You're not dead to me, Fredo: Morales at Dusseldorf

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  1. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Last game Fredo was suspended due to yellow card accumulation, and Fortuna had their best game in the season, destroying Schalke 0-4 away. So, just like that, he's got benched.
     
  2. BostonRed

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    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
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    Off the bench:

     
  3. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
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    Got subbed in for the last 15, but Frankfurt scored again towards the end. 0-2 and 0-3 in rapid succession. They came apart toward the end.
     
  4. LuckofLichaj

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    Mar 9, 2012
    He had two pretty terrible moments in distribution, but he won all the challenges that came his way. He seems to have gotten much bigger and stronger since his US debut. I love his physicality and aggression. Maybe he’s not a starter but there’s a use for him in our current best 23, no question. And he isn’t too old given his position to think he might be there in 2022.
     
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  5. BostonRed

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  6. schrutebuck

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    Jul 26, 2007
    No action today for Morales, as Dusseldorf got rocked 5-2 by John Brooks and Wolfsburg.
     
  7. Ger90

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  8. schrutebuck

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    Jul 26, 2007
    While he did start last week's match, Morales falls to the bench and earns a DNP for today's, as Dusseldorf win 4-1 over Bremen.

    Morales has 16 starts and 4 sub appearances in 31 league matches played this season.
     
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  9. Ger90

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    they actually look better without him tbh.
     
  10. adam tash

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    Jul 12, 2013
    which is weird cuz he doesnt look out of place out there....
     
  11. BostonRed

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    Got a few minutes in a 3-2 loss for 10 man Fortuna:

     
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  12. BostonRed

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  14. Streaky Bacon

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    Apr 11, 2015
    Scores the 14th goal in a 0-14 rout of RSV Weyer

     
  15. BostonRed

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  16. ArsenalMetro

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    Steffen's loan could be a good opportunity for Morales to get back into the national team picture. Berhalter is probably going to watch a few games of Steffen's, assuming he gets the starting role, so if Morales can impress in those appearances, anything is possible.
     
  17. Maxvall

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  18. mattjo

    mattjo Member+

    Feb 3, 2001
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    First, Morales should focus on getting a starting spot in the team again. He lost it last year. Not saying it is an impossibility, but his performances for the major part of last year were underwhelming. Hopefully, he impresses and earns a starting position and performs well enough to deserve a call up.
     
  19. DHC1

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    The thought that a B1 player has to start to "deserve a call up" is wrong.
     
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  20. Eleven Bravo

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    Jul 3, 2004
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    Especially, considering that who is his competition?

    1. Tyler Adams - okay, he’s clearly behind Adams, but Adams is still injured right now.

    2. Michael Bradley - Bradley’s days are done. I’ll concede he worked hard and passed well in the Gold Cup, but it’s still clear he just no longer had the mobility to not be a liability on the international stage, which makes our 8 drop deeper to protect him. This invites pressure. At best, Bradley should just be an “oh shit” candidate.

    3. Wil Trapp - God help us if Trapp is the best we could do. I’ve never been high on Trapp, but he should never be called up again after the Gold Cup. He’s clearly out of his depth when USL players are bypassing him like a traffic cone.

    4. ???? Canouse, nah... Durkin, hell no. I can’t think of anyone. Maybe James Sands can convert from CB to CDM or Palmer-Brown, but that’s up in the air.

    Therefore, it’s absurd to just outright ignore Morales. Give him a legitimate shot to be a back up for the national team as a 6. Let’s see if he can offer us some bite and athleticism that our midfield needs right now.
     
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  21. DHC1

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    100% agreed. I've bit my tongue on your thoughtful USMNT player pool for a long time as you've had Morales below Trapp and Bradley since it's gone up......time for a new list!
     
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  22. mattjo

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    So all of these folks deserved callups automatically because they were on Bundesliga squads? Some of them were called up yes, but you seem to be stating all players on a roster at a Bundesliga squad should be called up regardless of performance at the club or previously with the National team. Just being in a league does not mean you are automatically better. Folks are just assuming because he was on a Bundesliga roster than the MUST be better than Bradley, etc. You don't think the staff from the past three managers haven't evaluated Morales... what about his game stands out to you? Was there something about his performances last year that made you think he would be an improvement over Adams, McKennie, Bradley, Trapp, etc.?

    Bryan Arguez
    Casey Conor
    Terrence Boyd
    John van Buskirk
    Russell Canouse (has a Bundesliga appearance)
    Ricardo Clark
    Julian Green
    Kamani Hill
    Aron Johannsson
    Jerome Keisewetter
    Michael Mason
    Michael Parkhurst
    Heath Pearce
    Caleb Stanko
    Bobby Wood
     
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  23. DHC1

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    Jun 3, 2002
    NYC
    there's a big difference between a deep bench / reserve player who gets a tiny bit of time (Haji) and Morales who received 50% of the CM minutes at a mid-table team and has a lengthy history of playing around this level.

    BTW, I would put Wood in a similar, albeit slighly lower, bucket.

    If Aron weren't brittle, he's a talented guy but no one can rely upon him nowadays.
     
  24. DHC1

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    Jun 3, 2002
    NYC
    He's not better than Adams and McKennie but he's a far better two way player than Bradley and Trapp. Neither of those two would sniff the field for a B1 team given their athletic limitations.
     
  25. mattjo

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    Feb 3, 2001
    Washington DC
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    United States
    Just curious, how you are assessing that Morales is better... based on which matches that you have seen?
     
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