… because I watched the debate last night… and oh, was it boring. But after watching the highlights of the USA here are my brief thoughts on the result against T&T. (I expect Ed will have more on this today).
- Maurice Edu had a simply shocking performance. Ives was playing the Edu Giveaway Drinking Game and for his readers’ livers’ sake, I hope he canceled it midway through. What is it about that defensive midfield role under Bob Bradley that makes seemingly competent players like Michael Bradley and Edu turn into idiots?
- I’ve always been very high on Charlie Davies and I really liked his performance last night. I still think he may have to learn how to play out wide in order to elbow his way into the first team. But the raw materials are clearly there with him, aren’t they?
- The defense looked quite shaky, though considering how little time this group had to “get to know each other,” I am willing to overlook it.
- Chris Rolfe… sigh. Really?
- Is anyone else ready to end the Heath Pearce experience? I think I am.
Steve has a good recap of where things stand over at the Insider and he makes an interesting point I hadn’t thought of.
Strange as it may sound, the Americans were better off losing tonight. Yes, losing. They’d much rather face T&T twice in the final round than Guatemala. Think about it: No concerns about where to play the home match — with Guatemala in the mix, you have to choose the venue carefully — and, let’s be honest, a full-strength USA squad would not be troubled on the road in festive Port of Spain against a very mediocre T&T team.
He’s right. We would rather have Trinidad than Guatemala in the final round – no doubt about it.
So in conclusion, it wasn’t a brilliant night for the US or even for too many individuals out there. But the nice thing about having clinched is that these guys will get another chance to show their stuff in Denver.
I did get to see the last few minutes of the Mexico-Canada game. Seriously, how funny was it to see Mexicans absolutely freezing their rears off out there in Edmonton? Well done to Canada for their historic draw.