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bjelks
Post #211
Wednesday March 28, 2018 2:47am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 546
If villafana and lichaj are good enough someone who was recently relegated from Bundesliga has to be.
I would say the top players in mls are Bundesliga 2 quality, which doesn't say much about the overall level of mls
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EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #212
Wednesday March 28, 2018 2:55am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 2,971
So Weah and Novakovich get a combined 20 minutes on the pitch??

Jzaval01
Post #213
Wednesday March 28, 2018 2:57am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,304
Sacharan is trying so hard to get this job. You play an absolutely meaningless game... give minutes to robinson, give MORE minutes to weah,novakovich point of this games is to give new chances but not for sacharan

cudevil
Post #214
Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:05am

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 596
Original post from db707

Seriously. That Santander guy was whining the entire night.


He let the Paraguayan chest bump him after the foul on Weah.

db707
Post #215
Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:10am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 507
Original post from cudevil

He let the Paraguayan chest bump him after the foul on Weah.


Grabbed his arm earlier too. As a ref long, long ago, I hate that b.s. He should have been sent off, friendly or not.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #216
Wednesday March 28, 2018 5:57am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 9,532
Some nervy moments, but a solid display and something to build off of into the future.

navi8132
New York
Post #217
Wednesday March 28, 2018 6:07am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 2,950
All to improve Sarachan's chances of being hired full time. Screw over our program for his own career. Disgusting.

I don't know what to say about this game. It was the same old tune, we had no creative playmakers and we had no true wingers. There was virtually no offense.

Positives I took from it:
1) Will Trapp is a bonafide callup to me to be our backup #6. He is smart and dependable and sometimes can play quite a pass to spring an attack.
2) Rubin, Nova, and Weah are talented and need to get more minutes.
3) Adams was good defensively, but there was hardly any offense in this game and some of that responsibility has to go to him (Nagbe, Delgado, and Seif as well). He helped create the goal, but this game was an anemic 1-0. He is in no way a bonafide starter. Man of the Match honors should go to Will Trapp.
4) CCV and Miazga were solid.

Negatives:
1) Coach decided friendlies are NOT about giving youngsters minutes to see if they work on intl level. Friendlies are about padding the coach's resume. Selfish disgusting jackass (and Richie Williams and Thomas Rongen STILL WORK FOR US SOCCER). We needed to see Moore and Robinson start, not get another view of same old Yedlin and Villafana.
2) I kept hearing how "Nagbe was being energetic", "Nagbe was giving a lot of offense"--- NAGBE WASNT DOING SHIT.
3) I kept hearing before this game and during this game how much Saief will be a good addition to the USMNT. I saw a big run out of his game, and what I took away from it was that Saeif should be considered a backup player who excels at free kicks.

bjelks
Post #218
Wednesday March 28, 2018 6:23am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 546
I thought Saief was our best player on the field.
Trapp had some ugly giveaways.
Delgado layed off when he should have shot.
Adams showed great energy and work rate but lacked quality when he should have 1 touched and shot instead of trying to dribble past keeper.

I'd easily call Stanko, Williams, Parks, or Morales over Trapp. I don't know how others are evaluating the game.
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chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #219
Wednesday March 28, 2018 7:03am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,373
Miazga was great...CCV was solid

I'm not a huge Trapp fan, but he played well. Although he got a lot of help and work rate from Adams and Delgado. He wasn't in a lot of desperation 1 v 1 defending in space. Everybody played within themselves and made things simple.

The biggest drawback was Saief wasn't given the reigns as acm....big mistake. He was the only guy with any flair

I thought Adams looked way better than the last time we saw him. Delgado was better than I've seen him...crazy work rate. Great vision on his pass to Adams...we got lucky on that one though. Adams' touch by the keeper was bounding over the end line...no way he gets a shot off if the keeper doesn't make contact.

Nagbe was Nagbe...a few penetrating passes but mostly pulls up and plays lateral or back.

I was probably the most disappointed with Wood. He was mostly a dead end...complete attack killer...too loose with the ball when we had opportunities and space.

Overall, a Pretty organized effort for a bunch of young guys.

hamsamwich
Post #220
Wednesday March 28, 2018 1:35pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 2,594
Everyone sees something different. Having all those midfielders didn't help offensively, but I thought Adams controlled the field, he was everywhere. Wil Trapp was good despite the concerns of many. Saief looked technical but lost out there, he was average. All in all, I was a little disappointed we didn't see Robinson, even though Villafaña was better than usual. There's nothing Wood or Novakovich or Weah or Rubin did that Sargent couldn't do better.

Know Nothing
Post #221
Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:11pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,324
A good energetic effort by the team to keep Paraguay from building momentum going forward.

Play was a little slow for my liking...when we had the opportunity to break the player with the ball held it a little longer than needed and gave them a chance to get back. In that respect Saif was unable to adapt to the MLS players and in my opinion got frustrated.

The Good:

Miazga and CCV looked solid and played the ball well out of the back.
Villafana was better than usual
Adams and Delgado's work rate
Team spirit sticking up for Delgado after that nasty tackle on him.
Trapp's positional awareness

The Bad:

Bobby Wood's confidence - had a chance early on to take players on in a break and didn't
Lack of opportunities for players like Moore who are playing in top leagues
Was Nagbe on the pitch the first half?

The average:

Yedlin's usual performance
Trapp's distribution. He had a good game but IMO could have gotten the same from other more talented players like Scott (yes, he has played the holding role before).

What I would have liked to have seen:

A more experimental 3-4-3 with the possibility to control the game or be more dangerous on the counter

Steffen
EPB, CCV, Miazga
Robinson, Trapp, Adams, Moore
Rubin, Novakovich, Saief

cudevil
Post #222
Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:24pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 596
I found myself wondering what Saief brings to the table. He's not particularly fast. He's not a winger (at least not last night). Didn't play any killer passes. Made some decent off ball runs, and had a nice run in the second where he beat a few guys. Give him some more looks, but he's not indispensable, particularly if he can't play as a true winger.

I don't know that we've had a guy that can cover space like Adams. I'm still not sure what exactly you do with him, since he does struggle with his touch. I feel like putting him anywhere other than 8 limits his greatest strength, but I don't think you can play through him given his limitations. Maybe a hyper-athletic 6.

Wood needs to find form ASAP. Feels like Hamburg stink has rubbed off on him. With Hamburg almost assuredly going down and likely looking at a major re-tool, he might be looking for a new club.

Sarachan's roster management last night was atrocious in terms of using his subs.

Lilshmike
Post #223
Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:46pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 576
Original post from cudevil

I found myself wondering what Saief brings to the table. He's not particularly fast. He's not a winger (at least not last night). Didn't play any killer passes. Made some decent off ball runs, and had a nice run in the second where he beat a few guys. Give him some more looks, but he's not indispensable, particularly if he can't play as a true winger.

I don't know that we've had a guy that can cover space like Adams. I'm still not sure what exactly you do with him, since he does struggle with his touch. I feel like putting him anywhere other than 8 limits his greatest strength, but I don't think you can play through him given his limitations. Maybe a hyper-athletic 6.

Wood needs to find form ASAP. Feels like Hamburg stink has rubbed off on him. With Hamburg almost assuredly going down and likely looking at a major re-tool, he might be looking for a new club.

Sarachan's roster management last night was atrocious in terms of using his subs.

I agree with you on Saief. I was excited to actualy see him get a run in with the team, but was dissapointed because I suppose my expectations were a bit too high...

Sarachan is a joke. I understand that we have him as manager until June, so we can try and snag a better manager after the WC, but if he ends up on a permanent basis we are screwed.

Lilshmike
Post #224
Wednesday March 28, 2018 4:05pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 576
Steffen: Wasn't tested much, but seemed a bit overconfident on with the ball at his feet. Some of that comes down to defenders getting into open positions so he can distribute, but a little more urgency/or communication with the defense should be required moving forward. We need to see more of him.
Yedlin: He has absolutely improved defensively and has gotten better going forward. Did a good job.
CCV: Stood out, did very well IMO.
Miazga: Hes Miazga, didn't stand out only because he performed the way you would expect.
Villafana: Did better than previous games, but don't think hes a long term solution. Need to give others a look.
Trapp: Stood out and looked very good. If he continues to perform like that and improve, he needs to be in considerations for a long term CDM position. Man of match.
Adams: Did well, showed a great bit of pace on that breakaway, but not exactly sure what his best position would be or how he could fit in as a starter for the USMNT moving forward. Deserves to have more looks.
Delgado: Had a good pass that slipped through Adams, but other than that he was kind of invisible during the game IMO. Don't know how he could fit in the USMNT long term.
Nagbe: Had a few good moments, but didn't have much of an impact overall. I don't see him as a wide player, more of a central player, but I think we have better options in that CM/CAM position.
Saief: Disappointed tbh. He did alright, had some good touches and bits of creativity, but gave the ball away a few times and wasn't good positionally. Was caught out of position too many times, tried to do too much, drifted into the middle many times leaving us with little options to spread the field, and didn't exactly have the type of pace you would expect from a wide man. He should get looks as a CAM, he may be much more effective there.
Wood: Needed a better supporting cast to get high, spread the field, and feed him the ball. He isnt great dribbling and got caught a few times with the ball at his feet with multiple defenders in front of him and little options to pass. Not a great performance, but not exactly his fault.
Weah: Not enough time on the field, but good runs and show of pace. Had a good ball to Novakovich. Need to see more.
Novakovich: Not enough time, but seemed OK. I think we should call in other people to look at them before bringing him in again.
Rubin: Not enough time, but played an excellent ball to Weah towards the end of the game.

bjelks
Post #225
Wednesday March 28, 2018 4:05pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 546
Maybe we're not accustomed to seeing world class wing play so we don't appreciate or know what to look for in one.
He was the only player that ran at defenders and beat ppl 1v1, he delivered dangerous crosses, his first touch was class, he was a threat to shoot from range, he played some clever through and long passes.

Trapp didn't do anything that an avg cdm can't do. I was concerned about his lack of acceleration, strength on the ball in 50/50 challenges, and sloppy passing out of the back.

If Saief was playing with more quality players with higher football iq like Pullisic, Mckennie, Green, Boyd Johansson, this would be a different story.

Sargeant and Siebetchu should get a run a forward as well
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