i dont believe berhalter will be fired, earnie wont be fired- no one will be fired. i dont see any reason to believe our selection will change in any significant way. "the group" is what it is, fitness and a decision are really the only way i see impactful additions to what weve seen. that said, what are some simple changes in the team you think are anywhere from remotely possible to far past due? our tactics/setup have changed in very small ways so i cant imagine a big change there- even if it were simplifying/easing up on "the system" or "principles". just curious if any of you have ideas, any reasons for hope with this manager, this fed and the way theyre doing things. heres a couple that stand out to me: 1) name a freaking captain already. this has bothered me for months. whether its a matter of our gross lack of consistency in lineups or that berhalter wants to be the one voice on the team (which he is, like it or not, in not allowing for a player in a recognized leadership position)- this overly democratic, revolving door approach keeps us rudderless. at this point i feel like even a bad choice would be preferable to none. 1a) some consistency would be nice. i know we have injuries that limit this, but look at the cb pairings alone- how many times have the same two players started two matches in a row together? has it happened? 2) we HAVE to find a set piece taker. beyond all the talk of tactics, systems, principle, etc aside we are throwing away a handful of chances per match simply in not coming CLOSE to taking advantage of fks/cks. as much as we talk about fighting spirit, will, etc (arguably) missing in current players/teams you know what else is missing? goals. hell, even chances. we have players who are/can be dominant in the air (brooks, miazga, mckennie), along with the other 3 or 4 cbs filtering in and out, altidore and sargent are passable at worst- and yet we get absolutely nothing out of them. what happened to the occasional goal from boca or gooch? even a goodson or a demerit? even the THREAT? sure, concacaf has gotten better but you know what it hasnt gotten? bigger. for all the talk of lesser players who serve the system, "its not all about individual talent", blah, blah- where the hell is our role player who can hit a half decent corner even a third of the time? cause none of "the group" can, thats painfully clear... its shocking how bad we are. pomykal is the only hope i see on the horizon, but i would absolutely argue kellyn acostas set pieces alone justify his consideration/inclusion as much/more than baird, lovitz, yueill, roldan, trapp, mihilovic or aaronson. take however much worse you think he is than any of those guys and then consider he would give us 3-5 legitimate scoring opportunities per game, as opposed to now where we bang a ball into the first defender, or float a ball over the box doing nothing but giving our aerial threats a nice jog. in lieu of scoring chances from open play (which we see precious little of) its baffling to me that we completely ignore and/or seem to make no effort to address that lack of an entire source of scoring chances/goals.