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Which player scored the most impressive goal over the weekend?
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Haji Wright (SonderjyskE)
Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund)
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
Julian Green (Greuther Furth)
Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen)
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hamsamwich
Post #61
Monday September 14, 2020 8:53pm

Joined Oct 2013
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He gave Grant Wahl (on grants podcast) his take on what the attacking lineup should be (audacious and brash are words that come to mind, also soccer genius):

-- Sargent -
Pulisic -Reyna- - Weah
- Adams - McKennie -

I feel like this is what we have been posting for awhile now. Thanks Gio.

Scout92
Lone Star State(Gun State)
Post #62
Monday September 14, 2020 8:57pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 1,475
Yep that's been pretty much my line up since Gio broke out and Weah returned, but i expect Gregg to play Morris and Arriola over Weah and Yueil over Adams still. He has a quota to meet you know.

Dave
Post #63
Wednesday September 16, 2020 3:27am

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 1,090
While I like Reyna's confidence and the formation, not sure if Gregg is ready to put those 6 on the field together at the same time. I just don't think he's willing to have a starting 11 (Brooks, Long, Dest, Cannon) with an average age of 21.9
At a minimum I think we see some combination of the following adjustments:
1) Aaronson slot into that CM roll and Reyna deployed at the RW spot. Not that Reyna can't play the CM role, but I don't think Gregg will use him there right off the bat. Regardless of how well Reyna is doing in Germany, I don't think Gregg will just turn the keys of the offence over to a 17 yr old.
I actually think Reyna will be a sub off the bench for the first couple games.
2) Zardes/Jozy at the CF position ahead of Sargent
Or
3) Boyd and/or Morris used ahead of Weah at the RW spot
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While I don't think there is a mandate that we have a specific # of MLS players on the field/team, I do think that Gregg is more familiar and comfortable with certain players that he's coached and/or coached against, and they will get the benefit of the doubt...
Guys like Zardes, Jozy, Bradley, Long & Ream will all remain part of the USMNT Pool & Camps for a while yet.

munns5986
Post #64
Wednesday September 16, 2020 12:59pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 277
Original post from Dave

While I like Reyna's confidence and the formation, not sure if Gregg is ready to put those 6 on the field together at the same time. I just don't think he's willing to have a starting 11 (Brooks, Long, Dest, Cannon) with an average age of 21.9
At a minimum I think we see some combination of the following adjustments:
1) Aaronson slot into that CM roll and Reyna deployed at the RW spot. Not that Reyna can't play the CM role, but I don't think Gregg will use him there right off the bat. Regardless of how well Reyna is doing in Germany, I don't think Gregg will just turn the keys of the offence over to a 17 yr old.
I actually think Reyna will be a sub off the bench for the first couple games.
2) Zardes/Jozy at the CF position ahead of Sargent
Or
3) Boyd and/or Morris used ahead of Weah at the RW spot
-
While I don't think there is a mandate that we have a specific # of MLS players on the field/team, I do think that Gregg is more familiar and comfortable with certain players that he's coached and/or coached against, and they will get the benefit of the doubt...
Guys like Zardes, Jozy, Bradley, Long & Ream will all remain part of the USMNT Pool & Camps for a while yet.


While I agree every coach has a comfort level with certain players but if that is the reason behind certain players getting a majority of the time then he is not suited to be the coach. Now of course there are other factors that go into the decision making but if a player has to overcome your "comfort" level, you're not doing your job right. It should be about getting the best players on the field not just what makes your job easier.

Dave
Post #65
Thursday September 17, 2020 2:45am

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 1,090
Original post from munns5986

While I agree every coach has a comfort level with certain players but if that is the reason behind certain players getting a majority of the time then he is not suited to be the coach. Now of course there are other factors that go into the decision making but if a player has to overcome your "comfort" level, you're not doing your job right. It should be about getting the best players on the field not just what makes your job easier.

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I'm not a fan of Gregg being the coach and have questioned his desire to pick players to fit his formation/system, rather than select a formation/system that suits the best players.
Especially considering some of the under performing MLS guys (Lovits, Roldan, Trapp, etc...) who have frequently been called into camps ahead of others who should have at least been given an opportunity (A. Robinson, Green, etc...).
I hate that Gregg has basically been given a pass on the teams inconsistent play due to injuries and now Covid-19. But I blame USSF even more than Gregg for allowing this.
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here's hoping that whenever the international games return that Gregg will do the unexpected and call in the best players and not just the players he's comfortable with.

hamsamwich
Post #66
Thursday September 17, 2020 4:01pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 3,388
Reyna and Dortmund have a legitimate chance to win the champions league if Sancho stays in my opinion.

Scout92
Lone Star State(Gun State)
Post #67
Thursday September 17, 2020 9:15pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 1,475
Original post from hamsamwich

Reyna and Dortmund have a legitimate chance to win the champions league if Sancho stays in my opinion.


For me there's two USMNT players that could win, Mckennie and Pulisic, unsuspected winners could be either Adams or Gio.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #68
Saturday September 19, 2020 4:37pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,328
First game of the new season and he starts vs Gladbach

cudevil
Post #69
Saturday September 19, 2020 6:45pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 1,075
Goal and drew a PK.

hamsamwich
Post #70
Saturday September 19, 2020 8:54pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 3,388
This was a master class from Reyna. He received the ball on the turn too many times to count, many of those he rode the challenge. After that first touch he either passed it with the next one or dribbled away into space at top speed. His finish was excellent. His aggression and size going into challenges made a difference. Amazing.

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