ASN Morning Read: Looking Back, Moving Forward
The United States wins a friendly match up and it's exciting and all but diid it really mean anything, man?; a major figure in Central American soccer won't play in Copa America; we look to Russia.
BY Noah Davis Posted
May 31, 2016
May 31, 2016
- 5 Thoughts on the United States' Win Over Bolivia
- Bedoya Makes the Grade; Pulisic and Nagbe Shine Too
- Make your player ratings for the game against Bolivia.
- "Like last year, there are red flags that suggest this result was some kind of false positive. Like last year, there is a combination of young and veteran talent that seems to fit well together. Like last year, there is every reason to suspect that Klinsmann will undercut his roster's strengths by playing certain players out of position and others through injuries. Unlike last year, however, I think there is real reason to be positive about this group."
- "Klinsmann may actually be underselling a tournament that will feature five of the world’s top nine teams, four of the eight quarterfinalists from the last World Cup and arguably the planet’s best player in Argentina’s Lionel Messi, provided he’s able to play after bruising his back in a friendly last Friday. It will also mark the first time top-ranked Argentina, five-time World Cup winner Brazil and Uruguay, a 15-time South American champion, will play in the same competitive tournament in the U.S. Also in the field is North American champion Mexico, defending Copa America winner Chile and Ecuador, which is ranked 12th in the world. Just as important, though, will be what happens off the field, where the event will allow the U.S. to demonstrate its organizational and marketing muscle ahead of an expected bid for the 2026 World Cup."
- Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas will miss Copa America.
- Now go make your own: