Time to Take USMNT Seriously?
In the 2010 World Cup, the USMNT (US Mens National Team) won their group, ahead of England, and advanced into the elimination round by what seemed like dumb luck. In their group play match with England, Clint Dempsey struck a shot that seemed like one of the easier saves that English keeper Joe Hart would have made that day. But he didn't. And it rolled right past him for the equalizing goal and propelled the US to a group win.
They later lost Ghana in the first round of the elimination stage and left the pitch in disappointment. Coach Bradley was later fired, but his son, Michael Bradley, is still a fixture in the midfield position for the squad. In comes Jurgen Klinsman. If you're wondering why a German national is coaching the USMNT, you aren't alone. But maybe, just maybe, the US now understands that they required someone who can teach the game to the top US talent in lieu of leaning heavily on certain players such as Landon Donovan and Dempsey.
Klinsman brought back Demarcus Beasley, a longtime international representative in a defender role and it has worked wonders for some reason. He seems to have revitalized the international career of Jozy Altidore as well - the US's top striker who hadn't scored a goal since 2011 - until he scored in three straight matches in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The US took home the trophy with a 1-0 win over Panama on a goal by Brek Shea in the 69th minute, a mere 42 seconds after coming onto the pitch as a substitute.
The team has now won 11 straight matches - which is 4 more than their previous record. They outscored their Gold Cup competition 20-4, boasting a 6-0 record through the tournament. Can this really be the makings of a breakout 2014 World Cup squad?