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The 2010 World Cup campaign of the U.S. men’s national team is over after falling to the hands of Ghana 2-1 in overtime Saturday.
Disappointing for sure, here are my thoughts:
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What a let down. After the incredible last-gasp winner by Landon Donovan against Algeria, we were primed to watch these guys go on a deep run — especially after looking at that draw to the semifinals. This was certainly a missed opportunity to have a World Cup showing for the ages.
Playing from behind. I can’t believe these defensive breakdowns continued to happen. Five minutes into the game. Five minutes into overtime. How incredibly frustrating.
Ghana made the most of its chances. Both goals were really very taken (maybe on the first Tim Howard could’ve been positioned better, but you have to give Gyan credit for the winner). They deserved to move on.
Thank god the officiating was strong. It certainly helps get over the loss, not having to blame the ref for a missed call or disallowed goal. It was settled on the field fairly.
That doesn’t mean we can’t be critical of the coach. I absolutely disagreed with the decisions to start Findley and Clark. That experiment with the RSL speedster up front did not work out at all. Clark in the middle was dreadful — with the giveaway that led to the goal and a thoughtless booking. There is no way the best American side included those two on the field.
Shouldn’t Edu and Feilhaber been starting the whole time? Seemed like the Americans were exponentially better with these guys on the field. So why were they always coming off the bench? I don’t think Bradley is a bad coach, but he got those wrong in my opinion.
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What do you think?