USMNT: Hold My Beer

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Steffen came back and picked up a clean sheet against Rotherham this week. Looks like he faced no shots on goal, though.

I don't doubt Steffen will be on WC squad if healthy. I really like Sean Johnson and think he is much more dependable option...I also fear that Steffen's presence in the squad threatens Turner's place as the #1.

I hope Johnson can impress in camp.
 

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Speaking of goalkeepers, Matt Turner says he has been working on improving his distribution and feels like he's already made progress at it.
https://arseblog.news/2022/09/the-difference-is-huge-turner-reaping-the-benefits-of-arsenal-move/
I think it was at Gregg’s last press conference where he mentioned going to London, watching Turner practice, and chatting with the coaches. And Berhalter mentioned he saw effort to improve the distribution. I’m happy to see Gregg focusing attention on Turner. Matt being at the top of his game is essential for this squad to make a run in Qatar.
 

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Steffen came back and picked up a clean sheet against Rotherham this week. Looks like he faced no shots on goal, though.

I don't doubt Steffen will be on WC squad if healthy. I really like Sean Johnson and think he is much more dependable option...I also fear that Steffen's presence in the squad threatens Turner's place as the #1.

I hope Johnson can impress in camp.
I've come to this conclusion as well. It will be hard to Steffen to break into the top two, and the third roster spot is irrelevant when it comes to actually playing on the field. Therefore Gregg will likely pick someone unlikely to rock the boat (i.e. Johnson), or maybe even Gaga just to signal to him that he's the heir-apparent.
 

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I think that’s in reference to the uniforms, but it’s been true of the play so far also. Midfield looks like they’ve never met each other.
 

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Aaron Long really helping the narrative of enraged Twitter maniacs everywhere by just shitting all over himself out there, yeeesh.
 

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Is Vines supposed to be a stay at home LB, or is he just playing super timidly? He’s less creative than Ream was as a makeshift LB for Fulham, and it’s neutralizing Reyna also because there’s nothing happening on that side.
 

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Champion’s visible contempt for Twellman is more entertaining than anything we saw in the first half.
 

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Champion’s visible contempt for Twellman is more entertaining than anything we saw in the first half.
Their announcer/color relationship is so awkward. At least once a game Champion tries to set Twellman up with idle chatter and Twellman just leaves him hanging and stops the flow dead. I thought it was gonna be the Lederhosen thing this game but he went with that one.
 

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That takes out the only two players who were somewhat effective going forwards in Dest and Reyna (which I get for health and match fitness reasons), so the tactical adjustments better be good I guess.
 

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US looking better, I’m never sure if Berhalter is good at adjustments or terrible at game planning, but we do this a lot from what I recall in qualifying also.
 

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I;m no tactician or anything but to my untrained eye, Vines stinks. He’s useless out there. However, Aaronson might be my favorite player. He’s everywhere
 

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US looking better, I’m never sure if Berhalter is good at adjustments or terrible at game planning, but we do this a lot from what I recall in qualifying also.
They were definitely a 2nd half team during qualifying.

Edit: I'm not sure I would say he is terrible at game planning necessarily though. I doubt anyone would say Bill Belichick is terrible at game planning; however, he excels at seeing how the game "declares" itself in the first half and adjusting accordingly in the 2nd half
 

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Both halves we’ve had a stay at home FB tucked in with the CBS and there have been acres of space in front of that guy for Japan to attack into
 

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Big Walk’s long diagonals aren’t accurate enough. They’re not horrible, but they end up being 50/50s. I know Gregg wants these passes in the system, but we do t have a CB for it.
 

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There was a total of 10 - 15min at the start of the 2nd half where the US looked dangerous, but it’s all been garbage otherwise.
 

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There was a total of 10 - 15min at the start of the 2nd half where the US looked dangerous, but it’s all been garbage otherwise.
Yeah. Thank god for friendlies. This squad is not ready for prime time. We really need to see better reorganization and real cohesion against SA.

Today has confirmed that Aaronson and Turner are must-starts.
 

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Great finish. Canon dropped off for no discernible reason. He needs to be shoulder to shoulder starting outside the box.
 

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They looked terrible. Aaronson and Turner I agree were bright spots, but almost everyone else was disappointing. The team isn't close to full strength with injuries to so many key players, but there is no reason to think they are going to be whole in November either.
 

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Big Walk’s long diagonals aren’t accurate enough. They’re not horrible, but they end up being 50/50s. I know Gregg wants these passes in the system, but we do t have a CB for it.
We have three who make those all day for their club, but Richards is injured, and if I mention either of the other two I break out crying. I guess McKenzie has that in his bag too, he just doesn't pull it out very often from what I've seen.
 

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I'm by no means some kind of Tim Ream truther, but it does make me laugh when Gregg says he's not selected because he's not good in a high line, and then our center backs end up playing the entire game sat back. I'm sure it wasn't by design, but that's sort of the point, no? Same with Pefok on the other end of the field.

No matter, everybody except Turner stunk anyway.
 

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For those that have played or coached at a higher level, is it a formation issue? I know they are ride or die with the 1-4-3-3, but with how they played today (Cannon as the pseudo 3 CB) would a 1-3-4-3 fit the current players?
 

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For those that have played or coached at a higher level, is it a formation issue? I know they are ride or die with the 1-4-3-3, but with how they played today (Cannon as the pseudo 3 CB) would a 1-3-4-3 fit the current players?
Badly I think, as it puts more players from our weakest position group on the field at the expense of our better players. I'm not one of our tactics/coaching aces through, so grain of salt from me there.
 

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Just caught the game. Did GGG dream that he had Brooks and Ream out there? I personally am not an Aaron Long fan right now, though if he could get back to his old form I would be, but he was absolutely set up for failure today. This had to be the worst mismatch of squad and tactics in a long time. The players played poorly, but why is the US trying new shit out leading up to the World Cup? There was 180 minutes left to work on whatever nuances that needed to be worked on, and half of that time was wasted while Gregg turned back the clock to the tactics he tried when he first got the job. The CBs, Adams, McKennie have their strengths but building out of the back (or in McKennie’s case, receiving and quick turns) ain’t it. This team is built as a high pressure team that was asked to play tiki taka with predictable results.

The two things that would set Twitter afire- Ferreira missing from close in and Long playing like crap- absolutely happened today. Probably best to stay off the platform for a few days.
 

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For those that have played or coached at a higher level, is it a formation issue? I know they are ride or die with the 1-4-3-3, but with how they played today (Cannon as the pseudo 3 CB) would a 1-3-4-3 fit the current players?
Gregg has been playing around with this for a bit. Cannon was very exposed against Morocco last window and the switches were just killing the US. It was essentially a 3-4-3 today anyways. Vines rarely ventured up the field in the first half with Dest on the right, then played almost as a LW for extended stretches in the second when Cannon came in.

I would love to see an old school 4-4-2 diamond for fun but that ship has sailed.
 

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Gregg has been playing around with this for a bit. Cannon was very exposed against Morocco last window and the switches were just killing the US. It was essentially a 3-4-3 today anyways. Vines rarely ventured up the field in the first half with Dest on the right, then played almost as a LW for extended stretches in the second when Cannon came in.

I would love to see an old school 4-4-2 diamond for fun but that ship has sailed.
There were wide open attacks on whichever side the stay at home FB was on both halves, Japan seemed to easily sniff that tactic out and then march up the field in front of the stay at home guy who wasn't doing anything to stop them.
 

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There were wide open attacks on whichever side the stay at home FB was on both halves, Japan seemed to easily sniff that tactic out and then march up the field in front of the stay at home guy who wasn't doing anything to stop them.
It’s especially problematic for a team like the US with wingers who like to press high, and who have been coached to do so. There will just be massive gaps between that FB/CB and the winger that can easily be exposed, especially when the ball is switched from one side to the other. It’s a wrinkle that’s not going to work. I am concerned about all of these tactical changes this late in the game. Sure, a minor tweak or nuance makes some sense. But a pseudo 3ATB and trying to build through the CBs at this point? Seems like a waste of very valuable time together.

At this point I’d rather leave Cannon out of the 26 because putting him in the game will make it obvious what the US is doing and how to exploit it.
 

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At this point I’d rather leave Cannon out of the 26 because putting him in the game will make it obvious what the US is doing and how to exploit it.
Cannon’s not good enough to justify the tactical wrinkle and the tactical wrinkle’s not good enough to justify Cannon.