Because of the emotions of the two goals we let up and the dramatic tying goal at the end, I needed to rewatch the game to form opinions on any of the players' performances. A couple of my observations from the second viewing: 1) Jermaine Jones did not do nearly as poorly as many people suggested immediately after the game ended yesterday. He actually did a fair amount to aid the attack when not trying to overdo things. And contrary to a lot of what i was reading yesterday, he did not try to do too much for the majority of the game. He did start to do this after numerous substitutions were made for both sides, but for the first half and first 20 or so minutes of the second half, he did fairly well, with a couple bad plays mixed in. Nothing wrong with that, as even General Bradley had moments he did something poorly yesterday. Also, many's definition of Jones doing "too much" seems to be when he makes those 40 yard runs out of the midfield with the ball to try to initiate the attack himself. While at times he did this, it was usually not the run itself that caused the attack to be unsuccessful, but the fact that the wings and Bradley didn't seems to expect it and therefore didn't move into positions on the field that would either open the space further or give a passing option when room inevitably ran out. At least in this game, lack of the chemistry club soccer provides is the reason why Jones is seemingly less talented in our jersey than he is in a Schalke jersey. On Schalke, the other attacking players knows he makes these runs and makes runs themselves to open space and give options. Hopefully, that chemistry can be recreated over time on this US team. If not, it is up to Klinsmann to realize the difference between his team and Schalke in relation to Jones, and make Jones aware of it. 2) The game was not as one-sided as some (read Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman) would like to have us believe. Even in the first half, when we were apparently dominated, we had a fair amount of possession after the first 10 minutes of Russia's initial attacks. And it wasn't possession for possession's sake either. It did start in with the backs, but was mostly through the midfield and would have been extremely dangerous had Gatt or Gomez not been afraid to go one on one with a Russian back. We moved it well and fairly creatively, but definitely missed Dempsey and Donovan because the two who started on the wings lacked the confidence in those positions to "try sh*t." As the game went on, Gatt started to gain some confidence, but still looked nervous at times and hesitant to play a ball into a dangerous area, instead trying a square pass to keep possession. In the second half, there were times when Russia could barely clear the ball out of it's end. After our goal, Russia started pressuring again, and they took control for about 10 mins, which is the only period of this game they truly dominated. We then took slight control back after their goal on the penalty and had a bit of and edge until we scored the tying goal.