The U.S. men’s national soccer team showed a tremendous sense of synergy in there 2-1 win over Ecuador Thursday Night, helping them advance to the Copa America Semifinals for the first time since 1995.
Clint Dempsey sparked USA with an incredible header to in just the 2nnd minute, setting the tone for the entire first half. USA had controlled the ball, played great technical soccer, and the unity overall as team was some of the best played in coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s five-year tenure.
While the lead was just 1-0 at the halftime break, the way the USMT brilliantly played against Ecuador, suggested even a bigger lead. Watching the first half reflected just great soccer play; while USA had showed the other sense of there identity with determination and spirit, it didn’t take much time for USA to expand on there lead with another game changing play by Dempsey, playing a beautiful ball to Gyasi Zardes for a tap-in goal.
Led by there Captain Michael Bradley, All-Star forward Clint Dempsey, and there Defensive-shield John Brooks, USMT look to make a statement next matchup against Venezuela or Argentina on Tuesday. It appears Klinsmann and his team has established their identity, for USA is hitting on all cylinders and looks to be a dangerous opponent these Copa America Semifinals.
Recovering from a post-Word Cup hang over, the team has been steadily searching for the right team play and after last night’s win it seems they have found it. The last three wins looks to be the blueprint for what is next for the USMT’s national team, and are growing steady with great confidence as they should be.
These Copa America Semifinals will certainly be a great test for matching up against a very talented Argentina/Venezuela opponent, for the
team is poised to stun the soccer world with the opportunity to beat all odds on Tuesday with another tournament win.
By Erik Drost (Flickr: Clint Dempsey and Eddie Jones) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Aspiring sports journalist, it began with my studies in Broadcast Journalism at CSUN. LA Native, now 26 years old. I'm absolutely crazy about sports, and would say it is definitely my passion. I played soccer all my life, and football at Hart High. I hope one day to continue my football dreams as a professional kicker, either CFL, Arena Football, and maybe one day the NFL.
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