We’ll be back with the full recap tomorrow, but here are some quick thoughts on the second half by the USMNT. For the first half thoughts check out Quick Hitters @ The Half.
…Not a great second half by the US squad, but they got the three points. They came out of the locker room in good form, but the disallowed third goal seemed to linger and deflate the US side a bit.
…I think everyone is curious as to why the goal was disallowed. Announcers said it was called on Dempsey. What? For passing the ball?
…The US got a little sloppy down the stretch. Bradley gave away some balls as did Altidore.
…US subs of Holden and Torres were right on…they almost teamed up for a goal. But, to be honest, watching Beckerman come in and struggle made me wonder if the US has the talent to make a run in ZA (paging Mr. Jones).
…The US did get some good chances late, but generally went away from a possession game in favor of hunkering down and trying to counter-attack…not a fan of that
…Bob Bradley must be scratching his head as to what to do on the wing defense…might the newly FIFA-approved Castillo provide some relief?
…To reiterate Shaun’s great point in the running game commentary…the back four seemed content to let the play come to them rather than be aggressive on defense…that has to get fixed
At the end of the day, the US squad held the status quo. They didn’t improve as a squad, but didn’t regress. The line-up changes helped to control more possession, but it will be interesting to see if that holds against better quality opponents.
See you in the morning.