The United States beat the Netherlands. And Germany. IN EUROPE.
The first reaction to that probably includes a lot of befuddlement, fist pumping and maybe even the lighting of some fireworks. That is a pretty normal reaction to beating the No. 1 and No. 6 ranked teams in the world. So light those fireworks.
But what does the last week mean for the U.S.?
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It was a good week, by any measure. The U.S. didn’t just beat two good teams, they out-played both for stretches. The Americans created chances and caused the Dutch and German defenses serious trouble. It wasn’t a result of direct play or luck, either. The team strung together passes to dictate play and control tempo.
That was never more evident than on the U.S.’s first goal against the Germans, when they made 30 passes over 90 seconds before Michael Bradley played…
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