USMNT Match Ratings vs. SUI

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by LuckofLichaj, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. LuckofLichaj

    LuckofLichaj Member+

    Mar 9, 2012
    Our defensive-minded midfield really neutered the Swiss

    GK Rimando: 5.5 - Almost nothing to do, but his distribution was poor again
    LB Shea: 7 - He gave up so much ground to Shaqiri when he was being run at, I thought it actually WAS Messi out there. But he was solid otherwise, and exquisite on his free kick.
    LCB Brooks: 4 - He might be able to read both German and English, but he sure can't read soccer.
    RCB Orozco: 5.5 - Good distribution and recovery defending again, and yet again, he looked very uncomfortable when up against a big CF
    RB Chandler: 6 - It's fair to say now that Timmy is an excellent crosser. He also took up excellent attacking positions. Defending was only so-so.
    DM Williams: 6.5 - Looked more comfortable on the ball as the game went on and he was pretty sound defensively
    LM Morales: 5.5 - He was very good until Jozy got sent off. Then he got exposed again as a horrible defender/player in his own third. Deserves more looks in this role, however.
    RM Bedoya: 6.5 - Did his thing. Good cross to Zardes and more positive touches than usual.
    CAM Bradley: 6 - Bad Bradley and Good Bradley. But as the spearpoint of the tactical gameplan, Bradley was awesome. He covered so much ground that he almost single-handidly made Inler disappear.
    ST Zardes: 5 - Worked his ass off, but showed virtually no skill again.
    ST Altidore: 2 - Didn't think he did well even before the petulance. If you think that you're getting fouled with back to goal, just flop like you normally do Jozy. Don't just lose the 50/50 over and over again and bitch at the ref. The red was a douche-bag move from a douche.

    GK Yarbrough: 6 - Thought that Friedel was being a tad unfair on Yarbrough's punched cross. Nothing to complain at or laud.
    CB Alvarado: 4 - Got turned on the touchline in his own 18. We looked like we had only one CB in the box during the Swiss set-piece barrage
    RM Yedlin: 5 - Could've been more resolute on the goal, but I don't really want to pan him much for that.

    ST Morris: N/A - I see some real promise here
    LB Ream: N/A

    MOTM: Color Man Friedel - Very, very good.
     
  2. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    I'm giving Freidel a 10
     
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  3. #1 Feilhaber and Adu

    Aug 1, 2007
    lShea deserves an 8 and MOTM honors. Perfect 1st half. outstanding Free Kick. Contained Lichtenschtein. Might be the first USMNT LB ever to score in two consecutive games while playing the position (and both goals were lasers).

    "Release the Brekken"
     
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  4. ussoccer97531

    ussoccer97531 Member+

    Oct 12, 2012
    Club:
    --other--
    Did I watch a different game than you? Altidore and Brooks get the two worst scores? Bradley gets a 6?
     
  5. LuckofLichaj

    LuckofLichaj Member+

    Mar 9, 2012
    We always watch different games. I usually disagree with everything you have to say.
     
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  6. ussoccer97531

    ussoccer97531 Member+

    Oct 12, 2012
    Club:
    --other--
    Repped. No hard feelings. We don't have to agree.
     
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  7. Ghost

    Ghost Member+

    Sep 5, 2001

    I only watched the second half, but Brooks was everywhere. I figure Bradley will get his usual praise, but his lousy first touch stopped more than a couple of attacks.
     
  8. LuckofLichaj

    LuckofLichaj Member+

    Mar 9, 2012
    If I agreed with everyone I would never post and would eventually stop reading BS.
     
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  9. lmorin

    lmorin Member+

    Mar 29, 2000
    New Hampshire
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think we should all be quite pleased about two things in this game. Weight them as you see fit. First, there was consistency across the pitch. Nobody stunk it up; nobody was great; all were pretty good, although some were better than others, obviously. The variance was much less than normal, of late. The most egregious, to me, was Chandler. At times, he was quite awesome, but at others, he looked unacceptably poor. Second, the re-emergence of Williams was a good sign. He looked quite solid and with a few better players around him, may be a major factor going forward.
     
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  10. NewEnglandClamChowder

    Jul 28, 2012
    The Eyetalian Village, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Chandler loses a full point for me because of the goal. He was a foot from the byline (for no reason), not only keeping the Swiss goalscorer onside but raising his hand for offside while doing so.

    Let that sink in: he was raising his hand for offside <i> while practically standing on the byline. </i>

    That the Swiss weren't awarded a penalty on his failed-clearance double-handball-in-the-box minutes early was a minor miracle for the US.
     
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  11. dlokteff

    dlokteff Member+

    Jan 22, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    He had jumped for the cross and the attacker had muscled him over to that spot. He should have tried to press back up, but I doubt he could have put the guy offside as it happened very quickly.

    That said, yes, it was pretty infuriating that he's raising his had for off-side there, when he's the one keeping the guy on by several yards.
     
  12. ttrevett

    ttrevett Member+

    Apr 2, 2002
    Atlanta, GA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Great post. Didn't he bear hug that attacker at one point in the box around that same time?
     
  13. dlokteff

    dlokteff Member+

    Jan 22, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    Consolidated media ratings (11):

    Bedoya - 7.1
    Shea - 7.0
    Brooks - 6.5
    Orozco - 6.1
    Williams - 5.6
    Yarbrough - 5.6
    Bradley - 5.3
    Rimando - 5.3
    Chandler - 5.1
    Alvarado - 4.9
    Morales - 4.8
    Zardes - 4.8
    Yedlin - 4.7
    Altidore - 3.8
    Ream - NR
    Morris - NR

    Thoughts?
     
  14. saxman

    saxman Member

    Nov 12, 2005
    Frederick,Maryland
    This is a serious pet peeve of mine. Defenders put their arms up every time an attacker goes by. I've seen US players chasing their man back toward goal after they've been smoked with one hand in the air. The knuckleheads might be able to catch their man if they were running with their arms chugging along their sides instead. I just want to smack them.

    I think I'd go Herb Brooks on them if I was coach. Put your hand in the air to "call off-sides" during the game? You'll be doing laps after the game with one hand in the air. Maybe with a weight in that hand as well.
     
  15. lmorin

    lmorin Member+

    Mar 29, 2000
    New Hampshire
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    My primary thought is that the folks providing ratings don't know soccer. If the players were truly as bad as those grades as poor as those averages suggest (10 of 14 players rated 5.6 or less), the US should have lost by a 5-0 score, at least.
     
  16. Sam Hamwich

    Sam Hamwich Member+

    Jul 11, 2006
    Only MLS Greg (liz lemon on Big Soccer) did it right. Everyone else mailed it in. I question whether some of these writers: 1. understand football, 2. watch the matches.
     
  17. Sam Hamwich

    Sam Hamwich Member+

    Jul 11, 2006
    The more I watch the more I realise US soccer writers must have an agenda. Williams was particularly good cleaning up Bradley's mistakes and did a fine, excellent job on Shakira all day (wut?).

    Morales also made life very uncomfortable on his side of the pitch.

    Don't be surprised if both these players see significant time moving forward. These guys are Berti 'boys.'
     

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