* There can be only Juan? Fantastic to see an 18 year old playing with that kind of confidence — a confidence that inspired the rest of the team. He deserved to be the man with the goal and combined well with Altidore to boot. Tough to bank on a teenager, but he looks like the best option we've got to pair with Jozy. All of that said...let's take a moment to remember that a quick, multi-goal-scoring start to a national team career doesn't always end well. Not to be a downer, buuuuut. EJ? Sorry.
* No one to Holden? Does anybody else here doubt that a healthy Stuart Holden plays atop that central midfield triangle if he's healthy? Yeah. Me neither. The Jones-Edu-Junior triumvirate was too many wrecking balls, not enough architects. However, I'm going to chose another point where we may end up missing Holden just as much. Set pieces. Yes, yes. I know that the US goal came courtesy of a Landon Donovan free kick, but there is no way in hell that Donovan serves balls as consistently dangerous from corners and free kicks as Holden does. Considering the percentage of our goals that come from set plays, it says here we're really going to miss him in the Gold Cup.
* Jesus Jones? Jermaine Jones. Bench. Please. Sure, we've waited a long while to see him get a solid run in the side, but I just don't like him. Yes, he's played at a high club level for a long time, but I'm beginning to see why he has trouble with coaches. There's this sense of constant petulance about him that rankles. He only seems to do hard work and get stuck into tackles when it suits him, puts on an attitude of constant suffering, doesn't value possession as much as the situation seems to merit, and seems to feel he's entitled to his spot. Maybe I'm reading this all wrong, but I'm just not feeling the love.
* Born to lump? Easily the worst aspect of a good US performance was the distribution from the back. Long ball has its place. No muss, no fuss is generally a good idea against the likes of Argentina. We saw quite a few occasions where putzing about on the ball led to trouble when the confidence started to flow in the second half. Then again, players at this level should have a little more accuracy on the hoof clear. It wasn't just the centerbacks either. Howard didn't distribute well, and only one fullback really contributed to the attack . However, that one was pretty promising. Chandler bustled down the right flank both with and without the ball and (oh my freakin' god, I can't believe I'm going to say this) hit some nice crosses. With he and Lichaj pushing through, maybe those hard-to-fill fullback spots might be getting a little competition.
So, some notes of caution, and a little bit of worry about the utter domination suffered in the first half, but Bob, despite once again maybe picking the wrong side to start, made good changes at the half and produced a second half display that saw the US go toe-to-toe with a true world power and not look half bad. There are a handful of rusty guys trotting around out there, but some promising signs from the combinations of Junior and Edu in central midfield and Agudelo and Altidore up top. A little more width from the fullbacks (which, to be fair, we did see from Chandler in the second half) and this is a pretty well rounded team.
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 From the run of play. Bocanegra's header on the free kick caused the rebound that Agudelo pounced on.
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Programming note: For those interested, there will be a DC United match reaction, but it might take a couple of days. See you on the other side.