Are Mexico and U.S. in trouble at the World Cup?

26 05 2010

From the looks of these last few days, they very well might be.

Mexico wasn’t completely dominated against England but was exposed for a lack of size and didn’t finish more chances. El Tri had better moments against Holland today (2-1 loss in Germany) and showed well against a team I think is going to do very well in South Africa, but Mexico is a smallish team that gets pushed around.

Chicharito Hernandez is Mexico’s Charlie Davies. A sparkplug who is always a threat on the run. I really like watching Davies and it’s too bad he won’t be in South Africa.

The U.S. team, while resting some regulars, had too many defensive breakdowns against the Czech Republic, and the back line could be a liability at the World Cup. It will really have to rely on speed and possession to be successful.

These games, I hope, were very good teaching tools for Mexico’s Javier Aguirre and USA’s Bob Bradley. At this point, Mexico looks like it can hang with the top-flight European teams a bit better than the U.S., but I’m just awed by how easy it looks for England and Holland.

Today the U.S. team announced its World Cup roster, and it’s hard to argue with the choices. But after watching three combined matches against European teams, I fear that our best two CONCACAF entries are outmanned.

I’m hoping for the best of course. Meanwhile up in Seattle, I’ll be watching for those not-hard-to-miss “electricity” kits tonight, but the Sounders have other issues as I mention in this article I wrote for Soccer by Ives.

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