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Despite the big win on European soil over a top European side, there were some negatives from the Americans' performance on Wednesday.
The situation at right-back remains a question mark. While Brad Evans wasn’t poor, he wasn’t great either. Evans could have done a better job recovering on Bosnia’s first goal (so could John Anthony Brooks and Geoff Cameron) and didn’t recognize the space between himself and Cameron when the Bosnians broke through the American defense again in the 35th minute.
In the 66th and 67th minutes, Evans was beaten badly twice in succession, only to be bailed out by Tim Howard on both occasions. Evans also contributed little going forward.
With the other options being a so-so Michael Parkhurst or an apparently half-committed Timmy Chandler, it is time for Klinsmann to start looking at other options like Eric Lichaj or DeAndre Yedlin. Perhaps, with Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez returning to the mix, Cameron could also be played on the right, where he usually plays for his club, Stoke City.
Jermaine Jones had one of his worst games in the U.S. jersey on Wednesday, repeatedly giving away possession and looking half interested in playing at all. Jones lost the ball 13 times and only completed 46 passes, half that of his midfield partner, Michael Bradley. Perhaps most disturbing were the repeated instances of Jones giving up on plays after losing possession, instead of recovering defensively.
Jones remains a point of contention among U.S. fans. On the one hand, he is a starting central midfielder in the Bundesliga for a Champions League club. On the other hand, he has never achieved a consistent level of performance for the USMNT and seems to be given a free pass by Klinsmann, despite playing poorly on many occasions.
The U.S. does have other options in Sacha Kljestan, Maurice Edu, Danny Williams or Kyle Beckerman, but none of those appear overly promising. Some fans believe that a Bradley/Diskerud combination in the middle may be best. Although Diskerud struggled in the attacking midfielder role on Wednesday, he does have a history of playing very well as a deeper-lying midfielder. The Geoff Cameron/Michael Bradley combination also looked promising this summer against Panama.
Finally, it must be admitted that Eddie Johnson struggled. His touch was off and he squandered at least three good chances in front of goal. With Johnson, what you see is what you get. He can be outstanding in the air, and his speed presents all sorts of problems for defenses. However, his possession and first touch are a liability, as evidenced by Johnson’s giveaway in the first half that led to Bosnia’s opening goal.
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