03 September, 2011

Costa Rica v USMNT Highlights

For the first 30-35 minutes, we saw the future of US Soccer. Quick, lots of passing, efficient, and everyone looked surprisingly dangerous. Unfortunately, we got away from that and got back to a game of long ball, and for this I don't blame Klinsmann.

I actually think he wanted them to see the difference between the two styles of play. Not because he told them to play that way, but because we started getting tired and lazy and started holding the ball up and just looking to bomb it in to someone and pray for an open shot from the top of the 18. And just like usual, that didn't happen.

Perhaps our two most dangerous shots happened within minutes of each other as Brek Shea threaded a sweet cut back pass to an overlapping Donovan who knocked it just wide. Seconds later, Altidore fended off two Costa Rican defenders to destroy the camera behind the Costa Rican goal.

In a night that saw Dempsey not play because of back spasms, and had us start Timmy Chandler, Orozco and Castillo with Bocanegra on the back line, Torres had probably his best game for the red white and blue and for most of the 1st half, Shea looked the best on the field before he got tired and disappeared.

I'm going to mention Edu now, because that is more than you heard about him or from him last night during the game. Well, ill-advised shot from 30yrds out late in the game aside. Am I the only one who thinks we need to feed Castillo? The kid looked absolutely like some kind of anorexic back there and was constantly pushed around. Chandler threaded some great passes through early, but looked absolutely lost through long stretches of the game. Landycakes had a pretty much off night and Rogers was atrocious. The only thing as bad as his play was the weak clearances off our back line by Orozco and co.

That said, it looks like our boys need to work on fitness because they were very tired in the 2nd half, but if we can dominate possession like the beginning of the match and actually play quick controlled passes, we are going to well... very well.

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