So, what do you think of the Klinsmann era after one game? Here's what I think...
The U.S. looked disorganized and a step slow the first half against Mexico, and was lucky to be trailing just 1-0. Edson Buddle, the lone striker, didn't get the ball much, and nothing seemed to be clicking. Second half -- particularly the final 30 minutes -- things changed. It all got going when subs Juan Agudelo and Brek Shea entered the game. They jump-started the Americans. Agudelo is aggressive, and unafraid, and a very promising forward who made some nice runs and passes. Brek Shea was a terrific add (despite his '80s hairdo). His beautiful cross in the 73rd minute is the reason Robbie Rogers had such an easy tap-in to tie the score 1-1. Shea also had a nice shot in the 83rd minute that could have been the game winner had the Mexican goalie not made a save. Rogers also brought energy to the US offense, and he appeared to be sprinting toward a second goal when Torrado dragged him down by the shirt (a red card in a regular game, but not in a friendly).
Landon Donovan remains the best US player on the field. Smart, fast, opportunistic, great passer.
What I liked most of all is that Klinsmann SMILED! A lot. He seemed loose and after the game said he "Had fun'' in his debut. A coach having FUN? Is that legal? Klinsmann is known for his enthusiasm, positive attitude and infectious energy, and we got a glimpse of it last night. He has accomplished nothing yet. A 1-1 friendly with Mexico means very little. There's a long road ahead for the US as it heads into World Cup qualifying next summer. But, if those final 20 minutes are an indication, I am optimistic. You?