Gregg Berhalter was summoned to his first US men’s national team in a few months, and the almost dumb average age, arriving at 65 days under 22.
What makes it sadder? Only six of the players on the list released on Tuesday were 22 years older, with Tim Ream’s 33 having pulled the total age slightly up.
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It makes sense to experience the game against Wales and then have a younger 11 team work with anyone Panama sends to Austria (For purposes below we will put Ethan Horvath as a goalkeeper for one team and Zack Steffen for the other).
But let’s take a look at some of Gregg Berhalter̵7;s options as he wanted to see as many players as possible but also started building towards the Golden Cup, CONCACAF Nations League and – of course – World Cup qualifying.
Most experienced and / or best form XI v Wales
The challenge is, ideally, the three best and most experienced midfielders in this group prefer to be on the left side of the squad.
John Brooks, for whatever you want to say about his work with the national team, kicks the ball around like a champion and is in great form for Wolfsburg. He’s playing LCB.
Tim Ream was heavily used at LB for USMNT but this was before Yanks had a thriving Antonee Robinson with Fulham.
And while some were not so impressed with Robinson’s youth performance in the United States, they went against France, Brazil and Colombia among others. By the way, they attracted France. Dave Sarachan was a coach then and it was a very enjoyable time (He did well. Let’s say it). Berhalter played Sergino Dest at left-back, not at his best, but Reggie Cannon at right-back is much better than Robinson on the left to justify playing Dest out of position? You know the answer to that.
I think Matt Miazga took the call beside Brooks. He has played RB in both appearances for Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht.
While there are plenty of interesting new ideas in midfield, the relative inexperience of Johnny Cardoso, Owen Otasowie, Yunus Musah and Richard Ledezma puts Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie on top of the back four. should be easy.
Plug Giovanni Reyna in the center of attack to keep Christian Pulisic on the left (assuming the Chelsea winger can play).
Choosing to be who plays top and who plays “Jordan Morris” on the right flank with the Seattle Sounders man in a very good MLS Cup Playoffs team.
One roadmap would be to put Timothy Weah first and put Josh Sargent in Morris’s shoes, as Werder Bremen boss Florian Kohfeldt, for the most part, had started Sargent in a “slipper run” role. It was also the “most limited” move and Weah went through a lot so it made sense to try it out. What remains would be to put a huge push on Yunus Musah – who still qualifies for England, Italy and Ghana – and play teen Valencia on the right flank to help shield Dest away.
But here is the “most experienced” XI, so we go here:
Dest – Miazga – Brooks – Robinson
Adams – McKennie
Sargent – Reyna – Pulisic
(Almost) all children v Panama
Let’s start here: Many of these young people fall into a similar camp and it is not easy to put them in a completely different XI.
But we have some priorities for these kids, many of whom played together at the 2019 U-20 World Cup.
Baby Yanks lost to Ukraine before beating Qatar and Nigeria for their good result: A 3-2 defeat against a French team was very good.
Seven The players that played that day were in the squad, including Sebastian Soto. He was a permanent player in that tournament, as did Konrad de la Fuente, Timothy Weah, Richihe Ledezma, Chris Richards and Sergino Dest (Uly Llanez also came on the bench heavily).
So if we ignore this, with the understanding that Berhalter will want some long-term experience with them, write about Zack Steffen, Tim Ream, and at least one of Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie apart. there.
Musah is playing widely for Valencia but has played a lot of CM for Valencia at youth levels. You think he will run away. Plug him inside De la Fuente.
Cannon – Richards – Ream – Dest
De la Fuente – Musah – Ledezma – Llanez
These two squads start off with everyone apart from Caen central striker Nicholas Gioacchini, Wolves defensive midfielder / midfielder Owen Otasowie, Internacional’s Johnny Cardoso and Leicester City goalkeeper Chituru Odunze.
Face it: You’ll be glued to both games.
According to @NicholasMendola