Here is the usual link roundup after yesterday’s 1-0 loss, including a bunch of post-game thoughts and player ratings. Also, you can check out highlights right here.
» U.S. Men’s National Team Falls 1-0 to Paraguay [US Soccer]
» Quote Sheet: U.S. MNT vs. Paraguay [US Soccer]
» Grant Wahl: Chandler shines in Paraguay loss, leads German-American invasion [SI.com]
» Wahl’s Three thoughts: U.S.-Paraguay [SI.com]
» Steve Davis’ U.S.-Paraguay player ratings [SI.com]
» Leander Schaerlaeckens’ Player Ratings [ESPN Soccernet]
» US can’t find equalizer in 1-0 defeat to Paraguay [MLSsoccer.com]
» Player Ratings: US lackluster against Paraguay [MLSsoccer.com]
» Snap Judgements: USA vs. Paraguay [The Shin Guardian]
» USA improves, but falls to tough Paraguay [Soccer by Ives]
» Ridge Mahoney’s U.S. player ratings [SoccerAmerica]
» It’s blues for the USA in Nashville [SoccerAmerica]
The USMNT is now winless its last 12 games (0-8-4) against teams from South America. Its last win against a team from South America was a 3-1 victory over Ecuador on March 25, 2007.
I don’t have much to add to the stuff above since I had to work while trying to watch the game on the side, so I caught bits and pieces. It seemed like the US did a nice job of possessing, but they were missing that final pass into the final third which would lead to a good/dangerous shot attempt.
It didn’t seem like Maurice Edu, Jozy Altidore or Landon Donovan had good games, while some young players like Tim Ream (although he got bullied in the box on Paraguay’s goal), Timothy Chandler and Juan Agudelo played well. Clint Dempsey did alright, although started to look very tired by the end.
Thoughts on the game?
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