Yes, the US beat Panama, the team who beat the US in group play. Yes, Freddy Adu came up with a little bit of magic (very little) which has diehard Adu fans salivating. Yes, the US moved into the final, which is where they should be.
But no, my opinion is still completely the same. Bob Bradley appeared not use 4-4-2, mostly because with Altidore’s injury, he didn’t have 2 forwards he could start with. Yes, Freddy Adu came up with a great pass, but that is more of an indictment of Bradley’s stubborn refusal to use him all tournament rather than a tactical masterstroke. Especially when Bradley started Sasha Kljestan over Landon Donovan?!? (I am not Donovan fan, and he has really underwhelmed at this tournament, but come on, Kljestan over Donovan?)
The US is not heading in the right direction. Even if we beat Mexico, which is highly unlikely, the program is stagnant and stale. I have lost faith in my team. Until Bob Bradley goes, my hope for the future is on strike.
But I’ve said my piece many times now. What do you think?