The Gold Cup semis are tomorrow in Chicago, and the two favorites haven't looked so great. Mexico has struggled mightily, losing to Honduras in the first round and struggling with a depleted Costa Rica in the quarters. The US has only given up one goal, but hasn't exactly been commanding in its wins. They kept Panama in the game for most of their quarterfinal on Saturday in Foxboro before getting out of there with a 2-1 win.
I feel pretty good about the team in general, but the attack is scaring me. Taylor Twellman is showing that he just can't score on the international stage. He had his chances against Panama to end that game, and he couldn't score. Brian Ching is a poor man's Brian McBride, and I don't think he exactly fits into Bradley's system. I think Eddie Johnson should get more of a chance than he's had so far, but he hasn't shown the same form he has in MLS. Dempsey, Donovan, and Beasley have been three of the more impressive players in the attacking third, but we need more from the forwards.
Is it a sign of a lack of quality in the position, or is it just a case of the team not clicking up front? What do you think? I go back and forth, and I'm just really not sure.
I will repeat something I said in the comments last week. If Bradley keeps with this type of style and formation, Jozy Altidore will shine when he gets the big call up.