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Everything posted by harrycoyster

  1. Well only the games outside international windows would be x5. In window games are x10. Working with our ranking going into the US game (1339) and the pre-intl window rankings of the other teams. We would gain: 3 points for beating the US in Jan. 2 points for beating a team like Panama in Jan. 6 points for beating a team around 50 in the FIFA Rankings in a FIFA window. 5 points for beating a team around 60 in the FIFA Rankings in a FIFA Window. Disclaimer that there may be something I'm not getting here.
  2. If we play the US in their Jan camp and also split the bill with the Americans on a second opponent, wins would give us the 3-4 points needed to make 4 wins over midrange (40-60 in FIFA Rankings) competition in friendlies cover the 15 point gap with a point or two to spare. That would at least force them to play. Playing the US again is risky, but why not at this point?
  3. I still don't think it's over. This El Salvador team is too trash not to drop points v. DR or in friendlies.
  4. The costs would be insane. But one inexpensive game would be to play the US in their Jan camp. Problem is I don't love our chances against the US without our European players.
  5. I was watching through my fingers as they surrounded the ref. Pure cringe.
  6. It's quite an interesting pattern of play the Americans put on display last night. The goal is to work the ball to a fullback high enough up the field that the opposition fullback has to decide whether to close him down or defend the wide forwards. The wide forwards will pull inside to try to force the opposition fullback outside which resulted in a series of easy 1-2s yesterday as the Cuban midfielders were not quick enough to close down the space vacated by their fullbacks. Half the goals last night came this way. American fullback draws the Cuban fullback, American fullback passes to a wide forward that has drifted inside, ball goes back to the fullback for the cross or straight to the center forward from there. There isn't a surefire way of defending this once the fullback gets up the field assuming the movement is well executed. Even if the rotation of fullback to fullback, midfielder to wide forward is quick enough the American formation is such that there are two other midfielders stacked centrally, one of whom will now be undefended or have unbalanced the defensive structure. If the latter happens I'd imagine the ball goes back to the defensive midfielder who will have options on the far side and to the center forward checking back. Two ways to approach this attack. Best way would be to press them high up the field so that the American line of distribution (fullbacks and defensive midfielder) do not receive the ball high enough up the field to begin the set pattern. I have not watched the USA Mexico games, but this is what I imagine Mexico did judging from the media reaction. I'm not sure that we have the defensive capabilities to pull this off but it is the better of the two options. Make them play through us in a way that requires quick play and individual creativity, which is not a strong suit of their side with the exception of Pulisic and Mckennie, or long balls. Second choice is to sit deep enough that we will not be affected by set plays meant to get players in behind our back line. Don't see it winning 4 points over 180 minutes as the USA showed at the Gold Cup that they are capable of scoring on crosses in and around the box. We are going to see if Herdman is capable of matching a well thought out tactical plan. One that I think is quite naive in defense if we are able to stop the attacking movements.
  7. I've asked this very question of the CSA before. They give a long winded non-answer about how they need to make the most of their budget. To be fair, neither Mexico or the US ever pays in full for their youth tournaments, but they have earned that right. Teams will pay to come play Mexican youth teams and American youth tournaments are paid for by Nike, Audi and other sponsors. Recently Costa Rica paid for the US u17s to fly down for a series of matches. But if you aren't in demand (and we aren't), you need to pay to play. The CSA isn't willing to spend the funds for a fully fledged youth tournament.
  8. Regardless of if you believe that this failure is as bad as the previous failures given who we didn't have, I think the most disappointing thing is that we still can't buy a defender. This tournament showed that we are still at least 2-3 years away from a starting calibre CB/FB breaking into MLS.
  9. Mexico is tied with Jamaica right now despite bringing almost a completely first team roster. Can't underestimate the size & speed of these athletic CONCACAF countries.
  10. Wasn't able to watch the game. Would you guys say we outplayed them?
  11. While I still don’t think he’ll ever be a CMNT level talent, it’s worth repeating that the Caps love this kid and he’s going to get every opportunity going forward. I’ve talked to some of his old coaches about his game and they always mention the work ethic and personality he brings to a locker room.
  12. Don’t think he has the pace/trickiness to be a threat on the wing at the Championship/MLS level. He’s still young enough to learn RB and should stick it out IMO.
  13. Chicago Fire coach Veljko Paunovic just eluded to the fact that he has been disappointed with Edwards' effort when asked about the changes to the team tonight. Called the performance of his wingers last week "lazy". Edwards and Katai started last week...Edwards is at fullback tonight and Katai is on the bench.
  14. Montreal also fall to LAFC, will play for third place.
  15. There is definitely no place in MLS where he is a sure starter. When SKC is healthy he doesn't even make the bench, and they are a relatively poor defensive team this year. He doesn't even stand out in USL the way he did last year. He'd get minutes on a team like Colorado, but Didic turns 24 this year...he needs to go to a team where he'll play every matchday. Anything that's not regular minutes at this stage in his career is a bad move. Hope he goes to CPL or Scandinavia or one of the USL teams making the jump to MLS in the next few years.
  16. At the CONCACAF u13 Championship, TFC has been eliminated by LAFC while Montreal beat Real Esteli to reach the semis. Most of the better Mexican and American sides don't take part in this event, but Montreal has been the best side at the tournament from what I'm hearing.
  17. Honestly think Honduras will send a better team than the US. Of course avoiding the US/Honduras/Mexico would be great, but if I had to pick between being put in a group with one of them, I'd pick the US. The US u20s are very good but not deep...and they'll be lucky to get one of Adams, Amon, Carleton, Durkin, Lindsey, McKenzie, Richards, Sargent, Weah, Soto. That's basically their whole first starting XI. I'm confident our u20s can compete with the American second team. I'm less confident our u20s can deal with the pure athletes Honduras sends to these tournaments.
  18. If you only count players who signed a homegrown contract the only USMNT capped attacker sold to Europe in the last few years is Juan Agudelo. Obviously if you go further back there are a bunch in the vain of Feilhaber, Dempsey and Altidore, but that was pre-HG rule. Recently, the majority of the USA's best attacking talent is grabbed by European teams before they can sign a homegrown deal. Timothy Weah had a HG offer from NYRB when he went to PSG, same with Brooks Lennon and RSL before he left for Liverpool. The list of those players is pretty long.
  19. Who just happened to sign an endorsement deal with Nike (the same company that provides the kits for US Soccer) three days after filing his one time switch. I'm sure Nike really needed a slightly above average Belgian league player without a Twitter account to help market their products....totally nothing suspicious there.
  20. Clearly mouths “it’s broken, it’s broken” to Bob Bradley as he approached the bench. Hope it’s the ankle and not a knee issue.
  21. There is a difference between playing in MLS and being a starting calibre player in MLS. None of the players you've mentioned have locked down a spot in an MLS XI. To me that speaks to the gap that TFC has in its development system. If a player isn't ready for serious MLS minutes, but is too good/old for academy play, their options are to get 400 minutes a year with TFC or play noncompetitive games in USL. Neither are great for development. Hopefully USL3 solves that issue for all the Canadian teams.
  22. TFC2- 19-15-49 (.86ppg) VWC2- 25-24-41 (1.1ppg) FCM- 15-6-37 (.88ppg) So far this season, TFC2 is 0-3-14. In their last ten games they've allowed 3.4 goals per game and had 2.4 shots on target per game. Not exactly an ideal situation for developing talent.
  23. And the weakest part of his game is positioning. He's plays deep, rides the centre line, and doesn't hold z14 properly. Add his mobility and decision making...those are three major holes for a CB to have in their game. He's occasionally showed flashes of 1v1 defending and passing ability, but I don't really see why he's rated as highly as he is. I've had more informed soccer people than myself tell me he'll be an MLS starter, so go figure. He is still really young for a CB. Then again, TFCII is winless in 17 games so far this season. They are maybe the worst team in North American professional soccer history and Dunn-Johnson is a major contributing factor to that. Like, probably the worst starter on the team. If somebody gets past Okello on the left side, there's a good chance Dunn isn't even in position to attempt a tackle. Hate to beat up on the kid and hope he proves me wrong, but I think we have a number of better CB prospects in the u20 age group.
  24. Striker is way deeper than CB. We have a top 3 striker group in CONCACAF. We probably aren’t top 8 at centreback. Tesho Akindele is like 7th choice for us up top, if we had a player of his quality at CB he’d likely start.
  25. Like everything else I’ve been talking about, it’s complicated. I’ve talked to many youth club presidents and all have legal, economic and political reasons for their specific models. The geographic differences in youth soccer operations are astounding.
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