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Worst Case Scenario

Posted by espo On 5:13 PM

On paper, a 1-1 draw with Argentina looks like a great result, complete with a goal from newly crowned savior Juan Agudelo. In reality, the game highlighted the gross deficiencies along the US back line and our inability to control play throughout the midfield. Argentina dominated possession and generated countless scoring opportunities. Granted, that attack was led by arguably the best player in the world, but the US defenders had absolutely no answers. Dropping more players into the defensive 3rd only seemed to create additional pockets of space for Lionel Messi and company to exploit. If it weren't for the heroics of US keeper Tim Howard, we could have easily been witness to a 4 or 5 nil drubbing. As it turns out, Howard made several fantastic saves to keep the US within striking distance. We did play a better 2nd half, which saw previously mentioned young-gun Agudelo convert a poorly played rebound off a set piece. However, the US still had problems creating offense and holding possession, especially in the middle of the park. The headlines read 1-1, but I see a scoreline that masks a terrible performance and possibly a step in the wrong direction.

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