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ASN Morning Read: After a Listless Affair

Ay, caramba that was ugly. The United States men's national team squeeked out a 1-1 draw with New Zealand in Washington D.C., courtesy of a Julian Green goal. It was a night to forget. 
BY Noah Davis Posted
October 11, 2016
3:15 PM
  • Uninspired Americans Limp To a 1-1 Draw with Kiwis. That about sums it up.

  • Or this: "The hosts shouldn't feel aggrieved by the result. The All Whites had the better of the early chances and fully deserved to fly home with the draw, even if Patterson's 72nd-minute equalizer took a deflection before squirming through substitute keeper David Bingham's legs. Had DeAndre Yedlin not cleared his line three minutes from time, the U.S. might have suffered further indignity."

  • Player ratings? How about: "The three clear winners against New Zealand were Julian Green, Lynden Gooch, and Sacha Kljestan. Green and Gooch look like youngsters who are ready to contribute next month. Kljestan looks like a player who can and should start against Mexico."

  • Submit your own rankings here

  • At least not a lot of people watched?
  • Abby, Abby, Abby: "Do I agree with everything Jurgen has done? No, I do not. It’s just my opinion, and I’m entitled to that," Wambach told the Times' Sam Borden. "It feels a little bit odd to me that you have some guys that have never lived in the United States that play for the United States because they were able to secure a passport. To me, that just feels like they weren’t able to make it for their country and earn a living, so they’re coming here. But do they have that killer instinct? I don’t know. I’d love to sit down with Mix Diskerud and some of these other guys and talk to them about it. I’d love to understand how much they love their country. I believe they can have love for both countries, but I’d love to hear it, and I think so many other people would, too. If this is an ignorant opinion, I’ll raise my hand in the end and say, 'My bad.' But I’d want to have that conversation."

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