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2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #226
Sunday November 4, 2018 6:38pm

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Steve Cherundolo will be a part of the coaching staff for these up coming friendlies. Could see him as a long term assistant when the new coach is set in stone.

bjelks
Post #227
Sunday November 4, 2018 7:45pm

Joined Nov 2012
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I hope the new manager is someone with a resume that Cherundolo can respect
goalsense
Know Nothing
Post #228
Sunday December 2, 2018 6:55am

Joined Jan 2013
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Well ESPN is reporting Berhalter will officially be named tomorrow

dunlopp9987
Post #229
Sunday December 2, 2018 7:07am

Joined Mar 2013
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Can't wait for 2026!
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cleancutimage
Post #230
Sunday December 2, 2018 9:03am

Joined Oct 2013
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Not my first choice, not the worst choice. But miles ahead of Sarachan and decades ahead of Arena. Definitely a move forward by the USSF.
Am I as optimistic as I was about Klinsmann? No. Am I as unsure about this hire as I was by Bob Bradley? No.

Just hope he is everything we say he can be. Plays the best MLS players not his favorite MLS players, has a good grasp of overseas talent, and can sway many more dual nationals than he will lose to other federations.

db707
Post #231
Sunday December 2, 2018 1:28pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 734
And the march to 100 caps for Player of the Year candidate Wil Trapp continues unabated.

BMD15
Boston
Post #232
Sunday December 2, 2018 4:32pm

Joined Oct 2015
Total Posts: 132
Original post from db707

And the march to 100 caps for Player of the Year candidate Wil Trapp continues unabated.


That's a fairly big assumption, no? Sure he's familiar with Trapp and vice versa but the truth of the matter is we don't really know how much in terms of formations, tactics, etc GB will carry over to the nats. He also doesn't have budget restraints or contract concerns to worry about here.

Could Trapp be a constant in his roster selections? Absolutely. But he could just as easily be a fringe guy based on who else GB rates (which none of us has ANY clue on at the moment), who's in form, and who's healthy.

On paper it's not the best hire but it's certainly not the worst either. And being instantly dismissive of the hire because the Federation dragged their feet is a disservice to GB. Let's see what he does with the team before we start jumping to conclusions about him (or conclusions about how other managers obviously would've done a better than job than him).
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db707
Post #233
Sunday December 2, 2018 5:18pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 734
I was joking because of how much some people on here hate Trapp. I don't know what Berhalter will do, I just wish we had made the hire a year ago if this is what we wanted to do. I don't rate Trapp but don't have nearly the vitriol that some posters here have when it comes to him.

bjelks
Post #234
Sunday December 2, 2018 6:28pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 819
Lol no one hates Trapp, it's just frustrating when someone not good enough to make the team by any credible standard is an automotic starter, Captain, in the toughest position, and is given a pass to be a liability every game is on the field because of nepotism.

Then the USSF, soccer media, and fanboy apologists make excuses for his inclusion because they're too lazy to evaluate the quality of players on case by case basis and have a personal interest in promoting MLS.

It's like we're the only country in the world that doesn't think playing your most talented players increases chances of winning lol.
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BMD15
Boston
Post #235
Sunday December 2, 2018 7:58pm

Joined Oct 2015
Total Posts: 132
@db707 - ahh sorry! Didn't read into the sarcasm there. I agree that I wish the federation had made the hire a year ago instead of wasting so much time. I don't really rate Trapp either, but he's a perfectly suitable depth piece if we're hit with injuries, etc.
NETID
2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #236
Sunday December 2, 2018 8:03pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 9,890
It's time to get behind Berhalter. I want him and the team to do well.

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #237
Monday December 3, 2018 1:18am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,423
I'm more than fine with Berhalter. I think he's a solid choice and a great transition coach to 2026. I think we'll see a more cohesive midfield. I think we'll be pleasantly surprised how well we play with essentially the same group...granted we just suffered through the tactics of Arena and Arena jr.

My only concern is that Trapp will have the inside track as the 6. I don't dislike Trapp, I think he is an extremely smart fine player. But Imo, he shares the same attributes as MB...He's basically MB lite. We played MB as the 6 which is not a great fit...especially against big boy teams. The same feeling applies to Trapp as the 6...all the smarts and awareness are there, but like MB, not enough athleticism against premium comp...It is obvious to see. The only way it wouldn't hurt us is in a freakishly tight deep block...forget about it in open space transition.

I'd love to see McKennie as our 6 for this cycle....very difficult for Berhalter to sit Trapp though...since he can only play as a 6 for the nats.

Overall, Imo, good call on Berhalter...we will have a style of play...and he makes great in game adjustments.

I got my tickets for USA v Costa Rica at Avaya in Feb....Can't wait to see how we play with Berhalter.

dolcem
Post #238
Monday December 3, 2018 1:23am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,804
Berhalter, I think, was by far the best American choice (Vermes's SKC has always been pretty one-dimensional, for one). I'm very disappointed because there were much, much better candidates that didn't get interviewed. Most of all, I'm angry about the whole process, which was a complete joke. Berhalter should have taken over 6 to 8 months ago, and would have if our federation wasn't run by the a**clowns at SUM. We've had a whole wasted year and now he will have very little opportunity to prepare for the Gold Cup (we won't have most of our starters for Camp Cupcake), our most important tournament until Qatar in 2022.

If we perform poorly, would the USSF feel the pressure and fire Berhalter and replace him with a top-tier foreign coach? I don't know, and I'm not rooting for it to happen. I don't care who the coach is I'll always root for us the same. I really hope that we kick a** in 2022 and Berhalter gets hired by a Bundesliga club and the federation lands a huge name that wants to make history with us as hosts in 2026. Lopetegui, for example. Or Bielsa.

I think I'm dreaming though.
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snipes87
Cleveland, Ohio
Post #239
Monday December 3, 2018 1:28am

Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts: 864
"...or Julen Lopetegui (who coached Spain to an unbeaten record for two years and contacted U.S. Soccer expressing interest but was told the federation was too far along in its process)."

Sooo the guy who was good enough for Spain and Real Madrid expressed interest and our international power house of a soccer federation said... nah we're fine thanks. LOLOL

https://www.si.com/soccer/2018/12/02/gregg-be...
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dolcem
Post #240
Monday December 3, 2018 2:01am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,804
Original post from snipes87

"...or Julen Lopetegui (who coached Spain to an unbeaten record for two years and contacted U.S. Soccer expressing interest but was told the federation was too far along in its process)."

Sooo the guy who was good enough for Spain and Real Madrid expressed interest and our international power house of a soccer federation said... nah we're fine thanks. LOLOL

https://www.si.com/soccer/2018/12/02/gregg-be...


Was discussed at length here:

http://locker.yanks-abroad.com/?mode=topics&t...
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