Welcome back dear friends; I hope you enjoyed your summer watching the Fake World Cup like I did…
BUT NOW IT IS TIME TO BUCK THE F@#K UP AND RALLY LIKE AMERICANS!!!!!!!!!!!
The USMNT are back in action and you know what that means… Freedom, Liberty, Independence, Justice, and OLD FREAKING GLORY are on full display to bring the pain! It is time to take our first steps toward 2022 after the World put on a sub-par showing in the World Cup because they decided not to bring the #1 Country on Earth. But we’re back and ready to bring the heat. First up, the flop fiesta known as Brazil….
The USMNT bring in a solid core of players with some still trying to solidify their spots. Our Patriots On The Pitch for the Brazil and Mexico matches are as follows:
GOALKEEPERS: Alex Bono, Ethan Horvath, Zack “the wolf of clean sheets” Steffen
DEFENDERS: John “the Wolfsburg wall” Brooks, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Eric Lichaj, Aaron Long, Matt Miazga, Shaq Moore, Tim Parker, Antonee Robinson, DeAndre Yedlin
MIDFIELDERS: Kellyn Acosta, Tyler Adams, Paul Arriola, Marky Delgado, Julian Green,
Sebastian Lletget (removed from roster), Weston McKennie, Cristian Roldan, Wil Trapp, Tim “the Paris Saint GOAT” Weah
FORWARDS: Andrija “the Sittard Striker” Novakovich, Bobby Wood, Gyasi Zardes
Youth is clearly served by this roster, some are left out for injury or team requirements, and John Brooks will only be appearing for the Brazil match. My guess is that we are missing some key call-ups like Josh Sargent and others because they will be brought in for some of the later matches this fall. But I can see the good in this roster. Brooks, Yedlin, and Wood lead as the veterans of the group with the most experience. They will help anchor the defense and the attack, as well as show these youngsters the mentality and preparation that matches against these types of opponents call for.
With all that said, why do we still not have a full-time manager?! Is this a freaking joke or some kind of sick torture device? These matches, against some of the best countries in the World, are our time to build the team that will head into the Gold Cup (aka Cuckacaf Cup) and eventually World Cup Qualifying. That requires a game plan and a leader. Right now, the USMNT does not have one. Earnie Stewart should have obtained the GM job by having a plan in mind and a way to execute that plan quickly. Being a wait-and-see GM or simply a puppet of US Soccer is not what we need. Stop speculating, stop wasting our time, grow a spine, and pick a damn manager already so we can all be mildly apathetic and upset about it and then move on.
What we should be caring about is how well our Patriots are doing around the World. John Brooks is off to a hot start with VFL Wolfsburg and scored in their opening match against Weston McKennie and FC Schalke 04; Christian Pulisic is a starting and dominant fixture in the Broussia Dortmund lineup; Antonee Robinson has been extremely impressive in his starts with Wigan Athletic FC and their fast start this campaign; Andrija Novakovich has picked up where he left off last campaign and remains a goal monster at Fortuna Sittard; Josh Sargent has been tearing it up with the Werder Bremen U-23’s; and Tim Weah scored in his Ligue 1 debut for Paris Saint-Germain.
There is plenty to be excited about, and the starting XI that could be put out against Brazil and eventually Mexico can be very good ones. Here is what I hope to see:
A 4-4-2 formation with Steffen in goal, Yedlin, Miazga, Brooks, and Robinson in the back, Weah, Adams, McKennie, and Green in the midfield, and Novakocivh and Wood up front.
What I expect to see is a sad and pathetic 4-1-4-1 with Steffen in goal, Yedlin, Miazga, Brooks, and Robinson in the back, Will Trapp as DM, Weah, McKennie, Adams, and Arriola in the midfield, and Bobby Wood up front. Either way, there will be some entertaining play and some solid experience being earned.
With John Brooks set to return to Wolfsburg after the Brazil match, look for our recent pairing of Miazga and Carter-Vickers to step back into play. I also believe that Shaq Moore will get plenty of time, and you may even see Dave “get me out of this purgatory” Sarachan go with 5 at the back like he did against France with Tim Parker coming into the mix.
El-Tri and Brazil are bringing some heavy-hitters, so these should be good tests right off the bat and will certainly set the tone well for all of the upcoming friendlies this fall. The schedule is as follows:
USMNT v. Brazil – 9/7/18, East Rutherford, N.J. 7:30pm ET;
USMNT v. Mexico – 9/11/18, Nashville, Tenn. 8:30 pm ET;
USMNT v. Colombia – 10/11/18, Tampa, Fla. 7:30pm ET;
USMNT v. England – 11/15/18, London, England 3pm ET
USMNT v. Italy – 11/20/18, TBD.
Don’t forget to also support the World’s greatest team in our USWNT who start their World Cup qualifying on October 4th vs. Mexico at 7:30pm ET in Cary, NC. They also play Panama on 10/7 and Trinidad & Tobago on 10/10. Our ladies are our best shot at silverware, so lets show them the support they deserve. Just keep your eyes open when Tobin “Sauce God” Heath has the ball.
NOW IT IS TIME TO STRAP IN BECAUSE THIS RIDE DOES NOT STOP UNTIL QATAR 2022!!!!! LET’S GO! NO MORE SETTLING FOR ANYTHING LESS THAN THE BEST! WE MUST DEMAND MORE OF OUR TEAM AND OF US SOCCER AS A WHOLE! GET OUT, GET LOUD, AND BRING THE NOISE!!!! BECAUSE WE’RE GOING NEXT LEVEL!
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Your humble servant,
Mr. Silence Dogood