The US didn't look great in the first half. But, once they brought on Brek Shea and Robbie Rogers in the 2nd half and tweaked their formation, they looked really good late and Jurgen Klinsmann got a 1-1 draw versus Mexico in his USMNT debut.
Not too bad.
And here are a ton of links from last night:
- I chuckled at Klinsmann's celebration of the goal.
- Ives Galarcep at Fox Soccer.com looks at the energy Klinsmann brought to the team last night.
- Grant Wahl at SI.com has three thoughts on last night.
- Steve Davis has player ratings at SI.com.
- Leander Schaerlaeckens has player ratings at ESPN.com.
- Soccer America has their player ratings up.
- MLS Soccer.com has their player ratings up.
- Soccer America's USA Confidential looks at the match.
- MLS Soccer.com with how well Brek Shea did last night.
- MLS Soccer.com looks at the match from Michael Orozco Fiscal's POV.
- MLS Soccer.com on Klinsmann's smiles before, during, and after the match.
- Goal.com on how Mexico is less than thrilled with the outcome last night.
- Goal.com looks at the Latin influence that Klinsmann employed last night.
- Goal.com talks about how Mexico's defenders aren't happy with their collapse last night.
- Goal.com looks at the way Klinsmann set up the USMNT jerseys last night.
- Goal.com on Klinsmann saying that no roster spot is safe.
- Goal.com recaps the match and how the 2nd half subs turned things for the US.
- The Goalkeeper has some morning-after thoughts on the match.
- The Goalkeeper with a post-game video blog recap of the match.
- The Goalkeeper has some video reaction from US players.
- The Big Lead recaps Klinsmann's debut as USMNT coach.
- Steven Goff has a recap, player ratings, and video.
- The USA 10 Kit does US player stock rising and falling.
- The USA 10 Kit has a few quick thoughts on the match.
- MLS Talk recaps the match.
- No Short Corners has some quick thoughts on the match.
- Yanks Abroad recap the match.
- Dirty Tackle has three interesting photos from last night.
- The Fullback Files have some wuick thoughts on last night.
- MLS Soccer.com looks at the good vibrations after Klinsmann's debut.
- Inside Minnesota Soccer.com recaps the match.
- The Big Lead was encouraged by last night's draw.
- SBI.net thinks that Kyle Beckerman made the most of his start last night.
- Yanks Abroad has a post about Klinsmann previewing the path ahead.
- Third Kit has friendly fallout from last night.
- Steve Davis hands out cheesesteaks to the players he liked the most last night.
Marta bags two more goals as the Flash defeat magicJack 2-1
The Flash are now three points clear of Philadelphia for first place with each team having one game left.
The Independence play at magicJack at 4pm on Sunday. So, when the Flash kick off at home on Sunday against at Atlanta at 6pm, tehy should know whether they need a draw to clinch first overall and the right to host the WPS Final or not.
News & Notes:
- Noah @ The USA 10 Kit with a great call ahead of last night.......
- Jeff Kassouf looks at Paul Riley's cracks on Pia Sundhage's handling of Amy Rodriguez and the fallout from them.
- MLS Soccer.com looks at the idea of bringing the Ajax way stateside.
- The Original Winger has a link to The Guardian's Ultimate Guide to the EPL season.
- So much for watching the Tottenham-Everton match this weekend....
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