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USA-Mexico: Men's Friendly Player Ratings

USA-MEXICO EXPRESS
Sept. 6 in East Rutherford, N.J.
USA 0 Mexico 3. Goals: Hernandez 21, Gutierrez 78, Antuna 82.
Att.: 47,960

The USA suffered its worst defeat to Mexico in a decade when it fell 3-0 in Friday night's friendly. Only for a fleeting period at the beginning of each half did Coach Gregg Berhalter's team play with any cohesion against an El Tri team whose pressure overwhelmed the U.S. backline. Josh Sargent failed to convert a late penalty kick that would provided a more flattering scoreline, but Mexico also squandered golden chances in each half. Two young American defenders made their USA debut, starter Sergino Dest and sub Miles Robinson.


USA PLAYER RATINGS

(1=low; 5=middle; 10=high.)

GOALKEEPER

Zack Steffen's distribution looked dodgy from early on and Mexico's second goal came after Alfredo Morales failed to handle Steffen's weak pass. But much blame goes to the U.S. defenders who sent him far too many back passes. Steffen's one save wasn't a difficult one.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
3  Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew) 16/0 (24)

DEFENDERS

The USA managed to give "playing out of the back" a bad name because they failed the playing out part -- whether because the defenders lacked the skill to evade Mexico's pressing forwards and/or the midfielders not making themselves available. Aaron Long found himself in no man's land on Mexico's first and third goal. His central defense partner Walker Zimmerman kicking the ball out of bounds late in the first while under little pressure demonstrated just how incapable the USA's backline was in transition. The 18-year-old Sergino Dest's debut meant going up against the wily Jesus Corona and it started promising. Dest even took one of the USA's best shots, a long-range effort that required a decent reaction from keeper Jonathan Orozco. Unfortunately the left back's debut will be remembered for getting nutmegged by Corona as he set up Chicharito's goal. The right back, Reggie Cannon fared better, but much because Mexico chose the opposite flank for most of its attacks. In general, the USA's four defenders found tracking three forwards daunting. At least one of the two central backs could have focused on marking center forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
4  Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas) 7/0 (21)
3  Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls) 12/2 (26)
3  Walker Zimmerman (New York Red Bulls) 11/2 (26)
3  Sergino Dest (Ajax/NED) 1/0 (18)

MIDFIELDERS

It looked as if the USA required Christian Pulisic to spearhead the attack, roam the midfield, defend, and perhaps hand out halftime refreshments. He was fouled four times, not including a no-call after he evaded the stranded Orozco and got plowed off the ball at the edge of the penalty area. In the 38th minute, Pulisic's heroic one-man counterattack ended with a poor shot from Alfredo Morales, who returned to the team after a three-year absence. Morales looked bad on the second and third goals, led the USA with five fouls committed, was cautioned for raging retaliation, and hit the post on the USA's best chance. A lackadaisical backward pass by Weston McKennie nearly gifted Mexico a first-half goal and another in the second half led to Mexico's 2-0. If a central midfielder's task is connect the back to the front, then Wil Trapp failed badly. Tyler Boyd beat Jesus Gallardo on the wing to send in a low pass that was easily cleared, then called it a day even though he was on the field for another 55 minutes. This harsh assessment of these midfielders comes with some compassion. Was McKennie supposed to focus on attack or defense? Why did he and Pulisic hardly find each other? Since Trapp wasn't attacking, why did McKennie and Pulisic have to retreat so much? One wonders whether they were given feasible assignments or if this was a game plan too clever by half.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
3  Tyler Boyd (Besiktas/TUR) 6/2 (24)
3  Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 20/0) (26)
3  Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER) 15/3 (21)
2  Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Duesseldorf/GER) 14/0 (29)
5  Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG) 32/12 (20)

FORWARDS

Gyasi Zardes committed more fouls (2) than he had shots (0). But he was a lone attacker on a team that failed to control the ball in Mexico's half.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
3 Gyasi Zardes
(Columbus Crew) 52/10 (27)

SUBSTITUTES

It was a tough way for Miles Robinson to get his debut, entering while Mexico led and could counter quickly after disjointed U.S. attacks. Hirving Lozano easily shrugged off Robinson's challenge en route to setting up Uriel Antuna's goal. Jordan Morris came in for Boyd and got fouled for the 88th-minute penalty. Josh Sargent's poor penalty kick ended the USA's day with a whimper. That said, this Mexican team's smart, swift and sharp play would have been difficult for any team to cope with.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
3  Miles Robinson (Atlanta United) 1/0 (22)
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders) 33/5 (24)
2  Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER) 8/2 (19)
nr  Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact) 8/0 (28)
nr  Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy) 10/2 (27)
nr  Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes) 2/0 (22)

TRIVIA 1. Mexico's record since former Atlanta United coach Tata Martino took the helm is now 10-0-1 (win-loss-tie) and includes last July's 1-0 Gold Cup final win over the USA.
TRIVIA 2. The last time the USA lost to Mexico by more than two goals came 15 games and a decade ago when El Tri won the 2009 Gold Cup final 5-0.
TRIVIA 3. Three foreign-raised players saw action for the USA: Sergino Dest (Netherlands), Tyler Boyd (New Zealand) and Alfredo Morales (Germany).

Sept. 6 in East Rutherford, N.J.
USA 0 Mexico 3. Goals: Hernandez 21, Gutierrez 78, Antuna 82.
USA -- Steffen; Cannon, Long, Zimmerman (Robinson 58), Dest (Lovitz, 68); Morales (Yueill, 90+2), Trapp (Lletget, 77), McKennie; Boyd, Zardes (Sargent, 67), Pulisic, Boyd (Morris, 58).
Mexico -- Orozco; Sanchez, Reyes, Moreno, Gallardo (Navarro, 87); Rodriguez (Pineda, 89), Herrera, Guardado (Gutierrez, 77); Corona (Lozano, 70), Hernandez (Vega, 87), Alvarado (Atuna, 76).
Yellow cards: USA -- Long 45, Morales 58; Mexico -- Sanchez 58, Hernandez 74. Red cards: none.
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador).
Att.: 47,960.

Stats:
USA/Mexico
Shots: 6/10
Shots on Goal: 4/4
Saves: 1/4
Corner Kicks: 1/3
Fouls: 17/17
Offside: 1/3
Possession: 53%/47%

31 comments about "USA-Mexico: Men's Friendly Player Ratings".
  1. R2 Dad, September 7, 2019 at 3:04 a.m.

    Good Stuff, Mike! With the caveat that this is only a friendly, :


     


    1)Ref – I like that they found a center that can speak both languages—very important for credibility on the pitch. However, why is he touching Chicharito? If the rule is Players Get Sent Off For Touching Referees, isn’t he compromising his credibility by being all pal-y-pal with Chicharito? I expect WAY more from a FIFA ref. 


    2) GB is too clever by half. Weston as a striker in a 4-4-2? He chose WM up top for his running for PRESSING, like pressing is more important than scoring goals? WM is not a goal scorer. WTF?


    30 Dest, in the first 20 minutes, proved his class. But it was not in the attacking 3rd. How much fun is this for him defending the whole time, vs playing for the Dutch? Culturally, I think he leaves, but some of that has got to be having to deal with the GB silliness.


    3) Why does GB not care about possession? His team is playing like it’s 1989.  I’m thinking he either comes around to a more conventional formation and playing style, trying to improve possession out of the back with WM and Tyler A as d-mids, or he’s gone before the WC. We were crap. How many shots on goal? And we STILL lost 0-3? 


    4) Why must USSF schedule these matches where it’s convenient for so many Away fans to attend? I have a certain appreciation for El Tri players, but dammit, don’t be laughing and yukking it up during the game in this country! This is USSF’s fault, because they value revenue over building a winning mentality. Lame.


     

  2. Kent James replied, September 7, 2019 at 9:23 a.m.

    Weston McKinnie has an aversion to goalscoring.  He had three opportunities right around the 6 (2 headers, one on the ground), and never even shot.  He has not played well for the US these last two games.  

  3. Nick Gabris replied, September 7, 2019 at 11:38 a.m.

    You cannot expect an 18 yr. old kid (Dest) to come to a strange team and expect anymore than you received!..... I noticed on a few screen shots of GB on the sidelines giving Dest instructions of where he should be, pointing at him to stay put at midfield when he should have been back on defense? A former mediocre player giving instructions to a player that plays on one of the best teams in the world! lol! 

  4. beautiful game replied, September 7, 2019 at 12:14 p.m.

    Excellent points RD2.

  5. R2 Dad, September 7, 2019 at 3:05 a.m.

    (cont).

    5) “But much blame goes to the U.S. defenders who sent him far too many back passes.” Had GB sent out a 4-2-3-1, our defensive 3rdwould have been solid with WM, but Nooooo, we get Trapp? WTF? How hard would it have been to sub out Trapp when this 4-4-2 wasn’t working after the first 20 minutes? If GB can’t suck it up when things go sideways, he won’t have the huevos to do it when it counts.


    6) “Mexico's record since former Atlanta United coach Tata Martino took the helm is now 10-0-1” Duh—Tata’s the man, he’s twice the coach that GB will ever be but we let him slip away because Jay Berhalter has a brother we needed to hire instead.


    7) Carlos Cordeiro is still a putz. When will we get a guy to run our FA that knows anything about the game?


    That is all.

  6. Hal Barnes replied, September 7, 2019 at 3:13 a.m.

    We still suck. Tam Ramos should be the head guy. 

  7. E Velazquez, September 7, 2019 at 6:14 a.m.

    After last night humillación it is time to start looking for a real experienced coach before it is too late for qatar , we need to develop and loose the fear to attack. A coach has to have the ability to teach to his players the control of ball ; in turn the players must remember they are  representing our nation and  “ you need to play with heart”

  8. Bob Ashpole replied, September 7, 2019 at 6:41 a.m.

    Is Earnie Stewart really in charge of the MNT or not? That is where the passion for the game must start. I can't believe Stewart has lost his.

  9. Bob Ashpole, September 7, 2019 at 6:33 a.m.

    I quit watching in the first half. The US play was that bad. Horrid passing on top of horrid positioning by a majority of the team. Then Tata made a tactical adjustment to which the US had no response. 

    Some call the holding midfielder position the pivot, because play centers on him. Success depends on the pivot both with the ball and not.

    I don't recall the US ever looking this bad, and I can recall Paul Caliguiri's goal against Trinidad putting us into the 1990 finals for the first time in 40 years.  

  10. Jogo Bonito, September 7, 2019 at 7:13 a.m.

    Tata has Mexico playing beautiful soccer. The confidence in possession and sharpness of thought clearly shows that his players love playing for him. Tata’s Mexico looks free of elaborate tactics and a need to “keep shape” defensively - something USA teams seem to value over everything else. USA, on the other hand, look big, slow and confused. USA appears to want to play out of the back (because that’s the cool thing to do right now in strange world of soccer koaching) but lack the confidence and freedom of thought to do so. I think the players chosen lack technical confidence and we still suffer from US Soccer’s strange facination with tactical theory over simply finding talent that can keep the ball confidently. Tata has become a master coach because he seeks players that can keep the ball rather over everything else. USA is still trying to teach players that fit into a certain defensive theory how to keep the ball. 

  11. Peter Bechtold, September 7, 2019 at 7:22 a.m.

    Surprised that Wil Trapp received a "3" when he seemed to me to be the weakest link, and he played in the arguably most important position on the field. Compared to Weston who ran his a** off all over the field. Or compared to Morales who fought (too much),Trapp was invisible to me. The least that I expected was a change of personnel at halftime as you can see in most European matches for club or country, but no. Same with Zardes who tried hard, but is clearly in over his head at this level.
    As others have observed, the USMNT lost a full year over the selection process of a new head coach b/c the leadership wanted an active MLS HC. Cordeiro, Ernie Stewart and GB do not have what it takes.
    And it was obvious that the backline was under instruction to pass back to Z.Steffen in what had to be a record number for any team in the first half. Adjustment during the break? Heck no! Is Earnie going to put up with this ?

  12. Ginger Peeler, September 7, 2019 at 8:58 a.m.

    I kind of like seeing a ref smiling and talking comfortably to players on both teams. I do NOT like watching a ref obviously congratulate a famous player for scoring a goal as the game is underway.
    Certainly, it makes one wonder if the ref can be fair.

    Why are we playing a friendly in a stadium that obviously favors the visiting team? The jeers and constant whistling get old real fast. Reminded me of all those games we used to play in the Rose Bowl...

    Why didn’t we have VAR for the game?  I’d swear there were several egregious fouls that the ref totally ignored. 

    I have so many memories of the US playing Mexico and other CONCACAF teams with Clint Dempsey being g flattened all over the field, over and over again, throughout the game. Now it’s Pulisic’s turn, but it’s getting harder, not easier, to watch. 

    GB keeps telling us that these games are a great way for showing us what we need to work on. Ummm, it doesn’t seem to be working. Got any other ideas?

    Before we’d reached the half, the game had devolved into a human game of bumper cars, with bodies falling all over the field. Chicharito was yelling (at players, the ref, everybody?) and we were, too. 

    What have ave we learned?

  13. Kent James replied, September 7, 2019 at 9:31 a.m.

    Yeah, laughing with a player who just scored while you've got your hand on his shoulder is not very professional for a ref. And if they're using VAR to check keepers coming off the line, Sargent's PK would have been retaken.  And does the USSF think they won't get a good crowd somewhere where there aren't as many Mexican supporters?  I get that we used to accept that because we needed the money, but have some faith in the US supporters and put it where there is a chance our home game will get a home crowd....

  14. beautiful game replied, September 7, 2019 at 12:23 p.m.

    Ginger, when the going gets tough (Mexican crowd), the tough get going (USNT).  Perhaps this game should have been played in Wyoming instead in NJ. It woudn't make a difference. Team perfomance remains at mediocre level, game plan poor. Your complaining like coach B. It is what it is, a friendly and a poor performance, period. Selection of players is one thing, getting a proper player mix is missing.

  15. beautiful game replied, September 7, 2019 at 12:23 p.m.

    Ginger, when the going gets tough (Mexican crowd), the tough get going (USNT).  Perhaps this game should have been played in Wyoming instead in NJ. It woudn't make a difference. Team perfomance remains at mediocre level, game plan poor. Your complaining like coach B. It is what it is, a friendly and a poor performance, period. Selection of players is one thing, getting a proper player mix is missing.

  16. Kent James, September 7, 2019 at 9:34 a.m.

    Sargent a 2?  Boy, that's harsh.  I thought he did more in the 25 minutes than Zardes did in the whole game (though to be fair to Zardes, he didn't get much of the ball. But that's also a credit to Sargent; he went and got the ball, rather than waiting for it to come to him...).  Yes, his PK was saved, but it wasn't atrocious, the keeper guessed the right way (and went early).  We need to see more of Sargent.

  17. Wooden Ships replied, September 7, 2019 at 11:14 a.m.

    Agreed. 2 is oblivious, even with a missed PK. Not poorly struck and the Keeper was way out. But, that’s not a biggie. I disagreed with Holden, as I often do, CP did the right thing. Sargent is quality and that nod from Christian spoke loudly that he agrees. I’ve taken many PK’s and missed some, who hasn’t? 

  18. Nick Gabris, September 7, 2019 at 11:17 a.m.

    Why is Zardes on this team???? he adds NOTHING, plus GB gives him 65 minutes?? Our back line is not capable of playing out of the back, they do not have the skill...I felt sorry for Zack....I campaigned for Tab Ramos to be the coach for a whole year, did not work!....there were a few highlites, very few..... The MLS players don"t seem to know how to play with the players playing in Europe, there seems to be a disconect.

  19. frank schoon, September 7, 2019 at 11:26 a.m.

    Guys we're missing the bigger picture here. When you watch Mexico play ,they play at 45 rpm and the US plays at the old 33 rpm..the technical and the mental part. Sure we can outrun the Mexicans in the 50yard dash, outmuscle them in lifting weights, outdo them in tattoos and hairstyles but not in soccer. What is missing in our play as far ballhandling under pressure in small spaces, 1v1 skills and game savvieness which is a process that years to develop, and that won't be learned at the Academy, but through PICKUP soccer. I ask has the USSF technical committee ever made a study ,inquired, interviewed the average Mexican soccer player on how much they participated in playing pickup soccer in their youth. Ofcourse not, they are too busy with gender equality, racial balance , issues and what not. This problem of playing at 33rpm is not going away and I don't care how many kids are send to soccer academies. We lack a balance in our player development which the academies are unable to fix for it has to do more with Individual development , the constant 1v1 pressures , thinking, creating that you get playing pickup soccer. Ask Dest, how much pickup was a factor in his development. Go ask the girls how much pickup soccer they had in their development for basically developed through programmatic development.

    We send our boys to play in Germany, like that is going to develop their game better. The only thing that helps them is playing against better competition. Like Franz Beckenbauer and Bertie Vogts once stated in Germany we don't produce great players like in Holland, for our system is different it is not made for that. Dennis Bergkamp once stated that if he were born in Germany he would he would not have been the player he had become. NEXT POST

  20. frank schoon, September 7, 2019 at 11:48 a.m.

    The Germans have a soccer DNA that requires fight, running, as one German great stated "stampen und laufen" and it all fits in 'counter attacking' soccer.  The Dutch mentality and body built, epitomized by Johan Cruyff, runs counter to running and fighting for  the dutch know they could never compete with German, Italian, Spanish ,English players on that physical level as well as  the emotional part which further aids the physical. 
    The dutch have to play smart, controlled style of game that forego fighting and lots of running for that's not what we're good at. For example, at Ajax, every pass you make  is looked at with a critical eye. The speed, the correct foot , your body stance in relation to how you receive and follow up pass, does it have continuity of play, the field position for the next, how to pass to create tempo. All these factors are necessary to play smart, quick ball movement but most important of all is to avoid 50/50 balls and fighting, for fighting just delays the attack or stops it waste energy. The dutch play with their mind and technique, rather than the physical part. Dutch players playing in Germany would state receiving a pass that had less forethought behind it which resulted in more fighting and for 50/50 balls. This is why it was so refreshing to the world when Barcelona over a decade ago with Guardiola ,following the dutch soccer concepts , showed how a midfield of 'munchkins',Xavi, Iniesta, and Busquets, all with great skills and intelligence proved to the world you don't need power and size, for it is all about ball movement not player movement. 
    With this in mind we send our boys to play in Germany, but are  they really ,really learning the finer details of the game that is taught in Holland to their players. Ofcourse not, for all I see  when I watch Mc Kenna, Morales , and so many other that play for our NT are just runners, fighters but not thinkers, nice passers good technicians. Look at Pulisic, yes he's improved because he has been playing in Germany where the competition is better but as far as I'm concerned he has not developed beyond what he does. Yes, he can dribble, but every ball he receives, you know his first inclination is to make a run with that ball(applying the german dna),head down and only looks up when he wants to pass, ..everything with him is run, run ,run and take guys on. He's becoming way to predictable. In the 37th minute, he makes a combination with McKennie, ending up on the right side of the field ,taking on opponents, enters near the penalty with 4 Mexicans, get through and then makes 4meter square pass which did nothing. The announcer is in hysterics of Pulisic's actions. If Pulisic had looked up before taking on 4mexicans he would have seen 2 of his teammates posted by the far post with only one Mexican defender ;and all he to do is cross the ball before taking on 4 Mexicans. NEXT POST.

  21. Hat Trick, September 7, 2019 at 12:26 p.m.

    Frank is right on with the infatuation of players training in Germany.  The Dutch, Spain, Argentina, Brazil.  These are the places to go if you want to learn ball handling whether playing out of the back or anywhere on the field.  Did you ever wonder why so many kids from here get the opportunity to academy in Germany.  If you look at the number of US kids playing in Germany and compare it to the number who are invited to play in Spain, Brazil , Dutch and the other countries I have mentioned you see that there is a big difference and it’s not because the Germans are better but it is because most kids don’t have the ability to handle the ball like they demand in Brazil, Dutch argentina, Spain etc.  it’s a different game there and most of the US talent can’t handle it.  If you can run fast and have great endurance and those are your best traits Germany is a good place to be.

  22. beautiful game, September 7, 2019 at 12:31 p.m.

    Watched the second half...team play was mediocre and individual player failures were too numerous...purpose of play is a big problem, execution continues to be big problem, and the coach is over his head. Player's looked to be ill-prepared and game plan was dysfunctional. For me the scoreline is insignificant. It's the mediocrity of team play.

  23. frank schoon, September 7, 2019 at 12:33 p.m.

    Pulisic has never been taught how to play wing. At Ajax, if a winger receives the ball in the opponent's third and he's faced with 2 defenders, you're told your job is done, GET RID OF THE BALL, and quickly, for the opponents have sacrificed an extra player to come towards you and therefore look for the weakness they left behind . But what does Pulisic do...He'll take both of them on, whatever...Pulisic has not been taught to play intelligently  with savvy. I would like Pulisic to develop a pass with the outside of the foot, nice back spin, able to cross with either legs, ability to look for the open man, able to cross a ball bending around the defender without having to take on the opponent on either flank, all these factor would open up a whole new world for him and create a much better player than he's now....All I see this kid do is burn a lot of energy....
    Ironically , playing in England is not going to improve and learn those factors I mentioned for in England the mentality or dna is similar to Germans...We need to understand when we send our boys to England and Germany ,two countries that matches closely our dna in our style of play, is not to expect a better more versatile player, but more of the same , harder.
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  24. frank schoon, September 7, 2019 at 12:35 p.m.

    You noticed the announer talking about the connection of Dest to Pulisic on the leftside. The answer from the coaching staff, 'pretty good" or whatever...there was no connection!!! In the first place, Dest is rightfooted playing leftback, he's useless there, his timing and rhythm is off, for everyball he receives from the back line he receives with his right foot which means he has back always facing downfield, with no vision or options downfield....and you're telling me he has a good connection to Pulisic downflank...well, maybe perhaps on his Iphone. Note, our attacking strong side the leftside with Pulisic is often stopped ,slowed down, because the passes from the backline to Dest is such that he has no field view downfield and therefore passes the ball back again. 
    When you play a 433 you must have a triangle whereby on the flank which Dest, Morales and Pulisic. Well , that won't work for one, Dest has not only no connection to Morales the left halfback but also to Pulisic by virtue of how Dest is postioned. What is so important here to make Pulisic more effective is for Morales to pass to Pulisic, not Dest. Morales passing is more dangerous for he can pass behind the Mexican back to Pulisic to run onto or to his Pulisic's feet.
    This is a lame situation on the leftside. So what happens Pulisic drops back to midfield to want to get the ball from Dest who first has to turn around which takes time. But what is worst is that Pulisic by dropping back to midfield breaks two Golden Rules of soccer. He shortens the field of play for when in ball possession you should keep the field wide and spread, and two he'll will invite with him the Mexicans and thus clog up the middle which forces him to face two Mexicans. Instead as a wing he should stay as far deep downfield as possible creating more space, a bigger field, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, he will have a 1v1 situation giving him much better odds ..NEXT POST

  25. frank schoon, September 7, 2019 at 1 p.m.

    Guys, did see that <Watch: Crazy goal in Germany thanks to new rule 09/05/2019> If look at this stupid play by this German team than you saw the continuance of this in the Mexican game as well. As I wrote in comments to that is the breaking of the Golden Rules. Look at our goalie trying to pass to Trapp right outside of the penalty are with his back facing downfield , with no clue what's behind him, and how often was a pass almost  intercepted by this stupid play. WHY ATTEMPT A PASS TO A PLAYER IN FRONT OF YOUR GOAL WITH HIS BACK FACING DOWNFIELD. How stupid can you get, why not just give it to the opponents. I saw McKennie make a back pass to his own defender with a Mexican almost next to him...Unbelievable.
    YOU DON'T BUILD OUT FROM THE BACK EMPLOYING YOUR DEFENSIVE PLAYERS....PERIOD. Your backline has no back support in case of an intercepted pass and your backline is no match for  quick offensive technical players which a defender can't match. The pass needs to go further upfield.
    I just keep wondering why we didn't get TATA....I wonder how are team would have played. GB was never my choice for I think this is over his head. We need a coach who has played at a higher level than what is out there. When I look at the coaching staff and GB, who is going to tell Pulisic how to play.
    Also I wish we had a Roy Keane playing at midfield for us for he would knock some sense out there for this is what our players need some real leader type who has done at all.

  26. Ric Fonseca, September 7, 2019 at 2:21 p.m.

    Wow, I almost com pletely forgot about the game, and the wife and I had dinner plans.  Fortunately, or unfortunately, we saw the first half, then left for our dinner.  The place is but ten minutes away by car, and when we left the house the score was still 1-0 Mex, and when we walked in to the restaurant, ten minutes later it was 303!  Go figure.  I must say, though that while waiting for our table, we did see Sargent take the PK, thinking that Pulisic would take it, ... well, read above what happened.  I must also say that the first half we did see, it has been a helluva long time since I've seen the US play so lackadaisical, and pray tell who in Carmen Santiago is Alfredo Morales?!?!?  This guy has such a large chip as does McKinnie (sp) and why do the only two gueritos merit a 5?  And now for our next act, it will be against the likes of Uruguay!?!?! 

  27. Kent James replied, September 7, 2019 at 5:29 p.m.

    Agreed.  I like players who play hard, but they need to stay focused. Both McKinnie and Morales seemed to be ready to fight at the drop of a hat.  To be fair to Morales, the Mexican player did come over and put his hand to his face (which is now a red card violation, I believe).  I guess Morales needs to learn to grab his face, drop to the ground, and start to roll when this happens...

  28. Garrett Isacco, September 7, 2019 at 2:43 p.m.

    Terrible performance. Is Mexico that good or are we that bad or some combination of the two? Maybe the US is a young team that will get better, but so far I'm not hopeful. They simplly can't score against a quality opponent. Something is wrong, and I'm not sure Berhalter is the answer.

  29. John Hofmann, September 7, 2019 at 3:37 p.m.

    Much of the little I learn about soccer is reading the array of comments like there.  I seem to recall that one of the strong arguments for GB was that he was a creative coaching mind who enjoyed bettere success in MLS than the level of talent he was provided.  If so, I can't help but think that this might not apply to a national team, since the time availability calling players in from all over the world is so different (shorter) than the MLS process for establishing intricate 'plans'.  Can't help but feel that if Trapp and Zardes and Morris are still the ones playing for the MNT at world cup qualifying time (versus having others using current 'friendly' game slots extensively now in order to build a more effective roster) it could be a lot longer time period before we qualifty again.

  30. E Velazquez, September 8, 2019 at 6:36 a.m.

    after all these comments, respectfully request the renounce of Mr.Ernie Stewart and the coach Mr. G.Berhalter.

  31. James Madison, September 8, 2019 at 9:01 p.m.

    Goodly speed, fair technique, lacking in brains, unwilling to shoot.  Overall: herky-jerky.  Cannon getting the best rating of the backs says it all.  Nick Lima plays rings around him, but is not as fast. If Steffen is the best we have in goal, we will not qualify for WC 2022 and he will not last in Germany.

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