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Monday, June 12, 2006

Lackluster U.S. needs spark in Germany

The U.S.-Czech Republic match was painful to watch Monday.

No, not because some non-fans may say "It's soccer." The pain came from watching what were billed by the media as some of the best players in the world -- and the most talented on any U.S. squad to date -- stand around and look disinterested.

This is the 5th-ranked team in the world according to FIFA and they seemed to be playing without desire, motivation or leadership.

Not to take anything away from the Czechs -- they have talent too. The difference is when the Czech Republic lost 6-foot-7 behemoth Jan Koller, who scored the game's first goal, other players stepped up. The Americans had no one.

The U.S. needs someone to take control against Italy on Saturday. While not as powerful as they have been in the past, the three-time World Cup champions will pose a tough challenge for the U.S., especially if the Americans played like they did Monday.


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