So Germany got an extra day of rest, and all the traveling that the USA had to do, and they still beat USA to win the “Group of Death”.
All Germany had to do was win 1-0, a fantastic goal from Thomas Mueller. At 24 Mueller has 9 goals, very young and very good. The goal came off a rebound, from an impressive save from Timmy Howard of the USA. Timmy had to stand on his head for most of the match since the team couldn’t keep possession. However, USA is through to the next round to play next Tuesday.
If anyone had put money on the USA going through at the start of the World Cup, you would be looked at as being crazy. Now, you look very smart, because you believed in the national side. There’s still a lot of room for improvement for the USA team. They’re still light years behind the top teams, to a point. The USA proved the be the best battling team in the country. We want to get to the point to be the Liverpool of the tournament, not the Stoke.
Jurgen has to no matter what flood the midfield, and lob up to Dempsey. There’s just not enough talent, to keep possession. The thing is he has the quality sort of in the midfield with Beckerman, Jones, Michael Bradley, and Graham Zusi. The problem is that Michael Bradley doesn’t have the attacking ability to dictate play. You really don’t have Michael Bradley for his attacking, you need him as a holding midfielder.
In retrospect all the complaining that we’ve done about the defense has been for not. Omar Gonzalez showed that he can in deciders and tough spots be a defender to count on. Yes he’s had some shockers out there, but other players have horrible matches. Geoff Cameron of Stoke City didn’t see the field after having a bad match against Portugal. The defense while didn’t have stellar match, was worth it. At the end of the day, Portugal’s 2-1 win over Ghana, with Christiano Ronaldo’s game winner put the USA through.
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