One of the big criticisms of the Jermaine Jones-Michael Bradley midfield combination has been that Bradley is often left sitting deeper, while Jones gets to move into the attack.
Meanwhile, when Bradley has been partnered with a true defensive midfielder, he has been able to get forward and produce some of his brightest displays for the USMNT.
On Tuesday, Jones was given the No. 6 role, which should have allowed Bradley to make a much bigger impact on the match. However, once again, the Jones-Bradley combination failed.
Jones did his part, sitting in front of the back four, just as a player like Kyle Beckerman would have done.
Bradley, however, struggled to impact the match.
Perhaps it was just an off night from Bradley, but the statistics on the Jones-Bradley midfield combination are not encouraging.
In the Jurgen Klinsmann era, in a two-man central midfield system, Bradley has two goals and four assists. All of those tallies have come when Bradley was partnered with a different midfielder (Danny Williams, Maurice Edu, Geoff Cameron, Kyle Beckerman and Sacha Kljestan).
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