Featured also at Cardinal Publishers Group, July 2015
United States vs Haiti
At Gillette Stadium the US advanced past a surprisingly good side, Haiti. Most teams will be sponsored by the usual brands, Nike, Adidas or Puma. Haiti, on the other hand, had Saeta written across their shirt. I haven’t heard of them but that was nice to see. Another miniscule aberration was Diskerud wearing Umbro shoes. That’s something you don’t often see from a center midfielder. A thumbs up for Haiti and Diskerud stepping outside the box. The game itself was open, back and forth, with good chances to score for both sides. Altidore was benched after first half blunders including bad passes, traps and shots. His replacement was Zardes who made an immediate impact, setting up a diagonal pass from the end-line to about the six where it connected with Dempsey for the eventual game winner. Guzan made good saves and was very active off his line, grabbing anything and everything around the top of the box as a good goalkeeper should. Ream played a very good, skillful game for the US in central defense working in tandem with the midfielders and forwards to create good possession stints. Haiti had a good effort, with a lot of fight to the very end. They were athletic and good on tackles but they lacked marking concepts, out of laziness or flat out unawareness leaving key US players open with ten to twenty yards of space, which put the Haitians in a position to make up for it with their speed and quickness, however, their one-v-one defensive skills were hit or miss. They were a good test as the US advances into the next round.