After a strong showing like the one produced by the Yanks against Ecuador on Sunday, it was disappointing indeed to watch team USA toil to a 0-0 draw against Guatemala, a team whose number the U.S. men's national team has traditionally had for several years. To be fair, Coach Bob Bradley fielded several new players, although Sunday's golden trio of Landon, Michael Bradley and Benny Feilhaber looked nothing like they did against Ecuador. Well, you can't expect to play well all the time.
"It's a game where we come away disgusted and angry at ourselves," an unhappy Bradley said afterwards. "We struggled to find the right way to
play at our tempo, execute a little faster." Indeed, the young U.S. squad appeared to grow more frustrated with each passing minute-and Guatemala's tactics were frustrating, too. Bradley pointed out that the
Guatemalans likely came into the game not wanting to lose, which made
it a different sort of game to the previous three. He said the team
would no doubt see similar approaches from future opponents,
particularly in this summer's Gold Cup.
It was a good game from young midfielder Justin Mapp, who created some chances early in the first half. Eddie Johnson, on the other hand, continued to be wasteful in front of goal, blowing a pair of breakaways. He still can't seem to find the net after an explosive
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