Posts tagged michael bradley
Well that was gratifying! A 5-1 pasting and it easily could have been more. Watch the highlights, watch the touch-by-touch video of Bradley’s game. This was the best the US have looked since I started watching. And in those rad striped uniforms, you could have been forgiven for thinking you were watching a different country’s national team out there.
Donovan capped a week in which he’d questioned his own desire to continue playing with a perfect performance. A hat trick, an assist on Jones’ goal, and the key cross on the Bradley’s stunner – he had a hand in all 5 goals.
It is tempting to just gush on and on about the performance – but let’s get a little more analytical.
I watched this game in a non-soccer-ish sports bar in Vegas and was a little distracted – but in my second viewing when I got home, here’s what stood out.
A lot of soccer-savvy people say results don’t matter in friendlies. It’s all about the quality of the play and the individual performances – worry about results when something’s on the line. But for the US team, something’s always on the line – respect. The under-appreciated bunch has played pretty in plenty of losses under Klinsmann; but in finally putting together a string of positive results has perhaps found its foundation in a staunchly organized structure and a pragmatically opportunistic attacking mentality.