has sunil gulati in his sights
- Dec 15, 2002
It's wild that a U-20 center back (Brandan Craig) is literally the best set piece taker in the entire USMNT pool.
Gambia-Uruguay is a match of two countries with a combined population less than the Boston CSAThis makes four U20 quarterfinals in a row for the US U20s, which is a pretty nice record. Next up is the winner of Gambia-Uruguay, which for some reason is being played on Thursday so the US will have two extra days of rest.
The US were already the only team in the group stage not to concede a goal, and now that streak has been extended.
NZ came out with 2-3 nice opportunities on the counter in the first 15', one of which forced some tidy intervention in the box, but they were basically done with offense after the first goal went in.The US were already the only team in the group stage not to concede a goal, and now that streak has been extended.
He definitely wants to cut in and shoot on his right, but his left is already stronger than like a Jordan Morris's at the same age (unfair comparison probably, as the later was suiting up for Stanford and not for his 100th pro game at the time)Obviously the keeper whiffed but seeing a back post run result in a goal nearly brought a tear to my eye.
I don’t know if Cowell’s rep is as a right foot only guy, he kind of gives the vibe for some reason. But he has two goals off the left foot in this tourney, both well struck especially today’s which showed really nice technique.
I don't know that much about him.
It's a manager for a single tournament for an age-bracket team that we otherwise basically do not have as part of the national team setup, so the U19s manager seems as good a choice as anyone else and I can't imaging there was a huge influx of resumes. Only other option that I could have seen would have been having Mikey Varas do it since he coached the U20s who qualified and will make up a major chunk of the Paris roster, but if they think he's more useful on the senior team staff (which is where he was just moved to), then that takes precedence. Olympics are cool, but the Copa America is cooler.I’ll admit that Paunovic’s performance in Chicago was probably more due to the club than his coaching ability. But man, he’s a prick. I think he’s been hated - by players and directors - at every job he’s ever had.
hopefully Mitrovic doesn’t take after that aspect of his mentor.
Also, no surprise we ended up with a guy who was already living in Chicago. How much interest was there in the job?
Just to add that Berchimas was heavily involved in the third goal against South Korea as well. It was his shot that he created that was saved directly to Cruz Medina (I think) who tapped it in. He’s been very impressive for being so young.Keyrol scored 1, whiffed on a sitter a few minutes later but 15 year old Berchimas was waiting behind him for the finish with the keeper out of position. Berchimas has 3 goals through 2. The brace against South Korea was a more impressive pair of goals.
Only saw the second half, but thought the US looked good through the midfield. The final 3rd passing was poor, but there was some good control. Until late when things got scrappy. Should be a lesson learned for the kids.USA hung in for most of the first half Vs France, but gave up an injury time goal and have been chasing the game in second half.
now 2-0 les bleus.
Of course, Luca Koleosho is the #1 breakthrough candidate amongst current teenaged prospects in the pool, with the tiny complication that he is currently swimming in a different pool.Heck, I think it's unlikely anyone from the U-20 squad from the U-20 WC this summer ends up impacting our 2026 roster, except for the ones already getting senior caps (Kevin Paredes, Paxten Aaronson). I still have high hopes for a bunch of them - Pukstas has been getting first-team minutes by the bushel since he was 17, Obed Vargas usually looks like one of the best players on the field when he's healthy, a mini-Musah. Luna obviously has the mentality of a high-class professional in the body of a rec league player and has been making the most of that, I could see him getting the big move that he wants, but him making our senior midfield still seems a ways out. But it just seems really unlikely that anyone is going to force themselves into senior-team squad player, much less sub, much less starter, in the next 2.5 years. I'm not even sure who would have the shortest odds of doing so, besides Paredes and Paxten who are already seeing the field.