TSG has largely been focused on the USMNT, EPL and Americans Abroad.
Only recently did we dabble in the up-and-coming talent stateside, surveying the Rongen Disaster that was the U-20 tournament a few weeks ago
Sarabia: Criminal in attack for Spain
So you can imagine our surprise when we fired up the 360 today, took in the first 10 minutes from Nigeria and were greeted with a Jack McInerney run-on, a foul from Spain, a red card, and the US a man up for the remainder of the game.
Less than 3 minutes after that opening minute salvo, McInerney challenged the Spanish keeper on a free kick, collided with him Conor Casey-style, the ball dropped and McInerney tapped in for the score. 1-0 States.
Despite solid play the rest of the match that included quite a bit of managed possession, the final score told an inverse tale, 2-1 Spain.
The US U-17 team, in our rookie estimation, played a fairly decent team game but succumbed to a team that just had too much talent. Despite some individual mistakes, the only negative behavior I found the overall team culpable for was dropping man marking in the back against an extremely adept technical offense for the Spaniards. (see note on this at the bottom)
Other than that, I think Wilmer Cabrera’s team can be commended even though they failed to capitalize on being a man-up. They consistently took what Spain gave them (the flanks) and tried to move the ball from right to left after winning possession to avoid what can only be described as the
Just wanted to get some commentary out there this morning after going through the headlines, reviews and considering our pieces from Sunday evening.
♦ US U-17 is in action today against Spain on ESPN 360 (11am PST) and if I get a chance I’m going to check it out. Two of the three players I wanted
All eyes to be on Jack
to watch aren’t in the squad, Charles Renken and West Ham United academy attendee Sebastian Lletget. That leaves me focused on Jack McInerney who apparently doesn’t have all the physical tools, but still is considered a great prospect. Some in the commentary on TSG have suggested he’s the next Wayne Rooney — is that aggressive? For a preview of the US in the tourney, head over to Match Fit USA.
♦ Following up on our review of Fernando Torres performance right now and considering him a legend in the making. Is he not the best striker right now? Who else is up there with him? Maybe David Villa, Zlatan, perhaps Drogba (if he remains consistent). Rooney, Eto and others are clearly a step below.
♦ Confirming the U.S. friendly in Bratislava against Slovakia on November 14th. That’s three planned friendlies against three quality teams: Slovakia (Fifa ranking #33), Denmark (#27) and the Netherlands (#3).
♦ More on Jonathan Spector. Despite the visual rating here, commentary from West Ham fans suggest the US rightback played admirably against Arsenal.
♦ Decent game review of the Fulham – Manchester City clash here. The point that USMNT fans should take note of? The importance of Jonathan Greening maintaining possession in the midfield that allowed Fulham to go toe-to-toe with the Citizens and finally draw. A good read.