Why we shouldn’t panic.
Wales is in bad form. England is lost. And Iran isn’t too much better than us, we can any given Sunday this group.
Reyna needs bubble wrap, hot yoga 3 times per week, a sports psychologist, a massage before games and absolutely, listen carefully Berhalter…he doesn’t train hard the day before matches or warm-ups, and is now a super-substitute.
Better a sub than nothing and if you try to play him three hard games I fear you get nothing.
I would start games (5 subs)
McKennie-Adams-Musah (Tillman70-75m )
Weah(Reyna 55-65m)-Aaronson (Pepi 80m)
Other subs can be acasio or a defender situationally, Ferraria the other situation.
We defend well as an 11 man unit so I’m not worried about the 3 defenders. Don’t play a weak link at the back just hybrid Acosta who is one of the best shot blockers I have ever seen in the world. He gets the Bradley role behind the midfield.
This team will be stacked in 4 more years, right now they only bring hope and must turn that into belief while riding out a tough group.
It could be worse but it won’t be easy.
I truly have not seen the sum of our parts show up on the field yet, they can be much better if they stick together and play a wicked counter attack.
Once in the open field they are an offensive team…but they need to pick their spots and defend together, strike in unison together. Conserve energy with possession. Take their time. Hold back…and learn when to send all the wolves full steam ahead.
We have never had this quality. Please don’t forget Weah is your most important player…don’t laugh, nobody else besides Pulisic is as surprising in their movements. He has a nose for goals even if they have been close calls to this point..the guy presents danger and makes dangerous runs. He will attract attention others can capitalize.