Post-match: USA VS Costa Rica 10/13/21

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by EXALIFTIN, Oct 13, 2021.

  1. tomásbernal

    tomásbernal Member+

    Sep 4, 2007
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yes, because I'm not "MLS or you suck". Which I've said, and my posting history supports. Again, you see here with my detailed analysis of each player's game that my opinion is based on what I see, not what you think. As it always is.
     
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  2. Marius Tresor

    Marius Tresor Member+

    Aug 1, 2014
    On Mexican TV (Televisa), they just had a lengthy preview of the USA-Mexico game, at halftime of El Salvador-Mexico. It included a clip from a Berhalter press conference, except that the graphic said USA Head Coach, Michael Bradley. LOL. I hope that is not a prediction for the future. Or maybe all Gringos look alike.

    Also, they had a promo for a friendly game: Mexico-Ecuador on October 27. Really?
     
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  3. Mahtzo1

    Mahtzo1 Member+

    Jan 15, 2007
    So Cal
    they both have the same hair
     
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  4. CyphaPSU

    CyphaPSU Member+

    Mar 16, 2003
    Not Far
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    What's up with Weston's passing and overall touch tonight?

    I liked his movement forward, though, and it's unfortunate that he was missed in space a few times by teammates. We have to do a better job at seeing the cutback passes that are available in the final third.
     
  5. munovalente

    munovalente Member

    Los Angeles Galaxy
    United States
    Mar 29, 2021
    He plays in a double pivot pretty regular for Leipzig.
     
  6. TurdFerguson

    TurdFerguson Member

    United States
    Jan 11, 2013
    Just so much enjoyable watching this midfield vs the crap of Lletget and Acosta when playing the 8. Turnovers are always going to be a thing, at the end of the day you get a shot or eventually turn it over. Difference is when you aren’t starting LAG bench players like Lletget the turnovers are in the opposition 3rd and not in midfield.

    Aside from that, today stressed how important our wide backs are. The drop off from Dest and Robinson is DRASTIC. After Adams, not sure anyone is more important than Jedi/Dest. Hopefully Scally keeps improving.
     
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  7. Marius Tresor

    Marius Tresor Member+

    Aug 1, 2014
    Interestingly, in this game against El Salvador, Mexico made 8 changes from their last starting lineup.

    And El Salvador just got a red card for a play very similar to what Jamaica did against Arriola.
     
  8. JUnionFan

    JUnionFan Member

    Philadelphia Union
    United States
    Sep 30, 2020
    Is it tonight or is it maybe just who he is?

    He has been bouncing around the Juventus squad in terms of position and starting status. He has had as many meh games as good games recently for the NT.

    Maybe that just who he is? Personally the more I watch him the more I think he is just a stereotypical old school all-hustle, some-skill American player who a light coat of European paint.

    I just don't see much tbh. Rough first touch, rough passing ability, and top it off with some real questionable decision making. He still has a role to play in our midfield, but eventually other players are going to start coming for his spot if this is all he is.
     
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  9. puttputtfc

    puttputtfc Member+

    Sep 7, 1999
    Yet, Pep sees something in him while Turner plays in a fourth tier league. I would like to see Steffen play more but being a backup at a huge club isn't the worst thing. Ask Navas or Donnarumma.
     
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  10. manfromgallifrey91

    Swansea City
    United States
    Jul 24, 2015
    Wyoming, USA
    Club:
    Southampton FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Game ratings
    Steffen 4, really soft goal. Did well on other occasions, sloppy delivery in first half. Didnt have much to do otherwise.
    Dest 8, played well all night giving loads of energy. Well taken shot. Out of position as a defender but thats more on GGGs system.
    Robinson 4, worst night of his career as a USMNT starter. Turners communication style may help him. No excuse on that soft pass to Ruiz.
    Richards, 5 fine enough. Recovered well on the musah slide touch, won a lot of headers and seemed confident enough. Shaky passing.
    ARob 6, steady presence that was needed. Crossing was horrible, needs work there but is a lock LB.
    Adams 6, didn't need to do much other than put a few balls in a better spot. Did what he normally does.
    McKennie 5, was really fighting Robinson for WOTM until he calmed a bit. Needs to do better if he is asked to create.
    Musah 6, played hard and well. Asked to do more than he currently is capable of.
    Aaronson 6, pressing at times but decent. More good than bad.
    Pepi 5, nonexistent for much of the match but again service was so very poor. Stayed high and occupied CR.
    Weah 5, had a few good runs but a few bad passes. Tough angle to beat the keeper but put it on frame.

    Subs
    Hoppe 5, not much time to make an impact kept a yedlin cross in that gave Pepi a chance. Looked to be trying stuff, regardless of if it works or not(need that sometimes).
    Zardes 4, didn't do a lot but body checked a ball into a dangerous area off a corner for CR.
    Busio 6, looked calm on the ball provided a better balance to the midfield creating play starter plays.
    Yedlin 5, average, bad crossing but that's the norm now.
    Zimmerman, NR didn't do much.

    Gregg-4. Team didn't have a good performance, planned on starting Arriola again which was insane. Got the 3 points so its not lower, but not a great start to his WCQ career as a coach performance wise in the easier windows.
     
  11. Eliezar

    Eliezar Member+

    Jan 27, 2002
    Houston
    Club:
    12 de Octubre
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Navas has a career of elite seasons…
    Not comparable in any way with a promising talent that just stopped getting matches
     
  12. CyphaPSU

    CyphaPSU Member+

    Mar 16, 2003
    Not Far
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It's partly what has gotten him into trouble at Juve (especially recently), but I've seen better from him.
     
  13. TurdFerguson

    TurdFerguson Member

    United States
    Jan 11, 2013
    He was playing injured and while definitely had some bad touches, in the final 3rd, he also made about 6 diagonal passes to spring people that the normal GGGs refuse to try, and instead turn around and pass it backwards
     
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  14. DIMITAR BERBATOV!

    Aug 2, 2010
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I actually only got to the pub right after the Dest goal, so I can't comment on the one we conceded, but I don't think Wes was that bad at all.

    The way I see it, people complained a lot about our old midfield and static players like Bradley who would play the conservative ball instead of "trying shit". Wes tonight was almost the polar opposite of that. Every time he got the ball he was driving forward, trying to get past people, trying to make a useful pass.

    When you play a risky style like that, the lows are going to be more obvious than when you just sit deep and pass back to the CB. I do think his touch was off tonight, but overall the performance that I saw (26th minute to the end) was fine.
     
  15. An Unpaved Road

    An Unpaved Road Member+

    Mar 22, 2006
    Club:
    --other--
    You mean you don't like or dislike players mainly based on club affiliation? :eek:
     
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  16. CyphaPSU

    CyphaPSU Member+

    Mar 16, 2003
    Not Far
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Exactly. His forward movement/distribution was sorely missed in Panama.
     
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  17. butters59

    butters59 Member+

    Feb 22, 2013
    Don't force yourself to be intelligent. Call it the seventh tier league.
     
  18. TurdFerguson

    TurdFerguson Member

    United States
    Jan 11, 2013
    It’s why we are so non goal dangerous under GGG. Glad to see guys Solo Pa’lante
     
  19. kruck

    kruck Member+

    Jan 12, 2008
    Houston, TX
    Club:
    SV Werder Bremen
    I thought he looked rusty. Only playing 3 times a year isn’t good enough. Too bad we don’t have other GKers pushing him more.
     
  20. ArsenalMetro

    ArsenalMetro Member+

    United States
    Aug 5, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    I'm thinking we insert a playmaker in that role like Aaronson or Reyna (in a different window).

    3G doesn't understand how teams progress the ball from midfield.
     
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  21. kruck

    kruck Member+

    Jan 12, 2008
    Houston, TX
    Club:
    SV Werder Bremen
    He had a number of poor touches. He hasn’t been in good form in a long time so it’s not surprising.
     
  22. Jazzy Altidore

    Jazzy Altidore Member+

    Sep 2, 2009
    San Francisco
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Married with a couple of dogs? Dogs? And you don’t have an hour or two on Saturday morning to watch yanks?
     
  23. DIMITAR BERBATOV!

    Aug 2, 2010
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I wish our whole 23 was "bouncing around the Juventus squad". Not bad to be drawing paychecks from the same place where Zidane, Nedved, Baggio, and Laudrup played. Not many nations can turn away players who are good enough to break into a club of that stature, and we aren't one of them.

    I think Wes was like 95% of his usual self tonight. There'd be a loose touch or bad pass here and there, but overall you could see the intent and quality. As I said in my other post, when your role is to be the more active and daring CM, you are going to have more yikes moments by virtue of taking more ambitious chances.

    This wasn't the best version of McKennie, but the idea of his spot being at risk is a non-starter for me. He's a top 3-4 player in the pool right now.
     
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  24. VictoryWePredict4Thee

    VictoryWePredict4Thee BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Jul 4, 2019
    Nope, he definitely is not.
     
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  25. VictoryWePredict4Thee

    VictoryWePredict4Thee BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Jul 4, 2019
    Thats not true at all. All that you do is praise mls players and criticize Euro players. Its literally all that you do on here.
     

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