A couple of days since the USA Soccer team exited the World Cup – beat by a better team in Belgium, but defiant and unbroken in the end. Everyone has acknowledged the brilliance of Tim Howard, the heart and drive of the field players, as well as their lack of possession and finishing. As much as the Team America was outplayed on the ball by Beligum, had Wondolowski and Dempsey scored on a couple of key chances, we could well be talking about one more game against Messi and Argentina. SI.com’s Grant Wahl summed up the match very nicely (as usual).
Meanwhile, as mass attention begins to drift away from the team, the die hard American fans have begun the debate on strategy and tactics. We made it out of the Group of Death – unexpected by most. But we did so playing typically gritty, defensive-minded and opportunistic soccer. This is not how Jurgen Klinsmann said we would play. Did we make it to the knock-out rounds because of the coaching staff’s approach and preparations, or in spite of their tactics and roster selections? Continue reading