Re: World Cup Discussion Thread
Originally Posted by Betterread
Sunday night - after watching 6 of the 8 matches played in the tournament, the Dutch looked the most impressive and played the best soccer. They attached creatively, switched fields impeccably, and showed through Sneider, von Persie, et al that their young players are going to be contributors. Also, I noticed they played a 3-4-3. I loved Van Basten as a player, and he is showing something as a coach,as well.
Eric Wynalda kept making the point that the Dutch were laying out a blueprint for the U.S. to follow tomorrow. I tend to agree. Problem is Van Basten made some vicious cuts, leaving behind many of his nation's "star" players. He didn't kid himself about what type of players are needed to play that style. The U.S. meanwhile is going to have Claudio Reyna and Brian McBride playing central roles and they're well-past the point where they can apply the constant pressure that the Dutch did today and that the U.S. would do well to emulate.
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