Last week, I expressed my embarrassment over the recent Mexico v. USA match. I wanted to read The Rivalry (and watch the Costa Rica match) before commenting further.
disclaimer? “In soccer, you can only make three substitutions, so there’s not much influence the coach can have.” http://t.co/si1MhF9mBF
— William A. (@wiljr) October 18, 2015
My take, from that one sentence, is Klinsmann is feeling a bit of pressure.
The USMNT Lineup (v. Mexico)
Probably the most confusing and misunderstood piece of Klinsmann’s media pitch is this one (from The Rivalry):
Compared to this angle, just 12 months ago:
Yet, there was Dempsey and Bradley (and Beckerman and Beasley and…) in the starting lineup v. Mexico. In fact, looking at that roster (odd that Wood is missing from the roster):
- 23 players make up the roster
- Over half (12) play in MLS
- 7 of 11 starters play in MLS
- 5 of 7 starting spine players play in MLS
- Spine: Forwards (2), Central midfielders (2), Central defenders (2), Goalkeeper (1)
- Neither goal scorer (Cameron, Wood) plays in MLS
- 1 of 2 assists came from an MLS player
I don’t understand how Klinsmann can talk both sides of the coin: Why let Bradley, Beckerman, Dempsey, et al play in these matches when they clearly are not playing at the “highest level possible”.
When do World Cup qualifiers start?