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TheGrinch

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Agree that was JK's approach, but with the player pool


It was a square pegs round holes kind of problem.

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to see the technical ability of the USMNT improving, and I think it needs to continue to improve to make the US a legitimate player in international soccer.

But just deciding that we're already there and trying to play accordingly, or taking players whose complete games are seriously lacking just because they have a technical advantage is simply a mistake at this stage, and that's the mistake that JK repeatedly made.

I know some will decry a return to hustle soccer, but I think the solution lies in combining what is often an American edge - toughness and athleticism with what has traditionally been a Euro/SAmerican edge - technical ability. We aren't going to pass top teams in technical ability anytime soon if ever, but maybe if we try to combine a higher level (than competition) of athleticism/effort with increased technical ability, it can help to mitigate the technical disadvantage.

One could certainly argue that Bradley and Arena before him may have erred too much on the hustle side, just as Klinnsmann erred on the technical side. Balancing them (and improving technical ability across the board) is the challenge for the next US coach to address.

(In response to this post by gborocav)

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 11:27AM



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