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Post #31
Sunday June 5, 2016 7:21pm

Joined Oct 2013
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I think the USA is one of two teams(Mexico, the other) that Costa Rica really tries to up their intensity for. I think the match will be much different than how they played vs. Paraguay, I think it will be a lot more open and more chances will be created. We neutralized Colombia's better players for the most part. Campbell, Ruiz, and Urena are not better than James, Cuadrado and Bacca but they will try to play better vs. US since we are regional rivals.

But I think their defense especially without Waston will allow us to provide more opportunities in the attack. To be honest, I don't think the starting XI on Friday was that far off, yes we would like to see Zardes(who was one of the better players and provided some good hold up play) coming off the bench and Fabian as a LW but when FJ was high up the field he looked disinterested and didn't look willing to attack anyway. Who knows why he didn't? Maybe to conserve his energy for Cuadrado.

I have never been too impressed with Guzan in a national team jersey and would rather have Howard in the net, tbh.

This is one of those matches that makes me nervous because we should win comfortably but Costa Rica always ups their game against us. It will be up to us coming out like bats out of hell in the first 20 minutes and imposing our will and having a lead at halftime. JK's tactics have to work from the first whistle. We cannot play with Los Ticos.

andylui8
Post #32
Monday June 6, 2016 2:04am

Joined Jan 2014
Total Posts: 467
Original post from cleancutimage

I think the USA is one of two teams(Mexico, the other) that Costa Rica really tries to up their intensity for. I think the match will be much different than how they played vs. Paraguay, I think it will be a lot more open and more chances will be created. We neutralized Colombia's better players for the most part. Campbell, Ruiz, and Urena are not better than James, Cuadrado and Bacca but they will try to play better vs. US since we are regional rivals.

But I think their defense especially without Waston will allow us to provide more opportunities in the attack. To be honest, I don't think the starting XI on Friday was that far off, yes we would like to see Zardes(who was one of the better players and provided some good hold up play) coming off the bench and Fabian as a LW but when FJ was high up the field he looked disinterested and didn't look willing to attack anyway. Who knows why he didn't? Maybe to conserve his energy for Cuadrado.

I have never been too impressed with Guzan in a national team jersey and would rather have Howard in the net, tbh.

This is one of those matches that makes me nervous because we should win comfortably but Costa Rica always ups their game against us. It will be up to us coming out like bats out of hell in the first 20 minutes and imposing our will and having a lead at halftime. JK's tactics have to work from the first whistle. We cannot play with Los Ticos.


Guzan is shaky in my opinion; he never looks confident in goal and when he gets it wrong he always looks fookin shocked like how the ball actually went in

federov
Post #33
Monday June 6, 2016 4:19am

Joined Dec 2014
Total Posts: 97
Just wanted to point this out real quick - if we win these next two games we are in. I think that's probably been pointed out before, but either way. cuz then Costa Rica and Paraguay would only be able to achieve 4 pts at max ( 1 L 1 D 1 W).

We can do this, right?

andylui8
Post #34
Monday June 6, 2016 4:34am

Joined Jan 2014
Total Posts: 467
Original post from federov

Just wanted to point this out real quick - if we win these next two games we are in. I think that's probably been pointed out before, but either way. cuz then Costa Rica and Paraguay would only be able to achieve 4 pts at max ( 1 L 1 D 1 W).

We can do this, right?


Hopefully bradley and everyone show up on tuesday night

kicksNgiggles10
Birmingham
Post #35
Monday June 6, 2016 4:53am

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 572
Original post from Rey Regicide

I'm sorry, haven't been on the boards for a couple days, but...

Has anyone said anything with regards to Bradley being back in his CDM "preferred" position, and not doing a good job of it?

The biggest story to me, with regards to the whole JK thing was his telling players like Dempsey, Bradley, Altidore to not suck after signing that MLS deal. Because if you guys start to suck, then we're going to suck collectively. This statement was 2013 going into 2014, the world cup. Is it me, or does everyone forget he said that? I think Don Garber said something to the effect of..nooooo!!! that's not true.

Well it was true and it did happen. Bradley has not been better than
klesjtan, nguyen, nagbe, jones etc all these players coming back. BRadley had a very identifiable skill set, and what set him apart was that he had showcased that in Europe. He was our European Midfielder, he HAD to be better than any MLS. Fair or unfair.

Him being put on a equal footing, and him not being able to distinguish himself from other MLS performers (giovinco makes that team go, not altidore, not Bradley) from our national team makes me wonder what else aside from past national team experience distinguishes him?

Let me disclose fully, that is MY favorite performer since 2007. He's a jersey guy, "fist pump". But lets be honest, we all said that if JK put Bradley back into his preferred role he would start hitting those passes, our team would start looking better. It's one game sure. We have tow more games to spare, really. An early exit doesn't really put us in any dire straight. It will offer us evidence of what works and what's just not going to work.

And this isn't an MLS slight. I'm saying Europe is better than the MLS, not that MLS is worthless, we have players in the MLS. IF they are outperforming our nats like Diskerud, then we should look into them.

Me. I've pretty much been saying he's been mostly shit for the past year. And I also have said that his MLS move has killed his talent.

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #36
Monday June 6, 2016 6:15am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,546
MB is fine. Colombia knew he was the hub of distribution. They stifled his passing options and put him under intense pressure. That is a very ugly impossible situation to deal with. We needed to significantly up the work rate off the ball and it needed to be coordinated to consistently give him options up field...didn't happen.

I think the CR game will be a tight defensive battle. Hopefully we get much better flank play and generate a lot of corners..,need to maximize our set pieces. I'm curious to see how JK rotates his starters over the next two games. I'd like to see Pulisic play at least a half in these next two.

MSantoine
Post #37
Monday June 6, 2016 11:17am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 3,723
Original post from federov

Just wanted to point this out real quick - if we win these next two games we are in. I think that's probably been pointed out before, but either way. cuz then Costa Rica and Paraguay would only be able to achieve 4 pts at max ( 1 L 1 D 1 W).

We can do this, right?


We are almost certainly in with a win and a draw vs Paraguay. If we win and then draw vs Paraguay we have 4 points. Only way Paraguay finishes with more than 4 points, if we draw them remember, is if they beat Colombia. I dont see that happening after seeing how both played in that first match

Rey Regicide
Post #38
Monday June 6, 2016 12:34pm

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

MB is fine. Colombia knew he was the hub of distribution. They stifled his passing options and put him under intense pressure. That is a very ugly impossible situation to deal with. We needed to significantly up the work rate off the ball and it needed to be coordinated to consistently give him options up field...didn't happen.

I think the CR game will be a tight defensive battle. Hopefully we get much better flank play and generate a lot of corners..,need to maximize our set pieces. I'm curious to see how JK rotates his starters over the next two games. I'd like to see Pulisic play at least a half in these next two.


No such thing. Stifling would be two men on him like the game against Mexico. this was Michael BRadley with YARDS of space giving it to Colombian players, how do we NOT see this.

kicksNgiggles10
Birmingham
Post #39
Monday June 6, 2016 1:49pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 572
Original post from Rey Regicide

No such thing. Stifling would be two men on him like the game against Mexico. this was Michael BRadley with YARDS of space giving it to Colombian players, how do we NOT see this.

Agreed. Was about to say this before I say your response. He didn't have that much pressure to deal with. And when he did I mostly feel it was because he was so slow on the ball. His play looked almost as slow as Beckerman's.

kicksNgiggles10
Birmingham
Post #40
Monday June 6, 2016 1:58pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 572
Also if the CR match is a defensive battle then I don't see it being on purpose. Both teams need 3 points. At some point the game will have to open up.

Rey Regicide
Post #41
Monday June 6, 2016 2:46pm

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

I think the USA is one of two teams(Mexico, the other) that Costa Rica really tries to up their intensity for. I think the match will be much different than how they played vs. Paraguay, I think it will be a lot more open and more chances will be created. We neutralized Colombia's better players for the most part. Campbell, Ruiz, and Urena are not better than James, Cuadrado and Bacca but they will try to play better vs. US since we are regional rivals.

But I think their defense especially without Waston will allow us to provide more opportunities in the attack. To be honest, I don't think the starting XI on Friday was that far off, yes we would like to see Zardes(who was one of the better players and provided some good hold up play) coming off the bench and Fabian as a LW but when FJ was high up the field he looked disinterested and didn't look willing to attack anyway. Who knows why he didn't? Maybe to conserve his energy for Cuadrado.

I have never been too impressed with Guzan in a national team jersey and would rather have Howard in the net, tbh.

This is one of those matches that makes me nervous because we should win comfortably but Costa Rica always ups their game against us. It will be up to us coming out like bats out of hell in the first 20 minutes and imposing our will and having a lead at halftime. JK's tactics have to work from the first whistle. We cannot play with Los Ticos.


Very few times that Wood cut inside allowing for overlap, it wasn't Wood's fault per se, most of the piecing together came from Fabian starting it deep, or zardes link ups with bedoya dempsey (which again I feel didn't work out as well as it should have, they did commendably) so your only option is to cross it to the left, where Wood was pegged to the sideline. Not much for Fabian to do, unless he's going to make an internal run to the goaline.

hamsamwich
Post #42
Monday June 6, 2016 3:22pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 3,454
This is what I'm saying. Fabian is just not really allowed to get into the attack, especially against a player like Cuadrado. I got news, Joel Campbell is a similar talent who can float around and make our fullbacks stay honest. Yedlin staying at home is one thing, but it's a waste for Fabian J. If nobody can go along with Castillo at FB, maybe at stay at home player like Orozco or Besler would tickle your fancy. I just know that if in the previous game Pekerman had said we are putting Cuadrado at LB instead of winger all of us would've jumped at it and asked if the old man was nuts. What I would like to see against Costa Rica (we won't):

-- Dempsey -- Wondo --
Fabian -- Bedoya -- Zusi
------ Bradley -------
Castillo - Brooks - Cam - Yedlin
------- Guzan --------
Subs : Wood, Jones, Kitchen

Rey Regicide
Post #43
Monday June 6, 2016 3:31pm

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

This is what I'm saying. Fabian is just not really allowed to get into the attack, especially against a player like Cuadrado. I got news, Joel Campbell is a similar talent who can float around and make our fullbacks stay honest. Yedlin staying at home is one thing, but it's a waste for Fabian J. If nobody can go along with Castillo at FB, maybe at stay at home player like Orozco or Besler would tickle your fancy. I just know that if in the previous game Pekerman had said we are putting Cuadrado at LB instead of winger all of us would've jumped at it and asked if the old man was nuts. What I would like to see against Costa Rica (we won't):

- Dempsey - Wondo -
Fabian - Bedoya - Zusi
--- Bradley ----
Castillo - Brooks - Cam - Yedlin
---- Guzan ----
Subs : Wood, Jones, Kitchen


"Tim Vickery, a reporter on South American football, stated that as Colombia's defensive players played near the goal in order to cover for veteran centre-back Mario Yepes, Cuadrado's pace, agility, and dribbling ability on the right wing moved the team forward at the 2014 World Cup.[6] He also noted that Cuadrado is equally adept as an attacking right back or wing back, due to his energy and work-rate.[6] He has also been deployed as a second striker on occasion.[37]"

If he chose Cuadrado to play left back, it would have been in response to us having Pulisic at age 25 with a 98 rating in FIFA. Or comparable, someone who's that level talent for the opposition, like the one we were facing.

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #44
Monday June 6, 2016 4:36pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,546
Original post from Rey Regicide

No such thing. Stifling would be two men on him like the game against Mexico. this was Michael BRadley with YARDS of space giving it to Colombian players, how do we NOT see this.


He might have had more space when he was deeper but his options were limited. Every Colombia player closing his space is faster than he is... He was definitely out of his comfort zone to deliver his passes . If anything he tried to force passes into some tight spaces. Who else on the team would have had a better chance of success in that situation...nobody. Can you image that game without MB in the middle....total train wreck. Colombia make a lot of players look slow.

stoked3
Ft Lauderdale, FL
Post #45
Monday June 6, 2016 4:41pm

Joined Oct 2014
Total Posts: 344
Here is what I would like to see against Costa, i am NOT saying JK will do this.

Wood---zardes (dempsey to come in for zardes in the 60th)

Johnson- Nagbe ---Bedoya

Bradley

Besler-----Brooks--Cam---Yedlin

If we need a goal bring in the 60th Pulisic; put johnson back to lb and take out besler

If we are winning I am ok with Jones, kitchen or beckerman coming in as well

This should be a chippy and hustle game not finesse I think at this point dempsey is out paced-I think he will be pissed coming in as a sub but could be good for 30 mins or so
Stoked
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