MICHAEL ADUBATO - Wednesday, September 7, 2011
With new coach Jürgen Klinsmann still searching for his first win in US colors after the loss to Belgium, midfielder Clint Dempsey preferred to focus on the positive aspects of the team's performance.

"In a sense not winning [was disappointing] since you always want to win games," the Texan said after the game in Brussels. "We did play some good soccer at times and I thought that in the first 20 minutes we played really well."

"I thought we responded well after the goal and it always looked like we were going to get the next one, the equalizer. I think we were unlucky not to end the game 1-1."

The Fulham man was unlucky not to score in the early stages of the game after Belgian keeper Simon Mignolet was unable to hold onto his free kick, although it was Maurice Edu who was denied the equalizer after he headed the ball past Mignolet only to have the referee award a free kick to the Belgians after claiming that Clarence Goodson had handled it.

"We were confident and wanted the ball. We were away from home in Europe and I think its a step in the right direction, wanting to get on the ball, trying to make things happen. Even though we maybe didn't create a lot of chances in the first half we linked a lot of passes together."

"We need fine tuning; maybe to get a little more nasty, greed is a better word, in the final third to try to create a little bit more and get more chances. In the second half we did that but we still didn't get the result that we wanted. I guess we were unlucky not to get the goal that Mo scored."

Overall the American #8 put things into perspective and feels that the US team is moving in the right direction.

"We've just got to keep moving forward, keep working on some things."

"This was my first game with the new coach. I just look forward to getting more time to work and train with him, and try to learn whatever role he wants me to play in a little bit better so I can help the team more."

Dempsey will next be in action this weekend when Fulham travels to Blackburn Rovers in English Premiership play.
Wednesday September 7, 2011 9:40 pm
There were 2-3 US players who were standing offsides when Dolo took the free kick. The fact that the ball was played toward them makes them involved. Edu wasn't offsides, but those guys were. That's the call they made, and it seemed right to me at that time.
the stranger
Wednesday September 7, 2011 9:59 am
That wasn't a handball that was called on the Edu goal, it was offside. The referee clearly held his arm up until after the free kick was touched, so the only calls it could have been were dangerous play or offside.

The truth is that is was another blown call, as was the decision to award a goal kick after the Dempsey free kick when Altidore was clearly fouled on the play and never even made contact with the ball. Though, this is understandable because it happened so quickly that it's only through replay that anyone could have known.

The offside call, however, is another clear instance where instant replay should be used. The linesman flagged for offside, which was clearly not the case of the players who were involved. And, if the officials claimed it was a handball after the match, then the center official needs to explain why he called it an indirect foul.

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