USA vs. Mexico Friendly: First Fifteen
Mexico presses from the opening moment. It can't be stressed enough how much of an effect it had in the Gold Cup final. The best teams in the world press heavily right now. It works.
The United States still don't press very much. It will be interesting to see if this changes over time with Klinsmann. I don't see how the United States does well if it doesn't start utilizing the press. The U.S. has always been respected for its fitness, health and nutrition, so why not implement a press?
Mexico has most of the possession, but part of that is because the U.S. has openly surrendered possession.
Spacing for the Americans is horrible. A number of times there's been six players within a thirty yard area. It may be because the players are unfamiliar with each other, but there is a sea of red in very small areas on the field. The timely switch could break down the defense. Why aren't the players adjusting once they realize they're in each others' space, especially on defense? There's little balance.
Mexico seems to be playing a much more patient game than they did in the Gold Cup. Maybe that's because they aren't down 2-0. Also, even though the U.S. is having issues with spacing, they're not as stretched out as they were in the final.
Is this the attacking soccer Klinsmann promised? Outside of a cross, they haven't had much possession or threatened Mexico.
Mexico is getting more confident and patient on the ball. As they settle in to the game, they're looking for the holes in the defense.
Goal in the 17th minute for Mexico off of a short corner. Michael Bradley is beaten (a bit of great finishing from Mexico), as the announcer asks, why is Michael Bradley defending in the middle?
Difficult beginning for the U.S.
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