This is a great post. Yep. In addition to Iran being more aggressive, we traded Pulisic for Aaronson. Brenden's great, but his style is more of a counter-attacking player who rides the front line, so we lost Pulisic's coming back and assisting in possession. We did have some good chances with him going forward, but this was another tick on control. They've now reporting he has a quad injury though not detailed as bad. He was definitely done. Yep, for all the hate possession play has gotten over this cycle, and all the dislike of MMA because of lack of creativity, it's interesting to see how people seem to value the control of the midfield they give when not fatigued. MMA's control is a vital part of our defense and ability to get the ball into attacking positions and when two of them tire or leave the game, it collapses. I know people think that Reyna or LDLT would slot right in but it's just as much about defensive play than possession (or more) ... so I am not nearly as certain. Well, I'm pretty certain the latter won't. We had already lost the first half level of control at this point. And it wasn't all Kellyn Acosta. Wright was terrible. He was in for size and maybe counterattacking, I am sure, but it does feel like someone like Reyna or Ferreira would have contributed more, if in an entirely different way. Wright held up the ball and had a big defensive header. Reyna or Ferreira would have possessed better, pressed Iran's passers better and might have scored. There was a moment early where Taremi had him one on one and chose to pass. I'm glad he didn't get tested there. That said, I think the same is true of Ream, Zimmerman and CCV. The former two have won some one on ones, but our best shot is preventing them. I'll be interested to see if he's played his way out. He's a good defender and has more physical size and strength, but his offense has been abysmal. I think Scally is a tough call in those situations -- he's super young, he hasn't been super great for the US, and while he's a willing defender ... I struggle to trust him in a penalty situation. I don't think our players have very good vision / have to focus on the dribble visually. I think they miss a LOT of passes because of that. Even Pulisic. I don't know if it is skill, tactical sense or composure, but we had at least three golden opportunities where we simply didn't make the right and obvious choice.