The US Men’s National Team scored four goals to force themselves past a Guatemalan National Team that defeated them 2-0 last week. Facing embarrassment and disappointment, Head Coach Jurgen Klinsman switched to an attacking form that featured Seattle Sounder Clint Dempsey.
Shift the formation
The plan worked as goals by Clint “Deuce” Dempsey (his record-breaking 14th in qualifiers), Geoff Cameron, Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore were spurred by a lineup and a formation change. Having previously played a 4-4-2 formation (4 backs, 4 midfielders, and 2 forwards), Klinsmann changed to a more aggressive attacking 4-3-3 (removing a midfielder and adding a forward).
Deuce would get things started on a mad rush in the 12th minute by slotting home a loose ball in the Guatamalan box. Just before halftime Geoff Cameron would head cross in from Micheal Bradley. Right after halftime the floodgates opened. Zusi would get involved with help from youngsters right back Deandre Yedlin and Gyasi Zardes. But, once again Dempsey would show some magic. With the game out of hand, Deuce would juke the goalie and push a pass to Altidore who hit a basically uncontested shot.
SSU Man of the Match
It will have to be Clint Dempsey of course. He’s an offensive juggernaut set the USMNT record for goals in qualifiers at 14.
Return stars to their proper role
The key lineup change included Real Salt Lake’s Kyle Beckerman into the midfield. The USMNT stalwart took command of the center allowing former Seattle Sounder DeAndrew Yedlin a chance to move back to his natural right back spot.
Klinsman on thin ice
The loss last week to Guatemala was the wake-up call that the Americans and Klinsmann needed to focus on making sure to get to the World Cup. The USMNT’s underachieving performance last year in the Gold Cup and the loss last week to Guatemala had many calling for Klinsman’s job.
USMNT legend Landon Donovan, along with fans around the country have not been happy with Klinsman’s approach and results. Debates on message boards and even here at Seattle Sports Union lean heavily to the firing of Klinsman.
It has long been my opinion that we need to follow Klinsman’s plans. Everything is going to plan, and with two games to play against Trinidad and Tobago and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in September, the region is all but theirs. The USMNT is so far ahead of most teams in CONCACAF, that sometimes they forget to show up. With this scare, the USMNT gets in and we will see them in Russia in 2018.