John Pranjic and Joey Cascio have been providing great, in-depth analysis of the recent USMNT and USYNT matches.
Here’s their latest, The Mirage of CONCACAF, on the USMNT v Cuba.
Listening to them will help you be able to pick up on small details that impact the game.
Just one example, they spend a good deal of time discussing how poor passing keeps the teams from playing out of the back — which is a style of play the coaches are trying to achieve.
But, they go further than just saying ‘poor passing’. They describe what was poor about it. Examples:
- A defender not receiving the ball across his body, which reduces his options for next pass from 3-4 to 1.
- A defender that takes too long to decide what to do after receiving the ball, letting pressure collapse leading to a hurried pass.
- A poorly aimed pass to the receiver’s near foot, which reduces his passing options and forces him to send it long, turning it over.
I don’t hear this level of analysis from announcers or the media.