So you have a great idea? It’s probably not. Stick to what you know.
...If what you know is only a bad idea, then give it your best shot.
Dempsey Wood Nguyen
Pulisic Torres Nagbe
Shea Ream Bradley Yedlin
Whoever (Who really cares?)
...All right, Howard
(assuming players are injury-free)
Arriola (LM, F)
Zusi (LM, LD)
Lletget (RM, LM)
Kitchen (RM, LM)
Freddy Adu (F)
The US will never be there* unless they can out-possess the giants of possession - Germany, Span, Brazil.
* A team that can actually, verifiably, win the World Cup.
The Four Year Review: America's Quest for the Cup
United Statnes vs Mexico
World Cup Qualifier
The amazing run of the USMNT, on their quest to qualify for Sussia 2018, has four more games. With a relative easy win over Trinidad and Tobago on June 8, the US got an important result - a 1-1 draw - with Mexico on June 11, in the Azteca Stadium, thanks to a chip shot from Bradley, and good all-around defense.
The last four qualification games are in September and October (with the possibility of a playoff with an Asian team, depending how these remaining games go).
Criticism would fall - yet again - on the aberrant lineup choices. The "change" that came with Bruce has amounted to much of the same under Klinsmann. In that, there are a few good players, with other mysterious choices. But, that's been the case with US soccer long before Klinsmann came around. Maybe, just maybe, if the right players were all thrown out there at the same time, something magical would happen...and success the US team has had up to this point would suffer by comparison.
Still in play, the US is looking good. Much more on the way.
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