First, let me mention that I knew there would be some challenges to my post-game review that I filed.
Second, dead wrong on Benny Feilhaber from the little I have watched. My apologies.
I completed my review on the train back to NYC about 4 hours after the Yanks completed their victory in the final home send-off game.
I filed my report in what I consider “The Dead Zone”–see the schematic below:
I usually finish touching up my column right at the beginning of The Dead Zone. What I think is the strength of TSG game review is the detailed analysis that takes place so close to the end of the game. Usually TSG is not in the press box, so we’re writing before the major outlets are with immediate freshness.
This time–with Bob Bradley quotes, player quotes and travel involved–I filed my column the next morning–at the beginning of the green section (I have no name for this section). I had completed it within 8 hours of the match though.
However, the timing left some of the freshness and game review asunder and consequently, my review was not as “tight” as I would have liked it to been.
Okay, enough, what does this mean? Not one of my best reviews, but then again you can’t fit everything into one. Best part? I’m my own assignment desk and editor!
So today I’m going to add to start in this column and then during the day–and since Virgin America’s wifi bandwidth is not strong enough to pull up “The Tres” from ESPN–I’m going to re-watch the game and add more commentary in a new post when I arrive home.
I may make some changes to my review or stick to my guns.
I’ll be taking selections out of Saturday’s commentary and using them as starting points here.
Pardon the digression…and we start with the Turkish goal.
• On what happened on the Turkey goal:
“The comment though was simply the reactions when the ball took over.
When Jonathan had made the run, the ball came loose, it got played up.
We actually put a little bit of initial pressure on.
Goodson, I believe, pushed pretty high now to try to shut things down.
The next level of reactions weren’t that good and they were able to play the ball down the left side and create that opening.
It’s about a team reaction when the ball turns over. You want the initial pressure to give everybody else an idea of what they need to do. In some cases, the next guy can join in and maybe it can be taken care of right there. In other cases, it’s a re-grouping behind the ball.
In that particular case, we were, sort of, caught half and half and didn’t do a good enough job.”
More from Bob Bradley indirectly:
“You have challenges, the way Turkey plays there is a lot going on in the center part of the midfield, especially in the 1st half.
You’re asking a great deal of your center midfielders because they have to be able to step up and press in front of them, but also be aware of what’s going on behind them.
And if the gap gets too big between the midfield and the backline than gives players space to operate.”
I’m going to review this one again when ESPN3 is available, but watching the YouTube clip, it sounds and looks–to this writer–like Benny, ah Benny-I-will-be-lowering-your-rating, played some ole defense and didn’t “join in” with Goodson on the defense and that the entire midfield then needed to “regroup behind the ball.”
It’s amazing when you slow it down–and listen to the coach of the team that got hurt on the play–and deconstruct the happenings how quickly things can happen and players can “attack.”
At the very least, if you’re Ricardo Clark, you want to do something different and force that ball a different way based upon communication behind you or game plan.
You want that ball to the winger to be airborne–if it has to go there, as the pass will travel slower, allowing the defense to recover and the player might have to take an extra touch or two to recalibrate his run to the goal.