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Post #31
Wednesday July 18, 2018 12:20pm

Joined Oct 2013
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Original post from navi8132

But we're not moving in the right direction, at least in the sense of just how good our starting 11 is. Our current best starting 11 is the worst in the entire 2009-2018 period...


It's too early to say either way. We have a lot of young players in the mix because of where we are in the cycle. And their bar when one looks at the 2015 Gold Cup team, the team in the last qualifying cycle, is pretty low. I think it's great that they let us know more about these guys, as part of turning over a new leaf. Everyone profiled is at least capped at senior level, a few are national team regulars already. If they were doing these stories on U-15 kids, yes that would bug me. But everyone there should at least be in the mix for the Gold Cup and/or the Olympics.

bjelks
Post #32
Wednesday July 18, 2018 2:45pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 588
Original post from navi8132

But we're not moving in the right direction, at least in the sense of just how good our starting 11 is. Our current best starting 11 is the worst in the entire 2009-2018 period...


Our starting lineup from the last qualifier was Howard, Yedlin,Gonzalez, Bradley, Besler, Nagbe, Wood, Pulisic, Villafana, Altidore, Arriola

We can field a team of Steffen, Yedlin/ Moore, Miazga, Brooks, Robinson, D Williams, Mckennie, Adams, Saief, Pulisic, Johannsson or Sargent.

With Green, Gyau, Gall, Parks, EPB, Weah, Amon emerging this is easily the most talented group we've had. By the next competitive match, we could field a team of only European 1st division players in their primes.
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Dave
Post #33
Thursday July 19, 2018 4:38am

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 884
Original post from navi8132

But we're not moving in the right direction, at least in the sense of just how good our starting 11 is. Our current best starting 11 is the worst in the entire 2009-2018 period...


I don't think our current best starting 11 is anywhere near the worst of the last 8 years. Is it lacking in experience....absolutely. Are there still potential holes in the XI...Yes.
However, there appears to be a greater since of drive/desire from this young group of players, and the raw ability is equal/higher than any squad I can remember the USMNT having in my 30+ years of following it. Give these kids 2 more years of maturing and I think we'll have a stronger squad (1-23) than the 2002 team did. Only position I don't think we'll be as strong is at Keeper.

McKennie = Claudio Reyna, Sargent(?) = McBride, Weah = Beasley, Pulisic = Donovan
Parks = O'Brian, Adams/Acosta = Pablo Mastroeni, Yedlin = Hejduk, Robinson > Lewis, Brooks > Agoos, Miazga = Llamosa, Saief < Stewart, Wood > Wolff,
EBP/CCV = Pope, Green/Amon = Jones, Jozy > Mathis, Hyndman > Jo-Max,
Steffen < Friedel, Horvath < Keller, Gonzalez/Hamid/Guzan = Meola,

Yes we still need to flush out the balance of the 23, but there are a number of likely options (Scott, Arriola, Gooch, Parker, Zimmerman, Glad, Moore, D. Acosta, Lima, Cannon, Durkin, Novakovich, Akale, Taitague, Dest, Fossey, Booth, De La Torre, etc...)

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