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hamsamwich
Post #181
Sunday August 11, 2019 1:54pm

Joined Oct 2013
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@db707- so you said last year that playing for Jong Ajax wasn't good enough, that Dest had to play 1st team eredivisie to be considered.... ok so now he has played RB for Ajax first team. How many appearances does he have to make (remembering that Tagliafico is better at LB than anyone in the USA setup, and their RBs are more than decent as well) to be considered for the USA national team. I was told last year Sargent not playing was a problem and I would draw a parallel to Dest this year. When guys play at a club and their club competition (that they aren't beating out) is better than the current USMNT players at said position, as fans it's odd because we know that a Kruse or a Tagliafico walks into the USA team over a zardes or a Ream. Sergiño Dest should be called in immediately as to get a jump on the World Cup qualifying cycle. If we keep waiting until players are "ready" (as in starting for clubs with better players than USA), we may be keeping out better players in favor of worse players who are starting at their clubs because they have no competition (think Arriola for DC for example, or Zardes at the Crew). On better teams those guys wouldn't play much but would that mean they shouldn't get a look from Gregg??

Dave
Post #182
Sunday August 11, 2019 7:36pm

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 997
@hamsamwich - While I agree that players like Dest & Sargent should be part of the Sr. Team, there is a bit of truth in wanting our players to be seeing 1st team minutes as there is a difference between being fit, and being match fit. For a friendly it doesn't matter as much since more substitutions are allowed....but for a competitive match it's hard to select players (especially defenders) who may not be capable of going the full 90.
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That said I'm all for calling up young players who are part of their clubs rotation for the 1st team minutes. Guys like Dest, Sargent, etc... should be part of the NT camp rosters in order to start building chemistry and get a feel for the coaches tactics. This will help put them in position to step into the XI once they are Match Fit.
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Now that the GC is over it's time to look at transitioning the player pool. It became clear during the GC that some players from this summers roster were not up to International competition level (even in CONCACAF). Those players need to be dropped from consideration now to allow us to find & test players who are (or can be) up to the level of play. Omar, Lovitz, & Trapp have hopefully seen their last action for the USMNT outside of a January camp. Mihailovic & Lewis need to be dropped down to the U-23 squad for some seasoning. Ream, Zardes, Morris & Roldan are all on a short leash. Right now they have a shot at making the 23, but they are hanging on for dear life. Once a few more of the U-23 & U-20 players begin seeing 1st team minutes, I believe they'll be gone. (Robinson, Dest, Scott, Soto, Gloster, Pomykal, etc...).

db707
Post #183
Tuesday August 13, 2019 9:15pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 978
@hamsamwich, I think if he's used as a sub for the first weeks as the case has been thus far, yes, I would call him in. It is a different standard with major clubs, but a guy should at least be on the first team (or on loan with someone else's first team) to be considered, which Dest is now.

hamsamwich
Post #184
Wednesday August 14, 2019 2:21pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 3,161
With just a few weeks to go I think it's safe to say we won't be seeing Tyler Adams in these friendlies v Mexico and Uruguay.... Duane Holmes either..... it stinks but it's also an opportunity for other players.

I'm going to repeat my desire to see Keaton Parks get out there in the role Bradley and Trapp have been playing. If you haven't seen Parks play yet, he has an ability to hold the ball and keep his head up, sometimes slightly shifting the ball to his other foot just to create a better angle for a pass or to keep the ball away from an opponent while in control.

I'd like to see Brooks brought into play - maybe if we have a CB who can pass like that, Berhalter changes a little and allows Brooks, not Bradley to pass from deep. The issue with Brooks for me is he struggles to defend in space. He's basically Omar Gonzalez with an offensive game. Until EPB and or Richards breakthrough I don't see another player with Brooks ability to pass from the back, and so a true defensive improvement can't happen (without compromising our ability to play from the back) until the new players make it so.

Weah/Sargent: growing pains are inevitable but now is the time. That "Jordan Morris" role is tailor made for Tim Weah and it's time to move on from the poor Zardes and unreliable Jozy. Let these two talented kids roll with Pulisic in the attack and maybe we can finally look like scoring.

bjelks
Post #185
Wednesday August 14, 2019 4:08pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,260
I'm not opposed to giving anyone a shot to get MB off the field, but I think a 6 should be able to cover ground, set the physical tone and snuff out attacks.
I'm going to repeat my desire to see Alfredo Morales.

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2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #186
Thursday August 15, 2019 2:41am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,374
Nagbe and Robinson should be called up. Robinson is a legit talent at CB. And Nagbe has been great all season as an 8.

Scout92
Lone Star State(Gun State)
Post #187
Thursday August 15, 2019 3:49pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 1,424
I think Emerson and Keaton are playing well enough for calls. I would like to see them get a legit chance, especially with Adams and Holmes most likely gonna miss out.. Also Dest, Gutman, and A. Robinson, with Cannon of course as our fullbacks

Samtom23
Post #188
Friday August 16, 2019 5:54pm

Joined Jun 2018
Total Posts: 63
Instead of Gutman give Hines-Ike a look. At least in the friendly he will not be capped to USA. So if he wants to go play for Ireland let him. Other than that, bring on the youth.

Fraser31
Charleston, South Carolina
Post #189
Friday August 16, 2019 8:01pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 1,405
Nagbe can still contribute to this team for sure

Kamphgruppe
Michigan
Post #190
Sunday August 18, 2019 5:28pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 813
Looks like Lleget is healthy and playing again. I would be interested in him receiving a call up for Sept friendlies.

Scout92
Lone Star State(Gun State)
Post #191
Monday August 19, 2019 7:12am

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 1,424
Would like to see Hines-Ike as well, he's been starting recent in Belgium. Also seems Joel Sonora is impressing for Arsenal, could be a good attacking threat in the friendlies.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #192
Tuesday August 20, 2019 1:29am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,374
I would really like to see Miles Robinson called up. Dude is a defensive beast. And his passing has progressed really well. Miazga, Robinson, Z-Man, Long, Brooks.

Samtom23
Post #193
Tuesday August 20, 2019 5:57am

Joined Jun 2018
Total Posts: 63
I think let Brooks rest because the knee and I would be tempted to rest Pulisic even. Just because the physical nature of the Premier league. Let the team learn to operate without our bests players. But this is more for debate than a genuine thought of mine.

Know Nothing
Post #194
Tuesday August 20, 2019 6:27am

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,634
Original post from Samtom23

I think let Brooks rest because the knee and I would be tempted to rest Pulisic even. Just because the physical nature of the Premier league. Let the team learn to operate without our bests players. But this is more for debate than a genuine thought of mine.


Sounds reasonable. With most of the Chelsea squad away he could certainly enjoy the down time as well work with Lampard.

Perhaps it will also be a good time to kick the tires again on Morales and EPB.

blaise213
Post #195
Tuesday August 20, 2019 7:17am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 2,938
Need to have some friendlies in Europe

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