Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The U.S. kicked off the final round of qualifying with a win in Columbus tonight, continuing their decade long streak of going unbeaten against Mexico at home. Michael Bradley was the man of the match, scoring a goal late in the first, and then again in stoppage time to secure the victory. Overall I was impressed with what I saw; only a few mental lapses on defense, good organization on defense for the most part, solid passing to spread the ball around, and good individual play by the likes of Donovan, Bradley, Hedjuk, Onyewu, Ching, et al. I'd go so far as to say that nobody really had a poor game, which is not always the case with this team. They definitely tapped the breaks a little bit after Mexico went down a man on the red card, but in doing so they gave Mexico precious few opportunities to even the score. All in all it was a solid performance, and bodes well for their trip through this final round to South Africa.