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EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #1
Thursday April 10, 2014 12:41am

Joined May 2013
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So glad I chose Wil Trapp for most Improved. He's been pretty great to start the season. Him and Higuain have bossed together in midfield.

Here's some stats: All from Tempo Free Soccer(really great stats guy)

4.5 tackles per 90- 5th in MLS after Chara, Laba, Gaddis, and Bradley

7th in usage rate

Averages 79.8 passes per game for

11.2 long balls per 90 with a 92% completion rate

He'll most likely be at the U21 camp in a week and a half. He will be at the 2016 Olympics if he keeps it up. Maybe might get a callup after the WC.

http://tempofreesoccer.blogspot.com/2014/04/l...

snipes87
Cleveland, Ohio
Post #2
Thursday April 10, 2014 1:23am

Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts: 894
Trapp and Yedlin were the only 2 at the u20s that really stood out to me. People say Cropper played well but too many soft goals for me. It will be nice if Trapp is his generation's Michael Bradley and in 5-6 years we are arguing who to pair with him at CM like we do with Bradley now
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Post #3
Thursday April 10, 2014 2:27am

Joined Sep 2013
Total Posts: 2,001
Original post from snipes87

Trapp and Yedlin were the only 2 at the u20s that really stood out to me. People say Cropper played well but too many soft goals for me. It will be nice if Trapp is his generation's Michael Bradley and in 5-6 years we are arguing who to pair with him at CM like we do with Bradley now


been in love with Trapp since the u20's WC and qualifying myself. But I think Trapp is not a Bradley. BRadley is a get the ball knock it forward on your feet kinda guy. He doesn't want to pivot with the ball, he wants to advance. Trapp is always looking to pivot and stop wtih teh ball. HE's more pirlo in that sense.

camparkinson
Post #4
Thursday April 10, 2014 4:06am

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 340
Good point Rey, Trapp is more of a passing #6 maybe in the Arteta mold for the way he plays with Arsenal. Trapp is very calm and smart and positionally disciplined. Bradley is more running around causing problems and pressing the defense with his endless effort and hustle, as well as making those great late runs into the box. More of an advanced CM in the new 4-3-3 model where Trapp would be the CM who stays back and cycles the ball around.

Wouldn't be crazy to see Trapp and Bradley together in 2018.

USAGunner
West Palm Beach
Post #5
Thursday April 10, 2014 2:02pm

Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts: 1,322
Original post from snipes87

Trapp and Yedlin were the only 2 at the u20s that really stood out to me. People say Cropper played well but too many soft goals for me. It will be nice if Trapp is his generation's Michael Bradley and in 5-6 years we are arguing who to pair with him at CM like we do with Bradley now


Pretty sure that in 5-6 years if Trapp is on that level, there won't be an argument of who to pair him with. Bradley will only be 31. So that is who we will be pairing him with.
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Rey Regicide
Post #6
Thursday April 10, 2014 8:32pm

Joined Sep 2013
Total Posts: 2,001
Original post from camparkinson

Good point Rey, Trapp is more of a passing #6 maybe in the Arteta mold for the way he plays with Arsenal. Trapp is very calm and smart and positionally disciplined. Bradley is more running around causing problems and pressing the defense with his endless effort and hustle, as well as making those great late runs into the box. More of an advanced CM in the new 4-3-3 model where Trapp would be the CM who stays back and cycles the ball around.

Wouldn't be crazy to see Trapp and Bradley together in 2018.


I want to see that NOW (discretion advised, by now I mean after Trapp dazzles in the league a few more times, then goes onto cheap cups like the off season gold cup, or maybe maybe even the copa america, or the olympics qualifying and tournament itself...then THEN have trapp shadow bradley around)

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #7
Friday April 11, 2014 7:32am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,531
I'm all for seeing Trapp and MB as soon as possible.. He makes great quick decisions and his passing is sharp...killer combo. I'm really looking forward to watching him play in SJ this Sunday.

GD10
Post #8
Friday April 11, 2014 3:36pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 276
I am on the Will Trapp kool aid.

Know Nothing
Post #9
Wednesday August 8, 2018 12:47am

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,758
Apparently there is overseas interest in Trapp.

Blackurn Rovers put in a bid for him but it was a real low value (1.25 mil) whereas MLS/Columbus is looking for 3 mil.

So I think we can expect more caps for Trapp to bulk up his case for a work permit.

Brighton were apparently interested in Steffen but were not sure he could get a work permit.

Know Nothing
Post #10
Thursday February 13, 2020 9:31pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,758
Fascinating early positive vibe to this thread a few years ago. Funny what 6 years can do.

My reason for reopening this thread was to post the following quote from Trapp in an article on ESPN about his trade. I think this quote attributed to him speaks volumes to player development and how we are lacking...

"If you're always trying to chase the white rabbit of some new skill acquisition, you end up not focusing on the things that you're actually good at," he said. "It's about just understanding what those qualities are, and then sharpening them to be as good as possible in those strengths."

If all player development stateside is the same, then we are training players to be the best version of what they are right now instead of the the best possible version they can ultimately become.

blaise213
Post #11
Friday February 14, 2020 1:00am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 3,049
Dude should be nowhere near the National team..

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #12
Friday February 14, 2020 9:14pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,516
Original post from Know Nothing

Fascinating early positive vibe to this thread a few years ago. Funny what 6 years can do.

My reason for reopening this thread was to post the following quote from Trapp in an article on ESPN about his trade. I think this quote attributed to him speaks volumes to player development and how we are lacking...

"If you're always trying to chase the white rabbit of some new skill acquisition, you end up not focusing on the things that you're actually good at," he said. "It's about just understanding what those qualities are, and then sharpening them to be as good as possible in those strengths."

If all player development stateside is the same, then we are training players to be the best version of what they are right now instead of the the best possible version they can ultimately become.


A player should always come to the conclusion at what he is good at, and hone those skills. No different than David Beckham. Beckham has minimal dribbling skills and wasn't a fast runner. But he could hit a hell of a cross and Derek kick and worked hard off of the ball. Not every player has Messi like talent. And every player can't be Pele.

Samtom23
Post #13
Saturday February 15, 2020 9:28am

Joined Jun 2018
Total Posts: 165
I agree not ever player can be Pele or Messi but you do work on your weaknesses not to prove a liability to the team. It's like telling Shaq not to work on free throws in basketball. But it's a mute point I hope with Trapp.

whyneverme
Post #14
Saturday February 15, 2020 3:24pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 55
I believe it was Roy Keane who once said his strength was doing the simple things very, very well. I think Trapp is attempting to say the same thing. Know your strengths and do them very well. No point in trying to be a fancy flicker or a speed merchant when that is not who you are. At some point you have to be the best version of yourself you can be. In Trapp's case that may not ever be a world class player but that doesn't mean he wont continue to be a very solid professional player. His biggest liability is his athleticism, I doubt he doesn't work on it but at some point your athleticism is what it is and you get as much out of it as you can. I don't think Trapp is lazy and not working on his craft very diligently. To be honest, I'd say he has worked very hard to get to where he is considering what he has to work with.


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