I watched it this morning. I think it’s one of those games where you can’t take too many positives because of the gulf in talent was so great. Players couldn’t play themselves on the team with a good performance but could play themselves off with a bad one.
I really want to see old school Morris as I think he has more to offer than Arriola. But he just didn’t do much. For me, wingers in a 4-3-3 have to be able to create chances for themselves and for others. That’s why players who profile as a 10 more often end up playing as wingers. You have to be able to take players one on one and to get dangerous passes into the box, which also necessitates an ability to create a little space. Morris did none of that. Running hard and disrupting the other team isn’t good enough for a winger (for a 6, sure). Now, much the same can be said of Arriola, but he did put himself in goal dangerous situations.
For Ferreira, it was much the same as usual with smart runs, good link up play, but now with actual end product. The amount of grains of salt needed would be a health hazard because this really was a mismatch. The third goal was a good example of how the second half went. Training ground corner where nobody marked him near the top of the 18. It was the second time the US ran the same corner. He won’t get that against anyone else. However, hopefully he gets in a groove now for the USMNT.
I was happy to see Gregg try a little more tactical options. It looks like he had Cannon staying back again more as a RCB. There were about 20 minutes where LDLT and Acosta played as a double pivot.