The phase of the cycle hasn’t really changed – the United States still won’t play in this Summer’s World Cup, and we’re firmly in the “exploration” phase still – but last night’s game against Bolivia felt different nonetheless. While Dave Sarachan didn’t change much tactically, with his standard 4-1-4-1 the formation of choice, the youth movement seemed to inject quite a bit of energy, and at … Continue reading Thoughts on USA 3-0 Bolivia
Bolivia is not a particularly good team, and this isn’t the strongest side they can trot out. For that reason, I think this will be more a “man vs. self” or “man vs. expectations” storyline than “man vs. opponent.” Dave Sarachan will want to get a result, but also give his successor a bit of an opportunity to evaluate the talent pool, perhaps help give … Continue reading Preview: United States v. Bolivia friendly 2018
The United States Men’s National Team will continue its slow rollout of a new era with a friendly Monday, taking on fellow 2018 World Cup Non-Participant Bolivia. What are we going to see? CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying consists of a home-and-away round-robin between all 10 South American teams. Bolivia finished ninth with a 4-12-2 mark (wins at home against Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Venezuela, draws … Continue reading What about Bolivia?
Welcome to Pitch Points, wherein I run down a few links of note from the world of soccer – from Nashville to the US Men’s National Team and beyond. As always, if you come across something you’d like me to include here, hit the socials (or e-mail), and please feel free to share the post with friends who may be interested. Staaaaaadium. Thursday’s first of multiple … Continue reading Pitch Points is ready for Bolivia
US Soccer fans have been waiting to see who would wear the crest of the Red, White, and Blue in just over a week’s time, and now we have our answer. It’s a happy one for fans who were disappointed in the lack of youth to actually see the field in the Paraguay friendly back in March: GOALKEEPERS: Alex Bono (Toronto FC/CAN; 0/0) Bill Hamid (Midtjylland/DEN; 5/0) … Continue reading United States names squad for May 28 Bolivia friendly