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USMNT Player Ratings: Pulisic’s slump continues, Turner and Miles Robinson struggle, and more

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  1. Pulisic played too slowly. He almost always took too many touches and by the 3rd touch was often on the ground. If he can’t release the ball earlier teams will enjoy fouling him and be successful at stopping him. Canada clearly chose to foul him early before he could be any real danger; it was ugly, but effective. He must learn to get rid of the ball sooner or he will spend more of his career injured and as well as not being as effective as he could be.

    He is very talented, but he must learn how to bring his teammates into the game and that will open space for him to break down the defense when he has to face only o 1 or 2 defenders.

    Sure you can fault Zardes, A. Robinson, Aaronson for not making better runs to get open; it does seems every time Pulisic gets the ball the offense just stops to watch him. Why is that?

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  2. Turner deserved a 3. Poor distribution leading to the first goal, compounded by giving too much space to the far post. In general, his distribution continues to be an issue and I worry every time the ball is at his feet.
    I have to go back and re-watch, but it seems Musah is not helping the Pulisic situation. Where is he in the link-up play?
    I thought Pepi was little better than a 5 – we just looked a little more comfortable when he came on.

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  3. Is it possible that Pulisic is simply not in the mood to shorten his career playing against CONCACAF goons and blind referees?

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    • He’s been relatively poor for Chelsea too, though. Some of that is related to being played mostly out of position but he’s not in the same form he was in Summer 2020.

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