Originally Posted by WMR
They need Donovan desperately. No one in the pool comes close to providing what he does.
Yup. They need someone who can be dynamic with the ball in the final third to help create scoring opportunities.
The problem Donovan won't solve is the generally poor quality of service on passes into the attack for the American side. You watch the upper-level international teams play, and there is a precision to the passing (and first touch off the pass) that is lacking for the Americans. The international game moves too fast for teams to overcome bad touches or passes that don't find their targets quickly.