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Post #46
Friday March 19, 2021 5:03pm

Joined Feb 2013
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Original post from 2tone

You also have to remember that our guys are literally in pre-season mode while the Costa Rica players were pretty much in mid season form.


The major issues I have with this is these guys are MLS "Pros." These are the guys that play in a league that we call on to represent us in the World Cup! I'm happy for the win, but I really expected so much more from this group. Yeah the names aren't flashy, but based on the "improving" level of MLS, I expected so much more.

cudevil
Post #47
Friday March 19, 2021 6:44pm

Joined Oct 2012
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Original post from Kamphgruppe

We looked AWSUM !!! Then after the first 5 min were over we played poorly the remaining 85 min. Very fortunate to get 3 point out of that game. Costa Rica looked like the better team. I hope we make some tactical changes and hopefully the jitters are gone. I hope to see an improved side the remaining games.


I thought we looked like the better team in the first half. Second half, though, CR carved us up pretty good. Fortunate to come out with all 3 points, but results are all that matters.

Kamphgruppe
Michigan
Post #48
Friday March 19, 2021 6:45pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 1,283
Original post from Spank

The major issues I have with this is these guys are MLS "Pros." These are the guys that play in a league that we call on to represent us in the World Cup! I'm happy for the win, but I really expected so much more from this group. Yeah the names aren't flashy, but based on the "improving" level of MLS, I expected so much more.


I try not to read to much into one game, but I agree there was too much talent to play so poorly. Maybe we are not giving enough credit to Costa Rica, they are a strong side.

cudevil
Post #49
Friday March 19, 2021 6:47pm

Joined Oct 2012
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Also, Ochoa played well. At the same time, however, he allowed a lot of rebounds, some of which he was fortunate that a CR player wasn't near enough to capitalize.

whyneverme
Post #50
Friday March 19, 2021 6:49pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 101
There were MLS players on the Costa Rican side as well so not sure why our MLS pros would automatically be far superior to CR MLS pros. The CR pros who aren't in MLS are in mid season form and many are on the same team so the fitness and chemistry is much better from the start. IMO we were the underdogs going into this match so the result is a bonus!

blaise213
Post #51
Monday March 22, 2021 12:07am

Joined Sep 2012
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Wow Jason Kries is garbage

3 defensive midfielders on the field... What a joke

Kamphgruppe
Michigan
Post #52
Monday March 22, 2021 1:21pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 1,283
1st half reminded me of the infamous T&T game. Guys jogging around like we had already won the game. Zero sense of urgency with a lot of useless possession and back passing. Zero threat to the other team. Ten minutes in I said to my wire," If I was the coach I would be tearing into them right now. This is so far from what US soccer is about." Coach just sat on the sideline and did nothing. I am happy we won but I have no confidence in this team. I don't think Jason Kries is the right coach, guys seem very unmotivated to me.

Know Nothing
Post #53
Monday March 22, 2021 2:59pm

Joined Jan 2013
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Kreis certainly got the tactics wrong at the start. That lineup against Mexico would have been fine as it can better sit back and soak up pressure.

Fererra was too expectant, not enough runs to move the defense. I thought once Soto came on he was livelier and his movement created space for others.

Thankfully we are through...no pressure the next match...but is this team capable of raising its game and adapting on the fly?

Lilshmike
Post #54
Monday March 22, 2021 4:01pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 1,626
Original post from Know Nothing

Kreis certainly got the tactics wrong at the start. That lineup against Mexico would have been fine as it can better sit back and soak up pressure.

Fererra was too expectant, not enough runs to move the defense. I thought once Soto came on he was livelier and his movement created space for others.

Thankfully we are through...no pressure the next match...but is this team capable of raising its game and adapting on the fly?
I wouldn't exactly say there is NO pressure...

Given our historical U23 performances against Honduras in Olympic qualifying, I prefer us to not be in a position to play them in the first knockout game. Guaranteed that's what's on Kreis and the players' minds.

Know Nothing
Post #55
Monday March 22, 2021 5:52pm

Joined Jan 2013
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Original post from Lilshmike

I wouldn't exactly say there is NO pressure...

Given our historical U23 performances against Honduras in Olympic qualifying, I prefer us to not be in a position to play them in the first knockout game. Guaranteed that's what's on Kreis and the players' minds.


I see it a little differently...I would rather play Honduras. That way we know exactly what we are up against and will not take them lightly. Given yesterdays first half, I would worry we would get complacent if we play Canada.

Either way it will not be easy. We knew we had to beat Costa Rica and conspired to give that game away.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #56
Monday March 22, 2021 8:24pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,691
To be honest I am excited. The fact we are missing some very talented players on this roster makes me excited about the future. This team definitely can beat either Canada or Honduras. They just have to be Keyed in from the opening whistle to the final whistle.

hamsamwich
Post #57
Tuesday March 23, 2021 1:01am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 3,736
I lived in Guadalajara and played in a local league there for a few years. The sun and altitude are intense at this time of the year- it may be late winter here in the states but it's already hot and there is poor air quality. The altitude is no joke it's a lung buster for a few weeks and games after that to get used to it....
Combine that with an out of season roster and it's going to be tough to match the intensity of Mexico and keep the legs. I think the team needs to do a better job at slowing down and then speeding the game up only to slow it down again. Sometimes in our intension to attack, press and recover it all becomes very hectic. Yueill and Perea and the CBs need to be better at controlling the ball against Mexico than they were v Costa Rica.

Know Nothing
Post #58
Tuesday March 23, 2021 5:23am

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,934
Original post from Lilshmike

I wouldn't exactly say there is NO pressure...

Given our historical U23 performances against Honduras in Olympic qualifying, I prefer us to not be in a position to play them in the first knockout game. Guaranteed that's what's on Kreis and the players' minds.


...and because of the schedule it is completely out of our hands who we play, no matter where we finish.

Even if we beat Mexico, it could be easy for Canada or Honduras, after seeing how the other match in their group ends, decide to take it easy and finish second. Nobody will want to play Mexico on Mexican soil.

So perhaps the best strategy would be to take it easy and let Canada and Honduras go all out to win their group and avoid Mexico. If we do not win the group, we stand a better chance of a team not resting their best players and having them fresh for us.

Lilshmike
Post #59
Tuesday March 23, 2021 11:32am

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 1,626
Original post from Know Nothing

...and because of the schedule it is completely out of our hands who we play, no matter where we finish.

Even if we beat Mexico, it could be easy for Canada or Honduras, after seeing how the other match in their group ends, decide to take it easy and finish second. Nobody will want to play Mexico on Mexican soil.

So perhaps the best strategy would be to take it easy and let Canada and Honduras go all out to win their group and avoid Mexico. If we do not win the group, we stand a better chance of a team not resting their best players and having them fresh for us.
Decent take.

In all honesty, I feel like we've got a weaker qualifying team than we've had the last 2 cycles when we didn't qualify. We're still good enough to where we should qualify... but we should have easily made it through the last 2 cycles and failed. I'm nervous.

Know Nothing
Post #60
Tuesday March 23, 2021 7:12pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,934
Original post from Lilshmike

Decent take.

In all honesty, I feel like we've got a weaker qualifying team than we've had the last 2 cycles when we didn't qualify. We're still good enough to where we should qualify... but we should have easily made it through the last 2 cycles and failed. I'm nervous.


I will agree with you...I am nervous too. I would rest key players on yellow cards and give Yeull a break as well and have him fresh for the semi-final.

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