Post #31
Sunday January 17, 2016 10:28pm

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Original post from dolcem

I think we're going to be a really good team in 2022. 2018 will just be a bit too soon though and I think we'll be just as bad as we are now.

While I agree that we have the POTENTIAL to have a really good team in 2022, I have to disagree with your statement that "we'll be just as bad as we are now" in 2018. The USMNT may have struggled in 2015 due to multiple reasons, but there are a number of positives that they can build upon over the next couple years.

A good core of experienced players to build the team around. Howard, Fabian, Bradley, Cameron, Guzan, Besler, Altidore and Johannsson (hopefully he gets healthy)
Young quality Center Backs. Brooks, Miazga, & Alvarado are developing nicely. As they continue improve and become more consistent they have the makings of a strong foundation to the defense for years to come.
Infusion of speed and youth into the team. Yedlin, Morris, Nagbe, Zardes & Wood have had positive impact with the team even with limited involvement. As they become more incorporated into the team and gain experience they will hopefully have an even greater impact.
A decent group of role players providing depth and options while the youth develop and the coaches continue to search, evaluate development & try different options. Bedoya, Chandler, Ream, Shea, Gonzalez, Williams, Morales, & Diskerud.
Fringe guys now who could have a HUGE impact on the team in a couple years if things break right. Green, Gyau, Hyndmann, Pulisic, Rubin, Payne, Sonora, etc...

This doesn't mean that we wont have growing pains or struggle at times, but there are a number of positives to think about. If things come together (players stay healthy, continue their development, etc...) than there is every possibility that the 2018 team will be nearly as good as the 2002 team was.

San Jose
Post #32
Monday January 18, 2016 8:31am

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I think the 2018 team will be noticeably better than 2014.

I see upgrades all over the field in the starting 11 and our depth will be much improved.

Who knows what formations we'll play, but even in a 4-2-3-1 we could have some real quality in the front 6.

................... Cam...

Or Pulisic underneath Morris with someone else on the flank.

Wood is in there if we play with 2 forwards

If we have a couple players step up at outside fullback we'll be in good shape.

We'll be even better in 2022.

Post #33
Tuesday January 19, 2016 2:11am

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???.....Brooks.... Miazga...Yedlin


???.....Brooks.... Miazga...Yedlin

San Jose
Post #34
Tuesday January 19, 2016 4:24am

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You don't like Morris up top even in a two forward line up?

Post #35
Tuesday January 19, 2016 4:39am

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@chris- he's gotta be. I see Johansson as a withdrawn player who wants to make plays etc. similar to Dempsey. Morris is trying to get in behind at every opportunity. Him and bob wood make a good combo.

Post #36
Tuesday January 19, 2016 5:41am

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I agree hamsamwich with the AJ analysis. I love Morris I love his work rate and speed. Which is why he is my super sub if you are chasing a goal. More of a tactical reason imo. You want Morris being fresh and running at tired legs. Obviously if he is a clear cut better option in the future than he starts but for now its a bit of a toss up how good he will really be.

Think of it as Yedlin back in Brazil. His speed caused trouble to tired opposition.

Post #37
Tuesday January 19, 2016 6:12am

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It will be exciting to see the FWDs battle it out the next few years.

Right now my rankings:

1. Altidore: yes he is still the main man at the moment.

2. Wood: Dude continues to get better every game.

3. ArJo: Needs to get healthy, but is probably the best pure striker technique wise we have.

4. Dempsey: His age is what drops him, and I won't be surprised if Seattle moves him to CAM this upcoming season. I foresee 2016 being his las hoorah with the USMNT.

5. Morris: in a few years he will be #1.

6. Agudelo: When he is on he is a monster. I have a feeling this season will be a very good one for him.

7. Zardes: IMO he will be more of a super sub striker.

8. Rubin: Is he a striker? Or is he an attacking midfielder? I tend to think he is more of a wide attacking midfielder.

9. Boyd: Hard to say he will break back into the USMNT. But he is still very talented.

San Jose
Post #38
Tuesday January 19, 2016 7:49am

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For me, it would be Morris and Wood....We haven't seen Arjo 100% healthy in ages. If Zardes can improve his finishing he's in the mix. I could definitely see Pulisic as a drop forward candidate...like LD probably much more effective cutting inside from the flank to create and combo with the forwards.

I don't know how long it will take but at some point it has to be Pulisic cutting in underneath Morris and Wood.

Post #39
Sunday January 24, 2016 11:46pm

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A goal and assist for Pulisic today against Bobby Wood's Union Berlin. This kid is going to be very special!!

West Palm Beach
Post #40
Monday January 25, 2016 2:38pm

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Not sure where you see that he scored today.

He was on the bench for Dortmund's first team game against Monchengladbach. He did not make an appearance.

BUT him being selected to be with the Dortmund first team means that his training stint for their January camp went extremely well, and looks very good for the future. He continues this trajectory he may be a 19 year old starting for Dortmund in 2018.

Edit: Nevermind I see that they played a friendly on Sunday too. Odd. Play a game then a friendly the next day.
Post #41
Monday January 25, 2016 6:11pm

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It was friendly celebrating Union Berlin's 50th anniversary or something.

West Palm Beach
Post #42
Monday January 25, 2016 8:04pm

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Original post from stone88

It was friendly celebrating Union Berlin's 50th anniversary or something.

Post #43
Tuesday January 26, 2016 2:09am

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Video of the goal. He's good.


Post #44
Tuesday January 26, 2016 3:29pm

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Video of Pulisic vs. Jeonbuk in Dubai.


Rey Regicide
Post #45
Tuesday January 26, 2016 3:53pm

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He'll be on our wings since honestly, with the slew of CDM's we have Nagbe and Bradley should share the proper CM spots, there really is not room for a CAM in that setup. Dempsey is still our Forward and he wants the middle space for his business. so two flanks and two proper CM's to support Dempsey is jut the most natural way. Then when Dempsey gets phased out of time (years) and we get more natural forwards like Morris, Nojakovic, they'll need to be serviced exclusively, then hopefully our CAm's will have developed in bulk

Pulisic (transforms into one)

I mean all those guys are on track right at this very moment, a couple games here and there and you know Klinsmann is crazy enough to start them for the US MNT, if you ask me that's crazy in a good way.

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