We certainly have an embarrassment of riches in midfield, but this evaluation of McKennie seems a little myopic. So he's an elite finisher for a central midfielder, but a less prolific passer. Even the author admitted there were reasons for that. If you stop the analysis there you miss all the other tangible and intangible benefits he brings. His work rate is elite. So is his toughness. Maybe there isn't a sabermetric stat for that, but it certainly has an effect the opponent's midfield and creates space and opportunity for others. Defensively he doesn't stand out, but when Adams is at the #6 in front of our back 4 we don't need him in a defensive posture very often. Again, a small sample size. So much of this game is about movement without the ball and creating space and lanes for those with the ball. It's stuff that's very difficult, if not impossible, to measure. McKennie is terrific at this also. And he's a consistent leader. He doesn't show up big one game and disappear the next like Pulisic does sometimes. He's always one of our best and most impactful players when he's on the pitch.Interesting article ... usmnt midfield better off without weston mckennie? Argues McKennie and Musah are similarish players.
So, assuming 4 in the back plus either Pepi or Ferreira at striker, is there a clear best starting next 5?
-- Pulisic, Adams, Musah, McKennie, Weah, | Reyna, Aronson, DelaTorre?
I cant imagine not starting #10. Though the only one I fall on my sword for lineup inclusion and a full 90 is Adams.
I like Weah's athleticism and service in from the right side. Reyna is a playmaker. Aronson for super energy.
Are musah and mckennie redundant enough to sit one? Do we need some level of passmaking creativity in MF from a Reyna or Delatorre? Does opponent matter?
Will be interesting seeing how lineups shake out if all are healthy come November.
great feedback and i probably agree with pretty much all of it.We certainly have an embarrassment of riches in midfield, ....
You should see the amount of laser pointers in Salah’s face when taking a recent penalty for Egypt. Crazy.You guys follow the African cup qualifiers? I'm no big soccer fan but crazy stuff happens (lasers lighting up the Egyptian keeper in Senegal) that sometimes involves loss of life, so I keep an eye on days like today.
Amazing finish between Algeria and Cameroon. Home side Algeria take the advantage in the 118th minute on an unmarked header from a corner. Followed by a fantastic goal by Cameroon in the 124th to advance.