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hamsamwich
Post #61
Monday September 14, 2020 8:53pm

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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
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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
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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
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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: 1,124
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
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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
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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

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First game of the new season and he starts vs Gladbach

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

Joined Oct 2012
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Goal and drew a PK.

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

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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.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #71
Saturday October 3, 2020 7:27pm

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Reyna being compared to a young Zidane. I personally think he is a cross between KAKA and Zidane. Either way Mexico and other teams won't be able to just cue up on Pulisic now, and that is going to be awesome for the USMNT. Reyna will free up Pulisic and vice versa. So excited to see the USMNT play again.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #72
Saturday October 3, 2020 7:51pm

Joined May 2013
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A tremendous performance. Every assist was precise and delicately placed. He's a special young player. Nothing more to say.

Dave
Post #73
Saturday October 3, 2020 8:18pm

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 1,124
Historically, our national team has achieved its greatest successes when we were able to balance the field when attacking. We had Donovan, Beasley, & McBride during the 2002 which prevented the opposition from focusing their defense on any 1 attacker. In 2010 Donovan & Dempsey provided the balance.
Until recently the US team has been fairly easy to defend against, since we've had almost no-one to help balance the attack. With Reyna's rapid rise, we now have someone to help distribute the burden of the attack and force the opposition to deal with multiple attacking/creative threats.
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It may take a couple camps for them to build some on-field chemistry but I have HIGH hopes for the team once all the "A-Team" players can come together. With a core of Pulisic, Reyna, Adams, McKennie, Dest, & Brooks to build around there is a good balance to the team...attack and defense. I'm still hopeful that either another CM or Wide Attacker emerges to help further balance out the team....but anyway you look at it we're miles ahead (talent wise) than we were last cycle, even if we're a bit behind in experience and chemistry.
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Next year's full calendar (Nations League, Gold Cup, & WCQ) should help develop the chemistry and close the experience gap...as long as Gregg is smart about monitoring their minutes.

Scout92
Lone Star State(Gun State)
Post #74
Saturday October 3, 2020 10:52pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 1,516
Original post from 2tone

Reyna being compared to a young Zidane. I personally think he is a cross between KAKA and Zidane. Either way Mexico and other teams won't be able to just cue up on Pulisic now, and that is going to be awesome for the USMNT. Reyna will free up Pulisic and vice versa. So excited to see the USMNT play again.


Zidane is one of my favorite players of all time, I loved that comparison. At first I was shocked but as he started explaining the comparison it made more sense. Gio would need to start dribbling dudes up tho. He's amazing just for 17, crazy.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #75
Saturday October 3, 2020 10:54pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,386
The almost goal he had was the dribbling you'd want Scout. I almost screamed at the TV he sauced two players but his shot went slightly to the right.

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