Which of the eight candidates should lead US Soccer?
Eric Wynalda
Steve Gans
Carlos Cordeiro
Michael Winograd
Paul Caligiuri
Kyle Martino
Kathy Carter
Hope Solo
None of the above
San Jose
Post #61
Saturday December 9, 2017 5:49am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,336
The comment about Adams was mainly about mental fortitude.

Sure everybody wants to win, they'll tell you that to your face... that's a given, but some guys are at a different level of mental toughness.

Some guys have all the skill in the world, but they're spotty, the fade in and out of the games, or disappear all together, or play below their talent.

I believe Adams is one of those "refuse to lose" guys...Pulisic has it...Stu Holden had it...players that get stronger as the game goes on...relentless drive to win.

Unfortunately, we had too many of the spotty guys on the roster...still have a some of them in the mix. But it looks like we're going to have a greater number of skilled, fast mentally tough players going forward

Some of these starlets on everybody's lists and rosters won't be able to cut it mentally...they don't have that freakish high end mental determination.

That's why I would not bet against Adams bypassing a few of these guys in a couple years.

Post #62
Saturday December 9, 2017 1:52pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 2,530
Tyler Adams is a future national team captain. He hasn't had the luxury the other guys had with their European passports... he will move abroad soon and push on from there. I agree with @bassplayer here; adams' mentality is a necessity out on that field.

Post #63
Saturday December 9, 2017 4:57pm

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 491
Wood out again due to his knees.

New York
Post #64
Saturday December 9, 2017 5:19pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 2,831
Hopefully Sargent and Weah will rise in the next 4 years.

Post #65
Sunday December 10, 2017 7:23pm

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 819
@thebaseplayer & @ hamsamwich -
I agree that Adams has that never say die attitude, and hasn't had the benefit of a EU passport to help him advance his career. He'll need to make the best of MLS for now, and insure he puts in positive performances whenever called into US Camps. That said his 2 best positions (8 & 6) have options who are his equal talent wise and are playing in better leagues. What I've seen of his opposition for these positions they too show a "Refuse to Loose" mentality, therefore IMO they have the advantage (for now). Ultimately it'll come down to their camp/game performances for the US to establish the pecking order.

I don't see Tyler as a Wide midfielder or as an option for the #10 spot....I just don't think he's got the attacking qualities needed for these positions at the international level. I could see him used there if we're playing a team significantly better than us, where we're in more of a bunker but generally speaking I don't see him there.

@hamsamwich, Tyler may have the attributes to be a captain, but again I'm not sure that when everyone is available that he'll be the first choice option. At the moment he lacks experience...hence guys like D. Williams were given the armband the last time out. In the future I wouldn't be surprised to see Pulisic or Brooks given preference as Captain. Only time will tell who's named captain.

San Jose
Post #66
Monday December 11, 2017 7:16am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,336
Given time, I think Adams has the potential to play anywhere in the midfield, except as a 10. He's played as a wingback with the RBs, so I think flank mid and flank fullback would be on the table as options.

I do agree most of the newer options coming in appear to have great attitudes.

I think we're all done seeing guys doggin it on the field.

Post #67
Wednesday December 20, 2017 7:53am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 2,500
23 man roster

F: Johannsson, Weah, Siebatcheu, Ramirez

MF: Amon, Pulisic, Tillman, Mckinnie, Williams, Parks, Gonzalez, Saief, Wright

D: Robinson, Brooks, CCV, Miazga, Palmer-Brown, Yedlin, Chandler

G: Steffen, Hogarth, Gonzalez

(let B Wood rest his knees)

Post #68
Wednesday December 20, 2017 9:15pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 9,371
I'm going with 28

GK: Bono, Klinsmann, Steffen, Hamid

D: Yedlin, Chandler, CCV, Miazga, Zimmerman, Brooks, Robinson, Vincent

M: Williams, Adams, Mckennie, Gonzales, Stanko, Acosta, Parks

A: Pulisic, Wood, Morris, Amon, Gyau, Green, Sapong, Altidore

Post #69
Thursday December 21, 2017 12:04am

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 819
Who I'd like to see invited to Camp. My 26 is as follows:

GK: Hamid, Steffen, Gonzalez
D: Yedlin, Chandler, Moore, Robinson, Books, Miazga, CCV, Glad
M: Pulisic, Green, Saief, Gooch, Amon, Williams, Parks, Gonzalez, McKennie, Scott
F: Morris, Boyd, ArJo, Sargent, Siebatcheu

There are others who could be invited depending on what happens during the January Camp (Jozy, Acosta, SaPong, Guzan, Vincent, etc...) but hopefully we'll get 2 matches in Europe to test out some of the young talent emerging at clubs overseas.

We're still thin at a few positions (Striker & Left Back) but there are other positions at which we have so many potential options (CM & CB) that some tough exclusions will have to be made (EPB, Adams, Arriola) in order to really evaluate what we have in the player pool.

New York
Post #70
Monday January 8, 2018 5:57pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 2,831
Updated for Gonzalez's departure:


Post #71
Monday January 8, 2018 10:08pm

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 491
Parks is not really a dmid. Would assume that spot will go to Acosta, Roldan, or DWill

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