Brazil VS Colombia Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 11/10/2021
There is no defender in the talent pool like Chris Richards. A prominent person in the sport recently compared him to France legend Lilian Thurham in a conversation we had. That is something else. There is a long way to go in his development, but there is no doubt he has everything that is needed to be a starting center-back for the team at next year’s World Cup.
But his time needs to start now. Richards should start one of the last two games, and why not give him a taste of a road match in Concacaf for his very first qualifier? He’s played in the Champions League for Bayern Munich, so no moment will be too big. But his ability to play with both feet could be critical here with Panama applying pressure in attack. If he plays, keep an eye on him because he can do a bit of everything and is a threat on attacking set pieces.
While that depth will be tested, U.S. fans should be good about the replacements. Tim Weah looked fantastic off the bench against Jamaica, and one would think he gets a start here based on what he showed. With Panama’s defense lacking discipline and often stabbing in at tackles when it isn’t needed, I suspect Weah will have a big game against them just because of his technical ability that will free him into space, allowing him to use his pace. If he gets the start at left wing, expect a goal or an assist from the Lille man.
Colombia welcome Brazil on Sunday with Tite’s men romping clear at the top of the standings by eight points with a game in hand against Argentina compared with most other World Cup qualification rivals. The home side, coached by Reinaldo Rueda, are currently in fifth place, which is a playoff berth but are within two points of the two sides just in front of them – Ecuador and Uruguay.
The United States men’s national team has a golden opportunity on Sunday to earn a bit of separation in World Cup qualifying when the team visits Panama at 6 p.m. ET on Paramount+. The Americans are coming off a fine 2-0 win over Jamaica, with Ricardo Pepi once again delivering, while the Panamanians recently suffered a 1-0 loss as El Salvador.
A victory for the U.S. could open up a six-point advantage above fourth-place in qualifying, with that spot going to the intercontinental playoff when all is said and done.
Colombia: One win from their last five qualifiers keeps them in contention and although they have been unbeaten since they were thumped 6-1 by Ecuador, they are yet to face the might of the Selecao Brasileira. However, Rueda’s side did draw 2-2 with Argentina back in June and beat Chile 3-1 last time they were on home soil.
Brazil:With nine wins from nine and a game in hand against Argentina, Tite and his players are cruising to Qatar and the goal will be to remain in this sort of form over the next year or so. The Brazilians beat a hapless Venezuela 3-1 last time out and they will finish this international break against Uruguay. In a quirk of the fixture list, Brazil will host Colombia before the end of the year.
There is expected to be a lot of rotation in the starting XI for the U.S. simply out of necessity. With some of these windows featuring three games due to the condensed schedule, you have to give minutes to other players and have your depth tested in order to avoid overworking them.
After the first qualifier in September, coach Gregg Berhalter made six changes to his starting XI, and a similar number should be expected here. We know at least two changes will have to be made as Antonee Robinson (travel restrictions between Panama and U.K.) and Weston McKennie (quad injury) didn’t travel with the team after starting against Jamaica.