Long n Left

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  1. Long n Left

    US Soccer thread.

    Pomykal is a talented young attacking midfielder. The question becomes, where do you slot Pulisic. CP has been playing that #10 for the USMNT, sitting behind the striker, with free reign to move around as he sees fit. I think the thought is, Sargent at striker, Adams as holding mid, Weah on one wing, then you either slot Pulisic on the other wing, with Pomykal central, or Pulisic at ACM, with another wing, maybe Morris. Would be nice to see Pomykal and Pulisic on the pitch together, to see how they work. Also, Claudio Reyna’s 16 year old son is supposed to be a can’t miss prospect at ACM as well. US has players for the front 6-7, it’s the back line, minus Steffen, that needs work.
  2. Long n Left

    US Soccer thread.

    Jill Ellis has gotten by on the dominating talent difference of the US women since taking over for Sundhaggen (sp?) Solo nailed it in her comments about her. No surprise when Sundhaggen beat her in the olympics. Not hard to outcoach her. Ellis continues to run the same players out there, with little development of youngsters, and has poor tactical awareness, IMO. In the women’s game today, she would be far down on my list of top coaches. Changing the defensive dynamic to playing out of the back is great, but you gotta have the players. Sauerbrun has been one of the USWNT’s greatest performers, but she is not good with the ball at her feet. Rapinoe still has a big foot, but looks like she is running in sand any more. Christian Press put on one of the best performances for this team in this tournament against Chile...she should be starting. I’m also not enamored with Tobin on the wing. Her passing and technical ability scream #10 to me. Rather see her playing in behind Morgan and/or Lloyd, with Press and Pugh on the wings. And, ffs, is Naeher the best keeper in America? If so, some coaches should be losing jobs.
  3. Long n Left

    US Soccer thread.

    Much better performance from the men tonight. TBH, T&T’s defense is shambolic. Pulisic and McKennie showing exactly who they are, and add Tyler Adams, you’ve got a potent young midfield. Arriola turning into the player us fans had imagined a few years ago, and was nice to see Jordan Morris get some time, and a couple assists. Probably MY biggest take from this match was during the altercation where McKennie came flying across the pitch to get in the face of the larger T&T defender, Cyrus I believe. That alone makes me want him to get that captains arm band. This team needs a young, take no prisoners captain to lead this new generation through 2022 qualifying, and McKennie is my pick. Love his heart and passion, and he’s a damn good player to boot. Glad to see Zardes get a brace, and he finally got more involved second half. Altidore, on the other hand, looked completely lost. Those guys are just keeping Sargent’s seat warm. Now, if they could ever develop solid fullbacks...
  4. Long n Left

    US Soccer thread.

    Top flight leadership! That’s why he’s still playing in this squad.
  5. Long n Left

    US Soccer thread.

    Liked what I saw from Boyd and Arriola, McKennie and Pulisic both looked lively, and Lima did okay. That said, neither Zardes or Bradley should be anywhere near a USMNT ever again. And, if Berhalter plays Adams at RB (when he is healthy) and Trapp at 6, he should be fired as soon as the three whistles blow.
  6. Long n Left

    US Soccer thread.

    After 15 minutes of their Gold Cup opener, one thing is evident concerning the USMNT: Michael Bradley still sucks.
  7. Long n Left

    ES Soccer Thread

    That Barca second leg semi final this year wasn’t too bad either!
  8. Long n Left

    US Soccer thread.

    Berhalter out!
  9. Long n Left

    ES Soccer Thread

    Yeah, I couldn’t believe it either. Was watching with a Liverpool loving mate of mine, hails from Oxford originally, and all we could surmise was that it was a load of butt hurt, bloody Mancs in the crowd.
  10. Long n Left

    ES Soccer Thread

    Thanks Mate! The party keeps going! Glad they got the win, carried the game. Sitting in my 2014 WC shirt, getting drunk off winning, and other assorted things, again. If Virgil wins this Championship as well, is there any way he cannot be Ballon D’or winner?
  11. Long n Left

    US Soccer thread.

    Very much agree with the sentiments above. Only guys on the pitch last night that looked like they have a chance to be a part of the senior side were Sargent, Arriola, Carter-Vickers, and, possibly, Miazga. Where are Zardes, Nagbe, Yedlin, Morris and the like? And, will a US coach ever find/develop a LB? That kid Robinson looked completely in over his head. Couldn’t put a decent service into the box if his life were at stake. TBF, the nucleus of the 2022 WC hopeful squad, Pulisic, McKennie, Adams, and Weah, were not on this side, I guess Berhalter is trying to develop some squad depth? Good luck with this group! Another head scratcher for me is Wil Trapp. I don’t know how he is always one of the first names on the sheet. Ive seen nothing from him that leads me to believe he will be a mainstay for the national team. But, he played for Berhalter for 5 seasons, so he’s his boy. US soccer is so entrenched in old ways, the only hope for the USMNT is that the proliferation of European footy on TV in the US will lead more kids to going overseas for their development. MLS academies, and especially college, are thwarting the development of many US soccer playing kids. Maybe US Soccer will get their heads out of their asses, and change the 18 years old requirement for going overseas. If our brightest kids can get into top European academies at age 14-15, then the US might have a ghost of a chance on the world stage.
  12. Long n Left

    US Soccer thread.

    Horrid display by the senior side tonight. Lose to Jamaica? Really? Shocking how how slow and technically bereft this group looked. Have a feeling this will be a short lived Gold Cup appearance. Pressure on Berhalter for results ramping up already.
  13. Long n Left

    US Soccer thread.

    They looked okay against Ukraine, just gave up two goals due to shoddy defending. One, their #9 got isolated on the RB, and just bullied him on a long ball. CB that side nowhere in sight. Second was a corner where guy got a clean header, no defender marking. US carried possession, and made opportunity, just don’t have the creativity or goal scorers this squad. Probably different if Adams, McKennie, and Sargent were there.
  14. Long n Left

    US Soccer thread.

    US wins 1-0 on a moment of brilliance from the ONLY guy on this squad who looks talented enough to play for the senior squad, Tim Weah. Really did not deserve a win here, as Qatar squandered numerous good chances. Midfield is very poor, and defending not far behind. They will likely get thumped in their round of 16 match.
  15. Long n Left

    US Soccer thread.

    In true, recent US soccer tradition, the U-20’s, in a must win game against inferior opposition, are getting thoroughly dominated by Qatar the first 25 minutes. Lucky they’re not down a goal or two. Color me unimpressed by Tab Ramos’ tactics. See what he drums up at halftime.