The USA men's national team came away with an impressive 1-0 victory over Jamaica on Tuesday. The victory should give the team plenty of confidence going forward.
The feel-good win for team USA came with a few lineup changes that immediately paid dividends for coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Team USA's quality depth was on display in this match.
Team USA has more young talent now than in past years, and here are a few young players who should be starting for the team going forward.
The Sporting Kansas City midfielder shined in Tuesday's victory and possibly sealed a starting spot for himself in the USA's starting lineup for the future. Zusi spoke about his role with the team in a press conference for UsSoccer.com following the game:
For me, you can’t get frustrated. Every camp you get called in, you have to take that as a positive and try to get better every camp. I think I’ve been able to do that and tonight I was rewarded with a start and thought I did a pretty decent job.
The young midfielder deserves the opportunity to start going forward. Coach Klinsmann needs to set a precedent for his young players: if they perform well enough like Zusi did Tuesday, they will be rewarded with more playing time in the future.
The quick-footed midfielder is one of the USA's most consistent players when he is in the starting lineup. Torres should remain a fixture in the team's starting lineup going forward. Torres' passing in the victory over Jamaica allowed the team to control the middle of the field.
In the press conference following the game, coach Klinsmann challenged his midfielder. The coach clearly feels like the team could be getting even more out of its star midfielder.
Over the last months, we’ve had quite a few talks with Jose on his role here with the national team. We want him to take more responsibility and make his case stronger. We want him to become a real leader and in Pachuca we are all very well aware of how things are going in his club. We all agree he has tremendous talent and he has matured as a player, but still he needs to become more physical and take over the game. He needs to play more killer balls into the strikers – the decisive things that change the game. We’re working on that with him and we are patient. We are building a bigger roster for 2013 – we’ve got to get the job done now first – but it’ll be a very busy year with qualifiers and Gold Cup. It’s up to Jose and what he wants to make out of his career.
After issuing this challenge to Torres, team USA should expect even better performances down the line.
The versatile, young midfielder earned a starting spot in Tuesday's match and possibly much more than that going forward. Coach Klinsmann was encouraged by the young midfielder's play. He spoke about Williams in glowing terms in the press conference after the game:
I think the way Danny Williams played tonight tells you a little bit about his role which he is growing into in the Bundesliga. He’s a very good number six and I know we have different [number sixes] now, but he gave you a good taste that he’s a very good holding player.
With the success the USA had with their lineup changes, coach Klinsmann will likely stick with what has worked.
The USA's young soccer talent was on display in the victory Tuesday over Jamaica, and fans should expect much more of this success with the new lineup changes going forward.