Maverick Maniac's Musings

August 13, 2008

My fast is better than your fast, their eleven is better than our ten

Filed under: Random Thoughts — Jon Green @ 11:54 am

Well this morning was a tough day for the American Men’s Soccer team.  I’m still not over it.  I’m sure the players are bummed too.  I felt I needed to write my thoughts out before I was gonna get over this one.

I am not at all in any way disappointed by America’s PERFORMANCE.  I am disappointed with America’s RESULT.  They played hard.  They played with heart.  They gave it their all.  They left nothing on the field.  Yet it just wasn’t meant to be.  Were there mistakes?  Yes.  Did we have a hard time because we had a TOTAL of 4 defenders on the roster and played Maurice Edu at centerback?  Yes.  Did Freddy Adu and Michael Bradley make what were dumb plays and hurt the teams chances?  Yes.  Did Orozco make a stupid decision this morning and hurt the USA bad?  Yes.  Did the coaching staff use a poor lineup in my opinion?  Yes.  All that said, these are very young guys out there.. my age.  They make mistakes.  I don’t care about that so much… I just want to see you work hard and give it your all. I saw that.

It just bums you when you see them work hard and know they were OH SO CLOSE to making it.  Stuart Holden’s inability to make the game 3-1 either via a shot or pass against Netherlands.  Then the foul and the free kick that tied it.  Orozco’s foul.  Even being down a man the USA gave Nigeria ALL they could handle.  They were gassed.  It was never more evident than on Nigeria’s second goal. Yet they didn’t give up.  They pushed on.  They got a PK and Kljestan converted.  Then a late free kick gave the USA a great chance and they headed it off the crossbar.  Just not meant to be.  Sometimes things just don’t go your way.  This tournament was one of those times.

It was good experience though.  These guys are the future of USA Soccer, and the future is bright.  These are talented players, many of whom have alreay begun playing at a high level in Europe.  If they continue their progress some of these guys will become key members of the 2010 World Cup Team, and a lot of them will be big players in the 2014 Team.  This was a big opportunity for them, and they didn’t take advantage… but I think it will help build this team and prepare them for what will be a much bigger stage someday.

I do feel very bad for Adu and Bradley.  Tough to miss the final game due to cards.  I wonder if maybe we could see them play in the 2012 Olympics in London?  Being in Europe, maybe FIFA will find a way to make it easier for international overage players to play in this tournament…. I would like to see them get another chance to do what they couldn’t this time.

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