Yunus Musah scores first goal of the LaLiga season for Valencia in crushing defeat at Atletico Madrid

The USA heads into the winter window of World Cup 2022 qualifying with a lot of questions throughout its lineup, but a position of strength will be its midfield.



Midfielders Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Yunus Musah, who started together in the USA's last three wins in qualifying, are playing their best soccer of the season for their European clubs.

In Musah's case, it means he is starting consistently for the first time in 2021-22. He has started all five Valencia games in 2022 after starting just four of 21 games in the first half of the season.

On Saturday, Musah scored his first LaLiga goal in 14 months for Valencia to put it ahead against Atletico Madrid. He was wide open on the left side but did well to control the ball and set himself up for a low shot between two defenders that beat Atletico keeper Jan Oblak to the near post.

Musah left in the 88th minute with Valencia ahead, 2-1, in Madrid. Unfortunately, it gave up two goals in stoppage time to Ángel Correa and Mario Hermoso and lost to Atletico, 3-2.

5 comments about "Yunus Musah scores first goal of the LaLiga season for Valencia in crushing defeat at Atletico Madrid".
  1. oswaldo rodriguez, January 22, 2022 at 11:05 p.m.

    Bring that scoring to El Salvador!

  2. Santiago 1314, January 23, 2022 at 1:22 p.m.

    Ossie, you mean: TO; 26° Columbus, Followed by 25° Hamilton, Followed by 15° Minnesota.!!! Que Frio.!!!... 
    Hope he can survive 90x3... Cause the Subs don't look too Strong.

  3. frank schoon, January 24, 2022 at 10:01 a.m.

    The goal Musah scored was just the cherry on top of the move that created the goal. I could sit and watch this the movements leading up to the goal all night. This movement is what WING PLAY is all about. This is how you teach players how to beat a defender one on one, WITHOUT EMPLOYING TURBO.  I'll take you through the steps for those who are interested in a specific winger movement to teach your wingers or flank player and explain what the advantages. The kids when you teach have to understand what works, and why, for the WHY's are the least discussed.

    Notice how he trapped the ball with the outside of his right foot NOT with the inside of his left foot, for if he did use his inside of his left foot, he would have lost the fluidity of rhythm of movement going forwards, by having to turn his body a quarter turn.  What I'm explaining, Musah probably doesn't know the WHY's or advantages of what he did. By having trapped with the outside of the foot it enables him to keep going forwards without any body turns...(see it at 24sec.)

    Note also another disadvantage is that trapping with the left would have meant meant the ball  taking a bounce ,forcing his left leg to go up higher to stop it, thereby slowing his rhythm movement. Note his body is facing the endline as he goes forwards.

    He takes his dribble with his inside of right foot (at 25 sec.) taking a step forward but NOTE, at that moment, the defender follows his movements by hopping sideways ,with his left following once the right leg steps. You can see it better beginning at 49sec.

    At 50sec. defender's left leg crosses over his right then he's  spread legged again. The moment his left leg crosses is where every thing as a defender goes wrong because this is where he's beaten. It has nothing to with TURBO in gaining the extra second over the defender....The secret of good wing play is placing the defender in a position that adds time to the defender making the defensive  adjustment.
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  4. frank schoon, January 24, 2022 at 10:28 a.m.

    The moment the defender left leg makes the step over the right leg, Musah creates space for himself by cutting inside,( at 50 sec.) Here is where Musah gains time to execute. As Musah cuts inside, the defender's left leg still has to trail the right leg, in other words the defender is a step behind always of what the attacker does. But what is crucial here  is the defender's body, while trailing a step behind, also has to make a quarter turn after planting his left foot to his left, where as Musah is already facing the direction where he's going to cut and all he has to do is sprint without having to turn first, like the defender....

    The other disadvantage this defender has is that he tends to lean and  or bend forwards, placing his body weight in a manner that you can nutmeg him anytime. Because he is the type that crouches over by bending forwards it makes it awkward for him to raise his left leg to attempt to pick up quickness in his turn leftward causing him to be caught flatfooted.  Because of the defender's stance bending forwards he's unable to raise his left leg to stop a shot.....

    Wingers in the old days were a lot smarter and can read the defender better than the TURBO brains we have today with their lack the intelligence for detail....

    The other move I love doing on a defender like this , is instead of cutting inside, is to make him dance with you. In other words ,keep going towards direction of the endline with your back facing the sideline , using the inside of the right foot pushing the ball. What you're trying to do is to make the defender time you following your  going sideways as well and what is important is that he's always a step behind you. You time the defender's right leg opening up than Nutmeg him...But the timing in this case comes as the defender's plants his left before he moves his right....

    Today, we don't have schemers on the wings who force the opponent to what you want him to do, than you take the weakness at that moment....We really don't have wingers ,the 'trickster', all we have today are simpletons, so to speak, who just rely on Turbo.....

  5. frank schoon, January 24, 2022 at 10:57 a.m.

    One thing I left out is when Musah trapped the ball with his right foot from the long crosspass, what is so overlooked is the 'HOP'. What I mean by hop, is that he hopped, in other words hopped with his left leg and as he came down his trapping leg  wasn't moving forward ,it was stationary. If the leg was moving forwards he would not have controlled the ball and lost it.

    The hop is never talked about in how crucial this movement is. The can be used also when changing direction of your for this obviates tripping over yourself....The 'hop' is one of the most crucial movements in soccer while in transistion or while moving for the 'hop' allows you time to adjust for the next movement causing you not to trip or keep you in balance....

    Also the hop can be used to make the defender move where you want him to. For example, if the ball is on the inside of the right foot and you hop with the left to your left parrying the ball remaining on the right foot, then you have forced the defender to move to his right. At the same, as you land on your left leg, you pushed the directly passed the opponent's leftside behind him...

    I'm so surprised the 'hop' is such important detail which is never talked about....To me the 'hop' is the stabilizer motion keeping a player in balance...

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