I feel like I'm generally pretty positive and optimistic in here so idk if you're talking about me but last night was very sloppy from Bradley, Jozy, and to a lesser extent Jones. Not good enough. The sky has a history of falling in this thread, but the negative reactions from last were pretty mild.
Been waiting on a Besler and Cameron pairing for a long time but I'll wait to see what they can do against the likes of Turkey and Nigeria.
Love Beasley but I want to see Chandler and Fabian on the outside. Two of the best attacking full backs in the Bundesliga the past few seasons, get them on the field at the same time and really put the pressure on Ghana.
After taking the last few days to think about the Azerbaijan friendly from the other day, the main concern for me is that we don't seem to be anywhere near piquing in terms of clicking on all cylinders. Perhaps thats a good thing since we still have 2 more warm up matches to go and about 2 weeks before our match vs Ghana, because we all know that that first match will set the tone for how our other two matches in the group stage will go with Portugal and Ghana.
All in all, there were no glaring disappointments other than we looked very average out there. IMO we certainly didn't look bad.
Our defense looked solid in stretches, had just a few hiccups throughout the game (Besler passing the ball well short to a Aze forward for an easy shot on Howard sticks out). As many of you had pointed out Fabian looked good out there, the Besler+Cameron duel was overall very solid. Beasley even made some good runs forward. When Omar checked in, he seemed to be pretty locked in and focused; overall he played up to his level and didn't slip up, very refreshing to see albeit off the bench. Chandler got up the field nicely and pushed the pace of the game a bit. Yedlin looked like a chicken with his head cut off out there
Bedoya was probably the highlight of our midfield. Jones and Bradley seemed to struggle to play off each other rather than next to each other which was the position they often found themselves in. Hopefully they settle into the diamond a bit better in the coming warmups should we stick with that formation. Zusi and Davis were solid on set pieces as expected. Mix did well to score.
Wondo did his thing, should have and needed to capitalize... not scoring on those opportunities in the WC (should he get the chance) will be tough to shake off. For all the heat Jozy got in this thread, I think he played solid in his role as target man. He more or less had his way with his back to goal and fought off defenders and drew some fouls. Not too worried with his performance. Johannsson, for some reason I always trust him to be a threat to score in multiple ways; big fan of his.
Again, we looked very average out there, not bad, not good. Just average. And in general sports term, leading up to a big tournament like the World Cup; thats not so bad. Its better than piquing too early and then fizzling out when the WC begins.