Leadership

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by NietzscheIsDead, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. NietzscheIsDead

    United States
    May 31, 2019
    This is a good observation. I suspect that you are correct. One thing that I have also noticed is that Bradley is taking a less-present role on the field. He is sticking to his play and is not really doing a lot of directing. I think that's by design too, and that Berrhalter has probably tried to allow for leaders to emerge in a vacuum rather than having them take the role from someone else. It seems to fit the nature of these young guys better. And lets be honest, this team now belongs to the young guys. Bradley is a participant but the team does not rise and fall on his play. It absolutely depends on the play of these young guys.
     
  2. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    I mean......................we have a tailor made leader available.
     
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  3. NietzscheIsDead

    United States
    May 31, 2019
    He and Tyler Adams are both excellent leaders at young ages.

    I have optimism that they will at some point carry the USMNT to the semifinals of a world cup should their careers continue on current trajectories.

    Pulisic is the best player of the bunch, but he hasn't shown that level of leadership. Adams and McKennie are not only leaders, but they perform at high levels and raise the levels of their teammates. McKennie's distribution in the Gold Cup was very good and at times visionary (his game against Jamaica was one of the best passing performances I have seen from an individual US player in a long time).

    Those guys play with both joy and grit...it will be fun watching them take the program to new heights.
     
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  4. laxcoach

    laxcoach Member+

    Borussia Dortmund
    United States
    Jul 29, 2017
    Sure but he shouldn't play for the USMNT if it doesn't fit the Egg's system.....especially since the men's team doesn't need a leader when they have the 'boss of the midfield'
     
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  5. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
  6. NietzscheIsDead

    United States
    May 31, 2019
    Today David Wagner called Weston a key player for Schalke as a 6 or 8 (no more defense) and also called him a key player in the bundesliga.
     
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  7. DHC1

    DHC1 Member+

    Jun 3, 2002
    NYC
    I’m interested to see what excellency will day now that he’s settling in as a B1 midfielder.....
     
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  8. NietzscheIsDead

    United States
    May 31, 2019
    Apparently Schalke believes that Weston is ready for not just regular minutes, but a starring role in the Bundesliga...as a 20-year old. I can't remember ever hearing anything like that about another American player.
     
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  9. deejay

    deejay Member+

    Feb 14, 2000
    Tarpon Springs, FL
    Club:
    Jorge Wilstermann
    Nat'l Team:
    Bolivia
    Sigh. Who is Tyler Adams?

    Also McKennie is turning 21 tomorrow. Another guy in this situation at just about the same age was.......Bradley. He had 26 starts for B'rusia in the 08/09 season having just turned 21.

    That said both McK and Adams are better prospects than Bradley at the same age. But Bradley was also a good youth prospect.
     
  10. NietzscheIsDead

    United States
    May 31, 2019
    On Adams...I may be wrong, but I don't recall him having been given a shot at the captaincy and walked out as the bell cow of the program. Weston is in a unique circumstance in that regard.

    Bradley was a great prospect too, I remember that very well.

    Neither Adams nor Bradley became the face of their team though.
     
  11. deejay

    deejay Member+

    Feb 14, 2000
    Tarpon Springs, FL
    Club:
    Jorge Wilstermann
    Nat'l Team:
    Bolivia
    Ah, ok. With that clarification, I see your point now.
     
  12. truefan420

    truefan420 Member+

    May 30, 2010
    oakland
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We have players in the MLS that play that position.
     
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  13. UncagedGorilla

    Sep 22, 2009
    Tulsa
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    American Samoa
    Yeah! Schalke finished below Morales' Fortuna Dusseldorf last year. Clearly, you all are just promoting him because of his league. We should send LAFC over there to show them how real soccer is played. /s

    In all seriousness, he's a great talent and has always had that intangible leadership ability even back in his Dallas academy days. I'd love to see him get a shot at the 6. His long-range passing is quite underrated and I suspect that's intentional because it hurts one of USSF's ever-diminishing pro-Bradley/Trapp arguments. But above all, I want to see him and Adams in a double pivot!
     
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