USMNT: Hold My Beer

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either way, it killed my interest in the game.

I thought Bello and Morris looked pretty good.
It’s more like a 10.5 vs 10, because Roldan’s been a passenger, but yeah, not a lot to learn anymore.

Not that there was too much to learn earlier really. It seems a lot more about keeping the guys we’ve already seen fit than about looking at the ones we haven’t.
 

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Reynolds made a lot of difference later in the second half just by trying more stuff. Even whipping in lots of not that great crosses sparked more than the “don’t do much at all” strategy.
 

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Real snoozer of a second half. Roldan has been desperately disappointing.
I thought Roldan was mostly fine. I mean, he’s Roldan, he’s not going to be a world beater. The biggest problem was that the midfield balance was off. Acosta is always bad as an 8. Just play Acosta, Roldan, and then Clark or Bassett or maybe Booth instead. The midfield trio in this game was too conservative.
 

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I thought Roldan was mostly fine. I mean, he’s Roldan, he’s not going to be a world beater. The biggest problem was that the midfield balance was off. Acosta is always bad as an 8. Just play Acosta, Roldan, and then Clark or Bassett or maybe Booth instead. The midfield trio in this game was too conservative.
On morning’s sober reflection I was probably putting too much on him. Some of the nicer moments of combination had him in the mix at least.

Think I got tricked in the moment because a meh Acosta looks at least a lot busier than a meh Roldan.

The whole midfield was less than the sum of its parts because only Acosta even tried to drive forwards with urgency and that generally came in the form of a decent dribble followed by a poor pass.
 

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With the three games coming up if they were being played today the warmest temp would be the game in Hamilton at 26°. Columbus is checking in at 21° and St Paul is a balmy -2°.
 

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With the three games coming up if they were being played today the warmest temp would be the game in Hamilton at 26°. Columbus is checking in at 21° and St Paul is a balmy -2°.
The closer we get to it, the more this St. Paul thing feels like an absolutely psycho decision.
 

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The closer we get to it, the more this St. Paul thing feels like an absolutely psycho decision.
Well I will be at the game so I might have made my own psycho decision. But I agree, this seems like a horrible idea. I definitely went outside this weekend (temp around 0) with the specific purpose of figuring out what I would wear to the game if the worst happened.
 

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The closer we get to it, the more this St. Paul thing feels like an absolutely psycho decision.
I understand wanting to play in Ohio against Mexico. That's one thing, but these sites can have a great equalizing effect in the wrong direction. The USMNT is too good to worry about a few thousand El Salvadoran or Honduran fans making a difference. The talent gap is big enough. The cold can minimize this gap.

Beyond that, both coasts have been completely ignored in qualifying. Nashville, Austin, Columbus, Cincinnati, St. Paul. I get that more immigrants live on the coasts, but so do more Americans. Is anyone from, say, LA (a huge soccer hotbed) going to see a qualifier in person? I also dislike the message it sends about who US Soccer considers "American". Clearly these locations are picked as a way of preventing certain parts of the population from attending. With this squad of players, we should be seeking to broaden the tent, not minimize it. This is a young, fun, and likeable group pf players. Let them win people over.
 

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Well I will be at the game so I might have made my own psycho decision. But I agree, this seems like a horrible idea. I definitely went outside this weekend (temp around 0) with the specific purpose of figuring out what I would wear to the game if the worst happened.
Going to the game seems potentially fun, albeit in a perverse way. I totally get that. Scheduling it, there’s just no excuse.
 

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Wow. I hope Davies recovers quickly. They qualified it as slight, but this is serious stuff.
 

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Yeah - I want Davies around making Canada a strong Concacaf side for a long time. Hope he recovers quickly and without long-term effect. I imagine the Eriksson situation has everyone keeping a very close eye on heart health.
 

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The Gaga Slonina content (Fire) fans have been demanding! Slonina is Poland eligible through his parents, but he hasn’t shown any indication of interest there. There’s increasing rumors of European clubs scouting Gaga, but that seems like due diligence for a keeper so young. I’m just glad Gregg has brought him into camp and Is letting the kid experience what the next level is like.

 

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Any news on when the roster for the next three qualifiers will be released? I was expecting early this week but that obviously hasn’t happened. Usually it’s 5-7 days before the beginning of the break, at least from my recollection. Perhaps waiting till the MLS camp wraps up tomorrow?
 

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Any news on when the roster for the next three qualifiers will be released? I was expecting early this week but that obviously hasn’t happened. Usually it’s 5-7 days before the beginning of the break, at least from my recollection. Perhaps waiting till the MLS camp wraps up tomorrow?
Goff said a few days ago that we'll probably have to wait until Saturday.
 

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Lots of buzz that the roster will drop later today.
Canada are reducing the capacity of the game in Hamilton by 50%. Canada have a tougher window with 2 trips to Central America and a home game against the US.
 

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If they add Morris, who will they drop? And does he fill Arriola's role?
Maybe nobody. It depends on how many players are on the roster and the status of Weah. I expect/hope for at least five wingers:

Pulisic
Weah
Aaronson
Morris
Arriola and/or Roldan (who they will say is a MF then use as a winger)
 

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Somehow overlooked Busio not being there. I know his form has dipped but at least he’s getting consistent competitive minutes.
 

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Somehow overlooked Busio not being there. I know his form has dipped but at least he’s getting consistent competitive minutes.
Venezia has a Covid outbreak, which might explain it.

I dunno about offseason Zardes & offseason Ferreria over all European-based strikers bar Pepi, but I'm not that mad about it either, they'll do the job fine.

EDIT: Turns out Sargent's the hot hand, if you believe in that being a good determinant for callups, but we didn't know that until 5min after the roster drop so hard for Berhalter to take it into account really :)
 
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EDIT: Turns out Sargent's the hot hand, if you believe in that being a good determinant for callups, but we didn't know that until 5min after the roster drop so hard for Berhalter to take it into account really :)
One of the 4 keepers needs a hamstring tweak so Sargent can get the call up right now.

Looks like Gregg has gone gaga over Slonina. This is definitely agreasive - he should be 4th on this depth chart. But with Ochoa defecting, getting an extended look at and building a strong bond with another young keeper for the future makes sense.
 

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Venezia has a Covid outbreak, which might explain it.

I dunno about offseason Zardes & offseason Ferreria over all European-based strikers bar Pepi, but I'm not that mad about it either, they'll do the job fine.

EDIT: Turns out Sargent's the hot hand, if you believe in that being a good determinant for callups, but we didn't know that until 5min after the roster drop so hard for Berhalter to take it into account really :)
Berhalter confirms that Busio was on the squad and dropped for COVID reasons.

View: https://twitter.com/JeffreyCarlisle/status/1484640312622387205?t=iABwtBCHO_H_lQa-OGFUHA&s=19


Gregg Berhalter says one player already had to drop off the roster due to #COVID19 and that they'd have to be "cautious".

And yes, that player is Busio.