The USA will face England on Thursday afternoon and Italy on Tuesday, and we’re here to talk about the roster and who we’d like to see in the starting XI. Might be the first time we get to see Pulisic, McKennie and Adams on the field at the same time! We talk about the U20s and the USWNT later in the episode.
-0:30 roster absences
17:29 right backs
18:52 left backs
21:20 central midfield
29:37 attacking midfielders and wingers
38:30 preferred XIs vs England
41:40 Short Corners: USMNT U20s, USWNT, USWNT U17s, MLS playoffs
The 4-3-2-1 seems to work better than the 4-1-4-1, but nobody’s claimed the central advanced midfield role. We run through the candidates, and the future candidates, for the job. Then we discuss the U.S. U20 roster for the Concacaf Championship, and then, best of all, Atlanta United 2 Coach Scott Donnelly joins to talk about coaching in USL, George Bello, Andrew Carleton, and USL as a place for young players to develop. Long episode. Please make use of the show notes to get what you want from it.
The laboratory was humming Thursday night in Tampa when the USA lost 4-2 to Colombia, with Saief, Bradley, Green and Weah experiments underway, among others. What did we learn? How did the midfield look in McKennie's and Adams' absences? How good is Kenny Saief? Those and many other questions asked and answered in today's episode.
Dave Sarachan released the 24-man roster for the friendlies with Colombia and Peru on Oct. 11 and 16. The big question is who will play in which capacity in the midfield, and we talked about that for a while, among other things.
0:30 brief overview of the roster
25:15 extended discussion: how are we gonna sort out this midfield?
1:00:35 Short Corners: USWNT World Cup qualifiers, Cristiano Ronaldo’s depressing news, Sebastian Soto the U19 goal-scoring machine, and the U.S. U17s go to Mexico City