View From the Couch:
1. Where was the passion? In both games during January, one would expect players to be willing to run through brick walls to wear the jersey, as this is their big chance to make an impression on the international level. Unfortunately, until C.J. Sapong was subbed on in the 76th minute against Panama, the American attitude that is always praised by international supporters was missing. Sapong provided much needed energy and work rate to the US lineup and it would have been nice to see him get a longer run in the side. He could be one for the future and will be interesting to see how he develops in his second year with Sporting KC.
3. Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey will be on the field at the same time on Friday as Everton host Fulham in the 4th round of the FA Cup. This is something that all USMNT fans will be hoping is repeated when the squad plays its next game against Italy. During his reign as coach, Klinsmann has not been able to use the top two Americans on the field simultaneously. As evidenced over the past six months, Donovan and Dempsey are the top two players that Klinsmann has at his disposal and for the USMNT to have success he will need both on the field for every game moving forward.
USA Lineup: 1-Nick Rimando (12-Sean Johnson, 46); 2-A.J. DeLaGarza, 4-Michael Parkhurst, 5-Geoff Cameron, 3-Zach Loyd (14- Heath Pearce, 41); 6-Ricardo Clark (16-Jeff Larentowicz, 67), 8-Jermaine Jones (capt.); 7-Chris Wondolowski (13-Jeff Parke, 55), 10-Graham Zusi(15-Brad Evans, 66); 11-Brek Shea; 9-Teal Bunbury (18-C.J. Sapong, 76)