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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:31 am 
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Besler hasn't been playing well. Zusi is not a great option for international matches. Lichaj should start. Gonzalez when Brooks can't go. Not sure why Arena didn't bring in Matt Miazga. Or even look at Cameron Carter-Vickers. Klinsmann hated MLS, Arena loves it too much. We're better than Honduras, but winning down there is tough, and they put it in the afternoon, and we wilted in the afternoon in 2013.


I think he went with guys that have been there knowing the importance of the game. I like Lichaj as well. I know Besler has not been in form, but he is better than Ream. Besides being slow, Ream was not able to link with the midfielders. I would take out Villafana and Ream and replace with Lichaj and Besler or Gonzalez.

We need to develop our next goalkeeper now. Tim Howard has been incredible but he isn't the same player. He is a step slow off his line.

Altidore is out for Honduras game with card accumulation. I'd start Dempsey. He can't go 90 in the heat but maybe he gets an early goal. Bring in Morris when Dempsey runs out of gas.

Fabian Johnson was awful against Costa Rica. There was so much space on that side of the field. I'm not a huge Bedoya fan but I would start him against Honduras.


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I know the GC wasn't the same competition, and I'm not a Bedoya fan, but Bedoya was the best player when he was on the field in the GC. I'm upset he didn't call in Danny Williams.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:30 pm 
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If the US finishes 4th (currently in 3rd on GD over Honduras) we'd have to play the winner of Australia-Syria in a home and away playoff. Australia was relegated to the Asian playoff after Saudi Arabia beat Japan. Saudi Arabia and Japan have directly qualified already, as has South Korea and Iran from Asia. Russia (host), Belgium, Brazil, and Mexico.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:40 pm 
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If the US finishes 4th (currently in 3rd on GD over Honduras) we'd have to play the winner of Australia-Syria in a home and away playoff. Australia was relegated to the Asian playoff after Saudi Arabia beat Japan. Saudi Arabia and Japan have directly qualified already, as has South Korea and Iran from Asia. Russia (host), Belgium, Brazil, and Mexico.


We want no part of a playoff. We are better than Australia but they aren't bad. I assume Syria games are being played at a neutral site.

Bear Honduras and Panama and we will be 3rd. Even a tie isn't terrible tonight. Just do not lose.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:09 am 
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It's amazing, once Wood and Cameron came on, the game changed. Bruce loves MLS guys like Jurgen hated them. There has to be a middle ground. Zuis can play in traffic. He was and has been bad. Gonzalez, who I like whiffed on the goal, and Beasley, who I love and own a jersey, is just too old. His game is speed and pace, and he was clearly not fast enough.

Here is where we stand with 2 matches left

1. Mexico 5-0-3, 18 points, +8
2. Costa Rica, 4-1-3, 15 points, +7
3. Panama, 2-2-4, 10 points, +2
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4. USA, 2-3-3, 9 points, +1
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5. Honduras, 2-3-3, 9 points, -7
6. Trinidad, 1-0-7, 3 points, -11

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Panama at USA (Orlando)
Honduras at Costa Rica
Trinidad at Mexico

Oct. 10
USA at Trinidad
Costa Rica at Pamama
Mexico at Honduras

On paper we have the easiest road. We get Panama at home. Panama's other game is at home against Costa Rica, but the Ticos might be qualified by that point. Honduras has Costa Rica on the road and Mexico at home. Mexico is already qualified. We win both and we finish 3rd. We don't win both and we're scoreboard watching. The big advantage we have over Honduras is GD. They're at -7, largely due to us beating them 6-0. It'll be really tough, probably impossible for them to make that up. As it stands now, we have an 8 goal advantage over them.


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I'm almost to the point of saying we don't deserve to go. We still should and will most likely, but we look bad. If something doesn't change we may not win a game in group play


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:26 am 
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Beasley has been great for US soccer but there is just nothing left in the tank. Dempsey is a 45 minute per game guy at this point.

I think we will qualify but we are not playing well at all.

We desperately need Brooks and Yedlin back. Besler was good last night.

Arena has become Klinnsman-esque with his substitution patterns.


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I'm almost to the point of saying we don't deserve to go. We still should and will most likely, but we look bad. If something doesn't change we may not win a game in group play


It doesn't matter. In 2014 Mexico was G-d awful. They were 2-3-5, could't win at home, fired a coach, needed the US to rescue them with a "B" squad scoring 2 late goals in a meaningless game for us down in Panama to just put Mexico in the playoff with New Zealand to get to the WC. The US doubled Mexico's points in qualification in 2014. Mexico then went 2-0-1 in a group with hosts Brazil, Croatia and Cameron. Beating Cameron 1-0, Croatia 3-1 and tying the hosts 0-0. They then outplayed Holland in the Round of 16 but lost 2-1 on a late goal.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:59 am 
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I'm almost to the point of saying we don't deserve to go. We still should and will most likely, but we look bad. If something doesn't change we may not win a game in group play


It doesn't matter. In 2014 Mexico was G-d awful. They were 2-3-5, could't win at home, fired a coach, needed the US to rescue them with a "B" squad scoring 2 late goals in a meaningless game for us down in Panama to just put Mexico in the playoff with New Zealand to get to the WC. The US doubled Mexico's points in qualification in 2014. Mexico then went 2-0-1 in a group with hosts Brazil, Croatia and Cameron. Beating Cameron 1-0, Croatia 3-1 and tying the hosts 0-0. They then outplayed Holland in the Round of 16 but lost 2-1 on a late goal.



I still can't believe we didn't throw that match.


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I'm almost to the point of saying we don't deserve to go. We still should and will most likely, but we look bad. If something doesn't change we may not win a game in group play


It doesn't matter. In 2014 Mexico was G-d awful. They were 2-3-5, could't win at home, fired a coach, needed the US to rescue them with a "B" squad scoring 2 late goals in a meaningless game for us down in Panama to just put Mexico in the playoff with New Zealand to get to the WC. The US doubled Mexico's points in qualification in 2014. Mexico then went 2-0-1 in a group with hosts Brazil, Croatia and Cameron. Beating Cameron 1-0, Croatia 3-1 and tying the hosts 0-0. They then outplayed Holland in the Round of 16 but lost 2-1 on a late goal.



I still can't believe we didn't throw that match.


Zusi just wanted free Tecate for the rest of his life


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:13 pm 
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US U 20 and Sporting Kansas City CB Erik Palmer-Brown was signed by Man City. He's 20 and has only played 16 first team games for KC since they signed him at 16. He was on loan to Porto in Portugal and started for their B side in 2016 and then on loan to a USL club last year. It's an interesting move because, while he's talented, and he will get paid, and will train with Pep, he likely won't see any first team action, and will be loaned away. He's a good defender, and made the all U-20 WC team, but still an interesting decision to go a club like City.


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Jordan Morris is out the rest of the MLS season with a hamstring injury and will miss the US' final 2 qualifiers against Panama and Trinidad. If Wondo is called in as the 4th forward, I will murder Arena in his sleep.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:56 pm 
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Well, two good things about Wondo:

1. he won't do any harm if he doesn't get on the field (stay healthy, Bobby and Jozy);
2. okay, one positive thing was all I could think of.

I'm amazed this team is scoring any goals with the horrific lack of coordination in the midfield.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:33 am 
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Morris started the second game because Jozy was suspended


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Panama has released its roster for the last WCQ, including one vs the US. Jamie Penedo is on there. He might be as old as Beasley. Same with Blas Perez. Gabriel Torres, Armando Cooper. They've got a full squad it seems. This is the most MLS representation from a Panama squad I can remember.

GOALKEEPERS (2): José Calderón (Marathón/HON), Jaime Penedo (Dynamo Bucharest/ROM)

DEFENDERS (8): Felipe Baloy (Municipal/GUA), Érick Davis (Dunajská Streda/SVK), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls/USA), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo/USA), Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls/USA), Luis Ovalle (Deportes Tolima/COL), Román Torres (Seattle Sounders FC), Jan Carlos Vargas (Tauro)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Édgar Bárcenas (Tapachula/MEX), Ricardo Buitrago (Juan Aurich/PER), Armando Cooper (Toronto FC/CAN), Aníbal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes/USA), Gabriel Gòmez (Atlético Bucaramanga/COL), José González (Árabe Unido), Alberto Quintero (Universitario/PER)

FORWARDS (5): Abdiel Arroyo (Danubio/URU), Roberto Nurse (Zacatecas), Blas Pérez (Municipal/GUA), Luis Tejada (Universitario/PER), Gabriel Torres (Lausanna-Sport/SUI)


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Roster for last two WCQ. Fabian Johnson not included due to his poor play. Still surprised he was omitted.

GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg)


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Conservative selections. Add that to arena's dull approach to the game and the lack of coordination on this team, and it looks like a long shot to get 6 points from this round. Ugh.


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We should be able to get 6 with those, but we really only need 4, especially if we beat Panama on Friday on Orlando.


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So, um, Argentina is in a little spot of trouble. Drawing with Peru in Buenos Aires last night. They're currently in 6th (4 qualify directly and the 5th goes to play New Zealand in the playoff). One match left. Peru is in 5th. Weird WC cycle.


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So, um, Argentina is in a little spot of trouble. Drawing with Peru in Buenos Aires last night. They're currently in 6th (4 qualify directly and the 5th goes to play New Zealand in the playoff). One match left. Peru is in 5th. Weird WC cycle.


That would make for some interesting happenings.


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Won again without Bale. Almost there.

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We goin' to the World Cup y'all. The Pulisic kid is ok I guess.


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