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Old 06-09-2019, 02:26 PM
 
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Well it wasn't a fluke. 0-3 vs. Venezuela. Will they even win a Gold Cup game, I wonder? This can't be good for Gregg Berhalter's coaching prospects.
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Old 06-09-2019, 02:52 PM
 
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Well it wasn't a fluke. 0-3 vs. Venezuela. Will they even win a Gold Cup game, I wonder? This can't be good for Gregg Berhalter's coaching prospects.
It was a friendly; and while we certainly needed the positive vibes ahead of the Gold Cup, let’s not hang it up just yet.
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:59 AM
 
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It was a friendly; and while we certainly needed the positive vibes ahead of the Gold Cup, let’s not hang it up just yet.
Perhaps. They seem to be half-heartedly implementing the forward press, then having no fallback plan when the other side gets past them (which they do repeatedly). With the U.S. team speed and generally mediocre ball-handling skills, I think they might do better with a compact defense and a rapid, counter-attacking style. But what do I know?
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Old 06-19-2019, 10:18 AM
 
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USMNT played the lowest ranked team in the GoldCup last night... and managed to pull out a win. But you could tell they could have problems against tougher opponents. At the very least, their team defense needs work -- they have problems switching off.

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Old 06-24-2019, 09:39 AM
 
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The USMNT looked much improved yesterday, especially in the second half. Toward the end they were playing free-flowing, unselfish soccer and at times looked nearly unstoppable. Granted, it was Trinidad and Tobago, but the victory seemed cathartic. Hopefully they will start to improve now. I guess we'll see how they do against Panama, who should be a more stout opponent.
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Old 06-26-2019, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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USMNT vs Panama tonight @ 9:00pm est. US has looked good against the 2 lesser teams they've played. Should be a good test for the guys tonight. Looking forward to a good match up.
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Old 06-27-2019, 10:38 AM
 
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The USMNT played well enough for a mostly second-string unit, although the attack up the left flank needs work. Odds are decent we'll face Panama again in the semi-finals; stupid bracket arrangement.
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:54 AM
 
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Was hoping for a more convincing win against Curacao last night, but a win is a win. Next game is on Wednesday 7/3 @ 9:00pm against Jamaica in the Gold Cup semi-finals. Winner of that game will go on to play the winner of Mexico/Haiti in the Gold Cup Final.
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Old 07-01-2019, 03:20 PM
 
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Was hoping for a more convincing win against Curacao last night, but a win is a win. Next game is on Wednesday 7/3 @ 9:00pm against Jamaica in the Gold Cup semi-finals. Winner of that game will go on to play the winner of Mexico/Haiti in the Gold Cup Final.
The USMNT's forward press isn't effective, and they didn't make good use of subs to pick up the pace once Curacao got worn down. (Only Morris was added before extra time, who did help somewhat.) The US also seems to be hurting for forwards since Donovan/Dempsey retired. Zardas has lost a step, and wasn't that effective as a forward either despite having what seemed like multiple attempts. Altidore, in contrast, keeps getting injured, so we're frequently left holding him out. Has he ever lasted a full tournament? I thought the defense played decently though, with a couple excellent saves by the goalie.

It's a somewhat bleak picture, and I'm not feeling overly confident going against Jamaica.
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Old 09-11-2019, 12:08 PM
 
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It seems like the current MNT has forgotten how to play defense. They've been making it much too easy to score. Unless they improve significantly by next year, I don't see them making the next WC.
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