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Post #211
Sunday July 2, 2017 1:52am

Joined Jul 2012
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Love that LEFT footed cross by Morris. Bedoya you have to finish that off, damn.

skangles
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Post #212
Sunday July 2, 2017 2:03am

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,150
Four players came into this game as part of the full strength 23 and to varying degrees part of the starting 11 of the full strength team: Villafana, Acosta, Arriola and Guzan. These four guys had the most to gain given their positions in the depth chart. They could have cemented their place with strong showings.

1) Villafana - Poor showing from him. He was burned in the first few minutes that gave Ghana an early chance and he was at fault for the penalty. I think he hurt his stock today.

2) Acosta - Fairly quiet game. He didn't do anything wrong per se but Dax was definitely the better central midfielder today. The goal helps. I think today was neutral for Acosta he didn't significantly help or hurt himself.

3) Arriola - Similar to Acosta, I don't think he was bad but he didn't really impact the game. Out of the three attacking midfielders I thought Corona was very good, Rowe was good and Arriola was ok. Saief also looked decent in limited minutes. Arriola didn't directly hurt his stock but others increased their stock increasing the competition for him as an attacking midfielder.

4) Guzan - The penalty save was huge. He did well on Ghana's limited chances. His only fault was his positioning on Ghana's goal. That said, it was a hell of a strike from Gyan. I think Guzan increased his stock, not enough to overtake Howard but we should feel more comfortable with him as our alternative than we might have felt a few months ago when he was nutmeged three times in one game for Middlesborough.

skangles
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Post #213
Sunday July 2, 2017 2:20am

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,150
I don't want to see Bradley, Altidore or Howard in the Gold Cup after the group stage. These guys are going to Russia. I'd much rather go down swinging with this team and figure some things out than give valuable minutes to guys we know will play a big part in our 2018 plans.

If Arena wants to bring in guys like Garza, Spector or even Nagbe after the Group stage, cool, but the stars with 100+ caps can stay home.

skangles
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Post #214
Sunday July 2, 2017 2:27am

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,150
Dwyer & Leroux's baby after the goal.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWBP9I1DoUy/

He looks ready to be cap tied.

skangles
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Post #215
Sunday July 2, 2017 2:56am

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,150
Coverby, here's the data.

Dwyer was drafted in the 2012 superdraft. During his time with SKC they have been in the CCL three times and Dwyer has played several times on the road, mostly as a substitute.

2016-2017 CCL
SKC was eliminated in the Group Stage. Their group featured Vancouver and Central (T&T).
  • Dwyer did not play in the game in T&T.

2014-2015 CCL
SKC was eliminated in the Group Stage. Their Group featured Saprissa (Costa Rica) and Real Esteli (Nicaragua).

  • Dwyer was a sub and played 17 minutes in Nicaragua and was a sub and played 25 minutes in Costa Rica.

2013-2014 CCL
SKC won their group featuring Olimpia (Honduras) and Real Esteli (Nicaragua). They were then knocked out by Cruz Azul (Mexico).

  • Dwyer started, played 86 minutes and scored in Nicaragua. He also played 42 minutes in Honduras and 23 minutes in Mexico.


coverby
Post #216
Sunday July 2, 2017 3:34am

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 476
Original post from skangles

Coverby, here's the data.

Dwyer was drafted in the 2012 superdraft. During his time with SKC they have been in the CCL three times and Dwyer has played several times on the road, mostly as a substitute.

2016-2017 CCL
SKC was eliminated in the Group Stage. Their group featured Vancouver and Central (T&T).
  • Dwyer did not play in the game in T&T.

2014-2015 CCL
SKC was eliminated in the Group Stage. Their Group featured Saprissa (Costa Rica) and Real Esteli (Nicaragua).

  • Dwyer was a sub and played 17 minutes in Nicaragua and was a sub and played 25 minutes in Costa Rica.

2013-2014 CCL
SKC won their group featuring Olimpia (Honduras) and Real Esteli (Nicaragua). They were then knocked out by Cruz Azul (Mexico).

  • Dwyer started, played 86 minutes and scored in Nicaragua. He also played 42 minutes in Honduras and 23 minutes in Mexico.


Cool thanks. At least he has some time down there. He is such a pest on the defense that I think works well for CONCACAF.

bjelks
Post #217
Sunday July 2, 2017 5:01am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 363
Now tell me again what Bradley and Jozy can do that no one else in the pool can do?

Also tell me what Dax did that made him stand out?
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Post #218
Sunday July 2, 2017 7:04am

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 304
In regards to Max. The stat I saw was that he completed 94.5% of his passes. That is a crazy number.

chillguy1992
Post #219
Sunday July 2, 2017 7:10am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,095
Original post from bjelks

Now tell me again what Bradley and Jozy can do that no one else in the pool can do?

Also tell me what Dax did that made him stand out?


Bradley on his best day is an engine just constantly covering ground. Plus his positioning and short passing can be very good which can open up space and keep up the tempo. I thought he and Acosta paired very well and he played a very good game against mexico. Considering the fact they were playing in a area of high altitude plus smog the fact he was constantly running helped out a lot. He pressed well and did well to track back. I thought the mexico game perfectly showed what he can be at his best. He does best as a number 8 he failed during the klinsmann era because they tried to make him a 10 and thats not him. Plus him and jones never worked as a partnership. I think him and Acosta would work very well as Acosta can stay back as the 6 while bradley can move the ball side to side or probe higher up field. That is my defense of bradley on his best day now he does have bad games but there have been a number of player who have stunk it up as well. He is more noticeable since the world cup was his worst performance but he was being played out of position and had no chemistry with jones.

Jozy is harder to defend. He does score goals a good amount of goals and he does decent at holding the ball up. He is relatively strong and can keep Centerbacks on their toes when defending him in the box. He works well with Giovinco in Toronto. I think that he works best when paired with speed. Him paired with dempsey to often slows our attack to a crawl. At some point we need to drop one of them as our lineup should rely on only one and both.

Dax was confident on the ball, resetting possession and linking well with both Acosta and Corona. He also made some nice passes to Dwyer and did a very good job of either speeding play up or holding the ball and slowing the tempo. He showed why he has a decent shot of going to Russia.

blaise213
Post #220
Sunday July 2, 2017 8:18am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 2,391
I love that bjelks dude

Always on point ! Lol Dax Mc carty sucks

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #221
Sunday July 2, 2017 9:08am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 2,886
I guess this game just further proved everyones point that Jones is done.

Kellyn Acosta is captain material. A triumvirate of him Bradley and Pulisic is something that i think has wide ranging potential.

db707
Post #222
Sunday July 2, 2017 11:08am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 395
Dwyer and Saief I thought both brought different but important intangibles to the table. Dwyer has a kind of swagger out there (I see him more as an impact sub if he gets in the 23), while Saief projected more of a quiet confidence, composure on the ball and understanding of game situation. We've always had too many guys who don't hold up as well as they should when challenged in a potentially dangerous position, so I want to see more of Saief in the group stage.

dolcem
Post #223
Sunday July 2, 2017 11:47am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,692
Original post from skangles

Serious question. After a week of training and competing head-to-head I can't wrap my head around what would give Zusi an edge over Lichaj. I understand the appeal of Zusi compared to a converted CB like Orozco Fiscal but compared to Lichaj, somebody enlighten me.

Zusi's Strengths: Pace & Crossing.

Lichaj also has pace, does Zusi offer more? If so it's not significant. I'm calling this a wash.

Lichaj's crossing is pretty good. I'll give the edge to Zusi but let's call it a medium sized advantage for Zusi.

1v1 Defending: Huge advantage for Lichaj

Defensive Positioning: Huge advantage for Lichaj.

Any advantage that Zusi offers over Lichaj is relatively small and the tradeoffs at the defensive end of the field are significant. I can't rationalize why he would get the nod other than familiarity and some BS like "Zusi is a winner."


Lichaj is not a top-flight footballer. Neither is Zusi, but from I hear, he's a model pro and a great presence in the locker room. Having said that, I don't think I want either suiting up for us.
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skangles
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Post #224
Sunday July 2, 2017 3:06pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,150
Original post from dolcem

Lichaj is not a top-flight footballer. Neither is Zusi, but from I hear, he's a model pro and a great presence in the locker room. Having said that, I don't think I want either suiting up for us.


Your point about great presence in the locker room probably has more to do with it than I was considering.

We can debate the quality of the Championship, I think I have a higher opinion of it than you but it's a fair discussion to be had but rather than going down that route let's flip it to what Bruce has been doing.

Tim Ream has been a regular call up since Bruce took over and he played in the WCQs away to Mexico and Panama and he's playing in the same league as Lichaj so unless Bruce sees some unique intangibles about Ream, I don't suspect that Bruce has a problem with the level of the Championship when considering callups.

Lichaj was Forest's player of the year and looked very good from the highlights that I've seen. Unlike Ream who plays a position where the US has a lot of depth, we are in desperate need of quality full backs. An easy way to determine whether Lichaj has the quality to be part of the team at an international level is to play him against a solid team like Ghana and find out. I don't think we'll learn much from watching Lichaj play against Martinique.

bjelks
Post #225
Sunday July 2, 2017 3:20pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 363
McCarty had a good game against an opponent that looked suspiciously unorganized the entire game.
However, I don think McCarty did anything that DWill or WMckennie can't do. I also strongly believe he doesn't offer the intangibles they do.

Dwyer had a strong work rate, made smart runs, and had a clinical finish that any pro should make.
However, he squandered 2 point blank opportunities to impress me and was the beneficiary of a lot of service because of unorganized defense. We need a striker with that bit of magic and lethalness. I'm not sure he can take a half chance and change a game.

I'm very curious to see what Haji Wright and Kai Koreniuk offer.
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