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June 20, 2013Posted by on
After a great month of qualifying from the USMNT, scoring all nine available points, we seem to have more answers than questions. A few players have solidified there spots on the team. No one will be arguing that Jozy should lose his spot after a record breaking goal scoring streak to break his dry spell. Matt Besler is our clear first choice centerback and while Omar Gonzalez has been getting maximum time besides him, he has not impressed. Klinsmann may very well keep Gonzalez at the position through next summer, but it is far from a given. Michael Bradley was already a key to the team, but his leadership on the field continues to establish himself as the most important player in stars and stripes. Geoff Cameron has shown himself to be absolutely invaluable to the team at three different positions. Cameron is the first off the bench at centerback, right back and defensive midfield and has played well enough at each spot to hope for a start somewhere. Even deeper down we see the DeMarcus Beasley and Brad Evans have cemented themselves in the fullback positions, though it seems unlikely that either will be playing those positions a year from now. If Timmy Chandler and Steve Cherundolo are able to find there way back into the squad they will be the favorites to hold down the fullback positions, but Evans and Beasley have definitely helped the team with spectacular play to keep those spots warm. Fabian Johnson has been moved to the midfield and seems likely to stay there given strong performances for most of the matches and a reluctance to move him to his more natural left fullback position. Graham Zusi has shown well on the right wing and would have been another player to set himself up as a starter if it weren’t for the specter of Landon Donovan on the Gold Cup roster. Zusi could very well outplay Donovan at the position and keep his spot, but if Landon comes to the senior team, it will be hard for Klinsmann to keep him on the bench.
With thirteen points from six games they look all but set to move on to Brazil. The team looks more comfortable than they have in years and is firing on all cylinders. They have looked to be playing the best soccer we have seen from them in years. The defense hasn’t been stellar, but the attack has looked strong and creative with solid service leading to a very good attack.
Noting that we can take another look at the situation at all of the positions and take a guess at who might still be around a year from now. Obviously all predictions are void if injured and I’d be happy to have a team full of sixteen year old superstars come out of nowhere and wipe out any projection I could make, but here are my projections for the 23. Bolds are players I’d be willing to bet money on, while the rest are just my choices to fill out the roster.
Goalkeepers: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Bill Hamid
Fullbacks: Fabian Johnson, Steve Cherundolo ,Timothy Chandler, Edgar Castillo
Central Defenders: Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron, Omar Gonzalez, Clarence Goodson
Defensive Midfield: Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, (Geoff Cameron), Maurice Edu,
Wing Midfield: DeMarcus Beasley, Graham Zusi, Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson
Central Attacking Midfield:Clint Dempsey, Stuart Holden, Joe Corona
Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Herculez Gomez, Terrence Boyd
June 14, 2013Posted by on
According to MLSsoccer.com, Jerry Bengston left the Honduras team at a stopover in Houston. The team was on their way to Salt Lake Utah to play the USMNT, but Bengston went to Boston to be with the Revs instead. It’s not a huge deal on the field as Bengston hasn’t done much for the Revs and he hasn’t even been playing for Honduras the last few games. It seems that he left the team in the south out of frustration over lack of playing time. He’s not quite the player that Blas Perez is for Panama, but another MLS striker will be missing from the USMNT’s Central American opponent this week.
June 4, 2013Posted by on
Pressure Released From Jozy
It has been hard to watch Jozy Altidore struggle to score consistently for the past few months as news and highlights of his scoring for AZ Alkmaar make it’s way over the pond. Coming off of a season where he scored the most goals by any American in Europe, it was USMNT fans’ hope that his scoring form would continue for this set of friendlies. Although he struggled during the friendly against Belgium, it seemed Altidore’s National team form finally began to improve with his performance against Germany. With credit also due to Graham Zusi’s fantastic one-time cross, Jozy was able put an impressive volley into the back of the net for the US Men’s National Team’s first goal of the day.
Not only was Altidore’s finishing and runs off the ball impressive, but Jozy’s hold up play was some of the best we have seen from the player for sometime. This hold up play eventually lead to Dempsey’s first goal of the match. After receiving a nice ball in Germany’s third of the field, Altidore was able to hold off the German defender long enough to allow multiple other American’s to flood into the box. Jozy then played a lobbed pass to Dempsey who finished it cleanly.
With this play from the previously struggling player, it will be interesting if Jozy can match the performances he has been putting in over seas and continue to find the back of the net for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
National Teams’ Defense Still Is Not There
The German attack was bound to be a major test for the defense for the National team and the backline’s inexperience shined through. Beasley, although looking good going forward, struggled to consistently make defensive plays. This can be chalked up to the fact that he is being played out of position, but DeMarcus will need to step up his game in order to help the USMNT qualify for Brazil 2014.
The young central defensive pair of Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler had multiple struggles when it came to man marking and set piece defending. Gonzalez was essentially the main cause of Germany’s first goal by not marking Germany’s Westermann closely enough on a corner kick. Matt Besler arguably looked better then Gonzalez but still needs much more work to shore up the United States’ defense.
The shining star of the defense in yesterday’s game was the performance put in by Sounder’s Brad Evans. Evans made a name for himself with both his offensive and defensive workrate. Evans tracked back multiple times to help his CB’s out and put pressure on Germany’s defense with his spot on long balls. Coupled with the help from Jermaine Jones, Evans’ performance could be one of the main reasons the USMNT did not tie or lose.
I have to say, I was impressed with the environment the U.S. Soccer Federation created at RFK. It was a pleasant sight to see the stadium full unlike the usual spotty spectatorship that you get at a normal DC United game. Despite the occasional wave, the fans were awesome and supported the national team strongly. This was one of the first USMNT games I have been to where the majority of the fans actually supported the national team. I am a strong believer that you need to support the team where you live and it was a sight for sore eyes to see that support present. Now if we can only get that kind of support at every national team game.
August 12, 2012Posted by on
Its that time again folks, Shark Weeks a coming and in honor of this great week I am going to do something special. I am going to write a post that combines this JAWsome week with the beautiful game. It is sure to be FINtastic. Sharks come in all different shapes and sizes and shark has individual traits that allows them to survive. I am going to take some of the top sharks and compare the similarities between Shark and soccer player.
********Side note, I am using the MLS and US players**********
The Great White/Abby Wambach: The great white shark is the ultimate predator and the most prolific hunter in the sea. They are fast, and powerful with a bite force second to none.If a great white grabs a hold of you, the chances of you getting away in one piece are slim. Great White’s have an hora about them, with a reputation of being one of the most dangerous animals on Earth. Abby Wambach has some of the same traits, she is a prolific striker who instills fear in the hearts of defenders. Abby has great vision and sense, along with being physically dominate. The Great White and Abby also share one more quality that is very unique, they both are deadly in the air. Great Whites have been known to jump out of water to feed on seals, Abby is known for getting airborne and netting spectacular headed goals.
The Bull Shark/Chris Wondolowski: The Bull Shark is a ruthless killing machine just how Wondo is a ruthless goal scoring machine. Alot like Wondo, Bull Sharks are coastal animals that are very versatile. Bull Sharks can both be in oceans and rivers. Bull Sharks are medium sized sharks but have a very imposing force, just like Wondo. Bull Sharks get their name from their tenacity along with their tendency to head but prey. A lot like Bull Sharks Wondo is known to stay shallow in the defense and strike with precision. Also a very unique characteristic they both share is they are both overlooked. Wondo has been hands down the best striker in MLS for the last few years but does not get the attention that Henry gets. Bull Shark’s could be the most dangerous shark but do not get the attention or stigma the Great White has.
The Tiger Shark/Thierry Henry: Another two voracious predators are Tiger Shark’s and Mr. Theirry Henry. Both are lethal hunters who attack with precision. Tiger Sharks are found allover the world just as Mr. Henry’s reputation. Tiger Sharks have a very long life span and Henry’s career feels like it has been going on forever. Tiger Sharks have been known to swim in deep waters along with swim outside their habitats. Henry has been known to play out wide or drop down into the midfield. The similarities continue, a Tiger Shark is a massive shark very large could grow up to 13 feet. Henry stands at a towering 6’2.
Mako/ Dominic Oduro: The Mako shark is a medium sized shark that is not very bulky, they are slim and slender. Mako’s and Oduro are both known for their blazing speed. The Mako is the fastest shark and Oduro maybe the fastest player in MLS. Alot like Oduro, Makos are not that dangerous, their high speed offers up a form of shock but they are not prolific. It may take a Mako a few strikers before they kill their target. Oduro will score goals but by no chance is he an elite finisher in the league.
The Goblin Shark/ American’s in Germany: The Goblin Shark is the most mysterious animal. Every time I plan on educating myself on thees oddly shaped creatures I am met at a cross roads of what to believe. I am always hit with opposing and contradictory statements. It reminds me of some US players who are playing in Germany. When I first learned about these guys I was told that Fabian Johnson was a outside mid, Danny Williams is a holding midfielder and Timmy Chandler is left or right back. When in reality they can all play almost every position. I watched a Hoffenheim game once and witnessed Fabian Johnson playing right mid, left mid and left back while Danny Williams played on the wing and then in holding mid. I have seen Chandler play winger, striker, mid and defense. Like the Goblin Shark it is hard to get a read on thees guys. Does Chandler want to play for the US or for Germany? All I know is that like the Goblin Shark I want to see more of them.
Any comments? QUestions?
July 15, 2012Posted by on
This morning Associazione Sportiva Roma (A.S Roma) announced the signing of USMNT player Michael Bradley from Chievo Verona. Roma dealt €3.75M to Chievo to obtain the services of the American star. Bradley, who is 24 years old, has signed a contract extension which will keep him with the Giallorossi until 2016. After weeks of flirtation and courtship this transfer has finally come through. Bradley has been rumored to move to a bigger club since the season ended. Bradley had a phenomenal season in Verona, making 34 appearances and was arguably the team’s most effective player. He showed a superb ability to manage a game, control the tempo and jump-start the attack. Bradley had been scouted by many teams throughout Europe.
Bradley has done much traveling since he left the New York Metrostars in ’06. He transferred from MLS to the Netherlands playing for SC Heerenveen. Shortly after the transfer, Bradley began making USMNT appearances under his father. After two years in the Netherlands he made the switch to Germany playing for Borussia Monchengladbach. During his stay at Gladbach, Bradley became a fixture for the national team. After an unsuccessful loan spell in the EPL with Aston Villa, Bradley moved to Chievo Verona.
A.S. Roma finished 7th in the Serie A and are looking to make a run at the top four this year. This is a significant step up for Bradley whose Flying Donkey’s finished 10th in the same league. Lots of departures from the Serie A may make Roma’s goals more achievable. With AC Milan, Lazio, Napoli, all losing big name players and Inter getting older, Roma’s chances are greatly improved.
Roma have recently gained a very strong American presence. With American owners an American star, Roma are clearly America’s team in Italy. USMNT fans will be able to see Bradley when Roma starts their preseason American tour. Roma take on Polish side Zaglebie Lubin in Chicago on July 22, then Liverpool in Boston on the 25th and El Salvador at Red Bull Arena on July 27.
November 11, 2011Posted by on
USA/Italy in Genoa February 29th.
A match up that would pit an American team preparing for World Cup Qualifying against an Italian team that is in the midst of Euro-qualifying. Should be a good peek at a peak for both teams.
Also a great chance to root against that scumbag from New Jersey
August 13, 2011Posted by on
I planned on attending two games this week a while ago and didn’t realize how significant they would be. The first game was the recent USA vs Mexico game, which was obviously a big deal in itself, but pumped up a lot more due to Jurgen Klinsmann joining the team. Of course Sunil and the gang still managed to screw things up by setting the game for a Wednesday night at 9 o clock; a bit off of prime time as far as most people are concerned. The support was fairly weak from both sides. Presumably a game on the weekend would have seen crowds coming in from out-of-town to attend. Even a 7 or 8 o’clock start would have made the game a ton more accessible. Never the less the game was played and players looked good and players looked bad. WE’ll start with the bad.
It was fairly obvious that Edgar Castillo was not the best player on the field; especially after he got hit in the back of the head surrendering a corner. If we had any kind of depth at the left back position he would be out of the team for a while. Although looking at who else we have available, I wouldn’t be shocked if he shows up pretty soon again unless things fall apart for him at his club. Also he looks like an alien.
Jermaine Jones absolutely disappeared from the game and we totally forgot he was on the field. We saw Brek Shea and another light-skinned player warming up on the sideline. Everyone in my group assumed it was Jermaine until they announced that he was being subbed out and Juan Agudelo was being subbed in. He was that unnoticeable.
The good side of it, as has been reported everywhere was from a bunch of MLS players. Brek Shea, Robbie Rogers, and Juan Agudelo all put in pretty solid performances. I was personally very impressed with Brek Shea, and not quite as impressed with the other two. Neither did anything much wrong, but they both put in good games at a time when they are midseason and most of the other players competing were in preseason. It is a factor for sure. So while they looked good, they should have looked good considering that fact. Shea looked great though. He looked better than almost everyone on the field in the entire second half. I understand Mexico’s team had been a bit depleted by pulling subs, but Dos Santos didn’t make quite the quality or quantity of plays that Shea made in the time he was in. Again consider his form a factor, but Shea impressed a lot of people and earned more of a look.
That’s only part of why this is Brek Shea week here in Philadelphia. The other game I was supposed to be attending that also became a much more prominent one than I had first expected was Saturdays game against Brek Shea and FC Dallas. Dallas has looked nothing short of spectacular for most of the season, in no small part thanks to Shea. On second thought, imagine what this team will be able to do if David Ferraira comes back the way he was last year. As we have seen first hand an MVP season can be hard to replicate but it would be very interesting to see that teams attack.
After impressing for country Shea is back to impressing for club; who will be facing off with the Philadelphia Union tomorrow night. Obviously the Union saw how many headlines Shea was grabbing and felt a need to grab a few of their own from their next competitor. Those headlines all came in the form of very bad puns. “Much Adu About Nothing”,”Just Adu It” “Adoop.” Freddy Adu was welcomed back to MLS as Chivas was no longer an option. As all the headlines told you, he was reunited with his former coach and mortal enemy Piotr Nowak. Apparently things were exaggerated a bit and Adu actually came back, in large part, for the opportunity to play with Nowak again. Interesting, but what I find more interesting is what this means tactically.
Presumably (read:hopefully) this means that Justin Mapp will be pushed to the sideline, while it also likely means that Roger Torres has lost a few rungs on the ladder of this team. As much as I would love to see Freddy and Roger creating in the middle of the field, I can’t imagine Nowak doing it and not having the two of them get beat up on every single ball in the air. We can’t have two players in one midfield standing under 5 foot. There’s a rule against that somewhere I’m sure. I don’t expect Adu to come in and start tomorrow, although I would assume he gets his first appearance this weekend as the team is on the road after that, but I would say I do expect him to be a pretty significant player for the Union by the end of the season. If we don’t get any one else added to this team (the only name I’ve heard is Juan Pablo Angel, who doesn’t really piqué my interest anymore and definitely not for his price tag. Maybe short-term till Nowak decides Mwanga can go 90, we’ll see), this is the lineup I would expect to see come out from here on out, with a few notes on key subs.
Williams Valdes Callif GFarfan
Le Toux Daniel
Obviously Mwanga playing the same super-sub role he has lately. Torres or Mapp coming in for Paunovic or Daniel, with Le Toux filling in any adjustments necessary.
What I’d really like to see happen by the end of the season, at least at some point, purely for excitement. I do think it could realistically be an occasional lineup for the coming seasons as Jack, Danny and Roger grow up a bit, although the odds of this are pretty low seeing what it would do to our ability to win the ball back in the midfield. Of course if you don’t ever give it up in the first place…
Williams Valdes Calliff G Farfan
Torres Adu Le Toux
We’ll see what Piotr does this week.
July 28, 2011Posted by on
This just in: @PhilaUnion boss Peter Nowak to me on his interest in vacant USMNT position:
“Sorry got better things to do.”
The Union side of me says thank god. The USMNT side of me also says thank god. Nowak has been great here, and I mean no disrespect by saying this but, if you’re going to fire Bob Bradley at this point in a cycle then you had better be able to bring in a mighty fine replacement. While I believe wholeheartedly that Nowak could do the job, I don’t think he’s enough better to justify this kind of move. Maybe if it was the end of the cycle and he wasn’t in the middle of coaching a club team at the top of its table. It didn’t make sense the first time I saw it and I’m glad that Nowak affirmed that.
I’m expecting Jurgen Klinsmann, as are most of the country, as the replacement but I really wish we would’ve done this earlier and brought in Bielsa. That kind of play would’ve brought a lot of eyes to the game in my opinion, which is still the most important thing our teams can do here.
Very curious to see how this woks out and what exactly it means for the Mexico friendly at the Linc in 2 WEEKS. Remember this coach will have to turn around and face the teams biggest rival in two weeks. Somebody had to be aware of that and consider the timing. I’m also wondering if that might mean that something close to an A-team would be called in for that game so that the coach can get a nice good look at them (it might be wishful thinking as I’ve got tickets). I was expecting more of an MLS based team with a few younger players coming in, as its the beginning of the season and a lot of players would probably prefer to stay in camp with their club than come out for a friendly. It’s a FIFA date though so we’ll see what happens.
Presumably they’ll announce the new coach tomorrow and he’ll be in town coaching the team in a few short weeks.
March 24, 2011Posted by on
Here it is. The Red USMNT Jersey’s are officially out. The new motto which is yet to be decided will presumably be on the back, but here is what the kit will look like for this week. Pretty much what we expected, a red version of the World Cup kit, but I’m a big fan of the look.
More images here at US Soccer’s Facebook Page
March 21, 2011Posted by on
Although we all immediately heard about Stuart Holden’s injury, Carlos Bocanegra was injured in St. Ettiene’s game against FC Lorient. It appears that his injury is much less severe and that he will still train with the USMNT in Cary this week although his playing time may be limited. So far it is being called a minor calf injury, but I haven’t been able to find any information on how long he is expected to be out or the extent of the injury.