There are pros and cons to watching games on TV versus being at the field.
When it comes to assessing the details of a player’s technique, off the ball movement, and overall awareness, the television can not compete. I was at the Home Depot Center on Saturday to watch Chile vs the US and the extent of the ugliness was brought to bear.
But first, the good stuff …
Agudelo and Bunbury
My first evaluation of Bunbury was in college, and this was my only exposure to Agudelo. How they receive and stroke the ball is clearly different – their technique is in the image of the world’s best. It is not robotic and forced like their teammates, but fluid and natural. These are guys with potential who merit being in the National Team mix. Truthfully, their technical foundation is far superior to that of all current forwards in the pool (at the time of this writing, the only exceptions being Herculez Gomez and Dempsey).
All the other players who got action that night should no longer be in consideration. Done, finished, finito, toast! The only way they get their hands on the jersey is like the rest of us – buy one! They are average MLS players with a nightmarish first touch and an on-the-ball desperation of a crack whore. Why Bob, why? What is it that you saw in these new faces and what is it that you continue to see in some others.
Marvell Wynne? Brek Shea?
What the fuck?