A Sad Day for US Soccer
They needed a point, they were handed three, and they went home with zero.
Tonight’s game was one of the most despicable displays of finishing by a national team of men who get paid for playing this game that I have ever witnessed. I am personally embarrassed to be a part of the same soccer nation as the American attacking players on the field tonight. Tonight it became clear to me that as a national team we will not be consistently successful against stronger competition until some of these guys go to Europe to learn how to finish, no matter how many possession oriented, American style, chances they create.
I am still fuming, as it is only minutes after the game has ended. I just still cannot conceive how a team of professionals can blow five easy finishes. It is simply unbelievable.
Soccer is really a simple game. You don’t win by keeping more possession than the other team, or by having more nice spells of play than the other team, or having more corners than the other team, or controlling the tempo of the game. You win by scoring more damn goals than the other team. That is all it is.
Some games you can go over and be like, you can’t call all of those chances goals, you can’t say they would have scored five goals…well in this case you can really say that. Those should have all been goals. End of story.
For some reason this is making me mad at MLS. I love the league. I follow my local club religiously and support everything the league has to offer. But right now I cannot fathom how many of the best players in said league can fail to finish an easy chance against not even that good a team. I mean, this is no Argentina, and we still lost 3-1.
Suddenly I want every striker who could ever score a goal in MLS to catch the next boat to anywhere, so he can experience a finishing drill or something. Of course this doesn’t all make sense, but in some convoluted way it does.
I now turn my eyes to the U-20 World Cup, where I am depending on every player with some type of attacking skill on that team to take whatever offer abroad they can get. I beg you.
Please play the youngins against Colombia, Bob.
This marks the unofficial end to the Men’s National Team summer tour of fun (not so much); we will see you at the Confederations Cup world powers.
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