Bad Start To The Hexagonal

But it’s not hard to guess what happened.

And, to an extent, I am guessing. I was at work during the World Cup qualifying match against Honduras – a match that we lost 2-1 – and could only follow the action as best I could on twitter.

I know that the defense was overmatched and played poorly, but that will have to come with time. Geoff Cameron is a quality defender and Omar Gonzalez has to come good because the pipeline of good, young defenders with the potential to be international quality players isn’t exactly overflowing. Same goes for the fullbacks. Steve Cherundulo will probably be on the roster in 2014, but we’ll need someone under thirty in the right back spot to cover for what will be, by 2014 Cherundulo’s thirty-five year old legs.

I like Klinsmann. I really do. I want to like him as our coach.

But he as consistently gotten the midfield wrong.

Eddie Johnson on the left? Meh. I can live with it.

But the trio of Jermaine Jones, Danny Williams, and Michael Bradley doesn’t have enough attacking quality. Bradley can attack, but he can’t be the only one of the trio with the ability to link midfield and attack. Personally, I’m a big Sacha Kljestan fan. He started out as an attacking midfielder, but has improved his defense and range of passing from deeper positions since joining Anderlecht in Belgium. He help out at defense, but also provide a wide range of passing and help keep possession. Arguments could also be made for Maurice Edu (more defensive, but with better passing ranges than Jones or Williams and a penchant for driving forward) or Jose Torres (plays in the center circle and helps keep possession with his passing and ball control) or even Freddy Adu (has good close control in tight spaces). But with so many defensive minded folks in the midfield, too much space was given to Honduras and too little help the offense. Ugh.

And what irks is that he had players on the bench like Kljestan (he did come on in the second half), Jose Torres, and Graham Zusi (who could have provided some width and delivery into the box) – and at least one of them should have started.

Klinsmann keeps talking about playing attacking soccer. Let’s start seeing some. We won’t win anything by sitting back.

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