Post #31
Monday February 4, 2019 7:56pm

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Original post from chris_thebassplayer

I'd be surprised if MB, Long, Lletget and Lima aren't part of the March full roster call ups. I'd also be surprised if most of them weren't starters.

You want to see them as starters or you think that's how Greg sees it?
Also what does your preferred March best 11 look like?
Post #32
Tuesday February 5, 2019 2:50am

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March XI for me:

Weah - Sargent - Arriola
-- Pulisic --
- McKennie - Adams -
Robinson - Brooks - Long - Yedlin
-- Steffen --

I'd like to see Berhalter roll out something more like his Columbus days and see what playing the fullbacks high can do. Robinson is excellent in that role attacking wise. I think Pulisic sort of doing what Mihailovic did, but better, same with McKennie (Roldan) and Adams (Bradley), would be a significant upgrade. Sargent knows how to find Weah in the 4-3-3 and Arriola can just read the play and make a choice. Long for me over the other guys, but I wouldn't complain if Miazga started over him.

San Jose
Post #33
Tuesday February 5, 2019 2:53am

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@bjelks - I'm wondering how GB will view his center mid roles...interesting dynamic with McKennie, MB, Adams, Lletget and possibly Pulisic, if isn't up high on the flank.

I think GB is extremely high on Lima...we need to see if Yeddy can digest the details and get technically comfortable with GB's RB role. Also, if he wants Puli out wide, probably on the left, then Lletget should start as the pseudo 10.

There are a lot of interesting angles with several positions...also which Euro players will assimilate the details of GB's tactical approach and which players will struggle with it.

Who knows, maybe he flops Yeddy to LB, since that side has more stay home cover responsibility...if he chooses to play the hybrid RB with Lima.

I'll get back with a line up later...

Post #34
Tuesday February 5, 2019 11:09pm

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I'd like to see what Berhalter deployed against Panama

A 334 but it's a 442 in defense


Mckennie would be interchangeable with either Pulisic, Bradley or Adams. I think he's best in that Jermaine Jones role for the 2014 WC team.

Horvath starting at Brugge should be a bigger story but I think Steffen is safe for now

LB is a huge problem but someone will pop into that role. I think Villafana still has a beat on it but we all know his limitations

San Jose
Post #35
Tuesday February 5, 2019 11:18pm

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What I would like to see if GB goes with his same tactical approach.

If Brooks makes the plane and has his head in the right place, then he starts. That isn't a given though. He generally isn't into the toss off friendlies, but maybe he will be this time since the GC is looming.


If GB sits MB and puts Mckennie at the 6. Then it opens up more attacking options.

Yeddy...Long Miazga...Lima

I still think GB values MB's composure under pressure and distribution skills near the back line.

Can't wait to see how GB resolves his starting 11.

Post #36
Tuesday February 5, 2019 11:47pm

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I'm afraid. Really afraid lol!
Post #37
Tuesday February 5, 2019 11:59pm

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Bradley composure?
Post #38
Wednesday February 6, 2019 12:06am

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San Jose
Post #39
Wednesday February 6, 2019 12:50am

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Hey, send your clips and concerns to GB...haha

Post #40
Wednesday February 6, 2019 1:02am

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What I think GB will do:

Long-Brooks-Miazga-Adams(tucks into midfield in attack past the half line)

What I would do:
Long-Brooks-Miazga-Yedlin(to see if he can do a Lima style role)

Post #41
Wednesday February 6, 2019 2:40am

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I've been trying to figure out a way to get the most of our player pool, and put the players in the best possibly position to succeed. Closest I could do was something along the lines of:

-------------Wood / Sargent--------

Bench: Zimmerman, Long/EPB, Lima, Garza, Moore, Trapp/Bradley, Saief, Amon/Gooch, Lletget, Roldan, Arriola, Jozy/Zardes, Horvath

The left side left a lot to be desired during the January camp. I can't see any of them progressing to the March friendlies.

I liked Mihailovic I don't think he's ready for the full 1st team. He may be ready by the time the Gold Cup rolls around...but it might be after the Olympic Qualifiers.

Neither Yedlin or Robinson are lock-down outside backs. They are high energy, are good in the attack, and have good recovery speed. Relaxing their defensive responsibilities should allow them to best succeed/contribute without being liabilities.

McKennie & Adams will clog the middle....and provide turn-overs further up the field. This should spring the speedy attackers into dangerous areas.

Pulisic is a starter but the other 2 could be a number of different players. The important part is that these 3 will float & interchange making it hard for the opponent to keep track of movements.

Sargent & Wood are a flip of the coin at this point. Jozy is 3rd, and Zardes is probably 4th in the striker pecking order. I'm not sold on Jozy & Novak working in Berhalter's system. Neither really provides the high press that is asked of the striker in Berhalter's system.

Know Nothing
Post #42
Wednesday February 6, 2019 3:17pm

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@Dave - I like it, but I would tweak it slightly.

Brooks, Long, Miazga
Holmes, Adams, McKennie, Robinson
Weah, Wood/Sargent, Pulisic

I guess the biggest difference is Holmes as a wingback in place of Yedlin. He has proven his versatility so I do not think it would be a challenge for him.

Weah and Pulisic will be the attacking focus and have free-ish roles as inside forwards playing off of the main striker. This would free up Robinson and Holmes to join the attack.

Post #43
Wednesday February 6, 2019 5:16pm

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Im gonna go out on a limb here and put in Johnathan Lewis at left mid. I also think that Yedlin could play the Lima role and shift into midfield on offense, eliminating the need to put Adams at right back.

My Line-up






Post #44
Wednesday February 6, 2019 6:07pm

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Still not a fan of Weah on the wing. Just don't think he is a winger. Would rather see Holmes. Weah might be a starter at striker.

Post #45
Wednesday February 6, 2019 7:57pm

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Original post from 2tone

Still not a fan of Weah on the wing. Just don't think he is a winger. Would rather see Holmes. Weah might be a starter at striker.

How could you imply that someone may actually be a starter over the anointed one, Josh Sargent?

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