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Jzaval01
Post #16
Saturday July 2, 2016 6:57pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,210
This team looked dam good. Yea panama pressed really hard but they not only can be technacally good but can grind a game. Good to see a hybrid of both. Gotta grind games in Concacaf and be more technical at a higher level and this team has depth and options. Could make a case for alot of this players to start of others. Good problem for tab. Now needs to show that he can work with it all. Needs to identify how ge wants to aproach game early on. Hope pulisic can be in this. I think with pulisic in were realistically a team that can make a final.

Dave
Post #17
Saturday July 2, 2016 9:41pm

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 716
The problem that nearly all U-20 and U-23 coaches run into is that these age brackets represents players who are (or should be) in professional environments and pushing or beginning to be included in their clubs first teams. Since clubs are not required to release youth players, this general means that many of the best players are not available for camps & tournaments. MLS & Liga MX have shown a that they will nearly always release players, while European clubs have been reluctant to do so.
Coaches have to almost take a 2 squad approach. They need to find a squad of players that they can consistently rely on to be available (released by their clubs) while also keeping another listing of players (the very top tier of the age) engaged whenever possible in hopes that their release can be negotiated.
Hopefully as MLS continues to grow and their academies improve we'll have a larger pool of players to pull from for these types of competitions.

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