Originally Posted by RetroBaller
Bradley isn't a creative 10 type midfielder, which we were forced into. With Jozy healthy, Bradley plays his true defensive mid with jones. Clint plays his true midfield spot behind Jozy and Jozy plays that forward that can hold the ball and let Clint play off him. You saw how much better we looked when Wondo came on, put Bradley and Clint back a bit and was able to pick Green out on his run.
I'll have no problem with Bradley as a defensive mid in Russia.
Everything on this post 100%
Klinsmann tried to force too many position changes. Bradley is only capable of so much as a 10. His normal role is to hold up the play, pass back or forward, and join the attack every now and then. He doesnt have that creativity to play up for a whole game. Dempsey is 10x better at the 10 spot. More of a threat with better shooting and passing and plays better off the ball than Bradley. If we would of had a healthy Jozy I believe the true formation of the team would be 4-2-3-1. Would of made our offense more fluid making Demps and Bradley play their natural spots.
The only thing I wish Klinsmann would of done different, was bench Bradley. Kept on rewarding him the minutes for causing all sorts of headaches for the team offensively and defensively. I mean I can see why he didnt, I truly believe Bradley is a great player, but you dont keep rewarding a guy who continuously screwed up...BAD!
Wish we saw more of Julian Green too but hopefully his career pans out at Bayern Munich or anywhere else in Europe. 2018 looking promising. I'm just hoping more US players keep developing their skills and we find a gem in midfield who has creativity we need at mid. Wish Mix had more PT, I really think he deserved a game or two in place of Bradley. I mean he couldn't of been any worse.
Overall the team blew my expectations away after coming out of the group. Could of been way worse. At least theres the CONCACAF Gold Cup next summer to look forward to!