Hello again, soccer fans! We hope you enjoyed the USMNT action to offset the short MLS schedule this weekend. We at the Sons of a Pitch certainly enjoyed seeing all the names and faces of the future of US Soccer this week.
In their 3rd game under coach Gregg Berhalter, the United States Men’s National Team played a controlling game against Ecuador, but only had a 1-0 victory to show for it. In the next game against Chile, the USMNT had a difficult time beating the high press and were on the back-foot most of the game. Despite that, they held on for a 1-1 draw. Our biggest takeaways are the continued implementation of Coach GGG’s system and the integration of the European based players, and the building of a winning culture. We really say was Adams, McKennie, and Pulisic can do together, but we also saw the flaws in letting wing-backs push too far up the field.
Rising Stock: Zardes-1 goal, 1 assist in last 2 games; Trapp-the smartest guy on the field;
Falling Stock: Baird-who was non-existent; Lovitz-who looked lost; Ream-who still makes that one, dumb play every game
Meanwhile in a less than full slate of Major League Soccer games, the headlines could read:
- FC Dallas keeps taking points
- Orlando City finally get a win
- LAFC get another stoppage time victory – this time courtesy of some Walker Zimmerman brilliance
- FC Cincinnati win again, turning critics into bandwagon fans
- At least one New England is terrible: the Revolution are in complete disarray
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