Is the result all that matters?
It’s a damn shame when the majority of the media, and dare I say fans, focus on the 1-1 instead of what transpired on the field.
It was a clinic!
No, not just the first 45, for the full 90. What … you think because the US got several counters and set pieces, we didn’t get bossed the second half as well? Please.
This game was a virtual carbon copy of the 2-0 US victory over Spain.
That was a clinic too!
Until we learn to transcend the final score, and start realizing the lessons being taught on the field, we can’t progress.
Teams in south america have tied or beat Argentina for decades.
Most recently Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Paraguay all beat them at home during qualifying. Oh and let’s not forget, Bolivia thrashed them 6-1! Do you think any of those fan-bases thought for a minute their futbol was progressing to the next level?
Only the Chileans did. And that’s because of the way they played.
Bielsa’s Chile played.
Bradley’s US does not.
And yes, it’s how you play that matters. Because among other things, it’s how you play that yields consistency.
On Player Selection
Many say you can only make lemonade out of lemons? But Bradley picks lemons when he could be picking oranges. The problem is that people believe we only have lemons. And that’s just not true!
Even within his current pool there are oranges (I won’t discuss the riches outside the pool). Instead he chooses players that are less technical and intelligent.
Gomez, Torres, Feilhaber, Bunbury, and even Buddle are players with some quality. Yes the last two were not available, but that’s not the point. All these guys play second or third fiddle to the junk that BB prefers.
Altidore is a terrible player! What is the obsession with this guy? He sucks!
Demerit is terrible!
Onyewu? Another obsession. This guy has always sucked balls too. And you know who will replace him? Omar Gonzalez. Another lumbering giant with no soccer brain and sub-par technique. But it’s all good cuz he can win headers!
People, what the hell are we doing? Can’t you see how poor and ill-suited these guys are? Can’t you see that the type of player a coach selects is directly related to how he views the game? Bradley will never give us a National Team with quality.
There are craploads of Agudelo quality players in this country. Unfortunately, most are not physically imposing and so not even on the radar. It’s funny when people think that if there were an American Iniesta, Xavi, or Alvez they would be on the NT. Sorry. Not true. Incompetent coaches don’t know how to utilize them. This is why Torres, Fielhaber, and Gomez are not A-listers.
Could you imagine if I recommended a 19 year old Dani Alvez for outside back to an MLS coach? Or how about a Milito, who in case you don’t know has the speed of a snail, for center back? Iniesta for center mid?
I would be laughed right out the front office!
Think I’m making it up? It’s happened (without the laughing of course). This country’s coaches just don’t know what to do with technical, intelligent ballers.
But it’s not just player selection … it’s Bob’s soccer limitations and philosophy.
Ok, so we were playing Argentina. I would never expect him in 2011 to field a team that will knock the ball around like they do – to boss them around. Admittedly, we do not have that level a player (but we do have far better than what we are fielding). We could be showing spells throughout the 90 minutes demonstrating quality play. Spells where we too have a structured build-up. Spells where we connect 5, 10, 20 passes. Instead we have panicking center backs who launch the ball forward, and in many cases can’t even keep it inbounds.
But players and this Argentina encounter aside, just look at how the NT performs against “inferior” talent. When we play Trinidad, Jamaica, Canada, et al, I fully expect to see us play the beautiful game. This is what would show real progress, real understanding, and a real intent to evolve. I’m still waiting …
And this my friends comes from the coach, not from any pound-for-pound player inferiority.