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What makes Klinsmann’s set-up different is that he’s throttled back from the openness of the Bob...

What makes Klinsmann’s set-up different is that he’s throttled back from the openness of the Bob Bradley years, and shied away from the balance of the Arena years. Defensive-minded players crowd the midfield, sending a simple message: "We dare you to beat us from the flanks." Mexico took that dare, attempting 39 crosses in the 1-0 loss; a year previous in the Gold Cup final against Bradley’s U.S., they’d attempted only 10. Yes, El Tri dominated possession both times, but against Klinsmann’s scheme they didn’t really trouble Tim Howard until the altitude took its toll in the final 10 minutes.

What is American Soccer?, from the new soccer magazine Howler by Matthew Doyle This fantastic article breaks down the story of the U.S.'s tactical development from 1990 to today, and really is a must-read ahead of tonight's match. Can Klinsmann get it together? Is the U.S. forever destined to be a defense-first, counter-attacking team?
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