Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 11/19/14
A strange 2-2 draw with Russia made for a fitting end to a strange year for the United States men's national soccer team . Throughout the year, the Americans' form has swung wildly. They have thumped and been thumped. They've won unconvincingly, gotten landmark away wins against giants, dazzled at times and been confoundingly incompetent at others. Tactics have meandered from optimism to footballing depression. Theirs was a personality split into three or four. Traveling to Krasnodar to take on Russia on Wednesday, the United States showed all of these personas in a single game. Against a Russian team not quite at full strength, the US started the game mystifyingly out of sync. The very simplest of balls were misplayed and opponents misplaced. On one such play in the 9th minute, when Danny Williams played a free kick right into the feet of Aleksandr Kerzhakov - an occurrence seen worryingly often throughout the game - Russia capitalized as Fyodor Smolov was released into space and...
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