Please Wait . . .

'We taught him our mentality' - USMNT's Aaron Long used German influence to blossom
โหมดมืด
ลีกยอดนิยม

'We taught him our mentality' - USMNT's Aaron Long used German influence to blossom

04-Feb-2021, 01:19 am

Aaron Long Red Bulls Minnesota United

U.S. men's national team defender and MLS stalwart Aaron Long can attribute some of his impressive mid-career growth to the German coaching influence he has received since joining the New York Red Bulls, according to Jesse Marsch.

Long has now appeared in 105 senior matches with the Red Bulls and 19 matches for his country, including a handful of outings as captain.

"He chose to come to us, and trusted us," Marsch said Wednesday at thecoaching webinar. "He learned how to play center-half; we taught him our mentality. Now he's captain of the U.S. national team.

"In high-level football you meet way too many 'fixed' mentality people. You want 'growth' mentalities. Those committed to the process. It's incredibly important."

Specifically, the combination of pressing commitment and ability for even defenders to be able to move the ball forward to start counters has been important to Long's development into one of the best center backs in MLS. The Red Bulls reportedly drew substantial interest in Europefor the 28-year-old but declined to sell him because of his importance to the squad.

“Aaron Long is an important part of our team and we consider him the best defender in MLS,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said in the statement last week. “He is very much part of our plans for the future.”

Long's stock has risen to the point he will likelystart alongside John Brooks in 2022 World Cup qualifying action.

Marsch, a strong believer in the coaching methods Long has received, is not surprised to see the work pay off.

"Every time our players step in to win the ball they immediately play it forwards," Marsch said. "Pressing to see how quickly you can create chances, and score goals. ... You have to make sure that all players around the ball are ready to press. It's a commitment for everyone.


Source : goal.com

Betting

Mohamed Salah Liverpool Leeds 2020-21

Leeds United vs Liverpool Betting Tip...

Liverpool will be aiming to move into the Premier League’s top-four when they...
Hakim Ziyech Chelsea Manchester City FA Cup 2020-21

FA Cup Final Betting: Chelsea favouri...

Leicester City and Chelsea will compete in this year’s FA Cup final on May 15...
Kelechi Iheanacho Leicester vs Sheffield United Premier League 2020-21

Leicester City vs Southampton Betting...

Leicester City are gunning to reach their first FA Cup final in over 50 years...
Liverpool Real Madrid Champions League

Getafe vs Real Madrid Betting Tips: L...

Real Madrid make the short trip to Getafe on Sunday evening in La Liga with Z...
Manchester United Cavani celebrate 2021

Manchester United vs Burnley Betting ...

Burnley will be hoping to pull off another Old Trafford upset when they take ...

Transfer

Sadio Mane Roberto Firmino Liverpool 2020-21

If Mane or Firmino went somewhere els...

Liverpool have been warned against parting with any member of their fearsome ...
Emiliano Buendia Norwich City 2020-21

Arsenal & Atletico Madrid-linked Buen...

Emi Buendia continues to see a move away from Norwich mooted, with Arsenal an...
Jules Kounde Sevilla

Rakitic expecting Kounde bids from bi...

Ivan Rakitic can "understand" why a big-money transfer may appeal to Sevilla ...
Naby Keita Liverpool 2020-21

What next for Keita? Liverpools £53m-...

On reflection, it was a moment which spoke volumes about Naby Keita’s profess...
Oscar Carlos Tevez Hulk Chinese Super League GFX

From boom to bust: What happened to O...

When Chinese Super League clubs broke the Asian transfer record five times in...
image-top-scroll