Pre-match: USA vs Bolivia May 28th, 2018

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  1. Lookingforleftbacks

    Galaxy
    United States
    Dec 17, 2016
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Ironically, this match is 2 years to the day after the last time the US played Bolivia, a 4-0 win. 2 goals from Zardes and a first goal for some kid who probably didn’t deserve a chance and I’m sure we’ll never hear about again :ROFLMAO:

    This match is in Pennsylvania at 6:30 ET on Memorial Day.
     
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  2. Lookingforleftbacks

    Galaxy
    United States
    Dec 17, 2016
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Also, while I have you here...

     
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  3. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Sargent in - so interesting. I''m assuming Johannsson and Brooks are better off with summer vacation

    Bolivia may be the game where we see the most subs.Just thinking aloud here......23 man roster

    --------------------Novakovich/Weah----Jozy/Sargent-----Pulisic/Dwyer

    --------Saief/Ream--------McKennie-------------------Delgado/Parks--------Adams

    --------------------------------------------Trapp/Roldan

    -------V/fana------------Miazga/Parker-----------------CCV/Glad---------Yedlin

    --------------------------------------GK: Guzan/Steffen/Hamid

    What strikes me is how much more flexible our players are than in times past,

    Front line: I guess Jozy and Dom are questionable. Sarachan hasn't called in either and it's hard to say why he should pick them over somebody else

    For Ream haters: He is in form, could be in Prem, can play cb/lb/lmid and passes well out of the back, knows the 3cb formation, does well on set plays, played for Sarachan-Arena during the reign of error last year.

    Dwyer seems to be in form. He played well with the Gold Cup prelim roster but Arena sent him home for no apparent (good) reason.

    Like others I would like to see Sarachan get ruthless with Adams and move him to the outside so he can start attacking and get us some goals like this one.

     
  4. Lookingforleftbacks

    Galaxy
    United States
    Dec 17, 2016
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Kind of wish we had some more center forwards. Flexible or inflexible. Also, I’m still looking for left backs. Shocker, I know.
     
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  5. TheFalseNine

    TheFalseNine Moderator
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    United States
    Jul 15, 2014
    Norman, Okla.
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Maybe we'll get a look at Antonee Robinson.
     
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  6. largegarlic

    largegarlic Member+

    Jul 2, 2007
    Also saw on ESPN that Pulisic is in for the Bolivia game. Obviously, that's not super surprising, especially since it's near his hometown, but I guess it's slightly newsworthy given that he wasn't at the other Sarachan-era games.

    I think it's also a little interesting that word is leaking out about call-ups so early when we're used to not hearing anything until 7-10 days before the game. I wonder if the Euro guys are being clued in early so that they don't head off on vacation at the end of the season.
     
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  7. Lookingforleftbacks

    Galaxy
    United States
    Dec 17, 2016
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Let’s hope. Don’t know if he has problems defensively or if Sarachan played it safe with Villafaña against Paraguay cuz he wants to keep the job, but I definitely think he’s someone we should get a look at in one of these games.
     
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  8. Pegasus

    Pegasus Member+

    Apr 20, 1999
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm kind of excited to see Pulisic with some of his age group and younger guys since he's played up for a while and the others are now matriculating up there with him. Weah-Sargent-Pulisic seems pretty good with McKennie, Adams, Delgado (maybe Parks) behind him and the young defenders. Not enough experience yet but lots of skill and grit.
     
  9. Patrick167

    Patrick167 Member+

    Dortmund
    United States
    May 4, 2017
    The cynic in me believes it is being leaked to jump start ticket sales. Monday night against Bolivia with the program in tatters is a hard ticket to sell...
     
  10. Patrick167

    Patrick167 Member+

    Dortmund
    United States
    May 4, 2017
    The fact the Bolivia game is in Philly and the other games are in Europe was always strange. Bolivia is not a FIFA date, so MLS clubs don't have to release their players. Lots of MLS games 5/26 through 5/30. So, do you bring the European players all the way to Philly then back to Europe? I guess LigaMX will be in playoffs, so maybe most teams will be eliminated and you can pull players from there.
     
  11. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia
    I expect this thread to heat up any day now. The game's later this month, after all.
     
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  12. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia
    Given the presumed shortage of professional players, do you think this would be an opportune time for me to declare my availability for a call-up?
     
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  13. Lookingforleftbacks

    Galaxy
    United States
    Dec 17, 2016
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think part of the reason it hasn’t yet is because we have no idea what will happen with the roster. There are 11 MLS games the Friday-Sunday before this game and 4 games the Wednesday after. Is a player like Glad going to have to play in Seattle Saturday, fly to Philly after the game, play in Philly Monday, then after the game fly to Salt Lake for a game Wednesday?

    Or is it going to be players like Pulisic and McKennie who come back right after the BL ends May 12th, train before the 28th, then fly back to Ireland right after the Bolivia game for the June 2nd game? At this point all we really know is Pulisic and Sargent will be called in.
     
  14. truefan420

    truefan420 Member+

    May 30, 2010
    oakland
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Can you play LB?
     
  15. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Maybe the thinking was that the Bolivia non-FIFA date game would be the game to more fully test marginal players in Europe like Robinson, Novakovich, Weah, Sargent, Parks, EPB, so we aren't guessing when we put them in against France.

    For my part, I'd like to see us maintain the CCV-Miazga pairing with the Trapp-Delgado pairing, and see if we could add EPB in the second half and push some wb's up, like Adams and Saief.

    The attacking squad seems wide open and t.b.d. since we didn't see much out of Wood, Nagbe, Saief last outing, also Weah and Novakovich had little time on the ball. Getting McKennie into the mix with Pulisic looks like a no brainer.
     
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  16. Winoman

    Winoman Drinkin' Wine Spo-De-O-De!

    Jul 26, 2000
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I've heard it from the best authorities that anyone can play left back. I, myself, am usually left out.
     
  17. gringolimon

    gringolimon Member

    Club Bolívar
    Bolivia
    Sep 12, 2007
    White Plains, NY
    Club:
    Bolivar La Paz
    Nat'l Team:
    Bolivia
    Bolivian media reports that they will bring their U-23 team for the match against the U.S. So despite it being a 3 1/2 hour drive for me, I'm not gonna spend 100 bucks ($50 ticket plus gas/toll, food/drinks) to see you guys hand us a huge blowout defeat.

    If it were our Senior team, despite knowing that we would lose, I would've gone to see how close the result would've been. We're at the start of a 3 year rebuilding plan as 80% of our current Senior team wouldn't be called up to the next qualifiers so I understand the decision to play the young fellows but I would have expected a veteran or two to join them just make sure it doesn't get out of hand and thus not hurt their confidence as much. I will be watching on TV though!

    !Vamos Bolivia! :D
     
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  18. SamsArmySam

    SamsArmySam Member+

    Apr 13, 2001
    Minneapolis, MN
    Tim's best as the joker
     
  19. USA-Zebuel

    USA-Zebuel Member+

    Mar 26, 2013
    Club:
    Colón de Santa Fe
    Do you really want to get tied to this program...
     
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  20. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Well, your u23's will be 27 for Qatar so you'd see live how well they measure up against some guys in Europe like Miazga (Eredvisie) CCV (Ch/ship), Weah (PSG U18), Pulisic (BL), McKennie (BL).

    You'd get to size up the future which is the real team anyway (eventually).
     
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  21. Bob Morocco

    Bob Morocco Member+

    Aug 11, 2003
    Billings, MT


    Something to ponder.
     
  22. Pegasus

    Pegasus Member+

    Apr 20, 1999
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    US Soccer would be wise to incorporate him in some capacity. He's shown a very good head in the way he brought along his son and in his comments. If nothing else hire him as an advisor or scout in Europe to help new arrivals feel at home at their new clubs.
     
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  23. Patrick167

    Patrick167 Member+

    Dortmund
    United States
    May 4, 2017
    Playing Pulisic for 270' would be dumb. Even if he is being spared playing 3-5 games in Russia, there is no reason for it. I would give him 60' in each game, or maybe just a half. I do think the game against France should be taken as seriously as possible with the other two games warm ups for it.
     
  24. RalleeMonkey

    RalleeMonkey Member+

    Aug 30, 2004
    here
    Mr. Pulisic, that's so cute. Everyone knows that SUM is going to do what is good for SUM. The development of the U.S. player pool, generally, and individual players, specifically, is way down on SUM's list of priorities.

    U.S. players may as well be playing for the mafia. There is no shared interest, SUM holds all the cards, and once you're in, there's no getting out.
     
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  25. ifsteve

    ifsteve Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Jul 7, 2013
    MS and ID
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Some of you are so down on the program and negative about everything I wonder why you bother to even post anymore!
     

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