Great draw for us. Arena proving he's far superior to JK, but we all knew that. Have to admit, I didn't like us sitting back, but that's why Bruce is where he is right now. He knows his guys and they come to play for him.
1. Beasley shouldn't be in our plans as a starter. I could live with him subbing in for a final 15 minutes to hold the fort, but at 35 and time not on his side with better youth around than ever before......well, we have better options all over the place.
2. Yedlin rebounded in the second, but note that Arriola finally got called out by Stu during the 2nd for not providing appropriate cover all night. I have no idea what Ives was watching when he singled out Arriola for a nice first half. It was clear he was lost all night defensively.
3. Wood. He really offered nothing. No idea what going on with him. Don't know if its the injury or whatever happened at Hamberg this year, but he looks terrible. Altidore came in and immediately provided a presence up top in limited duty. I would literally give him a 1.5 rating and that's only because he ran around here and there. He didn't even do things off the ball to open anything up. His night was defined best by his complete whiff from 3 yards out earlier in the game that led to the counter goal by Mexico. Ugh. He was beyond awful. What happened to him? He was dangerous and helpful last year. Has to be the injury, right?
4. Centerbacks. I'll put them all in here. Even Ream. Pressured all night. Rarely, if ever, lost their shape. Never left a run unmarked? I can't think of one. Just fantastic. Some missed opportunities heading at the other end, but that won't diminish their contributions. At least 8s across the board.
5. Arriola. Commented above regarding his lack of presence defensively. Had some nice moments attacking in the first 15 minutes then disappeared here too. He's a solid 2.5. Honestly, he seemed completely inept in his role but he's certainly better than this. I'm thinking he needs more time in practice in that set to understand what is asked of him. He'll come around.
6. Guzan. We don't have anyone else to back up Howard? Honestly, I don't like where we are at with GK right now. At all.
What I most definitely do know is that if we tried that formation under JK, we would have switched back to a 4 man backline after Mexico put their second in the back of the net halfway through the first half, only after surrendering 6 shots on goal once Mexico found they could pass 35 yards from goal with impunity. The difference was the patience and confidence holding shape defensively. We never saw that from a JK coached team. Never. There was always at least 2 midfielders completely out of position requiring one of the backline to fill and blow up the entire scheme. Not last night. I was fully expecting it all to implode at some point. It never did. Whether that's actually coaching or players doing what is asked of them by a coach they like.......I have no idea. I'm guessing it's the latter.
I agree whole-heartedly. Jonathan look like the real deal in the game against Venezuela I was able to watch recorded. His reaction time is truly amazing and his ability to parry into less dangerous space is impressive. I like where he's at and like what he might become. He'll get his chances.I have to say Jonathan Klinsman looked awfully good in the U-20 WC. I think there are options like him out there and I think you will begin to see a few of them phazed in by Bruce.
I agree whole-heartedly. Jonathan look like the real deal in the game against Venezuela I was able to watch recorded. His reaction time is truly amazing and his ability to parry into less dangerous space is impressive. I like where he's at and like what he might become. He'll get his chances.
He took credit for "alot of good things" but not sure he is responsible for any of them.We may have lost if JK was in charge. We don't know the answer to that.
JK did a lot of good things for American soccer. Unfortunately, some never gave the guy a chance. He also made some bad moves, and the results against Mexico and Costa Rica proved it was time to change things up. JK had a way of rubbing people the wrong way, and that was no more obvious than how he treated MLS.
Had JK been coach, and USA eeked out a draw in a Azteca while be dominated in possession, the same people praising Arena as a musician would have been complaining about bunkering down.
JK's teams did have similar results, even in Mexico.He took credit for "alot of good things" but not sure he is responsible for any of them.
Sorry, I hear what you're saying, but JK was a freaking disaster.
Like I said before, none of JK's teams could have done what we did against Mexico. None of them. And I hated the way we played that game. I hope we never play that style again. It's not all sunshine and roses for me and I have no love affair with Arena.