giovedì 13 giugno 2013

USMNT: some thoughts

One year from now and 2014 World Cup will start in Brazil. U.S. men’s national team is nearest to the tournament after they claimed a 2-0 victory over Panama. Plenty about USMNT remains unsettled as the team needs of a man to pair to Michael Bradley and of a winger to place on the left side of midfield. But head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's plan to reach the goal produced although he almost did it running a different way from that he showed to fans and media when he was appointed in July 2011. His proposed changes never flourished. When his team tried to play pressing higher up the field it didnt work. His revolutionary approach wans't implemented and USMNT started to display good performances when Klinsmann came back to an ordinary world playing a more pragmatic brend of soccer. But the German coach was smart enough to adapt oneself. And he give his contribution. He added depth and quality. Young players such as Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez and Graham Zusi step up. Geoff Cameron, Eddie Johnson, and Fabian Johnson boosted the options in the midfield. Offense finally showed some consistency. And, above all, the back four seems settled, after Klinsmann found two strong centre-backs in Besler and Gonzalez and a good enough left-back in DaMarcus Beasley. Some questions remain at right-back after Brad Evans' poor performance against Panama but things are better now than they was a couple of months ago. With the defence settled, U.S. coach gave his team the needed foundation.

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