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Outclassed

A flat uninspiring effort left the US supporters here in London frustrated and in some ways shocked not only at the lack of quality the US demonstrated but also at the indifference many on the team seemed to play with. I have previously made the case strongly that I believe without Landon Donovan the top of the US player pool is at a pre 1994 state and that no replacement players have yet been developed for Claudio Reyna, Brian McBride and John O’Brien two years into the World Cup cycle.

Tonight’s match which I was fortunate or unfortunate to attend depending on your perspective clearly demonstrated how much trouble a team with a decent skill level will create for the United States in their home stadium. In addition,  Bob Bradley’s continued calling into the national team of some players whose lack of first team action with their club sides is really showing itself these days. Eddie Johnson, Carlos Bocanegra and Josh Wolff all looked shaky at best in the first half and downright awful in the second half. In fact the US was completely embarrassed regardless of the artificially low score line until 34 year old Eddie Lewis entered the match and brought an intensity and skill level seemingly absent in the other US attacking players. So if Eddie Lewis, of dubious record shattering Derby County is your best player at Wembley, you have a problem.

I’ll have much more on this match as well as some player ratings and hopefully some of my photos (if I can get them to upload properly. If not they will have to wait until I return to the US) tomorrow morning.

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Phillip

    May 29, 2008 at 1:21 am

    I thought Wolff and Clark were really bad.

  2. bandeeto

    May 29, 2008 at 1:05 am

    It’s not THAT we lost, it’s HOW we lost. Pathetic. Especially in the second half. We fell apart completely. We couldn’t controll the ball, pass the ball, hold the ball, make effective runs. In fact, untill Adu came in England could just go on auto pilot once we had the ball. Here’s what happened almost EVERY time. Our defence gets the ball. Looks forward, and hits a long ball. One of our forwards runs to the ball, chests or heads it out of reach, and an England player scoopes it up. Rinse-repeat.

    If a midfielder with some guts had the ball he would run in a straight line, pass it to another player straight ahead of them. That player would look up and, finding no real options plus not able to make any opportunities for themselves, either punt the ball forward into the English defence, or pass the ball back to the USA defence. If back to the US defence, see the previouse paragraph. Rinse-repeat.

    This game was pathetic. Our play was bad. The only bright spot is that England, though definately better, are not THAT much better. We gave them every opportunity to succeed possible with our ameturish play. Also, Freddy Adu IS THAT GOOD. He was the only true bright spot in the run of play that the US had all game. Once he got on the fied space opened up for not only him, but the players all around him. Lewis was the chief benefactor of this effect.

    Adu needs to start. Bradlen needs to sit or come off the bench for a while. Our forwards would be much more affective playing this sort of formation if a midfielder woul make the supporting run to recieve the lay off pass which resulted, multiple times, from a long ball punted forward. I’m not a proponent of long ball soccer, but EJ made some good lay offs into space. Their should have been someone running INTO that space.

    Our play was BOOOORING. I am a US supporter, but the games over and it’s time to call a spade a spade. Otherwise we’ll be stuck in this underachieving limbo for eternity.

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