pfim wrote:Solid win.
Losing F. Johnson at the half was a blessing in disguise, all of the space that Mexico got was in his area. And Bedoya had to do far too much tracking back. Jones covered his bacon quite a bit, which is his job, but he can't carry him for an entire match. So while I understand Johnson belongs further up the pitch, if Cherundolo can't prove his health there's a bit of a hole there.
Once Parkhurst was inserted, Mexico was hardly a threat.
I've always liked Goodson and now he's a very calming influence. I like Besler too, though he had the bad showing against CR. But having two mobile, 6'5" centerbacks is a wonderful, wonderful thing.
Beckerman played well but again, very limited player. Far too often Goodson and Gonzalez were forced to pull the strings...He's on the plane to Brazil I think, but I doubt he plays.
Donovan is a legend.
I agree with pretty much all of this. F. Johnson was very shaky on the right, and Parkhurst, about whom I had doubts, really locked things down on that side. With qualification wrapped up, I would have to think Klinsmann takes a look at Chandler, Lichaj, or one of the rising MLS guys at right back.
I like Beckerman for what he does. He plays within himself and doesn't get sucked out of position very often. Jones really isn't a good partner for him, since neither are going to distribute well under pressure, but I can why Klinsmann opted for that pairing given his options and Mexico's greater need to push the attack.
I haven't always liked Goodson (he seemed prone to defensive lapses and a poor passer in the past), but he, like Parkhurst, just comes in and quietly gets the job done seemingly every time he's called on now...can't complain about that.
One of the few negatives for me was Dempsey's play (even excluding the PK). He just doesn't look sharp and goes down way too easy. I'd seriously consider benching him, putting Donovan underneath Altidore (where he was in the Gold Cup), and putting F. Johnson at left mid.