The 2-0 first-half deficit made it seem unlikely, but the US were able to battle back to match points with Mexico, and therefore, win the group. Well done, boys! Here are some thoughts from the game:
-It was great to see the US create so many chances. You’d like to see us finish more of those (obviously), but on another day, it could have easily been 5-2.
-Despite John Harkes’ love for our left back, I think Bornstein actually had a pretty bad game (other than the goal at the end, which was pretty great). He has the speed, but he gets beat a little too easily. He isn’t that great on the ball. His crosses aren’t very good. I’d like to see us try out some other options at left back.
-Benny! You look so good coming off the bench. Why can’t you make more of your starting opportunities?
-Robbie Rogers looked good out there. I don’t think Holden should be a lock as Dempsey’s replacement.
-Torres needs more playing time.
-That’s the Conor Casey we’re used to seeing. I think it’s time to give Kenny Cooper another crack at the starting XI.
-Jozy Altidore may have had the best Brian Ching performance ever (distributing, drawing fouls, but unable to finish). He is very close to being an absolute monster.
-Gooch out 3-4 months. DeMerit out indefinitely. Davies out 6-12 months. Our depth is about to be put to the test.
-For the next two games, I’m a Costa Rica fan. Let’s hope Ruiz can put in performances against Uruguay like the one he did against the US last night. Best of luck, Ticos.