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Dave
Post #1
Friday November 16, 2018 5:00am

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 913
Sarachan has been in interim coach for over a year and will hopefully be replaced with a full-time coach/manager shortly. So what positives can we take from the last 12+ months, and build from going forwards:

1) Talent: There are some young talents emerging who with a bit of seasoning will move us forwards. McKennie, Adams, Pulisic, Robinson, Miazga, all look to be ready to make the step-up to core players going forwards. Weah, Sargent, Parks, Hyndman, Amon, Moore, CCV & EPB are starting to progress and could be difference makers.
2) Veterans: Yedlin, Brooks, Wood, & Guzan should be able to help stabilize the team as they mature.
3) Prospects/Options: Cannon, D. Acosta, Dest, Farfan, Durkin, De La Torre, Gall, Nova, Scott, Sabbi, Sotto, Torres, Robinson, Wright, & Tellman
4) Roll Players: Jozy, Arriola, Gooch, Saief, Parker, Long, Zimmerman, Gonzalez, Hamid, Horvath, Canouse, Trapp, & Roldan should help provide depth, and keep the pressure on.

What we need now is a coach/manager who can put together a cohesive style to get the best of the talent we have.

skangles
DC
Post #2
Friday November 16, 2018 5:23am

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,392
For me the main takeaway from Sarachan's tenure is that Weah and Sargent are first team players despite their lack of first team playing time.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #3
Friday November 16, 2018 7:02am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,013
We've learned of some new players for the future.

Still hes a Bruce sycophant. He shouldve been booted the day he got fired. But typical USSF status quo he was kept on for some unknown reason.

I still have an unsettling fear of him being hired full time but we'll see after Italy.

USAfan67
Los Angeles
Post #4
Friday November 16, 2018 4:20pm

Joined Sep 2015
Total Posts: 14
what we took from the Sarachan's tenure is that he has been the only one who really gave a chance to this new kids to experience what it takes to be on the USNMT and what they need to improve. Now not to put down what Sarachan did but we lost a year with a new coach/manager to teach the new comer what type of style, formation, techniques this new manager would prefer to play. I hate that they talking about the new coach has to speak english. But (any sport) especially soccer is a universal language. I hope they do the correct and hire the right person for the USMNT coach/manager.
USAfan67
bjelks
Post #5
Friday November 16, 2018 4:37pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 796
But he still called Bradley, he repeatedly called Trapp even tho he's been the worst player on the field every game, he brought back Villafana who has also proved to be over his head, he called in Nova several times and rarely played him, he looked over a Bundesliga starter, called in Europa league attacking mid and didn't dress him, he's waisted opportunities time after time to evaluate high potential young players in favor of Arena and Garber's favorites.

He didn't test out enough attacking mids or wing backs to give us any real conclusions.
goalsense
hamsamwich
Post #6
Friday November 16, 2018 4:46pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 2,768
I respected Sarachan when he was the Fire coach, I respect him now. But he should've been cleaned out with Arena. He did test a lot of players (Gall next game). But he can't evaluate for the future he isn't the coach anymore. Good luck to him he's a good person. I used to watch the Fire reserves with his son Ian, and coach Dave was always a nice guy. But we don't need a nice guy we need someone to shake the pot the way Klinsmann did.

cudevil
Post #7
Friday November 16, 2018 6:43pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 705
Original post from Dave

Sarachan has been in interim coach for over a year and will hopefully be replaced with a full-time coach/manager shortly. So what positives can we take from the last 12+ months, and build from going forwards:

1) Talent: There are some young talents emerging who with a bit of seasoning will move us forwards. McKennie, Adams, Pulisic, Robinson, Miazga, all look to be ready to make the step-up to core players going forwards. Weah, Sargent, Parks, Hyndman, Amon, Moore, CCV & EPB are starting to progress and could be difference makers.
2) Veterans: Yedlin, Brooks, Wood, & Guzan should be able to help stabilize the team as they mature.
3) Prospects/Options: Cannon, D. Acosta, Dest, Farfan, Durkin, De La Torre, Gall, Nova, Scott, Sabbi, Sotto, Torres, Robinson, Wright, & Tellman
4) Roll Players: Jozy, Arriola, Gooch, Saief, Parker, Long, Zimmerman, Gonzalez, Hamid, Horvath, Canouse, Trapp, & Roldan should help provide depth, and keep the pressure on.

What we need now is a coach/manager who can put together a cohesive style to get the best of the talent we have.


I'd move Jozy well up the list. Sure, start Sargent, but Jozy is easily the second best no. 9 in the pool right now.

Outside of that, not sure what we learned. It's been a lost year tactically. We still have no idea who are no. 10 should be (not rotating guys through that spot is stupid).
Sarachan being able to play favorites is stupid since he's not there for the long haul. I mean, I don't think Trapp has been as bad as people make out, but we certainly have options that are definitively better (Adams/McKennie), and guys that could be better (e.g. Parks). The fact that Trapp a guaranteed call-in, no matter where the game is played, is stupid.

That he calls in some young players, but then fails to get them minutes is criminal. If we want to phase Jozy out, why aren't we giving minutes to Novakovich when he's in camp? I certainly understand the occasional call up of young guys just to get them acclimated to the national team, but given where we are in the cycle and the major transition currently underway, I fail to see the point of not getting the kids some run.

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #8
Friday November 16, 2018 8:33pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,415
We learned nothing.

We played youth for the sake of playing youth.

You can't accurately assess individual performance when you have so many unproven players on at the same time...mostly a disjointed waste of time.

Too bad because we booked some high level comp in our friendlies this past year. Then we trot out stale tactics with a bunch of young players. The results were disjointed and predictable...and told us nothing we didn't already know.

My guess is we were waiting for Berhalter or Martino to finish their MLS seasons.

Water under the bridge now...I'm counting the minutes until we see the new coach and start building the team for the GC.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #9
Friday November 16, 2018 10:12pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 9,840
We learned nothing. It was a waste of time where a coach should have been hired.

bjelks
Post #10
Friday November 16, 2018 10:29pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 796
Nothing lol. I totally agree
goalsense
2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #11
Saturday November 17, 2018 1:28am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 9,840
My guess we are waiting for the u20 tournament to be over. For Ramos to be named the head coach. Berhalter season is over.

db707
Post #12
Saturday November 17, 2018 5:40am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 723
If you're right 2tone, it will be an even bigger joke since Ramos could have easily been hired more than a year ago.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #13
Saturday November 17, 2018 6:02am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 9,840
Original post from db707

If you're right 2tone, it will be an even bigger joke since Ramos could have easily been hired more than a year ago.


I agree.

skangles
DC
Post #14
Saturday November 17, 2018 6:16am

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,392
Nothing against Tab, I like him and I was fine with him getting the job a year ago. And over the past year he hasn't done anything that would dissuade me from considering him but holy cow if US soccer gave Sarachan 12 games only to hire somebody who HAS BEEN ON THEIR BOOKS this entire time, there will be riots.

db707
Post #15
Saturday November 17, 2018 6:54am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 723
Supposedly Tab turned down an interim gig, right? Do we know what they presented Tab with? Would he have really turned down an offer given to him for a 1 year deal with an option to extend? We'd have a possible long-term coach right now with a year of experience working with the players instead of having endured a year of a known lame duck and no development of a system of play.

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