Consider the following to be a lab report on the dangers of cherry-picking stats.
Best player in the world? Michael Bradley earns high praise after dazzling performance in No. 10 role
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Miguel Herrera doesn’t believe Mexico owe the United States for their place in Brazil. He certainly didn’t owe Michael Bradley a compliment after Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw.
The US national team debuted a new shirt and a new prospect in a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night against archrivals Mexico that featured a standout display from Michael Bradley.
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Jurgen Klinsmann doesn’t deal in guarantees. The German is more of a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately kind of manager.
You thought you knew Michael Bradley. You thought you understood exactly what this guy brought to the game. You've talked at length about his work rate, his toughness in the tackle, his toughness in just, well, everything. How he stands. How he talks. How he breathes.
GLENDALE, Ariz. – For 45 minutes, it had all the makings of Dos a Cero. With Michael Bradley tearing Mexico apart, it appeared the US national team was on its way to writing another glorious chapter in the region’s marquee rivalry.
Appearances, of course, can be deceiving.
Jurgen Klinsmann took over the US men’s national team after they got embarrassed in the 2011 Gold Cup final against Mexico, giving up four straight goals to El Tri and losing 4-2.
World Cup: Jurgen Klinsmann says USMNT-Mexico friendly a "huge opportunity," but won't decide roster choices alone
GLENDALE, Ariz. – For two-and-a-half years, Jurgen Klinsmann tinkered. He experimented, demanding urgency as he steadily expanded the player pool. The German even dropped the USMNT’s most decorated player to prove a point.
Now, 24 hours before the US national team takes on Mexico on Wednesday (11 pm ET, ESPN and UniMas) in its last friendly before the final camp before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Klinsmann is tasked with trimming rather than expanding the group at his disposal.