There was plenty of disappointment surrounding the US national team after coughing up a 2-1 lead in the second half of tonight’s friendly against Chile.
Jozy Altidore appeared on the Fox postgame show via telephone, and he was clearly more focused on the loss than he was with the fact he scored a goal. Eric Wynalda at one point said to the striker “congratulations on your goal” and Jozy responded with, simply, “we lost.”
Jozy’s comments on the first-half formation were also interesting. He chalked up most of the struggles to the team not having its full host of players to choose from, and simply that it’s a new thing.
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“The 3-5-2 was difficult because we have a lot of guys in camp – different guys from the Olympic team and also guys that haven’t been around – and we were just trying to see if we could play that formation,” Altidore said. “Obviously in the first half we allowed them too much time and space to pick out a man, especially in the wide areas, so we tried to switch back into something we were more comfortable with.”
Altidore did admit that even after the switch, things still didn’t work. “Unfortunately we couldn’t get into a rhythm. That’s what it came down to. We couldn’t keep hold of the ball.”
Jurgen Klinsmann was understandably a little more positive despite the loss. “It was an entertaining game,” he said. “It was an open game. It could have gone either way.” As for when the game shifted, he pointed to a lapse in intensity.
Klinsmann is clearly experimenting with both personnel and formation, but things continue to flow on the field and it’s hard to nail down exactly one system that Klinsmann is employing. Still, things are in a state of flux for the US National Team.