The U.S. is just a quick 180 around the clock from tipping off against Haiti in Foxboro this evening. With the group stage virtually wrapped up for the U.S.–the U.S. had double the points of any team in their group–this game should see the end of the bench emptied.
USMNT fans should expect a big win. 1-0, 2-1 really is not impressive for a team that easily handled Grenada and finally poured it on Wednesday against Honduras.
Game notes will follow below here.
The starting line-up sees Bradley employ the full roster. Sam Cronin, Colin Clark, and finally Luis Robles-pulling-out-splinters are in there.
Here it is:
G: Luis Robles
D: Jay Heaps – Michael Parkhurst – Jimmy Conrad (JIMMY CONRAD) – Brad Evans
M: Colin Clark – Sam Cronin – Stu Holden – Santino Quaranta (though he’ll probably push forward a lot)
S: Davy Arnaud – Kenny Coops
For me, I’m looking to see the following against this lower level competition:
Cooper play a nice combo role of holding striker and hit man up front
Parkhurst to show me something and Stu Holden to really make an impression.
Wake Forest alum Sam Cronin to show he’s got the chops. He certainly made the past few NCAA tourneys eventful.
I would have liked t0 have seen Robbie Rogers get one more run out there and show some domination, but we’ll have to wait on that.
Feel free to comment below. I’ll be adding notes and analysis, not a running commentary:
(4 min) – Colin Clark you gotta hustle that shot out. Arnaud set the table and Clark took just a little bit too long, inviting a defensive bump and sent his shot shot high and tight.
(6 min) – 1-0! Well played – Cronin to Holden slotting through to Arnaud…nice linkage for unfamiliar teammates.
(9 min) – U.S. still looking for someone beyond Feilhaber, Spector and Donovan to deliver consistently good set pieces. A short corner by Stu Holden, but U.S. maintains possession.
- We just got another look at the Arnaud goal — wonderful composure.
(18 min) – Holden doing a nice job of maintaining offensive pace and direction, though he’s been dispossessed a few times.
(21 min) – Kenny Cooper can’t be handled in the box — just got brought down — we need to order up some more wing services for him.
(30 min) – Our backline is looking a bit disorganized…on a separate note, Stu Holden just missed Lamparding it into the top left — a boomer of a shot. Shear mustard!
(32 min) – Conrad and Parkhurst are a bit challenged in partnership; Parkhurst takes a yellow that narrowly could have been a red with a kick.
- Jimmy Conrad and William Dafoe were separated at birth, anywho…
(37 min) Colin Clark needs a map out there….he’s having a tough time getting settled.
1st half observations:
- The team is a bit disorganized but that’s to be expected with a lot of new players in new places.
- Our defense is just not positioning itself well and is not physical enough, the Haitian forwards are putting some pressure.
- Stuart Holden is playing the Tom Brady roll in Foxboro. He’s maintaining possession, controlling the pace, and communicating well to teammates.
- Cooper and Arnaud up front are playing a scrappy solid game, service their way has been a bit inconsistent, but they are not making many mistakes.
- It’s possible that the line judges refs are looking into the stands instead of on the field.
- Jimmy Conrad is playing like a man who knows his spot is on the line, and unfortunately he’s pressing a bit too much.
(46min) The ghost of Luis Fabiano strikes, 1-1 as Luis Robles and the backline fail to contend with a cross. The U.S. should have defended that one.
(48min) WOW! 2-1 HAITI! As the U.S. looks like jv squad taking on some allstars right now.
- You have to wonder what Bob Bradley said at halftime since the U.S. came out flat and without and improvement where they needed it.
(58min) Well done U.S. — no chances yet, but settling down and maintaining possession for about 2mins here.
(60min) However, the Americans are making no offense runs. Bob Ross couldn’t paint it any better.
(61min) Davies and Beckerman for Cooper and Quaranta. You can’t find any question with bringing in Davies; let’s see if Berckerman can make some entry passes.
- You got question Cooper out instead of Arnaud. You got the burner in Davies, you need Kenny Noggin’ for the service.
- Dare I say Freddy Adu would have been perfect for this game.
- Nearing the 70th, going to be an exciting half hour.
(72min) U.S. linking some passes together now, no solid chance but you can feel the confidence building
- Charlie Davies is class, class, class — phenomenal on the ball composure and possession and good decision making. I can see him earning the equalizer — either assisting on or burying it.
- There is a good chance that you can replace the Haitian kit with an Italian kit, because the Haitians are diving more than Del Piero right now.
(75min) Ching for Clark, yes Adu would have been nice to have around. Let’s hope the Big Aloha has another lash in him.
(85min) U.S. pressing as the Haitains pack it in. It’ll be a numbers game now of quality chances to hopefully earn at least 1 goal.
- Evans is lost in the wingback position — not his fault he’s a middie by nature.
(91min) AND THERE IT IS! STUART HOLDEN IS A BEAST! 2-2 equalizer – right-footed rocket! Welcome to South Africa Stuart, you’ve earned it.
(92min) …and that’s it. The nets were still rippling from the Holden’s blast and that’s time, more analysis to come shortly.