Pre-match: USA vs Jamaica -- Gold Cup Semi-Finals Wed 7/1

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  1. juveeer

    juveeer Member+

    Aug 3, 2006
    Anyone playing a 4-1-4-1, with MB as the 1 in front of the defense, against a team like Curacao or tonight against Jamaica, is asking for problems.

    Especially when you combine it with an ineffective, unaggressive, half-hearted, confused and individualistic forward press.

    Ye Gawds.

    We don't have a left back!

    This is not a revelation. We haven't had one in a coons age. We are effectively playing a 3 man backline with Ream in there, so why not just play one and forget the overly complicated RB as also a CM that our resident genius on our bench has come up with!

    No need to overcomplicate this. Just play a 3-4-3 or a 3-5-2 and forget about it.

    Or, heck, even pull out Klinsi's old 4-4-2 Diamond if you have to play MB. He MAY be able to play as a deep lying regista spraying diagonal balls from deep - at least when he has some time - IF you surround him with a couple of box to boxers or one of them and a winger who will defend. If you want to play Zardes, he will do that work!

    I am afraid our brain trust is overly fond of its own genius. But if we trot out the formation we played against Curacao with MB as the sole windshield wiper in front of our back-whatever-it-is, we are gonna get worked - unless that press has improved about 200% in the last couple of days.
     
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  2. roby

    roby Member+

    SIRLOIN SALOON FC, PITTSFIELD MA
    Feb 27, 2005
    So Cal
    Klinsmann got a bronze in 'o6. Coaches are hired to be fired unless they're "Sir" Alex. Most leagues are like musical chairs. :coffee:
     
  3. mannycoon

    mannycoon Member

    May 13, 2009
    If we want a slow, skilled left footed player who is basically a third CB, could try Brooks there.
     
  4. Ace08

    Ace08 Member

    May 30, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    Or...if you're going to insist on playing a CB out of position at FB....why not put Long at RB who has decent pace and then just switch Lima to left back (where he plays for his club)? You'd still have Zimmerman and Miazga at CB in that scenario so no matter how you slice it, it's a better back 4.

    I could come up with a million different combinations that are all better than having Tim Ream on the field, at any of the 4 defensive positions.
     
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  5. Ace08

    Ace08 Member

    May 30, 2010
    Club:
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    I'd be willing to bet a healthy Brooks beats Ream in a foot race
     
  6. Ace08

    Ace08 Member

    May 30, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    #181 Ace08, Jul 3, 2019
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    I get it...but he's not a good enough coach that his decisions can't be questioned.

    For the love of all things holy in this world, the man left Landon Donovan home out of spite because the two didn't get along. Good luck trying to convince anyone with a brain that follows the USMNT closely that Landon Donovan wasn't one of the best 23 US players available in the pool. Even if you didn't view him as a starter (which he was still good enough to be at that point), he was definitely good enough to be your super sub.

    You're talking THE most prestigious event in international soccer that only comes along once every 4 years. A "good" coach with a limited player pool would never allow his roster construction to be determined by something so petty.
     
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  7. wrench

    wrench Member+

    May 12, 2007
    NYC
    Club:
    Arsenal FC

    I was thinking about this today. The diff between GGG/Klinsi and Arena/Bradley is A/B never played. Not sure, really about Bradley, but I know Arena never played. He coached lax. These guys who played, our choices of course, seem to have a little pig headedness about them. Klinsi was like "just go out there and play" and GGG is like "this guy is good for this and that guy is good for that and that is what I want". I was bored, but "that is what I thought".
     
  8. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    In the long term, it didn't.
     
  9. bsky22

    bsky22 Member+

    Dec 8, 2003
    People dont want Ream, Berhalter makes him captain!!!
     
  10. bsky22

    bsky22 Member+

    Dec 8, 2003
    Altidore, Morris, Miazga, and Cannon for Zardes, Boyd, Zimmerman, and Lima.
     
  11. Ace08

    Ace08 Member

    May 30, 2010
    Club:
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    He also benched Zimmerman and Lima.....all in the name of keeping Ream on the field.

    Ream is due for one of his WTF moments. Let's all hold hands and pray it isn't in these next 2 matches.
     
  12. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
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  13. CMeszt

    CMeszt Member+

    YVAN EHT NIOJ
    Jan 9, 2004
    3 blocks from "SoccerHouse", Chicago
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    This... is a stretch.
     
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  14. dlokteff

    dlokteff Member+

    Jan 22, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    Arena played. He actually has one cap with the USMNT (He was a GK). But yes, he was more a LAX guy.

    Bob played at Princeton, but not after that.
     
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  15. dlokteff

    dlokteff Member+

    Jan 22, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
  16. dlokteff

    dlokteff Member+

    Jan 22, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    Really weird time to start Reggie Cannon.

    Maybe he is faster than Lima and GGG is worried about Lawrence?
     
  17. tomásbernal

    tomásbernal Member+

    Sep 4, 2007
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  18. AutoPenalti

    AutoPenalti Am I famous yet?

    Sep 26, 2011
    Coconut Creek
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If I don’t make it before 9pm, I nominate @Sebsasour to start the PBP
     
  19. Sebsasour

    Sebsasour Member+

    New Mexico United
    May 26, 2012
    Albuquerque NM
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Too late, but my pre match thread was stolen from me
     
  20. tomásbernal

    tomásbernal Member+

    Sep 4, 2007
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I mean, there were at least a half dozen screaming ever since Berhalter was named that Bradley would be captain every game, yet it seems that everyone on the pitch has gotten the chance except Bradley. (ok, maybe I recall he wore the band once? As a sub for Trapp?)
     
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  21. Midas Mulligan

    Midas Mulligan Member+

    Jul 24, 2013
    NYC
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Do you (or anyone) have a good mobile friendly stream link you could pm me? I’m over international waters, so I’m getting the IP heisman.
     
  22. 70runner

    70runner Member

    Jun 21, 2007
    MB90 at CM...a sure ticket to watch the championship game. Jamaica will make him look even slower than he actually is. Did they learn anything from WC qualifying?...that a big, ponderous midfielder doesn't work against even average teams.
     
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  23. dlokteff

    dlokteff Member+

    Jan 22, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    Cannon and Morris together on right is weird in a knockout game.

    IF he's trying to do this 3-2-2-3 attack, it can't work. Cannon can't be the guy going central as we've never seen that. So Wes has to dropback. So then morris is the guy going central with CP? Yuck.

    I can't remember the Panama game that well but I know we stunk.
     
  24. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Cannon is a solid defender on the right side in US's half.
     
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  25. dlokteff

    dlokteff Member+

    Jan 22, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    Fine.

    So if cannon is there to defend, then what? Captain LB isn't bombing down the wing.
     

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