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THE USA, WITH ONE FOOT TIED BEHIND ITS BACK

The U.S. National Team, three days away from its Gold Cup opener, allowed two first-half goals by Santiago Cazorla and bowed to World Cup holder Spain, 4-0, in a friendly at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

David Silva set up both Cazorla strikes as the Spaniards raced out to a three-goal lead against a starting American lineup loaded with second-line players.   [June 4]   

Comment:  Coach Bob Bradley may have been trying to rest his best ahead of the Gold Cup, but Spain exposed the hard fact that the U.S. has no depth.  It never has.  The U.S. has been 11 + 2 and nothing better for years.

Among the losers were youngsters like defenders Tim Ream and Eric Lichaj, who deserved to be surrounded with the strongest possible U.S. lineup, plus the American fans among the crowd of 64,121, who paid between $40 and $495 (not a misprint) for the privilege of watching less-than-the-USA’s-best thrown to the wolves.

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