I don’t think that we should count out Jozy Altidore yet…but I think he needs to prove himself a bit on the club front before getting called back in by the new manager. Edson Buddle has proven he can score goals in the second division in Germany and I think he has the strength to provide some goals at the international level, but it’s the Red Bulls youngster striker Juan Agudelo that U.S. fans need to put all their chips on.
That means that the days of having three defensive central midfielders in the lineup should be gone. That means that Maurice Edu, Jermaine Jones, Ricardo Clark and Michael Bradley will be fighting for one spot from now on, not three.
He needs to be the U.S. equivalent to Rooney or Messi or Drogba…he needs to be in there at all times and he needs to produce. Whether he’s matched with somebody else up front or assigned to go at it all alone, Agudelo has the tools to be a world class striker. And that is something that the U.S. team has lacked for a very long time.
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Wednesday’s game will be the start of a new era in U.S. Soccer. It will be the first time that a former world-class player and final four manager is in charge of the squad. The difference it will make should be noticeable from the start. The level of play has already been raised in the minds of all U.S. players and their fans…let’s see if it can actually take effect on the field.
There are a lot of U.S. Soccer fans that would like to see the United States National Team play a more attacking brand of soccer. It all sounds good in theory, but in order to do it,Von Miller Jersey, the right pieces have to be in the puzzle. Jurgen Klinsmann is in charge of putting the puzzle together, but he can’t be out there on the field, so he must put the players that can provide attacking options for the U.S. on the field. And he must put them together on the same field together as often as possible.
Klinsmann can play a 4-1-3-2 and have Jermaine Jones sitting in front of the defense by himself. Using Wednesday’s available players, I would like to see him use Freddy Adu, Brek Shea and Landon Donovan in the midfield and Juan Agudelo and Edson Buddle up front. In the back, I’d like to see Steve Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson [Editor’s Note: Goodson was forced to withdraw from the squad with a hamstring strain after this report was submitted] , Tim Ream and Carlos Bocanegra with Tim Howard behind them in goal,DeAngelo Williams Youth Jersey.
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Jones can handle the dirty work in the middle of the field all by himself while a player like Freddy Adu ventures around seeking out the ball. During the Gold Cup we saw Adu’s ability to turn defenders in tight spaces and to play perfect weighted passes forward…he needs to be on the field at all times. Maybe he is a bit of a defensive liability…so what? He can do more with the ball moving forward than anybody else. So have somebody defend for him. He can change the game with a single touch and that is something that the U,Mark Sanchez Youth Jersey.S. has sorely missed as of late.
It means that Freddy Adu, Stuart Holden, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Juan Aguadelo and Jozy Altidore must be on the field together as often as possible when they are all fit. Obviously for the game against Mexico (Wednesday 9pm EST on ESPN2) that is not a possibility, but the U.S. has to put more players on the field that can change the game rather than go along with it.
Back to the midfield, the U.S. has to force itself to commit more attacking-minded players to their lineup. Bob Bradley’s insistence on forcing his son into the lineup usually saw the U.S. play with two defensive central midfielders who were both trying to do the same thing. Michael Bradley likes to go back and get the ball off the defense and then play a long ball right to the other team,London Fletcher Jersey. Jermaine Jones also likes to get the ball off of the backs, but more often than not connects his passes.
Tim Ream? After his performances as of late, it’s a gamble. But he’s young can play left-footed and will develop confidence in time. I still like Bocanegra outside even though he doesn’t get forward too much.
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Landon Donovan will continue to do what he does when the game opens up in the late stages and there is more space to be had, but he still disappears in big games when the midfield is tight. Leaving him basically out wide will still enable him to get the ball with space and run at people. And FC Dallas’ Brek Shea needs to be developed into a top class player by Klinsmann. I was never a big fan of Shea’s but after watching him a handful of times this season, I’ve noticed he’s playing with a ton of confidence, has developed a cannon of a shot that moves all over the place and likes to take people on.