Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Grasping at straws
by Paul Kennedy, June 16th, 2009 6:45AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[TV WATCH] How do you sugarcoat another in a series of games marked by some dreadful soccer? The USA's performance in its 3-1 loss to Italy on Monday at the Confederations Cup left its commentators grasping at straws.

Alexi Lalas set a positive note in his pre-game keys from the Bristol studios.

"It's not good enough any more for the U.S. a to sit back and defend against the biggest teams in the world," he said.

But how does it attack when its $10 million phenom Jozy Altidore can't hold the ball, its midfield has developed a habit of consistently coughing up the ball at the worst possible moments and its defenders too often whack the ball to no one in particular?

We've heard a lot about the importance of service and the like in recent games but that's about it. Good soccer has been largely absent from the U.S. game, leaving color commentator John Harkes desperately short of ideas.

How do the Americans, down 2-1 in stoppage time on Monday, craft an equalizer?

"You're hoping for a lucky bounce or it coming off a defender," said Harkes. "Something for the U.S. to get something back in this game."

"Something," it seemed, did not include anything positive from the Americans.

As he became resigned to an Italian victory, Harkes praised the Americans' effort. "It's been good," he said. "They've been chasing things down. They haven't given up."

And just as Harkes finished, the Americans did just what he said they had not done, allowing Andrea Pirlo to stroll into the penalty area and find an unmarked Giuseppe Rossi for a third Italian goal.

Seconds later, the game ended and Harkes remarked that the Americans had played well.

Harkes' arrival on the national team in the late 1980s coincided with the USA's rise as a respected soccer power. Since then, it's hard to remember the USA's performances being so worrying as they have been in recent games.

If only someone would say something.

 

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Corona scores in Tijuana's Copa MX win    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] U.S. international Joe Corona scored the winner for Tijuana in its 3-1 win over ...
What They're Saying: Mark Geiger     
"It was very strange, with the way [Brazil] walked out on the field and just their ...
Manchester United wins third tour game in shootout    
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] Manchester United won the third game of its U.S. tour with a 5-3 shootout ...
Cuevas gets start in Lobos BUAP victory    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Former U.S. under-20 national team forward Daniel Cuevas started for Torneo Ascenso (second division) ...
Lots in play on busy MLS Wednesday    
[PREVIEW: Week 21] A Wednesday of four MLS matches makes up for the lightened schedule of ...
Tim Howard returns in booth    
[SOCCER ON THE AIR] Tim Howard will again be spending many of his off-days as part ...
Clubs busy making mid-season player moves    
[MLS: Tuesday] The Philadelphia Union announced a press conference for Wednesday at which time it is ...
U.S. U-17s drop second straight game    
[OPEN NORDIC TOURNAMENT] The U.S. under-17 national team dropped its second game in two days at ...
Zusi celebrates his first post-World Cup goal     
[VIDEO PICK: MLS Goals of the Week] Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi scored his second ...
Soccer America Power Rankings    
[MLS: Week 20] In case anyone had forgotten, the Galaxy is still to be reckoned with. ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives