Copa America Does the U.S. have the right mentality to beat...

Does the U.S. have the right mentality to beat Colombia?

-

- Advertisment -

The United States, in their loss to Argentina, showed one thing: they don’t have the capability to compete against better opposition. They don’t even have the ability to fight on a respectable level. Michael Bradley arguably had his worst game in this competition. But, then again, when was the last time we saw the real Bradley? The one that can rule the midfield and thread needle-like passes? Too long a time ago to even remember.


Bradley has to put together a superb performance if the U.S. are to even dream about avenging their loss to Argentina against Colombia tonight. (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images)
Bradley has to put together a superb performance if the U.S. are to even dream about avenging their loss to Argentina against Colombia tonight. (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images)

Granted, Argentina are the number one ranked team in the world, and the U.S. are 31st, but to be clear, no one in their right minds thought that we were going to give them a drubbing. However, everyone in their right minds were expecting the USMNT to put up a fight and at least get a goal against the runners-up of the World Cup. Expectations are obviously too high for this team, given the country it is situated in and the status quo of the other sports within it, but for a nation of roughly 319 million people, it shouldn’t be too high of an assumption. It should rather become a regularity.

For goodness’ sake, Iceland, a country of 330,000 people, made it to the knockout stages of the Euros. When we have 967 fold their population, is it really that wrong to think we can do 10 times better than the fight that Strákarnir okkar (Iceland’s alternate name, meaning ‘Our boys’) put up against Portugal?

Obviously, circumstances cannot be interchanged and we cannot face Portugal instead of Argentina in the Copa. The point is, Portugal is a much tougher opposition to Iceland than Argentina are to us.


If the fans' show of support reverberated onto the field, we might've had something to show for it at the end of the tournament. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
If the fans’ show of support reverberated onto the field, we might’ve had something to show for it at the end of the tournament. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Nonetheless, the 70,000+ people in the stadium in Houston cheered on, as they always do, until they saw there was no point. The faces brimming with excitement at the beginning of the evening was now filled with slight grimace, though most remained behind to see if the men representing their country could at least register a goal. The fact that the U.S. failed to put a single shot on target could hardly have surprised the attendees and the viewers by the end of the 90 minutes.

Moving on, this team now faces a rematch versus Colombia for a claim on the highly coveted third place in this tournament. Their first match, which was the Copa opener, ended in a 2-0 loss to the U.S., with a goal conceded from a poorly defended set-piece and a rather poor handball by Yedlin to gift the opposition a penalty, which James duly converted.

It was clear in that game that the U.S. weren’t prepared and focused for the start of the tournament, though they eventually recovered and went on to remain unbeaten until facing Argentina. It seems that the mentality and focus is right this time around, as Michael Bradley said after the semi-final loss, “When you lose 4-0 you’re not talking about anyone not on the field. Plain and simple.” Good. The acceptance of blame is the first step towards recovery. Now let’s see if they can follow through.

Latest news

Top 7 Casino Movies You Should Watch

Do you know anyone who plays casino games and does not love...

The Stats: Leicester trail at interval – Timothy Castagne and Kelechi Iheanacho behind the comeback

The away side Crystal Palace were in control leading 1-0 in the Premier League game. But Leicester...

MLS: Week 14 continues with eleven game weekend

As European club football seasons come to an end, MLS is full on firing with eleven games this weekend.

Guardiola may have failed at first, but he will get it right next season

Pep Guardiola's first season in charge of City can be earmarked as being a disaster, both in terms of transfers and results. However, all this is about to change in the Spaniard's second year.

- Advertisement -

Championship Playoff Final: History made as Huddersfield Town beats Reading to reach the promised land

Huddersfield beat Reading in penalties in a tense and, ultimately, stalemate affair in the annual playoff game at Wembley, that sees the side managed by former Klopp protégé David Wagner get promoted.

FC Wichita Journal #1: How semi-pro soccer looks like in the U.S., from a first person perspective

Fred begins his journal about his journey at FC Wichita by telling us about the NPSL and PDL and some background on how soccer is structured here in America.

Must read

- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you