Four from Honduras, with a Stop in Mexico City

6 responses

  1. Jesse
    February 7, 2013

    I cannot believe we still make excuses (the field is bad, the field is dry, the field is wet, the field is…etc.) for losing to our opponents. How about our opponents were better than we were? I think that’s what needs to be said and what needs to be done is for us to be better than our opponents. I think you guys have way too much time on your hands.

    • US Soccer Players
      February 7, 2013

      I think the problem is a blanket idea of what’s an excuse. If Honduras gets four or six points against the USA across both games, I’ll be in line to call them better.

  2. Etch
    February 7, 2013

    The US did not play good enough to win.The one valid excuse I thought of was that maybe they drank tap water the night before but that would be their fault.
    Pros should be able to play on any surface and in any weather. Anyone playing as long as they have should be able to adjust. Most have played indoor, outdoor, in the hot, in the cold, rain, snow, gym floor, concrete, even gravel and dirt. They just plain sucked.

    • US Soccer Players
      February 7, 2013

      In the world we actually occupy, it seldom works that way. Conditions matter.

      • George Gorecki
        February 10, 2013

        I agree that conditions matter. But any secrets about the dry condition of the field known only to the Hondurans would have been exposed during the warm-up. These are professional players out there, right? Once the opening whistle blew, the US players should have had enough time to adapt to playing on a dry field.

  3. Tice
    February 10, 2013

    The passes that weren’t reaching their target suggest it takes more than a warmup to get the weight on the passes right. I think in theory, it’s a fair expectation that players would adjust, but pick a sport and you find examples of it not happening. Back when the Bruins were still in the Garden, every ESPN game would mention the short ice and how some teams couldn’t seem to get a grip on it. It’s the same with cold weather teams in the NFL. All should expect to play in cold weather, some just adjust better. Same with playing the fences in the old baseball parks or – and we’re back to Boston – the dead spots on the old Celtics floor.

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