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Final USMNT World Cup Player Grades: Adams shines, Ream and Pulisic solid, and more

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  1. “Ream, Adams, Pulisic, Weah, McKennie, Dest, Robinson and Musah all needed to have had more rest to remain fresh for the games. It was pretty clear that many of those players tired as the games kept piling on (well, maybe Ream did not suffer so much, but his few bad passes against the Dutch might argue otherwise).”

    Every minute of the three group games was tense and closely contested.

    Given that who did you have in mind as giving your listed players significant rest?

    What would have been a credible rotational plan that Gregg could have had?

    Also Pulisic came into the tournament not really being a regular player for Chelsea yet had to go 90 in every game save for his pelvic rest half.

    Weah, Weston, Dest and Musah all came into camp recently recovering from injury as , of course, did LDLT and Gio.
    And Zimmerman came into the WC not having played in some time.

    The USMNT went into the WC with a significant number of players not fully fit and in form and lacking sufficient depth to rotate appropriately.

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  2. Being reported that USA and Canada will be in Copa America 2024. I’m sure Mexico will be too.

    Also being reported that USSF is already drawing up a new contract offer for Berhalter through 2026.

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    • Copa: Awesome! We’ll need as many competitive matches as possible before 2026.

      Gregg: I’m no Berhalter apologist, but I think he’s done a better job than many fans give him credit for. That said, no second-term USMNT coach has ever done well. This news is unfortunate but unsurprising.

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      • “That said, no second-term USMNT coach has ever done well. ”

        There are a lot of concrete reasons for that. None of them have anything to do with this second term “myth”. A big one is the lack of enough new players, spread out over a 4 year period, to refresh the team. And supposedly Gregg would be drowning in word class USMNT players in the near future. So many we can’t count them.

        I know they were not USMNT managers but Jill Ellis did the 2 term thing pretty good and Santos of Portugal has been around since 2014.

        Gregg did a lot of good things but he remains seriously limited in the basic understanding of how best to manage the game on game day. He’s a one trick pony. Van Gaal seriously schooled Gregg in a very embarrassing, basic way. Football 101. The Netherlands were basically toying with us. It made me think of how the Patriots used to destroy the careers of young QB’s.

        I’ve long said that this edition of the USMNT is not well coached, well organized and has no answer when faced with a setback. Van Gaal just made my case for me.

        I expect Gregg back unless he gets good Euro club offer. Portugal’s

        The question the USSF and the fans should ask is by 2026 do y’all think Gregg can cram enough On The Job training into the 3-4 years of friendlies and maybe a Copa America (?) to make up for trying to match up with a guy like Van Gaal?

      • Personally I think this should become the tournament of the America’s. A 16 team Copa Americas with all 10 from
        CONMEBOL and 6 from CONCACAF. Do away with Gold Cup and make CONCACAF nations league actually important by saying hey the top 6 Countries from the Nations league tournament qualify for the Copa Americas tournament.

    • I don’t think that’s an accurate characterization. From Stewart’s quotes it sounded much more like we’re talking with Gregg as part of our evaluation to determine if either party is interested in continuing the relationship. I could see an extension/short term contract thru NL this summer.

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  3. Tyler gets A instead of A+ ….he’s MVP, but not worthy of A+ due to Ned game

    Pulisic gets A instead of B+….next best to Tyler and only one who put fear into oppponents

    Weah gets B+ instead of B….had a great tournament

    Yunus gets B+ instead of A-….really strong, but no quite A level

    Overall, Team met expectations (advanced from Group), gained experience, showed us proud and earned a solid B.

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  4. I agree with the need to rotate more when highly important games are coming every 4 days. Ream, Adams, Pulisic, Weah, McKennie, Dest, Robinson and Musah all needed to have had more rest to remain fresh for the games. It was pretty clear that many of those players tired as the games kept piling on (well, maybe Ream did not suffer so much, but his few bad passes against the Dutch might argue otherwise).

    Of course other than Aaronson and Reyna, there were no obvious choices to replace the starters. The replacement of Zimmerman by CCV in the 3rd match was the only substitution that clearly gave a tired player some needed rest.

    It is not surprising that the forwards got pretty low grades despite their limited minutes since the US, right now does not have a lot of good options there. Sure, Pefok could have been rostered, certainly he was a better choice than Morris, Would Pefok get more than a C grade, we’ll never know.

    Scally did not see the field, nor did Yedlin see much, those players I suspect could have been used to give Robinson and Dest a bit of rest, that might have made the Netherlands game more of a contest.

    For the love of God, couldn’t we find a way to get Erling Haaland on the USMNT roster? (frustration talking)

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    • “Scally did not see the field, nor did Yedlin see much, those players I suspect could have been used to give Robinson and Dest a bit of rest, that might have made the Netherlands game more of a contest.”

      Gregg had little choice with rotation during the tournament.

      But that does not let him off the hook. It gets back to Gregg, before the WC not addressing his depth concerns, for whatever reason.

      He gave too much time time to his guys ( you know who they are) and not enough time to guys like Scally.

      Of course now he’ll have endless time to prep Long, Roldan and Ariolla for 2026.

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