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#21 SLUBALLS

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:49 PM

I was hoping you wouldn't say it was a Robson issue.  That is simply a glaring hole on our team, absent the fact Graydon could play there but is much more suited in a more dynamic role sitting behind our forwards.  His primary  job should not be gaining possession of the ball back and distributing it safely to our players; it should be about the transition forward into the attack and servicing our strikers and wings.  Really don't know how they fix that with our current crop of players.

 

###### loss anyway you look at it.  Better that it is on the road but still......



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Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:55 PM

Graydon shouldn't be playing defensive mid and he does push up sometimes, but I've seen him just pass the ball backwards to Tyler David way too many times. He may not be able to push forward constantly, but I'm so tired of seeing him actually go backwards with the ball when no one is around. 



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Posted 11 September 2013 - 09:06 PM

Graydon shouldn't be playing defensive mid and he does push up sometimes, but I've seen him just pass the ball backwards to Tyler David way too many times. He may not be able to push forward constantly, but I'm so tired of seeing him actually go backwards with the ball when no one is around. 


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 11:36 PM

What would you think of a team that could beat Mich St at E Lansing?


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 11:59 PM

Michigan state sucks.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 05:59 AM

For perspective: Indiana is on a three loss streak, Louisville lost at home, Maryland is 1-2-1, and runner up in college cup last year, Georgetown, is 2-2. Sky isn't falling. Just need to take care of things at home.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 10:53 AM

What would you think of a team that could beat Mich St at E Lansing?

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 11:15 AM

SLU has to find a way to get David G into the attacking 3rd more often. Anyone know the scoop on Manning? Is he getting close?

 

The other player I haven't heard from this year and I'm curious as to what the story is .... is Khalil Karl. Is he hurt or just not playing well enough. My limited memory of him from last year would be that he might be a good fit at defensive mid.


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 02:25 PM

Haven't heard anything Skip on those two recently.  Funny how we had this run of solid d-mids (too many in some respects) and now we can't find one to replace Robson and allow Graydon to move forward.  The coaches probably see the same thing.  I just hope the Francisco that earned the right to start finally shows up and makes everyone else a believer much like the coaches obviously feel. 



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 03:23 PM

Haven't heard anything Skip on those two recently.  Funny how we had this run of solid d-mids (too many in some respects) and now we can't find one to replace Robson and allow Graydon to move forward.  The coaches probably see the same thing.  I just hope the Francisco that earned the right to start finally shows up and makes everyone else a believer much like the coaches obviously feel. 

I'm not sure he can be good enough to justify taking Graydon out of attack mode. I can't help but feel even someone like Hildago at defensive mid with Graydon at attacking mid would be a better pairing than Francisco and Graydon at defensive mid.

 

I've really like McGinty and just have to believe he knows what he's doing. However,  Graydon isn't just a guy you play as an attacking mid .... he's exceptional, so I don't really get taking him out of the position he excels at. Hell he's got a few assists already and spends most of his time in a defensive posture. When he has the ball at his feet and he's attacking he draws defenders to him opening up space for everyone else and he has the vision to find them. I think it's part of the reason Adnon has started so slowly ... watch him, he has someone sitting on him all day and there is no reason to leave him. No one to draw the defender away or get them off balance. Now Adnon needs to be more active off the ball himself, but Graydon attacking the middle of the field with the ball at his feet will help Adnon find space.

 

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 06:29 AM

Yep. Family in tow as well.

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 12:34 AM

UE website with interviews of Aces' player and coach about SLU win

 

http://www.gopurplea...0911132107.aspx

 


Bizziken, on 08 Nov 2013 - 8:25 PM, said:

Crews better eat someone's face at halftime

 


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Posted 14 September 2013 - 05:46 PM

Looks like Graydon starting at outside mid. Ray Lee at CDM

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 05:54 PM

For perspective: Indiana is on a three loss streak, Louisville lost at home, Maryland is 1-2-1, and runner up in college cup last year, Georgetown, is 2-2. Sky isn't falling. Just need to take care of things at home.

I didn't know how good the top soccer teams were. I was thinking it was like football where 1 loss is all you can have for a season.


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Posted 14 September 2013 - 07:30 PM

Left at halftime. Damn kids. : ). Love to hear about second half. Graydon was on wing but he didn't see the ball much out there. Goal was nifty build up play down wing, Roeckle was released into offensive third, sent nice cross in for Kristo to head home. Lee looked all right in CDM from my point of view.

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 08:28 PM

Also who ever ran the beer and hot dog promotion should be fired. Why have the promotion if you aren't going to put it somewhere easily seen by most people walking into Hermann? How did someone seriously think putting a small setup over on the south side of the main stand was the best spot? Idiots.

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 08:32 AM

Left at halftime. Damn kids. : ). Love to hear about second half. Graydon was on wing but he didn't see the ball much out there. Goal was nifty build up play down wing, Roeckle was released into offensive third, sent nice cross in for Kristo to head home. Lee looked all right in CDM from my point of view.

The goal was exactly why David needs to be in the middle of the field attacking. He received the ball just inside the halfway line slighty to the left of center. He turned carried the ball around a defender attacking the middle of the field. When the wide defender pinched in a bit to help stop him, he played it wide down the wing to Jon who made a nice cross to the back post 4-6 yards out and Robbie made a great leaping header.

 

Overall I didn't care for David playing wide. I understood what he was trying to do bringing Ray Lee in to play defensive mid leaving the choice of Francisco or David to move wide. David never really got wide and stayed pinched in most of the time clogging the middle up some.

 

Francisco was much better and looks to be getting more comfortable and working harder. He seems to have more confidence and is playing the ball much more positively and even took on defenders a couple of times.

 

I'd still like to see the Bills look to turn the ball forward quicker after a turnover. There are so many times when intercept or steal the ball and we have space to turn forward and attack but just seem to unconsciously lay the ball back. I'd also like to see them reverse field more often. There are quite a few instances where a wide defender plays the ball to the middle and we just continue it across and our opponent goes with the play. We need to look to keep the ball going but once in a while turn back and play the ball back where it came from. There's frequently space and it also slows the defenders down from rotating to the other side when you do continue the ball across.

 

We miss Manning as he has the ability to attack the seams from the back line. Julian was trying but he needs to keep better control of the ball.

 

Denver had far too many easy open looks at goal and just didn't finish well. Though we controlled probably 60% of the play, Denver created the more dangerous chances, they just didn't do anything with them along with a couple fo good saves by Nick. I left the game feeling lucky we walked away with the win.

 

Coach, put David back at attacking mid with instructions to push the ball agressively forward. If Francisco can't play wide then he shouldn't be on the pitch.

 

I'd like to see us play Jair more up top with Robbie moving Kingsley to to the wide mid position. Robbie wins almost every long ball with his head and does a great job of flicking the ball forward into space. Jair has the speed to run into some of these and create a breakaway here and there.

 

In the end, it's a win and I'll take it. It's not that we played poorly we didn't but we need to button up our defense we can't give up so many good chances and we need to be more agressive going forward.


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 09:23 AM

Agreed on Francisco.  He looked more lively and played some nice balls for guys going forward.  Looked much better.

 

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 11:29 AM

Ream continues to find his form with Bolton albeit in a different position:

 

http://www.lionofvie...-v-leeds-united



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 11:41 AM

More comments on REam:

 

"Tim Ream, playing in front of the back four, did a manful job, slipping through some superb passes to jangle Leeds’ nerves."

 

"Tim Ream started his second league match thus far this season and once again began playing in midfield. The American looked comfortable on the ball again in a defensive role. He made two important tackles on the day, with only Jay Spearing making more in that regard (with three). Ream also made the second-most clearances out of any player on the field and had a good day passing the ball (not bad, not spectacular). Ream could have been man of the match had his temper not got the best of him. In the match's dying embers, with Bolton badly needing the ball, Ream got frustrated at Leeds forward, Noel Hunt, and pushed him, giving United a free kick when the Trotters were desperately pushing for the equalizer."