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bjelks
Post #166
Monday July 29, 2019 4:49pm

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Original post from hamsamwich

Also there's questions over mcKennies ability to do the same he sort of struggled a few times with the caveat that it was Bradley next to him. I'd like to see Parks with Pomykal and Lletget (if fit) for the Uruguay game as our midfield three.

Mexico game: Adams-McKennie with Pulisic
Uruguay game: Parks-Pomykal with Lletget


I understand Mckennie has looked vulnerable aside Bradley in an 8 role, but I think it's a lot for any 8 to play with a 6 with no mobility.
I also think Mckennie's best traits are his ball winning abilities and lane clogging and that would be best utilized in a dual 6 role.

To simplify roles and equally distribute responsibility, we need more balanced field coverage.
Two 6s and a 10 accomplish that
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hamsamwich
Post #167
Monday July 29, 2019 7:10pm

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I don't disagree I'm simply saying none of the guys that have lined up in central midfield under Berhalter have looked super solid defensively. I'm just asking for more players to play than McKennie and Bradley. As for McKennie himself he's clearly been better near the opponents penalty box than his own.

bjelks
Post #168
Monday July 29, 2019 8:32pm

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Could that be attributed to Berhalter's instructions to him to always drive forward?
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hamsamwich
Post #169
Monday July 29, 2019 9:12pm

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It's either

A) an awareness issue
B) being a forward midfielder at Schawlow
C) greggs instructions

All three are possibilities. I don't want to replace Weston, I want to see other options. It's all well and good pencilling Adams in there but what if he isn't fit?

cudevil
Post #170
Monday July 29, 2019 11:41pm

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Original post from hamsamwich

It's either

A) an awareness issue
B) being a forward midfielder at Schawlow
C) greggs instructions

All three are possibilities. I don't want to replace Weston, I want to see other options. It's all well and good pencilling Adams in there but what if he isn't fit?


Mckennie was playing RB to end the club season.

I have no idea how Berhalter is attempting to use Mckennie. They want him to cover ground like a no. 8, but then play through Bradley most of the time. Makes zero sense.

hamsamwich
Post #171
Monday July 29, 2019 11:49pm

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I think David Wagner bringing positional stability for McKennie will be what he needs to show us fans during the international breaks that he is responsible in the middle.

@cudevil- I think the coach has a lot of ideas but how he is communicating them is not great.

bjelks
Post #172
Tuesday July 30, 2019 2:53am

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Original post from cudevil

Mckennie was playing RB to end the club season.

I have no idea how Berhalter is attempting to use Mckennie. They want him to cover ground like a no. 8, but then play through Bradley most of the time. Makes zero sense.


Amen and here lies the problem
goalsense
Samtom23
Post #173
Wednesday July 31, 2019 4:25am

Joined Jun 2018
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https://www.goal.com/en-ng/lists/usmnt-top-50...

Goal lists out the top 100 prospects for 2022. Nice casual read

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #174
Wednesday July 31, 2019 6:15pm

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Richards way too low, Weah way too high.

hamsamwich
Post #175
Friday August 2, 2019 2:13pm

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Original post from chris_thebassplayer

Richards way too low, Weah way too high.
Can Richards get quality pro minutes somewhere this year or will he stay playing reserve ball???

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #176
Friday August 2, 2019 6:43pm

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Good question. I think he's definitely ready to play beyond the reserves. I have faith in Bayern's judgement, they'll do the right thing with him.

Imo, he's a critical piece of the puzzle for us going forward. I think his ceiling is higher than Brooks...just my two cents, I think he has the potential to be the best CB to ever play for us...haha...yeah, no pressure. He's in a great place to develop his game.

hamsamwich
Post #177
Saturday August 3, 2019 12:21pm

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The thing about it is- Richards has time on his side. Attackers peak earlier than defenders, so even a so-so year from Richards is normal. However, if his trajectory were to stay similar to what it is now, he can work his way from an average international defender to one who is sought after by teams around Europe. I think this year is the key to staying on the elite path he is currently on. Niko Kovac likes him and that is good.

I used to think about Palmer-Brown this way, but he has stagnated. As a defender, EPB still has time on his side, however, and I want to see him called in to the national team for these friendlies. I get it, the coach loves Zimmerman and Omar but I think we can keep slightly upgrading the athleticism and 1v1 defending (Brooks struggles a bit here) in space on defense as we wait for the development of Richards a few years down the line.

Dave
Post #178
Saturday August 3, 2019 6:57pm

Joined Jul 2014
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Original post from hamsamwich

The thing about it is- Richards has time on his side. Attackers peak earlier than defenders, so even a so-so year from Richards is normal. However, if his trajectory were to stay similar to what it is now, he can work his way from an average international defender to one who is sought after by teams around Europe. I think this year is the key to staying on the elite path he is currently on. Niko Kovac likes him and that is good.

I used to think about Palmer-Brown this way, but he has stagnated. As a defender, EPB still has time on his side, however, and I want to see him called in to the national team for these friendlies. I get it, the coach loves Zimmerman and Omar but I think we can keep slightly upgrading the athleticism and 1v1 defending (Brooks struggles a bit here) in space on defense as we wait for the development of Richards a few years down the line.


Right now we have a decent stable of CB's which allows us the freedom of allowing some of the younger prospects (Richards) the time necessary to develop into the players we hope they'll be.

Ready right Now:
Brooks - (26.6) - Should be the leader of the back-line. Solid defender with speed and excellent distribution. The drawback on Brooks is his consistency & his ability to stay healthy.
Long - (26.9) - Surprised me during the Gold Cup. Solid defender with good speed. Not completely sold on him as he needs to be tested against better competition, but showed enough that I'd feel comfortable w/ him starting against any CONCACAF opposition.
Miazga - (24.1) - Solid defender, decent speed, excellent distribution. Needs to become more consistent and needs more experience. Again no issue using him against CONCACAF opposition, but will need to prove himself against higher levels.
Zimmerman - (26.3) - Another who surprised me during the Gold Cup and proved he's up to the task against CONCACAF opposition.
Alvarado - (27.1) - Has been doing well in Liga MX and should be given another shot with the USMNT. Has the versatility to play anywhere along the back-line. Decent defender, good speed, & good distribution.
Challengers:
CCV - (21.7) - Needs consistent playing time to gain experience. Should be a leader among the U-23 Olympic team. Has all the tools (speed, distribution, etc...) but lacks the experience necessary to be in the 23 right now. A strong season & Olympics will put him into serious consideration for the Sr. Team
EPB - (22.4) - Needs consistent playing time to gain experience. Should be a leader among the U-23 Olympic team. Has all the tools (speed, distribution, etc...) but lacks the experience necessary to be in the 23 right now. A strong season & Olympics will put him into serious consideration for the Sr. Team
Richards - (19.4) - Has all the tools to be a great CB. Needs experience. May be ready for the Olympics....but will have to beat out CCV & EPB to claim a starting spot and vault ahead of them.
Robinson - (22.5) - Has all the tools to be a good CB. Needs experience. Should challenge for a spot in the Olympic qualifying team, but is behind the other age eligible players for the actual Olympic team
Trusty - (21.1) - Should challenge for a spot in the Olympic qualifying team, but is behind the other age eligible players for the actual Olympic team.
Glad - (22.5) - Should challenge for a spot in the Olympic qualifying team, but is behind the other age eligible players for the actual Olympic team.
McKenzie - (20.5) - Should challenge for a spot in the Olympic qualifying team, but is behind the other age eligible players for the actual Olympic team. Also questionable if he has the size to continue at CB at the Sr. Level.

blaise213
Post #179
Wednesday August 7, 2019 9:51am

Joined Sep 2012
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Starting XI - don't be scared

-- Sargent --
- Reyna - Joel Sonora -
Pulisic - Holmes - Boyd
- Robinson - JB - MM - S Dest
-- steffen ---

Fraser31
Charleston, South Carolina
Post #180
Sunday August 11, 2019 3:16am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 1,405
Zardes needs to be in this team.

Zack Goldman (@ThatDamnYank) Tweeted:
Part two https://t.co/cG3xnSS5Kk https://twitter.com/ThatDamnYank/status/11603...
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