The US perspective

by Jonathan Sager

American fan Jonathan Sager presents his latest blog.

This summer seemed to take forever to get here.  From the moment the season ended I was biting my nails to see what we would do in the transfer window.  

The moment we could, we announced Diakite, Roberge and Cabral.  Then there was Moberg-Karlsson, Mannone and Ba.  I was very excited to see these lads come through the door.

Then, well, I couldn't have asked for anything better as an American.  I began to see rumours that Jozy Altidore was on our radar.  I shrugged it off.  I thought they were the same rumours you hear every year.  

It couldn't be, the young man that I saw play in the Meadowlands in 2007.  The young man that scored two goals in that game against David Beckham's L.A. Galaxy team.  The young man that was the best player on the pitch that night.  It's not possible.

But then it was possible.  There was the picture on the website of Jozy holding the Sunderland kit.  Wow, I didn't think it could happen.

Then the rumours came about Giaccherini transferring in.  One of my favorite Juventus players, no, it certainly wasn't possible.  But it was and it is.

With the season just started we can see the revolution has officially begun.  I would have wanted more from the Fulham game, but it was a learning experience.  I think both the team and Paolo learned from it. 

We saw Jozy give us his all, just days after a hat trick against Bosnia and Herzegovina which not only won the game but gave him the US national team record for most consecutive games scoring.  I know he was dying to score a goal on his debut.  He seemed to link well with Johnson and Giaccherini.

I've said it before, but I like the way Paolo manages this team.  It is a very emotional experience.  Football is emotional.  To say that a manager can't get involved in the emotions would seem to me to be a mistake.  Obviously as he said, even one chance we have to score a goal.

I think Jozy was right on the money in his post match interview, it is a cruel league.  It was an unfair result, we had a good run, we had good possession, but it just wasn't meant to be on this day.  It is not the end of the season, there's plenty to build on.  

We've made key changes, and we're going to be better.  A couple of times I think we had really good movement and passing. One little moment of loss of focus and it burned us. 
I think in many ways we were a bit unlucky, but it is what it is.  All we can do is learn and move forward.  We looked like a better team, it's just a matter of time.  Next weekend is Southampton and England hero Rickie Lambert. Let's hope that we can give them a home loss.  Ha'way the lads!