Post-match: USA @ Costa Rica 3/30

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  1. kruck

    kruck Member+

    Jan 12, 2008
    Houston, TX
    Club:
    SV Werder Bremen
    We need a goalkeeper who is playing week in and week out at a good level starting at the WC.

    Steffen looked rusty as hell. We can’t have that.

    Id rather he was starting back at Columbus then playing 3 times a year for Man City.
     
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  2. mfw13

    mfw13 Member+

    Jul 19, 2003
    Seattle
    Club:
    Newcastle United FC
    I was shocked by the starting lineup tonight and the fact that Berhalter started the same group that started in the Azteca.

    I thought he's start the backups alongside some of the guys who didn't go 90 against Panama, and then bring in the A-team only if things started going badly.
     
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  3. grandinquisitor28

    Feb 11, 2002
    Nevada
    Unless a wing forward ahead of him gets hurt I can definitely see Berhalter bringing Arriola to the cup and just taking 2 forwards.
     
  4. RecLeague Super Sub

    Fulham
    United States
    Jun 5, 2019
    Steffen exposed? Yes. Will Greggg bench him because of it? Unfortunately, no.
     
  5. thedukeofsoccer

    thedukeofsoccer Member+

    Jul 11, 2004
    Wussconsin
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    People are conveniently ignoring that we played pretty well in the 1st half with the lineup that was originally trotted out there with more defensive stability and structure.

    It didn't fall apart until the cm change was made at half. And both goals against were partially on gk'ing errors. He didn't have tired legs.

    One lesson was to stop trusting Steffen. Berhalter should have known that long before last game.

    Another is to not trust players simply because they look halfway decent in far easier games at home.

    A third is to not listen to fans and stay patient with a sensible gameplan that's working. It should pay off in time. We nearly scored a couple times in the 1st half. Had better chances than in the 2nd. And we didn't allow significant ones the other way to allow Steffen to eff up again.
     
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  6. bct81

    bct81 Member+

    multiple (DC United, Dortmund, Chelsea, Arsenal, Juve ....)
    United States
    Mar 17, 2007
    moving around the US every few years ....
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    1. I am so looking forward to Wes getting healthy.
    2. Wes and Yunus and Adams can be an absolutely dominating midfield.
    3. I am so looking forward to NOT having any CONCACAAF refs and not playing in Central America. So obvious that CRs strategy was to constantly hack down CP over and over again. Ref could have stopped it early in the game with a yellow.
    4. Steffen was just horrible.
    5. I am so looking forward to our best player (Wes) getting healthy.
    6. Yunus is a beast.
     
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  7. grandinquisitor28

    Feb 11, 2002
    Nevada
    Steffen looked like Berhalter era Steffen, particularly 2019, error prone gaffe machine Steffen. He has no business as the starter, period.
     
  8. RecLeague Super Sub

    Fulham
    United States
    Jun 5, 2019
    Yedlin is a great athlete who happens to “play” soccer. As opposed to others in the team who are actual, technical footballers. He probably makes the WC squad simply because his athleticism may come in handy as a sub at some point, but you are spot on and many have noticed this for years. Not the guy you want to play if you are trying to control possession and ping it around.
     
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  9. Strikerdad10

    Strikerdad10 Member

    Jul 22, 2005
    We didn’t get outplayed we got out finished. I’ll take our team over that CR team every time. These boards ( not specifically your post) are so bipolar. Not a Greg fan but he’s what we’re stuck with for now. Go USA
     
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  10. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    USA
    ******** them picks.

    Onto the World Cup baby
     
  11. puttputtfc

    puttputtfc Member+

    Sep 7, 1999
    I'm guessing Steffen's retirement account disagrees with this.
     
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    Fulham
    United States
    Jun 5, 2019
    #7 - we are still severely lacking at the #9 spot, and it’s glaringly obvious to any team that’s scouts us.
    #8 if Yedlin makes the WC roster, he should see very few minutes, or we are in trouble
     
  13. USOutlaw16

    USOutlaw16 Member+

    Green Bay Voyageurs
    United States
    Jan 22, 2011
    On the Gringo Wall of Shame
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We also finished 3rd in qualifying for that tournament.

    You don't have to qualify in style. You just have to qualify.
     
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  14. Marius Tresor

    Marius Tresor Member+

    Aug 1, 2014
    That's right. I didn't see it but the U.S. must have had a higher xG. Finishing/final third is a huge problem.
     
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  15. schrutebuck

    schrutebuck Member+

    Jul 26, 2007
    Oh dear. We have a potential locker room problem here:

     
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  16. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    USA
    With that said, this was actually the best I've seen the US play away to CRC. If this was basketball this was a 20 point win. But it's soccer and they have Keylor Navas so it was a 2 - 0 loss. Whatever, we were better in 10 positions, gave up a bad corner, and a flukey/lucky scrum goal, and then Navas saved some goals.

    Analytically, no surprises. Christian was forced to do much on his own because he had Acosta as his 8, Yedlin showed well positionally and played good D, but struggled with his final ball. LDLT should be competing with Yunus for that other 8 spot. Reyna needs to be less about highlite reel passes and dribbles and just play his BVB game.
     
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  17. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    USA
    Keylor Navas was a problem. A lesser keeper and we have at least 2 goals
     
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  18. Bajoro

    Bajoro Member+

    Sep 10, 2000
    The Inland Empire
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    In hindsight, Zimm + M. Robinson in central defense, in back of Acosta and Adams, with Yedlin in support, was probably never going to look pretty.

    Unless we're at or near full strength in Qatar w Wes, Gio, Brendan, Dest — it's gonna be rough.
     
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  19. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    USA
    He was playing at 80%. No way has he been healthy. He needs to get some run this fall
     
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  20. RecLeague Super Sub

    Fulham
    United States
    Jun 5, 2019
    He’s a great guy and a CONCACAF legend, and I will not miss him. He has won so
    Many of their points single-handedly, and kept the US from scoring too many times
     
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  21. deejay

    deejay Member+

    Feb 14, 2000
    Tarpon Springs, FL
    Club:
    Jorge Wilstermann
    Nat'l Team:
    Bolivia
    That was disappointing but the score flattered the Ticos a bit. in every main offensive stat (shots, SOT, xG, corners, etc) our team led. In spite of that we didn't score. Our shots looked a millisecond late and of course Keylor did Keylor. The main topic for this window is how much better our offense works when conceding possession and playing a lower line against Mexico and Panama vs playing an aggressive high Iine against CR.

    Was the high line a mistake by Berhalter? Eh, it was a glorified friendly and I think we could have expected a tighter game from the defense than what they delivered if there was anything truly on the line. However, Costa Rica's MO is very troublesome for us. I hope we don't have to deal with this in the WC and I think we most likely won't. But we do have to continue to be better against a compact defense.
     
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  22. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    USA
    As a 2 seed, we're likely going up against 1 definite bunker (unless it's ********ing Ghana again at the 4 seed) and a team that's likely going to view as the more dangerous side, and thus happy to cede possession for counters. CRC is a good example of that 3 seed, and tonight was a good example of how to beat it and how to lose against it all in one match
     
  23. MarioKempes

    MarioKempes Member+

    Real Madrid, DC United, anywhere Pulisic plays
    Aug 3, 2000
    Proxima Centauri
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Substantial penalty for early withdrawal.
     
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  24. MarioKempes

    MarioKempes Member+

    Real Madrid, DC United, anywhere Pulisic plays
    Aug 3, 2000
    Proxima Centauri
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Turner could realistically beat out Ramsdale by the first game in August. Turner is better at PKs, perhaps a better athlete. It's not a given. It may not be a question of either-or, as they might be rotated.

    This all remains to be seen.
     
  25. dlokteff

    dlokteff Member+

    Jan 22, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    In with a whimper.

    On with the Slonina era.
     

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