Blue collar U.S. coach Bob Bradley reportedly makes a small fraction of the salary of Fabio Capello.
No worries. Bob is fine with it.
England claims to have a far superior team than the U.S.
Ah, sure, okay. Didn't quite see that Saturday, nor did I see it going into the game, but if that's what you want to say, I'll go with it.
So why, with this infinitely better coach and far superior players, did the two teams play to a draw?
Well, first off, I don't think either statement is exactly true.
And second, what it came down to was one coach being confident of his team and his decisions going into the game, and the other coach questioning his own decisions seemingly before halftime.
Capello's decision to start Green looks, today, disastrous, but I have no problem with the decision. The problem I see with it comes with the curious choice to not make the call until almost game time.
Hints had started to leak a couple days before that Green would be the man. But why not just announce it? Show confidence in whoever you pick. You know Capello knew it was Green some time ago. Could not his show of confidence in Green earlier perhaps helped Green's confidence?
The other curious decision made by Capello was during the game itself. James Milner got booked in the first half and Capello decided to pull him at the 30 minute mark.
Maybe this doesn't seem so crucial, but then consider Ledley King had to be replaced at halftime with injury, and now you are down to one substitute with half the game left. You must have enough confidence in a player to avoid the second yellow and still play strongly. I could see it maybe at the 60 minute mark. Not the 30.
On the other side Bradely stuck with a few players who are recovering from injuries and obviously not 100 percent fit. Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, and Jozy Altidore all seemed tired in the second half, but Bradley kept them out there.
He also stuck with his own curious decision of his surprise starter Robbie Findley until late in the game, when he went to Edson Buddle.
Bradley seemed assured of his decisions, Capello did not.
Capello did defend his 'keeper after the game.
The Italian said: "Sometimes 'keepers make mistakes, but that is football.
"Yes, he made a mistake but the second half he played very well. We created a lot of chances to score goals and we played a good game. They scored one goal but I was happy with the performance of the team and the next game will be better."
Capello has now his biggest decision since becoming the head man of England. His 'keeper decision for game two is huge. Early indications seem like he's considering staying with Green, but there is some time before the next game with Algeria to sort it out.
Whatever he decides, he should decide it quickly and confidently and stick with it. Maybe he can learn something from blue collar Bob?
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