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SuperClasico Win Boosts National Team Towards a Big Summer

Bob Bradley made Sunil Gulati’s life a lot more difficult yesterday with the decisive 2-0 win over Mexico in front of a very hostile crowd in Glendale, Az. Much like Steve Sampson did 12 years ago when he was the interim coach while the USSF was waiting for Carlos Quieroz to become available, Bradley probably will get to use a shutout of Mexico to hold onto the job than he was originally intended to have it for.

Whomever is coaching the US come summertime not withstanding, yesterday’s game was critical for restoring the confidence of Landon Donovan, who despite his poor form of the last year and his desire to avoid playing in Europe remains easily the most talented American player and who on a good day can still provide world class runs and finishing. While the World Cup was a disappointment for Donovan and for the US squad in general, Copa America is the 2nd biggest tournament the US plays in, and with the USSF finally accepting an invitation to play in the event for the first time since the formation of MLS, the bitter memories of Germany 2006 can be erased rather quickly. (Many US fans have blamed Donovan and DeMarcus Beasley for the poor World Cup, forgetting that both played heroic matches when a nine man US team drew the eventual World Champion, Italy) Donovan can lead this team by example, and he certainly has many complimentary parts to enhance his game. Eddie Johnson, despite not scoring yesterday showed a field awareness and a willingness to make daring runs that he has lacked for the past two years. Pablo Mastroeni seemed to settle more and more into a Claudio Reyna type holding midfield role and Jonathan Bornstein proved much like last month’s game against Denmark that he can use his speed to make dangerous overlapping runs on the left flank. Most importantly, Jimmy Conrad and Carlos Bocanegra seemed to always be positioned perfectly when Mexico was attacking, something that was sorely lacking in the World Cup. Bocanegra has allowed his excellent form with Fulham to boost his willingness to play physical defense, something he was always reluctant to do in the past.

It was also a relief to see Tim Howard appear so confident in goal. Bradley should thank David Moyes for this, because the Everton Manager has allowed Howard to play through his mistakes unlike Sir Alex Ferguson whose perfectionist attitude towards the Goalkeeper position ruined Howard’s confidence and made him unplayable for the National Team for the past few years. The bottom line: Yesterday’s win provides a great lead in for what could be a big year for US Soccer both thanks to the restored confidence of the National Team and the arrival of David Beckham stateside.

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  1. Kartik

    February 8, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    Our hearts went out to Sanchez before the World Cup for his personal tragedy but his behavior trying to trip Eddie Johnson after the 2nd US goal should result in a suspension. Also the entire Mexican team showed a lack of class and international savvy with their horrible display after the match concluded.

  2. USA2010

    February 8, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    The lack of respect the Mexican team showed at the end of the game is appalling. It’s only an exhibition and any fan should be ashamed at their behavior. Be a man, shake your opponents hand and say “good game”.

    Sams, interesting how you failed to notice how players that play in Europe take the US team to a different level allowing them to “dominate”.

  3. Sams Army

    February 8, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    Interesting how fair weather you are singing a different tune when we dominate. I am glad you have finally conceded the accomplishment of drawing Italy with 9 men. This is a fair weather website to say the least.

  4. Harvey

    February 8, 2007 at 9:27 am

    Bradley has done a nice job in this transition period but to give him the full time job would be a fatal mistake IMHO. We are now being taken seriously on the international scene with so many American players excelling abroad. This is the time to bring in a top flight international coach whether it is Klinsmann or someone else to take us to the next level. We don’t need MLS coaches at this level.

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