San Antonio.- Web Editor's note: The world of soccer is big - big enough we realize at LP, to keep you posted with our resident expert's meandering opinions. Rodriguez will tell you he's just a fan of the game - but don't let him fool you. His passion is boundless -- and his love for the game of soccer is fierce. This week, Rodriguez catches up on the US Soccer Team. Click the headline for the rest of the story.
By Daniel Rodriguez,firstname.lastname@example.org
USA wins vital game against JamaicaIt's been a long couple of days since the Reggae Boyz won a historic win against the United States. But on a day of special meaning the U.S. did bounce to reclaim the lead at the top spot in the group. While there was a sense of urgency for the 55 minutes games, you saw what the U.S. has been trying to do for a while is to play possession futbol. After that it wasn't the prettiest game, but in the end what matters is three points. Here are some thoughts to take away from the huge win.Torres just doesn't fit the systemTorres has had some good games under the Klinsmann era, but mostly bad games where he is not a force in the midfield. He gets pushed around too easily and with every player has there negatives but you need Torres to rely on his passing and distribution skills from the midfield to get things moving on the offense side. None of that happen AGAIN tonight. I think we do not see him for a while and he falls in the pecking order.Klinsmann made the needed adjustmentsOk the other night's performance questions were raised about his coaching ability. I still don't think he is a coach but more of a motivator. Tonight he made some tactical (and wise) decisions that won the game. Hats off to him. Who would have guessed that playing wide gives you more opportunities in the box or that playing as many as three central midfielders in one game is most likely not a good idea. He made the adjustments and that is what coaches need to do to improve so for now he lives to see another day.Strikers are not scoring as much as they should beYes, It has been said many times over - the United States Strikers are as scary as kittens vs a rottweiler. They do not scare many defenders around the world. But they should be scared! Jozy Altidore and Terrence Boyd have been on a rampage with their respective clubs in Europe. Herculez Gomez has been great for Santos Laguna in Mexico and is considered a "super sub."Yet why this can't translate into goals for the National Team is beyond me. With one of the greatest strikers in our era as our coach you would think there should be more development by now by these guys. Herculez's goal Tuesday night was soft and lucky. That being said I can't think of who has won the striker position as of yet.