What the Euros tell us about US World Cup Prospects

Coming off three straight games with exactly zero goals, the U.S. is settling in to face tiny Barbados tomorrow for our first World Cup qualifier. It’s a home-and-home series — one game in L.A., one on the island — with the winner advancing to the semifinal round. If history tells us anything, it’s that we can expect to see the goal drought end tomorrow. Maybe we put up four or five on our Caribbean pals. Everyone feels better, right? We were already feeling good about the 0-0 draw to #1 in the World Argentina… Everything will be OK. Right? Right?

Once again, that was three games with zero goals. Sure, the likes of England, Spain, and Argentina are very tough opposition — the kind of friendlies we should be playing — but you have to go back past our previous match against Poland (which included three goals from set pieces) to the Mexico game to find a goal from the run of play. That would be from young Jozy Altidore. Now we haven’t seen Jozy the last four friendlies, presumably due to injuries and the fact that U.S. soccer didn’t want to jeopardize his big move to Spanish club, Villareal. But then again, we’ve only seen about 85 minutes of Freddy Adu in the last 270…

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