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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying

jeffbear

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Well they won, but they didn't make it easy on us. Didn't put the game to bed and Costa Rica made us sweat until the end.
Yeah ... it's CONCACAF qualifying. That's what it looks like 90% of the time. Good result, which is all that really matters. I have no idea what Berhalter is doing with his roster rotation most of the time, and his pre-game strategies seem equally random ... but if you get results, then fine.

And what an absolute gem by Dest. I'll remember that lot longer than I'll remember them giving up that shambolic nonsense of a goal in the first minute. Probably.

Bottom line ... nearing the halfway pole, and the US is pretty much right where they need to be.
 

Ed H in Pasadena

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Yeah ... it's CONCACAF qualifying. That's what it looks like 90% of the time. Good result, which is all that really matters. I have no idea what Berhalter is doing with his roster rotation most of the time, and his pre-game strategies seem equally random ... but if you get results, then fine.

And what an absolute gem by Dest. I'll remember that lot longer than I'll remember them giving up that shambolic nonsense of a goal in the first minute. Probably.

Bottom line ... nearing the halfway pole, and the US is pretty much right where they need to be.
The commentators kept remarking how the young squad needed to learn to put games like that to bed, and it's not like they didn't have some gilt-edged chances to do so. And the sweat was more Bryan Diaz lurking, who though 37 can still snake in and score unexpectedly. The worry was a horror like the one that happened in minute one, or the "pass" that nearly played Diaz in early in the second half. Otherwise, Costa Rica never really looked to be much of a threat.

And yeah, Dest's goal was a gem. Did you Alphonso Davies' goal vs Panama yet? Talk about a gem!
 
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Ed H in Pasadena

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BTW, not sure why the images I post from my phone get blown up to mega size here. That's why those results and tables images are so freaking large. :oops:
 

jeffbear

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The commentators kept remarking how the young squad needed to learn to put games like that to bed, and it's not like they didn't have some gilt-edged chances to do so. And the sweat was more Bryan Diaz lurking, who though 37 can still snake in and score unexpectedly. The worry was a horror like the one that happened in minute one, or the "pass" that nearly played Diaz in early in the second half. Otherwise, Costa Rica never really looked to be much of a threat.
Yeah. I'm just pragmatic about these things. I know full bloody well that sooner or later, a halfway decent opponent is going to wrangle up a couple of chances against even the best drilled team. I don't know what sport TV commentators are actually watching where they expect utter and complete domination all the time or else they're disappointed. Or at least it seems like they want something a darn site closer to perfection than is even remotely reasonable.

Oh, and freaking Bryan Diaz cannot retire soon enough. That guy's a freaking menace even at his advanced age.
 
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