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USA-Grenada Concacaf Nations League Ratings

USA-GRENADA EXPRESS:
June 10 in Austin, Texas
USA 5 Grenada 0. Goals: Ferreira 43, 54, 56, 78, Arriola 62.
Att.: 20,500.

For however frustrating it may have been for fans to watch the USA go 40 minutes without scoring against a team ranked 170th in the world, it patiently probed until finally breaking through for a 5-0 victory that featured a four-goal performance from 21-year-old Jesus Ferreira.

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

GOALKEEPER

Matt Turner mostly watched the game from afar and accurately relaying a back pass in the first half marked his biggest challenge.


Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
5 Matt Turner (New England Revolution) 18/0 (27) 

DEFENDERS

This wasn't a game to judge U.S. defenders for World Cup suitability, Grenada's last win coming a dozen games ago against Belize. Antonee Robinson's crosses weren't more precise than against tougher foes. Aaron Long was subbed at halftime and Cameron Carter-Vickers cruised through his 90 minutes without a test, as did right back Reggie Cannon.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
5  Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR) 26/1 (24)

5  Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic/SCO) 10/0 (24)

5  Aaron Long (NY Red Bulls) 26/3 (29)

5  Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG) 28/2 (24)

MIDFIELDERS

A toothless Grenada gave Kellyn Acosta the luxury showing off his playmaking acumen, and he sprayed some crisp passes to the frontline. Why he still takes free kicks on goal for the USA without success since the one he scored five years ago is puzzling. His corner kicks weren't impressive either — until his clever delivery on the ground assisted Ferreira on the third goal. Before Grenada's adrenaline ran out, Weston McKennie, subbed at halftime, was the midfielder who created the most offense. But most impressive of the midfielders was Luca de la Torre for smooth passing that included the setup on Arriola's goal.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
7  Luca de la Torre (Heracles/NED) 10/0 (24)

6  Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA) 34/9 (23)

6  Kellyn Acosta (LAFC) 52/2 (26)

FORWARDS

After Paul Arriola alertly pounced on a loose ball, the deflection of his pass set up Jesus Ferreira for his first goal. On Ferreira's second goal, the Arriola service was direct and precise, as was Ferreira's finish. Ferreira, who had shot wide twice in the first half from farther out, struck wonderfully for the hat trick. After much prep work, Arriola scored on his own for the fourth goalFerreira, whose opportunities in previous games were sparse and more of the half-chance sort, pounced on a close-range open goal shot to make it four for the night.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
8  Paul Arriola (FC Dallas) 46/10 (27)

Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas) 12/7 (21)

4  Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders) 48/10 (27)

SUBSTITUTES
 
Malik Tillman shot wide on his chance to score. Brenden Aaronson set up the USA's final goal. Walker Zimmerman's entry for Long was a planned substitution. George Bello and Cristian Roldan saw their first action in the June window.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
5  Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC) 31/3 (29)

5  
Malik Tillman (Bayern Munich/GER) 2/0 (20)

6  
Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders) 32/0 (27)

5  George Bello (Arminia Bielefeld/GER) 7/0 (20)

6  Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United/ENG) 21/6 (21)

TRIVIA. Jesús Ferreira became only the fifth American to score four goals in a men's international. Landon Donovan was the last player to score four goals, doing it against Cuba in 2003.

June 10 in Austin, Texas
USA 5 Grenada 0. Goal: Ferreira 43, 54, 56, 78, Arriola 62.
USA -- Turner; Cannon, Carter-Vickers, Long (Zimmerman, 46), A.Robinson (Bello, 60); Acosta, McKennie (Tillman 46), de la Torre (Aaronson, 61); Arriola, Ferreira, Morris (Roldan, 60).
Grenada -- Belfon; John-Brown, Harrack, Noel-McLeod (Sterling, 50), Paterson; Frank (Abraham, 71), McQueen (Braveboy, 70), Berkeley-Agyepong (Theodore, 57), A.Charles, Belmar; Noel-Williams (J.R. Charles, 58).
Yellow cards: USA -- none; Grenada -- Charles 22.
Red cards: none.
Referee: Said Martinez (Honduras)
Att.: 20,500.

Stats:
USA/Grenada
Shots: 25/3
Shots on target: 10/0
Saves: 0/4
Corner Kicks: 7/0
Fouls: 13/8
Offside: 3/2
Possession: 67%/33%

47 comments about "USA-Grenada Concacaf Nations League Ratings".
  1. Bob Ashpole, June 11, 2022 at 4:02 a.m.

    This is going to sound crazy but imo Ferreira proved that he is not good enough for international competition. Most of the time he was in the wrong place, at the wrong time, making dumb runs. When he was in the right place at the right time, it was by accident. He never makes off the shoulder runs. He waits for the ball to come to him, which won't do for a striker, and is awkard on the ball when he gets it.

    Grenada was double teaming Morris leaving Ferreira marked only by 1 CB in the middle. A good CF, with the chances Ferreira had, would have scored twice as many goals. 

    I give the coaching staff an F also. Because it appeared to me that their game plan was to "prove" that Ferreira was our number 9 by giving him so many chances against a minnow that he had to score some goals. Then they kept him in the CF position so that no one else (such as Morris, Tillman, Weah or Wright) could have a chance at the minnows playing CF. At the end of the night Ferreira is still Ferreira, still playing poorly. Poorly was good enough against Grenada, but it won't do at the finals.

    I don't blame Ferreira. He is what his coaches made him, and I am sure he does his best. 




  2. Santiago 1314 replied, June 11, 2022 at 6:46 a.m.

    Dang Bob; you went "FULL Santi"... And you are Correct in your Assessment.. (Careful; Beautiful Game will start calling you a Narcissist.!?!?!?)

  3. Kerry Solomon replied, June 11, 2022 at 1:01 p.m.

    I agree on Ferreira.  Not a good choice for the 9 spot Plus it's time to put Morris out to pasture.  Club-wise he's pretty good, put him on the USMNT and we see very little positive.

  4. Santiago 1314 replied, June 11, 2022 at 4:46 p.m.

    Kerry, I think Jesus is OK as a Back-Up False9...
    But, if he is Starting for USA in WC, We in trouble.
    Morris looks Finished... Too Bad, such a Determined Person

  5. Bob Ashpole replied, June 12, 2022 at 8:34 p.m.

    Santi, I would be curious to try to reinvent Morris as a striker. Playing in tight spaces using his quickness and strength and brains. It is the opposite of the turbo way he has played until now. 

    Changing Morris isn't needed, but rather reinventing how he uses his talent. The way I think of it is he needs to start playing more like the indoor game and hunt for goals inside the penalty area. Indoors has a different mindset to it.

    Morris himself has nothing to lose. It isn't really any different than an older CM becoming a sweeper.

  6. Santiago 1314 replied, June 12, 2022 at 9:18 p.m.

    Bob, to me, Morris has always been a Center Forward along the Lines of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge... All RT Foot and Explosive to the Near Post... if you get a chance to Watch the 1986 WC in Mexico City, you will see exactly what I am talking about... (Narsasistic side Note, I attended the 1986 Final in the Stadium, Right behind the Goal that he Scored In)

  7. Bob Ashpole replied, June 12, 2022 at 11:29 p.m.

    Well we could certainly use someone that played like a two-times golden ball winner. I can't remember Morris playing striker it has been so long, but I am pretty sure he started out as a striker. He is only 27.

  8. Santiago 1314, June 11, 2022 at 6:51 a.m.

    4 chances Left to get USA Starting Xl on the Field and we Get This.!?!?!?.... FIRE Ggg.!!!

  9. Santiago 1314 replied, June 11, 2022 at 7:13 a.m.

    What do I mean.???... 
    Best 6 players we have On Offense:
    ***CP, Reyna, Weah, McKenNIE, Aaronson, Musah***
    Can we say that these Players have "Jelled" as a Unit.??? NO.!!!
    Have they Established PATTERNS OF PLAY, Where their Positioning and Their "Non-Verbal" Communication via the RUNs they Make lead to More "Instinctual" Play and LESS RUNNING OVER EACH OTHER.???  NO, and NO.!!!
    We should have had Minimum 30 minutes of:
    CP.                         Weah
                 Reyna(Jesus)
          Aaronson
                        Musah
                McKenNIE 
    Jedi.                       Dest(SCALLY)
          Richards(CCV) ADAMS
                *Horvath*

    As Predicted... This was a Waste of Time... Not Only because the Opponent was Weak, but Ggg Wasted the Opportunity get Anything out of IT.

  10. Santiago 1314 replied, June 11, 2022 at 7:24 a.m.

    As Coaches; When we try to Establish Patterns of Play; (and I think we can All Agree, this Team has NO Established PATTERNS of Play.!!!)...
    We start by Showing the Players "The Big Picture" via Video ...
    Then we Take them out on the Field, for Walk-Thru...
    Then we Up The Tempo and Run them at Full Speed...
    Then we Throw in Some Shadow Defense...
    Then we Throw in Some Half Field Defense...
    Then we Go for a Whole Field Inter-Squad Scrimmage...
    THEN WE GO AGAINST A WEAK OPPONENT TO REINFORCE SUCCESSFUL PATTERNS...Did we get that Opportunity last Night.???...NO, NO, NO...COACH GOTTA GO.!!!

  11. Santiago 1314 replied, June 11, 2022 at 7:27 a.m.

    OK MUSCRAT; I'm gonna go Take My Siesta Now... Buenos Noches... ZZZzzz....

  12. Santiago 1314 replied, June 11, 2022 at 7:40 a.m.

    Oh, Forgot one Thing:

        ∆>
        XV
        <V
     
    And you know what that Means by now... Back to the Nap...ZZZzzz...

  13. frank schoon replied, June 11, 2022 at 8:13 a.m.

    Santi, hope you had no nightmares.....

  14. Santiago 1314 replied, June 11, 2022 at 9:16 a.m.

    It was a Fitful Nap... I did have a Nightmare...
    Ggg appeared in my Dream, and said; 
    SANTI, I  AM YOUR FATHER.!!!
    Guess I've been Binging too much of the New Obi-Wan series.!!!

  15. frank schoon, June 11, 2022 at 8:49 a.m.

    Before commenting on this game. Let me say this first and that SA needs to do a more professional job on informing the readers on the competition the US will face. I don't know a damn thing about Grenada,NOTHING!!! It would have been nice to have a column, not necessarily in depth, about the state of soccer, do most players play pickup, some amateur ball, what is their youth program like or who are there stars or players to watch, are some playing college or WHAT???? You mean, SA couldn't not have contacted a soccer journalist in Grenada, just to get a little bit of soccer 'poop'. An intern could have emailed or could have followed up on this or show a little bit of diligence....Instead we get to read about some college coach who played for Pizza Hut United, himself, becoming technical director of ''Boomball United" Youth Soccer Club, which is all fine and dandy but how 'bout' informative piece about the future of US competitors, that will play in a couple of weeks or so...that would be nice......

    OK, "Catching Smugglers" wasn't on last night so I was stuck having to watch the game of all games, USA vs Grenada... I don't know if anyone has noticed it or not but the US level of play has a GLASS CEILING, so to speak. It doesn't matter whether we play Grenada , a low level team or better competition, whether we use different players like last night that includes players who play in Europe, the way we play, the manner of how we play, remains the same. And yes the goal tallie might differ from game to game but the rest remains the same, which shows our GLASS CEILING.

    We are a big country ,compared to Grenada, we have so much more to offer, financially or otherwise and experience, and yet when we play Grenada, the ball handling or player movement, ball movement we are not SUPERIOR to them. Grenada has no scoring ability but other than that I can't say  as I watched only the first half that our superiority was everywhere but we just couldn't put it in the net. Let me say this, if 2 or 3 of their players changed jerseys they would not have hurt our team, perhaps improved it, and certainly not in the ball loss category for they can handle a ball better than most of our players....This is what I mean about our GLASS CEILING.
                       
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  16. Santiago 1314 replied, June 11, 2022 at 9:18 a.m.

    I liked where your going with this

  17. frank schoon replied, June 12, 2022 at 3:31 p.m.

    Santi, George Miller likewise sees it....In order for us to go beyond this ceiling is to look what is missing in our playing development or what do our neighbors do that we don't do....P-I-C-K-U-P SOCCER...we have no culture for this...

    Next we need to understand youth development is an individual approach and licensed coaching concerns team development, not creative individual development...Coaching hampers, restricts individualism...So the emphasis on going to get a license to coach is not important for youth development....I much rather would have young talented player from the islands that alot of pickup soccer for most of his development and lead a team than some rumdum that went to get a USSF coaching license....

    Personally, I think the Coaching Academy should create a NEW coaching license, called Technique Coach, Class 1,2and3. In order to get a license a coach must be able to demonstrate various techniques at high levels and the highest level is 3. Kids need to see and have a coach be able to demonstrate techniques. Furthermore ,along with the capability of demonstrating techniques ,he should be totally versed in all the wellknown players of the past to the present and what they have contributed to the game, technically/tactically....A person like that can be hired by teams and coaches for demonstrations or function as a coach, himself. For example at a certain age group 15, able to show how to make a 40meter diagonal crosses accurately to a player on the run, or crosses on corners ,inswingers, outswingers, headhigh, waste high, straight ,etc...Kids have no one to learn from watch, see demonstrations...This is something Ajax youth introduced having former players who were great wingers demonstrate their wares or passed,or dribbles...

  18. Santiago 1314 replied, June 13, 2022 at 10:22 a.m.

    Yes Frank, I think Street Soccer Instincs would be what we See Lacking in SO many USA Players, but it is becoming a Big Problem in All Developed Countries... Where they are Taking the Best Players at 10yrs Old and Putting them into Academies, Where they are Never Exposed to Street Soccer and Actually "Beating Out" of them the Spontaneity that can only come from Bouncing balls Off Door Knobs and Curbs...I think this is our Dearest Netherlands problem now also... Everything is SO Programmed and Mundane...
    I think this USA Group of Players has the Physical "Twitch" that has been Lacking in our Previous "Great Athletes" Teams of the Past... But they have By-Passed the "Street Soccer" as have 99% of USA bred Players... And It's TOO LATE to Learn it in now.... And There will NEVER BE ENOUGH TIME TO IMPLEMENT Gggs 30 Grid "Positional Play" Tiki- Taka....for awhile they were Lacking the Spirit of '76 Fighting Attitude, and that's why they Really Struggled versus CONcacaCrApF teams... 
    I think the USA Style has to be a Combination of Spirit of '76, Great Athletism, Twitch and Yes.... TURBO with just a Touch of Tiki- Taka...
    And Of Course GegenPressing... Because USA trying to "Build" out of the Back is a Recipe for DISASTER.!!!... At Least for this World Cup.

  19. frank schoon replied, June 13, 2022 at 2:17 p.m.

    Santi, yes, pickup soccer has been reduced as you compare when I played it in Holland but the pickup culture is still there, kids still play pickup. Just a year ago there was an article about the pickup culure ,especially in neighborhoods where players like Zidane grew up...Also in Holland the culture is still there ,it is just not like when I grew up. But here there is totally null. That's the problem. I will see pickup basketball, like pickup soccer in Holland but here zero.....So much is gained by playing pickup that you just don't learn when going to your club practice where everything is so programmed.. 
    And it doesn't matter whether 10year old are picked by clubs for they did at Ajax when I was a kid, nothing new there. Kids in Europe still have an outlet to play, pickup, whereas here a kid goes home and waits to go to the next practice...that's different in Holland....it's ongoing...

    Cruyff at Barca spends his practice a total of 100% playing positional soccer. Like Laudrup and Koeman stated, Cruyff wasn't interested in corner kicks, direct plays, but just positional games. You can work on your own for other things. Of course Cruyff sees things while during the positional games the a third centerback like GB totally misses, for it there is so much more than watching a simple game of positional soccer going, that coaches here just don't get....

  20. Santiago 1314 replied, June 14, 2022 at 4:06 a.m.

    ✓ on to tonight's game... Let's see what we get today.???
    It sounds like u23 team for ELS... Hugo trying out players for WC26

  21. frank schoon replied, June 14, 2022 at 9:32 a.m.

    Santi, thanks for the info on the U23status...obviously SA didn't bother to print that...good info....

  22. frank schoon, June 11, 2022 at 9:17 a.m.

    As I looked at the lineup, they placed Morris ,again on the left side. Let me repeat here that a coach main objective is to place a player where he CAN be most productive. Look Morris is a VERY limited player, mentally, technically and tactically. This is no slight on Morris for every player has weaknesses. But placing him on the leftwing and he's right footed so he can't cross the ball employing his speed or short bursts. He also tends to go inside where there are more players where the spaces are smaller and timing, thinking and ball handling needs to be faster, all of which is challenging for a limited technical player like Morris...But he is also forced to go inward to make room for A.Robinson, 'the Wizard' on the Wing who likewise can't cross or take players one on one but at least he has a leftfoot on the leftwing and therefore has better fieldview unlike Morris. By placing Morris on the left wing, he's due to fail. NOTE, Morris did contribute to the first goal because he started the whole action in a short spatial area on the right side, where HE SHOULD BE whenever he's on the field.

    On the leftwing Morris receives the ball standing still. Whenever you pass to Morris he should be on the run not stationary for than you employ his strength and NOT pass to his feet, so that when he receives the ball he will have penetrated further and deeper, all of this will accommodate technical weakness. Morris sometimes comes back towards midfield to receive the ball to his feet with his back facing downfield. In this case you completely nullify his strenght and makes his defender look good.. 

    The secret of making a wing look good is not to pass to him when he has 2opponents nearby, you only pass to him into an open space for him to run onto or he's in a 1v1 position.. Also the speed of the is of importance, the faster he hat the ball the more time he has, and also if he's playing on the CORRECT flank where he can explode. EVERYTHING is saw on the leftflank let Morris to failure which was not his fault...but the fault of this 'brainless' coaching staff who just doesn't get it.
    I would recommend to get Ships and Santi to run the show out there for I seriously think this is above  GB's station....
                                                 

  23. Santiago 1314 replied, June 12, 2022 at 12:05 p.m.

    Ships for USSF President and Santi for DOC... Might get the Job done... Can't do any worse.!!!

  24. frank schoon replied, June 12, 2022 at 1:50 p.m.

    Santi, did you want Donald Lee as your assistant ;).

  25. Santiago 1314 replied, June 12, 2022 at 8:06 p.m.

    Absolutely; because most Jobs, Especially Soccer Jobs...the Guy behind you is STABBING YOU IN THE BACK, and Trying to Take your Job... Wouldn't have it any other way... jajaja

  26. frank schoon, June 11, 2022 at 9:32 a.m.

    We were the better team, but the way passsed to midfield was to players with their backs facing downfield, standing still, IT WAS TOO SLOW!!!  Long, the centerback, certainly lives up to his name for the first 6 passes were LONG!!! You know when you have Acosta, Mc Kennie, Luca, A.Robinson and even 'Boom Boom' Cannon at around midfield and you need to make a 50meter long pass upfield than I would there is something seriously WRONG in our build up or ball distribution....

    Another thing I notice that we rarely if any string 3consecutive passes against a team like Grenada....GLASS CEILING.  Furthermore don't show a refinement of play, even though have so much experienced players on the field then Grenada... What I did  notice of Grenada is that they had some sort of plan along the sidelines and that they always positioned a triangle which worked well ,even under pressure and we don't even do that...

    We need to seriously bring in coaches for the MNT, like for instance, Zico , and types like him who have played at a high level who are creative to bring in new ideas but third rate coaches who played defense as centerbacks in second division ,who have no creativity to show or teach or bring in new ideas should be replaced..

  27. Santiago 1314 replied, June 12, 2022 at 12:12 p.m.

    OK; I finally found what I was Looking for: (Didn't want to Re-Post myself, because Beautiful Game would accuse me of being a Narcissist.... Here is where I thought you were going with you GLASS CEILING;

    "George Miller, June 10, 2022 at 8:26 a.m.

    Grenada tied El Salvador.. that summarizes all the claims of difficulty:playing the El Salvador and similar for World Cup qualifying. Since 94 United States has not improved to a  point where these are easy wins speaks to our development. We are right where we were 30 years ago versus the competition. We play such a young team because we don't have any mature better players. I can't wait another 30 years Yes we could get out of our group but the possibilities look exactly the same as they did 30 years ago. Millions and millions of youth players and resources and we still cannot find 11".... -Next Post-(got to find it)


  28. Santiago 1314 replied, June 12, 2022 at 9:06 p.m.

    Found it Finally... had to go into "The Way Back Machine"... 
    (Sorry, Beautiful Game... I had to get my Daily Dose of Narcissism In.!!!)


    Santiago 1314, July 2, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

    "Fact is; we are no better off than we were under Lothar, Bob G., Steve, Bora, Bruce, Bob B., JK… Some years a little better, some years a little worse…..30 years and No Improvement to Show… A VERY Marginal rise across the board, but still NO Game Breaking Player… Good thing is; NFL Parity has set into World Soccer and the Rest of the World has COME DOWN to our Level, Except for a few Exceptional Game Breakers… Messi, Robben, Alexis, Ronaldo, James, Neymar, Lukaku, Muller,… The other 9 players on the Field could change Jerseys and YOU WOULDN’T NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE …!!!! All the US lacks is a Game Breaker…."

    To Donald and those that Wonder why some of us get so Worked Up about Ggg... This group of Players DOES Have Game Breakers and more Talent than ANY Previous USMNT, yet their Style of Play and Results are NO Better than 30 years ago 


  29. Peter Bechtold, June 11, 2022 at 10:12 a.m.

    Admittedly it is difficult to rate a match against a team listed as number 170 out of 179. However I was surprised to see Malik Tilmann receiving a 5, when I saw him as one of our smoothest attacking midfielders. Anyone else?
    Second, I wonder how this match would have gone, had we played against Grenada, Spain instead of the small island in the Southern Caribbean?
    Third, I was gobsmacked when I saw the lineup. I am totally with Santi on that one. My own interpretation is once again that Ggg is very insecure and like other insecure persons in different jobs is more worried about being found out, and therefore seeks the safe but inferior option.

  30. Santiago 1314 replied, June 11, 2022 at 11 a.m.

    Yes Peter, "The Emperor has No Clothes".….
    And now they got You Confused... it's GrAnada in España and GrEnada in the Caribbean... Unfortunately Granada got Relegated, but no one goes there for the Soccer, they go to see La Alhambra...
    A True Wonder of the World.!!!

  31. R2 Dad, June 11, 2022 at 12:25 p.m.

    I thought the speed of play/ passing was too slow and methodical/ predictable in the first half, and there was zero running off the ball--everyone in the attacking 3rd was standing around looking to get played to feet like it was a static rondo exercise. I get the sense with this squad that goal scorers get relatively more credit than they should and assists are less weighted in the eyes of the coaches. LDT Aaronson (and ironically Ariola) showed the necessary creativity but JF gets all the media focus? I thought we'd outgrown that.

  32. Michael In Bruges, June 11, 2022 at 2:12 p.m.

    Soccer America chronic commenters unhinged as usual

  33. Ric Fonseca replied, June 11, 2022 at 4:34 p.m.

    > Michael In Bruges:  You nailed it.  Re the player that was ranted against on and on and on, well pilgrims, would you believe that I (first time ever) agree with the commentary by Frank Schoon laid on Morris?  I only watched a few minutes of the first half and noticed that the team was playing oh-so-listlessly against the likes of Grenada and then saw Morris plod on and on and so I switched to the BB game (Warriors vs Celtics) in order to keep awake.  And lastly, in agreeing with FS, yes SA MUST provide us their supporting readers with better information, and also, please tell MW (SA) to do more diligence with his numerical ratings.  Now, can we say PLAY ON (with some good futbol?)  

  34. Santiago 1314 replied, June 11, 2022 at 4:49 p.m.

    MIB; Glad your Satisfied with Mediocrity.!!!

  35. Kent James, June 11, 2022 at 7:51 p.m.

    First, it's a required game against Granada, the US staff didn't pick it. Annoying that it was so hard to find on TV.  My understanding is that Granada played well enough in their group to get promoted, so they were better than some in the tourney, but still, obviously a very weak team.  So GB should not be starting the A team; he (I think rightly) used the game to give some lesser used players more time. He's trying to trim down the roster.  I think we've seen enough of Morris and Roldan.  Morris seems to have lost a step, Roldan never impressed me that much to start with (solid, but not good enough when we've have so much young talent).  LDT was very impressive, I thought he was the best player on the field.  I thought Fereirra was having a tough game (so many good chances squandered) until he scored 4 goals.  That should help his confidence, but I still don't think he's the answer at CF (though I think he is good enough to remain in the pool).  He's not strong in the air, and he's not an impressive finisher (but he's okay and could get better); his touch is pretty good, but a 9 was an absurdly high rating for scoring a bunch of goals against a weak, tired team (I think a 7 would be okay).  Tillman didn't impress; he seemed kind of slow, and wandered sort of aimlessly.  Bello was the same.  Maybe they need more time to prove themselves; I wanted them to do well, but it was not to be.

  36. John Sabala, June 12, 2022 at 2:47 a.m.

      Hey All, Late to this one.
    I did not get up to watch the game as it was against Grenada and I knew GB was not going to pick a line-up where you get could in game experience with your best XI.  I don't believe we will see it against El Salvadore either as they will foul our players much harder and much more frequently.  I have to honestly say, I am giving up hope for this WC.  We will be lucky to get out of group play with piss poor tactics.  Whoever we play our coach will be outcoached by the opponet. Thus whoever is on the field will have to win with individual heroics as there is no common chemistry with the best players in our pool.  My concern is even with the best players on the pitch, the tactical plan will not set them up for success, and other teams will make in game changes that GB will not adapt to during the run of play.  He will may make halkftime adjustments, but I have only seen this with personnel changes and not changing the style of play.  I understand we have to play those teams we draw against, but even so it is a match that you should use to gain team chemistry. There is a long break after this last game, then back to clubs. Not sure I will get up at 4am to watch El Salvadore either.

  37. Santiago 1314 replied, June 12, 2022 at 6:54 a.m.

    Very Well put Bala... Starting Summer Road Trip on Monday... Doubt I'll catch it Live either

  38. Goal Goal, June 12, 2022 at 2:11 p.m.

    I have really slowed down making comments on here because you guys are far ahead of me in analyzing the game.  I am almost 80 years old and did play the game here in the US when I was a kid up until the time I was about 25 in a senior mens league.

    my observations concerning concerning the coach:  he was a good player but he is out of lane as a coach.  When you place players where it limits their chance of being effective.  You lost the right to coach:  to wit:  Morris on the left side.  Morris is the kind of player you want on the field when he plays where he belongs.  Someone said Reyna was a key to the offense.  I don't see it. Concerning Ferreira and his 4 goals.  I played defense my whole carrier and only scored 1 goal and that was when we played The Little Sisters of the Poor senior team.  Enough said.

  39. frank schoon replied, June 12, 2022 at 3:33 p.m.

    Goal Goal, thinking soccer keeps you young. All opinions are appreciated, keep it up

  40. Bob Ashpole replied, June 12, 2022 at 8:19 p.m.

    LOL. Not just where, but who you place them with too. A good cook can go into the kitchen and fix a great meal out of whatever is there. Coaching is the same way. Never ceased amazing me how one adjustment to a side of 11 could have a huge impact on team performance. 

    I miss the game :)

  41. Santiago 1314 replied, June 12, 2022 at 9:34 p.m.

    Goal, Goal... I hope I am as Relevant as you are when I'm 80...
    (Will my Narcissism Fade with Time.???.. jajaja)

  42. Santiago 1314 replied, June 12, 2022 at 9:38 p.m.

    Frank, It's Pretty Obvious that Ggg is NOT the Coach to take this Talented Group thru the Glass Ceiling. So, Frustrating.!!!

  43. Wilson Taguinod, June 12, 2022 at 5:25 p.m.

    My take on the game:

    Morris' affectiveness (such as it was) is deteriorating.
    LDT was MOTM in my opinion.
    McKinnie looked rusty.  Berhalter gave hime minutes so he could work on his fitness.
    CCV was very good.  Wins a lot of aerial battles for someone his height.
    Robinson should have dominated the left side.  He needs to do better.
    Aaron Long has too many center backs ahead of him in the pool.
    Cannon needed to be more involved in the attack.  Doing so would have opened space in the middle of the final third.
    Acosta had a good game.  Glimpses of the player I thoought he would be.
    Ariola was his tenacious self and played very well.

    I hope everyone is ready for this one:

    Ferreira got his 4 goals but it could have been 7 or 8.  I don't think he is the man.  I will get fricassied for this but I think Sargent should be our no 9 in the World Cup.

  44. Peter Bechtold replied, June 12, 2022 at 10:06 p.m.

    No fricassing from me, Wilson. You are spot on re our # 9.

  45. Santiago 1314 replied, June 13, 2022 at 6:18 a.m.

    Suffering Sucatash... You get no Fricasseeing from me....
    Long: Ggg is Playing his "Hide" the "Favorite" from Comparison.
    There are CBs ahead of him, but we Never get to see Enough of them in Big Moments where it becomes Obvious.... Ggg been Holding a Spot for him for a Year... And therefore Not bringing in EPB, CCV, McKenZIE
    Cannon: I'm not a Fan of a Kneeler... So take what I say with a Grain of Salt... He's not the Going Forward type of RT Back, like Dest( but then, Who IS)... He does give the Flexibility of also Backing Up at CB
    Shaq Moore is 90 minutes from Winning Promotion to LaLiga with Tenerife.. Starting EVERY Game Lately... He's more of a Mix of the 2.
    Acosta: He has Won Me Over... I just Don't see anyone that can Replace him as the Back-Up #6...He's "Technically" over MY 25 year Old Age Limit,  (27 on July 24).… But, He would still be 30 when WC26 starts in June... Got to figure someone Younger will come along by then.
    Jedi: Would have to use "Mind Tricks" to Play Well against a Packed Defense... His Lack of Technique really gets Exposed when he has to Play Combo in Tight Spaces... But, Love him in a Wide Open or Counter-Attacking Game 
    Arriola: This a Toughie for me... I have always Liked him... But there has to be Younger Guy(Like Hoppe) that can do the same "Jonny Hustle" thing... Already 27... If he's still in the Roster for WC26; "Houston We Have A Problem"
    CCV: Coca-Cola Player... "The Pause that Refreshes"...Plays the Ball Off, then Doesn't Move into Next Possible Position to get the Ball Back... He needs to Look more Interested in being Part of The Offense when he Doesn't have the Ball. He Looks Great on Defensive though... Play and Move, NOT Play and Stand.

  46. beautiful game, June 12, 2022 at 11:14 p.m.

    A minnow get plastered, and the comentary is like an erupting volcano. 

  47. Kevin Leahy, June 15, 2022 at 8:14 p.m.

    Horvath was out of position. Arriola was reckless & dangerous. The people that GB excludes will stay excluded. The coaching staff will stay the same through the WC unless there are criminal charges. It spoke volumes to me all the US players that sought out Hugo Perez after the match. I think this coaches weakness is in the attacking end of the field and that will not change before the WC. All we have to do now is wait for the matches. Hope that no matter how the team does, the federation turns over the staff.

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