USMNT vs. Panama World Cup Qualifier

Submitted by LandryHD on October 6th, 2017 at 7:59 PM

Christian Pulisic with a goal and a assist to Altidore.

Pulisic is incredible!


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Vengeful Barbarian

October 7th, 2017 at 1:48 AM ^

I don't think it's so much about the speed, it's more about the dribbling skills, vision, anticipation, positioning and overall pick understanding of the game. even if CP doesn't improve at all the rest of his career, he's still the most dangerous attacking player i remember seeing over the last 23+ years that I've been watching usmnt.


October 7th, 2017 at 1:54 AM ^

have a fantastic player to raise the USMNT's ceiling. Having a player of his caliber that can create and distribute at such a high level isn't something that many squads have, and he's only going to keep getting better. It'll be especially lethal if Cameron Carter-Vickers, Josh Sargeant, Timothy Weah, and Johnathon Gonzalez keep developing. The United States has legit talent, and if they can get a quality, permanent coaching staff, they could be scary. 


October 7th, 2017 at 9:53 AM ^

Let's hope Arena calls these guys in for the January camp to get some of them cap tied, and hopefully integrate one or two into the team. Future looks bright. I also wouldn't sleep on some of the MLS kids, Jack Harrison and Tyler Adams being two I'd like to see more of. Harrison just got an England youth call up.

CRISPed in the DIAG

October 7th, 2017 at 10:54 AM ^

Maybe this is an identity for the Americans - using Woods and Pulisic to terrorize back lines until we develop better organization in our back third. Even then I don't see how they keep this up against a good opponent unless Arena modifies this approach to allow more support for Bradley at midfield. Like I said upthread, it was like watching Liverpool play against a bad team. 


October 7th, 2017 at 12:35 PM ^

Moving to a 3-4-3 removes the extra bodies from the wings that open the pace for your 3 central attackers. 

Putting Pulisic next to Bradley limits the counter attacking potential. 

Having Nagbe/Arriola squeeze in opens up Yedlin/Villafana to get put in 2-1 scenarios. 

To be honest moving Bradley up the pitch to keep control in the offensive zone, and allow the backline to pinch all the way up to and maybe past the halfway line will help. Using your backline and the offsides trap as another defender. But you have to have a good, organized, athletic backline. Maybe Cameron and Brooks and Yedlin and amazing LB who comes out of nowhere can get it done.