USA Tactical Breakdown: World Cup send-off reveals strengths, flaws |

Great article from SI Soccer on US tactics, good and bad, in the 3 game send off.

USA Tactical Breakdown: World Cup send-off reveals strengths, flaws |


Ghana rout of South Korea puts U.S. weekend in different perspective

Here is more to think about.

In the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Nigeria beats Mali 4-1 and Mali goes on to a third place finish by beating Ghana 3-1. So there’s that.

One thing that is always true about African teams is they are wildly unpredictable – going from brilliant to absolutely awful depending on the day. In that same tourney, Ghana loses to Burkina Faso on PKs! After a 1-1 finish.


After two days of considering what a 2-1 win over Nigeria meant for the United States’ World Cup readiness, a Group G rival has put that result in a more modest perspective. On Monday, Ghana, who has eliminated the U.S. from the last two World Cups, posted a decisive result over World Cup-qualified South Korea in Miami, with three goals from Jordan Ayew leading the Black Stars to a 4-0 win at Sun Life Stadium.

Coming of the bench early for an injured Majeed Waris, Ayew put his team in front in the 13rd minute  with a shot that deflected off midfielder Ki Song-Yeung. Captain Asamoah Gyan’s one-man transition just before halftime doubled Ghana’s lead moments before intermission.

In the 53rd minute, Ayew, whose brother André started for Kwesi Appiah’s team, scored from outside the area to extend his side’s lead. One minute from full-time, a close range finish completed the Marseille attacker’s hat…

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