Mexican football specializes in controlling possession, making your opponent chase, and then finding gaps through quick through balls.
Most attention on the US team was focused on the strikers and playmakers. We always tend to focus on goal scorers more than defenders.
CHarlie Davies was a revelation last year and American fans dreamed of Davies and Altidore partnering in South Africa. Sadly that won't happen. But that isn't Coach Bob Bradley's fault.
The US fell to defeat 2-1 after a late surge against the vaunted Dutch. Overall the US was outmatched by Holland, but they certainly didn't get played off the field.
The US just plain and simple lacked class in the final third and El Salvador just lacked class, giving the ball away in their own half endlessly.
To a large extent, Saturday night's game against Honduras was a waste: The Yanks looked disjointed and complacent from the get-go.
US soccer ace, Landon Donovan, has set fire to Mexican public opinion. He appears in a TV ad for a Mexican lottery dressed in a hyper-Mexican stereotyping large sombrero, a big mustache and a poncho.
American soccer has experienced a breakthrough in the 00s, and our national team, like the game overall, will continue its rise in the coming decade.
There are 18 million active soccer players in the United States, more than any other country in the world, though, to be fair, some 78% of those are under the age of 18.
The draw today determines who the U.S. will face next June and is one of the most significant factors determining a team's success in the tournament.
I have a theory about the US team. I think we match up much better against more technical sides than sides that can match our athleticism.
Looking forward to the World Cup, Denmark outplayed the US, did a good job of controlling the midfield, and took advantage of some shambolic defending. Here's what to make of the results.
Slovakia is a good team by which to judge the US. Despite the harsh scoreline, the US looked the better side against a European team that won their qualifying group.
Why would the neocons adopt such an isolationist view, at a time when the world is beginning to freak out at the prospect of the potential rising of America as a soccer power?
Happy Thursday everyone, here's my Top 5 for June 25, 2009.