Definition of insanity? Playing the same core players and expecting different results. Once again, the U.S. Men’s National Team failed to perform on the international stage, and the U.S. suffered a shut-out, two-goal loss to Guate-freakin-mala; their first loss to Guatemala since Reagan was in office.
Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore have done–what? Their teammate Sebastian Giovinco led Toronto in goals and assists last season. It’s not good when your “best” players on a national team are both being out-performed by one player on their club team. Bradley getting megged by Marco Pappa sealed the deal for me: he sucks. Enough is enough; overall this broken system, starting with Bob Bradley’s nepotistic pick at center-mid.
Dempsey. Four shots, two at the goalie. Why does Dempsey get a pass for terrible performances while Wondo has to ride the pine because of one miss?
Mix Diskerud. Meh. He gave up the first goal, and didn’t really do anything to help the team; his half-time sub might have marked the last time he wears the national team kit. Needs to play angry, and he doesn’t.
Tim Howard. Congrats, Colorado! Looked slow and ineffective.
Bobby Wood. 90 minutes, 0 shots. Yet Klinsmann loves himself those German leagues, even if it is second-division.
Omar Gonzalez. I think we all know who should be the USMNT’s starting center-back, but Klinsmann’s snub of Goodson for the 2014 World Cup sealed a defense which is highly suspect. If you ask me who I’d rather have: Goodson or Omar Gonzales, the answer is simple, and that’s not because Clay plays for my home team.
Bottom line: the U.S. is NOT getting better on the international stage. Klinsmann’s World Cup goodwill was used up last year after a terrible Gold Cup, and this result should not be as surprising as people think it is.