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hamsamwich
Post #151
Tuesday October 9, 2018 6:13pm

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Pretty sure we will see Green ahead of Bradley and Acosta this game in 4-2-3-1.

Lilshmike
Post #152
Tuesday October 9, 2018 6:21pm

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I'd love to see Bradley and Trapp pair together in the middle

blaise213
Post #153
Tuesday October 9, 2018 6:35pm

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Original post from Lilshmike

I'd love to see Bradley and Trapp pair together in the middle


You'd love to see backwards passing, no possession, and 0 goals?

Lilshmike
Post #154
Tuesday October 9, 2018 6:48pm

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Original post from blaise213

You'd love to see backwards passing, no possession, and 0 goals?
No, but I'd love to see peoples heads explode on this site if that were to happen...

blaise213
Post #155
Tuesday October 9, 2018 7:05pm

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Original post from Lilshmike

No, but I'd love to see peoples heads explode on this site if that were to happen...


I forgot you said that earlier. Yeah I'm not watching the game if that happens

navi8132
New York
Post #156
Tuesday October 9, 2018 11:46pm

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Fans in the stadium are going to boo Bradley during the game. What do they expect? It is going to be an awkward game. And then the media will ask Bradley how he felt about the boos, leading to more awkwardness.

Dave
Post #157
Wednesday October 10, 2018 2:06am

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Original post from Lilshmike

Fair points, but I'm not sold on a 4-2-3-1 as our best formation given the personnel. Honestly, it could be a 4-3-3 or a 5-2-3/3-4-3 with wing backs.

Not only that, but I don't know if Saief at LM or Green at CAM are our best options for those spots. I think the rest of your picks are pretty accurate. I'd personally pick a healthy Johannsson over Wood, and maybe a healthy Williams over Adams. My gripe with Saief is that he isn't very fast, and to play the wing you either need to have good pace or have the ability to cross/ping balls on a dime wherever you are. I don't know if Saief has proven he is capable of that yet. Personally, I would like to try out Saief at CAM.

One question - is this your best starting 11 assuming that the WC was tomorrow, or the best 11 if you were the manager now leading the team into the next cycle?


I'm not sold on Saief @ LM or Green @ CAM by any means. I place them in the starting XI by default. Saief has played Champions & Europa League, granted in a lower level league, but I give some credit to that. Green has at least been in a WC game. One of only 4 players in our pool this cycle who have (Brooks, Yedlin, Jozy).
I could also see them switch spots...Saief @ CAM w/ Green @ LM.

I could easily see us in a 4-3-2-1, 4-3-3, 3-5-2, or other formations. I just can't see that happening under our current coach. Even the 4-2-3-1 is a stretch with our current coach who seems to LOVE the 4-1-4-1 and tries to hammer square pegs into round holes to keep it.

blaise213
Post #158
Wednesday October 10, 2018 6:34am

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Saief is legit ( not Lletget)

Lilshmike
Post #159
Wednesday October 10, 2018 2:20pm

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@blaise213

Someone else said it first, I can't take credit for the exploding heads.

@Dave

I expect to see a 4-1-4-1 simply because that is what we have been running this entire time under Sarachan. I don't hate on him though. I actually feel for the guy. He has been given a job that he knows is temporary. He knows that they are actively looking for his replacement. I don't think he's done a bad job given what he's had to work with.

Think about it from this perspective - if you were in his shoes (knowing that your post was temporary), would you try to bring sweeping, radical change to usher in a new era of players? No. You would likely stick to a few guys you knew you could rely on and try to grind out results. Why? Because Sarachan knows he won't be our manager, but that doesn't mean that he won't be a manager somewhere else once this is over. So, from his perspective, he is actively auditioning for his next job... which is completely reasonable and understandable.

hamsamwich
Post #160
Wednesday October 10, 2018 3:25pm

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There was the 3 at the back vs France and we did a 4-2-3-1 second half in the previous game. But it's more about the attitude of our central midfielders. They need to do more on the ball to push the team forward and maintain possession. Get in better spots and THEN pick out the forward players. Too often we throw it forward and play it back from there. Acosta (seems like a lock) in particular needs to use his skill on the ball and make plays. Covering ground isn't enough. Have some courage on the ball and look for teammates (who, all over the field, need to do a better job of checking to the passes themselves and offering outlets for the ball). Pass and move and then look to score. Sounds simple but it relies on players having the guts to make plays, rather than just show up at the game.

bjelks
Post #161
Wednesday October 10, 2018 3:45pm

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But if Acosta hasn't been a creative player his whole career and plays in a league that doesn't promote creative technical football, how are we going to hope and wish it into reality with national team?
goalsense
hamsamwich
Post #162
Wednesday October 10, 2018 4:00pm

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Acosta himself is a technical player, who has played mostly for a team that plays technical for the most part (Dallas) in a league that doesn't (MLS). The guy has a great delivery in open play and set piece- there's a reason why many teams want this player. But he doesn't need to be ultra creative- he needs to retain the ball as the #8 and get it to guys like Green, Saief and Amon (Weah, Picault). I like Adams and McKennie more but with the security of a #6 behind them I don't think they've taken enough chances. I don't think Acosta will either, but this is his chance to make an impact. Acosta is a technical player with skill on the ball and a great free kick, don't get it twisted. He also had bad career advice a few years ago and should have went to Germany when those teams all wanted him. A sports hernia later- can he prove himself as a top prospect again?

hamsamwich
Post #163
Wednesday October 10, 2018 4:22pm

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An example would be the game winning goal vs Mexico last time out. Trapp lays it to Acosta who takes a quick touch upfield and carries the ball into the attacking third. He picks out Robinson making a run down the left and his cross found Adams for the goal. Simple play from acosta but using his technique, ball skill and athleticism. Need to see more of that tomorrow.

blaise213
Post #164
Wednesday October 10, 2018 7:52pm

Joined Sep 2012
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Original post from hamsamwich

An example would be the game winning goal vs Mexico last time out. Trapp lays it to Acosta who takes a quick touch upfield and carries the ball into the attacking third. He picks out Robinson making a run down the left and his cross found Adams for the goal. Simple play from acosta but using his technique, ball skill and athleticism. Need to see more of that tomorrow.


Where's the examples in the Brazil game ? Ha !

hamsamwich
Post #165
Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:01pm

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Original post from blaise213

Where's the examples in the Brazil game ? Ha !
i thought playing him at RM was a stretch in that game to say the least by coach Dave. I wouldn't put that on Acosta, nor is his my favorite player. But- he's played pretty well over the last few years in the few chances he's had at CM (the away draw at Azteca next to Bradley comes to mind)... also I'm not putting much stock in our B/C team losing to Neymar and Co, who are a few levels above USA. Many players were found wanting in that game, not just an out of position Acosta. @blaise- my example was solid from the Mexico game and is what I'm talking about moving forward, not harping on what hasn't happened with other players previously.

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