You must be happy. Zardes had his pocket picked every time he took possession of the ball. He looked awful. He should never start another game for the USMNT.Tyler Boyd could be something. For a kiwi he makes a pretty good American.
The lunacy of playing those stupid rosters against Jamaica and Venezuela shows in the lack of chemistry they displayed against Guyana. I'm still baffled why we gave Robinson 120 minutes in those games.
Great effort last night. Nobody, and i mean nobody simply walks on the pitch and expects to beat Guyana 4-0 (that’s sarcasm for those who don’t speak that language).
The first half was painful, the second half was comical. From Ream getting nutmegged, Lima getting turned around - literally, almost going down 1-0 early on, this team could be in serious trouble if they don’t get it sorted. The second half was as much a product of Guyana running out of gas as it was the US loosening up. We’ll see what the T&T match brings, but i’m Not holding my breath.
Between this match and the friendlies leading up to it, in my opinion it’s been Boyd and Sargent who looked the sharpest. One is scoring goals in the Gold cup and the other is back training to compete for a featuring role at a top Bundesliga club who barely missed out on qualifying for Europa League and a champions League. I mean, Werder Bremen is no Columbus Crew, but they’re decent.
I am on the basic same page. Bord was the only real positive as he did want the ball a lot, which is an improvement over most of the USMNT's midfielders and strikers. The rest of the game more about the USMNT just out running and out muscling a weaker team that eventually resulted in the result needed (no disrespect to Guyana who gave it their best). I saw very little creatively as Pulisic was often isolated by a compbination of Guayna's defense and his own team. McKennie, who I hope is not significantly injured, had a good worrate; but, needs to work on his touch. The defense was still a mess, a fact that was only covered-up by the other team's lack of quality. Mexico will tear this team apart and the upper-half of CONCACAF with Costa Rica, Jamaica, Panama, and maybe even Canada will be a problem.
Mum's a Yank; Pop's a Kiwi; Selfishly solely from my perspective, son of Mum & Pop made great decision.Tyler Boyd could be something. For a kiwi he makes a pretty good American.
He was playing too deep. Much like Dempsey used to at times.
We learned nothing from last night. You can't play it as a positive given how lowly the opponent was, but you also can't pull negatives from 4-0 wins.
If we flame out in the tournament I will have no problem turning on Berhalter, but I would add this: if you look at who is on the roster and the few realistic candidates who could be but aren't, this player pool is just not as good as it was 8 or even 4 years ago. It's just not. Yes, we have 4 young players playing regularly in top leagues (2, and maybe now 3, of whom can't play), but beyond that the pool is just not as good. You can make your case that we'd be better off with Sargent -- personally, as bad a year as he had in Germany I'd still take Bobby Woods on our roster until he proves he can't help us -- but these guys aren't game changers. Neither are all the young people who got to Europe early and we had to listen to Wisky and others rave about -- the CCVs and the Greens and the Hyndmans and the Parks and the Zalalems who just aren't accomplishing anything. The bottom line is that our player pool, for whatever reason, is not what it was. Would I rather Tata Martinez was our coach? Heck yes. But the bigger problem is the depth of our player pool is not moving forward even as we've produced a small number of younger players having real success in Europe.
Even when he played centrally for Dortmund which wasn’t often he didn’t play like a 10.
We should just put him on a wing and make sure he is supported and then let him do his thing.
It’s almost like Pulisic and Boyd play at different speed than everyone else and Berhalter and crew don’t know what to do with it.