16 November 2011
Posted in US Soccer
In a thick fog, much like that the night of the U.S. Open Cup Qualifier in Peoria, the USMNT finally seemed to get the attacking style that was expected of a Jurgen Klinsman team. Lacking an attacker that can create and score by himself consistently, the USMNT was able to benefit from an extra attacker and was quickly able to push the ball forward scoring their first goal in just the 9th minute. After only scoring 2 goals in their first 6 games under Klinsman, the USMNT was able to double their goal tally in only the 41st minute on a goal from Clint Dempsey.
A few minutes later they added a 3rd goal behind a successfully finished penalty by Jozy Altidore, scoring his first goal under Klinsman. This ability to score has yet to be seen since Klinsman took over the team a few months ago.
Overall the USMNT is improving, and the introduction of new faces has been beneficial for the team. The best performers on the team were Fabian Johnson, in his first start for the team, Michael Bradley, who distributed the ball well and back up the defense, and Edson Buddle, who scored from 25 yards out and distributed well to attacking midfielders.
Although finally finding their form in the attacking front, they let their defense fall behind. The USMNT poor defensive form led to many attacks from the Slovenian side especially in the second half. After giving up 2 goals, they were able to hold on for victory and put up the same score line that many believe should have resulted in South Africa, thanks to Koman Coulibaly. The USMNT is still lacking to find a consistent form that has both a good attack and a strong defense. As long as they keep improving going into World Cup Qualifiers they should be able to find a style of play that fits the team and is effective in winning games because in the end, it isn’t about how many goals you score or give up, but rather how many wins, losses, or ties that you have. If they can consistently score goals, like they did in the first half of the Slovenian game, they will be able to win games consistently, like was expected when Klinsman took over the team.