June 17, 2010

SINCERE FLATTERY:

Swiss strategy vs. Spain was made in America (Steven Goff, 6/17/10, Washington Post)

Drawing from strategy implemented by the Americans against the Spanish at the Confederations Cup in South Africa last year, Hitzfeld devised a plan that conceded possession, clogged the middle of the park and counterattacked rapidly.

"We saw how the Americans played against Spain with a lot of interest," Hitzfeld said. "You know that if you are going to have a chance against [Spain] you need to do certain things very well. The USA did not try to do everything. They accepted the fact that Spain has pace and width and simply made sure they kept the center of defense as tight as they could. It is not a perfect system, but it was a very interesting tactic and it worked."


Bradley/Clark/Onyewu/DeMerit/Howard works. Altidore/Dempsey/Donovan works. Cherundolo was terrific last game. Now we just need a midfielder who can hold onto and distribute the ball from the middle of the field and a fullback who is either bloody-minded on defense or capable of rushing the ball and passing it into the box (there don't seem to be any who can do both, which is what we should develop in coming years).

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 17, 2010 9:27 AM
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