frozenmail.net
frozenmail.net October 21, 2017


Stejskal: Who should the U.S. start against Panama?

07 October 2017, 09:56 | Randolph Howard

Soccer showdown! Viewing parties ready for US vs. Panama match

Christian Pulisic #10 of the United States reacts to a goal during the final round qualifying match against Panama for the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Orlando City Stadium

Even knowing DeAndre Yedlin is healthy, all we can hope is that the players come out in Orlando with real urgency and, frankly, an ability to adequately play soccer.

Bobby Wood's flicked header off the goal kick was great, as was Jozy Altidore's touch.

The Americans have lost two home games in a World Cup cycle for the first time since 1957, 2-1 to Mexico last November and 2-0 to Costa Rica last month - their first defeat in 16 games since Bruce Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann as coach.

With a draw Friday, the United States would have to beat Trinidad and Tobago (1-7-0) and pray for help in perhaps both other matches Tuesday.

Despite long-held optimism, there are several reasons for the US team's struggles over the past two years.

"We're well positioned to hopefully qualify for Russian Federation".

Then, when stoppage time came and the US scored two late goals for a 3-2 win. But after Arena skillfully and effectively implemented a 5-4-1 at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico four months ago, and after a three-at-the-back was used to more success in the last 20 minutes in San Pedro Sula, we're seeing that moving away from a four-at-the-back is a valid option (which I wrote about in June). It doesn't happen that way. "And I believe we're prepared to do that". We've advanced from sixth to third position with goal differential. "We control our own destiny", said Winter Park native and USA midfielder Dax McCarty.

Asked if expectations on Pulisic are fair - he is already the team's most popular player and was featured on "60 Minutes" on Sunday - Arena said: "It's fair".

"I imagine they'll be in a defensive posture", Arena said. He's got a lot of work to do.

Catalan leader calls for global mediation
He said Germany wasn't seeking to mediate in the dispute between Madrid and the regional government in Barcelona . Spain's king has said the leaders of Catalonia have broken the law and shown an inadmissible lack of loyalty.

Costa Rica is a strong, strong team that does not like, and does not know how to lose. This year it's Australia against Syria, who played the first leg this morning, ending in a 1-1 draw.

"The job is half-done", defender Matt Besler said.

Most people would take more money to play in their home country to be sure and the level of the MLS has risen of late, but with a salary cap, the is not much competition for roster spots, especially for national team players. Los Canaleros sitting third with 10 points on the table is headed by manager Hernan Dario Gomez. "To get it early and put Panama under pressure. got us into the game". However, recent results between the two sides make it clear this is anything but a formality for the U.S.

He dodged Roman Torres's sliding challenge.

Picking up the ball on the left wing, Pulisic delivered a superb cross which was gleefully tapped in by Altidore. At the edge of the 6-yard box and just 2 yards from the endline, Pulisic reached with his right foot to slot the ball in, completing a 112-yard US move.

Pulisic's contribution on 19 minutes was equally impressive.

"Jozy just laid it off to me and I was just gone, I guess", Pulisic said. A draw would change nothing between the two. He scored in the eighth minute and assisted Altidore's goal in 19th.

Time is running out for the United States, and nothing short of victory will be acceptable when they welcome Panama to Orlando. "We want to come out flying". Any doubters he might have had before this goal have surely evaporated with this play that put the USMNT up 1-0.



Other News

Trending Now

Theresa May heckled, interrupted during speech
Mullins, who funded Gina Miller's Article 50 High Court challenge, spent £30,000 on a stall at this year's Conservative Party conference where Mrs.

Price increase in France — Netflix
The premium plan, which allows up to 4 devices on in addition to 4K streaming, has been increased to $11.99 to $13.99 per month. The streaming service is already profitable in the United States , and raising prices again at home will improve margins.

Yankees host Twins in AL wild-card game
After only six batters, reliever-extraordinaire, Chad Green entered the contest earlier than anyone could have ever anticipated. Just as in 2009, and all those other years where they have faced the Yankees in the postseason, the Twins ended up the losers.

MLB The Show 17: NY at Cleveland ALDS Game 1 simulation
The Sox are notorious for working the starting pitchers and forcing the pitch counts to rise quickly and get into the bullpen . It's the matchup of the two teams involved in the Bartolo Colon trade, 15 years later! This year was, uh, a little different.

England lucky to have Kane, says Hart
However, Southgate insists Kane has not been permanently awarded the captaincy and any decision over England's long-term captain is now on hold.

'This Must Stop': Connecticut Reacts To Deadly Las Vegas Mass Shooting
There were new questions about whether the House would vote soon on legislation that would make it easier to buy gun silencers. Asked what Congress is doing to try and prevent such tragedies in the future, Ryan cited "mental illness reform".

New Daydream View headsets flaunt new colors and texture
With a Google Pixel handset in your pocket, you can tap and hold the Pixel Buds' right earbud to activate Google Assistant . Google also unveiled several other new gadgets including the Pixelbook , Google Home Mini and the Pixel Buds .

Watch the Google Pixel 2 event in 19 minutes
The Chrome OS-powered Google PixelBook is extremely lightweight with just 1kg and is Google's slimmest laptop with 10mm thin body. Both the devices will be available in the following six countries, including India , Australia, Canada, Germany, UK, and the USA.

The Boston Red Sox Clinch the AL East
This will be the Red Sox final chance to get back in this game as the Astros are three outs away from taking home a win in Game 1. Keys for the Red Sox on the series for the offense should be ambush early and don't let the starter settle in.

Google Pixelbook features leaked ahead of launch, Home Mini speaker listed online
Coming to the pricing, Pixel 2 is expected to be priced at $650/$750 while the Pixel 2 XL is expected to be priced at $850/$950. Even if it is launched at the event, expect it to only start shipping to customers closer to the end of the year in the US.