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It's blues for the USA in Nashville
by Mike Woitalla, March 30th, 2011 2:34AM

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[USA-PARAGUAY] Three days after Argentina barely let them touch it, the Americans got reacquainted with the soccer ball when they hosted Paraguay in Nashville, Tenn. But they still lost, 1-0, to drop their post-2010 World Cup record to 1-2-4. Here’s what we liked and didn’t like about Tuesday’s game …

Didn’t like …
The USA had much more possession than it did against the Argentines, which is to be expected against a notoriously defensive team such as Paraguay. And the Americans got to spend some time in the opponent’s half. But the U.S. game remains too hectic, too impatient. A couple passes before storming forward is simply too predictable, as the futility of Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan’s efforts demonstrated.

Liked …
Juan Agudelo, the 18-year-old who scored the goal that gave the USA the flattering 1-1 result against Argentina on Saturday, got his first U.S. start after three appearances off the bench. He didn’t score or create a goal as he’s done in his previous three appearances, but hunted for the ball and did some clever things when he got it. His future continues to look bright.

Didn’t like …
Referee Jose Benigno called 18 fouls on the visitors, who repeatedly chopped down Dempsey, but the Honduran official showed only one yellow card – to Paraguay’s Enrique Vera in the 29th minute – despite the persistent fouling.

Liked …
Tim Ream’s crisp passes out of the back were a welcome relief from the usual tendency of U.S. central backs to boot it at the first sign of any pressure.

Didn’t like …
There’s nothing wrong with the U.S. national team fielding players who grew up abroad. Any U.S. citizens who are best at their positions deserve to wear the jersey and should be welcomed. But what does fielding three German-raised players -- outside back Timmy Chandler, defensive midfielder Jermaine Jones and goalkeeper David Yelldell -- say about U.S. player development?

Liked …
They weren’t as effective as one would have hoped, but both wide defenders -- Chandler and Jonathan Bornstein -- launched forays out of the back, as did late sub Jonathan Spector.

Didn’t like …
The USA has played seven games since the 2010 World Cup and won once while mustering five goals. On Tuesday, Bob Bradley's team got shut out at home in front of nearly 30,000 fans to a team that Mexico trounced, 3-1, three days earlier. We wait for signs of the "good plan and vision" that Bradley spoke of when he was rehired to take the USA "further in the next four years."

SUMMARY:
March 29 in Nashville, Tenn.
USA 0 Paraguay 1. Goal: Cardozo 18.
USA -- Hahnemann (Yelldell, 46), Chandler (Spector, 80), DeMerit (Bocanegra, 41), Ream, Bornstein (Kljestan, 77), Dempsey, Edu (Jones, 46), Bradley, Donovan, Altidore (Lichaj, 60), Agudelo.
Paraguay – Villar, Caceres, Mareco, Da Silva, Samudio, Vera (Veron, 79), Molinas (Riveros, 63), Riveros, Perez (Martinez, 68), Cardozo (Barrios, 79), Estigarribia (Torres, 90).
Referee: Jose Benigno (Honduras).
Att.: 29,059

USA-Paraguay Highlights:



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  1. Bill Anderson
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 8:11 a.m.
    Bob Backers (Bobble Heads) have only one crutch to stand on... "RESULTS" are the mantra of the Bobble Heads. Well, we are waiting for those supposed results to manifest themselves.

  1. Daniel Clifton
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 8:15 a.m.
    I love this comment: "But what does fielding three German-raised players -- outside back Timmy Chandler, defensive midfielder Jermaine Jones and goalkeeper David Yelldell -- say about U.S. player development?" I think it also indicates where our National Team Coach should have come from. Where are the Mexican-American players? The Men's National Team is not going to improve with Bob Bradley as coach. This is going to be the same situation we have seen in the past with the second four years of an eight year national coach regime, whether it is Bruce Arena, or a French or Italian National Team Coach. When is the US National Team Management going to wake up?

  1. Valerie Metzler
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 8:27 a.m.
    Amen, Daniel!

  1. Daniel Pelleck
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 8:45 a.m.
    5 goals in 7 games is awful. Highlights the lack of dynamic playmakers in America. The US team is predictable and uncreative, just like their coach.

  1. Kent James
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 8:50 a.m.
    This article is spot on. Although the US lost, the US deserved better. Paraguay's goal was created by a blatant shove in the box on Ream. Their only other real chance came after they won the ball by running down someone (Dempsey or Edu?) from behind. The referee let a bit too much go, which benefitted Paraguay. The Paraguayan keeper made a great save on Bradley's very strong shot. But that's the way things go. But I was encouraged by Bradley's use of a more offensive line-up (Bornstein and Chandler are much more offensive than a lot of backs), and Ream certainly is much better on the ball than Onyewu. I would have liked to have seen Feilhaber in midfield, with Bradley taking a more defensive role (replacing Edu/Jones, who are decent ball winners but not particularly good distributors). Ream hit a number of incisive 30 yd passes up the middle to Edu who had space, but not as much came from them as I thought should have. So yes, there is still work to be done, but it's not the same old same old. Agudelo continues to show promise and Altidore seems like he's improving (though I think Dempsey is probably better up top than in midfield, so when Holden gets back, he should be in MF and move Dempsey up top for Altidore).

  1. Joe Bailey
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 9:38 a.m.
    As a Bob Bradley Backer, I gotta admit, i'm not happy with the lack of progress here. Of course the haters get to have it both ways here. They didn't like the lack of possession in the Argentina game and say the 'result' is not enough. Apparently the result in the World Cup— going undefeated in the group stage and winning the group, with England in it, wasn't enough either. As I really wanted to cri tize Double BYou kno

  1. Bob Escobar
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 9:40 a.m.
    Marcelo Bielsa is the answer....pay him whatever he wants and give him complete control of the team!!!!

  1. Joe Bailey
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 9:48 a.m.
    Comment got submitted before I finished! As a Bob Bradley Backer, I gotta admit, I'm not happy with the lack of progress here. Of course the haters get to have it both ways here. They didn't like the lack of possession in the Argentina game and say the 'result' was not enough. Of course we see the ball more in this game and lose. And apparently the result in the World Cup— going undefeated in the group stage and winning the group, with England in it, wasn't enough either. As I really wanted to criticize Double B this time I feel that that I have to defend myself and all the so-call 'bobbleheads' out there. Although I'm really starting to dislike Bob's lack of regard for any Mexican American player not named Bornstein or Bocanegra, I do think as an American coach who got us to the final of the Confederations Cup, brought us back from a totally dismal World Cup showing in 2006, while getting us a Gold Cup (the one that mattered anyway), I think he deserves a little more credit. Do I think he should be around for the 2014 qualifiers? I'm not sure...

  1. Philippe Fontanelli
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 9:50 a.m.
    What can you say when a team is built around nepotism? The formation sucks. In order to fit M. Bradley in players like Donovan, Dempsey, Holden when healthy and some of the Latinos that are conspicuously absent and others forced into unfavorable formations. Thus no able to perfom accordingly. These players have their own style (which BB fail to recognize in favor of Junior) especially Donovan shouldn't you build a formation around him and other game makers but not Junior. You saw Donovan leaving furious, mark my word there will be more to this macabre. In the business world nepotism is "outlawed", no manager is allowed to hire relatives especially immediate relatives. This is enforced basically to avoid law suits and other detrumential situtations that may arise. I wonder why the USSFA permits that? It si also a busines venture! BTW, Isn't BB who also emphasized many times that certain players not getting in the line up if they are not getting playing time in their repective clubs? Bradley played twice 90 minutes w/o playing for any club. Also this comment of Bradley about Paraguay defense is "bull" s.... Wasn't Paraguay defeated by Mexico due to their porous defense.

  1. Joe Bailey
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 9:50 a.m.
    I agree with Bob Escobar, Let's just tell Bob after Gold Cup, thanks for your service and get Bielsa...

  1. Matt Garner
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 10:40 a.m.
    Agree with most post here. BB really lucked out with the Holden injury and not having to pick his son over Holden. If BB's mantra was to play players that have been playing for their respective clubs then Bornstein wouldn't of been out there either. You could see he was behind the run of play the first half, and I can't remember a single header that he won. I'm seeing a trouncing by Mexico in the Gold Cup final again and BB out after that point...Biesla (sp) or Klinsi would be fine with me. Would of liked to have seen Torres brought in for this one.

  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 10:50 a.m.
    You have to say there was an improvment compared to the Argentina match. But in my mind, it came from the payers, not from any tactical brillance from the coaching staff. We are soooooo much better when Donaovan and Dempsey get a lot of the ball. Ream is the man. If BB could not see the difference in quality beween "Gooch" and Ream before that match? Then we really have big problems. To me, Ream made the differnce. He is the one who brought Donovan and Dempsey into the match by playing though the MF, not over it. I think thats what accouned for the US having more possion. I thought MB had a great game. Chandler is a revelation,I hope we get to see more of him. Agudelo continues to improve. I thought the Dempsy/Agudelo combo worked best. Paraguay had a lot more to deal with with those two attacking them. Lichaj looked good.Jones was an improvemet over Edu who again looked lost.Altidore and Bornstein I thougt struggled all night. As I've said before, the results don't matter now. We need to continue to find the players that are not afraid to attack and or take the game into their own hands.I thought we made progress.

  1. Andrew Post
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 10:53 a.m.
    ANTONIO!, I agree %150! One of the most important elements of a soccer team is the foundation of your central midfield. The USMNT under BB has been forced to play in a system focusing on JR. Michael Bradley is NOT an attcking midfielder! Nor is he the best Defensive Midfielder we have! EDU, and Jones are so well respected at their job, they play for very good clubs in Europe. MB rides the pine. So why is he in the lineup? The question of why we are facilitating American players that were developed abroad is a great question. the answer is simple: THE U.S. style, and understanding of soccer is TERRIBLE!!! Yes we have talent. With almost 300 million citizens you will have talent. BUT UNLESS WE ADOPT THE EUROPEAN/SOUTH AMERICAN STYLE OF PLAY AND DEVELOPEMENT WE WILL NEVER! REACH OUR FULL POTENTIAL AND COMPETE, REALLY COMPETE, INTERNATIONALLY! JOE, You keep on supporting Bradley, but his success has been on U.S. talent alone and not on coaching. I offer you the example of the Ghana game as proof that he doesnt' know what he is doing and proof of his favoritism of players which cost us an early goal at the hands of Ricky Ricardo Clark. Bradley, when he's done with the USMNT, will have left it far worse then when he found it. MARK MY WORDS!

  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 10:58 a.m.
    Good article Mike! It's a pleasant surprise when a member of the soccer media actually has the audacity to criticize the play of the national team and its coach. Far too much of the reporting and the blogs are devoted to pandering to the players, coaches, and management of US Soccer. The media for the other major sports is continually criticizing one or another player, coach or tactic. Only in soccer does it seem to be heresy to publicly criticize our teams, players or coaches. Only very recently have we begun to hear TV commentators calling out bad play. (See what happened to Wynalda who despite his faults called things like he saw them!) It's about time that sycophantic bloggers like Ives, Feurstein, and Major League Soccer Talk generally, along with reporters like Ridge Mahoney and his ilk are asked to see the real world. US soccer is improving at a snail's pace, almost glacial, despite some people's enthusiasm with the US performance at the last World Cup. That was a gutsy, hardworking team that ultimately performed way above their skill level. They had some good luck early and bad luck later but no one should say that we had the necessary skills to be in the final 8 teams. In order to solve a problem we first have to recognize that we have one and despite people like Paul Gardner and sometimes Mike W., US Soccer and many of its fans are still in denial.

  1. cony konstin
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 11:34 a.m.
    Let us for one moment put aside the US National Team. What is the number one goal that US soccer must accomplish? I believe the number one goal is to make soccer in America a way of life. US soccer most important accomplishment is developing passion for the game. How and where? US Soccer must create a sandlot experience, free of cost, open 7 days a week, for kids starting at the age of 5. Where? In every inner cities of America. Why? Because the inner cities of America are filled with hungry kids who don't have a pot to piss in, it's virgin and not tainted by the youth soccer environment that exist in the suburbs. If US soccer doesn't start this movement soccer in America will continue to be seen has a hobby in America. We have always had good players in the US but we have no magical players. Magical players are not going to be developed by coaches or coaching curriculum. Magical players are going to come from a playing environment that is happening everyday. US soccer has reach a wall. It is time to bring the wall down and start thinking out of the box. US Soccer doesn't need foreign coaches or US coaches. US Soccer needs to develop places for kids to play everyday. This is not rocket science or a gimmick. This is common sense. But our common sense is being blinded by bullcrap. It is time to push away the bullcrap and start mining them mountains of talent that can be developed in the HOODS of America. Hopefully once US SOCCER and the MLS work together to accomplish the most important goal which is bring down the wall and make soccer in America a way of life. Then hopefully suburbia soccer will join the movement, the cause. Soccer in America needs a revolution. Mike and Paul have been for years a few voices to start this revolution but now the rest of us must pick up the hammer and march together to make this revolution a reality. Soccer must become a way of life in America. As long as this is not accomplish we will continue to criticize and point fingers at each other. Revolution

  1. Philippe Fontanelli
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 12:10 p.m.
    I must apologize to Mike W. as I didn't read his article before I've sent my comment. Kudos to Mike as he had the balls (as Paul G. previously and always) pointing to what bothers most (majority) of the USNMT fans.

  1. David Huff
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 12:15 p.m.
    "Team Bradley" needs to be blown up and replaced with a new approach. Start by cleaning house with the departure of the Bradleys and the MLS/SUM henchmen Flynn and Gulati, then hire Klinsmann to help take us to the next level. Juergen has a good perspective on both European and Latin approaches to football, his balanced views on the benefits offered by both approaches hold great promise for the development of a truly great USMNT.

  1. Philippe Fontanelli
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 12:24 p.m.
    "Paraguay is a strong team defensively and they close down fast" This was B. Bradley's lame comment after the game. "Bob Bradley's team got shut out at home in front of nearly 30,000 fans to a team that Mexico trounced, 3-1, three days earlier" and this was Mike W. comment of Paraguay's porous defense, rightfully so. If you saw B. Bradley during his interview he looked senile and seemed that he was substance influenced. He spoke like a hobo. And I am sure everybody saw Donovan leaving furious I am sure he was fed up with Banality Bob's enforced regime and formations..

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 12:34 p.m.
    To J. Froehlich & Cony Konstin, and most others above, I couldn't agree with you more and I want to also say THANK YOU MILE WOITALLA for having the abdominal fortitude to call it like it is. I didn't see the game last night as I was teaching a history course at my college, however, afterwards I did see bits and snippets and was utterly amazed and disappointed! I guess being in front of the classroom was more rewarding than watching the debacle as "coached" by Banality Bradly! Yes I agree that Banality Bob and his so called assistants are blatant hypocrits in bringing in players who have for most of their lives not even lived in the US. And while I am NOT decrying their dual nationality (I too hold dual nationality) players who are now plying their trade in Mexico, Italy, England, Germany, etc., have grown up here and learned and honed their skills here. Yet I do not fault them for leaving given the nature of the US MNT - and yes, including BB Jr though the level of his play has regressed and I bet he'll find his way back to an MLS team unless his daddy gets him hooked up with another Euro team! It is now all too obvious that with asome exceptions, bringing in US born players for friendlies may be and could be advantageous ONLY & IF the coach knows how to use them. HOWEVER, to continuously speak out of both sides of his mouth Banality BB is showing his true hypocritical colors by not giving US born and - yes - trained players a chance. Lastly, I again want to tell Woitalla, MUCHISIMAS GRACIAS por tener cojones y describir el partido tal como lo viste, y no como querian los 'jefes" de la Federacion.

  1. Jeffrey Organ
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 12:47 p.m.
    Again, where is Torres. I would much rather lose with somebody in the middle who has a creative bone in his body, even if he doesn't fit Bradley's system (whatever that is), than this continued banal nonsense. We also need Stuart Holden back real soon. Any other country in the Western Hemisphere would have already fired their coach after this run of results. Bradley should feel grateful he isn't coaching in Mexico. Maybe US Soccer needs to go back to scheduling El Salvador and Barbados to make and themselves feel good. As for what the three German-Americans means for our development system; we all know the answer and I appreciate Ridge's sarcasm to make a point.

  1. Joe Musser
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 1:11 p.m.
    The lack of patience displayed by the team in various formations while attempting to move the the ball from the backfield forward is supremely evident as well. Rather than rush to push the ball forward, and sending long balls in the air all of the time, short quick passes on the ground to feet should be the rule and not the exception. The way Argentina played "keep-away" in the first half last weekend (Spain did it in the Semi's & Final in South Africa) is the way to play. Dominating possession will frustrate ANY defense and create offensive opportunities - but patience is a must - rarely does the US pass backwards to maintain possession - I see way too many floating in the air crosses into the midfield where we typically lose possession. Personally, I would rather see a nil-nil draw, where the US dominated possession >60% than a 1-nil victory scored scored off a counter-attack -

  1. David Sirias
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 1:21 p.m.
    Walt P says "I thought MB had a great game." WTF! Bradley and Edu could not deal with simple, elegant passes from Ream all first half. Watch the tape. Ream is the one who ended up making all the through passes. Bradley played much better the 2nd half, but any other first rate coach in the word would have blown up the entire midfield at half time. Yes, we haters gonna hate if we are continually given reason to. Michael Bradley--90 minutes Saturday AND Tuesday! Really? Again? I loathe the coach for building a team around his kid even though this approach is not efficacious, counterproductive, and not in the best interests of the program long term. And I loathe SA and most of the other mainstream press for providing the Federation cover for this managerial abomination.

  1. cony konstin
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.
    Defend Defend Defend with 11 guys hanging on the upper goalpost is not the way to play this game. In the words of PRI "If you are going to something in life you must create a work of art or do not do it at all". We as a nation believe that soccer should be played in the air while constantly defending the 18 yard box with 11 players. I am not talking about the national team I am talking about soccer in general in America. Every coach in America must change their belief in creating a work of art or do not do it. This is the second part of the revolution. This part of the revolution must be mandated by Claudio Reyna. And if coaches do not carry out this mandate then they should be stripped from coaching. This has nothing to do with winning or losing. This has to do in believing that every team in America must step on the field of play to create a work of art or do not do it. Again this must come from the top and that is from Claudio Reyna. I have been coaching for 36 years and I have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to travel the world because of soccer. I have a simple formula. Concrete, a ball, a goal and players. It is a very simple formula and trust me it works. When our players are badass street ballers then they can be recruited by top coaches to see if they have the capacity to play a sophisticated level of soccer. But first we must develop badass street ballers. Too much criticism and not enough solutions. We need solutions my friends. It is easy to attack the coach, the players and the federation. But in end we need solutions and radical thinking to create revolutionary change.

  1. Douglas Wood
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 3:20 p.m.
    I agree with cony konstin 100 percent. In my county, we have 105 baseball fields and 37 soccer fields but I bet there's more kids signed up to play soccer than baseball.

  1. Joe Shoulders
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 3:34 p.m.
    It would be refreshing to see more players like José Francisco Torres, Hercules Gomez and yes, even Freddy Adu. These are exceptionally talented players with abilities that are not typical of the US players we normally see. Freddy Adu is a sad story really. He's a player that can do things that very few can do, but is consistently under-appreciated by koaches in the US and overseas. The over-sized/under-skilled players we're seeing on the US National Teams makes one think that under the current US Soccer koaching philosophy, players like Messi, Garrincha, Maradona, Best or Iniesta would have never reached the top level.

  1. Bret Newman
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 3:46 p.m.
    I had a revelation over the weekend watching the Galaxy get destroyed by Real Salt Lake. Don't laugh, but Jason Kreis should be our next USMNT coach. And I say this as a Galaxy fan. Why? Because I heard Jason and his coaching staff are trying to emulate Spain's style of play, and guess what, it's working. Also I heard him say his team is already in condition, and playing like his team was in September of last year, and let me tell you it sure looked like it. And they did actually play like Spain, except without the talent. If Jason Kreis had some more talent like the U.S. team, he (they) would be unstoppable. If you don't believe me watch some Real Salt Lake games and let's see how well they do this year. I think barring injuries, they are going to at least make it the the MLS Cup this year, like they did two years ago, and probably win it again. I'm still a Galaxy fan, but I couldn't help but being in awe of how a less talented Real Salt Lake was dominating the game, by playing with such cohesion.

  1. David Sirias
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 5:33 p.m.
    B Newman: Dude, you are not saying anything laughable. Lots of us have been saying this for some time now. Jason K is the real deal, and should be sitting at the right hand of Marco Bielsa, 2014 through 2018, preferably sooner. Then he will be ready to take over the USMNT. We will never ever have to have "nepotism" discussions thereafter. Even if the Federation makes the idiotic decision not to utilize Jason K, mark my words, he'll be the first American born coach to have big success in one of the top 4 Euro leagues.

  1. gary at 3four3.com k
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 7:21 p.m.
    This was much much better from the US! There was some intent to build an attack instead of firing a cannonball. Now for some context and conclusions: 1) The obvious one. This was not Argentina. Nor was it against a Uruguay, Colombia, Mexico, or any team whose style is to keep the ball. This was against the South American Italy. A team notorious for having one of the world's most organized and stingiest defenses. But this doesn't take away from the US at least having intent to hold the ball a bit more. For that, I give a thumbs up. In the 88th minute I think I saw the best US sequence ever. 2) Tim Ream instead of Onyewu. This change needs to be made permanent! Not that Ream is some international quality player, but he is light years ahead of Onyewu, Demerit, or god forbid Omar Gonzalez. If Gooch were to have played instead, all that structure from the back would have vanished, and we would have been coughing the ball up as usual. One player does make a difference - especially when it's part of the spinal column of the team. 3) Agudelo is light years ahead of Altidore. This change must also be made permanent! Aside from having proper technique, he's smarter than your average US player. He makes the right decisions - when to go forward and when to keep the bloody ball! 4) It seems everyone is all happy about this Chandler fellow. Let's not get carried away please. This has Marvel Wynne part 2 written all over it. Make no mistake, he is being given a shot because of his physical attributes. He is a one-trick pony. That is, use his speed and strength to go forward, forward, forward, then serve aerial crosses. Technical, intelligent play? I'm not ready to sentence him yet, but all he's showed thus far is one dimensional. What a shocker that Bob and the fans are delighted. 5) This game was a perfect example of why we need an "enganche". For those that might not be familiar with the term, an enganche is essentially a #10. A creative, intelligent and technical maestro as the center attacking midfielder. A Sneider, a Xavi, a Fabregas, you get the idea. But Bob prefers to fill that roster spot with someone with defensive midfielder qualities. So Maurice Edu's and Jermaine Jones types, instead of Fielhaber's, Torres', or even Donovan's. Overall, fans should be much more upbeat about this loss than the tie against Argentina. But it the end, it doesn't make much difference as long as Bob is in charge.

  1. John T
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 9:27 p.m.
    Really enjoying the insightful comments from everyone. The disappointment for me is that we are grossly underachieving and the stretches of quality, enjoyable soccer from the USMNT have been too few and far between. While we have had a few (very few) good results against quality teams, our recent matches and overall performance reveal the underlying condition of the USMNT. Forget that we somehow managed a draw, the Argentina match was an absolute embarrassment: zero possession, nothing whatsoever going forward, horrific defending... for the first 45 we looked like a rec league team. Sure, it’s a top level opponent and yes, we looked "better in the second half" after going to the 4-4-2 but REALLY? That’s our National Team? We deserve better and we should demand it. Truth be told, we have only a handful of players at the world-class level from a technical point and while BB is responsible for the program, developing technically takes time and takes a comprehensive effort at all levels of soccer that no single national team coach can take the credit or the sword for. However, as others have pointed out, Bradley continues to make questionable player decisions and one has to wonder whether technically better players don’t exist here or why he isn’t finding them. What is clear is that Bradley has failed to maximize the productivity of the players he has chosen to roster while remaining stubbornly committed to a system which is not working. I didn't see Donovan's reaction after the Paraguay game but it seems that something isn't right with Landon and that something may very well be Bob Bradley. Donovan is as proud, loyal and professional as they come and, to his credit, as the team’s leader and captain he has supported Bradley over the years. I think we are one lackluster performance away from a change in Landon’s posture and if that happens, Bradley is a gonner.

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: March 30, 2011 at 10:25 p.m.
    BB needs to perform some drastic adjustments, namely, play the performers, not the imposters.

  1. Daniel Clifton
    commented on: March 31, 2011 at 10:18 a.m.
    I definitely agree with Konstin. US Soccer needs to bring the game into the inner cities. Klinsman says the US Pyramid is upside down. This is what he is talking about. Klinsman would bring this dynamic to the table. Bradley did a decent job the last 4 years. He is not the man for the next four years. How is the US going to win the Gold Cup. I would be shocked if the US manages to beat Mexico. I quite frankly hope that Mexico does win the Gold Cup. Otherwise, if the US wins, the US National Team Management Group is going to get this false impression that our team is improving when obviously that is not the case. We need a total revovation of the Men's U.S National Team Structure right down to the grass roots.

  1. Bill Anderson
    commented on: March 31, 2011 at 10:38 a.m.
    Jason Kreis is the perfect national team coach. Why? Because he was screwed over by the national team staff and never given a chance to shine. Why? He wasn't big enough? He wasn't Brian Ching / Brian McBride? I don't know, but am willing to bet he wouldn't be a company man if he were the manager for the red white and blue.

  1. David Huff
    commented on: March 31, 2011 at 12:56 p.m.
    @ Bill Anderson, you raise some good points as to why the clowns at USSF/MLS/SUM will never hire Jason, he is not pliable nor obedient enough for them, its the same reason why they have refused J. Klinsmann twice.


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[U.S. YOUTH SOCCER] Georgia's Concorde Fire Elite and New Jersey's PDA Harkes will play Saturday for ...
What They're Saying: Arsene Wenger    
"He is a player with a good eye and good technique and is very agile. He ...
Top 20 U.S. soccer crowds    
[CROWD COUNT] Wednesday's match between the LA Galaxy and Manchester United drew 84,632 fans at the ...
Galaxy II signs academy product Jaime Villarreal    
[USL PRO] Jaime Villarreal, younger brother of Jose Villarreal, signed with LA Galaxy II, becoming the ...
Falcao is back! Playing baseball    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Colombian Radamel Falcao, recovering from an ACL injury, was perhaps most ...
Freddy Adu's latest stop: Serbia    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] A decade after making his pro debut at the age of 14 with D.C. ...
What They're Saying: Robbie Keane     
"Of course, it's embarrassing ... It's embarrassing because we're the LA Galaxy, and the scoreline doesn't ...
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