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Post #1
Friday February 24, 2017 4:23am

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Two goals and an assist tonight in CCL

First goal: https://twitter.com/CONCACAF/status/834952153...

Second goal: https://twitter.com/CONCACAF/status/834960399...

Anyone like his chances for March?

Rey Regicide
Post #2
Friday February 24, 2017 1:16pm

Joined Sep 2013
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I do!

Over Kitchen at CDM?

oohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh snap

bjelks
Post #3
Friday February 24, 2017 6:05pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 371
I think CDM should come down to Acosta and D. Will
goalsense
goods
Post #4
Saturday March 4, 2017 11:39pm

Joined Mar 2014
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Really nice goal against the Galaxy. He really should be in consideration for the IX. He adds something desperately needed on this team speed and decisiveness moving the ball forward.

Live490
Texas
Post #5
Sunday March 5, 2017 12:58am

Joined Mar 2013
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Would have never guessed he was Japanese lol. That is freaking awesome

bjelks
Post #6
Sunday March 5, 2017 2:13am

Joined Nov 2012
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Eventually, we're going to have to bench Bradley to play our best.
He's lack of speed and composure under high pressure is a liability in midfield.
goalsense
admsghs27
Post #7
Sunday March 5, 2017 4:05am

Joined Nov 2012
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I really like Acostas game he is versatile and has a very high soccer IQ is not a matter of if but a matter of when he will become a full time starter for the MNT.

Dave
Post #8
Sunday March 5, 2017 4:43am

Joined Jul 2014
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We are fast approaching a major turn-over for the USMNT player pool. The question is going to be if it happens after the Hex or after the World Cup.

Dempsey, Jones, & Howard are on their last legs.

Gonzalez, Besler, Bedoya, Zusi, Williams, Morales, Jozy, Guzan, Feilhaber, Kljestand, Cameron & Bradley are under significant pressure from the new generation of players. They'll all be overtaken within the next 2 years.

That's a fairly significant number of our current top talent selections.

bjelks
Post #9
Sunday March 5, 2017 7:29am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 371
@dave I would argue that Williams and Morales have never got a fair shot with the national team because of federation bias towards Bradley, not considering his limitations as a player and decline in form since rejoining MLS.
Williams and Morales still play in the first team of top Euro leagues and we still don't know their ceiling at international level.
goalsense
goods
Post #10
Sunday March 5, 2017 6:05pm

Joined Mar 2014
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I agree that Morales has been played out of position or very limited minutes in his more natural position. As for Williams he has a history of injury plus his play has been inconsistent. He will have a great game such as he did against Germany and then just have a stinker against Russia.

I am not sure either have done enough to suplant Jones, which one should be able to beat him out on age alone, and Bradley who has been living on reputation for the past two years. I think it says a lot about them that they cannot beat out players who have a downward trajectory.

bjelks
Post #11
Sunday March 5, 2017 6:32pm

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This is the problem with US Soccer public. We assume that player quality and form has more to do with selection than manager preference. Remember JK played Wondolowski and Beckerman key minutes in the WC and left Donovan at home.
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goods
Post #12
Sunday March 5, 2017 7:17pm

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 311
No I agree JK trusted Bradley and Jones more than Morales and Williams. That is part of beating out the guy ahead of you forcing the coach to trust you more than the guy on the field. Neither Morales or Williams for whatever reason have not been able to do it. I doubt either will with Arena either.

bjelks
Post #13
Sunday March 5, 2017 7:45pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 371
No it's a part of preferential political BS that has kept the US program behind for years. The Copa semi final and 3rd place losts were embarrassments that were largely based on a central midfield pairing that were over run by players that were quicker, faster, and more technical. Our managers' inability to recognize our limitations in CM has held us back the last 2 yrs.
Just because JK trusted players, doesn't mean that there were better for the program.

Again JK trusted Wondo, Gordon, and Becks who were trash and didn't trust Donovan.
goalsense
MSantoine
Post #14
Sunday March 5, 2017 8:19pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Original post from bjelks

No it's a part of preferential political BS that has kept the US program behind for years. The Copa semi final and 3rd place losts were embarrassments that were largely based on a central midfield pairing that were over run by players that were quicker, faster, and more technical. Our managers' inability to recognize our limitations in CM has held us back the last 2 yrs.
Just because JK trusted players, doesn't mean that there were better for the program.

Again JK trusted Wondo, Gordon, and Becks who were trash and didn't trust Donovan.


Couldn't agree more. Some coaches are too caught up in number of wins that they can't see the big picture. Sure wondo helps beat Antigua and Barbuda in 2016 by a score of 6-0 but playing green, or Morris and you still win. Same as friendlies. Jurgen put too much emphasis on winning against Bolivia instead of finding out if guys like dwill, morales, others could play at a high level.

goods
Post #15
Sunday March 5, 2017 9:31pm

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 311
I do not disagree. Both Jones and Bradley got into JK'S head and he trusted them to a fault. DWIL especially has had rubber bands for knees. There is a reason why he has been playing for a mid table championship team, nobody wants to take the risk on those knees and make an offer Reading cannot refuse. I think he is inconsistent in his play is all. Morales was played out of position, and not given the chance. That is on the coach for his stubbornness for not getting past his assesments, but also on the player for not making the most of his opportunities. To me Benny is a much stronger argument of JK'S stupid stubbornness and being blinded by hubris, than both of these guys.

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