Encouraging yes but the Gold Cup is just such a weak tournament. The US played #75, #92 and #177. That would be equal to North Macedonia, Lichtenstein and Louxemburg making it to the Euro tournament. Now they are facing Curacao in the quarter finals. Kinda like Belarus making it to the quarter final. The only competition which I would consider a measuring stick for evaluation is Mexico and maybe Costa Rica.watching Gold Cup. I think you are seeing where waiting as long as they did to hire Berhalter was a mistake. Still learning the pool and getting players for the system. Now I am not down on him as some were after the two warm up matches but a few thoughts...
Zardes is worthless for the US unless the mids are able to run. If he has to be doing hold up play, or he has to come back for the ball he adds nothing. But when he's able to run into space he's good.
I think the Will Trap experiment might be over with this system on the international level at least with him as a starter. if Tyler Adams is healthy he should be the holding mid (not RB like the original plan)
Matt Miazga has potential, but I think he showed in a few friendlies, he is behind Long and Zimmerman (and Brooks when healthy). Too many mental lapses. Now if he gets consistent time and continues to develop he'll be in the discussion to be a starter. Right now though It IMO should be Brooks and Zimmerman if all are healthy.
I don't like Tim Ream as a LB. that's one of the reasons you see a lot of space against the counter (that and asking the RB to be a CM on offense) if you want to play Ream go to a true 3 man backline.
It's a slow process but you are starting to see the potential offensively with Berhalter... and it's not just McKennie and Pulisic. It's Arriola, Boyd, and even Jordan Morris. The hope is you see Sargent and Weah get consistent first team minutes and develop... maybe even a guy like Soto as well and you have some true talent.
Encouraging for the development of US Soccer.
Team clearly was overlooking their opponent which isnt good. Boyd was perhaps the biggest culprit. I got the sense that after 60 minutes Berhalter said screw it and wanted to get out of Philly.I'm just tired of watching the piss poor passing in the midfield and the easy giveaways. As brilliant as Mckennie can be . . . He has been hanging with Michael Bradley too much. Too many errant passes and easy ball displacement.
I'm tired of watching Tim Ream at LB. He moonwalks better than Michael Jackson when a winger goes at him. Hell you can back him into the goalie if you really wanted to. And he'll never be part of the attack. He is a CB and if there is no room for him there (2 or 3 back alignment) he needs to be a reserve.
I am tired of Zardes as a #9. Much rather Altidore up top and honestly I am intrigued at trying Zardes at LB, similar to how the USWNT is using Dunn at LB. Think he would bring the type of athlete and attacking capability needed to be a difference there. Ream is too stiff to deal with the type of players on the wing in the Caribbean. I know Zardes at LB won't happen but it probably should.
As good as Boyd has looked at times, his performance against Curacao ranks at the top for worst performance by any US player this tournament.
Pulisic is clearly the best player in CONCACAF and he is adding some grit to his game. Gonna be fun watching him continue to grow.
Steffan has been solid. No bad rebounds and has been up to task. Would be great if he solidifies the GK position.
Team has a long way to go and I am slightly disappointed in the progress over a year in a half from that loss in Couva, Trinidad.
There is no competition in the CONCACAF. Teams are not getting challenged. The US got themselves through completely inferior competition and then was stopped when they faced a decent team. The CONCACAF is and always will be a hurdle for Mexico and the US team. Neither team gets challenged until the end.Overall, an expected result, so you can’t be too down but I am ready for the youth movement. I can’t go through another qualifying session with Bradley turning the ball over the way he does.
It is sort of a double whammy, as the competition in CONCACAF and the competiton by the individual players at the club level is just not good enough to ever see the U.S. as a real threat on the world stage.There is no competition in the CONCACAF. Teams are not getting challenged. The US got themselves through completely inferior competition and then was stopped when they faced a decent team. The CONCACAF is and always will be a hurdle for Mexico and the US team. Neither team gets challenged until the end.
When it comes to the world stage they will qualify against that inferior competition and go to the World Cup thumping their chest but the most likely exit for either team is the round of 16 or maybe the Quarters. They get themselves through the group stage since the world cup is bloated and every group has a pansy team or two and with a little luck they might face a team they can handle in the R16.
A youth movement will mean nothing if these young players will not be challenged.
If I am Mexico or the US I'd try to join Copa America on a more permanent basis. They may not win as many trophies between the two but the experience would be valuable.It is sort of a double whammy, as the competition in CONCACAF and the competiton by the individual players at the club level is just not good enough to ever see the U.S. as a real threat on the world stage.
But really the world stage is too far out in front for me in regards to the group. This Gold Cup was played mainly on home soil. While the competition is certainly lesser, if they don’t get their **** together in midfield, they will be a disaster when it comes to road games in qualifying. I never underestimate traveling to Costa Rica, Mexico, Jamaica, Trinidad, Haiti, Honduras, Panama, etc. Those games tend to be ridiculously hot on crap fields and hostile crowds . . . .a team that can’t string together an attack from back to front and loses possession as easily as the U.S. does combined with the physicality and speed of many of those teams . . . .will struggle and risk failing to qualify for the World Cup.