Did they play like s**t or is Germany just a much better team? I can think of a few individual instances of poor play (starting w/Gonzalez' fluffed clearance early in the first half) but otherwise I thought Germany were simply a better team. I think Klinsmann's critics will be silenced a bit by this game and by the first round in general. He made a tactical switch with Zusi and Davis early on which addressed and largely neutralized Germany's main threat down the right in the first half. I think that Jones, in particular, and Johnson have performed very well and we will likely hear less about JK's alleged favoritism toward German-Americans. But I was frustrated by how much respect and space they gave the Germans early on, and really to a lesser degree throughout the match. They allowed the German defense to play an extremely high line with Neuer effectively playing the sweeper role. The US didn't have anybody capable of getting in behind the defense.