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hamsamwich
Post #1
Sunday May 25, 2014 1:34am

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With everyone talking about it in the other thread, it seems the way to get at Ronaldo is constantly tracking back with the winger (Bedoya? Fabian?) and really getting physical. We all know the WC is called tight, cards wil come out, so having a number of wingers is key. In the Ghana thread I said go for it. This game I say we have to defend and counter. Especially with their strength being defense and counterattack, should at least makje them play a different game than they would set out to play.

Obviously our approach could change with the results (good/bad) of Round 1 games and Germany/Ghana which will be played first. Super bunker, play for a point. But what do you all think?

Jzaval01
Post #2
Sunday May 25, 2014 2:21am

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Like Jurgen said at one point. "we have to play nastier"

navi8132
Post #3
Sunday May 25, 2014 1:07pm

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Only player outside of Donovan I would have trusted to initiate a good counter are Fabian Johnson and Zusi. No one else. Both need to start on the wings.

Fraser31
Charleston, South Carolina
Post #4
Sunday May 25, 2014 2:37pm

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I think Beasley could play a big part in a counter. DAT SPEED.

navi8132
Post #5
Sunday May 25, 2014 2:46pm

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Last time he played winger for us was mexico game. He was lackluster in attack. He cant just begin to prove himself days before wc. Thats reckless gambling.

Fraser31
Charleston, South Carolina
Post #6
Sunday May 25, 2014 4:18pm

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Haha yet he hasn't proven himself for nearly any of you at LB. At this point, even though I've said differently in the past, I want Fabian at LB and I want Beasley of Bedoya on the left. Preferably Bedoya, but if we're talking counter I want speed (Beasley). And I don't think one lackluster performance should indicate his capacity for LW. Wreckless gambling is keeping him at LB for the "World Class" opposition that many on this site claim he can't handle, which may be true. So do you want a more effective counter (Fabian at LW) or do you want a defense most of us can trust (Fabian at LB). Or klinnsman does neither. At this point I'm done predicting his lineups. I'm just ready for these friendlies to see if Brad Davis was worth snubbing Donovan.

navi8132
Post #7
Sunday May 25, 2014 6:18pm

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I actually see the narrative being, if Julian Green can't perform well in sub roles, it will be "you took this kid over Donovan for a World Cup?"

hamsamwich
Post #8
Sunday May 25, 2014 9:14pm

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Original post from navi8132

Only player outside of Donovan I would have trusted to initiate a good counter are Fabian Johnson and Zusi. No one else. Both need to start on the wings.
I agree with those two starting, but as someone else said, its hard to predict what JK will do.

Dimo
Post #9
Monday May 26, 2014 12:01am

Joined Nov 2013
Total Posts: 257
With Donovan's comments about him being in contention to start I really do not believe what Klinsmann has done. It was not for the betterment of this team.

navi8132
Post #10
Monday May 26, 2014 12:04am

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We should all rest easy tonight knowing that Jurgen's ego has been satisfied. What next is required to satiate it? "FEED ME"

USAGunner
West Palm Beach
Post #11
Tuesday May 27, 2014 6:22pm

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The one thing that should help us against Portugal is that Ronaldo has been primarily playing on the Left side. Bedoya tracks back on defense much better than Zusi (assuming those are our starting Wingers) and RB is going to be stronger than LB. So at least that is our strong side.

Perhaps Zusi can attack enough to keep Nani defending enough to keep him from hurting us to much going forward.

Not that those guys are good enough to actually stop Ronaldo, just that it is better than him playing on the same side as Zusi and our LB (likely either an out of position Chandler/Johnson or Beasley).
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navi8132
Post #12
Tuesday May 27, 2014 6:24pm

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I would argue that Zusi has defended better in his USMNT games than Bedoya....

Never heard anyone say the opposite (well never heard anyone compare them defensively)

admsghs27
Post #13
Tuesday May 27, 2014 6:41pm

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Zusi is a much better Defender than Bedoya.

MSantoine
Post #14
Tuesday May 27, 2014 6:54pm

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Original post from admsghs27

Zusi is a much better Defender than Bedoya.


Bedoya was trusted to play RWB and RB at times for Nantes. Zusi plays an attcking midfield position with little to no defensive responsibility for SKC. I'd take Bedoya over Zusi as a defender anyday of the week

USAGunner
West Palm Beach
Post #15
Tuesday May 27, 2014 6:59pm

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Original post from MSantoine

Bedoya was trusted to play RWB and RB at times for Nantes. Zusi plays an attcking midfield position with little to no defensive responsibility for SKC. I'd take Bedoya over Zusi as a defender anyday of the week


This. Proof is in the pudding. One is asked to have big defensive responsibilities in a top European league. The other is asked to strictly be an attacking mid in the MLS.

I'll take the guy who has played defense in Europe and done it will enough to get MORE looks, than the guy who hasn't been asked...
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