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Lincoln Financial Field – The United States men’s National soccer friendly game against Mexico came into draw at 1-1. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann encounters several problems in the defensive end.
Almost at will, Mexico manages to control the tempo of the first 90 minutes. Making passes and positioning the ball where they wanted to. This gives basically the opportunity for Striker Oribe Peralta to score the first goal of the game at the 17th minute mark.
The United States then shifted to attack mode after a slow start, firing the equalizer is Robbie Rogers tapped in a cross from Dane Brekken “Brek” Shea in the 73rd minute.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann motivation to his player to become more offensive was only evident in the second half.
This was because Mexico is so difficult to defend, passing the ball quickly beating every defender in the soccer field. But a quick counter attack that poses threat will slow down their offense and will consider defense.
Oguchi Oneywu is obviously different player since he injured his patellar tendon. Poses center defense problem.
First half shown the United States confused looking at the ball idle. They need to be focused right from the beginning. A more attack motivated opponent can score right away in real games.
It is a quality second period of soccer to watch. Showing how the United States regain composure and begin to attack.
Though a friendly game is a friendly game, they must start strong and finish strong.
However, Mexico unable to capitalize offense in the first period when the Americans look confused could have score at least more than 1 goal.