The USMNT defense’s European problem

The most pressing issue for the US is cutting out sloppy goals. But is that possible when almost none currently face the world’s best?

Much has been made the past few days – months, even – about the state of Jozy Altidore’s club form. Add to that the ongoing repatriation of other USMNT mainstays such as Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and, now, Mix Diskerud, and some (US manager Jürgen Klinsmann chief among them) have voiced concerns about a dip in national-team form.

Here’s the thing: Altidore has scored before for both club and country, and not been half-bad at it. He will score again. But for a broken nose, Dempsey’s World Cup was typically gritty, productive Deuce. And while Bradley had a mostly ineffectual tournament by his standards, it has been papered over recently by the emergence of Diskerud.

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