Let's try and take away some positives from last night's snooze fest
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Let's try and take away some positives from last night's snooze fest
Posted by gideon on 1/30 at 10:26 am
3 players come to mind.

1. Gonzalez
2. Besler

I'll group these two together. Neither were asked to do very much defensively, but both played admirably. Despite being unable to score, both found themselves in decent positions on corners(especially, Gonzalez) and set pieces. Both passed the ball well out of the back, which helped tremendously as we attempted to retain possession.

3. Gatt

Speed, ball control, and talent are the first three things that come to mind. Admittedly, it was the first time I've had a chance to see Gatt play, and I have to say I was impressed. He did give the ball away a few times, and he painstakingly tried to do too much every time he found the ball at his feet, but it's obvious he has a bright future with the USMNT.

We also had a few runs of play where we connected 10, 15, 20 consecutive passes. They were mostly in our half or around midfield, and very little of the play resulted in decent scoring chances, but we did pass the ball around somewhat effectively.



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Posted by Sheep on 1/30 at 10:36 am to gideon
quote:


1. Gonzalez
2. Besler


I learned absolutely nothing about these two last night, with the possible exception being that Gonzalez is a useful target on corners.... which I think most of us knew already.

Other than that, there was nothing to really judge them on.

Canada's lone chance came when Tony Beltran let DeRosario run free in the box, which produced a great save from Johnson.

Other than that, we didn't learn anything about them other than they didn't do something horribly stupid like get a red card in the first half. (like Jimmy Conrad did in one of the Camp Cupcake friendlies a couple years back...)

Yay?



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Posted by GeauxColonels on 1/30 at 10:40 am to gideon
I hadn't seen Gatt play before either. I was impressed by his speed. His decision making needs to improve and, I think, that it should the more he gets to play with the national team.


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Posted by WarSlamEagle on 1/30 at 10:51 am to gideon
Sean John didn't give up an easy goal and make a great save at the beginning of the match.






That's all I got.



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Posted by Meursault on 1/30 at 10:53 am to gideon
I think the consensus, if the match thread is to be taken into utmost consideration, is that every single player who suited up last night for US is garbage, and should never step on the field again. Every single one.


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Posted by Wait For It... on 1/30 at 11:03 am to Meursault
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every single player who started last night for US is garbage, and should never step on the field again. Every single one.


Now this statement I could almost agree with



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Posted by Broski on 1/30 at 11:11 am to Wait For It...
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Now this statement I could almost agree with


Omar will be a US backline fixture soon.



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Posted by TFTC on 1/30 at 11:14 am to gideon
quote:

Let's try and take away some positives from last night's snooze fest


I didnt feel guilty switching to Justified at 9pm... and after hearing the result, was some what justified... I'm positive about that!



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Posted by LSUSOBEAST1 on 1/30 at 11:16 am to gideon
It was Gatt and that's it for me. Maybe Delo.

ETA and Feilhaber. Thanks HH.


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Posted by JLock on 1/30 at 11:17 am to Wait For It...
What pissed me off the most was that they had no idea what to do when they got into the final third. A lot of times they'd either pass back or knock it out wide to whip in a useless cross. Canada parked the fricking bus last night and this was a game that really showed the flaws in our attacking players. There is zero creativity from any of them. There was no attempt to try and break down Canada's defense with combination play, and nobody on that team is technically gifted enough to try and beat a few players to open things up. And let's be honest here. The attacking play has almost always been the weakest part of American soccer, due to the youth game being based on size and speed. Until that changes we're going to continue to suck in the final third, because you're not going to be able to teach grown men to play the game entirely differently from what they grew up learning, where as with the youth players, there will still be a chance to mold them. Just my two cents

ETA: tl;dr American attacking play sucks and will continue to suck until there are changes from the youth system up


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Posted by hendersonshands on 1/30 at 11:23 am to gideon
I thought Benny Feilhaber looked good. He was pretty much the only player who did anything impressive.


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Posted by etm512 on 1/30 at 11:29 am to hendersonshands
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I thought Benny Feilhaber looked good.


Yeah he did. Makes you question why he didnt start though.

Off topic: is the Honduras game really at 3PM? Do these frickers not work on Wednesday?



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Posted by LSUSOBEAST1 on 1/30 at 11:32 am to hendersonshands
Ah yea he did. Forgot about him.


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Posted by gideon on 1/30 at 12:18 pm to gideon
I guess the next question is, which 7 or so players from last night's team do we take to Honduras.

If I had to guess...

Besler
Gonzalez
Gatt
Johnson
Feilhaber
Wondolowski
Zusi



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Posted by etm512 on 1/30 at 12:27 pm to gideon
I would take Agudelo over Wondo but agree with the other 6


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Posted by cwil177 on 1/30 at 1:32 pm to etm512
I agree with ETM. Feilhaber was the best player, still, and I wouldn't mind seeing him get some serious playing time, especially if Klinsmann wants to play Bradley a little more defensively.


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Posted by McRebel42 on 1/30 at 1:39 pm to JLock
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American attacking play sucks and will continue to suck until there are changes from the youth system up



Yep this will always be a problem until more is invested (not just money) into american soccer



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Posted by 225bred on 1/30 at 2:23 pm to gideon
Agudelo looked creative, Besler and Omar looked good(Omar needs to take Boca's spot asap) Feilhaber looked 2 steps ahead of everyone else. GAM and Zusi looked like they were varsity kids trying to play with the JV team. Gatt's aggression and work rate was impressive, can't teach his caliber of speed. I feel bad for Wondo, I really wish he could contribute for the USMNT. Beckerman did what was asked of him. just my 2 cents


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Posted by Sheep on 1/30 at 3:02 pm to 225bred
I must have missed the positives from Eddie Johnson.

I saw indecisive, working away from goal Eddie Johnson.



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Posted by SouthOfSouth on 1/30 at 4:03 pm to gideon
It's hard not to like Gatt. He brings it. I think he looks like a good off-the-bench type that will bring some emotion and speed to the second half. Thought he needed to pass it away a bit earlier a couple times, but was excited to see him play.

One of my favorite players in FIFA so I have been excited to see him play.



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