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Armchair Analyst: Lots of folks are rightly going *in* on the #USMNT, Berhalter & the USSF as a whole.

On a more granular level I'm taking a look at what went wrong with this team last night – and what will keep going wrong until/unless it gets fixed
mlssoccer.com/post/2019/10/1…
The number of times the US were out-manned 4-v-2 in central midfield last night was mind-boggling. It is the root of everything that's going wrong for the US right now, and – no matter who the coach is – it has to change.
The truly awful thing is that this wasn't even one of the 5 worst losses of the decade:
5. USA 1-2 JAM (2015 Gold Cup)
4. JAM 2-1 USA (2014 WCQ)
3. GUA 2-0 USA (2018 WCQ)
2. CRC 4-0 USA (2018 WCQ)
1. T&T 2-1 USA (2018 WCQ)
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I finished my #USMNT rewatch:

• Team selection is the core issue right now. Trapp, Zardes & maybe Boyd (still want to see more) aren't up to the level that's needed in these games
• Could see immediate improvement re: attacking combo play when Sargent replaced Gyasi
• Zimmerman has been poor since Gold Cup. Not sure what happened b/c he was so good before that.
• None of the CBs was able to dip their shoulder and carry past the pressing Mexican front line. Didn't happen a single time all game long.
• I am legit concerned about Weston McKennie, who's gifted but still so scattershot & naive re: how he brings those gifts to bear. Need Wagner to spend a lot of time molding him
• Pulisic played hard but was selfish & slow of thought (37th min non-breakaway, late overlap)
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Sin despeinarse mucho Mexico le gana 3-0 a EE.UU. en NJ.
La superioridad de #ElTri sobre el #USMNT en estos momentos es similar al que tenían antes del 1991 (primera #CopaOro).
1- Quiero darle un poco mas de contexto a este Tweet de #USAvMEX, por que hay cosas en que deben fijarse.
Greg Berhalter utilizó al a la perfección el juego. Es una exhibición, aquí es donde se experimenta o implanta sistemas. El resultado no importa.
2- Quiere jugar de atrás y no al balonazo. Practicándolo te hace avanzar has cierto punto.
Contra un rival bueno, sabes donde estás bien, y dónde hay que mejorar.
Aprendes qué jugadores tienen futuro y qué jugadores cavan su propia tumba.
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We get every Premier League player to sit down on camera and say how they want their name pronounced - and there’s LOADS I did wrong. So here’s a thread so you don’t make the same mistakes I did!
First of all - Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki. His first name is actually pronounced ‘TAY-mu’ #ncfc
How about Chelsea’s #USMNT star Christian Pulisic? His surname is ‘puh-LISS-ick’, no Eastern European style ‘itch’ on the end #CFC
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Bundesliga Young Players to Watch this season, a thread:

One player from each team, must be 23 or under and have played 23 or fewer Bundesliga games (so that excludes the obvious ones like Havertz and Sancho):

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Reece Oxford - 20 - Augsburg 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
It feels like Oxford has been around forever as he made his West Ham debut as their youngest ever player back in 2015. His career has stagnated a bit since, but Augsburg have decided to sign him permanently after a loan spell last summer.
Marko Grujic - 23 - Hertha Berlin 🇷🇸
Played 22 Bundesliga games last season so just makes the cut-off, but when he was on the pitch, Hertha were infinitely better. He's gaining more experience on loan from Liverpool and has the ability to be a regular midfielder for Klopp.
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I understand @BrianSciaretta's take on this (the USYNT has capped these kids repeatedly at multiple age levels) as well as Belz's (in the new social media era we have to recruit every single dual national – take nothing for granted). They both make good points.
But the overall point, as I see it: Shouldn't the #USMNT GM (or someone in the program) be checking in with our best players at all age groups on the regular as a matter of course? Shouldn't that be part of the job description?
Email: "Hey Julian, Earnie here. Great performance vs. LAFC – we like what we're seeing from you. Here's where we see you fitting in the future, and here's what we want you to work on. We'll check in again soon."
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Head of the Pack.
Wolff: 18 months out allows us time to prepare. Players to identify and staff to build out.
Andy: We want to be as prepared as possible to make the possible in year one. Made playoffs 4 of last 5 up north. Giving Josh time is critical.
Wolff: Fans will have a huge impact. Where would I go when I scored? The fans. It's about you guys. Will work to gain support and trust of community. Want stadium rocking at every home game we can.
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We all get older. It’s an unavoidable fact. Sports fans are no exception. We grow up and we grow old. Unfortunately, so do our heroes. The life of a sports fan, measured by their heroes, has a few major milestones that mark our cycle. #mlb #nba #nfl #nhl #wnba #usmnt #uswnt 1/17
#1 - Establishing a Hero
Think back: Once you were the starry-eyed child. You watched on the television or, hopefully, someone took you to a game. There you were amazed by what that one guy or girl did. How can he run so fast? Did you see that pass? 2/17
Someone did something that made you take notice. You were amazed, in awe. Maybe it was Sandy Koufax's control, Mike Schmidt's power, Walter Payton's finesse, or Sue Bird's control of the court. Something made you become a sports fan and you wouldn't want that to change. 3/17
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A @ussoccer rant:
1. Stop ignoring inner city kids. When we begin looking at talent rather than rich kids from academies, we grow. #USMNT
2. Start developing actual coaches. Learn tactics. Basic foundation is not there. #USMNT
3. Develop kids properly. With good coaches, come good kids. Teach them the a culture. Don't just rely on robotic fundamentals.
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