Originally Posted by bucksfan2
A couple of things I noticed in watching the game. The US played well enough to beat a beaten down Mexico team. Its impressive when you consider that they were without their two best players in Bradley and Altidore. The yellow card by Donavan late in the game was stupid, how far does that count against him?
There were times that the US looked sloppy, had poor spacing, and poor first touches. Granted the US pretty much were sitting back all game and making Mexico press. It worked, it isn't the best soccer to watch, but wins are much better than draws or losses.
Just in the 10 or so minutes Diskerud was in, he showed that he needs to play and play often. Could he be the next in the line of American players who have an impressive European career?
Donovan's yellow won't really matter much. If he gets another in the next qualifier, then he misses the final qualifier. If he gets one in the final qualifier, then I think it rolls forward to the 2015 Gold Cup (though there might be provisions that would cost him a WC warmup contest instead).
I thought the spacing from the U.S. was generally solid. First touch is an issue for most nations, though the U.S. actually is getting better at it. We're better than most Euro teams on it these days (including England). I think Clint Dempsey, who has built an entire career around a sweet first touch, has changed the culture on that. Important to remember that, despite its horrible recent run, Mexico has quality players who can force you into hasty passes and heavy touches.
Diskerud is becoming real interesting real fast. He needs to jump out of his Norwegian comfort zone this winter (Norway plays a March-November season). His club, Rosenborg, currently sits first in the league standings. The Dutch league might be a good place for him, or Portugal. Though Belgium, Ukraine, Turkey and Greece all would mark solid steps up as well.