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Buck up! One more week to go!

Buck up! One more week to go!


We are almost there. We just went through the dead zone in American and global football. That’s the time after the Champion’s and Confederation’s Cup where the major European leagues are in a lull.

It is just 9 days until the U.S. World Cup qualifier south of the border at the Azteca

It is just 12 days until the start of the English Premier League.

You’ve made it. Just one more weekend.

What are your thoughts?

Who’s going to play for the U.S. next Wednesday? What’s your game summary prediction?

How’s Clint going to fare now that he’ll be a starter for the full season at Fullham? Is this the year that Eddie Johnson makes his mark as well.

Will Jonathan Spector stay healthy and contribute regularly? Does Jay DeMerit move clubs?

Tell us what you think?

The mirage is fast becoming an oasis.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by mhikaric on 2009/08/03 at 11:02 AM

    It’s so hard to predict anything with the USMNT – it really depends on what team they bring to the game. And I don’t mean Landon/Onyewu etc vs Holden/Beckerman & co so much as Confed Cup Spain/Brazil (1st half) vs WCQ in Costa Rica. If it’s the former, I think we can pull out a convincing win. If not, we will be annihilated. Taking the average, I’d say we lose 2-1.

    Of course, I’d like for us to win and pop that smug look off Vela’s face.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2009/08/03 at 3:01 PM

      Good point. The U.S. team certainly needs consistency. As we saw though in the Gold Cup the U.S. is very vulnerable with speedy defenders off their wing backs.

      Boca, Spector and even Hedjuk are not the fleetest of feet. The result? Our edge middies need to come back and support so deep that our counter attacks are more counter considerations.

      That’s what worries me against Mexico and other top tier talent — getting pinned to deep in our end.

      Again, I’m not a formation guy, but it would be great to see Ricardo Clark and maybe even Beckerman sitting in the middle and then play Benny and Ching or Altidore over them to start — that might free up runs from Donovan and Dempsey.

      That being said, we are easily walking into that game with a 4-4-2 and let’s hope that two out of Davies and Altidore and Ching can rattle some worry upfront.


  2. Posted by Wilson on 2009/08/03 at 11:02 AM

    Jay Watford plays for who? Jay DeMerit, if given an opportunity to play in EPL I think he leaves Watford. Even though Watford is a good team in Coca-Cola League.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2009/08/03 at 2:57 PM

      I have a hard time believing with the Titus Brambles and Jonathan Woodgates of the world that DeMerit hasn’t earned his shot back in the big time yet. You’d have to think a team like the Villians or Man City would desperately want him.


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