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hamsamwich
Post #1
Sunday February 3, 2019 4:35pm

Joined Oct 2013
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And we can safely move the starting XI talk to it's own thread.

The future is now. Call your squad, pick your XI, who's your player you have to see that will make an improvement over what we have. For me, McKennie will show the most in the new system. His ability to carry the ball with power and efficiency offensively while providing bite is something that Lletget, Roldan etc don't have. Weston is our unique player right now and if he plays well, I think the USA plays well.

Lilshmike
Post #2
Sunday February 3, 2019 4:56pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 1,260
I feel like with the system that we played in these recent friendlies, assuming that it stays the same under Berhalter, Weah could be well suited to play up top.

Know Nothing
Post #3
Sunday February 3, 2019 5:02pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,679
Euro players will have to travel here, so I suppose only those that will legitimately play will come.

What I would like to see:

Steffen
Yedlin, Miazga, Long, Robinson
Adams, McKennie, Holmes
Weah, Nova, Pulisic

What I think we will see:

Steffen
Yedlin, Brooks, Long, Lima
Adams, Trapp, McKennie
Weah, Altidore, Pulisic

hamsamwich
Post #4
Sunday February 3, 2019 5:47pm

Joined Oct 2013
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The games have been announced.

Thursday, March 21: vs Ecuador, in Orlando. 8pm ET. Espn2, unimas.
Tuesday, March 26: vs Chile, in Houston. 8pm ET. Espn2, unimas.

Good opponents to test the "best".

Dave
Post #5
Sunday February 3, 2019 9:46pm

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 1,000
Will be interesting to see who Berhalter rates among the talent in Europe. Everyone will basically be starting from scratch so it will be telling to see which players he calls. I expect there will be roughly 26 players initially called, as he wants to see as many players as possible.

There are some clear cut players that are must call-ups from Europe. Guys that will be the Core of the team this cycle:
Steffen, Yedlin, Brooks, Miazga, Robinson, Adams, McKennie, Pulisic, Weah, Sargent.

Then there are guys that IMO need to be looked at to see how/if they fit:
Horvath, CCV, Dest, Moore, Holmes, Saief, Gooch, Amon, Nova, Wood

Round out the rest of the squad with the best performers from the January Camp and the start of the MLS season. I'm guessing they'll come from the following:

Hamid/Johnson/Guzan, Lima, Zimmerman, Parker, Long, Bradley/Trapp, Roldan, Lletget, Milohavic, Arriola, Nagbe, Zardes, Jozy

John-Lewis
Post #6
Sunday February 3, 2019 11:46pm

Joined Feb 2019
Total Posts: 59
Original post from Know Nothing

Euro players will have to travel here, so I suppose only those that will legitimately play will come.

What I would like to see:

Steffen
Yedlin, Miazga, Long, Robinson
Adams, McKennie, Holmes
Weah, Nova, Pulisic

What I think we will see:

Steffen
Yedlin, Brooks, Long, Lima
Adams, Trapp, McKennie
Weah, Altidore, Pulisic


The team you selected that you would like to see I mostly agree with, except I would put in Miazga for Long, Green for Holmes, and Sargent/Wood for Nova.

John-Lewis
Post #7
Monday February 4, 2019 12:05am

Joined Feb 2019
Total Posts: 59
For Green I meant Kenny Saief

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #8
Monday February 4, 2019 1:26am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,515
It will be interesting to see who Berhalter rates to play his system from the euro options. I'm guessing there will be a few surprises. Guys that have individual skill but can't combo or process the details of his system well...causing heads to explode on this board...haha.

bjelks
Post #9
Monday February 4, 2019 4:49am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,331
I think our best team and lineup is:
--Sargent--
Amon--Holmes--Pulisic
--Mckennie-Adams--/
Robinson-Miazga-Brooks-/Yedlin
---Steffen--

Horvath
Dest
CCV
Mckenzie
Bello or Lima
DWill if healthy (Canouse if not)
Morales
Gall
Gooch
Sonora
Weah
Wood
goalsense
blaise213
Post #10
Monday February 4, 2019 8:39am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 2,983
I'll come out with my usual list. Stay tuned !

db707
Post #11
Monday February 4, 2019 11:46am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 1,003
Original post from blaise213

I'll come out with my usual list. Stay tuned !


I'm sure it will be hilarious.

db707
Post #12
Monday February 4, 2019 11:53am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 1,003
Original post from bjelks

I think our best team and lineup is:
-Sargent-
Amon-Holmes-Pulisic
-Mckennie-Adams-/
Robinson-Miazga-Brooks-/Yedlin
--Steffen-

Horvath
Dest
CCV
Mckenzie
Bello or Lima
DWill if healthy (Canouse if not)
Morales
Gall
Gooch
Sonora
Weah
Wood


I see the criteria are be mediocre and/or injury-prone, but in Europe (or Argentina), or young and completely unproven, like Dest and Bello.

bjelks
Post #13
Monday February 4, 2019 1:39pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,331
Original post from db707

I see the criteria are be mediocre and/or injury-prone, but in Europe (or Argentina), or young and completely unproven, like Dest and Bello.


I want to see the most creative, athletic and technical players we have, because that's what wins trophies, playing your best players.
Who would you like to see? Who are these above mediocre players that I'm missing?
goalsense
db707
Post #14
Monday February 4, 2019 1:51pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 1,003
Original post from bjelks

I want to see the most creative, athletic and technical players we have, because that's what wins trophies, playing your best players.
Who would you like to see? Who are these above mediocre players that I'm missing?


I just want us playing our best players who are proving it on the field, be they in MLS, Europe or elsewhere. I don't want us calling in guys who have been injured (like DWill, Robinson, etc.) just because they happen to be in Europe, or guys like CCV and Morales who are clearly not on an upward trajectory in their careers. Didn't we win the last Gold Cup with a bunch of MLS guys you say suck like Altidore, Morris, etc.? Where's your boy Saief, the Anderlecht benchwarmer?

bjelks
Post #15
Monday February 4, 2019 2:08pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,331
Original post from db707

I just want us playing our best players who are proving it on the field, be they in MLS, Europe or elsewhere. I don't want us calling in guys who have been injured (like DWill, Robinson, etc.) just because they happen to be in Europe, or guys like CCV and Morales who are clearly not on an upward trajectory in their careers. Didn't we win the last Gold Cup with a bunch of MLS guys you say suck like Altidore, Morris, etc.? Where's your boy Saief, the Anderlecht benchwarmer?


I don't know if you read over the part where I said DWill if healthy. If Robinson is out, we can try Cannon. LB is thin any way you measure it.
I also said Bello or Lima.
Clearly CCV has been starting games in the Championship and getting good reviews.
Clearly Morales is starting at a top 3 league in the world. I'm sorry if USA can't honor that, we don't deserve to be then seriously.
goalsense
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