One thing that disappoints me: Klinsmann sits here bashing MLS at any/every opportunity, while...
A) His best players -- Bradley and Altidore -- are in the MLS, and
B) His Euro darlings pretty much suck. Chandler, Brooks. Green is MIA.
I really do think Klinsmann is good for the future of US soccer, but his rhetoric gets old. He would rather invest in crappy Euro players than decent MLS players.
A few observations from this match...
1. Brooks sucked. I mean, SUCKED. This guy has displayed nothing since the World Cup to indicate he should be in the conversation for '18.
2. Chandler sucked too. I don't get this program's patience with Chandler. Maybe they want to try him at RM or something at some point, I guess. But he's not a RB. No way in hell.
3. I'm bummed Michael Bradley had such an awful World Cup, because outside of that run, he has been brilliant for the last 4 years now. He just sees and does things that are a step beyond what the rest of the USMNT pool is capable of.
4. I actually really like Zardes myself, but this program is always too full of guys like Zardes -- guys that flash potential in a match or two but leave you wanting for more more often than not -- and not stocked with enough reliable talent. I get tired of there being a new Zardes every six months. I want one Zardes to make it through a full cycle.
5. There is nothing positive to say about the state of USMNT defending. However, I thought this was the best technical display the Yanks have showed in first touch receiving and first touch under pressure in a while. It wasn't consistent throughout, and that field was ATROCIOUS (there shouldn't have ever been an int'l friendly played on that surface...), but I know enough about the game to see the strides these guys are making in starting to more consistently corral the ball and string together that next positive decision.