Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Don't Tread on Us!
The USA finally got the offensive effort that was promised when Jurgen Klinsmann took over for Bob Bradley. It was a fantastic show of offensive prowess, at least for the first 45 minutes today in Slovenia. Up 1-0 inside the 10 minute mark, thanks to a far out shot by Edson Buddle. The U.S. could have doubled their tally at the 13 minute mark, but Jozey Altidore's boot was just under the cross right at the foot of the net, pushing it up and over the cross bar. I personally think the added presence of Michael Bradley, who has been almost non-existent since the departure of his father as the national team coach, was the difference. Known for his tenacity on the ball defending, he was the main supplier for balls going forward today. His keen corner set up Clint Dempsey for a header to make it a 2-0 game early on, right after Slovenia almost made it a 1-1 game. Following a foul inside the box, Altidore finally found the back of the net on a penalty furthering the Slovenia deficit to 3-1. For the first time since taking over, Klinsmann finally had the right squad out there today. Going with 2 up front is what we need to do to score goals, and I think also the fact that it was a predominately European squad helped out a lot as well. Clint Dempsey is proving to be the go to guy for the Americans, and really can take over a game when needed. Here's to hoping that this was just a sneak peak of what is to come in the future with Klinsmann at the Helm.