United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann can be given credit for a number of positives in his tenure as head coach, but one has to wonder whether he got it right on Monday.
His tactics (especially finding a way to get Beckerman, Jones and Bradley onto the field in a cohesive and effective scheme) seemed solid until Altidore was forced to leave the match, at which point it appeared he changed the U.S. into a 4-4-2. From that point on, the U.S. struggled to hold possession of the ball or generate any sort of transition in the middle third of the field.
The fact that three separate players also were forced to leave the game with apparent muscle pulls left much to question as well. Klinsmann pushed fitness in the U.S.' World Cup preparation, but perhaps he overdid it, as Besler, Altidore and Bedoya all had to be pulled from the match due to non-contact injuries.
It certainly could have been bad luck, and it's tough to be hard on Klinsmann considering the U.S. got a result, but the injuries forced the U.S. into early substitutions, and the team went into a defensive shell far too early. The Ghanaians clearly dominated possession in the second half, and the U.S. were forced to ride their luck as Ghana missed shot after shot.
American fans should feel good after seeing their team finally defeat the Black Stars, but in the sober light of the morning, they'll still have to admit they did get a bit lucky.
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