(Hey all. I am going to try and post more. Stay tuned . . . )
Really frustrating game. To go up 2-nil over the Mexicans *should* have been enough, but that back line just failed along with the midfield in defending the quick breaks and through-balls. I think the killer was losing Cherundolo so early in the game almost doomed the US. He was one of the best players in the whole tournament, if you asked me. Strong on defense, making great runs up the side. To lose him and then have Bornstein come in weakened the already questionable D (Goodson is clumsy and awkward, just tall; Bocanegra is a good captain and leader, but does not have the speed; Lichaj is lacking experience; Bornstein is not good).
Bradley, even though he scored the first goal, wasn't too strong on D after having a really good tournament. And things were working between Dempsey and Donovan after they switched positions; it is easy for Landon to get lost during the run of the game.
The highlight had to be the return of Freddy Adu, if you ask me. Able to possess the ball, make plays, great vision, take direct kicks. He provides a spark on offense that I don't remember the US ever really having.