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USA-Canada Men's World Cup Qualifying Player Ratings

USA-CANADA EXPRESS:
Sept. 5 in Nashville, Tennessee
USA 1 Canada 1. Goals: Aaronson 55; Larin 62.
Att.: 43,028.

The anemic offense of the Gregg Berhalter-coached U.S. national team may have been overlooked amid the glory of his young players winning the Gold Cup -- with five 1-0 wins -- but two games into World Cup qualifying it has become tiresome and concerning. On Sunday, the USA settled for a 1-1 home tie against Canada after opening with a scoreless tie on the road against El Salvador. 


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


GOALKEEPER

Matt Turner's only save was an easy one from Cyle Larin's weak shot in the 11th minute. He batted out a mis-hit close-range shot from Larin that was going wide for a corner kick in the 14th minute. Turner, who shanked a back pass out of bounds in the 33rd minute, had no chance on the second-half goal by Larin.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

5
Matt Turner
(New England Revolution) 9/0 (27)

DEFENDERS

Before subbed with an injury shortly before halftime, Sergino Dest struggled defending against the formidable Alphonso Davies and threatened offensively once, when he beat two Canadians and fed Brenden Aaronson for a cross that was intercepted. Antonee Robinson, who was less challenged defensively, assisted on the U.S. goal. Central defender Miles Robinson won high balls and helped out Dest. John Brooks had a peculiarly eventful evening. His passes out of the back sourced the majority of the U.S. attacks. Some flew crisply to teammates, others did not, and none ultimately troubled the Canadians. Brooks oddly stopped marking Larin when the Canadian scored the equalizer, and got lucky Tajon Buchanan misfired after blazing through his mis-timed approach.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

4
 Sergino Dest
(Barcelona/ESP) 13/1 (20)

5 Miles Robinson (Atlanta United) 11/3 (24)

4 John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER) 44/3 (28)

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

MIDFIELDERS

Besides Kellyn Acosta's pass to Antonee Robinson and Tyler Adams' to Jordan Pefok on the U.S. goal buildup, Acosta and Adams far more played the roles of destroyers than creators. Their hustling helped the U.S. backline defend but added little inventiveness to the attack. The only good first-half U.S. chance was sparked by Sebastian Lletget. Overall, the midfield trio's attacking game plan seemed to be reacting to what became Brooks' passes out of the back, and cover for the outside backs' forays, which were too predictable to concern the Canadians much. Adams turned his average performance into a subpar one with an asinine yellow-card foul in the 70th minute that ended a promising U.S. counterattack as it surged for a gamewinner.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids) 39/2 (26)

5 Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER) 16/1 (22)

6 Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy) 31/7 (28)

FORWARDS

Christian Pulisic was fouled five times, not counting those that weren't whistled by referee Oshane Nation, such as the advantage call when Pulisic kept the ball moving in the buildup for the USA's goal. While the fouling stifled his dribbling, his ineffectual set-piecees were of his own doing. Pulisic hit the post with an off-balance shot in the 21st minute. Brenden Aaronson's hectic approach hampered him in the early going, but without his efforts the U.S. first-half would have been entirely unthreatening to the Canadians. And to score from close-range after starting the attack by winning the ball in the midfield impresses indeed. Two smart touches in the goal buildup by Jordan Pefok made up for his center forward appearance without a threatening shot.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

7 Brenden Aaronson (RB Salzburg/AUT) 9/4 (20)

5 Jordan Pefok (Young Boys/SUI) 8/1 (25)

5 Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG) 39/16 (22) 

SUBSTITUTES

DeAndre Yedlin didn't contribute enough to make up for getting beat on the goal. The other subs saw only 10 minutes of play, during which Josh Sargent's move drew a foul, for a free kick that Pulisic squandered.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

4
DeAndre Yedlin
(Galatasaray/TUR) 66/0 (28)

nr Konrad de la Fuente
(Marseille/FRA) 3/0 (20)

nr Josh Sargent
(Norwich City/ENG) 18/5 (21)

nr Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders) 27/0 (26)

TRIVIA: In its last six games, the USA has scored, on average, one goal every 114 minutes.

Sept. 5 in Nashville, Tennessee
USA 1 Canada 1. Goals: Aaronson 55; Larin 62.
USA -- Turner; Dest (Yedlin, 44), M.Robinson, Brooks, A.Robinson; Acosta, Adams, Lletget (Roldan, 83); Aaronson (Sargent, 83), Pefok (De La Fuente, 83), Pulisic.
Canada -- Borian; Johnston, Henry, Kennedy (Miller, 58); Laryea, Eustaquio, Kaye (Hutchinson, 77), Adekugbe; Holiet (Buchanan, 65), Larin (David, 65), Davies (Osorio, 77).
Yellow cards: USA -- Pefok 29, Brooks 33, Adams 70. Canada: Laryea 28, Kaye 68. Red cards: none.
Referee: Oshane Nation (Jamaica)
Att.: 43,028.

Stats:
USA/Canada
Shots: 11/6
Shots on target: 2/2
Saves: 1/2
Corner Kicks: 5/2
Fouls: 10/12
Offside: 0/1
Possession: 72%/28%

47 comments about "USA-Canada Men's World Cup Qualifying Player Ratings".
  1. R2 Dad, September 6, 2021 at 1:23 a.m.

    After the match GB talked about the inability to switch play fast enough and the speed of players, while CP and TA talked about the need for ideas and creativity. So it seems there is a disagreement on how performance needs to improve, and defender GB is not going to suddenly change his thinking in that regard.

    As far as that TA foul for a legal challenge that was more than 2 yards off the ball, I’ve never seen that called where the official stops play; the correct call is to go back once the ball is dead and card the offending player. VAR can’t fix bad CONCACAF ref judgement.

  2. John Sabala replied, September 6, 2021 at 2:56 a.m.

      R2 Dad,
    I agree about the disconnect between GB and the top players in our pool.  I have said in previous posts that I honestly believe our top players are beyond his ablility to coach and he does not know how to employ tactics to use them.  He remains defensively mindset to the point of always playing 2 D-Midfielders regardless of the formation being played.  In this case of a 4-3-3 which on the pitch resembles more of a 4-2-1-3 does not allow for any threat centrally.  Others will argue that our top players are just better only because they play with top players in their clubs. I do not think this is why our players don't peform the same in US shirts.  I really believe it is because the game plan is far too simple, and then this plan is not adapted from what is seen on the pitch from the opposing team.  Some adjustments are made at halftime, but nothing during the match.  Our European based players must perform at a high level in training and in matches to get on the pitch, because the guys in the squad are as good as them.  They earn their spots every week.  Can't say the same for MLS based players across the board.  You can see players get frustrated in the run of play when teammates miss passes and square balls back instead of making a penetrating pass.  Why the anxiety to make those passes, these same passes are made with their European clubs?

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

    This is Easy for Me, Just Re-post the same thing I've been Posting before the game... Rinse, Lather, REPEAT

    **Santiago 1314, September 5, 2021 at 8:47 a.m.

    I think Ggg sees the Problem, Is He capable of Fixing it.???
    **Santiago 1314 replied, September 4, 2021 at 6:35 p.m.
    "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..... Were in their 30s(Too Old)
    Christian Pulisic et al ......Were 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 Leadership 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.!!!


  4. beautiful game replied, September 6, 2021 at 9:35 a.m.

    Another winded repost?

  5. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 1:43 p.m.

    Well Beautiful; at Least you didn't say I was wrong or Living a FANTASY.!?!?!?... Sux to admit I have been right all along on my "Negativity".!!!

  6. Kent James replied, September 6, 2021 at 7:34 p.m.

    The ref got the Tyler Adams yellow card right.  You don't let off the ball stuff go, because it gets out of hand quickly, especially in games that are as hotly contested as they are in CONCACAF.  Not sure if Adams thought it out as a "you're not going to push us around" message, or it was a reaction without thinking, but it really hurt the team.  That was on Adams, not the ref.

  7. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 11:02 p.m.

    Yes Kent, I agree YC... He tried to Retaliate on an "Advantage" Play... Not very Mature... Another Yellow(Stupid or Needed) and he has to sit a Game... 
    Then what... Acosta-Yueill in the DMs.???... CAN YOU SAY Uh. OH

  8. Kent James, September 6, 2021 at 1:29 a.m.

    Generally accurate ratings. Aaron son's work on the goal was excellent. Credit Pulisic for getting the ball on the post, given how far it was behind him. Multiple players at fault for the goal. Not sure why GB played both Acosta and Adams at defensive center mid when Canada was bunkering in. Pefok was getting manhandled by the CB; an extra attacking player might have taken the pressure off him. GB took too long to make the subs. Not a disaster, but we need to get on track or it will become one.

  9. John Sabala replied, September 6, 2021 at 3:10 a.m.

    Hey Kent,
    Yes mutiple players at fault for the goal, but the biggest one is Brooks not looking for runners in the box since he is the last center back covering the front of goal. Basic defending 101 really.  Brooks literally had stopped and watched the ball roll by.  Canada had put quite a few balls across the front of goal that made it across the entire 6 year box and were not touched.  Maybe he was thinking it would happen again?  Hard to blame Yedlin on his own since he was pushing far up the pitch in the offensive effort.  This goes back to Canada's tactical plan which worked well.  Davies is a high class performer. Yedlin did get back and made him stay wide and made Davies have to play the ball back, his teammates let him down.  You can see my comment on GB's continuing decision to play two D-Mids.  This causes two main problems, lack of controlling the midfield in the attacking half, which mean we tend to lose possession here, and does not allow for penentratng passes between the lines to break the backline of a defense.  This is most clearly demonstrated by the number of long passes from Brooks to the wings in the match.

  10. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 1:06 p.m.

    The Reason for 2 DM is; we don't have anyone that can play Attacking Mid, Between the Opponents 2 "Bunker Lines"....Especially with No Reyna, or Busio...Ggg tried to Slide CP inside for that help, but it Didn't work out... Usually he will play Lletget in there, and he is Actually playing the Best for USA, that I have ever seen him play. But Ggg had him Buried over on the other side of the Field, only got Really involved on the one play that CP hit the post on.(Why did we have 2 guys on the SAME Near Post Run on that.???) Adam's had the Job of Sliding over to the Right to cover Davies for Dest, In the Midfield, While M.Robinson was to Slide over and Cover Davies Deeper down the Field.... Not sure if That changed "On Purpose" by Ggg when Yedlin went IN or if it was Individual Breakdown..Adams was Nowhere, Yedlin was Flatfooted and Looking for Help and M.Rob was Too Far Inside to Help on Davies.

  11. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 1:29 p.m.

    Left Off that, that meant that Acosta was Playing DM in the Middle and Left Side... The Person that gave the Beautifully Weighted pay to the Overlapping A.Rob, WAS Acosta... Best Pass I have ever seen him Make... Rest of his game was The Usual .. Hard Work, Spastic Passing... Not his Fault he Had to Start...

  12. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 4:18 p.m.

    John, BROOKS was 1v5... What should he have Done, That was THE CORRECT DECISION( and it's NOT Covering his Man...Hint, Hint)

  13. Kent James replied, September 6, 2021 at 7:43 p.m.

    Santiago, I like Acosta (he was the man this summer), and his pass was perfectly weighted on the goal.  He didn't play badly, he just wasn't involved enough in the game.  I don't blame him, I think GB should not have played 2 defensive center midielders (especially when Canada's danger was going to come from the flanks).  We needed more personnel up the field, either a quick skillful player to help Pulisic break down the bunker with one-twos and individual dribbling skill getting into the box, or another player good in the air (Sargent) to help take pressure off of Pesok.  We simply needed more offensive options.  

  14. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 11:10 p.m.

    Yes Kent,  he should have Brought Off Acosta, and Played Pepi up Front behind Pefok-Sgt
    They were Playing 5 in the Back, so Stretch them with 4 and someone to pick up the Trash around the 18

    CP ------ Pefok --- SGT ------- Konrad
                          PEPI

                Adams             Yedlin

    A.Robs ----- Brooks--------- M.Rob

  15. John Sabala, September 6, 2021 at 2:35 a.m.

      More of the Same

    First, you have to place a lot of blame on the shoulders of McKinnie for being stupid and not following protocol for health and safety.  This is nothing new since all of these players follow similar protocols with their clubs.  McKinnie broke this before with a party back in Turin during the severe lockdown.  The loss of him and Reyna really hampered the team, but no excuses since the US is supposed to have a deeper team.  I think last evening showed this is not the acutal case.  Let hope this young man has learned his lesson moving forward.

    Once again playing two D-Midfielders against a team that is playing a 5-4-1, super low block makes absolutely no sense from a tactical standpoint.  There was no US player, besides Pefolk to play centrally between the lines. Pefolk did a great job of occupying both CBs when the ball was in the attacking third, but we lacked any attacking ability since most attacking players were wide.  Pulisic had the few times of beating players 1v1 often getting fouled for his efforts.  Again no one central above the #9 stiker to play the ball. Again GB is outcoached.  Canada let us bring out FBs deep to allow them to counter on our wings.  Not to mention why GB waited foever to make substitutes on such a short turn around game?  GB's rating is a 2.    Yedlin's and A. Robinson's 1V1 offensive skills are terrible and don't cause threats.  We would have been better off in a 3-5-2. The second striker would help occupy the backline of 5 and the outside centerbacks could have a better chance to stifle the outside counter attacks from Canada.

    The US is lucky at this point with only two teams getting any wins so far.  The Honduras game has now taken on more pressure to get a 3 point result lest we fall further back after the first window.

  16. Peter Bechtold replied, September 6, 2021 at 2:57 a.m.

    Very good comments, John S.
    To Mike Woitalla: Agree with most notes except for M.Turner who should have been much higher than a 5. My reason is that Turner's shot-stopping--without giving up dangerous rebounds-- gives our defenders a strong sense of security which had been lacking with Z.Steffen, Brad G. and the last years of Tim Howard.

  17. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 2:02 p.m.

    Peter, I think they give 5, when you have NO Involvement or Impact on the Game... Which did Occur with Turner... I would have liked to see Horvath... His Footwork is much Better... We brought in a Sub for Steffan, How come we didn't bring In Subs for Weah, Reyna, Now Dest.???... Jamaica brought in 35 Players... There are No Limits due to WuFlu... We could have used Green instead of Acosta, Moore instead of Yedlin, Vines instead of A.Rob... Penny pinching by USSF or Short Sighted Player Selection by Ggg.???... One of our Soccer Reporters/Anylists should ask.!!!

  18. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 2:06 p.m.

    Oh, Busio instead of Lletget

  19. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 2:08 p.m.

    Oh #2, Richard's instead of Miles Robinson.
    Get My Point.???

  20. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 3:02 p.m.

    Oh, Oh #3... Arriola instead of Konrad

  21. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 4:39 p.m.

    McKinNIE could have been OUT for Red Card, Yellow Card Accumulation,  WuFlu, Injury, Not even Called-IN(he hasn't been Playing for Juventus).... The Team has Plenty of Talent to Overcome ONE Players Absence.... But, it takes a REAL Coach/Staff to Figure it Out.!!!

  22. Bob Ashpole, September 6, 2021 at 3:54 a.m.

    Here are the biggest mistakes imo.
    1. The coach had 4 substituions that he could have made, but essentially wasted all of them. His inaction is all the more puzzling when Canada brought on fresh legs in around the 60th minute. Then he complains that his players were slow!

    2. I hope that the game plan included a priority on getting the ball to Pulisic. It certainly seemed like the team was advoiding Pulisic. From what I saw the midfielders lacked the most important midfield ability--to connect with the back and forward lines with combination passing.

    3. It is a cardinal sin even in recreational soccer to leave an opposing forward unmarked in front of your goal. That isn't an "aw shucks, we'll do better next time" kind of mistake. This isn't like league play. There is no room for errors in international tournaments.

  23. John Sabala replied, September 6, 2021 at 5:02 a.m.

      Bob,
    You hit it squarely about GB not using his substitutes.  Again terrible coaching.  Using Pulisic always depends on getting the ball to him in the right places.  He has great skill to dribble on opponents, but again with the US team he often gets the ball too far from goal.  If he gets by a defender the next guy just fouls him hard.  Concacaf known tactic against Pulisic all the time.  I am sure if we did the research he is fouled at least three times than any other player on our team.  I am surprised he has not been injured more.  You and I see the same midfield disconnect, but the issue really starts with two d-mids all the time even when a team is going to sit in a low block. This has been seen in all matches, including this summer.  Hence the comment of an anemic offense.  We are not putting players in the correct places based on how our opponent is playing us defensively.  Brooks just plain screwed the team on that goal.  No other way to state it. 

  24. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 2:17 p.m.

    Bob, We get 5 subs nowadays... If i'm behind( which we were, being a Home "Must" Win Game...I take out Acosta and Put Pepi in as 2nd Ct Fw... InExcusable Waste of a Sub by Ggg...
    My Guess is they saw the Other Results and Decided to Play for "The Tie" and remain "Tied" for 3rd/4th Place... If he Lost, He was Fired.!!! Chicken Shi......!!!

  25. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 3:12 p.m.

    Bob, Your #2 Point...
    They Played your W/M....Not a bad Idea....
    But this is what it looked like

    A.Rob----Pefok-----Aaronson
    --------CP---------Lletget
        ACOSTA----ADAMS
    BROOKS--M.Rob--Dest

    What's WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE.???
    Winner gets a USSF National "A" Liscence.!!!

  26. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 4:01 p.m.

    Bob, to your point number 3... This brings us back to our discussion of PENETRATION...We scored a goal almost exactly the same,  and everyone says what a great goal. "They did it just like you draw it on a chalkboard." We give up a very similar goal. And it's John Brooks fault.???(1v5, I'll explain that to you if you want???)... Once the Penetration occurs and the defense gets TURNed FACING their own goal or Sideways, you lose track of the Opposition players running toward your goal. YOU CAN'T PHYSICALLY DO BOTH...It's the nature of the Beast and the reason that Wing Penetration, ESPECIALLY, is so important. Something that is Sorely, Sorely, Sorely lacking in USA game... Especially when you play your best Winger at interior midfield and Lf.FB at Wing.!!!(Hint, Hint, for those of you wanting the "A")...And its Not due to the Lack of Talent...Its because we Don't have The Coaching.!!!..I am not even sure that I blame GGG. I don't expect him to be some sort of Brilliant Offensive minded Mad Genius Scientist.(Bora)...Who are his assistant coaches that should be diagramming and implementing offensive wing patterns of play???...Should have been someone like Hugo Perez or Tab Ramos, Maybe even Claudio Reyna, I wonder how he feels about his son is being UnderUtilized??? 

  27. Bob Ashpole replied, September 6, 2021 at 4:27 p.m.

    Santi: 1. GB used one sub in the first half due to injury. That left 4 for the second half.
              2. At the SSG stage with pre-teens, I taught them that you don't support from a player's blind spot. You show on one side or the other. This is a fundamental. In a 4-man box midfield, you don't actually form a box. A good shape has width and depth and looks like an ever shifting diamond as players move about. Fundamentals from the SSG phase of development. 
              3. Fundamentals again. You mark from a position where you can see the ball and the opponent at the same time. The problem here, however, is that nobody marked him. Brooks let him go and didn't say anything. Fundamentals again. 

  28. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 4:58 p.m.

    1. Dang, you are correct about the 5th Sub... Forgot about Yedlin... Which means Pepi should have come IN, Instead of Roldan.
    2. You outline Sound Fundamentals... But as CP said; We need some Creativity...
    3. Defenses Play Zonal Now...1st Responsibility of Ct. Defender, When Defense Breaks Down, should be to Cut-Off LOW Cross along the 6 yard line, by getting to the "5",... 2 Steps  In-Front of Near Post(so you don't score an Own Goal)... Then your Goalie can Stay "Home" because he doesn't have to go out as Far to cut Off that Low Ball...No Way that Ball was getting Between Brooks and Tucker, if Brooks was taking up that Position... But, that was Really M.Robs side... Maybe that was why Brooks Froze in the Middle on the 6.???

  29. Bob Ashpole replied, September 6, 2021 at 9:33 p.m.

    Santi: We see the game and coaching very differently.

    To me creativity is a fundamental and taught beginning with pre-teens. Creativity is not something you can stiffle early in development and then add later.

    I personally was playing zone defenses along with man to man since the 1960s. In my view all defenses become man to man in front of the goal. For coaches to teach players otherwise was a mistake 50 years ago and still a mistake today. Both are fundamentals. The first step in teaching zone defense is to teach man marking.

  30. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 11:21 p.m.

    Bob. I don't think we are that Different... I DO believe and always Coached Creativity from Youngest age.  Lots of Coerver Stuff and Check/Flick interchanging Positions.(Brazilian Style).... I've got Numerous State Youth Medals, Regionals Championships and 2 National Titles to back it up... From a "Local" Club, so we always had to Overcome the Super Clubs by Better Skills, and Tactics( I wasn't too into the Fitness, but Loved the Psychology of Competition)
    P.S. I was right about the USA only using 4 Subs the other Night...You Owe me One... :)

  31. Philip Carragher, September 6, 2021 at 8:37 a.m.

    I agree and disagree with all the comments. For me, we need to qualify so the emphasis on coaching and tactics is well placed, but there is so much emphasis on the coach and the tactics that it confuses the foundational issue: we're not developing the great players. CK is correct, where are the badass players? Well, they're on Canada's team. I watched from the 65th minute on and saw two explosive players from Canada who were a true threat everytime they got the ball. Who did we have like that? Pulisic is an explosive player but he needs help out there. Besides him, where are all the others after all these years and spent resources? The chef can only do so much with the ingredients he has to cook with, yet Berhalter needs to win, not tie, in the next bake-off.

  32. Bob Ashpole replied, September 6, 2021 at 9:21 a.m.

    You started watching after Canada had brought on 3 fresh players. If a substitute doesn't make an immediate impact on the game, then he isn't doing his job.

  33. Bob Ashpole replied, September 6, 2021 at 9:27 a.m.

    Also regarding your Chef Berhalter analogy, my response is Chef Bora Milutinovic. Bob Bradley and Bruce Arena are pretty good Chefs too, but Bora is legendary.

  34. Philip Carragher replied, September 6, 2021 at 11:47 a.m.

    Bob, good points. I just looked at the substitute information. Do you think the Canadian coach kept Buchanon on the bench waiting for the US players to tire? Did the Canadians have any other players like Davies and Buchanon that played? Does the US have a player(s) with Buchanon/Davies-like X-factor that could change the game when subbed in in the 65th minute?

  35. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 4:06 p.m.

    Phillip, I ain't  Bob, But the answers are;
    Yes
    NO
    NO

  36. Bob Ashpole replied, September 6, 2021 at 4:43 p.m.

    Santi's correct.

  37. Philip Carragher, September 6, 2021 at 8:39 a.m.

      I am not surprised by our performances these last two games; somehow we've managed to appear to be the same, unimproved squad that I've been watching for a couple of years. However, I was surprised at the huge, positive over-reaction to our Gold Cup championship. I find it very difficult to assess these games, team v team, when I don't really know how good these opponents are. Sometimes they are incredibly bad so it's apparent, but not usually. I guess you can compare results against others and make a guess although it may not be a very good one…maybe it will. What keeps happening to me as I watch and read comments and listen to TV commentators is the emphasis on the coach and the tactics, and most of it I don’t truly understand and could if I took the time to do so, but I think I’d only confuse myself and avoid the foundational problem: we keep hoping that these players will deliver results that are above their pay grade.

  38. Wallace Wade, September 6, 2021 at 9:39 a.m.

    Dest deserves a 2

  39. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 4:34 p.m.

    Wallace; Actually this was the Best Dest(Haha, nice Pun) that I have seen Play for the USA... I thought he would get "Man-Handled" by Davies, Yet that only occurred Once I think... The Rest of the Time Dest had Davies Chasing HIM around and He even Out-Muscled and Out-Hustled Davies a Couple Times... The Defense was Organized around Adams and M.Rob Denying Davies the Direct Path to Goal, Dest only had to Front Him, and Deny him the Short IN Pass...It all Fell to Shixxx When Yedlin came IN, I Think Adams and M.Rob thought that Yedlin could Handle Davies 1v1....But that wasn't the Game Plan....Review the Video.... Yedlin was asking for Help before the Play Occurred... Did Ggg switch tactics,  or Did Adams/M.Rob do that on their Own.???? It's a Shame that Yedlins Last Game for USA will be Remembered for this One Play.... What say you Cony.???

  40. Soccer Joe, September 6, 2021 at 11:10 a.m.

    Lletget higher rated than Adams?  Except for the excellent pass near the goal, Lletget was ineffective and stifling, passing back when there were options available forward in the attack. His  lack of technical ability in small spaces is exposed and hurst us in higher level matches.  As for Adams, it was a bonehead yellow, but the majority of the game he broke down the Canadian attack, in particular Davies.  

  41. beautiful game, September 6, 2021 at 1:08 p.m.

    Mike, just wanted to add that the TV FS1 coverage of this qualifier was total sham. 90% of replays were insignificant and repeated to ad nauseam. What does zooming into player's faces several hundred times a do except to take away the bigger view of the pitch and to capture a piece of anticipated drama. Why not let every televised sport speak for itself and get rid of the idle diddle while the game is on. Soccer, PGA, NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL , etc., TV coverage is too much about zoom-in tunnel visioning. It's now a global disease. Every year it's getting worse. Keeping it simple and pleasant for the viewer is the TV production manager's last thought. 

  42. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 4:15 p.m.

    Beautiful; We just "Lost" a Home game and you Whinning about the TV Coverage.!?!?!?... I'm still waiting for you to come Up with some; Clever, Brilliant. INSIGHTFUL Analysis of The Technique, Tactics, Fitness, Psychology of USA Soccer Players and their Games.!!!!

  43. Kevin Leahy, September 6, 2021 at 1:12 p.m.

    John Sabala's comments were right on point. I would never want to bury a player that can help me win but, what is McKinnie thinking? Your teammates have to wonder if you can be trusted and that is, never a good thing. Based on this teams personnel I, would rather play the 3-5-2.

  44. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 5:04 p.m.

    Kevin, You think these "Kids" aren't Pulling the same Shhhhh.???... How did Steffan get Covid(During Camp.!!!)

  45. James Madison, September 6, 2021 at 6:52 p.m.

    This type and level of play will lead to the USMNT watching the Qatar Cup from home.

  46. Santiago 1314 replied, September 6, 2021 at 11:28 p.m.

    At Least we won't have to Qualify for WC 2026...!!! USAMEXCAN
    We might even Win that One, if all these "Wonder Kids" can Pull there Heads Out of there A$$es and Play like a Real Team.!!!

  47. Bob Ashpole replied, September 7, 2021 at 2:02 p.m.

    Santi: I would not make that assumption since there are 3 host nations.

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