It was another frustrating day for US Soccer fans as the Yanks fell 1-0 to France this past Friday. On a day that celebrated our nation’s veterans, the team decided to take a defensive position throughout an onslaught of offensive attack from the French. The US battled and battled all game but conceded a goal in the 72nd minute to substitute Loic Remy. After showing much resilience in the first half the US couldn’t outlast France in the second half as Les Bleus turned on the attack in the latter 45 to eventually wear down the US backfield. The US struggled to get anything going on the offensive side, with their best chance coming from a controversial “no call” after Jozy Altidore was held and pushed in the box while trying to speed past the French defense. Three years ago or even one year ago this result would have been positive for a US squad. The team played solid defense versus a challenging and internationally renown team–but this is what we could expect from a Bob Bradley team in the past, not a Jurgen Klinsmann team of the future. It was disappointing to see Klinsmann not take risks offensively, especially in a friendly versus a a world class opponent. There was nothing to lose, but the team played like they were in a second leg of an aggregate fixture. Klinsmann and the Yanks have an opportunity to redeem themselves Tuesday versus Slovenia, but in order to meet expectations there are some things that need to change.
-Jozy Altidore cannot survive on an lone island, he needs help from a pressing Clint Dempsey. Klinsmann needs to adjust the personnel or formation to help Altidore up top.
-Kyle Beckerman needs to be benched plain and simple. Why he is starting over Michael Bradley or even Jermaine Jones is a mystery to me. Having Beckerman starting already puts the team out of an offensive mindset due to Beckerman’s conservative choices and lack of speed.
-Not having Donovan and Dempsey on the field together once during Klinsmann’s reign has hurt the Yanks’ offensive chemistry, but Jurgen needs to find a temporary solution. This could mean possibly starting Edson Buddle up top with Altidore, or moving Brek Shea along side Altidore. Either way Jurgen needs to find the right chemistry for his attack, because Friday’s lineup proved to fail making quality chances and possessing in the final third.
-Bring back Juan Agudelo.