USA v. Scotland: Live Commentary

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USA, Scotland, Eric Lichaj at RB? We’ll see.

Centerback please...

Centerback please…

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14 responses to this post.

  1. Scarpering out of work today to get home in time to watch the game. My kingdom for some Lichaj on the right flank.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2013/11/15 at 8:20 AM

      Wish I could’ve written a preview today. Much to discuss. Given how the US plays at the back. Lichaj — if he can prove to be adept at 1v1 defending — is a good option to consider.

      The US tucks their RB in quite a bit as they attempt to attack down the left. Rarely does the US RB get caught out in space–and that’s often only late in the game on a quick switch. (It’s noticeable how often Beckerman or Bradley over the past few games have looked off that long horizontal square early in the game–MEX in Columbus, Bosnia–Bradley looked it off at least 3x in the first half). That’s by design because of the weaknesses there.

      It’s no secret that the US lines up it’s most senior players and attackers offcenter left
      DMB, Landon, Clint, Donovan.

      So if Lichaj can be the far post aerial defender (something that has given Evans trouble) and still be good 1v1, something that Chandler was adept at if not committed, then he does have legitimate shot of competing for a true spot.

      I don’t buy that Lichaj is just there for depth at both FBs. I think Klinsmann was waiting for Chandler and it just didn’t happen.

      One more post of our old interview with Lichaj from 2011: (http://theshinguardian.com/2011/01/11/american-fullback-in-brum-eric-lichaj/)

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2013/11/15 at 9:01 AM

        The ‘far post aerial defender’ is an astute observation, Sir — given that you’re saying that the US attacks down the left, so opponents will try to exploit the [potential] space behind the LB.

        In tournament football, every squad needs a utility man, and I think Cameron is yours. Obviously, having somebody who is versatile might allow Klinsmann to consider deviating from the ‘standard’ 8-8-4 in a 23 man squad, and take 5 forwards.

        I think having two very able FBs is going to be key in a possession-orientated set up. And, with Cherundolo being a question mark, the next 6-7 months is going to be interesting regarding auditions as competition for places hots up.

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  2. as a lichaj apologist circa gold cup 2011 i am excited!

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  3. Posted by markwal on 2013/11/15 at 11:18 AM

    Anyone know if the game is going to be available on WatchESPN after the live broadcast?

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  4. Posted by Crow on 2013/11/15 at 1:53 PM

    I’ve just never been impressed with Klejstan. Can we get Diskerud in there? I’d like to see Brooks and Lichaj get some time as well.

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  5. Posted by Crow on 2013/11/15 at 1:56 PM

    One thing I’ve been thinking about- remember 4 years ago in the November friendlies when Jeff Cunningham was playing? Man, we have come a long way when it comes to depth. No more Cunninghams, Caseys, Chings, Clarks, Bornsteins, or Findleys on the World Cup roster…. Finally!

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  6. Posted by Union2008 on 2013/11/15 at 2:23 PM

    Classic JK game. Tons of head scratching decisions. No Aron (arguably the most in form US player in the pool? And one of the most talented as well). No Brooks audition even though Brooks is superior to Gonzalez in every way (lets admit it)? Kljestan playing out of position and once again showing he’s off pace for the International game. Eddie Johnson doing nothing. I mean, out of all the guys on the field, Johnson is most frustrating. What has this guy done recently to warrant a starting spot on the national team? Of course he’ll prob play well for 5 minutes and score a goal.

    Oh well. Just want more talent on the field. Aron, Aron, Aron.

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    • Posted by Crow on 2013/11/15 at 4:12 PM

      Eddie Johnson does fine when playing as the target forward or 2nd forward but just can’t play that wide role in the 4-2-3-1. There is no need for him there anyway with the depth at those positions. I thought the lineup decisions were pretty fair though. I’m not a fan of Klejstan and he didn’t impress but JK at least gave him a shot based off of his club form.

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    • “Classic JK game. Tons of head scratching decisions”

      Were you expecting JK to try to put on an entertaining show, a repeat of the previous massacre?

      In the JK era if you look back carefully the US has usually come back from long layoffs with a lousy first half followed by a better second half and then usually the next game will be much better. Look it up.

      Combined with the fact that this is a World Cup tuneup and that it was against a pretty uninspiring opponent in Scotland, the resulting messy, slightly disjointed game was a complete non surprise.

      Practice often looks like this.

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  7. Posted by Crow on 2013/11/15 at 4:10 PM

    With Jones having two ridiculous reckless mistakes again and as good as Cameron looks pushing forward, I can’t help wishing for the Bradley/Cameron combo that looked so good in Seattle.

    Shea wasn’t perfect but really changed the game in the 2nd half. I love how he took on and ran past defenders and that beautiful cut back pass to Bacon. I thought it was a sure goal. I really hope Shea gets playing and wins a substitute role because he offers something no one else in the pool is able to.

    I thought Bacon and Lichaj looked pretty good as well. I would like to see a longer run out on Tuesday.

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  8. Posted by RBP on 2013/11/16 at 12:15 AM

    Just watched it on tape delay..

    EJ is losing his place
    Bedoya looks a step above all except Bradley
    Klejstan looks good enough to go to Brazil. He keeps possession.
    Cameron is class but I’m not sold at CB yet.
    Jones should not play so many long balls. Dives in too much for a DM
    The jury is still out on Gonzo he’s just too much deer on ice.
    I like Evans a bit more each time. Is he too slow?
    Altidore and Aron are the pair get them reps.
    Lichaj Mohawk!
    Damn it Brek Shea you can look so bad and so good.

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