Given the length of look he had at them, I'm guessing that this is the team Bradley wants to build from going forward into the next cycle. The exception being, of course, Donovan in place of Feilhaber on the left flank. So where do the immediate issues lie? Bocanegra may play left back for his club, but he's going to get torched at a higher level, particularly without significant help from a flank midfielder. Do we have any real alternatives though? Secondarily, we're going to be playing hamstrung until Onyewu and Altidore start getting significant minutes of game action with their clubs. And finally, Edu probably deserves to be on the pitch, but not as a centerback.
But what of the match? Two phrases spring to mind: too narrow and too casual.
Playing Holden and Feilhaber on the flanks pretty much guaranteed that the attacking portion of midfield would fold in on itself, requiring overlapping fullbacks to provide width. Cherundolo did so successfully, while Bocanegra, never the most effective going forward anyway, was far too occupied with his defensive duties. This might have been alleviated somewhat with a strong left winger (Donovan?) forcing the Polish right flank to defend more, or, as happened in the second half when Bradley went 4-4-1-1 with Dempsey on the left flank, by giving him some significant midfield help.
A secondary problem caused by both wide men drifting to the middle was that they were choking the space that the dynamic Jones and Bradley wanted to exploit in alternating runs from deep in midfield and that Dempsey wanted to drop into underneath Altidore. Speaking of the central midfield pair, I'm not convinced of their ability to play together yet. They took about half an hour to figure things out, when Jones started playmaking from a deeper position, allowing Bradley his runs forward. But Jones wasn't providing the same type of defensive bite or clogging the passing lanes as Edu or the much-maligned Rico Clark would have. We shall see if time proves the pairing an effective one. I wouldn't dismiss it given just one test.
But the bigger (biggest?) problem was the casual play, particularly in midfield. In the first instance, you can point directly to Holden and Jones as the starting point of the Polish goals. Holden's wild clearance, and Jones getting caught in possession led, within a touch or two, directly to the goals. But those were isolated examples of a larger problem.
Consider the inability to maintain possession in that long stretch after the US opening goal: the giveaways, the inability to get to second balls, the ball-watching on defense, the long clearances to nowhere, the lax tracking of runners. All were symptomatic of a team that lost focus and commitment, that took their foot off the pedal. We can't leave Poland entirely out of the equation because they're not a useless side, and I would have expected patches of play where Poland gained control. But for them to have as much domination for as long as they did is inexcusable and a problem that needs to be fixed.
It will be interesting to see what lessons Bradley takes from this match. For me, the primary considerations are: (1) Dempsey is more effective with space to operate on the flank, (2) the left back spot desperately needs to be addressed, as it has for some time now, (3) does the Bradley-Jones pairing provide enough defensive cover in the middle of the park?
With the full squad, I'd be tempted to try Altidore up top; Dempsey and Donovan on the flanks with license to be mobile, Donovan pushed very high; Holden and Bradley central ahead of Jones, the latter given a brief to sit deep and pick out passes; Cherundolo and Pearce on the defensive flanks outside Bocanegra and Onyewu, with an eye to giving Gonzalez, Marshall, and Goodson significant chances to try and displace Bocanegra. Though that's what I'd want to try, I'm far from happy with big chunks of it.