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    Re: Back to the important stuff....

    Quote Originally Posted by dawg80 View Post
    Talk is, of course, that Michael Bradley and Altidore and maybe a couple of other "older players" will be on the 23-man roster next year when WC qualifying starts for Qatar 2022. Altidore is what, 27? Should be in the prime of his athletic career, but he stays hurt. Christian Pulisic is hurt a lot too. Has missed 7 of the last 8 MNT's games due to nagging injuries.

    Dempsey, the ole "bulldog," as he is referred to, has retired. Someone(s) need to step up and be that go-to guy up top.
    Bradley should not be called up again. His ball handling and passing is dreadful. Turnover machine. I think Klinsman ruined him because he used to be decent in midfield.

    Injuries are a part of the game. Everyone has injuries. Altidore has had more than his fair share. Dempsey missed a lot of games because of injuries. You have to make your twos as good as your ones because of this. It should always be next man up. Thats why I think the next coach needs to assemble a group of 23 and keep that group pretty stable for two cycles. They can learn and grow together. I hope the next coach can create a scheme that works for our talent, and not force our talent to work into their scheme.

    I don't think it will be Ramos. He should have taken the interim job and proven his worth.

    Osorio is no longer available.

    Marsch maybe if you want an American coach?

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    Re: Back to the important stuff....

    Bradley is a turnover machine, true. Which is why he'd make a decent defender or strictly Holding Midfielder. He gets in trouble in tight quarters when the MF is trying to mount an attack, create some possession. I think if he were allowed to do more clearing of the ball upfield when challenged, he'd do fine on the back line. There was a time, when his Dad coached, he was good. In fact, I thought he was a VERY good Holding Midfielder...even used the term "world class," when he peaked and was playing his best.

    JK comes along and tries to convert him into a #10, I guess to bump LD out. But Bradley never adapted to being an Attacking Midfielder, except for a few flashes of brilliance. After LD retired, and one would think Bradley would settle into the #10 position, he actually got worse. He has been playing better for Toronto, but that is not world class, best of the best soccer.

    I think a good coach could help Bradley salvage his MNT career and allow him to go out on a high note.

    Did ya say coach??? Yeah, like, soon...okay guys.

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    Re: Back to the important stuff....

    Watched that Toronto v. Tigres match the other night. Toronto had Michael Bradley playing center back, on of three in a 5-man back line. It worked very well. The three center backs play a triangle formation with Bradley at the point, which effectively leaves a straight 4-man back line behind him. It worked until Toronto started losing discipline and shape of the formation...and T's lousy keeper allowed two goals in he should have stopped, and a T own goal. But Bradley is suited for such a role. His clearing balls, 30-40 yard outlet passes are very accurate. I can see him playing that for the USMNT.

    Now....Altidore. All he did was run around losing the ball, making bad passes, and starting fights.

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