Pre-match: Simeon Jackson - "We can shut down the US trio" - USA vs Canada

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by AutoPenalti, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. AutoPenalti

    AutoPenalti Am I famous yet?

    Sep 26, 2011
    Coconut Creek
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Canada reveal key to win vs. US: Shut down American mids

    According to Johnson, defense in the midfield will be the key to getting a result against the Americans. Canada manager Stephen Hart indicated on Saturday that the injured Atiba Hutchinson will likely be held out, a move which could shift RSL’s Johnson alongside Toronto FC’s Julian de Guzman in the central midfield. They will be the main counterbalance
    to the US’ talented midfield trio of Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones and Maurice Edu.
    “We have to limit their time,” Johnson said. “They’ve got greatmidfielders — Bradley, Jones, Edu, [Kyle] Beckerman, if he gets in. They have great guys who can play one touch, who like to move, and play forward well. We have to deny the service into the strikers, take the pressure off our back four. Good defense will lead to some decent attacking
    “The system we’re playing is very similar to the US: attacking down the flanks and pushing through the middle,” De Rosario said. “We have guys with good pace and guys playing regularly overseas and in the US. The main thing is getting that understanding of each other — where a guy likes the ball, where he makes his runs, where he’s most productive for us. That’s what this game is for against the US.”

  2. INKRO

    INKRO Member+

    Jul 28, 2011
    I would have thought somehow overwhelming our defense would be the easier way to go about this...
  3. BimmerBenz95

    BimmerBenz95 Member+

    Feb 24, 2012
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  4. freisland

    freisland Member+

    Jan 31, 2001
    That will be Jackson's job. (somebody call Whitbred - he should have some training ground insight.)
  5. MarioKempes

    MarioKempes Member+

    Real Madrid, DC United, anywhere Pulisic plays
    Aug 3, 2000
    Proxima Centauri
    Real Madrid
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Canada is about to get a whoopin. They may not realize yet, but it's coming.
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  6. FirstStar

    FirstStar Hustlin' for the USA

    Feb 1, 2005
    Time's Arrow
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Their analysis is spot on. The headline is, of course, typical yellow journalism. I'm looking forward to this game- Canada play a lot like us. We should learn something about how opponents prepare for us in preparing for Canada.
  7. Editor In Chimp

    Editor In Chimp Member+

    Sep 7, 2008
    Poor Canadians are gonna get blown off the field tonight.
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  8. TrueCrew

    TrueCrew Member+

    Dec 22, 2003
    Columbus, OH
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If we win by 2, I'll be more than happy. Canada will put up a much better fight than Scotland did.
  9. Editor In Chimp

    Editor In Chimp Member+

    Sep 7, 2008
    Canada will be lucky if this doesn't end up 5-1. Seriously.
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  10. sidefootsitter

    sidefootsitter Member+

    Oct 14, 2004
    Well, they were realllllllly lucky then.

    And Jackson was correct - drop off the US backline, get a numerical superiority vs. the US 3-man midfield and you cut off the supply to their forwards.

    One could see that tactics 10 minutes in.

    And getting nasty is no substitute for tactical adjustments.
  11. Bora Fan

    Bora Fan Member

    Dec 14, 1998
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Canada outworked the US - they out wanted the US - they outperformed the US - and they outed the fact that Donovan looks exhausted mentally and physically. . . often time looking like a guy who is realizing first in the Brazil game and now against Canada - that he has lost that extra gear/step that he relied on to get to balls, go at teams, or to track back on defense.

    I think Klinsmann realizes that this team needs guys who are hungry - that is why Gomez is playing ahead of Altidore - and maybe that is what turned Chandler off and seems to be gnawing at Donovan who has always been treated like a delicate flower by other coaches like Yallop and Arena who gave him time off - and understood his complex hierarchy of needs as the best US player.

    What Klinsmann is saying indirectly is that to produce players as good or better than Donovan consistently - and take US soccer to the next level - we are going to need more guys like Dempsey and Howard who are hungry to be pros and push things as far and as fast as possible - and the sensitive types like Chandler and Donovan - should be the exception.
  12. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    FC Dallas
    Great. Did they win the game?

    If the goal of Canada's strategy was to get a 0-0 draw, then it was a tactical masterpiece.
  13. swedust

    swedust Member+

    Aug 30, 2004
    I remember how many times my screen would show only Bradley, Goodson, and Boca. They were far enough forward that Howard could not be seen, yet Canada had compressed so far in the rearward two-thirds that not a single of their players was visible on camera. Meanwhile, our fullbacks stepped into the snare by inviting passes into double coverage/pressure.

    What a goofy match.

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