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A Step Back

A few days ago I titled a post “Not All is Lost,” about the US Copa America campaign. However, tonight the inexperienced squad Coach Bob Bradley sent out looked like they were in a hurry to get on the next plane out of the country in the first half. The performance in the opening 45 was to say the least a disgrace and not worthy of international football at any level. Brad Guzan’s dramatic penalty save was the only highlight for the US, and quite frankly Colombia was almost equally lifeless, besides on the goal they scored. I was completely unimpressed by the US midfield today and Heath Pearce also has to be counted as substantial disappointment. Eddie Johnson played perhaps his best game of the summer, but sadly he lacked any sort of service from the midfield and with tired legs from both the Gold Cup and Copa, he was forced to track back into the midfield and even the defense far too often. Bobby Boswell and Drew Moor looked totally outclassed by the otherwise average Colombian attackers, while Herculez Gomez looked decent up front but tired and ran out of gas in about the 35th minute which is a bad sign for someone looking for another national team call up.

While the effort improved in the 2nd half, particularly from Sacha Klejstan and substitute Charlie Davies, the overall effort was still by far the worst of the summer for the tired, weary and humbled US National Team. This match showed none of the imagination and fight that the over matched USA “B” side had shown in its first two matches against superior opposition. Instead the Americans matched up against an inferior side made Colombia’s otherwise disinterested squad look like world beaters and that is simply not acceptable.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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3 Responses to A Step Back

  1. Anonymous says:

    This team is a disgrace plain and simple. They humiliated US Soccer and gave all the foreign press particularly in europe and the eurosnobs at home a chance to bash us without looking at the facts. We never should have accepted to invite to Copa if this is the disgrace of a side we were going to take down there.

  2. Josiah of Footy Fame says:

    I agree totally. Very dissapointing performance after what had been a good building experience albeit one tinged with frustration in the first two Copa matches. An awful statement for US Soccer last night.

  3. USA2010 says:

    Who cares what the foreign press says? Even if USA won yesterday, they wouldn’t be impressed. Even if we beat Portugal and played Germany even in the World Cup, they wouldn’t be impressed – Hey! That DID happen.

    Dead balls saw USA players gasping for air – Boswell, Beckerman, Gomez – and these are guys in that should be match fit – obviously not for this level…..

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