That is a tough one. Wales is Ranked 18th and Ukraine is ranked 27th in the world. You're right they are both motivated. Wales is a tough opponent, but I believe Ukraine is playing better ball. I would say Wales is who I would rather play but I will be pulling for Ukraine.Who would you rather face? A war-torn country playing balls-out? Or Gareth Bale with his last chance at glory? Both will be extremely motivated.
Are you talking about Miles Robinson at fullback? My understanding is he tore an Achilles and those don’t rehab quickly. I don’t expect him to be available in November.I thought the back line played fairly well. Uruguay did open up Scally quite a bit in that he was getting caught too central and Uruguay had 2-3 acres of space on that wide side. Zimmerman and Long are fine in the middle and I'm actually shocked Zimmerman is not getting more talk to move overseas. Hell, Manchester United plays 2 freaking statues in the center back spots and Zimmerman can outplay both of them (when they play Maguire and Lindhelof back there...not Varane). I thought Yedlin was effective. I expect Dest and Robinson to be the 2 full backs that start but Cannon and Yedlin and maybe Richards will provide some quality depth behind them. Once Berhalter figures out who the 9 is and who's going to be in the best form, this team will click. The creativity, speed, athleticism are all superior to most teams. Mexico couldn't slow this group of Uruguayans down at all and the US looked like the better team for long stretches of the game.
Let's talk Pulisic. Teams absolutely fear him on the ball which is why their strategy is to bite at his ankles every chance they get to slow him down just a bit. His quality and vision on the ball is astounding. Weah's speed gives teams fits. Ferreira was really good in finding space and getting into the space you want your 9 to find. He needs to be more clinical in his finishes.
I full on expect the US to play a B side in the game against Grenada.
You're right. He'd be my preferred choice but he won't be available. I forgot he tore his achilles in an MLS game.Are you talking about Miles Robinson at fullback? My understanding is he tore an Achilles and those don’t rehab quickly. I don’t expect him to be available in November.
It’s shocking how poor we break down teams. Wales sees this and that’s why they’ve openly told the media, both coaches and players, that the game is winnable and they expect to win. If that happens, we would need to beat England to go through. Not sure that’s happening unless they bring Robert Green in goal again.Two things bothered me during that game.
1. Our inability to finish in the box
2. Allowing Uruguay to control the second half
We are playing people like Scally that will not be on the final roster. I am sure that some of this is so that we dont get players injured before November. The warmup games that they will schedule in October and November are going to be the games that catch my eye. All focus right now is on Wales.
Well what is he going to say to the press? “We are going to get molly whopped by all three teams? No absolutely not. He just said that the team that shares the same island will be a tough contest and the ones that aren’t on that island that can’t just run over and admonish him are winnable. Wales needs to consider themselves lucky that they won that game as Ukraine played a better game. If we go 1-1-1 on the group then we will advance, depending on goal differential. Wales is a tough team, I just don’t see them advancing. As long as we beat Iran, we should be in good shape.It’s shocking how poor we break down teams. Wales sees this and that’s why they’ve openly told the media, both coaches and players, that the game is winnable and they expect to win. If that happens, we would need to beat England to go through. Not sure that’s happening unless they bring Robert Green in goal again.
We got some athletic guys that can run to space with the ball and play off the volley. That’s not enough. Dont be fooled. Ferreira seems to have vision and a knack and that helps, but won’t get you a goal at the next level. Ask Wondo. And we’ve got nobody that can play back to goal as a 9 except Weah as an emergency striker. And don’t be surprised if that happens in the Fall for at least part of one game.