by Carlos D. Mojica () | Photo by Brittany Campbell ()
This past weekend’s U.S. - Canada match marked the end of the January camp for the U.S. Men’s National Team. As you probably already know, the Americans won thanks to a last minute goal by Jozy Altidore, which gave the Yanks a 1-0 victory.
Jurgen Klinsmann invited quite a few to the January camp but Klinsmann’s men were far from their best against either Canada or Iceland. With that said it’s important to keep in mind that the starting line-ups fielded were experimental in nature and that some big names like Alejandro Bedoya and Geoff Cameron were absent from the camp.
Having said that, let’s examine the first batch of matches of 2016.
Jurgen Klinsmann decided to field a 4-4-2 in both matches, with the only mainstays being Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Lee Nguyen, and Matt Besler. Bradley performed well when he was able to focus on the attack, but when paired up with Mix Diskerud against Canada the team suffered offensively, meaning he needs to have at least one partner in midfield who is defensive minded.