Posts Tagged ‘spain

05
Jun
08

USA vs. Spain the aftermath

What can be said about the US vs. Spain other than it was a tale of 2 halves (kinda)?

The teams were pretty evenly matched in the first half, though if we are going to be fair, Spain was likely keeping the foot slightly off the gas so as to avoid injuries prior to the Euros this weekend.

Still, there weren’t a ton of embarrassing performances. Even Eddie Johnson looked almost like a professional footballer (in the first half). The back line held together fairly well also stifling most attacks, though no one is going to convince me that Onyewu is the best option. He is still very SLOW. He is a nice target to have on set pieces, but do we REALLY want a centerback who’s best quality is his height on set pieces? Because in all honesty we have two of them in Bocanegra and Onyewu. (though I think Boca beings a bit more to the table defensively)

Time to give Orrozco some run, Chief

However, the true story for the US was the emergence and the brilliance of Freddy Adu. He was dangerous all half. Causing havoc for the Spanish backline and even gave defenders as vaunted (and rightfully so) as Carlos Puyol all they could handle with artful passes and runs into the heart of the Spanish defense.

Unfortunately for Freddy, his passes went for naught as they were still being sent to EJ who squandered them basically at every chance he got.

Of course it all came crashing to a halt when Puyol was beaten and lunged at Freddy stepping on his foot.

The second half, while not a disaster, was not pretty. Negative play. Returning to the dreaded ’empty bucket’ formation. Lack of possession. Michael Bradley playing the full 90 when he clearly didn’t have enough gas to go more than 60 and it showed when he was one of the people torched on Xavi’s brilliant goal scoring run. (P.S. can we stop playing Michael Bradley as a d-mid, Bob? He is playing out of position and it shows)

The forward play became non-existent and the introduction of Josh Wolff showed us that these last 2 matches should be his farewell to the national set up.

Another troubling performer is Clint Dempsey. He has absolutely sucked the last 4 months or so for club and country. It’s time to sit him. I’m seriously getting sick of Bradley picking much less playing, players based on past reputation. It’s a shit way to select a side and an even more shit way to get the most out of players when they know they can go out and go through the motions, do shit and still get picked.

One other thing that needs to be addressed is the style of play. We have REALLY regressed hard into a shit, route 1, Brit-ball cunt style of playing. A year ago around the Gold Cup we looked like a team more interested in keeping the ball on the ground and holding onto it more. No longer.

Maybe missing Donovan and some others has meant that much, but it’s disturbing nonetheless.

Hopefully this weekend when we play Argentina we get Donovan back. Kenny Cooper is expected to play which is a LONG overdue call up as he has been RIPPING it up and the new Villareal man, Jozy Altidore is expected to figure into the scene as well. If Adu is healthy all 3 of those players prefer a possession ground attack to the shit long ball automatico stuff.

The big positive to take away is we played more positively than we did against England and Spain is a light years better team than England is.

There are still things to address (Bradley’s negative tactics, playing players out of position, poor substitutions, his sudden loss of touch when making halftime adjustments, players developing worse and worse first touches among other things) However, nothing that should stop us in the first couple rounds of World Cup qualifying…I hope. I’m sure Bradley hopes as well as there are already a ton of people calling for his head and I gotta say…I’m starting to agree with it a bit.

02
Jun
08

USA vs. Spain Roster Set-and it sucks.

Her is the roster for the US vs. Spain via USMNT Blog:

Goalkeepers (3): Dominic Cervi (out of contract), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC)

Defenders (7): Carlos Bocanegra (out of contract), Dan Califf (FC Midtjylland), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock)

Midfielders (6): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Eddie Lewis (Derby County), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)

Forwards (4): Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Nate Jaqua (out of contract), Eddie Johnson (Fulham FC), Josh Wolff (out of contract)

Another piece of shit roster. It was nice to see him drop Rico Clark after having a horrible game against England. Which was surprising I must admit.

However, where are the fucking goals going to come from is Donvan is out? Dempsey looked invisible against England, so much so that I even forgot to mention him in the recap. Also, Josh Wolff has no business being on the field for this.

Also, for the love of all that is holy, Bob, do not play Gooch and Boca in the center of defense.  Spain’s attack has TONS more pace than England’s and Gooch has the speed of an oak tree. Orrozco was called up and should be given a look. He played great from a very good Mexican club and looked great in the Olympics.

On a side note: why the fuck hasn’t Jorge Flores been called up into the youth teams yet? He is on FIRE for Chivas USA and if my sources are correct he is eligible for the US and Mexico. Do you wish to lose ANOTHER player to El Tri because of shit scouting, sticking with your old standby players and lack of action? This kid should be capped NOW. Hell, he should have been brought in against Spain. I’m not saying he is the cure all, but he is a tireless worker on the LM with fantastic pace. Let’s not waste that.

With this roster I’m looking at 3-1 Spain. I have a feeling we’ll sneak in a late garbage time goal. However, with what I am sure will be the bullshit empty bucket formation and lack of quality up top, I am pretty sure we are fucked no matter what the score is unless El Nino ruptures both Achilles tendons in warm ups.

16
May
08

USMNT Player Pool Announced

So the player pool for the upcoming friendlies has been announced. (check it out after the break)

Once you scan it, you won’t see too many surprises other than Troy Perkins. What the fuck has he done to deserve a call up? He is a solid keeper but c’mon. Cervi is in that same boat as well. He looked shaky in the U-23 Olympic Q’s and has no club after turning down the offer from Chicago. Jaqua is another one who is there to fill out the numbers.

The big questions I have are: where is Subotic? Is he officially deciding to play for Serbia? Also, what’s the deal with Torres of Pachuca? He has looked very good and is an American. Is he being lured by El Tri? Bradley has to start putting more pressure on these two way players. The US has already lost too many players like this (Rossi). If they don’t get more serious about identifying and involving youngsters like those players early on we will never make any progress. Just look at how long it took for them to take a real look at Orozco who looks like he’s possibly our best centerback.

Please pull your collective heads out of your collective asses USSF. You have enough money to get to work on this shit. Stop sucking the dicks of bullshit go nowhere youth clubs that happen to have some dough and get out there and really look for players. It also wouldn’t hurt to set up a youtube like system where young players can upload videos of themselves playing to even help you along with the process.

One can only hope the continued development of the MLS academies will help this as well. There are already reports that there are 3 players in the Chicago academy who were considering moving to Mexico before the academy opened, who are absolute stunning talents. One of them is even a true #10. Imagine having that on the USMNT for once? Thank god the situation was averted (for now) in Chicago.

However, how often does this go the other way? Look no further than Chivas “USA” who has academies all across SoCal but try to place all the players with El Tri and or FMF teams rather than US soccer. This is a problem and one MLS needs to address. I’m sure that once MLS is a bigger cash cow than the FMF that the fans of Chivas d. Guad wouldn’t be too happy if their academy system was switched to train young Americans to go play in MLS clubs and the USMNT.

I ‘get’ that MLS is still a league that feeds into bigger leagues, however, Chivas USA’s youth system is doing more than that at the moment. They’ve had a number of promising youngsters who’ve never seen time with CUSA but went straight to C d Guad. That is unacceptable. It as bad as the rumored shadow clubs Arsenal and several Dutch clubs run in Africa.

Other than those issues, the roster looks solid. One can only hope Adu gets a chance to shine. One can also hope Bradley can bring the magic he’s had for Herenveen. I also hope Feilhaber gets no playing time as he has no business being on a national team roster if he can’t get playing time at Derby. His last few appearances in the national shirt have shown as much. Benny: get playing time at the club level, somewhere, anywhere and then get called back in. It’s time to consider a move to MLS for a couple seasons to find your head and find your form. Leaving HSV was the dumbest move you’ve made in your career.

Johnson is another one who has no business seeing the field. Playing reserve games for Fulham is no substitute for competitive action in a league. Plus you have been dreadful lately. Bradley needs to stop calling in players based on potential only.

That’s all for now. Check out the player pool after the break.

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