March 30, 2009

If looks could kill...

This stare pretty much summed up how I felt about the USMNT performance at El Salvador.

The result is forgivable, but the level of effort for 90 minutes clearly wasn't. The Americans looked apathetic. They thought they could put it in cruise control and get the win.

They expected three points to be handed to them. That was the discouraging bit.

Heath Pearce and Sasha Kljestan looked lost. Danny Califf and Brad Guzan did nothing to make anyone believe they deserve future playing time.

At times, I completely forgot Landon Donovan was in the game.

Thankfully the bench brought energy, particularly young Torres. Dempsey, Ching, Bradley and Hejduk also stepped up late.

Hopefully this was a wake-up call.

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