I don’t get a chance to watch much soccer these days, but Telly reminded me to tune in last night to catch the US vs. Mexico friendly. Although I’m glad I watched and that the US won, overall, it was a disappointment.
The US is lucky to come away with a win. There is no question that Mexico outplayed them. And there were at least 2 really close calls where Howard might as well have been watching from the sidelines he was so far away from a save. But Mexico was unlucky and didn’t get those shots in the goal. The US, on the other hand, had very few shots, had very little ball possession, and spent little time within shooting range of the Mexico goal. Donovan had a great corner right into the box – if Conrad had been frozen in place, the ball would have still gone in. But the game is made from more than just set pieces, or at least it should be.
I think the real US failure of the game was not being able to push the ball into the 4th quarter of the field. They didn’t have any problems pushing past the center line but that’s where they got hung up nearly every time. [ continue reading »» ]