One last comment…. its QATAR – pronounced Ka – Tar NOT GUTTER!
Well for the first 80 minutes the US were terrible. They showed no desire, no co-hesion in their defense and were plain out atrocious. Then something switched. The Dutch kept playing well but the US decided to just go out and attack and good things happened. The Dutch had to defend and did not have anytime on the ball and the US kept attacking. All told i don’t think the US deserved their goal but they took it very well. They have a lot to think about before their next game. Hopefully Holden will shake off his injury. Full assessment coming soon.
TWEET TWEET TWEET – Game over
93:00 – Altidores turn as he gathers the ball, takes his time and rifles a shot that is excellently saved by Stecklenberg for a corner. Corner is poorly taken by Beaseley.
91:00 - Wow…what is with the US? they are attacking even harder and win a corner. Edu gets a great chance but his shot in the box goes over the bar. See what happens USMNT when you run and attack instead of playing counter attacking soccer? You put the other team on the back foot and you score goals and create chances…SHEESH
90:00 – Now the US have woken up and are attacking instead of playing back. Bedoya wins a free kick just outside the box. Beasley stands over it but his shot is right at the Dutch keeper.
89:00 – GOAL US – BOCANEGRA – Great delivery by Beasley and a powerful world class header 2-1
88:00 – The US commentators have nothing more to say so are now describing how much they like the new US uniforms. This is a shame as the US are playing their best soccer of the match. Beasley wins a free kick
85:00 - The Dutch now seems to have awoken from whatever “spell” they were under (maybe they spent too much time in the Amsterdam “coffee houses”) and are playing pretty soccer from attacking adventures to masterfully clearing the ball out of their own half. Bornstein’s nightmare has come to an end and Goodson replaces him
82:00 – The Dutch decide its time to show the US how to play offensive soccer and bring the ball beautifully and powerfully. Van de Vaart takes the final shot and it is well saved by Howard.
80:00 – Bradley takes the free kick and it is poor and comes of Altidore. Kuyt is off and his Liverpool teammate Babel is on.
79:00 - US playing even better now and are running at the Dutch defense. Some nice passing leads to a foul on a US player and they win a free kick in a dangerous position. In other games – Crouch has equalized for England and Spain are up 2-0.
75:00 – That was unlucky for Bornstein as he has had an atrocious game, BUT none of the Dutch players were challenged as they played plinko around the US players. Donovan off for Eddie Johnson. On a positive note, the US are running around even harder. Now if only they could maintain possession.
73:00 – GOAL – Huntelaar - Sneijder the architect, as the Dutch pass the ball around with ease within the US defense. The ball comes to Huntelaar who shots the ball which takes an unfortunate deflection of Bornstein which wrong foots Howard…2-0 Holland
69:00 – Much better from the US as Donovan and Spector play a one two and Spector sends in a decent cross that is headed wide by Kuyt (wonder what he is doing back there?) Resulting corner is a good one by Donovan but the Dutch clear. DeMerit is off for Pearce. DeMerit has been head and shoulders US’s best defender this game.
67:00 – GVB comes off for Braafheid. How do the Dutch come up with their names? When someone is born do they dip both their hands in a scrabble bag and pull out as many letters as they can and hey presto…they have a name?
65:00 – As the game was beginning to become a snooze fest, Bradley runs at the Dutch defense and sends a pass to Beasley who sends a dribbling ball across the face of goal, Altidore coming in late shoots the ball into the side netting. Good attacking play by the US…shame the first one had to come 2/3’s into the game.
62:00 – The US showing a little more intent, maybe responding to the Dutch increased interest in the game. Their offensive ball is poor but they are trying. The Dutch are running rampant but the US defense is playing better and are snuffing out any attacks. Findley who has done nothing all game is taken off and Bedoya replaces him.
59:00 – Sloppy play from both teams. Luckily for both nations they are canceling each other out. De Jong is being substituted for Van de Vaart.
56:00 – Elia running rampant. Dances around Bornstein who is having a torrid time and eventually wins a corner. From the corner, Huntelaar sends the out-swinging corner wide. Beasley gets the ball on the wing but easily gets dispossessed. The US are not playing any better.
51:00 - Dutch are showing much more interest in this second half. Luckily so is Tim Howard and he comes out to claim a dangerous cross.
50:00 – Sneijder sends a great ball to Elia who like Jozy moments earlier has all the time in the world. He maintains possession though but Howards comes out well and claims.
47:00 – Altidore nutmegs Vlaar with a backheel but has all the time time in the world to find a teammate in the box but passes poorly. Good initial skill from Jozy but he needs to do better. US wins a free kick but Donovans delivery is horrendous and goes straight to a dutch defender.
TWEET – Second half under way as the Dutch kick it off
Huntellaar on for Robben and Vlaar on for someone else. On the US side Edu on for Torres. I would have hoped that Torres would have a longer run out as he was the most positive part for the US’s first half
Most of the US players have been quiet with the exception of Bornstein and Spector and for the wrong reasons. Both have been skinned by the respective Dutch wide players and Bornstein has given up one and should have been two penalties. On a positive note, Torres is playing well, tracking back when he needs to and providing some offensive punch and possesses the one US highlight – a strong shot that went over the Dutch bar. In the second half, Altidore and Donovan need to start getting in the game more but first and foremost, the US need to shore up the defense. The Dutch who are barely trying are finding holes with too much ease.
Whistle blows for HT. The US can play much better than this. The Dutch are barely interested. The USMNT should be disappointed with this half.
45:00 – US lucky there as Bornstein clearly handles the ball in the penalty area. Accident or not it stopped the ball going to a Dutch player. That should have been a penalty. The US need the half to come so they can regroup. In other games, England are playing poorly and are down 1-0 and Spain is up 1-0 courtesy of a David Villa goal.
41:00 – That was poor from the US defense. Some half hearted, lazy challenges gifted an easy run for Sneijder and Bornstein stupidly pulled him down. A clear penalty. US need to pull themselves together.
39:00 - PENALTY - Sneijder gets pulled back by Bornstein. That was stupid by him. GOAL – Kuyt 1-0 Holland
38:00 - Phew HD is back. While the TV was down, DeMarcus Beasley came on for Holden.
35:00 – Clearly its a HD thing – watching on regular tv now and man the difference hurts the eyes. On a good note Dirk Kuyt looks positively handsome.
33:00 - US get some possession and the ball ends up at Torres’s feet who lets one fly from 35 yards out. Great shot, just over the bar…Now my TV has gone crazy…i suspect its the feed and not the TV but this is annoying.
29:00 – De Jong makes a strong tackle on Holden. It was late and Holden seems to be in some pain. Holden limping off…is it time for the magic sponge or will there be a substitution?
23:00 - Findley seems to be giving Heitinga some trouble (who always seems to have the most confused look on his face). Ball pings around the Dutch box but cool under the pressure they clear and immediately attack which eventually leads to a Sneijder shot on goal but Howard easily catches it.
18:00 - GVB (Giovanni Von Bronckhorst) sends a looping ball over the US defense toward an onside Robben who miscontrols it, otherwise he would have had an easy shot at goal. The Dutch are increasing the pressure.
16:00 - Dutch controlling the game now but not really testing the US. US finally get some possession and Findley traps the long ball well but his shot at Steklenberg is weak…more of a pass. Meanwhile on the other end, Elia continues to torment Spector.
12:00 – Game has slowed down as the two teams are feeling each other out. Lots of small fouls being called. Dutch get one and after a quick restart, a lobbing ball tests Howard who tips it over bar. Holland get a corner but De Jong sends the clearance to Row Z.
6:00 – Elia just abuses Spector on the wing but his cross is poor as the ball comes to dutch midfielder and his shot sails way over Howards bar. Not good from the US defenders.
5:00 – Long ball from Howard is headed down by Altidore to Findley. Altidore’s brief stint with Hull has clearly helped to mature this young player. The Dutch clear but good stuff from the US forwards.
3:00 - Dutch beginning to exert pressure as they get behind the US defensive line…but they clear
1:00 – Elia already wins worst haircut of the game…who knew that coveted prize would be wrestled away from Dirk Kuyt
TWEET! and game on. USMNT promptly kick the ball out for a goal kick
This being a friendly there is none of the exchange of children….sigh. Both teams hugging and huddling…game about to start!
I just recycled 12 plastic bottles! Where’s my shirt? Big ups to the USMNT for taking a green direction
Once again let me say how much soccer broadcasting and viewing has improved in the past couple years…THERE IS A PREGAME show!!! and aside from Lalas who i think is complete numpty (though is saying reasonably intelligent things right now…just wait for halftime), this is very good and professional…
Shaun here – TSG’s resident live commentator and also responsible for playing devils advocate to the brothers eternal optimism!
Welcome y’all – This is the first meaningful USMNT friendly in a long time. This is much better preparation for the WC this time around. Taking on traditionally stronger opponents can only help the US game and it will also give them the confidence they need that they can play and hang out with the “big boys”. I was a little disappointed to hear that Boca said they wouldn’t divert from their counter attacking ways. Maybe that was just pre-match wordplay but this is a friendly and where experimentation should happen. Take it to the Dutch! scare the be-jozy out of them!
11 at the Whistle:
DEF: Spector, DeMerit, Boca, Bornstein
MID: Holden, Torres, Bradley, Lando
STR: Findley, Big Jeezy
Beasley, E. Johnson, Pearce, Edu, Bedoya, Guzan, Goodson
Left out: Simek, Hahnemann
Dutch 11: Stekelenburg, van der Wiel, Heitenga, Mathijsen, van Bronckhorst, van Bommel, Robben, de Jong, Kuyt, Sneijder, Elia
*Elia — watch that man.
Anyone else feel like they’ve come down with a little World Cup fever prematurely? Was that a rhetorical question? Does Elmer Fudd have trouble with the letter”r?”
Is Eddie Johnson’s career goals to appearance record above that 30% line? No (let’s hope that changes)
That’s right Game Day right here at The Shin Guardian.
Contribute your comments here and I’ll be adding some quick feedback throughout, but more likely just at halftime.
Oh, one more note. We’re going it “CoverItLive” next time…just couldn’t set it up and master it fast enough this morning. So apologies on the “refreshing.”