USA Soccer: Fans Should Not Be Concerned After Loss to Belgium

Andrew Jordan@@Andrew_JordanSenior Writer ISeptember 7, 2011

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: Members of United States national soccer team pose before the friendly soccer match against Costa Rica at The Home Depot Center on September 2, 2011 in Carson, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Yesterday, the United States national team lost 1-0 to Belgium in Brussels in a friendly.

The Americans were outplayed throughout the match by Belgium, though they probably should have tied the match on a Maurice Edu goal that was waved off.

Since Jurgen Klinsmann has taken over as the manager of the United States, the Yanks have registered only one draw and two losses. The American attack has scored only one goal in these three matches.

But despite the recent poor showings by the United States and with World Cup qualification now only a few months away, American fans should not be concerned with the performance of the national team.

For starters, the United States will have multiple friendlies against relevant opponents coming up over the next several months. Already the Yanks have secured friendlies with Honduras and Ecuador for the next matches on the international calendar. And with weak opponents in the first round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, there should be no worries over the United States qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

However, that alone is not the only thing that will happen that will help the United States in the following months.

Timothy Chandler will only improve with the national team with time
Timothy Chandler will only improve with the national team with timeAndy Lyons/Getty Images

For starters, the United States defense finally started to look more formidable, despite still exposing some huge holes. The defense finally played with some more determination and were fortunate to only concede one goal to Belgium on Belgian soil.

Timothy Chandler will start to play like the player that he was for Nürnberg at the end of the Bundesliga season and for the Americans in their spring friendlies.

With more time playing together and with more integration into the American system, these players will only play better together as a collective unit.

Offensively, the United States started to take more shots (even though most of them were ridiculously off target) and looked to gain more traction at the end of the match.

Let's also not forget that we have not seen both Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey play for the United States together since the Gold Cup final. In their next several international matches, both players will get a chance to play together in Klinsmann's system.

We also have seen many unproven players play for the United States so far under Klinsmann. The main reason behind this is that Klinsmann wants to see everyone play and determine what players he wants to play for the squad in the future.

And then there is the biggest problem that exists with this American squad: The fact that the Americans still have not fully adapted to Klinsmann's system.

When you look at tape of the United States from the last several matches, the Americans should have scored multiple times. However, the Yanks are just making the wrong decisions in front of goal, which is something that will be fixed with time.

There are also signs that the United States players are improving with Klinsmann's style. The Americans have definitely taken a more offensive approach and will only continue to perfect their style in the coming months.

Right now, the United States will only continue to get better. But instead of coming down to the execution of Klinsmann's style immediately, it comes down to patience and for the right players to play for the United States.


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