The Artful Dodger wrote:
bigh0rt wrote:I only hope that Brasil doesn't decide to stomp the United States 5 - 0 as some sort of a statement. As AD said, we'll need them to lay a massive egg in order to have any sporting chance.
Yeah, the thing with the US that's disappointed me since making it so far in the 2002 World Cup is they're not the most fundamentally sound squad. It's not so much that they lack the ability, let alone the quality, but things like their passing and pressing need work. It doesn't help matters when their coach is something of a tactical dunce. Today, they were bailed out by fine last-ditch defending and fortunately, Spain weren't on their game.
Yeah, even since they've made giant strides in world play, they are still one of the sloppiest teams you'll ever see play, even against opponents they outmatch in CONCACAF. Lazy play, poor tactics. They are frequently bailed out by last ditch defending and top tier keeper play that they've seemingly had forever now be it Meola, Keller, Friedel, or Howard. For the first time probably ever, our talent pool is rich enough to compete, but they just don't do enough with it. How I wish we could have gotten Klinsman to coach this team.