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- Dec 15, 2002
Yes, that's correct.The Olympic tournament this summer will technically be a U24 tournament instead of the usual U23 tournament, correct? I think they kept the "born on or after 1 January 1997" age requirement even though the Olympics were pushed back a year.
Welp, Berhalter's interest seems to have been rewarded.Berhalter seems to be particularly interested in Perea (who claims he'll make a decision about a one-time switch soon)
So they have to beat Mexico to qualify right? Only the 2 finalists make the tournament IIRC.CONCACAF Olympic qualifying set for Mexico in March.
Group A: Mexico (A1), USA (A2), Costa Rica (A3), and Dominican Republic (A4)
Group B: Honduras (B1), Canada (B2), El Salvador (B3) and Haiti (B4)
Correct that only the finalists get in, but the top 2 in each group make the semis where they get cross-matched against the other group. So the draw is actually really favorable for qualification.So they have to beat Mexico to qualify right? Only the 2 finalists make the tournament IIRC.
Goff reported yesterday that this game fell through at some point. It was never announced by the USSF. The USMNT will face T&T instead.A Serbian outlet claims that Serbia will play the US on January 31.
Arriola is unhappy with this statement, so he scored again.Paul Arriola must sit around lamenting that he wasn’t born 20 years earlier. Hard worker, decent player, good guy to have in the pool for matches like this, but just not there with how the pool has improved.
Agree 100%. The younger guys are awesome but it’s good to have steady vets like him in the fold.They aren't exactly the same type of player, but I like Bedoya as a comp for Arriola's role in the pool. Wide player who provides a lot of defensive support and will work his ass off in any role.
I actually think Arriola is a bit underrated because he's viewed as "old and boring" compared to many of our prospects and his competitors in the pool. He won't start for the A team but I'd bet on him sticking around as a backup option for longer than most USMNT fans expect.
Yes. There’s not much firmly established GK depth for the US right now. This was Turner’s first cap but he stands a solid chance of moving to #2 in the pecking order.As someone that's a casual follower of team USA and the revs, does Matt Turner have any chance of playing in meaningful games for team USA?
Agree with all of this.Well, the USMNT has scored 19 goals in the last three games and I think just about everybody is ready to face a better opponent. Nearly everybody in these games looks good, but the level of competition is too low to draw serious conclusions about players.
I think the best USMNT XI hasn't ben firmly established yet. A few questions:
- who starts at FW?
- how do we get the most out of Reyna?
- who is our third CM alongside Adams+McKennie and, relatedly, will Musah commit to the US?
- who starts next to Brooks at RCB?
- does Robinson start at LB or do you move Dest there and use our RB depth?
Reyna's usage strikes me as particularly key, because I think a variety of personnel and tactical decisions flow from there.
Sorting through the backups is an even bigger mess, mostly in a good way. For me, a lot of these players haven't differentiated themselves all that much yet, but nearly all of them are talented and on a growth trajectory so it's all good. We just need to see how it plays out.
We have one more window for friendlies before we get down to business. Nothing has been announced yet, and the March window is shaping up to be another window where it is difficult to schedule opponents.
CONMEBOL, AFC, and most of CONCACAF and UEFA are playing WCQ. A few UEFA teams in the five team groups may be available, but the pickings are slim.
It seems like the best bet would be to try to schedule two games with African countries, as their WCQ doesn't start until May.
But man alive, that isn’t the level we need to be facing in order to prep for the harder tests to come. I think we’ll come to find that the Nations League, and its elimination of a large % of opportunities to play strong non-CONCACAF sides in friendlies, will be the single biggest headwind to USMNT improvement in the WC the coming years.Yeah, I forgot about AFCON qualifiers. The pickings are really slim.
Asian and European WCQ groups have odd numbers, so sometimes have a "bye week" for half of the window. However, some of the "bye week" teams already have scheduled friendlies. In Europe's case, they are squeezing in three rounds so some teams might just want to rest.
New Zealand and Jamaica may be available, but I'm not 100% sure.
Well, if he played for Mexico, he would still be eligible to switch, wouldn't he? I don't think the Olympics counts as a senior tournament.Looks like Álvarez is going to have to pick a side soon. Both the US & El Tri put him on their initial lists for Olympic qualifying.
Shit. One more streaming platform I need to pay for.In broadcasting news, Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access) has landed the English-language rights for the USMNT away qualifiers for 2022 (except for Mexico away, which was negotiated separately).
On the one hand, it will be very nice to have a single rights holder (no more matches on sketchy pay per view!), and I’ve been impressed by the production values that CBS has brought to its soccer broadcasts. On the other, if they could please figure out how to let viewers pause and rewind streams like literally every other streaming service, that’d be rad.