Don't get me wrong. I am a fan of the United States but when looking at the match-up this Sunday, I do not have much faith in my country.
To say I am the only one who feels this way would be absurd.
With the ball bouncing in the other teams favor the U.S. and its fans could be looking at a completely different picture. In my opinion, the U.S. was on the receiving end of two lucky goals.
Altidore—who scored the first goal—has the ability to be an amazing asset to the United States National team but he is still just 19-years-old. Give him a couple of years playing overseas and he will be a tremendous talent. His goal, however, that beat Casillas was a half of an inch from being punched to the opposite side of the post.
Dempsey's goal also found a way to be deflected right to his feet which would have been impossible for him to miss. Throughout that game I was looking for the U.S. to posses the ball for a little bit of time.
This is something they will have to do in order to compete with a very disciplined Brazilian team. Their time of possession will need to increase and their success will indeed depend on it.
I feel as if the U.S. is able to control the ball they will hang in there with Brazil. The fact is that the entire Brazilian team is nationally known soccer icons for each of their club teams.
The American team does not have a go to man such as Kaka, Robinho and Gilberto Silva, to name a few. Sure our team is good but theirs is much better. The U.S. will need to get lucky like they did against Spain in order to stick with Brazil.
The United States cannot make mistakes that are going to hurt them because Brazil will take advantage of this. Spain managed more shots and had many more scoring opportunities.
Look for the same thing to happen with Brazil.
The problem is Brazil has been capitalizing on these chances. The American goaltender, Howard, will most likely be pelted with shot after shot again and after coming up big saves so many times, he will eventually be beat. The defense of the United States will have to play the most spectacular game of their lives if they want to win.
It could happen, but it's definitely not probable.
Brazil is faster then the United States back line which will seem to be a problem for the American team. The U.S. will be unable to pass the ball around Brazil most of the time, so they will most likely have to play long balls through with the hopes of getting lucky.
In the end, I do not see the U.S. putting up a fight for the championship. Brazil is much too talented and much more experienced. It is difficult to try and put your finger on what the U.S. has to do to be able to compete with the elite.
What I believe will make these players better is the competition they are playing against now. Every game they get to play, they gain experience and that is the most important factor when looking at next summer's World Cup. One thing is for sure: the Confederations Cup has got the U.S. fans much more excited for what is to come next summer.