Wednesday, August 10, 2011

US Men's National Soccer Team Draws With Mexico In Klinsmann Debut

It was almost as if there was a microcosm of the past few weeks of US Soccer displayed on the pitch tonight against Mexico.  In the first half, the team looked disjointed and off-balance, in the way that they have played at times under former coach Bob Bradley.

In the second half, with some excellent substitutions, the US Squad made it a game by tying it up on a Robbie Rogers goal in the 73rd minute and then narrowly missing a few chances to win the game at the end.

Second-half subs Brek Shea, Robbie Rogers, and Juan Agudelo were the difference in the game, bringing much needed energy and passion off the bench.

Next month the US Squad has friendly matches against Belgium and Costa Rica, so we would hope to continue to see exciting play and perhaps more of these young guys that made the difference tonight.

The only real negative I have to say about the night was ESPN's horrid coverage of the beginning of the match.  To push the match to ESPN news while the LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES QUALIFYING GAME was on ESPN 2 shows exactly what ESPN thinks of soccer, no matter how it may have treated the Women's World Cup.

I did like the old-school numbering of the jerseys 1-11.

Here's SI's Grant Wahl's Post-game thoughts here.

SI's Steve Davis grades the players and staff here.

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