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Slovenia 2, USA 3: Match Highlights

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  1. It seems to me you have some blinders on with regards to that second goal. If you’re assigning any level of blame to Bradley for that second goal, then you need to pour it on Beckerman, who had a clear view of the buildup, had the ball played into his area, and made a hideous prediction on the ball movement + Matavz’s pace (which should have been obvious to him). Bradley’s positioning was not as close as you think, and Matavz’s acceleration ensured that Bradley would not have had a play on that ball regardless. Beckerman was in perfect position to cover (credit to him), but his poor decision on the angle, not any supposed slowup from Bradley, led to the goal.

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  2. I loved seeing Bradley back on the field. That said, he really needs to work on his defense. That second goal by Slovenia is partly on his shoulders: true, it was Goodson who fell over and let the man go free, but look at the replay and you’ll see Bradley standing right there, guarding…no one. (Not the first time he’s made poor decisions around our goal either.)

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  3. Klinsmann has a master plan, and it involves the U-23,U-19,etc teams as much as it involves the Senior National.

    It’s all about establishing a style of play as opposed to getting the most out of the current crop of Seniors. I am absolutely convinced Klinsmann’s main objective is creating a system,they way it is done in all Soccer countries, but that transition is going to be ugly until the system is established. but that’s okay.

    His biggest challenge will be balancing the installation of the system and getting results from WCQ games.

    Last night was not attractive / efficient soccer: fun – yes, attractive – no. The team did need a morale boost , but I can’t say that the win did much for development, unless of course boosting morale is seen as important for plan implementation.

    The team that represents the US in 2014 will look very different than who we saw last night not just in players but in style, at least if all goes according to plan.

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  4. Pretty sure the performance showed….again….Michael Bradley’s importance to the Nats. Remember, he’s not a winger at all, yet controlled the game from there. I think he should slot in at Beckerman’s spot and told to break up everything and start attacks. Donovan slots in at right mid and Johnson/Shea/Holden at left and that’s probably our best lineup.

    Now, if we could only fix that defense. Slovenia performed a full-on assault on goal for about 5 straight minutes.

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  5. That was a really fun game to watch. Don’t bother trying to psychoanalyze it too much. We’ve got a long time till the next one, and from everything I’ve seen so far, JK is doing his own thing according to his own plan.
    A few positives: Great goal by Buddle and great play by Johnson. MB was very solid and very strong on the ball. Slovenia were not slouches offensively, so a few opportunities there way are expected, especially when JK goes on the attack. So generally, I was very satisfied with the performance.

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  6. The defense was a disaster in the second half. There are problems with all four. Dolo and Boca, while great and consistent for years, are getting too old. Chandler is playing on the wrong side, and his defense was awful today. Goodson needs to be out of the lineup until he gains ten pounds and stops falling down on every goal.

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  7. I did not see the game but from the highlights it seems that the Slovenia should have won. They missed like 6 clear chances and 3 hit the post

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  8. This may be nitpicky but I don’t like that Dempsey was next to Buddle (screaming for the ball), but not one of the half dozen or so guys celebrating with him after the goal. He did make the play happen, but dude, go celebrate with your teammates.

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  9. I love Bradley’s pass at minute 2:44.

    He could make the simple, ineffective square pass but instead he shoots a dime past two defenders the leads to a shot on goal.

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  10. watching this over again i think i seen enuff of Clarence Goodson. on the second goal he fell down again and it was his man that scored. i’d like to see Geoff Cameron in his spot.
    also made me wonder again why Bradley refused to play Altidore and Buddle at the same time. they seem to have good chemistry together…

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  11. I’m not singling you out, but in general I think everyone has to chill out a bit with Fabian. He was certainly a revelation out there today, but we’ve seen him play a grand total of about 100 minutes in a USMNT kit. He certainly looks more composed on the ball and seems to possess ball skills that we don’t often see from US players, but let’s not bill him as a number 10 player. He has one asist in the Bundesliga this year. This isn’t Ronaldinho. We’ve been through this before with Freddie Adu (granted that FJ has size and experience that Adu doesn’t). Ball skills will only take you so far. We will see him succeed based on his work rate, his tactical awareness, distribution, ability to backtrack and win balls. If can do all those things AND continue to demonstrate good ball skills, he’ll be invaluable. These qualities, though, we’ll only be able to tell with time.

    We should probably stop yearning for a #10. Very few teams even play with a classic #10 type player anymore. You need everyone to defend and work and win balls in order to be effective. I’m really excited about this kid, but let’s not anoint him the savior or force him into a premature role. Let’s let him develop naturally and not weigh him down with expectations.

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