Originally Posted by Batmans A Scientist
I'm not sure why Bob Bradley could have expected this. It's not like Mexico played particularly well in the tournament before this game, look at the results
Nicaragua 0*-*2 Mexico
Mexico 1*-*1 Panama
Mexico 2*-*0 Guadeloupe
Mexico 4*-*0 Haiti
Costa Rica 1*-*1 Mexico
Grenada 0*-*4 United States
United States 2*-*0 Honduras
United States 2*-*2 Haiti
United States 2*-*1 Panama
Honduras 0*-*2 United States
I'm not saying there were signs that the US wasn't going to be as good as Mexico, but I don't see how anyone could have thought the US would just fall apart like that in the 2nd half.
I hope that it ends any conversation of any of these players ever playing in an important match again, including Brian Ching.
Great post. Often, when I watch the National Team, I have a difficult time believing that these players are the best we can field. Most of our defenders and midfielders still haven't grasped the importance of maintaining possession, and give up the ball in our own zone way too much.
I'm glad you mentioned Ching. I was watching a play yesterday when he was trying to out run a Mexican defender for a loose ball. It looked like he was running in quick sand. But what should we expect from a 31 year-old "striker"? Anyone looking at our team yesterday knew that we had no one to finish goals. I guess I'll take this loss in a meaningless tournament and hope that a properly stocked team on August 12 will beat Mexico at the Estadio Azteca. Now that would be sweet.