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Grading the U.S.'s performance

Updated: March 30, 2011, 12:59 AM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

The result may have been inferior to the U.S.'s 1-1 draw with Argentina on Saturday, but the Stars and Stripes were a vastly superior team in their 1-0 loss to Paraguay on Tuesday night.

Learning its lesson from the second half against Argentina, the U.S. reverted back to its old 4-4-2 formation, doubtless realizing that without the injured Stu Holden there is nobody to man the top of the triangle in the 4-5-1 setup. It paid off, as the U.S. gained tremendously in fluidity ...

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