MLS Flavors of the week: 2019 Edition

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by Sombrerito, Dec 20, 2018.

  1. gogorath

    gogorath Member+

    None
    United States
    May 12, 2019
    But they made the playoffs.

    And yes, they are way better. MNUTD and FC Cincy have proven that. FC Cincy set the USL points record last year and is atrocious in MLS.
     
  2. Pegasus

    Pegasus Member+

    Apr 20, 1999
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think the Almeyda system may not work at the national team level with the lack of training and patience of the fans. The coach whose methods seem most fitted for this group of players is Marsh. Whether he'd leave his career track to take over is another story. This bunch of young kids is perfect for RB style of pressing and counter pressing. he already has had Adams a key to that style and McKennie, Pulisic, Weah, Sargent etc seem like a perfect fit for that pressing, quick attack style.
     
  3. gogorath

    gogorath Member+

    None
    United States
    May 12, 2019
    That was my point. He’s a great coach but many of the systematic complaints against Berhalter would apply to Almeyda.
     
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  4. manq360

    manq360 Member+

    Jun 17, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Please...NO! There would have to be a clause in his contract that he could not play Michael past his earning the record of most games played. Otherwise, I would not even consider him. Also we should look to the future and not rehire a coach from the past.
     
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  5. xbhaskarx

    xbhaskarx Member+

    Feb 13, 2010
    NorCal
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    In terms of USMNT coaches, Bob Bradley and Gregg Berhalter are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of the experimentation --- conservativeness scale. Bradley would be salivating over some of these talented younger players... Berhalter talks about "continuity" and just openly stated that Pomykal was not brought into camp to actually play in the games.
     
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  6. Dr.Phil

    Dr.Phil Member+

    Jan 18, 2004
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  7. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
  8. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
  9. gunnerfan7

    gunnerfan7 Member+

    SJ Earthquakes/Arsenal
    United States
    Jul 22, 2012
    Pleasanton, California
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Still fewer than Wondo, 36 y.o all-time goalscoring champion in that lower league.
     
  10. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    Fckall to do with the goal or the thread, but cool.

    Keaton Parks gets the start in central midfield of a 4141 and gets the goal. The coach praised his off-the-ball work.
     
  11. thedukeofsoccer

    thedukeofsoccer Member+

    Jul 11, 2004
    Youtube: Jimmy Dore, Secular Talk
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Wayne Rooney weighed in with his thought on issues that should be addressed in the upcoming CBA. Not surprisingly he noted the flight protocol, but maybe more was him sticking up for American players by claiming they are underpaid.

    And of course he's absolutely correct. They don't have leverage of being acquired typically, the single entity system still impacts young players who aren't homegrowns, and the salary cap exceptions disproportionately benefit the foreign players.

    In the follow-up, Herc asserted those exceptions to the cap should be abolished, and they should just raise it. Really it's just time to remove it to compete on the worldwide stage finally. Put your money where your mouth is.
     
  12. TheHoustonHoyaFan

    Oct 14, 2011
    Houston
    Club:
    FC Schalke 04
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    2nd match in a row that Russel Canouse has been played at RB and again he looked very good and was one of DC's best players!

    I certainly did not see that coming and honestly did not think Canouse was quick enough to play as a FB. Canouse is such a tactically savvy player with top notch work-rate that he makes it work and had 4 tackles today.

    Maybe Olsen is sending Berhalter a message; You want a gimmick combo DM/RB, well ...
     
  13. dlokteff

    dlokteff Member+

    Jan 22, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    I see Jordan Morris learned his lesson on the diving header back across quickly!



    And so much for chest goals, I think he got one with his balls.

     
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  14. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    US-Eligible WS MLS Team of the Week 28(Sept 4-17)
    Includes matches during the international break.

    -------------------------------Altidore(7.9)1st------------
    -------Sapong(9.3)MOTM--------------------Picault(7.7)MOTM-----
    ---------------Lletget(9.8)2nd-----------Corona(8.1)6th
    -------------------------------Bradley(8.1)3rd----
    ---Romney(7.4)7th-----------------------------------DeLeon(9.0)MOTM----
    -----------------------Long(7.6)1st-----Glad(7.3)5th-----------
    -----------------------------Turner(7.7)MOTM-----

    Player of the Week: Lletget DeLeon Sapong
    U23 Eligible Player of the Week: Parks Bassett Herrera

    Honorable Mention:
    GK:
    Johnson(7.7)MOTM Willis(7.6)3rd Rimando(7.4)3rd Irwin(7.4)5th Johnson(7.3)4th Hamid(7.3)5th Bingham(7.3)8th
    LB: Harvey(7.0)3rd KSmith(7.0)4th
    CB: Birnbaum(7.3)4th Farrell(7.1)4th OGonzalez(7.1)7th Steres(7.1)9th
    RB: Rosenberry(8.2)2nd Canouse(7.9)2nd Herrera(7.5)2nd Rosenberry(7.3)2nd
    LM/LF: Morris(7.8)2nd Gyau(7.1)2nd Ebobisse(7.0)4th
    CM: Bronico(8.0)4th Feilhaber(7.9)1st Parks(7.9)1st McCarty(7.9)5th Delgado(7.8)5th Bassett(7.6)4th Beckerman(7.3)6th Garcia(7.3)8th Amaya(7.1)3rd Bradley(7.0)2nd Altidore(7.0)3rd Parks(7.0)6th KAcosta(7.0)7th
    RM/RF: Roldan(7.4)3rd Lennon(7.4)4th
    AM/FW: Ramirez(7.6) FW: Zardes(7.7)MOTM Wondolowski(7.7)3rd Dwyer(7.5)2nd
     
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  15. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    Lletget has been putting up big number playing the 10 in a 4231, 8/10 in a 433, and the 8 in a 4312.

    Ramirez with a nice number at the 10. Let's see if he can repeat the feet.

    Canouse at RB. Could be a thing. If he can stay fit.

    Gotta love his Parks's incidents charts. He has been putting himself about. Quick feet. A sweet dribble. Excellent motor. Excellent field vision. He is due for a call up.

    Morris should be pivotal in the Canada match.

    Sapong should've gotten more caps. He has excelling across the front line positions.

    Rimando - still putting great performances.
     
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  16. comoesa

    comoesa Member+

    Aug 13, 2010
    Christen Press's armpit
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The only MLS midfield call up I liked by Berhalter was Lleget and Yueill last go around. The only other midfielder I believe that should be called in from MLS besides the MB90 legacy call up is Parks. No more Roldan, no more Trapp.
     
  17. 50/50 Ball

    50/50 Ball Member+

    Sep 6, 2006
    USA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    Parks being 6'2" is nice as well. Can't hurt to have another tall guy on set pieces.
     
  18. rgli13

    rgli13 Member+

    Mar 23, 2005
    Memphis, Tn
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    we need somebody who can hit a decent ball on set pieces first...
     
  19. 50/50 Ball

    50/50 Ball Member+

    Sep 6, 2006
    USA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    True. I think that's coming. Some of the youth seem to be good ball striker. I just hope we never get married to a kick taker again.

    Some days Landon or Mike were off and they just kept on trying...
     
  20. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Alex Mendez of the u20s is a fantastic set piece taker.

    Gio Reyna of the U17s is one of the best I've seen for us at that level.
     
  21. ifsteve

    ifsteve Member

    Manchester United
    United States
    Jul 7, 2013
    MS and ID
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This. Nothing wrong with taking a different direction in a game when players are just not getting it done that day. Unfortunately for the USMNT we have shown too much of a tendency to stick with the bread and butter even if the bread is moldy.
     
  22. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    6'4"
     
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  23. gunnerfan7

    gunnerfan7 Member+

    SJ Earthquakes/Arsenal
    United States
    Jul 22, 2012
    Pleasanton, California
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Oh, well it matters because, if MLS production translates to MNT value, Wondolowski deserves a callup.

    Zardes is continuously protected by the excuse that "we don't have many forwards scoring in MLS", yet we're certainly not entertaining calling in the most productive American forward in MLS?

    Either call up players based on production, or call them up based on skill. Zardes is 2nd best in both areas(Wondo has the most production, and Sapong probably has the best skillset for our holdup strikers), yet continues to get starts?

    So long as Zardes gets mentioned as a flavor, I will respond with the fact that he continues to trail the unfairly-maligned MLS American goalscoring king (and career MLS goalscoring king).
     
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  24. Eleven Bravo

    Eleven Bravo Member+

    Atlanta United
    United States
    Jul 3, 2004
    SC
    Club:
    Atlanta Silverbacks
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Amaya, Gyau, and Gutman look promising for FC Cincinnati. For a kid, Amaya might need a little more talk about him.
     
  25. wixson7

    wixson7 Member+

    May 12, 2009
    boulder
    What happened to frankie... he started at the beginning of the year but missing since.. injury?

    What's the talk part?
     

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