USMNTA Work In Progress

 USA Men's soccerWith just over 1200 days until World Cup 2018, the US Mens national soccer team has some work to do. After all, Jurgen is looking to make it to the semi-finals next time around. Good luck with that.
A series of friendlies has not produced a win since September 3, 2014 against the Czech Republic. And frankly, that came by way of sheer luck and a  rare Petr Cech error. Alejandro Bedoya scored the game winner in the 1-0 victory as a result of Mix Diskerud capitalizing on Cechs mistake.  I personally felt bad for him. I like Cech, but maybe he’s lost confidence, what with Mourinho playing Courtois and all. Question is, when is someone on this US team  going to start putting them in on skill alone?
Nick Rimando made several terrific saves, but the experimental defense will need to sort some things out, make quicker decisions, and stop all the back passing to the keeper, every, time, you, get, the, ball,Tim Chandler. I understand we’re working on the concept of playing out of the back in order to relieve pressure on the defense, but geez, Guzan and Rimando had the ball at their feet more than Brek Shea. But that’s not sayin’ muchnot a good game for Brek. Yikes.
The US is trying to get a handle on new formations and a mix of new players, but with two draws followed by three losses in the last five games, Klinsman  hasnt taken ownership of his teams lackluster and downright faulty play. He is quick to dole out excuses, however. The latest? Poor fitness levels.

Todays scheduled match in California against Panama will be the first of 2015. The US squeaked by the last time these two teams met back in October 2013 by the skin of their teeth. Two second half stoppage time goals secured the 3-2 win, which could have easily gone the other way.

Two more friendlies on tap for March in Europe, along with a big showdown against arch rival and North American nasty guys, Mexico, in April in Texas. I hear over 50,000 tickets to that spectacle have already been sold. The question is, is this enough preparation before meeting the really big guns of Netherlands and Germany come June? Doubtful.

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