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.