Olympic Dreams Die For US Team

Olympic Dreams Die For US Team

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 27, 2012
  • 2012 Olympics, Bill Hamid, Caleb Porter, El Salvador, Features, Freddy Adu, Ike Opara, Sean Johnson, USMNT

Brek Shea and the US crashed out last night to El Salvador. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Soccer is a cruel sport sometimes. Make no mistake about it.

Yes it was a total collapse in a way by the US U-23 team last night against El Salvador in Nashville. Having a 3-2 lead late into extra time, with just seconds away from being able to move on to the semifinals, the unthinkable happened as El Salvador found a way to get by keeper Sean Johnson for the 3-3 draw.

Johnson will be remembered as the goat of the night as he failed to hold on to the shot Jamie Alas shot from distance. But let’s not blame him here, he certainly wasn’t alone in this.¬†Yes the bobble was terrible but so was the play leading up to it by the US. As were the 10 minutes or so in the first half where coach Caleb Porter failed to get injured keeper Bill Hamid off.

Defending was absolutely pathetic in this tournament, more evident in this match. It was possibly playing three games in five days that did this bunch in, and the fact that Porter really didn’t juggle his lineups nearly enough to combat that issue. By the end of last nights game, the US looked exhausted from front to back.

There is no doubt this is a missed opportunity for the US. Sure this is a youth tournament in some ways but a lot of folks like to believe that a strong Olympic performance can yield a good run in the following World Cup two years later.

Blame will be spread all around and mostly at Porter though for this loss.

But the silver lining in some ways for MLS folks out there is that we’ll see Brek Shea in a Dallas uniform this summer and we’ll see guys like Freddy Adu, Sean Johnson, and Ike Opara with their respective teams as well. Yes it is disappointing not to see the US move on here but that is the game sometimes. We can’t have it all.

So I am moving on from this…it was fun during the Cuba game but after that it was just sad and frustrating to watch.