- Dec 1, 2000
That stage isn’t gonna stay up!
I'm really so impressed with this group. The idea that you could take what amounts to a January Camp roster and do something like this is insanity at pretty much any other time in the history of the USMNT.I'm not sure what the final stats will say. I know Mexico had a bunch of corners and probably the bulk of the possession, but this was not a fluke. US pressure was impactful, counters were pretty dangerous, the defense was quite composed and were hardly sitting in a shell.
Various advanced stats say that this isn't just a run of form, he's really that good as a shot-stopper. Best in MLS and it's not particularly close (like, something like 50% more xG saved than the next best). I believe 538 had an article about it.Turner the player of the tournament for me. He’s gonna start by Qatar I think unless this is just one of those runs of form.
Just going to pile on that Revs fans know this is not just a run of form.Turner the player of the tournament for me. He’s gonna start by Qatar I think unless this is just one of those runs of form. His play with this feet is extremely uncomfortable but that kind of shot stopping steals entire matches
One potential issue with Steffen, and why I think it should and will be Turner, is that he’s unlikely to play in a competitive match until the EFL Cup round 3 the week of September 20. The US has three qualifiers in the September 2-8 window.Just going to pile on that Revs fans know this is not just a run of form.
until proven otherwise.
To follow up on this, the WaPo reported that this turned into a bonding moment:4. Hoppe. First, does he play? GGG seemed unhappy with the way he came off the field. I hope he didn’t cross a line. I’m cool with a player not wanting to come off, but there are some things that can’t be said. Not sure if he went there. Whatever the case, I want to see him for the full 90, or 120, against Mexico. He’s still my Dempsey 2.0 in terms of attitude and creativity. Let the man do what he do!
After the 1-0 victory, on a goal assisted by Hoppe’s replacement, they talked it out.
“As a player, you want to play, you want to stay on the field,” Hoppe said in an interview with The Washington Post this week. “Gregg played; he knows what it’s like. I let the emotions get the better of me. There is no hard feelings there.”
Hoppe, though, still felt bad about his behavior. So as the delegation moved to Las Vegas for the final against Mexico, he decided to make amends in a lighthearted way.
He enhanced a photo of Berhalter’s shaved head with an artistic touch and arranged for it to be plastered on a T-shirt.
“Gregg and I have a unique relationship,” Hoppe said. “It’s very positive. It’s unlike any other relationship I’ve had with a coach, the way he brings his players together. He has his ways to motivate and build bonds in the team. And it’s gotten us the Nations League trophy [in June] and the Gold Cup trophy.”
“Gregg was able to put trust in me even though he hadn’t seen me much with the team,” Hoppe said. “The Gold Cup was really positive for me, for my development and for my confidence.”
Worth nothing that Berhalter's son (who is currently on loan at Austin FC from Columbus) is almost exactly the same age as Hoppe.Love that Berhalter’s idea of club wear is training gear.
This generation seems to really connect with him. That’s a big deal. Since he’s shown the proclivity to adjust tactics and lineups, it’s not wild to think that he could fix the things that earned him fair criticism, but maintain the things that he’s been really good at from the jump (establishing a culture).
Bring on the Ocho.