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db707
Post #1
Thursday September 6, 2018 8:00pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 664
Qualifying starts today (doubling as Gold Cup qualifying for the final 10 spots). I think this is a good tournament and system for the minnows of Concacaf, gets them all 4 meaningful games. For us though, I know this is the trend, but we're going to have Gold Cup 2019, Nations League after that ending in March 2020, then Concacaf qualifying. I'd love to see us integrate with Conmebol for this league ultimately, if it is to exist.

Watch out for Canada in this coming cycle. Davies and David (Jonathan David who is tearing it up at Gent), they're starting to bring in promising talent.

Dave
Post #2
Saturday September 8, 2018 4:05am

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 907
If there is 1 thing that the USMNT's failure to qualify for the 2018 WC should insure, is that the players this cycle won't be taking any of the CONCACAF minnows for granted.

I truly expect that whoever the new manager is, as well as the players, will want to make a definitive statement during next summer's Gold Cup that the US is back to being a top dog in the region. I don't expect the games against Mexico or CR to be easy. But I do believe that the USMNT will want to CRUSH & Demoralize everyone else in the region.

I expect we'll see the return of a couple more of Veterans (Guzan, Bradley, Jozy, and possibly Williams) to go along with Brooks, Yedlin, & Wood but I don't expect to see all that many more. With another year of experience (Robinson, Miazga, McKennie, Adams, Pulisic, Saief, Weah and the rest) the new generation should be strong defensively and difficult to breakdown in the middle of the field. The only concern I have is our attackers ability to break down the bunker defenses they'll be up against, and their ability to be clinical with the chances that they do get.

skangles
DC
Post #3
Saturday September 8, 2018 4:40am

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,379
I like that this tournament will be another opportunity for us to cap tie players.

bjelks
Post #4
Saturday September 8, 2018 6:42am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 707
I'm concerned that players that aren't good enough are called back like Bradley and Jozy lol
goalsense
db707
Post #5
Saturday September 8, 2018 11:40pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 664
Cuba just put 11 past Turks and Caicos. There are some minnows in our region who are weak even by minnow standards.

db707
Post #6
Sunday September 9, 2018 2:01am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 664
Montserrat led El Salvador at the half, but fell to a second half stoppage time winner 2-1. Half the island is still largely uninhabitable after volcanic eruptions in the '90s. Most of the people fled to the UK so the team is mostly England-based amateur league players. Oh, and El Salvador has to turn around and fly to DC to play Brazil on Tuesday.

db707
Post #7
Wednesday September 12, 2018 4:12pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 664
In a U.S. related tidbit, Haitian-American Frantzdy Pierrot, starting forward for Mouscron in Belgium's first tier, debuted (and scored 2) for Haiti in their 13-0 (largest of the round) rout over Sint Maarten. Not sure how much of a run we made at him or if there was some question about him being eligible for the U.S., he grew up in Massachusetts.


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