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cudevil
Post #121
Monday December 28, 2020 4:38am

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Original post from Dave

With Weah getting into a good run of form the Attack for the USMNT is looking very promising ahead of a congested 2021 calendar. With Pulisic, Reyna, & Weah doing well we are close to being able to have a nice rotation on the wings.
Each brings something a little different, which should make it harder for opponents to defend against us.


Reyna on the wing seems misplaced to me. He needs to be in the middle of the pitch. I think Sargent needs to be up top with CP and Weah buzzing around him from each side, and Reyna underneath pulling the strings.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #122
Monday December 28, 2020 10:24am

Joined Jul 2012
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I agree Reyna is wasted on the wing.

Monty
Post #123
Monday December 28, 2020 3:23pm

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is there an asymmetric look in-possession that could work?

A 4-3-3 with Sargent puts Gio on the right. Can he drift inside in-possession? Under-lapping runs by Dest? I dunno.

4 forwards, Reyna, Sargent, Weah and Pulisic, seems like too many. To keep a four man back line we'd have to take off one of Adams, Mckennie or Musah if we played with 4 forwards. Even though Dortmund manage with 2 midfielders and 4 forwards that doesn't seem like the best option for the USMNT.

Help me out of this conundrum because I would rather have Gio on the field than Weah.

bjelks
Post #124
Monday December 28, 2020 3:59pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Original post from 2tone

I agree Reyna is wasted on the wing.


So what do we do with Musah?
goalsense
bjelks
Post #125
Monday December 28, 2020 4:09pm

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Original post from Monty

is there an asymmetric look in-possession that could work?

A 4-3-3 with Sargent puts Gio on the right. Can he drift inside in-possession? Under-lapping runs by Dest? I dunno.

4 forwards, Reyna, Sargent, Weah and Pulisic, seems like too many. To keep a four man back line we'd have to take off one of Adams, Mckennie or Musah if we played with 4 forwards. Even though Dortmund manage with 2 midfielders and 4 forwards that doesn't seem like the best option for the USMNT.

Help me out of this conundrum because I would rather have Gio on the field than Weah.


4-3-3 means 4 backs, 3 mids, 3 fwds lol
goalsense
Monty
Post #126
Monday December 28, 2020 7:25pm

Joined Dec 2020
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Original post from bjelks

4-3-3 means 4 backs, 3 mids, 3 fwds lol


I re-read my post. Was there something to clarify?

hamsamwich
Post #127
Monday December 28, 2020 8:51pm

Joined Oct 2013
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Original post from bjelks

So what do we do with Musah?
some games he starts some he doesn't. Also let's remember how many times the "full" squad has been together? Zero. Injuries, form, etc. Having the depth is the key.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #128
Tuesday December 29, 2020 12:21am

Joined Jul 2012
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Original post from bjelks

So what do we do with Musah?


Musah hasn't committed. And who knows if he will. Reyna is a better 10 than on the wing. Musah is an all action 8 like Mckennie.

Personally I hope Musah does, but if he doesn't I think it's likely Reyna will be the 10 for the USMNT.

Dave
Post #129
Tuesday December 29, 2020 2:19am

Joined Jul 2014
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Original post from cudevil

Reyna on the wing seems misplaced to me. He needs to be in the middle of the pitch. I think Sargent needs to be up top with CP and Weah buzzing around him from each side, and Reyna underneath pulling the strings.


As much as we fans all want Reyna to play centrally, that is not what Gregg sees.
Gregg has almost always used 2 Box-to-Box CMs (8's) with 1 CDM (6). If Gregg were to use Reyna centrally than he's going to have to sit either Adams, McKennie, or Musah.
Granted Musah hasn't committed yet, but if he doesn't I'd still expect Gregg to insert either Lletget or someone else (cough, cough....Roldan) and keep Reyna wide. Or insert Yueill/Cardoso/Bradley...and push Adams to the 2nd 8 position.
At this point I wouldn't be surprised if Gregg actually used Morris to start opposite Pulisic and bring Reyna or Weah off the bench. Basically I have no faith that Gregg knows how to use the talent we have.

bjelks
Post #130
Tuesday December 29, 2020 5:56am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,995
Original post from 2tone

Musah hasn't committed. And who knows if he will. Reyna is a better 10 than on the wing. Musah is an all action 8 like Mckennie.

Personally I hope Musah does, but if he doesn't I think it's likely Reyna will be the 10 for the USMNT.


Why are we even making a scenario for Musah that doesn't exist yet?
goalsense
Samtom23
Post #131
Tuesday December 29, 2020 6:47am

Joined Jun 2018
Total Posts: 558
Original post from bjelks

Why are we even making a scenario for Musah that doesn't exist yet?


It is just playing it safe. We just saw Akinole getting called in by Canada, so until players are cap tied, it is good to be prudent.

hamsamwich
Post #132
Tuesday December 29, 2020 4:25pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 3,633
@dave- I think Gregg has changed things so many times he's just tinkering for now to see what he likes. For the record I don't believe it will work.

I also believe Musah is in competition the most with McKennie. There's nothing wrong with having more than one guy to compete. That's how the good countries have it.

Dave
Post #133
Wednesday December 30, 2020 4:10am

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 1,181
Original post from hamsamwich

@dave- I think Gregg has changed things so many times he's just tinkering for now to see what he likes. For the record I don't believe it will work.

I also believe Musah is in competition the most with McKennie. There's nothing wrong with having more than one guy to compete. That's how the good countries have it.

I'm all for competition and guys earning their place in the line-up. It's just that since our loss to Canada Gregg has appeared to favor using 2 High-Energy 8's with a deeper lying CDM behind them more than the traditional 6, 8, 10 combination.
Gregg's been leaning more towards the wide attackers (Pulisic) creating from the wing by cutting inside underneath the target forward while the outside back provides the width by overlapping and stretching towards the end-line.
In this style of play, Reyna works playing opposite Pulisic as he'll roam/create from the right while Pulisic does the same from the left. Both given the freedom to interchange and find pockets of space wide, underneath, or stretching if the CF drops deep.
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If Gregg suddenly converts to the traditional 6, 8, 10 combination than I'd agree that McKennie & Musah become direct competition with each other. I just don't think we'll see this type of set-up very often, if ever.

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