USA vs. Mexico Friendly: Final Notes
86th minute: Clearly a red card foul by Torrado.
Robbie Rogers has done well in his last minute call-up. We'll see more of him.
Where was Mexico towards the end of the game? They lost control of it. They struggled under pressure. This will be a key in the future.
The younger players did well, and the team did better with less defenders and defensive midfielders on the field. The U.S. did much better with more technical players on the field and players with more confidence and brashness.
Klinsmann's debut was interesting. His positive approach seemed to lift the team; however, the team needed his approval to move forward, press high, and take risks. It's disconcerting to see a team so robotic. At some point, they will need to think for themselves.
Tim Ream mentioned it in his interview for Goal.com, and it should be repeated. What will happen to the more athletic, physical players: Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, and Ricardo Clark (didn't do much in his limited time)?
Klinsmann's post-game comments on Landon Donovan: "He does well with the goal in front of him."
When Donovan moved to the middle of the field, he had space and could move. Klinsmann will need to find that space for him in the future. It may not always be in the middle, sometimes it will have to be up front, other times out wide depending on the opposition.
For the future:
1. The team will need to work on team defense and high-pressure up the field. They will need to be comfortable with it and figure out how to handle the counter-attack.
2. The team does not have enough individual skill to have so many defensive players on the field. They're going to have to get more comfortable with less defensive players, taking risks, and utilizing their more intelligent, technical choices.
3. Klinsmann's personality is infectious. A better choice for the American team right now. They need hope and energy.
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