I know the game was several days ago now, but I still wanted to throw ac couple of thoughts out there since it was Klinsmann’s first game and a rare appearance for a handful of the guys that played Wednesday night.
In early pre-World Cup qualifiers you don’t learn so much about the team as you hope to learn about individual players. I think tonight we were actually able to learn a lot about some players and at least a couple of really key things about the team.
Color me completely stunned right now. I can’t believe how this game finished up. I can’t decide if we played well or played bad. Maybe we played worse than we should have against a team like Costa Rica, but part of me thinks we played better than the scoreline. One thing is for sure, there is no doubt we missed Charlie Davies tonight.
I hate to say it, but that was some of the worst finishing I’ve seen from the US team in a while. It used to be that we couldn’t create any chances. Tonight, we created plenty of chances and couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. Given what we saw from him this year, I have to believe that Charlie would have put away at least two of the numerous ridiculously open chances we had throughout the game.
We absolutely must dispose of the horrific defensive brain farts we keep having. Generally speaking, we play solidly and then completely go to sleep long enough for the opposition to score a goal. I thought Tim Howard was going to rip someone’s head off after their second one tonight. I don’t know what the answer is, but Bradley has about eight months to figure out how to lock up the defense.
Feilhaber and Holden didn’t have their best games tonight. Feilhaber had a very, very quiet game. He didn’t get involved enough and didn’t do enough with the touches that he did have. Holden was a little better than Feilhaber, but his services weren’t of the typical quality he usually gives us.
I was glad to see Paco Torres get a run out. I thought he had a very good showing. He was very involved in directing the attack and he came up with some quality defensive work at the end of the game. Hopefully, he will continue to get more time on the field between now and next summer so he has a chance to solidify his place on the roster.
I was unsure of the introduction of Robbie Rogers, but he proved to make a huge impact on the game. He made the initial service on Bradley’s goal and had a couple of good chances shortly after.
Its sort of a relief that qualifying is over and we’re through to next summer. Now we have a chance to try to get things sorted out in terms of roster spots and team chemistry. I’m very concerned about Onyewu’s status. He looked like he was in a fair amount of pain when he was taken off. I just hope that its not too serious and he’ll be able to get back on the field soon and start getting some time for AC Milan as soon as possible.
Next up for the MNT is a friendly later this year against Denmark, who qualified top of their group in European qualifying.
The USMNT just finished the group stages of the Gold Cup last night with a draw against Haiti. Just coming off a busy schedule with the Confederations Cup, we brought in a batch of players that hadn’t been playing with the full senior team lately. Given the number of players with little to no experience at the senior level, I decided I wasn’t going to do a review after each game. I wanted to see how things panned out a little before I formed any real opinions.
Now that the first three games are over, I feel like I’ve seen enough play to form some opinions on how we looked and performances from individual players. This is what I saw from the first three games.
Freddy Adu has a fair distance to go before I’m convinced he belongs on the field. He’s obviously rusty from not playing, but this was supposed to be his chance to show that he deserved to be considered for regular time with the full team anyway. Its understandable that his touch is going to be rusty and hit fitness wouldn’t be great, but he just lost possession of the ball way too easily way too many times. I’m starting to get the feeling that he was overhyped, or he’s just not reaching his full potential. Bottom line, right now we have too many other options that are much better than him in the midfield.