Jozy Altidore, while much improved, is not good enough to take on four defenders on his own. However, Klinsmann’s preferred formation over six games has done just that, stranding him on an island up top.
The U.S. plays much, much better when it deploys two strikers in a 4-2-2-2 or a single striker with plenty of close help in a 4-2-3-1. In both formations, the U.S. keeps six players behind the ball, staying compact and looking to counter.
In six games, Klinsmann’s 4-5-1 has proven two things.
1. The U.S. can’t score goals in it.
2. The U.S. can’t shutout opponents in it.
Not too many games are won with that formula.
Recently, former Klinsmann player Philip Lahm heavily criticized Klinsmann’s lack of tactical knowledge. The more the U.S. plays, the more it looks like Lahm might be right.
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