I’m sick of this S#&T so lets squash this first: the results of these matches don’t matter! Any cucks crying about the loss to Ireland can kindly go weep in a dark corner and use their own tears as lube as they touch themselves. These matches are about experience for these young players, letting them gel together, and finding out what they can do. We all wanted a fresh start from the old guard, and this is what it looks like. There will be growing pains, but we’ll be better for it in the long run. There were some positives from the match and there were some blatant issues. That’s how we learn. So…
Quick Hits – Player Rankings vs Ireland
Bill Hamid – 2, First goal was his fault, he had zero communication with his back line, and he just looked like a rusty s#&t bucket;
DeAndre Yedlin – 4.5, Bad day for him: some poor fouls and not much help in attack;
Jorge Villafana – 5, fine defending, no movement forward or help in attack, and not physical enough;
Matt Miazga – 5.5, Beautiful assist, had some good clearances and won several duels, but just got frozen on that final goal (I maintain that it wasn’t entirely his fault);
Cameron Carter-Vickers – 5, some poor pass selection in this match, but no overall big mistakes. He simply just kept clearing to avoid the Ireland press, but he did not have much help in playing it out of the back well;
Wil Trapp – 4.5, got bodied in the midfield by the Irish attack, his passing wasn’t quick enough, he looked out of his element, and he got caught out of position on the final Irish goal. To play out of the back in a 4-1-4-1 he’ll need to do a lot better;
Rubio Rubin – 4, poor shot selection, needs to get out of Tyler Adams’ way, and his passing and runs are not in sync with anyone else in attack. I am NOT a fan;
Tyler Adams – 5.5, he put in a strong day of work, but he was a bit all over the place trying to cover for others and that caught him out a few times. He had his rocket blocked by Rubin, and was decent on counters;
Weston McKennie – 6, the midfield beast did his thing again. Weston really is a strong presence in the center of the pitch and will fight for everything. Had some real solid touches, a strong shot on goal after showing amazing ability to bring the ball down around a defender, but some more offense from him in the first half was needed;
Timothy Weah – 6.5 and MOTM, Some excellent runs, great touches off some deep balls and flicks, the finishing will come, and that scissor kick try was fire;
Bobby Wood – 5.5, got the goal, but not much else. Could have had better vision, been less selfish on a few attacks, and just needs to make more dangerous runs and link up play;
Subs: Tim Parker – 6, solid defense and good clearances; Shaq Moore – 6, great speed, got forward well, good ball control and passing, and that dude definitely grabbed his ass first, so fair play mate. I like the physicality and hope to see more of him; Josh Sargent – 5, put one shot on goal in his 20 minutes of work, but didn’t have many opportunities to contribute; Luca de la Torre – N/A, but had some nice touches; Joe Corona – N/A;
D-Day Part Deux
We ditched the boats this time, flew private as we invaded Lyon, France, and we brought in the big guns to do their best George Washington impersonation as we TREAT THE EIFFEL TOWER LIKE A CHEAP ASS CHERRY TREE AND CHOP IT THE F@#K DOWN ON SATURDAY AT 3PM ET!!!!!
The USMNT have never beaten the French, or even scored on them. So please be prepared to consider us scoring one goal a MASSIVE achievement. Please have no delusions about this match – with France being in top form, heading into the World Cup as one of the top contenders, and this being their last warm-up match, I do not expect them to hold back. In fact, I think Les Bleus will want to send themselves to Russia on a high note. Prepare for the likes of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, and of course Antoine Griezmann to try to drop some of this on the Young Yanks…
But what they are forgetting is that this is the last chance for a while for the USMNT players to make a name for themselves, and what a stage it will be for them to do so. We better be coming out hungrier than a starved Bald Eagle that has MANIFEST DESTINY tattooed on its chest and is looking for some FREEDOM FRIES!!!!
What to Expect
I expect the French to come out and press, play high lines, and to take attack-heavy tactics pretty early. They will be looking to put this one to bed as soon as possible. I think, with this in mind, that the US will have to put out a hungry and technically skilled lineup that is certainly different than the one we saw against Ireland. I expect Dave Sarachan to stick with his terrible 4-1-4-1 formation, even though he knows it should be a 4-4-2. You don’t win against a team like this, or any solid team for that matter, sitting back.
As I said before, the results of these matches do not matter, but to keep this one close and to truly test ourselves, the lineup I would like to see is one that has speed, strength, and is not afraid to take big chances on French soil… or what I will be calling: the “USS LANCE ARMSTRONG”
A 4-4-2 with Zack Steffen (GK), Antonee Robinson (LB), Matt Miazga (CB), Cameron Carter-Vickers (CB), Shaq Moore (RB), Tyler Adams (LM), Weston McKennie (CM), Keaton Parks (CM), Timothy Weah (RM), Josh Sargent (F), and Bobby Wood (F).
The 4-1-4-1 I expect to see from Sarachan in his final match as the USMNT manager is: Steffen (GK), Villafana (LB), Miazga (CB), Carter-Vickers (CB), Yedlin (RB), McKennie (DM), Rubin (LM), Adams (CM), Weah (RM), Green (CM), and Wood (F). Far less exciting in my mind.
Unfortunately, Kenny Saief left camp due to his bruised knee injury still lingering, and the US did not want to take chances on him in this match as his preseason with RSC Anderlecht is getting set to start soon. The videos from camp were showing him in top form, with great ball control, speed, and that amazing left foot striking rockets from distance.
General USMNT News
Earnie Stewart has officially been named the general manager of the USMNT. He has over 100 caps for the USMNT, he’s a dual national from the Netherlands, and can bring a great deal of experience and technical skills that will be vital in determining the style of play for the USMNT. Earnie will also be a wise decision-maker when choosing a new coach and developing the player pool. Welcome aboard Earnie, now let’s get moving toward positive changes.
Finally, the vote on the 2026 World Cup is coming up on June 13th. We have received some good news from FIFA with their ranking the United 2026 bid a 4/5 and the Moroccan bid a 2.7/5. However, we all know that means absolutely nothing. We have received additional support from some African nations though. Liberia, thanks to President George Weah (Tim’s dad), will support the United bid, and South Africa has also pulled its support from Morocco and is likely to support the United bid. Hopefully these countries can bring some other African support with them.
The big vote question is going to be UEFA. Those nations are expected to split, but it depends on how much of a split in terms of who will win likely. Morocco has already received support from the French-speaking countries like France and Luxembourg. Most countries remain up in the air like Germany currently, as Germany recently stated they were undecided still. It will be a nail-biter, so be sure to tune in to see all the glory of FIFA on display this coming Wednesday.
But now it is the USMNT’s last friendly until September. While the World Cup is around the corner and will be highly entertaining, the USMNT’s long break will be a difficult one. That is why this weekend the POTP family is asking you to PARTY LIKE ITS F@#KING 1776!!!! ONLY THIS TIME WE ARE BEATING THE FRENCH (which, militarily, would be like beating a dead animal that was killed while surrendering) WHO ARE OUT FOR BLOOD PRIOR TO THE WORLD CUP AND WON’T SUPPORT OUR WORLD CUP BID. WHEN YOU PARTY LIKE ITS 1776, YOU LET ALL OF YOUR AMERICAN HANG OUT, TELL FRANCE THE STATUE OF LIBERTY WAS A CRAPPY GIFT AND WE MADE IT BETTER BY MAKING IT MOBILE IN GHOSTBUSTERS 2!!!!!! YEAH, YOU’RE WELCOME WORLD! SO LETS BRING THE NOISE FOR OUR YOUNGSTERS ONE MORE TIME AS THEY GIVE IT TO FRANCE HARD, LIKE TRUE PATRIOTS!
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Mr. Silence Dogood