USMNT: Hold My Beer

Kliq

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What a fun game to watch. The lineup was everything I could have hoped for and more, just fun, athletic and hungry players. Costa Rica isn't as good as they once were and it was only a friendly, but wrecking CONCACAF stalwarts without most of our A team starting is great to see.
 

sezwho

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What a fun game to watch. The lineup was everything I could have hoped for and more, just fun, athletic and hungry players. Costa Rica isn't as good as they once were and it was only a friendly, but wrecking CONCACAF stalwarts without most of our A team starting is great to see.
Couldn’t agree more, really enjoyable. We looked like we outclassed Costa Rica, as you noted with much of the team from the Mexico finals watching. A lot to enjoy now and maybe more to look forward too
 

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Catching up on this thread after watching the game last night and agree with all your feedback. It's so exciting to have depth on the USMNT. In previous cycles, this team was so razor thin that a single injury could cost the team dearly. Now, it feels like the drop off would be survivable, the system could be maintained and some of the guys (like Aaronson - my Union fan bias clearly) are even pushing those ahead of them. We even have impact subs who can be used to change things up (instead of a one-trick pony like Wondo off the bench).

CB seems to be the one area of concern - especially handling speed from the opposition. McKenzie had a real bumpy start with the Union before settling into the system - in fairness, he was 19 and playing alongside Trusty who was also 19. Hopefully more reps is all he needs to settle in but remember he's still only 22. His speed is sorely needed next to Brooks.
 

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Reyna immediately coming into the game and bossing everyone around at 18 years old is pretty impressive, I think he is going to be a total badass.

It's very possible that in 3-4 years Aaronson is the best player on a very good USMNT.
 

Jimy Hendrix

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Fun USMNT twitter has been a real help as the comments section of the SBNation blog melts into a slime puddle of the wildest nonsense.