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The U.S. midfield has been criticized for not being able to retain possession and create scoring chances but Maurice Edu expects it to send a message tomorrow in its first game.

DETROIT, Mich - United States men’s national team midfielder Maurice Edu believes that the U.S. midfield will respond to recent criticisms and will have a strong game tomorrow against Canada.

"Overall, I think we are a confident team. We are confident in the ability we have and moving forward," said Edu to Goal.com. "These next games coming up, no disrespect to the teams that we are facing, we should be able to dictate the flow a little bit."

The team hasn’t won a game yet in 2011 and has had issues building from the midfield and creating opportunities moving forward. As expected, the U.S. midfield struggled immensely against world champions Spain in a 4-0 thrashing but even against opponents of a similar quality, the team hasn’t been able to capitalize. 

The U.S. is averaging a half a goal per game in its four games this year and could face a tough defense in Canada at Ford Field tomorrow.  Edu expects that team will rebound in a confident performance tomorrow as the U.S. wants to send a message to its contenders.

"The first game is very important,” said Edu. “It sets a tone for the rest of the tournament and sets a stage for things to happen from there. Obviously, you want to go out there and make a good first impression.”
 
He added, “There will be difficult games but we are a confident group.”


Alex Labidou is the Deputy Editor of Goal.com USA. Agree or disagree with the story above? Give him a shout @sportslab on twitter.

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