USA vs. Mexico Friendly: Half-Time Reactions, Responses, and Changes
Dismal: the word to describe the United States play in the first half. It doesn't look much difference than the team under Bradley. It could be a spill-over effect from the way they were expected to play under Bradley, or it could be the players, or it could be the coach. Only time will tell.
No one really stands out for the U.S. Beckerman looked to have the most energy and seemed to be a little more calm than others on the ball or in the tackle. Torres had a few moments of possession. Donovan and Cherundolo had a few moments as well, but without a concerted effort to get them the ball, they didn't have much of an impact. There wasn't much else. Michael Bradley needs to figure out where he fits in the midfield.
Klinsmann is upbeat at halftime. He also mentioned adding pressure and getting the team into the Mexican half. It's a good reaction, be stable, be calm, show your support for the players. He didn't make any substitution, and hopefully the players read that as: Don't Panic.
Mexico relaxed at the end of the first half, it will be interesting to see if they will come out the same way they ended or if they will up the pressure like they did at the beginning of the game.
The United States had five to seven men on the Mexican side of the field! Mexico attempted a counter, but it failed. Perhaps the U.S. has recognized the benefit of a higher pressure defense.
Mexico is reacting well to the pressure; they're picking up the tempo. Will the U.S. be rewarded for the pressure, or will Mexico punish the U.S. for pushing up the field?
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