Before I even clicked on this thread I knew you would be in here shitting on the OP.
I'm not shitting on the OP. I'm pointing out the need to temper our expectations and not over-flatter ourselves with a decent national team season.
Friendly results are nice. There's a massive difference in how international teams prepare for and manage friendlies versus how they prepare for competitive fixtures.
How many goals did we score in the first half of our major friendly victories this season?
Zero. We scored all of our goals in those games after making mass substitutions; something we can't do in competitive fixtures.
I like Klinsmann's attitude on football. I like that he's scheduled these difficult games away from home and gotten spectacular results. I don't put much stock in them, because the rest of the world largely ignores friendly results. The only great result was the Azteca win. That was a half full Azteca. If Klinsmann can do that in qualifying in the 4 pm heat with the bags of piss flying, I'll be ecstatic.
And what exactly has Klinsmann done to the American soccer system less than two years into his tenure as manager? Someone give me tangible evidence or a link to a grassroots development program he's initiated. Someone prove that we played Klinsmann's sexy attacking football in those big friendly wins.