Pre-match: US v. Bosnia, August 14, 2013

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by keller4president, Jul 3, 2013.

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  1. FlipsLikeAPancake

    Jul 6, 2010
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Fiscal got hurt. Ream isn't all that good. Parkhurst doesn't play CB anymore. And unlike Johannsson, Brooks isn't cap tied so we have more incentive to start him to make him feel valuable to the program. So no, I'm not all that surprised.
     
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  2. ArsenalMetro

    ArsenalMetro Member+

    Arsenal
    United States
    Aug 5, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    I think Parkhurst is simply a better player.
     
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  3. mckersive

    mckersive Member+

    Mar 26, 2013
    New York City
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Someone here mentioned here that if Brooks needs to be evaluated on a fast-tracked basis, it would be best to have him go against Dzeko and other first teamers. I forget who mentioned it, but the point was astute.
     
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  4. FlipsLikeAPancake

    Jul 6, 2010
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Anyone know who didn't make the 18? (We still do that for friendlies right? I know official matches now allow a full 23)
     
  5. ArsenalMetro

    ArsenalMetro Member+

    Arsenal
    United States
    Aug 5, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Williams and Cropper
     
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  6. TrueCrew

    TrueCrew Member+

    Dec 22, 2003
    Columbus, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think your assumptions are wrong about the lineup. I'd think one of LD/Clint would replace Diskerud, and the other would be deployed wide. At least at this point. FJ would probably be the other wing, and Beasley the LB. If FJ comes in at LB, then the other wide position is up for grabs between Zusi, Bedoya, Corona, Shea, EJ, Gomez, and now, Johannsson.

    First Team: 4-2-3-1
    GK: Howard
    RB: Cherundolo
    RCB: Gonzalez/Goodson/Cameron
    LCB: Besler
    LB: Beasley/F. Johnson
    CM1: Jones
    CM2: Bradley
    RM: Donovan OR Zusi/Bedoya/Corona/Gomez
    CAM/SS: Dempsey/Donovan
    LM: F. Johnson/Dempsey/EJ
    ST: Altidore
     
  7. alocksley

    alocksley Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Burbank, CA
    I think it depends on how Mix plays in this advanced role. If he plays well, helps create chances, it will be tempting to play him there and deploy Dempsey and Donovan wide.
     
  8. Redmen Rule

    Redmen Rule Member

    Liverpool FC
    United States
    Aug 16, 2004
    Salem
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    Brooks?
     
  9. FlipsLikeAPancake

    Jul 6, 2010
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So we're dressing 20 players? Huh.
     
  10. alocksley

    alocksley Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Burbank, CA
    While it is great to have so many different attacking options among the ever-expanding player pool, it is frustrating that (barring a miraculous recovery from injury and rise to form from Brek Shea), we have no true wingers. They are all players being played out of position. The only caveat is if Beasley is deployed there, but that's doubtful. So we are left with either slow players who can provide decent service but will struggle to create enough seperation (Zusi, Bedoya), pacey players who can create separation but don't cross well (EJ, Corona), or great players who will be missed in the middle (Donovan, Dempsey).
     
  11. KickballWizard

    Jun 11, 2013
    I expect to see Parkhurst and Corona replace Evans and Bedoya for the majority, if not the entire second half.

    If Cherundolo or Chandler regain their form, Evans and Parkhurst may end up fighting for one rb roster spot in Brazil.

    Likewise, Bedoya and Corona are likely competing for the right to stay in the conversation with Shea and Torres for possibly the final wing/attacking spot off the bench.
     
  12. papermache16

    papermache16 Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Might we actually ROOT for Evans to do well, that way if he succeeds against top talent, we have even more depth at our weakest position?

    This reminds me of the time certain posters rooted for Bob to fail.
     
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  13. KickballWizard

    Jun 11, 2013
    i am not part of the Evans fan club but I agree!
     
  14. TrueCrew

    TrueCrew Member+

    Dec 22, 2003
    Columbus, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Brooks is starting in the Bundesliga. He'll have plenty of chances to be evaluated against world class players. They play Munich, Monchengladbach, Stuttgart, Schalke, Leverkusen, et al twice a year.

    If Fiscal doesn't get hurt, I don't think Brooks would have started. JK likes to ease guys in. But Brooks has to be ahead of Ream.
     
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  15. PhillyandBCEagles

    Jul 9, 2012
    NC
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Anyone have a feed??
     
  16. KickballWizard

    Jun 11, 2013
    I wonder if we'll see ej & mix switch spots and shift to more of a 4-4-2 if mix struggles in the cam/ss role.
     
  17. KickballWizard

    Jun 11, 2013
    I, like most, am very excited about Johannsson, but I really hope that Boyd gets some decent minutes. With aj joining the group, this might be Boyd's last chance to get enough minutes to show whether he deserves to remain in the discussion for a world cup roster spot.
     

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