Mexico vs. USA: Did Gold Cup Final Put on Display a Bleak Future for US Soccer?
The Mexico vs. USA Gold Cup Final Leaves a Bitter Taste For U.S. Soccer
Things were looking pretty good for the U.S. as they scored their second goal to take a 2-0 lead over their rival Mexico in the 2011 Gold Cup finals. Everything was working. Bob Bradley had reinserted Landon Donovan, and he moved them into a top attacking position, by inserting Freddy Adu into the starting lineup. And it was all working.
Then the wheels came off of the bus. And it wasn't so much that any individual began to play poorly or Bob Bradley began to coach bad. And therein lies the bigger problem for U.S. soccer. They were just clearly outclassed by Mexico.
Mexico is no slouch. They are a young and talented team that is really beginning to hit it's stride. They will surely soon find themselves in the top 20 world rankings.
And that lies in stark contrast to the U.S. team. America was slow and plodding compared to Mexico. They are also old. There is little in the way of young talent to get excited about. Freddy Adu had a decent run when he got some playing time, and he is only 22 years old, but he certainly doesn't look like the star he was once supposed to be.
So U.S. soccer fans can yell and scream for Bob Bradley's job, or for lineup changes, but until this squad finds some more athleticism and talent that is growing towards their peak instead of descending from it, the future is anything but bright.
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