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db707
Post #1
Tuesday September 18, 2018 10:29pm

Joined Oct 2013
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Goal for the birthday boy Pulisic, and an assist for McKennie today.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #2
Tuesday September 18, 2018 10:55pm

Joined Jul 2012
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Hopefully this jump starts a good season for Pulisic. Would really like to see him reach double digits in goals and assists this year.

cudevil
Post #3
Wednesday September 19, 2018 12:15am

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 643
Original post from db707

Goal for the birthday boy Pulisic, and an assist for McKennie today.


Pulisic's goal was a total fluke, but, whatever, it counts.

I watched most of the Schalke game. It was funny, in watching the first half, I was wondering what it was that McKennie does well. He covers a lot of ground and has a tremendous work rate, but in the games I've watched he just kind of there.

In the second half, he was everywhere. Box to box, sideline to sideline. Winning headers, making tackles, good passes. The Spanish language commentators were really, really complimentary. And it was great on the goal when Hector Herrera and Jesus Corona both had screw ups that led to the counter-the commentators were all over it.

bjelks
Post #4
Wednesday September 19, 2018 5:15am

Joined Nov 2012
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With Mckennie and Adams as dual 6s and a pure 10 (Green, Sonora, Saief) in front we have a chance against anybody, throw in a world class winger like Pulisic and serviceable winger on the other side (Amon, Fabian) we have an international quality midfield.

This is too easy for US Soccer to get right. Watch us play 5 defensive mids and 4 backs in the gold cup lol.
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Lilshmike
Post #5
Wednesday September 19, 2018 2:41pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 783
Original post from cudevil

Pulisic's goal was a total fluke, but, whatever, it counts.

I watched most of the Schalke game. It was funny, in watching the first half, I was wondering what it was that McKennie does well. He covers a lot of ground and has a tremendous work rate, but in the games I've watched he just kind of there.

In the second half, he was everywhere. Box to box, sideline to sideline. Winning headers, making tackles, good passes. The Spanish language commentators were really, really complimentary.
And it was great on the goal when Hector Herrera and Jesus Corona both had screw ups that led to the counter-the commentators were all over it.
This... what a lot of people don't realize is that the position that McKennie plays is a very thankless position.

Similar to Bradley (and most recently Trapp), when you watch them play you don't normally see what they really do. Playing as a holding mid or as a box to box guy with defensive tendencies, you don't score a lot of goals, you don't get lots of assists, you don't get any glory and praise... you're just sort of out there on the field covering ground.

The role calls for occupying a certain area of the field, providing support, keeping possession, moving the ball, slowing down play, and acting as the middle man as the ball moves from the backs to the forwards/wingers. Its a very specific and important role that people rarely take note of because the players playing there usually aren't fast, have great foot skills, flashy, or as noted - score goals and get assists. Their presence on the field is one that supports others (defensive cover and the first person to pass to from the back, and a holding role to allow other midfielders to roam the field as they please).

Dave
Post #6
Thursday September 20, 2018 3:42am

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 907
Original post from bjelks

With Mckennie and Adams as dual 6s and a pure 10 (Green, Sonora, Saief) in front we have a chance against anybody, throw in a world class winger like Pulisic and serviceable winger on the other side (Amon, Fabian) we have an international quality midfield.

This is too easy for US Soccer to get right. Watch us play 5 defensive mids and 4 backs in the gold cup lol.


One of the formations I've been wanting to see is a 4-2-3-1 with the following players:

-----------------Wood------------
--Saief----------Green--------Pulisic--
-------McKennie-------Adams---------
Robinson-----Brooks------Miazga-----Yedlin
---------------Steffen--------------

A combination of Saief, Green, Pulisic, & Weah in the attacking 3 of the midfield should be fun to watch. They've got speed, can hold possession, and should be able to see some success taking players 1 vs 1. Hopefully this would prevent opponents from keying in on Pulisic as our only attacker/creator. We've yet to have a camp where all 4 of these guys were present.
Wood is our best lone striker at the moment, but hopefully Sargent & Siebatcheu can push the issue sooner rather than later. Not sold on Novak....& don't like the MLS options.
Yedlin is still our best RB. But Moore & Cannon will hopefully push/challenge him in the next year or 2.

Bring Acosta off the bench if McKennie or Adams needs a breather.
Have Amon, Gooch/Gall as depth for the wide midfielders. Possibly Taitague & Tillman as some point down the road if they continue to progress.
Scott & Parks as potential depth for the CAM position.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #7
Thursday September 20, 2018 5:53pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 9,747
Siebatcheu? Not sold on him to even accept an invite to a USMNT camp and has yet to really make his mark with Rennes.


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