Young Americans hold on to beat Czech Republic

Published Wednesday, September 3, 2014 3:26 PM by Shane Barrow
Young Americans hold on to beat Czech Republic

Well today offered a real treat for US soccer fans.  Normally I don't get overly excited to watch soccer friendliest right after a World Cup as usually the stars are not on display.  True many of the US stars are not I the squad as the Americans face the Czech Republic, but the are featuring some promising youngsters.  Four teenagers dotted Klinsmann's roster and 15 were under the age of 24.

Most notably Joe Gyau and Julian Green.  We all saw a glimpse of Green in Brazil as he showed is skills.  I have seen Gyau play here at Dallas Cup with the youth national team so I am very much aware of his talents. These are the wingers of the future.  In my opinion our weakest position in Brazil and the spots we must upgrade the most to really make a splash at Russia 2018. Jozy Altidore returned to lead the attack and World Cup Portugal hero John Brooks slotted in at center back.

It was Gyau and Green that fired the first decent shots of the match for the Americans as both launched from outside the penalty area.  Pete Cech was well positioned though and handled both with ease.

It really was a very solid opening thirty minutes for the visiting USA as they got plenty of attack and looked the more athletic side.  Brad Guzan was only called into action once.  Then the Czech's got loose on the counter with Tomas Rosicky racing down the left side.  Instead of shooting Rosicky tried to slide the ball back post for the brushing Darida who couldn't quite get on the end of the pass.  The US dodged that bullet.

The Americans would grab the lead in the 39th minute after Cech played a shirt goal kick int the center mid to Darida who was immediately dispossessed by Mix Diskerud.  The pass from Cech was not the best at all and it left Diskerud racing in on goal.  Cech was up to the challenge saving the initial shot, but leaving a fat rebound for Bedoya to slot into the gaping net.  1-0 USA.

The half would end with the Americans deservedly in front.  Even stringing together 26 consecutive passes before the whistle. They were definitely the better side in the opening half of play.

After a comfortable start to the second half, the US got in a bit of trouble on the hour mark.  After defending a set piece the Americans were looking to counter.  Unfortunately the releasing pass was not good enough giving the ball right back to the Czech Republic.  A nicely weighted chip from Rosicky found Krejci.  Nick Rimando went low to save the shot and keep the 1-0 lead.

After bringing on Greg Garza and Brek Shea the US got into more trouble as Gyau was beaten on the back post.  Luckily Rimando made another save before putting the ball to safety.  The home side was definitely on the front foot and pushing for the equalizer.  The Americans would need to show some resolve to weather the storm.

The US would get even younger as 18 year old Emerson Hyndman made his debut in the 67th minute as he replaced Bedoya.  The youngster is currently plying his trade with Fulham in England.

From there the inexperience of the young Americans showed as it was one way traffic the final twenty minutes.  The Czech's threw everything they had at the visitors, but Rimando was up to every challenge.  Throw in some poor finishing and the USA got out of Prague wit their first ever win over the Czech Republic.

All in all it was a good effort from the Americans on the road.  The first half was great and the youth was there for all to see and to get valuable experience.  Next month the US will face Ecuador and Honduras on home soil.  Expect to see alot of the homebased MLSers in those two.