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32 minutes ago, Dinsy Ejotuz said:

Walker's pace in retreat is either integral to how City play, or he's bailing them out off-script a lot.  Would hate to see Dest go there if it's as a RB.

But would it be?  I looked at LB when the Antonee-to-City chatter went down last summer and it seemed unsettled.

Cancelo has been on par with Davies and Robertson as a LB this season.

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13 hours ago, NewlyRetired said:

So we all seem to appreciate Miles Robinson's game.  Is there something we are having a blind eye to that would not make Euro teams interested in him?

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Bocanegra said #ATLUTD has received considerable interest in Barco. Some interest in Bello. Nothing yet in Robinson.

 

I said this before but having watched essentially every match he's played I feel I can somewhat speak to this.  The run he's been on for the USMNT and to a degree with AUFC is not the level of play we saw during 2018-2020.  He showed glimpses but his consistency was always missing.  He would make some blunders that cost the team goals.  And, as others have pointed out, he didn't seem to be comfortable on the ball.  His speed, athleticism and size were his biggest attributes - all great things to have but even being a homer, I never watched him and said - "I can't believe this guy isn't playing in Europe".

Having said all of that, his play has been remarkable the last year+ and he would absolutely deserve a move if he wants it and it works out.

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32 minutes ago, Ramsay Hunt Experience said:

Cancelo has been on par with Davies and Robertson as a LB this season.

Cancelo has that spot on complete lock down.  As a RB last year, he was rated as 3rd best in the world in the recent rankings ESPN put out.

He's also a top 3 rated defender by WhoScored. 

No one is replacing him at LB any time soon.

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57 minutes ago, NewlyRetired said:

Baring a miraculous semi final type run, we are roughly a year away from needing a new coach.

Outside of the normal names we talk about I was wondering what the Philly guys thought about Curtain at this level.  I have been really impressed with him from a far.  He does great work on a pretty meager budget and getting Philly to the Conference finals after losing both McKenzie and Aaronson has impressed me.

I like that young players do not scare him but that may also be an off shoot of not having a large transfer budget.

He's actually pretty similar to GGG now that I think about it.  Even down to the lack of creativity in the final third.  Union have the same problem the USMNT does at striker.  As excited as I am about the conference finals, I am so friggin sick of seeing Kacper Przybylko trotted out there.  

He's fully into growing through the academy; I don't think he's got any issues with that approach.  

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6 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

In all the creative, upfield attack... oh.  ok

 

It makes sense though when you think about it.  MLS teams pour a HUGE amount of their team resources into attacking players, which are typically foreign buys.

That means American players are more likely to get chances on the back end of the field. 

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2 minutes ago, NewlyRetired said:

It makes sense though when you think about it.  MLS teams pour a HUGE amount of their team resources into attacking players, which are typically foreign buys.

That means American players are more likely to get chances on the back end of the field. 

of course. and the quality US attacking youth get sold off before they completely take over teams and the league. 

but still- feels like not much has changed from 1996 when you see that.

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DETAILED ROSTED BY POSITION (CLUB; CAPS/GOALS):


GOALKEEPERS (3): John Pulskamp (Sporting Kansas City; 0/0), Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 12/0)

 

DEFENDERS (11): George Bello (Atlanta United; 5/0), Justin Che (FC Dallas; 0/0), Jonathan Gomez (Louisville City; 0/0), Kobi Henry (Orange County SC; 0/0), Henry Kessler (New England Revolution; 1/0), Brooks Lennon (Atlanta United; 0/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 21/3), Kevin Paredes (D.C. United; 0/0), Bryan Reynolds (Roma/ITA; 1/0), Auston Trusty (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 22/2)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 44/2), Cole Bassett (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional/BRA; 2/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 29/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 15/0)

 

FORWARDS (7): Taylor Booth (Bayern Munich II/GER; 0/0), Caden Clark (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; 4/2), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 39/10), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas; 6/3), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 65/14)

 

- Lots of nice young talent, hopefully they get some decent playing time with the veterans to see what they can do. Glad to see Jonathan Gomez except the call up, could be another important dual national we take from Mexico

- Interesting to see Long and Morris back. If Morris replaces Arriola on future call ups I will consider that a win.

- That midfield though....

 

 

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Yeah, really like that roster other than the midfield.

Turner will obviously play but cool to see the kid get into a camp. Might as well get him accustomed to doing the work, as he's likely to be a staple in U-20 and 23 tournaments for a while.

Several nice potential pieces on the backline. I think they lose Gomez, but you might as well get him into camp and shoot your shot. Cool to see Long back, although he's probably been surpassed on the senior team. Would like to see Che get 45 mins as a CB (which seems to be his better position). Reynolds getting released obviously shows he isn't highly thought of at Roma. He's gonna need a move. That was too big a leap and he obviously got bad luck with TSO getting the job right after. Will be cool to see Paredes as well (I've never seen him play but lots of people seem high on him)

The midfield is not good. Not much sizzle there.  And without another obvious #8 (beyond Roldan) my guess is he goes Yuell, Acosta, Roldan in the MF.

Forwards are as expected (hopefully Morris is healthy enough to play)

Goals for this camp....Woo Gomez,   see what Paredes brings to the table at the international level (although wouldn't both be LB's in Greg's system?) see what Morris/Long have in the tank...give some of the younger guys who are either not getting time or about to go overseas (reynolds, clark, Pepi) some game time to build a little confidence.

 

 

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Turner starts but would love to see Gaga get 15 minutes.  I assume this will be unlimited subs

Zimmerman is a lock to start.  Should be a camp battle to.see who starts next to him.  Trusty is coming off a great season and would look nice at the LCB spot.

I assume Reynolds or Lennon will start at RB likely based on who looks better at camp.

I would love to see Paredes get a start but GGG has some comfort level already with Bello on the left even if he has not yet looked the part.

The midfield has almost no offensive talent.  I would not be shocked to see Clark move to the 8 assuming GGG's normal formation.

Up front we can let Pepi and Zardes share minutes and let the wings be a camp battle.

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well this is less than ideal

 

Jesse Marsch job’s in real danger since last week - and now after 3 consecutive Bundesliga defeats, RB Leipzig Head of Soccer Oliver Mintzlaff says to DAZN: “It’s a catastrophic performance”. 🔴🇺🇸 @RaeComm #RBLeipzig

The club will decide on Jesse Marsch future soon.

 

https://twitter.com/fabrizioromano/status/1466892977092104193?s=10

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12 minutes ago, Ted Lange as your Bartender said:

well this is less than ideal

 

Jesse Marsch job’s in real danger since last week - and now after 3 consecutive Bundesliga defeats, RB Leipzig Head of Soccer Oliver Mintzlaff says to DAZN: “It’s a catastrophic performance”. 🔴🇺🇸 @RaeComm #RBLeipzig

The club will decide on Jesse Marsch future soon.

 

https://twitter.com/fabrizioromano/status/1466892977092104193?s=10

The LAFC job is open

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I know the SPL is not any better than MLS but if a player in MLS did this, they would be getting a possible look

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Christian Ramirez: 2 goals today. 8 goals on the Scottish Premiership season. 11 goals in all competitions this season for Aberdeen - great numbers for the former Houston Dynamo, LAFC, & Minnesota United forward with 2 #USMNT caps and 1 goal

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From the twitters…

After Lille’s win, Coach Jocelyn Gourvennec said Tim Weah did not dress because he was injured at the end of practice on Friday. Tests confirmed it’s a quad injury, and Tim will miss deciding #UCL  match at Wolfsburg on Tuesday.

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1 hour ago, prefontaine said:

Mixed emotions as Venezia throttle Verona today. In the live table it moves them up to 14th, 8 points clear of relegation, which is a damn marvel. On the other, neither Busio nor Tessmann are playing and they are up 3-0 on 30'. 

Yikes  

Venezia gave up an own goal, then a red card, then a pk.

Now losing 4-3 .  oof

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Scally starting yet again today.  I don't know what the record is for total minutes for an American field player in a top 5 league but Scally has to be on pace for one of the highest ever.

Scally has already played 1133 minutes before today's start.

ESPN has him lined up at LWM in a 3-4-3

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9 minutes ago, NewlyRetired said:

That is a loss that can haunt a team trying to stay out of relegation.  I hope they have short memories.

Losing after being up 3 goals is amazingly rare.  That might be the only time it happens all year in Serie A.

did the losing happen after either of the US Heroes subbed in?

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3 minutes ago, prefontaine said:

Both subbed in. Busio at 3-2 and Tessmann at 3-3. Tbf, they had already gotten a red card before either stepped on the pitch. 

thanks- yeah, just looked that up too.

ESPN commentary isn't specific, so no way of telling what impact they had on the game and if they were at all culpable in either of the goals. 

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58 minutes ago, NewlyRetired said:

Scally starting yet again today.  I don't know what the record is for total minutes for an American field player in a top 5 league but Scally has to be on pace for one of the highest ever.

Scally has already played 1133 minutes before today's start.

ESPN has him lined up at LWM in a 3-4-3

So....Gladbach down 0-5!!! to Freiburg at home through 25'. Not sure how Scally is doing but I think it's safe to say nobody for Gladbach is covering themselves in glory today. 

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