|Altidore's goal was the game winner.|
The United States were unimpressive in their 1-0 victory against Guadeloupe. 20,109 fans were on hand at Livestrong Sporting Park to witness a near lifeless USMNT side play disjointed, uninspired soccer. The small French territory played well and gave the USMNT some early scares.
The lineup included some changes from the side that fell 2-1 to Panama on Saturday. Agudelo did not make the start in favor of Chris Wondolowski. Tim Ream remained on the bench while Bocanegra moved to the middle and Eric Lichaj started at left back. Beyond that it was the expected lineup for the US.
With the United States having a nasty habit of starting slow, Guadeloupe nearly took advantage in the early going. Guadeloupe struck the crossbar, made runs in on Tim Howard’s goal and on several occasions nearly embarrassed the Americans.
Despite the slow start, Jozy Altidore found the back of the net 9th minute with an absolute rip. From there it looked as though the floodgates might open up. The US attacked, even in a disjointed manner but it was to no avail. In spite of the US pressure, the Americans could not find the back of the net. Shots went wide, high and were saved.
The failure to score goals is becoming a problem and one the US needs to solve soon. "We want to be better," said Landon Donovan. "This is a game we should have won probably 3- or 4-0, but the reality is that we won. That's all that matters at this point."
While Donovan is correct that the victory is important, the quality will have to be better less they fall to Jamaica.
Tim Howard said as much in post game comments, "It was an OK performance: a little bit lifeless, but that's the kind of way it's been so far. But we're glad to get the win and at least move on. Maybe the Panama game knocked some stuffing out of us... We need to pull together, get to D.C. and get some training time together."
Once again, Clint Dempsey provided a spark up top for the US, solidifying his mark as the most dangerous American attacker at present. That should surprise no one as we’ve seen it many times. Bedoya is proving to be a great option at right midfield and allowing Dempsey to be up top.
Worth noting, left off the roster again was Freddy Adu. Why call in a unique, young attacker to camp and then not play him? It raises the question of whether or not there is something happening behind the scenes.
The bottom line though, the Americans got the job done, but were embarrassed on the night. The USMNT is not in form and they’ve little to be proud of at the moment. That said, there is enough quality, talent and class on the roster to turn this ship around and make some noise. The onus though falls to both player and coach. They’ll have to get the job done against Jamaica at RFK stadium in Washington D.C. on Sunday.