Shorthanded or not, U.S. squad has long way to go before World Cup
CARSON, Calif. --
Sorting through that mess in search of positives hardly seems worth the effort. But as Bradley reviews the tape of the game later, he might draw a drop of enthusiasm from an unlikely source: The play of
It was fitting that Bornstein had a solid game against Honduras, a country in which he has become a hero. His header against Costa Rica last October on the final day of World Cup qualifying tied the game and stamped Honduras through to South Africa. Honduras jerseys with "Bornstein" on the back dotted the crowd, and he was the only U.S. player cheered loudly during introductions. He has been popular with the Honduran press, and fans asked him to pose for pictures as he left practices this week. He added to the fervor by putting the shoes he wore in the game against Costa Rica
Honduran fans may adore him, but U.S. supporters have long had a love-hate relationship with Bornstein, reflective of his up-and-down play with the national team. His performance Saturday isn't likely to change that, but it might cause the bulk of their concern to shift elsewhere.
One of the goals of the January camp was to identify who among the trio of center backs -- Conrad,
Conrad may not have deserved two yellow cards in the game's first 17 minutes, but he needed to play smarter, particularly in giving up the penalty kick that got him sent off and put the U.S. down a goal. Marshall lost
"Speaking for Jimmy, he has played in the World Cup and is a player we chose to be the captain; and I know he feels bad about getting caught in that situation because it put a team in a tough spot," Bradley says.
The disarray caused by Conrad's exit undoubtedly contributed to the center back's struggles. For a spell the team played midfielder