Three times in the first 25 minutes, South Africa has been able to move through the left side of the United States' defense and in on Brad Guzan's goal. Though the Aston Villa `keeper has done well to come off his line and cut-down all angles, Tim Ream and Jonathan Bornstein are having trouble slowing down the hosts, continuing the States' problems in defense.
We talked about those problems earlier today, with the U.S. keeping only three clean sheets in their proceeding 20 matches. Today was a chance for change, with Ream and Eric Lichaj getting starts. While Lichaj has made a crucial block, Ream has been less convincing, one time giving the Bafana Bafana a change when he mistimed a challenge.
While Robbie Rogers just put a nice shot on goal from 19 yards out, South Africa has looked far more dangerous through 25 minutes. The match is in South Africa and this is a second (or third) choice United States squad. But still, it's been a mixed bag early for the States.