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#1161 BSLSteveBirrer

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 07:57 PM

Take a look at the matches played by members of the USMNT this past weekend. 

 

Pulisic subs on and totally changes the way Chelsea looked.

 

Morris nets a hat trick for Seattle.

 

Sargent scores in the Bundesliga.

 

Yedlin was really good for Newcastle and saved a goal.

 

and the list goes on.

 

The common denominator? Played in matches not coached by Gregg Berhalter.


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Posted 28 October 2019 - 11:26 AM

https://www.cbssport...for-u-s-soccer/

 

Segino Dest stays with the US. Now lets see him next month in the next round of League of Nations matches!!!!



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Posted 15 November 2019 - 09:25 AM

Tonight against Canada down in Orlando. 7pm EST.  No Pulisic unfortunately. Guy has been on a runner. Altidore hurt, so what else is new. Dest in his first official (cap tying) match for the senior team.

 

They should handle Canada at home. But they need to start playing with some fire and for closer to 90 minutes than 25. The USSF says they are "happy" with Coach Berhalters progress so far.....all I can say is holy shit. Happy about what?



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Posted 15 November 2019 - 06:00 PM

https://www.ussoccer...3SU9eFxQJpimIgo

 

Starting XI tonight. Not bad although I would have preferred Sargent over Zardes.



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Posted 15 November 2019 - 06:12 PM

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Starting XI tonight. Not bad although I would have preferred Sargent over Zardes.


Do other National teams have the same lack of consistency in their lineups?



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Posted 16 November 2019 - 10:19 AM


Do other National teams have the same lack of consistency in their lineups?

 

Yes its part of the game. FIFA windows, except in the summer, always occur during most of the world's domestic leagues. So the club team and national team managers typically have to weigh a number of factors in determining if a given player should go play in the national team's matches. Now the "requirement" is that clubs must release players called in to national team duty. But there still is usually some kind of discussion.

 

1. Health of the player.

2. Importance of the match.

3. Travel time and distances.

4. National teams plans for the matches - are they going to use him in both, one, or not planning on playing him in either match.

 

So lets take Christian Pulisic as a good example here. In his last league match for Chelsea he scored a goal and his follow through carried him into the goal post. He clearly got his hip dinged pretty good and had to be subbed off a minute later.  Now he is still in training and could be available. But:

1. The US matches in this Nations League are fairly meaningless for the US. We have already made the hexagonal for 2022 WC qualifying.

2. He is dinged up.

3. It would have required cross Atlantic travel.

 

So the smart thing to do in this instance was to just let him stay in England and work on his injury recovery. Now had this been a WC qualifying match then perhaps he would have been called in anyway.

 

So the result of these kinds of discussions lead to some inconsistency to national team lineups. And what is even more interesting is that many times a player plays a different position for his national team than he does for his club team. And a different formation and tactical approach. Its why national teams can sometimes look a bit out of synch....I have written about this before.

 

Now what this boils down to for the USMNT is that we are not a deep team. So when a Pulisic is out the next guy up is not as good, and in his case, probably not near as good. Look at last night. We actually looked pretty decent. Now put Pulisic and Adams out there and we are just a better team.


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Posted 16 November 2019 - 02:25 PM

ESPN: Berhalter's U.S. finally shows progress, 'fight' in much-needed win vs. Canada



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Posted 13 January 2020 - 08:43 AM

Here's my take on 2019. Some good and some not so good. 2020 is a big year with WC 2022 starting. Time for Berhalter to show us his system is really going to work long term AND with the current player pool.

 

https://www.baltimor...king-back-2019/


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Posted 07 February 2020 - 09:01 AM

Interesting development in the world of US soccer. Jay Berhalter (brother of USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter) has stepped down as the COO of USSF. He was thought to be the front runner to take over as the CEO but apparently got some negative press.

 

 

https://www.starsand...ccer-federation






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