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USA-Honduras Men's Olympic Qualifying Player Ratings

USA-HONDURAS EXPRESS:
March 28 in Guadalajara
USA 1 Honduras 2. Goals: Yueill 52; Obregon 45+3, Palma 47.
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The USA, which has not reached the men's Olympic soccer tournament since 2008, isn't going to the Tokyo Games either. Coach Jason Kreis' team fell, 2-1, to Honduras in the U-23 Concacaf Championship semifinal that determined one of the region's two qualifiers.

USA Player Ratings
(1=low; 5=middle; 10=high.)

GOALKEEPER

David Ochoa securely handled Honduras' high-powered long-range shots in the first half. On the first Honduras goal, the cross that Denil Maldonado relayed to Juan Carlos Obregon with a diving header was out of Ochoa's reach and his scramble to deny Obregon ended most unluckily. Ochoa, whose play in a 1-0 win over Costa Rica was a key reason why the USA reached this game that would determine an Olympic qualifier, gifted Honduras its game-winning goal with poor footwork after a back pass from Aaron Herrera.

Player (Club) age

2
David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake) 20

DEFENDERS

Aaron Herrera seemed unaware of the urgency when behind him Maldonado blazed to reach the long ball he headed to Obregon to score the opening goal. Henry Kessler's fouls, including one that got him a yellow card in the 45th minute, showed how threatening Honduran frontline was. His central defense partner Justen Glad had his moments, such as the interception and good pass to spark a 22nd-minute counterattack. Herrera did surge down right wing but it bore no fruit. Sam Vines, the other outside back, failed to help out much in attack.

Player (Club) age

3
Aaron Herrera (Real Salt Lake) 23

3
Henry Kessler (New England Revolution) 22

4
Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake) 24

4
Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids) 21

MIDFIELDERS

The vulnerability of a three-man midfield was exposed in a game where the opponent's frontline strength limited the U.S. outside backs ability to attack. As was the problem against Costa Rica, which the USA did manage to beat in the opener, a midfield without a true playmaker could not control pace of the game. Hassani Dotson, who scored twice in the 4-0 win over the Dominican Republic, came into the game with a sore ankle and didn't manage a shot. Jackson Yueill scored a wonderful goal to create a dramatic final 40 minutes and nearly inspired his team to an equalizer with his relentless play.

4 
Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United) 23

7 
Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes) 23

4
Andres Perea (Orlando City) 20

FORWARDS

Center forward Jesus Ferreira only got the ball a couple times in Honduras territory in the first half. In the second half, he broke through impressively before passing to the wrong team. His unnecessary and sloppy foul in the 84th minute wasted more precious time for the USA's comeback quest. Djordje Mihailovic played only the first half, when the U.S. attack never got going. Jonathan Lewis's feet seemed handcuffed when he had a close-range chance to equalize in the 83rd minute. He also had close-range header that he struck straight ahead to a Honduran defender to block.

Player (Club) age

3
Djordje Mihailovic (CF Montreal) 22

3
Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas) 20

4
Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids) 23

SUBSTITUTES

Of the subs, Tanner Tessmann provided the most spark, such as when he created a chance for Lewis after shedding his defender in tight space. Johnny Cardoso headed poorly when he met a stoppage-time corner kick.

Player (Club) age

4
Sebastian Saucedo (UNAM, Mexico) 24

3 
Sebastian Soto (Norwich City, England) 20

6
Tanner Tessmann (FC Dallas) 19

3
Johnny Cardoso (Internacional, Brazil) 19

TRIVIA: Coming into the game, Honduras was the only Concacaf nation to have qualified for the last three men's Olympic soccer tournaments. Now it's four straight. Honduras finished fourth at the 2016 Olympics and reached the quarterfinals in 2012.

March 28 in Guadalajara
USA 1 Honduras 2. Goals: Yueill 52; Obregon 45+3, Palma 47.
USA -- Ochoa; Herrera, Glad, Kessler, Vines; Dotson (Tessmann, 73), Yueill, Perea (Soto, 62); Mihailovic (Saucedo, 46), Ferreira, Lewis (Cardoso, 88).
Honduras -- Barrios; Melendez, Maldonado, Garcia, Delas; Reyes, Rosales, Rodriguez, Palma (Pinto, 80); Rivas (Nunez, 71), Obregon.
Yellow cards: USA -- Kessler 45, Herrera 50; Honduras -- Melendez, 67. Red cards: none.
Referee: Ivan Barton (El Salvador).

Stats:
USA/Honduras
Shots: 7/10
Shots on target: 1/3
Saves: 3/1
Corner Kicks: 8/3
Fouls: 10/11
Offside: 1/6
Possession: 57%/43%
31 comments about "USA-Honduras Men's Olympic Qualifying Player Ratings".
  1. Santiago 1314, March 28, 2021 at 9:58 p.m.

    I Re-Post; Santiago 1314, March 21, 2021 at 10:54 p.m. (vs Dominican Republic)

    “...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.!!!.”


    Another LOST Generation of Players will Result from this... Our Current. Crop of “Star” Players in Europe, will Not get the Chance to experience Defending the Flag at The Olympics, and will Never Develop the “ American Exceptionalism” attitude that comes from that Unique Experience


    Again I Re-Post; 


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

    “... 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...”

    TRAGIC.!!!

  2. humble 1 replied, March 30, 2021 at 10:10 a.m.

    Spot on mate.

  3. Wallace Wade, March 28, 2021 at 10:09 p.m.

    All is well!!!...continue on with the status quo. The chance to change direction was presented and instead the power brokers chose to take a payday instead. 

  4. Andrew Megas replied, March 28, 2021 at 10:23 p.m.

    Spot on. 

  5. Andrew Megas, March 28, 2021 at 10:21 p.m.

    Coach Rating 2. Predictable given the players available, but still for Kreis sake why Jason? An MLS retread coach with a suspect tactical approach. Yeah! US Soccer & MLS screwed this up again. NFL Garber's unwillingness to adopt a schedule to help prepare US teams for competitions is a killer. He's a joke. He can't sell a split season to TV like Liga MX, but can create a mediocre 30 team MLS. Whoopee Don. What a fraud. Move on to putting in a legitimate effort to win the Gold Cup, and let GB handle the player pool.

  6. James Madison, March 28, 2021 at 10:42 p.m.

    That the player ratings were lower than merited in most cases reflected disappointment in the outcome.  But the outcome was merited. Jackson Yueill was the only genuine player on the field for the US, other than Ochoa, and the only one who seemed to care. The U-23s playing on the National Team would have made a big difference, but, then again, they made a big difference in the not-so-bad performance of the National Team in the friendly against Northern Ireland.

  7. Santiago 1314 replied, March 29, 2021 at 8:37 a.m.

    Ankl, That is a GREAT Article... Exactly my Experience... Highly recommend it to ALL SA Readers

  8. Ankl Brkr, March 28, 2021 at 11:02 p.m.

    Once again, pathetic and inexcusable all-around. USSF has a hierarchy of directors and full-time coaches now and they can’t put together a better squad or put pressure on European players' clubs to release them for this "junior" event?


    We had young MLS players that were in pre-season form and lacked quality, fitness, cohesiveness, and most importantly... intestinal fortitude and grit. Total failure from the top down. 



    If you recently read the ESPN article about the 2000 Olympic Men's Soccer team, you'll understand why this match was important on so many levels. 

  9. Santiago 1314 replied, March 29, 2021 at 8:39 a.m.

    Oops, posted on wrong person... Yes, Ankl ... All should read the ESPN article

  10. Santiago 1314, March 28, 2021 at 11:37 p.m.

    What makes the US Soccer “Experience” Different.???...Rec Soccer, Traveling Pay-to-Play,  High School Soccer, College Soccer, Then Pro... Even if you do just a Few years of each, as a Player, You learn to “Carry” a team on your Shoulders, You learn how to play WITH and AGAINST Weaker Players, You Learn how to play on Bad Fields, You Learn How to “Hang Out between Games”, Camaraderie, “Stick Togetherness”, Fight a Losing Cause for your School and Alma Mater and your Teammates... 


    **Oh, and if you DON’T make it to The Olympics, YOUR A LOSER, Cause the World Cup is just a Blip on the Screen... I tell People I was with the US Olympic Team, It’s like “WOW”, “WHEN”, “HOW COOL.!!!” ... World Cup!?!?!?... “Oh, That Soccer Thing”


    **Today’s DA Developed Players are Spoiled, Pampered, Prima Donnas; Just Worried about their Next Contract. ****We are headed for another Disaster with the Men’s National Team; MARK MY WORDS... We are so Concerned about Creating “World Class” players “FOR SALE”, That we aren’t Producing CON CAca CrApF Level Players to win Regionally.***


    AND;.!!!  ***You don’t “ Throw your Players “UNDER THE BUS”... After you DEMAND THEY PLAY BACK TO THE GOALKEEPER, and YOU PLAY THEM OUT OF POSITION... This was ALL on The Coach... And The USSF ...“THE FISH STINKS FROM THE HEAD”.!!!!

  11. humble 1 replied, March 30, 2021 at 10:27 a.m.

    Damn straight what you say.  Everything. There was a unique proven pathway here in the USA that could have been build on, made to evolve, but it was abandoned.  What was built in its place is beginning in 2007 was not shared with the ladies and fell appart for that reason.  It (DA) was not delivering, but no one was being held to account.  After the loss, Kreis should have appoligized to players and resigned, instead he threw players under bus.  Shocking.

  12. humble 1 replied, March 30, 2021 at 11:43 a.m.

    Let me just say Santi, that i never played soccer, and I have a player, thanks to his mum, who is fm a soccer nation, but when he started to play soccer, I could smell rats all over in the youth space.  So I did and assesment, and i saw what was the DA path, and the other path, the one you describe, lets call it the 'old way'.  He was before DA age, and I did not know if my player was good enough for DA.   I did know it, DA, was a rat race, and parents would literally try and pay coaches to place in DA out of desperation.  This I knew.  I also knew that DA was not a proven pathway in my area to Pro, college, yeah, but not pro.  I had to do an assement of the 'old way' b.c. it is looked down upon by many today.  When I was done, I was sure the 'old way' my player would come out having some opportunity for character development, and maybe leadership and maybe more ready for life after soccer, whether that is 18 or 28 or 38.  So I chose the 'old way'.  No regrets.  I will never regret he did not play hs soccer, because he does. While MLS Next is busy setting up bio-banding, my player has been hit, punched, yellow and red-carded, call all sorts of nasty names, played with and against crap players, learned to retaliate without being dirtry, verbally taken on nasty parents and oposing coaches, all the while playing quality ball and enjoying every minute.  We never stop the technical training, I never trust the 'clubs' with that anyway, that is on us, the family, the community.  Thanks for your comments.  Thanks to SA for continued great writing.  Carry on. 

  13. Kent James, March 28, 2021 at 11:45 p.m.

    I get that the olympics have been a building block for previous national teams, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say I hope that's no longer necessary.  Most of our best young players were not here because they're playing on big clubs in Europe.  I'm hoping that experience will be more relevant than Olympic experience (not that I wouidn't prefer that we had the Olympic experience, but it seems like Olympic success and full national team success are only marginally related.  So I'm hoping this set back won't have as much negative impact as previous Olympic setbacks.  By Olympic success, Honduras are better than either the US or Mexico, so we should keep this loss in perspective.


    The first half, we had the possession, they looked slightly more dangerous, but neither side shined.  The timing of their goal was a killer, and it was nicely done on their part.   It does show the danger of pulling out, but that's not a unique US failing.  


    The 2nd goal was the bigger problem.  While I like working the ball out of the back, I feel like 95% of it is fine, and 5% of the time we take chances we shouldn't.  I never like seeing a keeper try to fake out the foward coming at them, because getting it right 90% of the time still doesn't make it worth trying.  I feel sorry for Ochoa, since he had played so well during the tournament and that goal was so clearly his fault.  I hope he's able to learn from the experience rather than it hurting him.


    Jackson Yeull's goal was tremendous, and did serve to lift the team.  The last 40 minutes we played with much more aggression/effort and had a few chances to pull it off.  If Lewis could use his left foot, he would have easily had the tying goal (but to his credit, he was dangerous on the right side).  


    So all in all, a frustrating game and a serious setback,  but not the end of the world.

  14. Hal Barnes, March 29, 2021 at 1:28 a.m.

    Heads should roll we have 300 million people. 

  15. Georgie Best, March 29, 2021 at 1:40 a.m.

    Pathetic coaching, Pathetic game management, Pathetic player selection. Did anyone actually watch these players before they were selected or were they selected on reputation alone? Did Suacedo actually connect on a pass during the tournament? Lewis missed the tying goal on a sitter 2 feet away from goal because he doesn't have a left foot?  Other than a couple of exceptions these players were not up to the task of beating supposedly inferior teams.  The US men's  teams will never have any hope of reaching a final at any level unless they  start dominating the other countries in concacaf on a regular  basis including Mexico. The federation should be ashamed of itself....

  16. frank schoon, March 29, 2021 at 9:45 a.m.

    Guys, it is very understanding why Honduras was better. They probably have  BETTER DA programs, they have a better and larger pro-league, they have more money to throw at this sport, they have much better soccer facilities, they have much better middle class with higher income than we do, they have a wealth of better licensed coaches and their coaches are better instructed...lets see, what else can I think that so much better....they probably have a larger pool of soccer players to choose from.. Oh yeah, and one more thing their PICKUP SOCCER is so much better....Now which of all these factors that I mentioned could be the possible reason they showed so much better than us?  

    As I watched the Honduras game, like the Mexico game, there is one salient factor that stands out and that is our neighbors can HANDLE A BALL unlike us. When you can 'handle a ball' under pressure no matter where, than you can keep the ball away from an opponent and thus nullify any strengths like size ,speed "Turbo", muscle, and even skills ,if there's any. 

    Why, I mean , Why, can't we handle a ball like those players of Mexico and Honduras?...did you like the shooting power of the little Honduran player. With our size and stature comparatively we should capable of kicking the ball to the Moon....but then again , IT'S ALL ABOUT TECHNIQUE, NOT TURBO OR SIZE.

    I had a tough time watching the game or identifying the player of both teams visually due to the shadows. Now if the players/coaches were smart they would try to keep the ball in the shaded portions ,where there is more chance of dew, for the ball will travel faster than in the hot, dry ,sun oriented side of the field...Apparently it didn't matter much for the Honduran kept ball possession and thus neutering any efforts we had....
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  17. frank schoon, March 29, 2021 at 10:29 a.m.

    You have to look at the bigger picture, for I'm not as upset about not going to the Olympics as I'm about our player development. We need to first 'IDENTIFY' the problem which is our player development. There is a group who is very optimistic about our soccer because our boys going to Europe and play. They see our DA program working and as well as pro-league developing our players. We have had soccer players going to Europe and play without having a DA program or having a pro-league developing our boys. And realize the players ,today, we send over to Europe are going to 'TURBO' style soccer countries, not countries where there is more thinking and skill applied.

    Realize, with or without a soccer DA program or pro-league there will always be talented players that go to Europe to play. Ajax ,for example, does not produce great players, they make players better, but players like Van der Vaart, Wesley Sneyder, Zlatan, Cruyff, Bergkamp, Edgar Davids, and so many more over the years, all of which come with talent build in already. Ajax takes the rough diamond and improves them. The Ajax youth DA program is set up for the 'mediocre players' not for the talented players,although they are learning as well. Although the mediocre players are good players in their own right for Ajax otherwise wouldn't pick them but large majority of players are mediocre and play to support the talented players. That is why we don't have 11 Zlatans for instance.

    As I watched both games, not able to distinguish the individual players out there due to the shade , but just at 2 teams out there with a neutral eye. I notice one team (US) lack the element of quick ball handling and ball movement and control. It's that simple and you have to ask considering we have a pro-league, DA programs, all of the infrastructure to teach and develope our players  ,supposedly, what is MISSING here. They all  look the same ,very  similar in playing characteristic and weaknesses.....Their playing foundation is build upon fast movement, Turbo, poor ballhandling skills,etc...Well , you get the picture. The characteristic of our players will not change until we seriously beging to look at PICKUP soccer as a major part of a youth's development.

    And as long as we play teams that can handle a ball better and thus control the game, can possess the ball better, we're going to be spinning our wheels for another 50years, even though we keep sending players to turbo countries and thinking we're getting better....WE HAVE TO BUILD A BETTER FOUNDATION FOR OUR PLAYERS FIRST.....

  18. Philip Carragher replied, March 29, 2021 at 10:49 a.m.

    Frank is correct. Our foundation is no good and the final product is unattractive. What is so exasperating about US soccer is that good soccer, not the soccer we play, is not only more enjoyable for player, coach, and fan, but it teaches all of us tremendous lessons like how emphasizing the level of interconnectedness over running through brick walls is a win-win. Better success from increased harmonious movement.

  19. Bob Ashpole replied, March 29, 2021 at 1:59 p.m.

    Frank, I have to wonder how much of this is soccer culture. You often talk about the "English" influence. My personal experience says that it is mostly cultural.

    Before I played on an adult Hispanic team, I was scared to get the ball and wanted to get rid of it as soon as possible. That attitude changed completely due to the influence of my coach and team mates. I wanted the ball all the time and wanted to take on and beat opponents when I got the ball. As a result of playing like that, I improved greatly as a player. The skills came after my culture changed. That experience almost 40 years ago fundamentally changed how I view the game. That culture is what we need to teach players at the earliest age, a culture that includes love of playing the game.

    This is perhaps not a politically correct statement, but I will be blunt. For whatever reason, the people who control USSF have fought Hispanic influence on USSF soccer and US Soccer is much the worse for it. It really is not an issue of Hispanic soccer. It is a "good soccer" issue, regardless of what the label is. Moreover, USSF's view of the game is not representative of what is actually played in the US.

  20. frank schoon replied, March 29, 2021 at 3:58 p.m.

    Bob ,I bring up English influence because of style of soccer they play which nobody follows on  the continent. I do think a large problem is the Germanic/English influence we've here that was detrimental to our technical development. But realize we've had great English players like Best, Rodney Marsh, Stan Bowles, Stanley Matthews, Bobby Charlton, and German players ,Beckenbauer, Pierre Litbarski, Rummenigge,etc. These guys all come from generations of street soccer. They all had good ball skills as individuals, and btw ,look at Christian Bales. 

    I agree the USSF has not been enthusiatic about the Hispanic side or influence of soccer for our soccer  has been run and set up by Brits and Germans. Realize the Brits also set up soccer in many parts of the world besides the USA , like in South America, and other places but these other places used their own culture to influence soccer. Some countries are more technically inclined than other but they want a solid basis of ball handling skills. 
    You don't have to have be influenced by hispanic culture to become more individualistic with the ball. The dutch , Yugoslavs, French, Spain, Italy, etc....all generated good individualistic player.  The whole Ajax organizations like to see ball handlers, good technicians of the game. Guys that grew up in 'street ,pick up' soccer culture ,all tend to lean towards individualism. Individualism is not necessarily identified with Hispanic soccer, it also depends upon the individual himself. 

    The only way to change and improve our development is to stress more individualism and that also means necessarily a different strand of coaches need to come about. But regardless , Pickup soccer NEEDS to somehow supported and nurtured for then so many of our problems will go by the way side.

  21. Philip Carragher replied, March 29, 2021 at 4:42 p.m.

    Two data points that convinced me that 1v1 superiority/comfort is critical first came out of my coaching licensing program back in the mid-80's and, secondly, watching the Xavi-Iniesta led Barcelona style game. That first learning was the fact that 63% of all professional games were won by the team that had the better of the two teams in 1v1 battles; later, I was amazed by Barca because not only did Xavi and Iniesta and their teammates play a wonderfully successful passing game, in almost any 1v1 battle that a Barcelona player was in, that Barcelona player prevailed.

  22. Bob Ashpole replied, March 29, 2021 at 6:10 p.m.

    Phillip, Barca was an eye-openor for me too. Once I realized that the reason Barca's play looked different than Ajax in the 70s was that Ajax was attacking man to man defenses that keyed on player movements. Barca was attacking zone defenses that keyed on ball movement. That lead me to a better understanding of the general principles that both teams shared. 

    As a player, my view of the game was of 1v1 matchups all over the field. The focus was on dominating my opponent and then doing what I could to help my paired "partners" win their 1v1 matchup. Ultimately that influence over the game would spread to an even larger area and over groups of players.

  23. frank schoon replied, March 29, 2021 at 10:40 p.m.

    Bob, Philip, 1v1 dominance over the opponent creates 2v1 situations, creates spaces and numerical superiority...
    This is why on the front line you have to have a player(s) like that on the front line. Bergkamp, Cruyff, Messi , Ronaldo,etc.,  but not Xavi , Busquets or Iniesta for these guys are midfielders whose job it was to move the ball quickly to the front line.....Bob whether zonal or man to man defense does not matter. Both teams Barca and Ajax played high pressure defense and relied upon fast movement of the ball which is faster than player movement and both teams relied on positioning .

  24. Philip Carragher replied, March 30, 2021 at 12:28 a.m.

    Good stuff Frank and Bob. Much appreciated. What floored me about Xavi's and Iniesta's play was their calm approach in support of others, moving and passing, never appearing to be in a tight spot, but if they did find themselves under fierce pressure they always maintained possession. Remarkable.

  25. Santiago 1314 replied, March 30, 2021 at 11:43 p.m.

    @Frank, Maybe Bob;... How can you say; Tiki-Taka is 1v1.??? ... That flies in the Face of Visual Facts ... Farća Tiki-Taka is Short interpassing between Zones and Lines... Drawing Players to the Zone then Switch to other side...  The number One place to Create 2v1 is a Quick Switch to an Attacking Wing-Back... Other Team is only Playing 1 or 2 Forwards, which are Caught on other side of Field ... Now a Wing-Back is running forward; what will the Midfielder DO.??? Stay with his "Man" or Go to the Ball Carrier.??? 2v1 anytime you want it... Once you Eliminate that Midfield Player, Now the Opposing Fullback is in the Same Predicament... Stay with his players or Step up to the Ball Carrier.??? ... It's a Simple Game; Find the 2v1... Then you Start "The Domino" Principle

  26. frank schoon replied, March 31, 2021 at 8:59 a.m.

    Santiago, Where did I ever mention the association Tiki-Taka is 1v1?????? Please point that out where I mentioned that or even assume that. I never mention Tiki-Taka for it is a term so often used like 'total soccer' meaningless terms used by journalists who don't anything about soccer.

    Your define Tiki-Taka as possessing the ball on one side then shifting to the other side for the open wing back which then creates a possible 2v1 situation. I talk in concepts not in terms just mentions. I'll keep it simple. Yes, you draw attention with the ball to one side of the field thus drawing the opponent's attention there. That automatically opens space to the other side, to anyone open on the other side.

     It is true in some cases switching the field to open player has can have  the effect of creating 2v1. It's also true that it takes LONGER for the effect to work its way further on down the line in front of the goal ,which is The First delay. The Second delay is the time it takes for the ball to switch the field to the other side in one pass. This is done via a long diagonal pass or a pass with an intermediate stage where Guardiola played when he played for Barcelona under Cruyff. These are your to possible delay aspects.

    This is why Cruyff chose on his front line players who can take defenders on 1v1, near the penalty area. So forget Tiki-Taka or switching the field. It is much, much faster, time wise to take a defender on in the last line of defense beating which causes Three things. One, as he beat his opponent the defense has to shift, meaning a defender in front of his goal has to choose to either pick the attacker and leave own man. TWO, the shift by the defense will create space in front of goal. THREE, THE MOST IMPORTANT !!!, the attacker who just beat his defender who is now free, can CREATE  2v1 in front of the goal with his teammate who is guarded let us say....

    So Cruyff saw 2v1 situations created when you employ players on the front line who can beat their opponent 1v1. That is the most direct and faster than going through the TIKI-TAKA say. This is why he had Laudrup, Stoikovich, and Romario up front ,all of whom can beat any defender on.....TOO BAD WE HAVING GOOD 1V1 ON THE FRONT LINE ON THE MNT...

  27. humble 1 replied, April 1, 2021 at 12:07 p.m.

    All the above being said is true, but the topic is qualification for the Olympics in CONCACAF.  Sure PD can be better, but we had the players, what we did not have was the coach/managers and the level required, and we had lets say a bit of arrongance higher up the food chain, to put on the same day a MNT friendly full of players actually younger than many of the players up on the U23 Olympic squad.  So we was saw the entire USSF team basically fumble, bumble, trip over themselves.  Right after missing the 2018 World Cup, the very next available world level tournament, for our boys was Olympics.  They failed. They had the players, this is clear.  So is not on the players, it's on the coach/managers and the USSF staff.  They bungled it.

  28. Santiago 1314 replied, April 10, 2021 at 8:45 p.m.

    @Frank... Right above here, you Posted;

    frank schoon replied, March 29, 2021 at 10:40 p.m.

    Bob, Philip, 1v1 dominance over the opponent creates 2v1 situations, creates spaces and numerical superiority...


  29. Santiago 1314 replied, April 10, 2021 at 9:56 p.m.

    Frank, then you said; "Both teams Barca and Ajax played high pressure defense and relied upon fast movement of the ball which is faster than player movement and both teams relied on positioning ." "Fast Movement of the Ball " ... Tiki-Taka ... For a Good Analysis of 1v1 creating "Domino" Principle in the Box; Read Anson Dorrance, UNC and Women's National Team 1986 ... Now that is True 1v1 Coaching ... 

  30. Karl Sonneman, March 29, 2021 at 12:57 p.m.

    The rot starts at the top, as others here have pointed out.  Are we surprised when the USSF lead by someone named Berhalter hires a coach named Berhalter.  And then finds an unemployed friend to coach at the U23 level.  Did not the US once have a successful coach (World Cup winner, getting the US out of group at World Cup) named Klinsmann.  Talk about cancel culture - the name seems to have been erased from the memory of anyone associated with US soccer including the broadcasters.  Hopefully Parlow-Cone recognizes where success is found, and asks Jill Ellis to come back and coach the men's team.  The shock just might wake them up and lead to some energy in their play.

    We might be much better by bringing back Altidore and Bradley.  Maybe both Bradleys.  The absolute lack of anything looking like an attack in the final third calls for major change in US thinking.  it does no good to play out of the back if you have no idea what to do in front of goal.  The US team (other than Pulisic and Reyna) looks like it wants a quarterback or point guard or the blue line rule so it can play like a "real" American team.  The freedom available on a soccer field seems beyond the capacity of a country that champions freedom everywhere else.

  31. Bob Ashpole, March 29, 2021 at 1:37 p.m.

    I stopped watching at the end of the first half. Our players were outclassed by far in every measure. I have to go back to the 1980s when the MNT was mostly young amatuer players to recall a comparable team. And those amatuers still deserve our respect for their efforts. We have regressed 30 years. 1998 to 2010 appears to be the high water mark of the MNT program. A specific point would be the win over Spain in 2009. What happened to the program after Arena and Bradley? Of course USSF management will say that everything is perfect and proceeding to their perfect plan.

    I can't blame the players. They are what USSF coaches made them.

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