Alan Jacobs

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Let’s look at the USMNT:

  • Any vaguely coherent attack induces uter panic in the defense, with defenders scampering around mindlessly
  • No one on the side can win the ball back in midfield
  • There are no strikers who can reliably finish in the box

There are some once-decent players (e.g. Bradley a decade ago) and one or two promising young players (Pulisic, McKennie) but no — literally no — players that you can count on to be productive.

So what happened? Why has the talent base of the USMNT manifestly declined in recent years?