Klinsmann must address midfield in upcoming cycle

Klinsmann must address midfield in upcoming cycle
July 2, 2014, 12:00 am
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It wasn’t for lack of heart that the United States Men’s National Team didn’t advance through the quarterfinals. But then again, relying on pluck, determination and sensational goalkeeping will only get a team so far.

If there’s anything to be learned from the four games the U.S. played in Brazil, it’s this: the midfield must undergo a renovation between now and 2018 in order to avoid a similar fate. And it all starts at the six spot.

Kyle Beckerman, listed at 5-10 in the media guide, filled in at holding midfielder admirably during the first three contests. He cleaned up a number of errant passes, became a nuisance, and played a number of good balls forward to Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones. But doing a lot of the little things right simply isn’t enough when you’re pitted against superior teams like Germany and Belgium.

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