A shifting back four for the U.S. 

June, 3, 2013

WASHINGTON -- After struggling mightily to score goals consistently during much of the Jurgen Klinsmann era, it's understandable that much of the talk following the national team's 4-3 triumph over Germany on Sunday centered on the Americans' offensive explosion. If you listened closely to what Klinsmann and his players had to say after the match, though, it's clear that defense remains an even bigger concern heading into the Yanks' three pivotal World Cup qualifiers this month, the first of which is in Jamaica against the Reggae Boyz on Friday.

"We still gave up three goals -- that part of it is not good enough," center back Matt Besler said outside the U.S. locker room at RFK Stadium. "We still have a ton to work on."

Settling on a back four would be a good start.

Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.