CONCACAF regional Olympic qualifying begins tomorrow across the United States and the home team is set to hit the ground running. The line up plays well into an offensive mindset. Most would look at the United States as the favorites in the competition as they begin in a group with Cuba, Canada, and El Salvador. Terrence Boyd made it to camp from Germany just in time and coach Caleb Porter is encouraged by his eight day training camp.
Freddy Adu was named captain as Porter looks to work through him in implementing a similar up tempo pace to his time at Akron. Adu, Brek Shea, and Juan Agudelo will be called upon to control the game and continue to force the issue as the U.S. begins with Cuba tomorrow night. Porter’s style of play will be easy to see on the pitch.
And how you control a soccer game is you possess the ball, so we’re going to be a team that builds out of the back. You’re going to see a short passing game. The ball’s going to be on the ground. We’ve worked a lot in training on ball circulation and combination play and movement, spacing, all those little attacking details that take time.
The United States will play three games in five days eyeing semifinals on March 31st. Adu’s leadership will be called upon as he was an 18 year old player during the 2008 qualifying run. Adu had plenty of pressure being tagged as a soccer phenom at a very young age, but now that has turned into years of experience and leading by example.
The players should love controlling the ball and the pace. The new system of U.S. soccer stresses fitness more than before. The depth of the squad is noticeable. The march to London begins tomorrow. Coach Porter is hoping to make easy work of qualifying.
It’s easier to destroy than to create.