The players seemed lost on the field. With the exception of two or three players, there was a clear confusion about how to move the ball forward. It has been postulated that this confusion has comes from players playing out of their natural position. Co-signed and confirmed.
To quote the great Jurassic Park: "...So concerned with whether they could do it, they never stopped to think if they should." It's that comment that runs though my mind while I look at roster selections and line ups these past few matches. Klinsmann seems so inclined to bring in German-American talent, he overlooks those who could help his team now. The Americans have scored only one goal in matches under Jurgen. We have an American born forward on top of the scoring charts in the Mexican first division. 1 + 1 = 2. The logic seems clear...and yet Herculez Gomez is overlooked.
Another question that springs to mind is the apparent demand by the Gods to have 3 defensive mid-fielders on the field at all times. Just because we have talent there does not mean we should put them all on the field at the same time. Kyle Beckerman has performed admirably in his role as protector of the back line. Why not insert an attacking midfielder in front of him to allow the team to attack in free flowing soccer. Sacha Kljestan and Jose Torres are available for selection. Kljestan is in top form and Torres should be an option when he returns to full health.
Potential line-ups and rants on the national team are a dime a dozen as there are as many experts as there are opinions. While the frustration of watching the Americans lose over and over again is mounting, there is still time to see the ship righted. The panic button should not be pushed yet... but my finger is on the button and tempted to press.
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