Brazil 3 USA 0: A Dressing Room Lost

18 June 2009

You can't sugarcoat this US performance. It was awful from second one.

Watching Brazil's 3-0 thrashing of the US was like watching the end result of a multi-car wreck. You know you don't want to look, but you eventually give in to the temptation. If you are a fan of the red white and blue, it was a day of ultimate tragedy. From the opening kickoff, the US was never in this match competitively. In fact, there is nothing redeemable of value from this game for the United States.

Watching this team since the Costa Rica game, I have been embarrassed to consider myself a US Soccer fan. The players lack any sort of drive, Bob Bradley has absolutely no ability to make a legitimate tactical adjustment mid-game. For the first time that I can ever remember, the fans have now grown restless.

One question I would love to see the media ask not only Bob Bradley, but every player within the US player pool is a simple one. That question: 'Is this dressing room so far gone that it can't be fixed except with a new manager coming in?' Obviously we know Bob Bradley or the players wouldn't publicly throw each other under the bus. However, I would be willing to gander that about sixty percent of this team would say off the record that Bob Bradley has lost the dressing room.

Between Bob Bradley calling in his favorites from his coaching days in MLS (Sasha Kljestan, Jonathan Bornstein, his own son, DeMarcus Beasley), to setting blatant double standard with certain players playing while not getting first team club experience (why is Jozy or Beasley starting while not seeing any action at the club while the word is Freddy Adu isn't playing because he isn't playing), to the European players who have checked out on Bradley as a person (Dempsey, Howard, Adu, Gooch), I feel the US locker room has been completely lost. While I have no proof, I wouldn't be surprised if there is some serious in-fighting going on.

It's taken long enough, but I have grown numb to these performance of the US National Team. Until wholesale changes are made to the USSF, I will be expecting the worst out of this team. If it didn't take the six touch counter attack to make it 2-0 Brazil, or the brilliant off the ball run from Maicon that made it 3-0, then nothing will.


Lone Goal June 20, 2009 at 9:31 PM  

Up until Costa Rica I was very positive about Bob Bradley. He was able to pull together some wins on European soil (Sweden, Poland) and assert the U.S. MNT's dominance in this hemisphere. I would almost point the finger to the players. A coach can do so much. But when players show up to big games playing like high schoolers, it's hard to blame the coach. Yes, putting in Beasley was a bad idea. Yes, perhaps Adu should've gotten a shot. But there was no bold leadership on the field.

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