- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 11, 2012
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- 2014 World Cup Qualifying, Features, Jamaica, Jurgen Klinsmann, USMNT
Last Friday did not go well. That may be one of the biggest understatements of the day/week/month/year for US Soccer.
Losing a 2-1 decision in Jamaica on Friday in the early stages of the 2014 World Cup qualifying was not how the script was suppose to play out for Jurgen Klinsmann. Some felt that it was a step back more than anything in the progress that the US is making in the sport.
But time to move on to tonight’s big rematch in Columbus – a venue the US has had plenty of success in over the last decade or so since Crew Stadium opened it’s doors to the world.
I’ve give the game a couple different looks from Friday. First off, the US has to figure out a way to play with more width. Jamaica seemingly knew the US’s game plan last week and were able to read the game well enough to know that the US was going to go straight down the middle with their game.
Klinsmann’s possession-oriented style works but it needs width involved to really work.
Right now Klinsmann doesn’t seem to have the right group of guys to play this possession-oriented style of game because it clogs up the middle of the field and fails to utilize the one big asset that the US has loads of – speed on the wings.
Deuce needs help
One thing I saw time and time again on Friday was how Clint Dempsey was asked to be a distributor of the ball. Yes, he got the US’s lone goal and that is great but everything else about his play on Friday was not what US fans should be seeing.
Dempsey is not the guy you want in the attack setting things up, he’s the guy you want finishing what has been set up by someone else. I know the lack of Landon Donovan hurts but really this comes down to someone else in the attack stepping up and providing in the attack.
The more I watch a Klinsmann lead squad the more I think, where is that special player that will lead this country to new heights. Right now this group seems like a bunch of role players stuck together without glue. This is a bunch of talented players no doubt but something is certainly missing in the end.
Someone tonight needs to bring that “something special” to the table to guide the US to three points. It just is a question of who it will be that brings it. Dempsey again? Brek Shea off the bench? Terrance Boyd? Jozy Altidore? Or someone else entirely?