I suppose there’s a fan base out there that does – but as in years’ past the quality of soccer in our country remains mediocre at best. The most obvious example being the large quantity of MLS players playing for our national team – which got hammered recently (beaten across every inch of the pitch) by Canada; another mediocre soccer nation.
Five years ago I lambasted US Soccer for keeping Jurgen Klinsmann as the head coach after the paltry performance in WC 2014.
Nevermind the HUGE tactical error he made in taking Graham Zusi off the pitch and replacing him with Omar Gonzalez – the defensive area of the pitch Graham Zusi was responsible for was the exact area Cristian Ronaldo delivered his game tying cross after Michael Bradley (probably the worst controlled possession-based midfielder the United States has ever fielded) lost the ball in the midfield.
Three years ago I performed an analysis on which American should head coach our squad – my selection was Jesse Marsch – Gregg Berhalter didn’t even finish in the top four. Marsch since moved on to coaching in Europe while Arena, and then Berhalter, took the helm for our country.
Arena, and our national team were humiliated as they failed to qualify for WC 2018 and Berhalter has been most recently humiliated in his loss to Canada.
Five years ago I offered this tactical observation – the United States will NEVER be a great counterattacking team until AFTER they can first learn to dominate a game through possession.
You simply can’t be any good at threatening a counterattack without first mastering passing and controlling the game in the middle of the pitch. This isn’t rocket science here.
- It is basic.
- It is fundamental.
EVERY World Cup winner has always shown the capacity and capability to play controlled possession-based soccer. EVERYONE of them.
Tactically, NOTHING has changed for the US Men’s National Team.