USMNT: Hold My Beer

Jimy Hendrix

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Pointing Pizzaro at our LB situation did a lot of the work and these awful substitutions have done the rest.
 

Mr. Wednesday

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A little too much hero ball from Pulisic, Arriola was in acres of space. (That having been said, it was fabulous play to create the chance in the first place.)
 

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Oooffff. Guardado saved one with his head, Moreno one with his face.
 

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I’ve seen about 250 unique versions of this shot: a sad, exhausted Michael Bradley, out of focus in the background of a slo-mo replay, while the scorer for whatever country celebrates.
 

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Ummm WTF. Miaza gets trucked - no call - and then some US gets a header and clear hand ball in the air by Mexico - no call .
 

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That was a complete joke from a timekeeping standpoint, and the non-calls on fouls and handballs are nothing new, but still disappointing.

VAR to CONCACAF won't fix most of tonight's problems, but I'm ready for it.
 

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Before the tournament, if you'd said we would advance to the final and lose a nail-biter to Mexico with at least even chances, I'd have taken it.
 

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Some good signs, some concerns, Mexico outplayed them especially in the second half.

We need more players in defense and midfield who are comfortable on the ball.
 

dirtynine

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Just a little bit of skill (or experience) away from taking it. I’m slightly encouraged. Can’t wait for the rest of the turnover to happen on this roster.
 

Jed Zeppelin

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Bradley is done.
Been saying this for how many years now and yet he’s still playing every minute of every game. He’ll be there in qualifying and they’ll find a way to send him to Qatar.

Just does not have the pace anymore and he melted on the ball under any pressure tonight.
 

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I worry less about Bradley and more about the finishing. Altidore creates that great chance then fluffed it. His bicycle attempt was never going to score but was woeful. Arriola squandered a lot including the chance he made picking Ochoa (this was maybe the hardest). Even Pulisic when he got 1 v 1 with the keeper was a wasted opportunity. If they want to play at the highest level with anything like their current talent level they’ll need to be clinical. I just don’t know where that is coming from right now

Edit: All that said, this was a positive tournament. They created enough to beat a weakened Mexico team and blooded a few players. It was progress
 

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Bradley’s strengths were great work rate and vision / passing. It was great having a Beckerman or Jones cleaning up behind him.

His work rate has dropped and consequently he cant be in position to use his vision going forward.
The vision / anticipation has also diminished and so now we get more turnovers in our own half as well.