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USA-Dominican Republic Men's Olympic Qualifying Player Ratings

USA-DOMINICAN REPUBLIC EXPRESS:
March 21 in Zapopan, Mexico 
USA 4 Dominican Republic 0. Goals: Yueill 61, Dotson 73, 78, Mihailovic 90.

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After a toothless first-half performance, the USA found its groove and got a boost from the bench to down the Dominican Republic, 4-0, in its second Olympic qualifier after opening with a 1-0 over Costa Rica. Coach Jason Kreis' team wraps up group play on Wednesday against Mexico.

USA Player Ratings

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

GOALKEEPER

JT Marcinkowski, who took over in goal after David Ochoa's brilliant performance against Costa Rica, wasn't required to make a difficult save.


Player (Club) age

5
JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes) 23

DEFENDERS

Central defenders Henry Kessler (who replaced Mauricio Pineda) and Justen Glad kept the Dominicans from threatening and enabled the U.S. midfield to focus on offense. Right back Julian Araujo (a late sub against Costa Rica) ramped up his forays in the second half and initiated the attack that led to the first U.S. goal. Sam Vines, whose 20-yard volley went wide in the late in the first half, horribly overhit cross in the 59th minute but fine-tuned his passing afterward. 

Player (Club) age

6 
Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy) 19

6
Henry Kessler (New England Revolution) 22

6
Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake) 24

6
Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids) 21

MIDFIELDERS

Johnny Cardoso headed straight to goalkeeper Johan Guzman on the USA's best first-half chance and hit the crossbar from eight yards in the second half, but the latter put the Dominicans on their heels before conceding the first goal. Jackson Yueill, with a savvy finish, opened the scoring for the USA, and took part in the buildup for the second goal with a pass to Djordje Mihailovic. Andres Perea hit some crisp one-touch passes and his quick reaction to the rebound from Cardoso's shot to the crossbar got the ball to Sebastian Saucedo to set up Yueill.

Player (Club) age

7
Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes) 23

5
Andres Perea (Orlando City) 20

5
Johnny Cardoso (Internacional, Brazil) 19

FORWARDS

Several promising forays by Sebastian Saucedo in the first half fizzled with misplays. He missed from eight yards in the second half, but produced the setup for the USA's first goal. Jonathan Lewis failed to deliver service from the wing, such as early in the second half when he impressively dodged past of pair of defenders only to bang his pass off a third. Jesus Ferreira, who scored gamewinner against Costa Rica, got replaced at halftime after an ineffective 45 minutes.

Player (Club) age

4
Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids) 23

3
Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas) 20

6
Sebastian Saucedo (UNAM, Mexico) 24

SUBSTITUTES

Djordje Mihailovic came on in the 62nd minute and assisted on two Hassani Dotson goals before tapping in the USA's fourth goal after the perfect pass from Benji Michel. On Dotson's second goal, to make it 3-0Sebastian Soto smartly laid the ball off for Mihailovic. Dotson scored with perfect placement on his first and significant power on the second.


Player (Club) age

5
Sebastian Soto (Norwich City, England) 20

8
Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United) 23

8
Djordje Mihailovic (CF Montreal) 22

6
Benji Michel (Orlando City) 23

nr
Tanner Tessmann (FC Dallas) 19

TRIVIA: Hassani Dotson, 24, was the 31st overall 2019 MLS draft pick out of Oregon State by Minnesota United, for which he's made 45 appearances, mainly as defensive midfielder, and has four MLS goals and one assist.

NOTABLE: Men's Olympic soccer is an all U-23 competition during qualifying play. For the Olympic tournament, each team is allowed to add three overage players. This year's Olympics are U-24 (born in 1997 or later) because the original age cutoff for the postponed 2020 Games remains in place.

March 21 in Zapopan, Mexico
USA 4 Dominican Republic 0. Goals: Yueill 61, Dotson 73, 78, Mihailovic 90.
USA -- Marcinkowski; Araujo, Kessler, Glad, Vines; Yueill (Tessmann, 80), Perea, Cardoso (Dotson, 62); Lewis (Michel, 69), Ferreira (Soto, 46), Saucedo (Mihailovic, 62).
Dominican Republic -- Guzman; J.de la Cruz, Jimenez, Lopez; Baez, O.de la Cruz, Lavergne (Messina, 84), Reyes (Pineda, 80); Mata (Romero, 55), Lorenzo (Paniagua, 69), Azcona.
Yellow cards: USA -- Ferreira 22; Dominican Republic --  Baez 56, Himelfarb (coach) 73. Red cards: None.
Referee: Daneon Parchment (Jamaica).

Stats:
USA/Dominican Republic
Shots: 16/4
Shots on target: 10/2
Saves: 2/6
Corner Kicks: 5/1
Fouls: 9/11
Offside: 1/3
Possession: 65%/35%
22 comments about "USA-Dominican Republic Men's Olympic Qualifying Player Ratings".
  1. Santiago 1314, March 21, 2021 at 10:53 p.m.

    Win WE Did, Congrats to Coach and Team...My Thoughts.... So, you can "D ick around" trying to play "Pretty" Possesion Soccer for 61 minutes(WHICH WE ARE CLEARLY NOT CABABLE OF.!!!) or you can JAM the Ball into the Box from the START of the Game and wait 15 minutes for the Clearly WEAKER Team to Gift you a Goal; and THEN Coast the Remaining 75 minutes of the Game... as Occured, after we scored in minute 61... This Ain't BRAIN SURGERY.!!! This is about QUALIFICATION... DON'T OVER THINK IT.!!!... JUST WIN BABY, BABY.!!! ... 3 "Good" players, 15 Perea(Holding Mid)... Mihailovic(though, I think his Dad would be Disappointed) ... Dotson; I will wait to comment on WHY; once I see Frank's "Technical Report"

  2. Wooden Ships replied, March 22, 2021 at 12:15 a.m.

    Wonder if he's related to George Mihaljevic, whom I trained under in St. Louis in the 60's. Spelling change perhaps. Djordje is a nice player, glad he had a good performance. His two assists were the correct choice.

  3. Santiago 1314 replied, March 22, 2021 at 6:48 a.m.

    You say Mihaljevic, I say; Mihailovic... What's in a Spelling.??? (Sarc) ... Of Course, in that part of the world, your Name can get you Killed.!!! ... Djordje's Dad, Alexs, is Big in Youth Coaching, Chicago Area... Very Demanding on Technical, Which his Son struggled with during the game... Almost cost him another ACL Tear when he Collided with GK .. No Question Djordje made the US team look like they finally had a "Soccer Brain" on the Field... We can excuse the Tecnical Deficiencies due to First Game back with National Program ... Hope he Starts the Next Game

  4. frank schoon replied, March 23, 2021 at 9:34 a.m.

    Sorry to let you down Santiago, I couldn't muster enough interest of will power after having watched 10minutes of USA vs Costa Rica to actually even bother watching the DR game. 
    OK, we won and we'll probably qualify and make everyojne happy. But to me I'm looking at the bigger picture, more or less what does the future hold in store for us as far as soccer quality development goes.

    I'm looking at an Olympic  players who represent the best or the better players categorie of America. And what do I see is nothing but a bunch of stiffs, nothing that stands out, where upon one could 'look at his ball-handling skills', 'did you see the move he just did','nice outide of the foot
    pass that just dropped in front of the runner', 'see the nutmeg and cutback', etc,etc,etc.

    I know you can remember playing pickup like Ships and us other old farts there was always, always, I mean ALWAYS, in a pick up game some players who stood out ,who were better, which and  enjoy watching when they had the ball.
     You always had players who were a shade better than the rest and it showed and that can be seen or is present at every level of soccer. But we don't see that today anymore, there is no creative players, NO INDIVIDUALISTS,no standouts. Looking at the Olympic team is like looking at 11 grey mice. NO PERSONALITY with the ball at all.

    I go to the stadium to watch a good game but also good individualism which we don't produce in this country, sorry to say for that is suppose to be one of our National traits, part of our DNA. This is why I enjoy watching a player like a Zlatan come here.

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  5. Bob Ashpole replied, March 23, 2021 at 9:50 a.m.

    Frank, It is due to the USSF coaching philosophy which they have gained a monopoly over, stripping USYSA and the former NSCAA of their leadership in coaching education. 20 years ago, you could find the English influence there, but it wasn't the only view or even the predominate view. You could also find a more enlighted view too. USYSA in particular used a committee of experts to develop their coaching materials, including people who were well respected world wide.

    You have emphasized the importance of a coach's high level competitive experience in development of elite players. But I think that is more important with teens after they master the fundamentals (skills and principles of play). Unfortunately, USSF seems to focus on winning meaningless youth games instead of mastering fundamentals in a fun environment encouraging players to experiment without fear of failure. Like pickup in the neighborhood.

    Most parents are clueless. They focus on uniforms, snacks, team names, playing time, and how verbal the coach is. All the wrong things. Pay-to-play coaches cater to these parents. Youth sports are now a billion dollar industry. 

  6. frank schoon replied, March 23, 2021 at 9:55 a.m.

     I fault this lack of Individuality, Poise and Confidence on the ball due to our PROGRAMMED training exercises that these coaches follow and learn from the coaching school for it is all team oriented, not individually oriented. I'm not saying it has to be 'either' ,'or', but when I learned the game, my individuality on the ball came from "pickup"soccer, lots of it. but we don't have pickup. The USSF coaching school should be aware of that weakness in our player development and begin to look for ways to introduce more 1v1, PICKUP opportunities.  

    Cruyff once mentioned that if a kid asks his coach to teach him 4or 5 wing moves, the coach would be at a loss. This is the problem. We have now have laptop coaches, with charts, following the latest, classroom coaching theories and to top it off, they show the substitutes coming into the game ,diagrams about what you should do....We're producing robots out there with no brains, no skills other than what they learn in these programmed practices....

    I'm talking here only about the guys, but you imagine how bad the women are, talking about stiffs and lack of individuality. The girls/women basically never play pickup soccer anywhere. All their training from day one comes from Programmed training ,that's it. Talk about robotic play, have you ever watched a women college game...good grief , not to mention men's college is not much better, but......

    As far as I"m concerned all licensed coaches should turn in their coaching licenses because they're not doing much good anyway, and totally demolish the USSF Coaching Academy and start all over with objectives that help produce better players, FIRST!!! 

  7. Santiago 1314 replied, March 23, 2021 at 10:13 p.m.

    Frank; You had me at "11 Grey Mice"... And Bob, is Correct about the Coaching... The Current Trend towards "Cookie Cutter", "Play the Way Your Facing", "Beep Bra" wearing Male players, has taken the "Fun" out of the Game... As I have mentioned Previously... You could take 99% of the Players in the World... Change them from Jersey-to-Jersey, Team-to-Team, Country-to-Country and We wouldn't know the Difference.!!!... Of Course Mentioning my Hero Cruijff, always gets my Attention.!!!

  8. humble 1 replied, March 24, 2021 at 12:16 a.m.

    The boys are bringing back the hard edge that went missing.  Some do not like that but in CONCACAF, even if you had finess play on the ball, you still need a certain toughness.  That was lost, gone for a time. It's back now.  Coach has to take what he has and get the result.  When coaches are properly trained, they incorporate 1v1 into training and drills and if they really coach, they look to see players make it happen in games.  Not just taking one another on in space, working out of tight spaces, with multiple defenders. Hanging onto the ball with people hanging on you, then playing out of trouble.  There is little or no appreciation for those skills here, let alone understanding of how to incorporate those goals into a training, or an individual players development.  Giving a player the freedom to try to work out of pressure in a game would be the final step, here that would be coach-suicide, that is why free-play is so important.  But of course free-play is seen as the enemy of pay-to-play, it is still a pipe dream, but, getting closer by the day. It will come.  Good luck to the boys.  Mexico will be a challenge, they are handy with the ball, in form, confident, and at home. I thought Glad had a solid game, he is a big stiff, this is ok. So true that coaching education a shabbles here, the only value that comes from a license here is that is qualifies one for a job, in the global rankings for coaching education programs, we are near rock bottom, relegation fodder.  The one thing USSF owes us all, even more than a World Cup, is to get the coach licensing mess fixed and do it in such a way that the HS and College coaches can participate as well.  Nice write up, lively comments, thanks to all.   

  9. Paul Nick, March 21, 2021 at 11:03 p.m.

    I thought Araujo was great with all the pressure he was providing in the attack and still traking back as needed. Wish our men and their coach well going forward. 

  10. Santiago 1314 replied, March 22, 2021 at 6:52 a.m.

    Yes, Good to see Wingbacks getting Forward... Really was a 2-3-2-3 formation.. Let's see what Coach comes up with in the Practice Game versus Mexico

  11. Frans Vischer replied, March 22, 2021 at 2:14 p.m.

    Paul, I like Araujo a lot, being a Galaxy fan. But His crossing was pretty poor. I see that a lot with the Galaxy too, Araujo makes some great runs upfield, creating spce for others, and then a terrible cross wastes it all.
    I saw that from him and others yesterday- an attack developing, and then a poor pass played behind a player, and the time taken for the US to recover gives the opposition time to regroup, and the moment is lost. 

  12. Bob Ashpole replied, March 23, 2021 at 10:02 a.m.

    The thing I will look for is whether the coach will use a game plan that tries to play without fear agains Mexico or decides to play scared despite the fact that both teams have qualified for the semis already. 

    It won't tell me anthing about the players, but it will tell me a lot about the coach and the USSF management. I suspect that instead of developing the team, he will have them play scared to avoid any threat to his job security. Fear is contagous. I can't expect players to play fearless if the coach is worried about keeping his job. The coach should be focused on insuring the semi-final win, not avoiding embarrassment against Mexico. But this is USSF we are talking about. (Bob Bradley was replaced after he lost to Mexico in a Gold Cup final. He should have been respected for getting to the final.) 

  13. Frans Vischer, March 22, 2021 at 11:36 a.m.

    The first half was extremely disturbing. I can pardon the Costa Rica game on a lack of match fitness, but against DR almost everyone had repeated terrible first touches, passes late or behind players, awful crosses, lack of confidence or imagination going forward, etc. DR was younger and much more creative, fun to watch. Thank goodness for Mihailovic and Dotson, who brought the game to life. But on the whole, this is worrisome. 
    I saw a bit of Mexico CR afterwards- far more technical game. We will not beat Mexico playing the way we have thus far.  

  14. Wooden Ships replied, March 22, 2021 at 2:17 p.m.

    I saw it that way too. Mexico is likely to eat our lunch and then take our girlfriends. 

  15. Santiago 1314 replied, March 22, 2021 at 9:33 p.m.

    Disgusting, is a Better Word... But Santi says; JUST WIN BABY, WIN.!!!

  16. Bob Ashpole replied, March 23, 2021 at 9:36 a.m.

    I quit watching after the first 45 minutes. It was just too boring, and I have a high threshold for pain. The comments and score didn't make me want to spend 45 minutes watching the second half.

    In looking at everybody's comments and Mike's match report and ratings, it appears to me the problem was not the number 9 player, but rather the lack of an effective attack to create space in the center for the 9 to play. The biggest difference in the second half was the effectiveness of the right wing. I bet that if I did watch the second half, I would see that the Dominican Republic stayed tight in the center and left the space for the wings and mids to exploit. And they did exploit the space for 4 goals. I don't blame the opponent's coach, because no doubt they identified our 9 as our most dangerious attacker and that was the key to their game plan. I suspect that they were hoping for 1 point, which was really a pretty fair game plan.

  17. Philip Carragher, March 22, 2021 at 1:50 p.m.

    I truly want to watch the USMNT play in both the Olympics and the next World Cup but am concerned that success-in-qualifying will not only lead to complacency about our poor player development system but also continue to present a minimally inspirational product to the US population.

  18. Seth Vieux replied, March 22, 2021 at 2:21 p.m.

    My understanding is that if we qualify for the Olympics the plan is to bring the strongest squad available, which would end up looking quite a lot like our full USMNT as young as we are. This squad's job is to get the qualification done (so far so good) by winning the semi final match against Hoduras/Canada, then I think only a few of them would be candidates for the Olympic squad (goalkeepers, Vines, Araujo, Johnny, Fereirra, Yuiell would be my bets).

  19. Santiago 1314 replied, March 22, 2021 at 2:28 p.m.

    July 21st - Aug 7 are Play Dates for Japan Olympics.... Not sure how that Stacks Up, against other FULL National Team Schedule.???

  20. Bob Ashpole replied, March 23, 2021 at 10:08 a.m.

    I think that the Olympic Committee will not cancel or postpone the games, regardless of any level of health threat. So those dates will probably stay. They want their television revenue. It would take another world war to cancel the games.

  21. Santiago 1314 replied, March 23, 2021 at 10:26 p.m.

    Bob, I am Inquiring about CONFLICTS between Players who could be on the Olympic Team in Japan(if we Qualify 50/50), and those that might be taken away for Meaningless things like Gold Cup or Nations League... The 30 year previous Success of the US National team was Built on the '88 Olympic team... There is No unifying event in a Players Life, Like being in the Olympics,  Defending the Flag of your Country... USSF should make sure that Olympics take Priority this Summer... IF, IF, IF We Qualify.!!!

  22. Bob Ashpole replied, March 24, 2021 at 2:30 a.m.

    Understood which is why my 2 cents about the competition window not changing at this point.

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