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EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #196
Friday October 12, 2018 8:59am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 2,991
Game sucked the last twenty minutes.

Acosta goal was nice. He has a goalscoring streak in him although he tends to be aloof off the ball. He belongs but his form at Colorado needs to better.

Bradley was ok. My biggest thing on the USMNT is that midfield needs that steel. Im not saying in James jersey every second but this is Colombia get in their grills. Adams and Mckennie provide that.+

Woods run was nice. Bobbys a good finisher but he gives almost nothing in possession. He should go back to Hannover with a lot of confidence especially after the 2 goal game.

Sargent had a few moments. That turn was a slick move. That kid has it.

Tim Weahs pass was great. I still think he best as a second striker.

The defense was really bad. Robinson got roasted. Saief didnt help much but first time playing together plus Cuadrado equals bad business.

Yedlin wasnt good and neither was Miazga or Brooks. Not enough attention to detail.

I thought Julian Green was good. Good in possesion that one nice shot in the first half. The tackle that led to the second goal was sublime. Idk if hes a starter but hes a good team player. Hes not great at anything but good at everything.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #197
Friday October 12, 2018 9:02am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 2,991
Sarachan should be at the end of his rope. I assume he'll get these last 3 games but theres still no tactical acumen or overall style.

I still think we succeed best as a fast striking counterattack team.

cudevil
Post #198
Friday October 12, 2018 1:42pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 643
They needed to "obsess" over Robinson's positioning because it was awful. Nearly every noteworthy attack came from that side. He was terrible.

hamsamwich
Post #199
Friday October 12, 2018 2:45pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 2,691
What can you say but that Arias, Cuadrado, James, Falcao, Bacca and Quintero all knew how to attack and find opportunities. Our disjointed attack featured several players who just didn't have that same vision for the game as Colombia. I thought Bradley was functional on offense, and completely finished as a defending CDM. Acosta was pretty good, I thought he played the #8 pretty well. I have a beef with his more forward teammates not checking to, making runs into space, or really presenting themselves as targets to get the ball. Acosta did what I wanted to see, play positive and keep his head up for passes. With the stagnant movement, it was just ugly for stretches. I think Saief is a step slow and shouldn't play wide. Green just doesn't see the passes and is more like a striker than CAM. Weah made the play of the night but I can't help feeling that Green, Wood and to an extent Weah only saw that play because of the space and time available on the counter. We badly missed the guys that weren't there and it showed how much better they are than Bradley especially defensively. I'd like to see the other forward play against Peru: Novakovich, Sargent. Both can play and I think Novakovich in particular is intriguing because of his size and technical ability. I think they'd complement each other well in that game as they do different things.

bjelks
Post #200
Friday October 12, 2018 3:37pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 707
Good notes @hamsamwich I agree!
goalsense
Know Nothing
Post #201
Friday October 12, 2018 4:40pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,409
Did not watch he game but saw the highlights and read a few summaries. So based on that...

Robinson is a wing back not a left back (look at the difference in Marcos Alonso of Chelsea playing in a back 4 or back 5) . He would be a completely different player if we played a back three and we have a plethora of defenders to make this work. If we lose possession we will always have at least three at the back.

We don't have any true wingers, so why not play with Robinson and Yedlin/Canon as our wide players. This would allow Weah and Pulisic to play further inside and in a more free role.

We have Adams and McKennie to play as our central mids...let them develop some chemistry as they are both athletic enough to play there.

My ideal...

Steffen
Miazga, Brooks, ?
Yedlin, McKennie, Adams, Robinson
Pulisic, ?, Weah

bjelks
Post #202
Friday October 12, 2018 5:10pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 707
Eh, Pulisic a true winger. Amon is a true winger. Gall is a true winger. Gyau is a true winger. Gooch is a true winger.
Mckennie and Adams are 6s.
Yedlin and Robinson don't keep possession well enough to be outside mids. Yedlin's crossing is suspect. Robinson may not be great, but he's the best left back we have.
I thought Wood was fine but he needs service and could come back deeper to receive the ball.
I'm open to experimenting with Acosta at 10. I thought he was very sharp overall and positive going fwd.
And for Godsakes can we get Alfredo Morales in camp?
Would also love to see Joel Sonora.
goalsense
camparkinson
Post #203
Friday October 12, 2018 5:35pm

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 284
Columbia is great, miles better than USA and it looked like that the whole game even when USA was winning 2-1.

A few questions...

How many times do the LCB and LB have to get split with a simple pass before they adjust their positioning? I don't just blame Robinson here, Brooks needs to be better and communicate better with Robinson to not allow that simple pass and have Robinson play more narrow or Brooks move wider. Robinson is the new young guy, he's gonna make mistakes, but Brooks is the vet who should be a leader and should know how to deal with that. Then it happened again with Sweat on the field, how in the hell do the coaches not make that a point of emphasis when he's coming on the field.

How many times will a USA coach substitute a CDM into a wing position?! Why in the hell did Delgado come in for RM? Why in the hell did Bradley play the full 90 when he was clearly gassed and ineffective for the last 30.

Why does Sarachan like to sub in guys who were last minute roster adds... I feel like every camp there is an injury or two where a new player is called in and then somehow that player is used in the game ahead of players that were on the initial roster. Picault and Delgado weren't on the initial roster, why were they the main subs off the bench?!

Not having a coach is driving me nuts... feels like such a waste of some great friendlies.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #204
Friday October 12, 2018 5:42pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 9,747
I would love to see Nagbe back in the team. He has no problems with controlling the ball and passing out of pressure. We desperately need that type of player.

blaise213
Post #205
Friday October 12, 2018 5:43pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 2,644
Original post from camparkinson

Why does Sarachan like to sub in guys who were last minute roster adds... I feel like every camp there is an injury or two where a new player is called in and then somehow that player is used in the game ahead of players that were on the initial roster. Picault and Delgado weren't on the initial roster, why were they the main subs off the bench?!

Not having a coach is driving me nuts... feels like such a waste of some great friendlies.


Because MLS is pushing for a MLSNT

cudevil
Post #206
Friday October 12, 2018 5:56pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 643
Original post from camparkinson

Columbia is great, miles better than USA and it looked like that the whole game even when USA was winning 2-1.

A few questions...

How many times do the LCB and LB have to get split with a simple pass before they adjust their positioning? I don't just blame Robinson here, Brooks needs to be better and communicate better with Robinson to not allow that simple pass and have Robinson play more narrow or Brooks move wider. Robinson is the new young guy, he's gonna make mistakes, but Brooks is the vet who should be a leader and should know how to deal with that. Then it happened again with Sweat on the field, how in the hell do the coaches not make that a point of emphasis when he's coming on the field.

How many times will a USA coach substitute a CDM into a wing position?! Why in the hell did Delgado come in for RM? Why in the hell did Bradley play the full 90 when he was clearly gassed and ineffective for the last 30.

Why does Sarachan like to sub in guys who were last minute roster adds... I feel like every camp there is an injury or two where a new player is called in and then somehow that player is used in the game ahead of players that were on the initial roster. Picault and Delgado weren't on the initial roster, why were they the main subs off the bench?!

Not having a coach is driving me nuts... feels like such a waste of some great friendlies.


Re: Robinson/Brooks, sure Brooks needs to help Robinson with positioning, but there multiple times when Colombia played a ball into the attacking right channel (either on the ground or over the top), and Robinson wasn't even on the screen (only a slight exaggeration). Brooks can't do anything with that.

ESPN gave Brooks and Miazga both 4/10's. Both were culpable on at least 2 of the goals (Brooks was slow to step up to James-although I'm sure he thought there was no way he could score from that angle, Miazga was slow to react to Bacca on the tying goal). It becomes very difficult, however, for centerbacks when the shape gets stretched to shit because one side of the defense is a complete sieve.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #207
Friday October 12, 2018 7:38pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 9,747
I would make some changes for Peru: Play a 4-4-2

--Nova-Weah-
Amon----Picault
--Acosta -Trapp-
Robinson-Brooks-Miazga-Cannon
---Steffen--

Sub Sargent on for either Nova or Weah

Saief for Picault

Green for Amon

Yedlin hasn't been particularly great lately.

Robinson still needs to start

Brooks and Miazga need reps together.

Lilshmike
Post #208
Friday October 12, 2018 8:54pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 783
Original post from bjelks

Julian Green is making me eat all my praise of him.

Saief is dangerous every time he touches the ball.

Not seeing the 1v1 creativity from Weah.

Bradley is steady but nothing special w can't get out of Morales or D Will and isn't in the class of Mckennie or Adams.

Saraclown is still a tool for not dressing Amon.
Its tough to accurately analyze players when you base your opinions on select highlights, without watching multiple full-games against competent competition...

Lilshmike
Post #209
Friday October 12, 2018 9:09pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 783
Green sucked. Same as last game, he just wasn't that good. He played against truly world class competition last night... and he just wasn't good enough. His passing was very poor, there were multiple moments when he played the ball either directly to or behind a man when they were in the middle of a run forward, instead of laying it in front and letting them run on to it.

Weah was getting frustrated. Its not that he lacked 1v1 ability or creativity. He lacked competent service into good areas. He, mentally and movement-wise, was operating at a different level than the people around him. Same goes for Wood.

Saief wasn't good enough. He lacks speed, didn't do much going forward when he had the ball, and spent most of his time defending. Maybe this was tactics or jitters, but he just isn't good enough on the wing. I'd like to see him in the middle.

Robinson was poor. He can get away with some of his positioning and decisions in the Championship without getting punished due to his athleticism. But against competent, world class players... he isn't there yet.

Steffen did alright, but could have saved 2 of the goals (Falcao and the bike). His feet were moving, but he was waiting too late to set his feet which prevented him from being able to better plant his feet and push/step off his plant foot to cover more ground when he dove.

Bradley did well. Honestly, he did. Yeah, he could have defended better on the Falcao counter attack, but what were we doing on that? Many people were to blame for that sequence. Miazga and Brooks both got caught up in the box and just strolled along to get back. Bradley was watching the ball. Delgado tracked behind Falcao instead of attempting to get goal side. Bad all around. But Bradley played very well, kept possession, and had a few moments with good 1 touch passes to keep the speed of play moving instead of slowing it down in the middle of the field when Colombia was pressing.

Acosta played well and played how he was supposed to. Bradley was holding, Green was attacking, and Acosta was box to box. He covered a lot of ground and generally kept possession.

The subs weren't really out there long enough to show much. Sargent had one decent turn, but also had a few moments that were poor. Lost the ball because he was looking around deciding what to do next, instead of knowing what he was going to do before he got it. Fafa didnt really get the ball enough to be noticed, nor did Nova.

blaise213
Post #210
Friday October 12, 2018 9:25pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 2,644
Once again we got smoked because 2 MLS players were controlling the midfield....

Bradley's dumb ass got burnt on one of the goals

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