Culver City, CA
Post #106
Sunday June 18, 2017 11:53pm

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 2,147
Kekuta Manneh's fortunes have fallen.

Jonathan Spector's header from yesterday was little short of spectacular.
Wow. It's so good that Jason Kreis' brain shuts down at the end of that clip.

San Jose
Post #107
Monday June 19, 2017 5:01am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,546
Love Dax, but I just don't see him being part of the nats mix going forward, even as a back up...I'd rather see Roldan and/or Acosta in the middle for the GC...hopefully behind Saief at attacking mid....need to see what he's bringing.

I'm really hoping Miazga steps up big time.

Post #108
Sunday June 25, 2017 12:11am

Joined May 2017
Total Posts: 198
I'm really trying to figure out what player(s) are going to stand out in this tournament, or even the friendly before vs Ghana. Do we go Howard throughout? Do we go a mix? Do we hand the reigns to one of the young guys? What will our defense look like without Brooks, Cameron, and Yedlin? Do any of the midfielders with no caps get any playing time (Saief, Rowe, Roldan, McNamara)? Same for Dom Dwyer, does he get that cap with Dempsey, Jozy, Wondo, Agudelo, Morris, and Sapong there? Honestly, I'm hoping we go a young guy besides big games for Howard. That young guy probably has to be Jesse Gonzalez. Defensively, it's tough, no right answer, honestly imo. As for cap tying guys, I hope we atleast cap tie Saief and Dwyer, at the very least. I like Saief, good player, and as a SKC fan, I love Dwyer. But that's how I feel, what do you guys think?

Ft Lauderdale, FL
Post #109
Sunday June 25, 2017 2:30am

Joined Oct 2014
Total Posts: 344
i hope we go young --we know what our our normal guys are about, here is the mix of players we should be picking from


Steve Birnbaum, Greg Garza , Matt Hedges , Eric Lichaj, Matt Miazga, Justin Morrow, Matt Polster, Jorge Villafaña


Paul Arriola, Dax McCarty, Tommy McNamara, Darlington Nagbe, Kellyn Acosta, Chris Pontius, Cristian Roldan, Kelyn Rowe, Kenny Saief, Wil Trapp, Gyasi Zardes


Juan Agudelo, Dom Dwyer, Jordan Morris, C.J. Sapong

I am looking forward to seeing dwyer, I was a Agudelo fan but he just seems to not be international quality

In defense it would be great to see how hedges looks-and where miazga has progressed

In mid-not sure pontius is international quality, so look forward to seeing arriola and saief

I really hope we don't trot out a team with howard, bradley, dempsey and zusi
Post #110
Sunday June 25, 2017 3:47am

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 1,111
@stoked3 - I'm hoping "we go young" as well. IMO the players likely to advance out of the GC "B" team are going to be:
Dwyer - 4th striker position is up for grabs. I see a lot of similarities of Wood in Dwyer's game.
Saief - A lefty. A player who could be a backup for multiple positions this cycle. Versatile players are Indispensable during tournaments and someone who can play LM, RM, & LWB gives the manager options when it comes to formation and substitutions.
Arriola - I think he solidifies his place as the backup to Fabian @ RM. He won't be a starter this cycle, but could be that spark off the bench.
Garza - He's been showing well in MLS, and will be a solid backup & push Villafana.

Players who could help themselves and raise their rank in the depth chart are:
Hedges/Birnbaum/Miazga - It'll be hard to overtake Omar (Bruce has a lot of history with him), but if these guys get a chance they should close the gap.
Agudelo - We're still looking for a like for like backup to Jozy. I don't think Juan is an exact replacement, but with Morris struggling this season there is a slight chance for Juan to raise his profile.
Roldan - He's a wild card IMO. If everyone is healthy and available (Bradley, Acosta, Lletget, Williams, Hyndman) than I don't think he'd be getting a look. That said he's a decent player, who could raise his stock enough that he could be a guy used when/if injuries hit.
Lichaj - A player who's been on the fringes for a while, but another versatile guy who'd give the manager a solid backup for injury coverage.

Post #111
Sunday June 25, 2017 6:59pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 1,083
Final 23. Interested to see what Saief brings to the table. Would not be surprised if he's only there for the friendly and group play and then gets switched out, but still should give us some base for evaluation. Interested also to see what Dwyer can do on this stage. I could see him as possibly an off the bench poacher option if we need a goal.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 54/0), Bill Hamid (D.C. United; 2/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 5/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 39/1), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 39/1), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas; 2/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 11/0), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 2/0), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN; 1/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX; 6/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 47/5)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 8/0), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX; 5/2), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 60/2), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX; 17/2), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 6/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 0/0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 0/0), Kenny Saief (Gent/BEL; 0/0), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; 31/7)

FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 23/3), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City; 0/0), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 15/2)

Culver City, CA
Post #112
Sunday June 25, 2017 7:41pm

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 2,147
The Zus is loose.

Post #113
Sunday June 25, 2017 7:51pm

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 1,111
The 23 is about what I expected of Bruce. Was glad to see that Wondo didn't make the cut (I think we've finally see the end of him). Disappointed to see Zusi & McCarty, but not surprised. A little surprised that Garza didn't make it as he's been very good for Atlanta.
Looking forward to seeing what Miazga, Roldan, Saief, Arriola, & Dwyer can do with the minutes they'll get.

Post #114
Monday June 26, 2017 12:30am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 3,179
Forwards should've been: Johannsson, Boyd, Ramirez
Defender Pair should've been: Matthew Olosunde, Miazga

My starting XI

--- Johannson ---
-- Green -- Tillman --
Saief --Acosta -- Wright
Villafana - Olosunde - Miazga - Lichaj
--- Guzan ---

Know Nothing
Post #115
Monday June 26, 2017 5:02am

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,827
What I would like to see:

Miazga, Birnbaum, Hedges
Lichaj, Acosta, Roldan, Villafana
Arriola, Morris, Saief

New York
Post #116
Monday June 26, 2017 6:21am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 3,122
What lineup I expect:

----------Dwyer (Agudelo sub)
-Zardes----Acosta-----Bedoya (Arriola sub)
Villafana-Gonzo-Hedges-Zusi (Lichaj sub)

Post #117
Monday June 26, 2017 12:07pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,448
Original post from Know Nothing

What I would like to see:

Miazga, Birnbaum, Hedges
Lichaj, Acosta, Roldan, Villafana
Arriola, Morris, Saief

I'm sold, I really like this lineup. I think Besler could work well too, maybe Besler for Birnbaum and swap Besler and Hedges positionally.

Post #118
Monday June 26, 2017 1:40pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 1,083
Who's captain in this 23? Bedoya? Guzan? Zusi?

New York
Post #119
Monday June 26, 2017 2:33pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 3,122
Oops, I forgot one player in my above lineup.

Villafana-Gonzo-Hedges-Zusi (Lichaj sub)

Post #120
Monday June 26, 2017 3:00pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 3,723
I think we might see something like this:

Villafana- Gonzo-Miazga - Lichaj

Guzan as captain.

I see a 4-4-2 (seems to be the lineup when we play as favorites).
Possibly see Agudelo for Morris at some point and maybe Rolden/McCarty/Corona rotate games or at least get fairly equal looks the first few games (including friendlies)

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