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Samtom23
Post #391
Monday July 27, 2020 8:09pm

Joined Jun 2018
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Original post from bjelks

Interesting thoughts on Chris Richards by Kleiban. He said 1st team mins or not, he's clearly better than Long, Zman, and Ream right now and he can handle concacaf with his eyes closed.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hBzkb7Lw6KA

@Samtom23 Konrad is another level from Morris and Arriola because of his technical ability and quality on the ball. You don't have to take my word for it, but the difference between casuals and knowledgeable soccer Monda is understanding that.


He isn't a finished product (Konrad) we will see where he is at a year later. Richards has more of an argument but CB's need experience. I would say Richards is more advanced at this stage of his career than Konrad. I still have Morris, Uly and Weah (assuming full recovery) above Konrad.

hamsamwich
Post #392
Friday August 7, 2020 12:10am

Joined Oct 2013
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Brooks with a needless red card yesterday which really hurt Wolfsburg chances as the game was still scoreless. I'm not saying he isn't ahead of Ream (obviously) or Long (duh) or EPB (untried), or Richards (he will get his chance soon enough) or even McKenzie (if he gets that move?).... just that Brooks is an area of obvious upgrade if we are to improve at international level. And he's the best we have. I see a starting 5-6/11 and that's including Brooks. It's easy to criticize Gregg (I have and will) but without the horses he ain't winning the derby.

blaise213
Post #393
Friday August 7, 2020 1:13am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 3,106
Original post from bjelks

Interesting thoughts on Chris Richards by Kleiban. He said 1st team mins or not, he's clearly better than Long, Zman, and Ream right now and he can handle concacaf with his eyes closed.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hBzkb7Lw6KA

@Samtom23 Konrad is another level from Morris and Arriola because of his technical ability and quality on the ball. You don't have to take my word for it, but the difference between casuals and knowledgeable soccer Monda is understanding that.


I actually committed 12 mins to that video. Agree Richards is a starter.

Also when he brought up Sergino Dest, reminds me how I was calling for him as a starter before most people heard of him! I need a "told ya so" trophy

Dave
Post #394
Friday August 7, 2020 1:37am

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 1,053
@hamsamwich - While the red card in yesterdays game was needless and probably did hurt his clubs chances....you are 100% right when you say "he's the best we have" at CB. We've got 3 classifications of CB's at the moment:
1) Veterans - Consisting of Brooks, Long, Ream, & Alvarado. These are the CB's who are at the prime age range for CBs (27-32), and all are seeing consistent minutes for their clubs.
2) Young Professionals - Consisting of Miazga, CCV, EPB & M. Robinson. Consistent starters for their clubs, but young enough that they're still gaining situational experience. Unfortunately Gregg seems resistant to using them for the Sr. National Team.
3) Prospects - Richards, etc.... Players who could be be international caliber CB's but need to make a change at the club level (A step up in league, be a 1st team player, play consistently, etc...). Their time will come at some point, but Gregg will have to move away from Long & Ream for them to have a real chance.
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Outside of the Veteran category only Miazga & M. Robinson has seen anything close to resembling semi regular call-ups for camps. This may have to change considering all the international games slated for 2021...but I'm not holding my breath.
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I criticize Gregg for his continued determination to ride dead horses (Roldan, Bradley, Ream, Lovitz, etc....) when there have been other options that could have been tried/evaluated. We'll never have the horses to win the derby....if Gregg doesn't try new ponies to replace the dead horses he's been using.

Samtom23
Post #395
Friday August 7, 2020 6:40am

Joined Jun 2018
Total Posts: 343
Original post from blaise213

I actually committed 12 mins to that video. Agree Richards is a starter.

Also when he brought up Sergino Dest, reminds me how I was calling for him as a starter before most people heard of him! I need a "told ya so" trophy


I don't think he is a starter just yet. I think he needs to come to camp and see how he actually does. He also needs experience just like Sergino. We all saw how Sergino got skint in the Mexico game. I don't think anyone wants to see that learning process in a World Cup game or Qualifier. Hopefully he makes that jump this year and becomes the starter in 2022.

https://www.goal.com/en-us/news/who-is-chris-...

Kudos of respect to Eric Quill for not holding this kid's future up trying to make a buck for himself.

Samtom23
Post #396
Friday August 7, 2020 7:13am

Joined Jun 2018
Total Posts: 343
Original post from Dave

@hamsamwich - While the red card in yesterdays game was needless and probably did hurt his clubs chances....you are 100% right when you say "he's the best we have" at CB. We've got 3 classifications of CB's at the moment:
1) Veterans - Consisting of Brooks, Long, Ream, & Alvarado. These are the CB's who are at the prime age range for CBs (27-32), and all are seeing consistent minutes for their clubs.
2) Young Professionals - Consisting of Miazga, CCV, EPB & M. Robinson. Consistent starters for their clubs, but young enough that they're still gaining situational experience. Unfortunately Gregg seems resistant to using them for the Sr. National Team.
3) Prospects - Richards, etc.... Players who could be be international caliber CB's but need to make a change at the club level (A step up in league, be a 1st team player, play consistently, etc...). Their time will come at some point, but Gregg will have to move away from Long & Ream for them to have a real chance.
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Outside of the Veteran category only Miazga & M. Robinson has seen anything close to resembling semi regular call-ups for camps. This may have to change considering all the international games slated for 2021...but I'm not holding my breath.
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I criticize Gregg for his continued determination to ride dead horses (Roldan, Bradley, Ream, Lovitz, etc....) when there have been other options that could have been tried/evaluated. We'll never have the horses to win the derby....if Gregg doesn't try new ponies to replace the dead horses he's been using.


In agreement with most of this. Especially about the dead horses, I hope not to see Ream, Lovitz, Roldan or Bradley. I am thinking about our midfield options to break it down like you did.

1) Veterans-Bradley, Morales, Trapp, Lleget, maybe you consider Nagbe but he isn't part of the equation in my eyes.

2) Young professionals-mainly you got Weston and Adams. If I miss anyone please feel free to add to it.

3) Prospects- Reyna, Ledezema, Aaronson, Pomykal. Some may argue Reyna should be a winger but I disagree but acknowledge the opinion.

I think the prospects are the way to go for us. I love watching Reyna, Ledezma and Aaronson. I think Ledezma is very much a finesse player and was clearly playing above his level last year. I really want to see how he does against older competition.

Lilshmike
Post #397
Friday August 7, 2020 3:40pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 1,416
Original post from blaise213

I actually committed 12 mins to that video. Agree Richards is a starter.

Also when he brought up Sergino Dest, reminds me how I was calling for him as a starter before most people heard of him! I need a "told ya so" trophy
Yeah, but to be fair, you shout out so many random names that it means nothing.

Of course if you advocate for 40 different random young players in Europe over the course of multiple years, at least one of them will come good. Thats just the law of large numbers.

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut...

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