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El Salvador-USA Men's World Cup Qualifying Player Ratings

EL SALVADOR-USA EXPRESS:
Sept. 2 in San Salvador
El Salvador 0 USA 0.
Att.: 29,000.
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The USA opened play in World Cup 2022 qualifying with a 0-0 tie at El Salvador. The Americans failed to create sustained pressure and ended up with few concrete chances. La Selecta's game didn't match the electric atmosphere at San Salvador's Estadio Cuscatlan, hosting its first game in the final round of Concacaf qualifying in more than 12 years. 

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

GOALKEEPER

Matt Turner had to make one save, diving to his left on Eriq Zavaleta's header that wasn't hit with enough power to beat him in the 57th minute. Most of El Salvador's chances came on shots from outside the penalty area that missed the target. Turner's footwork got him into trouble in the 32nd minute when he conceded a corner kick after mishandling a backpass.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

5
Matt Turner (New England Revolution) 8/0 (27)

DEFENDERS

Miles Robinson and Tim Ream both played with composure and gave the Salvadorans few opportunities to operate at the top of the penalty area. Robinson missed on a wide-open header in the 9th minute, and his through ball started one of the USA's best chances that ended with Kellyn Acosta's header in the 75th minute. Sergino Dest looked lost on the left side, creating wide openings for El Salvador to exploit. Except for one shot saved by Salvadoran keeper Mario Gonzalez in the 19th minute, Dest contributed little to the attack. DeAndre Yedlin had to clear a lot of balls and helped provide a modicum of control on the right side of midfield until the U.S. game deteriorated.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

5
DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray/TUR) 67/0 (28)

6
Miles Robinson (Atlanta United) 10/3 (24)

6
Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG) 46/1 (33)

3
Sergino Dest (Barcelona/ESP) 12/1 (20)

MIDFIELDERS

Tyler Adams showed why U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter installed him as captain, cleaning up loose balls in midfield and covering for Dest to his left. That task limited Adams' ability to press and do more in attack, though. As usual, Weston McKennie could be found all over the field, getting in dangerous positions in El Salvador's half for his header that he put wide in the 72nd minute and for his cross that Acosta headed to the post and was pushed aside by Gonzalez and cleared by Ronald Rodriguez in the 75th minute. But he also shot wildly over the goal with an open Gio Reyna waiting for the ball in the 40th minute and repeatedly turned the ball over, like he did in the 67th minute. His frustration showed moments later, fouling and getting carded. Brenden Aaronson struggled to find the game in the first half in his role as the most advanced midfielder. He came out in the second half and was livelier, getting involved in the build-up on Acosta's chance.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

6
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER) 15/1 (22)

4
Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA) 25/7 (23)

4
Brenden Aaronson (RB Salzburg/AUT) 8/3 (20)

FORWARDS

Gio Reyna was involved in many of the USA's most dangerous moments -- Robinson's early header off a free kick and McKennie's header that he couldn't put on target -- but he found himself marooned too often on the wings and was given few opportunities to take advantage of his expertise on set pieces. El Salvador's backline was shaky but rarely fouled in dangerous positions and conceded just three corner kicks. Konrad de la Fuente, earning just his second cap, and Josh Sargent started out well but couldn't sustain their efforts. De la Fuente was more dangerous on the left side than the right side but simply didn't get enough help from Dest in breaking down the Salvadoran defense. Sargent did a good job of harassing the Salvadoran defense but once again failed to find the target, missing in the 5th minute when a rebound deflected off him.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

5
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER) 9/4 (18)

4
Josh Sargent (Norwich City/ENG) 17/5 (21)

4
Konrad de la Fuente (Marseille/FRA) 2/0 (20)

SUBSTITUTES

The U.S. subs came in two waves: Antonee Robinson, Jordan Pefok and Kellyn Acosta in the 64th minute and Cristian Roldan and Sebastian Lletget in the 78th minute. Robinson provided some width that at least caused the Salvadoran defense to play attention down the USA's left side, and Pefok was involved in the build-up for Acosta's chance in the 75th minute.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

4
Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG) 13/0 (24)

4
Jordan Pefok (Young Boys/SUI) 7/1 (25)

4
Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids) 38/2 (26)

NR
Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy) 30/7 (28)

NR
Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders) 26/0 (26)

TRIVIA: The USA has never lost a World Cup qualifier at the Estadio Cuscatlan. Its record is now one win and three ties in four meetings dating back to 1997.

NEXT UP: The USA plays Canada Sunday in Nashville. El Salvador is the only team to open with two home games, hosting Honduras on Sunday.

Sept. 2 in San Salvador
El Salvador 0 USA 0.
El Salvador -- Gonzalez; Tamacas, Zavaleta, Rodriguez, Larin (Pineda 74); Ceren (Cartagena 59), Orellana, A.Roldan; Monterroza (Duenas 59); Rivas (Martinez 81), Henriquez (Perez, 74).
USA -- Turner; Yedlin (Lletget 79), M.Robinson, Ream, Dest (A.Robinson 64); Adams, McKennie, Aaronson (C.Roldan 78); Reyna, Sargent (Pefok 64), de la Fuente (Acosta, 65).
Yellow Cards: USA -- McKennie 67, Yedlin 68; El Salvador -- Monterroza 40.
Red Cards: none.
Referee:  Juan Gabriel Calderon (Costa Rica).
Att.: 29,000.

Stats:
El Salvador/USA
Shots: 7/13
Shots on target: 1/2
Saves: 2/1
Corner Kicks: 5/3
Fouls: 11/19
Offside: 0/0
Possession: 51%/49%
44 comments about "El Salvador-USA Men's World Cup Qualifying Player Ratings".
  1. John Sabala, September 3, 2021 at 5:43 a.m.

    Not A Good Enough

    To start this all important world cup marathon the coach picks a defensive formation of a 4-2-3-1.  A terrible choice IMOP.  Playing your best #8 or #10 McKinnie as a D-mid?  The attack for most of the match (after the first 15 minutes) was disjointed and saw the US back to playing long ball and not possessing or creating chances from the run of play. Aaronson is a winger not an offensive midfielder and will not be able to hand the physical play on CONCACAF in that area.  Dest was our worst player on the pitch, but neither fullback was impressive in the attack.  We must stop losing the midfield battle.  We did not look like the #10 team in the world and we can't just say wait until Pulisic is back in the line up.  Canada will be a much tougher match than El Salvador even though we are playing in the US.  Can't really blame Sergeant for lack of production as he had to come back to help in the midfield far too much, but a couple those led to a couple of our miniscule chances.  He did not get any good service from the wings besides the one header by McKinnie on the top of the penalty area.  I remain unimpressed by GB ability to change the flow of a game based on what the opponent is doing and with the placement of subs.  Moving Acosta to RB was almost catastropic.  On to the next match now.

  2. Wayne Norris, September 3, 2021 at 6:14 a.m.

    I would say pretty accurate. Why all "4"s for subs? Do they set docked for being subs?

  3. Santiago 1314 replied, September 3, 2021 at 9:58 a.m.

    I think they all Got 4s, because they had Zero impact on Game, when they came In. 5 is Avg.... I think Reyna should have been 4 also... But so many Players are Playing So "DisAssociated" and "DisOrganized" because either the Player Next to them is NOT "Compatible/Complementary" or Coach has them Playong Out of Postition for their Strengths and Weaknesses....
    Take REAM for Example.... This was Probably the Best Game he has EVER had for USA... I personally don't think he should be on  the Roster,  Much less Start...But, as Coach, Why wouldn't you Start his Club Teammate (A. Rob) NEXT TO Him.???... That little extra Familiarity on Positioning and "Out-Letting" could have brought more Composure and Coordination to the USA Game.... Instead, Ggg throws "Wild Card" Dest over there... Thereby "Destablizing" 3 Positions on the Field... Lf.CB...Lf.FB...Rt.FB..... Which Caused Disappearance of Reyna, Cause Yedlin WAS/IS Unable or Uninterested in getting Forward and Linking up with Reyna for Overlaps to the End Line for Penetration/Crosses behind defense.
    So Rt.FW is 4th player now "DisAssociated" from the Team......
    POOR Coaching.....Plain and Simple.!!!

  4. Goal Goal replied, September 3, 2021 at 2:49 p.m.

    I dont understand the infatuation with Reyna.  Is it a name thing.  He was an above average youth player certainly, and I know he plays in Germany.  However, if you surround yourself with above average talent you are going to have more of a chance than if you have to go out and create it yourself.  That was proven in the U17 cup.  Doesnt have the speed to keep up with pace at this level.

  5. Santiago 1314 replied, September 3, 2021 at 4:05 p.m.

    Goal Goal, One does Certainly have to ask; How is Dortmund Using Him, and How is Ggg using him.???...
    My impression is; Gio seems to get Goals and be Effective for BvB in Central Areas... He might Line-Up wide and Then he seems to have Free Reign to go where he wants...I would have to Break down some Video Tape to see Where the Difference Lies...BUT, THATS NOT MY JOB ANYMORE.!!!...THAT IS THE JOB OF THE NATIONAL STAFF COACHES.!!!.... How does he Pop Up in the Right Place, at The Right Time for BvB and Not for USA.???... Is there someone Feeding Him the Ball or is He getting Himself into Good Spots or is He Just Lucky.???... Something is Not Right... Similar to how Pulisic used to NOT Fit in with USA Previous Team.

  6. Santiago 1314, September 3, 2021 at 6:18 a.m.

    Yes John... An Opportunity for 3pts Squandered 
    McKinNIE was Too Far Forward in my Opinion, He is NOT a capable #8/10... Just ask his Current Juventus Coach,  Who wants to get rid of him; But, NO ONE would Take him.!!!

  7. John Sabala replied, September 3, 2021 at 6:37 a.m.

    McKinnie is one of our best mid-field players. He tends to roam the pitch and must learn more discpline to stay.  The issue was the formation choses and we decied to sit back and not press up the field.  A big tactical mistake, but you really can't press in a 4-2-3-1.  McKinnie has far more upside.

  8. Santiago 1314 replied, September 3, 2021 at 8:14 a.m.

    John, you just Said Exactly why McKenNIE is not a #8... and why he is a #6... So, Do you SIT Him or Adams.???... They ARE The Same Player.... Neither one of them can play in a Forward "Distributor-CheckBack-Turn-Connect" Midfield Position...  Think more Athletic Michael Bradley... Except MB had a Better "Soccer Brain"(And I Like MB,  I Like Adams and McNIE as #6s)... The team has an Aboundance of Wing Backs... So, Let the Provide Width and Penetration on the Wings and by playing a Double Pivot with Adams-McNIE, Ready willing and able to Sprint Outside to Covet the whole the "Wingbacks" create. DESIGN THE TEAM TO YOUR PLAYERS STRENGTHS.!!!

  9. Santiago 1314 replied, September 3, 2021 at 8:21 a.m.

    And John; it was Not Defensive Formation...
    It was a 4-2-1-3( Maybe it was Supposed to be a 4-1-2-3, but like you said, McNIE is all Over the Place)

    Konrad--SGT--Reyna
    Was a True 3 Front; But Reyna and Konrad are "Weak" at Pressing... Sgt did his Usual Good Job of Pressing, but didn't get much Help from Wings or Midfielders

  10. Santiago 1314, September 3, 2021 at 6:31 a.m.

    Now, My Toughts....
    Ggg; You Back In The Dog House.!!!...You Been a Bad Puppy.!!!... Where is my Rolled Up Newspaper so I can Give you a "Loving" Whack on the Boody.
    By Starting Ream, you have told the Team, THEIR ARE FAVORITES... He Shouldn't even be on the Roster and EVERY ONE KNOWS IT.!!!
    You Play your Best Team in Game 1 of Any Tounament... Those of us that have Coached 3 games in a day will Tell you that.!!!... WIN Game 1 and you are Sitting Pretty... Tie and you are "On The Fence"... Thank God we didn't Lose.!!!

  11. Santiago 1314 replied, September 3, 2021 at 6:38 a.m.

    Ggg...Definition of Insanity... "Doing the same Mistake over and Over, and Expecting a Different Result."... Dest CAN NOT Play LEFT DEFENSE.!!!
    Dest and Konrad were tripping Over each other, and Bringing each others Defenders into each others Wing Space... Instead of 1v1 or 1v2; it was 2v3 or 2v4 in Small Space... Too Congested to Penetrate, They ended up Killing the Flow, by having to play Back or Square. There is NO Balance to the Attack with Dest on the Left.
    BUT Dest Shouldn't have even been on the Field in an AWAY CONcacaCrApF Game, Much less Played Out of Position.!!!

  12. Santiago 1314 replied, September 3, 2021 at 6:45 a.m.

    Ggg should have Switched Reyna and Aaronson...  Aaronson Looked like a Fish Out of Water. Reyna was Totally Wasted Up Front, When what we Needed was some "Soccer Brain" on the Ball.
    "NO SHOW" Sargent again... Should have brought in Pepi, Not Pefok... We weren't going to Lose the Game; Was a Good Chance to see if a Different Style of CT FORWARD is the Solution.???

  13. John Sabala replied, September 3, 2021 at 6:49 a.m.

    Santiago, 100% concur with your assessment on T. Ream. He played an ok game, meaning he did not make blunders, but we missed the passing ability of Brooks from the back.  I was just amazed at the lack of connected passes since GB states we want to build out of the back.  I just saw long missles over the top that mostly ended up with El Salvador players.

  14. humble 1 replied, September 3, 2021 at 11:35 a.m.

    Chill Santi.  It was a predictably disjointed effort.  Your line-up cannot change that.  The players coming from Europe left like Sunday or Monday.  They all came to the US then flew to El Salvador.  For many it was their first trip there.  That is more a reflection on the failure of the USSF to recognize and assemble their youth teams, b.c. you need to get the young boys down there, to take out the shock factor when you send your full mens team.  Anyway, it was just disjointed.  They will come around.  Also, please, please, give some credit to the team Coach Perez assembled and how he prepared them.  He had the boys flying.  He knew USA would be disjointed.  He got the point.  It really is a win-win.  We got the point, so did they. Do the analysis, get the feedback to the players, incorporate it into training sessions coming up, and put this in the rear-view mirror.  C'mon boys!  

  15. Santiago 1314 replied, September 3, 2021 at 12:41 p.m.

    Humble; if it was going to be a "Predictably DisJointed Effort", Then why do you even Put DEST as a Starter...and Aaronson as a Midfielder.???...
    Isn't that another Indictment of the Player Selection of Ggg.???(See Definition of Insanity Above)
    And Yes, Congrats to mi Amigo Hugo... He Finally got a STANDING OVATION From the Cuscatlán...After All these years... (Better than getting Piss and Flaming Frisbees THROWN On You.!!!)

  16. Santiago 1314, September 3, 2021 at 7:01 a.m.

    For those of you that Missed my Starting Line-Up, I Re-Post; **Santiago 1314, September 2, 2021 at 9:16 a.m.** Pulisic OUT for ELS... SO, I would Go with;
    Konrad-Pefok-Sargent
    ------------Reyna
    --McKenNIE-Adams
    Bello-------------------Yedlin
    ---Brooks-M.Robinson
    ----------*Turner*
    "I actually had Turner IN for ELS, before Steffen was Scratch... He's better SHOT Stopper on Crappy Fields, Less Skillful Footwork, but this is NOT going to be a Tiki-Taka Game"

  17. Peter Bechtold replied, September 3, 2021 at 10:32 a.m.

    Santiago, I like your pre-match line-up.
    Too many fans here, including former USMNT players, overrated winning the 2 trophies this summer. !. The matches were at home(like the WNT matches usually),2. most were 1-0 wins without playing well. 3. many opponents brought less than theit "A" team. 
    Santiago, after you paddle your puppy, you still keep him, don't you ? I give GB one more chance, on Sunday. Canada has much better players than El Salvador.

  18. Santiago 1314 replied, September 4, 2021 at 9:15 a.m.

    Peter; I would say that Canada has better Athletes than ELS...But they were TERRIBLE in that 1st half the other Night... Couldn't play there way out of a Wet Paper Bag...
    Davies is INCREDIBLE.!!! (He will Trash Dest, Hopefully M.Rob and Adam's will be able to Cover that Hole)(Scally should have been Brought IN for this game)(And why is Richards NOT here.???Moving to Hoffenheim is Lame Excuse)
    The only way Honduras Slowed him down was, the Canadian Coach, INEXPLICABLY,  Switched him from Left Side to Right Side 20 minutes into the 1st half.!?!?!?
    They did look better in the 2nd Half, with introduction of Hoilett...But, They Spent A LOT of energy, Just to get a TIE at Home(on a PK)

  19. frank schoon, September 3, 2021 at 9:22 a.m.

    Guys, I didn't see the game but from the comments I've thus far it sounds that this was unexpected, shocking....How can we only get a point when we so many players playing for top teams in Europe of all places as compared to El Salvador who has only one player playing in Europe. The Salvadorean player plays in Holland for a second division team FC Eindhoven. Eindhoven hasn't played in the top division "Eredivisie"  in over 50years.. I totally forgot about this team... FC Eindhoven is a joke. I'm just wondering why they even bother getting a Salvadorian player, unless he lives in Holland and is married to a dutch girl and just happens to live near Eindhoven....Who knows????

    Now lets get back to our "STAR-STUDDED" team whose players are making millions, playing all over Europe, unlike El Salvadore, who probably have just enough money in their budget for bus fare to get their players to the stadium. Watching the highlights El Salvadore looked pretty good or decent out there , playing against us.. Kudos to El Salvador..

    Here is my point, why are we in a state of shock? Because most of the soccer fans are not educated enough to understand the game. That is not their fault, for most of the blame , I see, goes to American Soccer Journalism who don't seem educate the fan. I'm not blaming soccer journalism here in total but it seems that sports journalism ,overal, in this country can be summed up to the level of what you can read in Sports Illustrated, or in People Magazine. The sports writing here is very superficial, with little or no detail as a result you don't learn anything.

    For example, SA constantly give glowing reports of how well our boys are doing in Europe...."he scored a goal' or "he assisted", or 'he started"...This is fine if it is employed as a supplement to overal picture of the player. In other words, what are the weaknesses of the player ,what does he need to improve on or learn about the game...We don't get that part of the picture and that is why I  think American soccer journalism needs some serious improving. If we had a better picture of our boys' capabilities we would not be in shock of what happened last night or in all the other previous let downs where we all are pulling our hair out....
                                                     
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  20. frank schoon, September 3, 2021 at 9:59 a.m.

    Santiago, sorry about our #13,#14, made an interesting statement ,I think, that SA should have come up with this in giving a better picture of our player, in this case, McKennie. Santiago stated that the coach of Juventus can't get rid of McKennie for no team wants him....This is something SA should have reported on and that perhaps explains why McKennie gets a 4 rating. WHAT IS IT THAT THE JUVENTUS COACH DON'T LIKE ABOUT MCKENNIE....where is the scoop, American soccer journalist????

    Personally, I always thought, why did Juventus ever traded for McKennie. What did they ever see in  him? It wasn't for the Intelligence or great Technical level. They picked McKennie up for they needed a piano carrier, a work horse,  because the over 30 some year old Ronaldo wasn't about to play defense or work, that's not his strength. But that is not discussed , instead we get the headline of 'our boy is playing for Juventus ,'it's prove our boys are getting better', which is not the case here....

    But here is the kicker, McKennie is probably the most experience of all our players on the field ,taking into account his history of playing backround for a German team and Juventus. This guy should stick out above all other players head and shoulder on the USMNT just by his experience alone....

    Dest is rated a 3. Obviously he probably played on the left side which is not his strong side. Here is a guy who grew up in Holland, developed at Ajax, played for Ajax and now for Barcelona, chose to play for the USMNT and he looks like crap.

    So here we go , two experience players Mc Kennie , Dest, 4 and 3 ,respectively...That should tell you something about our coaching, in how to mix together  players when making a team.... All these formations that are suggested in how the team should play are meaningless because we don't take into account the weakness of each player and how the strengths of each player that  can hide the weaknesses of their nearest teammate. Sorry to say that is never talked about by soccer journalists, and therefore the reader never gets a good picture of what the REAL capabilities of our players are.  We tend to get an unrealistic picture of our boys and we're in shock after playing El Salvador...

  21. Bob Ashpole replied, September 3, 2021 at 3 p.m.

    Frank, you are spot on. I watched about 60 minutes of the match before I got too bored.

    Calling it "dull" is being kind. My description is that it was like watching a stock car with a flat tire continuing to race instead of pitting for a tire change. 

    My conclusion too is that poor coaching has something to do with it.

  22. Santiago 1314 replied, September 3, 2021 at 3:52 p.m.

    I actually Dozed Off for 5 or 10 minutes... Didn't Miss a Thing.!!!

  23. Philip Carragher, September 3, 2021 at 11:05 a.m.

    Dest's first touch was off from the beginning. I wonder if that is something a coach can ascertain before starting a player. My son used to have that issue now and then, and his solution, which worked, was to spend a few minutes juggling the ball and making sure his eye/foot linkage was in synch. I would repeat that fix with middle school players, the good ones that could juggle, and if they were out of synch I'd pull them, have them juggle, and send them back in. You can't do that in these games with the national team, but I do wonder if that can be sussed out beforehand. The El Salvador player, Enriquez I believe his name was, was doing well 1v1 against Dest, was threatening, so the next step for me might have been to put in Busio, who played solid defense against a strong offensive player he faced recently in a Gold Cup game (?) whose name I can't recall. Busio's footspeed defensively is quite good. I've mentioned this before and have only one reason for it's explanation so please help me out, players like McKennie look so much better playing with their club teams than they do with our national team and my guess was because they're surrounded by a consistent group of very strong players. When they find themselves back with our boys, that consistency isn't there. I think Pulisic finds himself in a similar set of situations; is it possible that Berhalter swims these same waters? You can only do so much with the players you're given to work with. Lastly, hats off to Hugo and his boys.

  24. frank schoon replied, September 3, 2021 at 11:37 a.m.

    Philip, It is true players look better with their club because they with players better than they are which helps their own game. But these same players who play a level higher than those whom they play with on our NT should stand out head and shoulders, even adding in their presence but that doesn't happen. That is why I question how much are really they improving. Messi at Barcelona ,let us say, rules the roost but at the NT level he doesn't because he also has lots of great Argentinian players around him. But this is just the opposite case with our players who are not surrounded by great players and therefore should stand out.....

  25. Santiago 1314 replied, September 3, 2021 at 1:29 p.m.

    Bello u mean Phillip... Not Busio at Left Defense 

  26. Bob Ashpole replied, September 3, 2021 at 3:14 p.m.

    Phillip, it is accepted science that a warmup including a couple hundred touches will improve performance. My goal was 500 touches in the initial 10 minutes, but reality was only about 200 touches. That warmup step was included in both practices and matches. It fits with warmup, because warmups objectives include raising body temperature and blood pressure.

    Dribbling, juggling, and ball mastery exercises all work well. Dennis Mueller's 1000 touches drill is a classic example.

  27. Philip Carragher replied, September 3, 2021 at 8:22 p.m.

    You're correct Santi, it's Bello. Thanks.

  28. Kent James, September 3, 2021 at 11:18 a.m.

    I thought two of our best players, Dest and Reyna, had poor games (though Reyna's kicks on set pieces were excellent).  Sargent worked hard, had some impressive displays of skill, but unfortunately, on the key measure, did not score.  His replacement, Pefok, did no better (though he seems to have an impressive abilty to strip players of the ball almost from behind, due to a combination of big feet, long legs, and good timing).  Adams and McKinnie were everpresent, Ream and Robinson were steady in the back (as was Turner), Yedlin was under more pressure and did fine (Adams providing stability, McKinnie causing problems for ES).  Aaronson (who I like) is better on the wing than in the middle.  Can Reyna play a number 10?  I feel like he has the skills.  Bottom line is the game was fine; we took a young, inexperienced team (in CONCACAF anyway) into a hostile environment (though in contrast to years past, the playing surface seemed pretty good).  They got expeirence, and we didn't lose.  I thought we were always the more dangerous team, but ES played very well (tenacious defending, quick-passing, pretty good speed).  ES was inspired, we matched their intensity enough to get a result.  Looking at the rest of the scores shows that we were not the only team that struggled to score. CONCACAF qualifying is where anything can happen...

  29. Kevin Leahy, September 3, 2021 at 12:18 p.m.

    You have to put your players in the best situation for them to succeed. Did this lineup do that? I don't believe it did. Dest on the left is not helping him succeed. Turner is very good goalie that, shows a tendency to struggle with the ball @ his feet. Feel that having a former defender as the coach is detrimental to creating chances in the attacking end of the field. They have to get it right against Canada because, anything less than 3 points will be a cloud over them, they might not be able to shake.

  30. frank schoon replied, September 3, 2021 at 1:18 p.m.

    Kevin,  I quote you, "Feel that having a former defender as the coach is detrimental to creating chances in the attacking end of the field", BINGO!!!! that is my feeling from day one when they acquired GB.
    The only reason I can see getting a coach who is former defender, is if you're team is highly technical and very offense, than you need a some balance. For example when on attack in the opponents half you stress that to pick up any loose players who are waiting for a counter attack, or certain defensive movements pro actively without distorting the teams' strength which is offense.

    But with the our team, we need more offensively good players, a better attack, able to teach certain players like Sargent what to do  in certain situationss....the whole nine yards. We don't have great attackers, great ball handlers ,we don't produce this as a nation. In order to start to nurture a better style of play which is more offensive, creative, you need an offensive coach that help produce this. This type of coach needs to have played an attacking style as a player. We don't have that balance currently between the coach's capability and the team. It is too one-sided.

    Playing an attacking game is what makes a player become better. Just like kids, if you stress defense, you'll become creative...and that is why I'm against coaches in the youth ranks who were former defenders... Organization and structure is not what kids need but creativeness, physically(technically) and mentally...

  31. Santiago 1314, September 3, 2021 at 12:50 p.m.

    Good Points Peter, Kent, Frank, Phillip, Kevin....
    I give The Puppy 2 More Games.... 
    If we Lose or Tie BOTH... FIRE HIM.!!!

    Puppy Got To Go back to the Kennel, for Inability to Learn or be Re-Trained about; Eating The Furniture, Pissing on the Carpet and Digging Up the Daisies.!!!

    (Bring In Vermes, with Tab as Assistant)

  32. R2 Dad, September 3, 2021 at 1:23 p.m.

    Where is the rating for the coach?

  33. Santiago 1314 replied, September 3, 2021 at 1:37 p.m.

    Here; Let me Help You... -0-
    2 Steps Forward; 1 Step Back...
    2 more Steps Back and He Falls OFF The Boat.!!!

  34. frank schoon replied, September 3, 2021 at 1:45 p.m.

    R2,  To really rate him is for these two coaches to switch teams....wouldn't that be something....


  35. Santiago 1314 replied, September 3, 2021 at 4:25 p.m.

    I'd take that Deal in a SPLIT SECOND.!!!

  36. cony konstin, September 3, 2021 at 1:55 p.m.

    I read through everyone’s comments and I saw good points from everyone. In the end coaches don’t win world cups badass players who can all attack and defend out of their minds do. Neither team has so traits. Neither team will win the World Cup. The US has spent billions of dollars and we still don’t have one badass player. The US has always had good players but we never had special players. So after spending billions of dollars, creating lots of curriculum, pretty uniforms, cool shoes, tons of smoke n mirrors and useless gimmicks  we come up with this important question what the hell are we going to do next to create badass, creative, innovative, Warriors to win a World Cup? Because pouring gasoline over lots of cash in a dumpster isn’t going to make a difference anymore. Usonian soccer has hit a  wall of minutia that is holding us back from ever becoming spectacular, brilliant, inspiring, excellent and of course beautiful. US SOCCER NEEDS A SOCCER REVOLUTION! It needs radical and unorthodox change. We need new leadership that has the vision and especially the backbone to brake the wall of minutia that is holding us back. You can’t make chicken soup with chicken excrement.. And that’s what the US has been doing with their billions of dollars for years. We need a chicken, onions, celery, carrots, bay leaf, water, salt, pepper and a touch of garlic. WE NEED A REVOLUTION! 

  37. R2 Dad replied, September 3, 2021 at 3:17 p.m.

    Sorry Cony, USSF is not going to be throwing that party. This should come from grassroots up, but grassroots wont fund it. Maybe the oil emirates would be interested? 

  38. Santiago 1314 replied, September 3, 2021 at 4:21 p.m.

    Cony mi Amigo;
    Stay Away from The Capitol Building next Jan. 6th.!!!(jajaja)
    In a Seriousness... Tell us what you think of the Progression or Should I say Regression of Yedlin.???

    I Believe you have a Long History with Him...

    To Me, He was the Next Coming of a Right Footed Roberto Carlos...
    Now he only Occasionally gets into the Attack and usually just Squares it or Plays Back...

    Now No Difference than Moore and Not as Big, So i think Moore will Pass him by for #2 on Depth Chart(Scally maybe also soon) and we will have Lost another "Great" Unique Talent.... Speed, Twitch, Strength, Ambition, and Above All CREATIVITY.... Dest has some of those Qualities, but not All.

  39. R2 Dad, September 3, 2021 at 5:21 p.m.

    So, sounds like we're missing an international-level 10? We have tons of....oh, wait. We don't have ANY international 10s because no coaches know how to grow them. Note to USSF: 8 does not equal 10.

  40. Santiago 1314 replied, September 4, 2021 at 8:52 a.m.

    9s, 10s and Left Fullbacks GROW on a Tree Planted by GOD... I'm not sure any Human Coach can "Grow" one...
    But, They sure can "Kill" One...
    "Play the Way Your Facing"
    "Don't Dribble"
    "One Touch"
    "Pass, Pass, PASS The Damn Ball"
    "SUB, SUB, SUB"
    "You want to Play on this Team, you play the way I TELL YOU"

  41. Philip Carragher, September 4, 2021 at 8:48 a.m.

    CK, anyone, about these badass players: is sending our boys to play on foreign clubs the way to develop badass players? A French national team coach told a panel on a coaching show that France wants these talented players to stay home so they can develop from a very good player into a great one because being great means you have the attitude that "you're the man". If these talented French players go to Barca or Real Madrid, they get lost in the system.

  42. Bob Ashpole replied, September 4, 2021 at 11:15 a.m.

    The US is not France. France has a reputation for developing professional players. Next to Brazil, France is the top exporter of players in the world. 

  43. Santiago 1314 replied, September 4, 2021 at 6:35 p.m.

    I see your Point Phillip;
    In our Previous 50year Development System(pre DA)
    The best Players in USA where "Stars" on their Club (and Heaven forbid, High School and College teams)
    Not Necessarily great for Developing World Class Players, But good enough for Developing "American Spirit of '76" Style CONcacaCrApF Dominating World Cup and Olympic QUALIFYING Teams.
    Part of our DEMISE/Decline, As I see it, was When the DA took that away and Our "Best" Players went Overseas "To Sit the Bench" and the Result was the Bottom fell Out in COUVA.
    Michael Bradley  et al..... Where in their 30s(Too Old)
    Christian Pulisic et al ......Where under20s (Too Young)
    What Happened to a 10 year "Generation" of Players.???

    We Shouldn't be HAVING to Build our USMNT Around 22 year Olds.!!!!....(That though they are on "Better" Teams)
    They are still mostly fringe Players or Loaned Off or Sold Off)
    This Lack of "Character Development" that you allude to, was Evident the other night in the Cuscatlán. 
    NO Leadership on the Field or Internal RECALL mechanism (H.S./College experience) to "WILL" the Team to Victory.!!!! (Like in "The OLD Days)
    You can see The Disgust on the Faces of Former National team Players Turned TV Analyst....(They sense the Lack)
    We are Living Dangerously in a VERY HIGH RISK/REWARD Situation with this Very Skillful, "Under-Baked",  "UnMatured" Group of Gypsies...
    COUNTRYLess Wanderers due to Lack of Normal US H.S./College Experiences. 
    We might be able to Overcome it, Thru Superior skills and Tactics.. But if we Lose the Next 2 games, The Wheels are going to Fall Off this Generation also.!!!

  44. frank schoon replied, September 4, 2021 at 8 p.m.

    Santiago, so TRUE

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