OT: USMNT World Cup Qualifiers - October Window

The USMNT roster has been released for the next set of qualifiers. Schedule is:

10/7 v. Jamaica, 745 PM - Q2 Stadium, Austin TX (ESPN2)
10/10 @ Panama, 600 PM - Estadio Rommel Fernรกndez Gutiรฉrrez, Panama City (Probably Paramount +?)
10/13 v. Costa Rica, 700 PM - Lower.com Field, Columbus OH (ESPN2)

Here is the initial squad:

Pulisic and Reyna are both currently out with injuries picked up during the last window. Berhalter did not rule out calling them in later in the window if they are ready, but I wouldn't count on it as their clubs would probably prefer them to just stay.

Also note that players from the UK (A. Robinson, Ream, Steffen, Pulisic if called later) are not allowed to travel to Panama (because it is a UK red list country) without completing a quarantine upon returning to the UK. So, I would not expect any of those players to appear in the second match.

Really happy to see Musah, Hoppe, and Richards on this squad. It just goes to show that the first window is always very difficult due to transfer stuff. With a lack of true wingers (again...) I expect to see a lot of Hoppe, Weah, and Aaronson. Arriola and Roldan will also get their fair share of playing time, so just warning you all in advance. It's fine, they are fine players.

New players can be called in at any time, and if any of our players get injured this weekend for their club, I would expect additional call-ups. We have plenty of depth at CB with Zimmerman, Miazga, and Sands all acclimated with the team not currently on this squad, so we should be good there. Just hope for no more winger injuries. We're pretty thin there right now.

Jamaica got off to a pretty poor start in the first window with just 1 point from 3 games. They will be motivated to come out strong and their coach is probably on the hot seat. I think Gregg should come out with a strong lineup to start.

Panama surprised by landing 5 points in the last window including draws with Mexico and Costa Rica and a 3-0 win over Jamaica. They are not traditionally a strong team, but this could be a tougher than expected match away in Panama City.

Costa Rica started out with just two points after a narrow loss at home v. Mexico and settling for draws against Panama and Jamaica. They have been a strong team in recent cycles, but I think most of their best players are aging and their next generation isn't at the same level. We'll see how they do in the first two matches this window, but from the looks of it we should be able to beat them at home.

The current table in the Ocho is :

1. Mexico - 7 pts
2. Canada - 5 pts
3. USA - 5 pts
4. Panama - 5 pts
5. Costa Rica - 2 pts
6. Honduras- 2 pts
7. El Salvador - 2 pts
8. Jamaica - 1 pt

This is probably one of the "easier" windows the USMNT will have this cycle. Two home matches against decent, but not great opponents and an away match against what is usually not a really difficult team. That said, the overall quality of Concacaf has clearly risen in recent years. My preferred starting 11 to open against Jamaica:

Turner
Dest - M .Robinson - Richards - A. Robinson
Adams
McKennie- Lletget
Weah - Pepi - Aaronson

Edited lineup Musah -> Lletget because Musah is coming back from injury and I think it's pretty unlikely he will start match 1

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We better show up for the Jamaica game. I'm passing up Bond for it...

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They had a rough first window, especially trying to incorporate many new players switching over from England. And, many of their players are based in UK, so they weren't able to play in some of the matches. They are supposed to release their squad later today.

They can be a dangerous team, but I don't think they have the defensive organization to defend well in a low block for 90 mins like Canada did. The big key for me is where are we getting creativity in the attack? Without Pulisic and Reyna, we really need someone to step up and create chances in one way or another. I'm not sure Aaronson does that well when not in transition. It will be a good test of how the "system" works to produce chances without our two best attackers. I'm hopeful, but not terribly optimistic. Predicting a snatch and grab late winner for USA. Butt clencher

Yeah, it seems like the American way is to just pound away with a sledgehammer for 90 minutes. There's very little adjustments throughout the game or from half to half. What makes that worse is it actually does change from game to game, so we know they CAN do it...

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Wait no 10:30 kickoffs what is this common sense shit?

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The kickoff time is controlled by the hosting nation and we played two away matches last time. IIWII

I predict a draw WW. Or really any combination of two wins and a draw. This team has shown zero cohesiveness.

If you think that (not necessarily disagreeing), you still think they'll get 7/9 points? That's a pretty good outcome lol. If they play as poorly as they did for 2.5 games in the last window they'll be lucky to get 5 points again

Oh it's def a great outcome. The team has obvious issues but this leg of the competition is weak and our talent alone should carry us. I am expecting us to stay near the top of the table.

Anything less than 7 points should be considered disappointing

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I agree, but let me ask you this - which one of these scenarios would you rather have in regards for the future prospects of the team? Get 7 points and everything looks fine. Okay, but not great. They do what they're supposed to do but it looks labored. 9 points, but they don't look good at all and get lucky, non-repeatable set piece goals and just generally continue to look uninspired in attack. Or 5 points, but they are playing great, creating chances and zipping the ball around but just get brutally unlucky with chances not finished or scored against them.

I'd say your first scenario, 7 points while looking ok. We have to qualify first before we worry about how we look.

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Yeah I'd say that's probably the scenario we need most. I think 5 points would still keep us in decent position and I'm getting concerned about our ability to break down less talented teams. I'd just like to see them play a team off the pitch from kickoff. Just once

Walker Zimmerman replaces Tim Ream on the roster due to family reasons. Easy choice and hopefully everything is good with Ream

Let's go boys lets get a nice 7 points this window

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I want 9

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I want 9 as well but I'll take 7

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9 points is really hard to do. Mexico only got 7 last window (from the same group of opponents we have this time, coincidentally). Obviously should be the goal, but it's very hard to do.

Want to see joe scally sometime in the WCQ

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Surprised he didn't get called this time. Just scored his first goal today for Gladbach. If he keeps it up I think he will definitely be called for November.

John Brooks will reportedly stay in Germany due to a back injury. Unfortunate that we'll now be down two left footed CBS, but luckily we have decent depth at CB overall.

Not sure if Berhalter will replace right away, but best guesses are Matt Miazga, James Sands, or maybe Cameron Carter-Vickers or Erik Palmer-Brown.

Sad for John Brooks, but Robinson-Richards-Robinson-Dest is arguably our strongest backline based on talent and form. 0% chance we see that lineup during this window if Brooks is healthy, but there's a chance we see it now.

Hopefully Brooks can get healthy and get back into form with his club.

Agree I was hoping to see that back line as well and I think we will now or at least 3/4 of it. I think there was a chance it would happen anyway. Brooks is not a guy who you're going to play 90 mins three games in a row anyway.

Hopefully Richards takes that spot and doesn't let go.

Agreed with the Richards comment. Hope he becomes a beast in the back

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After watching brooks cost us time and time again in the last window this is a miss I'm not as worried about. I would imagine he replaces him with Sands maybe

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Agree that Brooks did not look great in the last window.

US Soccer announced the withdraw officially and stated they won't be naming a replacement at this time.

Not entirely surprising tbh. CB is a position that usually plays 90 and doesn't get a ton of rotation. They have 4 CBs who are well trusted. And if they need someone, Sands can be called in and be in camp in a few hours.

Steffen and A Robinson will not travel to Panama due to Premier League quarantine rules, per Berhalter. Do not be surprised if Steffen starts against Jamaica or Costa Rica.

Also, Musah is awaiting results of inconclusive COVID test. Already not expecting him to start tomorrow but he might not even be available.

For Jamaica, Michael Antonio is not travel long for this window. May be injury related, not sure. Big loss for them, he is on fire right now for West Ham

For Jamaica, Michael Antonio is not travel long for this window. May be injury related, not sure. Big loss for them, he is on fire right now for West Ham

As a USMNT and West Ham fan, I was happy to hear this news as I fear what Michail would do to our CB's. He is not injured and instead is not playing for Jamaica to avoid injury. He has a history of leg muscle injuries and he needs to be available for West Ham's games in the Premier League, Europa league, and EFL Cup later this month as he is the only senior striker at West Ham (and VT fans think we have roster management issues....).

That's a straight red. Last defender!

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Jamaica playing dirty ad expected. We suck at passing and have some lazy ass players on the field.

Are you fucking kidding me? How is that not a red and a pk?

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Outside the box. Def a red though.

That's two of them!!!!!!

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I get outside the box, but thats a PK in hockey because he stole a scoring opportunity. Soccer rules are silly.

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Oh I am sure if differs across some leagues within soccer. But I do like the idea of sacrificing a player for a goal. If it was always awarded a pk then earning a red wouldn't be worth it.

This ref got Jamaica moneyline

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Good save Turner

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Got to love CONCACAF officiating. And no VAR because other countries don't have the resources to have in stadium.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

This game should be 11 on 9. This is why a lot of Americans don't like soccer. Its too subjective.

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Okay that second one WAS in the box. WTF

The first foul would've been a red if it was arriola no such thing as a clear goal scoring chance with him, kidding of course but this game needs someone to give it a go. Better control and tempo but the final ball has been lacking.

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PEPI THE GOATTTTTTT

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Pepi!!!!! Magic!!!! 1-Nil!!!!

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PEPI > MESSI & RONALDO COMBINED

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

Ah he wants the 2nd๐Ÿ˜‚ should had passed it off to Musah

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Wow, that was bad. Some one make a move and be a hero. Scared money don't make money.

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I'm just gonna shut the fuck up...

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PEPIIIIIIIIII

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Our lord and savior it's PEPIIIIIIIIIII LETS GOOOOOOO

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GOOOOAAAAALLLLL ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜ฑ

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Pepi is the starting striker for every game moving forward unless he literally dies

[whispers] guys we may have found a true #9. Don't say it to loud or we may startled it.

But i like yelling๐Ÿ˜ข

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Yell at Sargent "THAT is what a #9 looks like!"

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Sargeant won't see much if any action moving forward. I like the kid, he's a workhorse. But he's not scoring. Needs a season in Holland or Belgium. Hopefully the injury bug stays away from Pepi.

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Why doesn'f arriola have a spot on this team? The dude is a gamer.

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And then he hustles his ass off and gets the ball back

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He's like a Jack Russell terrier. Lots of energy, and frustrating for the other team, but not gonna do the heavy lifting. I love watching him play, but he's serviceable for the qualifying matches and that's about the extent.

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Yeah, he is working his butt off for these matches but his first touch is non existent. When he gets the ball in the box he always delays his movement. Could score a lot or create scoring chances if he had better reactions.

Agreed. I'm not at the point of saying the US has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to soccer talent - but we're definitely past the days where work rate and hustle alone guaranteed you a spot in the roster.

We have enough players that hustle and actually have quality to relegate him off the squad imo.

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This team hesitates so much. Like damn we are up by two. Go for it!!!

We so close to a 3rd

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Weah is looking really good

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Good dub boys. Let's get focus for Panama๐Ÿ’ช

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Few quick takeaways.

Pepi looks good but still 18 let's not heap all our luck on him. We need someone else to step up and help out ie zardes

Arriola is a workhorse but again not alot if end game.

Liked the back line tonight they looked good and sharp and the full backs played high and were very involved.

Midfield was good liked the setup and felt they controlled it well.

Number one goalkeeper should be turner going forward. He's a solid shot stopper and tonight showed some really nice touches passing out from the back.

Edit: almost forgot weah looks much better now and should have a role this window

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After seeing Weah play for those 25ish mins. I wanna see him start where Arriola played against Panama

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Can't say I don't disagree there. He's direct and looked good be interesting to see if he could have as much of an effect starting instead of coming off the bench. Arriola is awesome for what he does but offers too little end product on goal and without pulisic and Reyna we need help in goals.

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I like Berhalter. The 4-3-3 is good, players are direct, and move fluidly. Adams and McKennie had quiet, workhorse games in midfield. Kept Jamaica from pulling anything over our heads.

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Didn't get to watch as I've been traveling all day, but looks like a great result! I'm so happy for Pepi - I already love this kid, man.

A couple points made about Arriola tonight. One of my favorite podcasts - Scuffed - likes to say Arriola is danger-adjacent. He's always close to being close to scoring, but never quite takes that next step. Important player to have though when you need someone to track and press and make runs. You need those players even if he's never going to provide much end product. I love Tim Weah and he can and will start over Arriola probably in the next match. But don't count him out just because he has a sloppy touch.

After sleeping on it...

Man, we looked hungry and fast last night. We came out of the gate ready and that was a pleasant change.
Jamaica looked off. Like hung over or something. Actually, they looked a lot like we did for the first 2.5 games of the hex. That was weird.

I can not wait to see Pulisic feed the ball to Pepi. When teams try to double up on Pulisic, that will give Pepi even more room!

Dest, while a threat out of the back, is still a HUGE liability in the back. Yes, he fits at Barca, but I wish he would stay in Spain. Yes, he had some plays in the final 3rd, but he spent more time there than in the back...and that's his position. Better teams will exploit that and destroy us with him getting caught tall.

Overall it was good to see them not lose their heads in the first half. A bunch of teenagers and early 20-somethings that are used to getting calls that aren't sometimes is a recipe for frustration and retaliation. That didn't happen. We saw some maturity last night and that might be the biggest step taken yet.

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Defense isn't his best trait, be he made some good defensive plays last night. We don't know what instructions he was given - maybe Berhalter wants him to bomb forward.

The big thing for him is effort. When he is giving close to 100%, he will track back and at least get in the way. The key for Berhalter, which is no small task, is to get him to do that consistently against teams/players who are not the best in the world.

He is an attacking fullback, and in the modern game those players often contribute much more in attack than defense. Not saying he shouldn't be trying more, but this game was much better from him.

I didn't see anyone mention Musah, but he looked pretty impressive to me. We have some good young talent.

A diamond midfield with Adams/McKennie/Musah/Reyna is the stuff of my dreams

Who would you have as attacker and who as defensive, who on the wings?

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Adams as the 6. Musah and McKennie as dual 8s. Reyna at the 10.

Pulisic?

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Dual striker behind Pepi. Gives Pulisic the freedom to play centrally or wide; he's at his best running at the back line from wherever he finds space and can get service. Maximum chaos

It's a hybrid of a 4-4-2 diamond and a 3-5-2 where Adams would drop back in the middle of Richards/Robinson as a 3rd CB to defend. Our fullbacks are much better playing as wingbacks with fewer defensive responsibilities, so they're best suited to playing with a back 3.

It's the only way I can think to get the best 11 guys on the field in positions that maximize their strengths.

Outside of Pepi, Musah was POM in my eyes. hustling and creating.

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Hopefully usa gets a dub. At least end the weekend on a highnote

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Lot of rotation for this match. Not surprising after getting off to a good start in this window unlike last time. Zardes played very well against Jamaica, I don't have any problem starting him. I know everyone's excited about Pepi but he doesn't need to start every match. Hopefully don't need him today.

Aaronson getting a well-deserved rest, excited to see Weah for an extended time. Surprised to see McKenzie ahead of Richards. I rate him very highly but it seems like Berhalter is taking it slow with him. Musah getting another start is surprising seeing as he's just coming back from injury.

I think we can still get a win with this lineup. Hopefully Berhalter doesn't wait too long to mix things up if it's not going well though.

Agreed about the rotations. Everyone on Twitter seems to be upset about no Pepi/Adams, but you can't play these guys all three games, and expect them to be top level the whole time. Some of the guys who got rotated should be able to come on as impact subs if we need them.

Seems like Berhalter trusts McKenzie on the road in CONCACAF, since he's done it at least once before. Think we'll see Richards on Wednesday.

Anyone having trouble finding the game? Trying to watch the second half on Paramount plus via the Prime video add on, but it's nowhere to be found.

Is this a prime/paramount problem or am I just stupid?

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I'm watching on Universo. Do you have the channel? 775 on FiOS.

No don't have the channel just using the Fire stick. Appreciate you trying to help!

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This is why I dislike using alot of MLS players. They are awful at passing

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MLS players are awful at a lot of things. This team has always struggled with passing. No fluidity or control of pace.

This lineup looks so bad

The amount of time these refs allow to be wasted on fake injuries is beyond bull shit.

Team was garbage. Thought ref did well except for the stoppage time...should have been well over 10 mins (and then extended beyond the 7 he actually gave). The dual head injuries were 5+ mins alone. Panama can't keep fans off the field w chain link fence and ball boys were pathetic.

Didn't deserve anything from that game.

Yeah the ball boys were too obvious with their tactics.

If I ever see a lineup like this. I'm finding berhalter and giving him a 2 piece and a soda๐Ÿ˜ก

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WELP if the rush the field tactic didn't hurt panama why not keep stalling

Oof

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Really poor showing tonight. Panama is not a bad opponent, but pretty inexcusable on the lack of energy and pretty terrible midfield.

You can blame the rotation if you want - the players put out there certainly didn't look cohesive. But the players themselves didn't show up. Just has to be better. All three starting midfielders had their worst game in a US shirt. That's at least partially on the players, but Gregg has to recognize and make changes. He has been good at that recently but whatever he did didn't work tonight.

At some point you have to try some new bodies who aren't "trusted" yet to get road minutes. Acosta and Lletget have been poor since the Gold Cup. Feel like this game was crying out for a player like Hoppe in the second half.

As long as we get 3 v Costa Rica, we're fine. But the sleepwalking performances are starting to become a trend and that is a major problem.

jglad - do you have a soccer background? I always appreciate your takes in these threads.

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Appreciate that, thank you. Just a longtime player and fan of the game. I'd like to say all of my takes are original, but some of what I post is my interpretation of what smart soccer people are saying.

I know that the national team gearing up for a World Cup brings some viewers who don't normally watch or are watching for the first time maybe. So I'm just trying to provide some background where I can.

In regards to the time wasting. Yeah, it's pretty blatant. It also happens in soccer all over the world. Time and time again, players waste time and the stoppage time is never enough. They're going to keep doing it until it stops working. CONCACAF is a bit special in that regard, but that's what happens if you rely on needing a late goal.

A world cup qualifier and it's all behind a fucking paywall this country and it's sub services on all thing soccer suck. And on queue the team gave a performance that they can be thankful it was behind a paywall because that was awful. Concacaf away is peak shithousery.

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Paramount+ gives you Champions League, Serie A, some of these USMNT games, Europa & Conference Leagues, etc. (plus lots of other content like shows & movies) for like $5/month. For most soccer fans, it's a pretty good deal. If you only watch USMNT and no other content on Paramount, yeah maybe not a great deal

I get it my point is more of a why is a world cup qualifier for the USMNT behind a paywall. CBS is shit just put it on CBS sports network and quit nickel and diming every soccer fan and hiding important games where the general public can't watch and get into the game. I agree there are good deals but in order to keep up with all euro and mls soccer I need 3 or 4 subs and a cable subscription typically and honestly it's more in the spirit of growing soccer and the national fan base for your national team.

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Too much tinkering. Just play your best guys. They're all stupid young. You're not gonna burn them out. And them tired can't be any worse than the crap that was trotted out there tonight. Hell, the constant line up changes is part of the reason why the USMNT has no cohesion to begin with. Hard to work on chemistry and strategy when different lineups and pairings are out there every match. No wonder we look disjointed.

Man there are so many players on our team who are already injury prone. Pulisic and Reyna are both missing this whole window! Adam's has been in and out of our lineup for 3 years before finally being healthy now. Weah has had a lot of injury problems. Musah has just come off a several month injury lay-off.

You have to rotate your players. This isn't PlayStation. Gregg got it wrong tonight but he's not going to run these kids into the ground and ruin their careers.

Tyler Adams and Miles Robinson played 270 minutes last window and were inarguably the two best players throughout the window.

Berhalter wants to play a 4-3-3 above all else, with a single CDM and dual 8s. How hard is it to have a best XI with backups for each position, and then rotate 2-3 guys each game if you're worried about tired legs or injuries?

We had two starters from Jamaica (Robinson and McKennie) that didn't travel - so those guys obviously get rested. Maybe you rest another defender and one of your forwards, but 7 changes in the lineup is inexcusable. Especially when it's 2/3rds of your midfield, and you pulled off Pepi, Aaronson, Dest, Musah, and Adams early so they didn't play a full 90.

Rotation is a bullshit excuse for the lineup we trotted out yesterday.

To be clear, I am not trying to defend making 7 changes or the performance. I don't think 7 changes were necessary, especially since several players were dubbed as you said. And regardless of how many changes are made, the coach is responsible for getting the players he picks ready to play and they clearly weren't. No argument there. I don't have a problem with the lineup itself but the players didn't perform.

All I am saying is you can't expect to just play your best 11 every match. It's not feasible, especially since most of them are now traveling from Europe and traveling does have an effect. I know that these are all must win, but global soccer right now is putting a huge strain on all players with how much they are being told to play. Effects from Covid are still happening - these WCQs should have started in the spring but got pushed back due to compressed club schedules.

To avoid hurting players, whether when with the international team or eventually when they return to clubs, you must have some amount of rotation in these 3 game windows. I am not saying it needs to be as much as Berhalter has been doing. But these players are playing 4 matches in less than 2 weeks if you count the club match before the international window. They will get hurt or not perform as well if you keep grinding them without breaks.

Here's the lineup for tonight, kicking off at 7 (ish).

I wish it was Turner but we knew all along there was a good chance Steffen would play in one of the home games. Hopefully he plays well.

Love the back line. Midfield should be good. Forward line is solid. They will press hard. Hopefully they come out with more energy - they have been much better home than away under Berhalter. 3 points and we're sitting pretty!

Big call to rotate the GK hopefully Steffen plays well

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This team crushed my soul more than Tech, and that says something. What a disaster.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

You know what Steffan should have done instead of begging for a call? Stop the fucking shot

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Damn nice shot

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I hate how this teams passes the ball. Instead of being on the ground they always get air under the ball and create 50-50 chances they often lose.

The movement and chances since the first minute goal has been so much better. Weah is a playmaker.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

Weah was crisp out there all night. Made a lot of things happen. Big thanks to Paul Arriola's groin for allowing this to happen.

I really can't stand CONCACAF. The bush league tactics make some of these games hard to watch.

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Well deserved win, controlled the game for the most part. I like that the ref let the game play out, and not get ticky tacky with the fouls. Best game I've seen McKennie and Dest play in awhile.

And please, just for a moment, enjoy this BANGER!!!:

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That goal was a freaking laser

Always good to see the Berhalter completely wrong with his halftime comments. Not sure how he and the rest of the staff missed that Dest kept everyone onside for Costa Rica's goal.

It's sad that it took conceding an early goal to light a fire in the team to do something productive in the first half. Thankfully the team battled back and got three points but they need to learn how to play for 90+ minutes if they expect to qualify and get past the WC group stage.

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Big win last night. Next game is v. Mexico and although I'm sure they'll be up for that game, it's certainly no guarantee of points. Right now we're sitting 3 pts behind Mexico with a decent chance to draw level if we can beat them at home.

Good news is that this was the last of the three game windows for a while - just 2 games for the next two windows, 1 game in February, and then 3 for the final window in March. That should help with some of the over-rotation issues.

I thought that most players played pretty well last night. Excellent performance from Dest. Other than keeping everyone onside for the first goal, I don't think he was culpable. I don't really blame him for that either, he just happened to get drawn out of bounds defending the cross. The CB pairing didn't look to be on the same page. I think Richards is very talented, but I didn't think he had his best game and it looks like he needs some more minutes with Miles for communication purposes. They had a lot of weird mistakes that led to CRs only decent chances.

Steffen is definitely at least 50% responsible for the first goal, but after that I though he played quite well. Didn't look afraid to come off the line, made a save or two, and looked comfortable with the ball at his feet. The penalty shout that CR had I think Steffen would have saved the shot if Richards hadn't taken him down. Just from the way it looked like the attacker was going to shoot. Having said that, I still think Turner is better and I feel much more comfortable when he's in the game. Steffen is not a bad player though.

Didn't have a lot of offensive ideas in the first half, but the second half was very good again. A ton of chances generated by Robinson down the left flank in the second. Thought the attack went through the right much more often in the first. Weah wasn't involved much in the first half, but had a great second half. I think he and Aaronson are the reason we often say our depth at winger is very good, but recently our starters have been out so the depth has been players like Arriola and Roldan, who should be 3rd/4th string when full strength.

I'm a huge fan of his, but I didn't think Aaronson had his best game. He always looks involved because he is so high-energy on the press, but I saw a couple attacking moves where he just made the wrong choice at the end. Didn't have a bad game by any means but he's been better.

Midfield was very good again. That's now the area where I'm most concerned about depth. When Adams and McKennie aren't playing, the midfield just looks confused.

Disappointed that the great striker in soccer history (aka Ricardo Pepi) didn't continue his scoring streak, but he continues to get into good positions in the box and that is the best way to score goals. Hopefully he's saving his first international hat trick for Mexico.

We're in very good position right now, but we must learn to play better on the road. We still have all of our toughest road games coming (Mexico, CR, Canada) and have played very poorly on the road to this point. That will be a huge factor in how we finish in this group. Hopefully, the less congested schedule helps us with rest and rotation.