August 12, 2010

Five belated things to take away from the US-Brazil friendly

1. You know, I'm going to be really, really, really afraid of Brazil in 2014, especially since the stars that were on show (Neymar et. al) will be in their prime come the next World Cup. Seriously, can anyone stop them? I don't think so.

2. This game was a waste, mostly as a result of the USSF's mistakes. Sunil Gulati should have decided immediately after the World Cup if he wanted to keep Bob Bradley or let him go. Granted, you would end up with the same problem as after 2006 (re: with Jurgen Klinsmann), but to let a game against Brazil go to waste, and not use it to develop new talent, well that is just a bad decision on everybody's part.

3. If this was Bradley's last game, then I would like to say bravo. Certainly after 2006, the past 4 years have been a massive improvement.

4. There are serious unaddressed issues at defense that if the US doesn't take care of, will set us back in 2014. This is not a joke: we have no real defense as of now.

5. Only time will tell, but this performance doesn't inspire confidence ahead of the 2011 Gold Cup, which is important for the sake of Confederations Cup qualifying.

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