pfim wrote:Great 65 minutes. Pathetic last 25. They literally stopped attacking. Altidore had 3 nice thru balls Twellman chided him for, when Shea and Williams refused to move forward. Dempsey should have been subbed, he was dead after the goal and wasn't that great before it.
I mostly agree with this assessment. I think it was partly due to Jamaica getting desperate and putting more pressure on the ball, but the US has to do better keeping possession and still being positive to kill off important games that they lead.
I kind of agree with Twellman about Altidore (although the ball to Shea would have been perfect if Shea hadn't stopped his run). When you come on as a forward with 10 minutes left with a 1 goal lead, you have to understand that your role is to work like crazy to keep pressure on the opposing defenders, not letting them play cleanly out of the back, and holding the ball up top and in the corners to kill the clock. If you see a surefire attacking move open up for you take it, but otherwise just stick to the above. I didn't think Altidore worked hard pressing the Jamaican defenders, who were very prone to giveaways when pressured, and he had some pretty bad turnovers that led to Jamaican breaks (the one that immediately comes to mind was the short corner he worked with Shea). I think I would have preferred Boyd coming on instead of Altidore. While not as skilled as Altidore, that guy works his butt off every time he gets on the field.
I would add too that Danny Williams, much to the joy of the Beckerman haters, might have taken over that deep-lying center mid role. He looked very good there last night.