachan and Berhalter - concurred that he is not a national team caliber player.

    (3) As for Klinsmann's ego, it ultimately was his undoing. We did better than expected in the 2014 World Cup, but our midfield creativity was at times non-existent and he left our best midfielder off the squad. It was downhill from there. In the end, Klinsmann's ultimate accomplishments as USMNT coach never equaled Arena's 2002 World Cup advance or Bradley's 2009 Confederations Cup final. Landon on the other hand is a USMNT legend.
     
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  8. SJTillIDie

    SJTillIDie Member+

    Aug 23, 2009
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I didn't watch it but I am reading lots of negatives about Bradley's performance in TFC's 4-0 debacle vs Independiente. Reminiscent of USA's catastrophe in Trinidad.
     
  9. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    I think it was Klinsmann. I never could figure out why Klinsmann didn't rate Lee. Any suggestions appreciated.

    p.s. I suspect putting Lee at the 10 would move Bradley back to the 6 and Klinsmann knew Bradley couldn't play there (see Brazil u23's vs. USA Klinsmann selection in Maryland).
     
  10. Master O

    Master O Member+

    Jul 7, 2006
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yet Bradley still gets call ups for the national team.
     
  11. laxcoach

    laxcoach Member+

    Borussia Dortmund
    United States
    Jul 29, 2017
    He jogged beautifully. All game. The 'team leader' led by example and to me the last 2 goals were on him in large part. Hope Berhalter was watching closely. I could care less about Toronto but that cancer isn't what I want to see with the USMNT.
     
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  12. smokarz

    smokarz Member+

    Aug 9, 2006
    Hartford, CT

    You have two young and talented midfielders playing/starting in the BL, there should be no valid reasons to start Bradley over them.
     
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  13. laxcoach

    laxcoach Member+

    Borussia Dortmund
    United States
    Jul 29, 2017
    Absolutely agree but I am hesitant to be too optimistic just yet. Self preservation and all.
     
  14. WrmBrnr

    WrmBrnr Member+

    Apr 12, 2001
    San Carlos
    Was he called up for the national team after this game? Who else was called up for this camp and when is this camp?

    FWIW, I agree with @smokarz
     
  15. a_new_fan

    a_new_fan Member

    Jul 6, 2006
    yeah they lost because he didn't sprint enough lol

    do people really not understand the game here or what.
     
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  16. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    One of the reasons we need Trapp as our 6 is to have an impartial and virtuous distributor of the ball. the Bradley's are always going to be about the Bradley's.
     
  17. TOAzer

    TOAzer Member+

    The Man With No Club
    May 29, 2016
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    They lost because the team played like crap, and the team leader of that crap was Mikey. As for that last question, "A New Fan", it is certainly wise to seek to know thyself.
     
  18. Jazzy Altidore

    Jazzy Altidore Member+

    Sep 2, 2009
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Adams is the 6 and Mckennie is the 8. GB has already made this clear.
     

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