BB has proven to be an absolute failure on a tactical level. How this team does not come out in a 4-5-1 is beyond me. Time and again, BB sends this team out in a 4-4-2 with two kids (literally) up top; remember Robbie Findley anyone? It is just embarassing to watch. I almost feel bad for the players. Panama was committed to throwing everyone forward and playing balls over the top; we should have been eating everything up in the midfield with Edu partnering Bradley, Donovan at attacking midfielder, Dempsey floating into the hole, am actual RW, etc etc.
What sickens me the most is how US Soccer fails to produce positional players. Who is the LB of the future? The RB? This set up did not have a CAM, a dedicated RW, a true LW. We manufacture holding midfielders (Bradley, Jones, Bedoya, Edu-- who should be on the pitch! is he injured?) , Donovan played out of position on the RW (yes he can play there, but he is a striker/ attacking mid! I prefer him in the hole off of Altidore), Dempsey playing a LW when he should be a left forward-- he cuts inside and comes middle deep to pick up the ball, he is not a touchline hugging winger-- the team is INCREDIBLY NARROW, everyone up the middle where they have been developed to play, the only width at all coming from Cherundolo bombing forward.
We have ZERO playmaking up the middle of the park with this formation (Bradley is not equipped to be a playmaking attacking midfielder, he is the American Lucas Leiva, which is fine for what it is). Bring Donovan middle where he wants to be, to link up with Bradley/Edu and spray balls to Dempsey, Altidore and a true RW. Am I asking too much? You watch Bob Bradley send out these team sheets and you throw up in your mouth... he should have gone three years ago, but Sunil Gulati and The US Soccer dictatorship (voting for Blatter was another black eye for the Federation) will never do the right thing. No development, no tactics, no growth; we've been treading water for 10 years. Infuriating.