Round of 16 – USA versus Ghana

REVENGE!

*We’ll be along shortly today or tomorrow with review. As Shaun said, a little spent.

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TSG is going to be watching the game at one of our satellite venues that serves alcohol. We will be at the Phoenix.

Feel free to comment and what not about the match here.

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74 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by steve dc on 2010/06/26 at 11:34 AM

    Clark? Findley? I guess we’re not playing for possession…

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  2. Posted by Abe on 2010/06/26 at 11:36 AM

    Sigh/ At least the US has gotten used to play from behind….

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  3. Posted by steve dc on 2010/06/26 at 11:38 AM

    Clark should leave the field… Now… Awful turnover, awful goal

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  4. Posted by Jared on 2010/06/26 at 11:44 AM

    Why replace the solid Edu with the awful Clark? With Clark on the pitch we concede a goal in the first 5 minutes of the two games he starts.

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  5. Posted by s44 on 2010/06/26 at 12:28 PM

    What US fan *didn’t* predict that happening upon seeing Clark in the lineup?

    But Howard is still playing poorly.

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  6. Posted by steve dc on 2010/06/26 at 1:22 PM

    I am going to have a heart attack….

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  7. Posted by steve dc on 2010/06/26 at 2:01 PM

    Defeat…

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  8. Posted by Dylan on 2010/06/26 at 2:06 PM

    Ricardo Clark is horrible. Amazing strike from Gyan, and zero finishing from the US….again.
    I had a lot of fun watching this campaign through qualifying and am looking forward to the next campaign, hopefully we can field a team that will preform over world expectations.

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  9. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/06/26 at 2:07 PM

    Here’s a stat, we’re the only team in the round of 16 without a forward that scored

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  10. Posted by Billy V on 2010/06/26 at 2:14 PM

    It would be nice to have a real striker that can put the ball in the net…this is frustrating.

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  11. Posted by s44 on 2010/06/26 at 2:16 PM

    Altidore, Cherundolo, Donovan, and Dempsey were gassed. Unsurprisingly. Dempsey fought well though.

    “Clark” = new swear word

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    • Posted by HashUnited on 2010/06/26 at 2:37 PM

      +1
      Holy Clark! What the Clark were we doing out there? Ricardo Clark Clarking sucks. Clark my life.

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      • Posted by CJ on 2010/06/26 at 4:38 PM

        LOL sorry Clark for giving a thumbs up for flaming you… but your lack of awareness and ability to get yourself out of a tight situation aka planning ahead has led to you once again blowing up your OWN spot.

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  12. Posted by Matthew on 2010/06/26 at 2:17 PM

    Really flat game from the U.S., Howard, Donovan, Bocanegra, to an extent Bradley were far below their best. Ironically, Bornstein had one of his better games. His distribution was improved and had some verve at the end. You can’t blade run an entire tournament, sooner or later it will get you.

    I like sweatpants, but Clark is not ready at this level. I feel bad for all concerned but Ghana were the better side today. We ran out of gas and ideas.

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    • Bornstein did show up today.

      Proud of the team. Sad that BB was stubborn and kept dreaming of the Rico/MB pairing that worked in the Confed.
      Findley will have nightmares about that missed nutmeg shot. (Though the Ghanaian goalkeeper deserves praise for the save.)

      Have to give Ghana credit though. They matched our intensity all game. We made a few poor starting decisions and this time it did us in because we ran into a team that matched our endurance and played well as a collective group.

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      • Posted by CJ on 2010/06/26 at 4:42 PM

        @Eric That wasn’t an attempted nutmeg by Findley that was a fluke shot. He swung his leg and hoped his foot would hit the ball. When they slowmo’d it, you could see that he topped the ball causing it to hop off the ground rather than “strike” it. The keeper shut down everything low, he was falling away, legs spread a bit committed to limiting the angle, Findley needed to use some touch and flick it over him somehow… clearly we all saw what he ended up doing. Speed doesn’t make up for inexperience.

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  13. Posted by dude on 2010/06/26 at 2:18 PM

    The US will pick itself up, having gained some more respect. We will lose Bradley with his warped decision making, we will lose Clark with his complete lack of ability (seriously, this guy’s sole attributes are supposed to be discipline, tackling, and tenacity. Nothing).

    In the future, we will still have Landon (though he will lose some speed) and Dempsey. We will have, hopefully, a healthy and wiser Onyewu. We will have Jozy 4 years more mature. Junior will be at a much better club. Edu will be starting. Holden and Torres will probably find their groove. And many U-20 prospects will play in a rebuilding cycle.

    The future is bright. But we need to start moving forward with the ball, or we will always just be that crashing the party.

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  14. A few points

    -to the Shin Gaurdian, thank you, because of sites and people like you, USA soccer is the strongest it has ever been.

    -I would like to quote a txt i sent my brother, and sums up my thoughts on the USA WC run

    “yeah i dont blame anyone. its the fucking world cup, we went further than france, italy,russia, ireland, scotland etc. USA!”

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    • a few more

      – I feel we could have used a Charlie Davies today.

      – 2 of 3 last WC we have made the last 8, respect USA, rest of world.

      – Bradley jr thumbs up, his stock has risen and i expect him at a bigger club next year.

      – soccer in the USA has gotten stronger because of this, thanks to TSG, American Outlaws, Twitter, ESPN, and the people that contribute to this site, make don’t tread on me videos etc, its awesome!

      – now saving and taking donations for my trip to Rio in 2014!!! USA!!

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  15. Posted by penpen on 2010/06/26 at 2:26 PM

    Altidore looked so flatfooted all game today. Not a good look for our allegedly paciest player.

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    • Posted by s44 on 2010/06/26 at 2:40 PM

      He was exhausted. Should have given Buddle a chance. Could have, too, if we hadn’t blown the match by starting Clark.

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  16. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/06/26 at 2:38 PM

    I want Bob to stay. Unfortunately he learned from his mistakes a little too late.

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    • Posted by s44 on 2010/06/26 at 2:43 PM

      No one should ever coach the same team two cycles in a row. Forget Arena’s 2006 flop — look at the Lippi disaster this time after *winning the whole thing* in Germany!

      More Michael, less Clark, Charlie back… Looking forward to what Klinsmann can do.

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      • Posted by CJ on 2010/06/26 at 4:54 PM

        Strongly disagree here. I don’t know much about Italy but their position in the world and the level of talent of the players they brought are waayyyyyyyyy different than the US’ situation and Bob Bradley’s. He’s a standout coach who will likely get a second crack (deservedly) at the next cup with the up and comers (Davies, Holden, Jr., Altidore coming to mind, heck maybe even a 24 yr old Adu if he gets his act together). If not, he’s getting a big contract with a club and doing well there. Either way, World Class coach who was just a little bit too much of a family man at the end of the line with Clark, that’s my read on him. He’s a wall to the media, which extends to us but, I bet in the locker room he’s father figure to his whole team.

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        • Posted by Jared on 2010/06/26 at 5:15 PM

          So you bash Findley in a previous post for not finishing but you claim that the coach who put him in that situation is World Class? A World Class coach doesn’t put Clark or Findley in there at all. He had the finisher he needed on the bench in either Buddle or Gomez. A World Class coach doesn’t have to use 2 subs before the second half even starts because he picked two players that everyone else knows are crap.

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        • Posted by CJ on 2010/06/26 at 7:42 PM

          Good point. IDK how fast Gomez is compared to Findley or Buddle… Maybe Bob had his hands tied from outside sources, who knows. I appreciate the need for Findley, ergh, Charle Davies, I just think that sometimes it’s not the coaches fault that a player doesn’t step up. If Findley is hitting those 9/10 times in practice and hits 1/10 in games, whose fault is it? Kind of a ghost argument, I know, but I’m simply saying I can accept that sometimes things are beyond the coaches control/faults.

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        • Posted by s44 on 2010/06/26 at 11:44 PM

          “If Findley is hitting those 9/10 times in practice and hits 1/10 in games, whose fault is it?”

          Considering that Bradley had just as much opportunity as we did to notice that Findley was crappier in games than in practice, it’s his.

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    • Posted by Jared on 2010/06/26 at 2:47 PM

      When exactly did he learn from his mistakes? He made the same mistake in this game as he did in the England game. Clark and Findley aren’t international quality. It’s no coincidence that the US looks the most dangerous when Edu and Feilhaber are part of a 5 man midfield with Donovan and Dempsey able to roam more.

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    • Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/06/26 at 2:51 PM

      When he subbed in Mo. Naive is a good word to describe it

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  17. Posted by josh on 2010/06/26 at 2:42 PM

    Fire Bob Bradley!

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  18. Posted by Byrdman on 2010/06/26 at 2:43 PM

    Its a shame that the guys played so hard, but had to start out in the hole. Every game, we are trying to overcome Bob Bradley. I don’t think I”ve read anyone who thinks Ricardo Clark is a good choice. Edu is clearly the best choice to play with MB. To give up goals early in the game repeatedly, says that the coach is not getting his team ready to play mentally. No other explanation.

    I thought MB was outstanding the entire tournament. He has stepped it up and is becoming a real leader in the middle. I have not always felt that way, but I have to admit, he was very good.

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  19. Posted by Mark T on 2010/06/26 at 2:52 PM

    What a disaster of a World Cup for the US.

    Sure they showed some resolve, but the team simply isn’t good enough in either final third to compete on the international stage.

    The U.S. had a lead in this tournament for all of 2 minutes and was a goalie gaffe away from going home early.

    Start the search for a new coach…preferably one that can can swallow his pride before the game, not during the first half.

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    • Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/06/26 at 2:57 PM

      harsh words, buit agonizingly true

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    • Posted by pino on 2010/06/26 at 3:13 PM

      get over yourself. Dont forget who we are, advancing out of the group was always the goal. Anything else was always going to be gravy. Sure we had our problems but to call it a disaster is plain old ignorant.

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      • Posted by Mark T on 2010/06/26 at 3:19 PM

        “Don’t forget who we are?” All we’ve heard from US Soccer since the miracle versus Spain was that the US has arrived.

        Didn’t Donovan say after Algeria that if the US didn’t beat Ghana his goal wouldn’t really matter?

        (From the day of the draw December 5th, pundits everywhere said it would be a disaster if the US didn’t get out of the group. So, playing one extra game in which the US scored zero goals in the run of play and let in two makes it a success?)

        Ignorant, no. Realistic, yes.

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        • Posted by pino on 2010/06/26 at 3:28 PM

          your “reality” must be a lot gloomier than mine i guess…

          It was not our night, to call the whole cup a disaster after one loss is hardly realistic but i guess it all depends on what your expectations where.

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      • Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/06/26 at 3:19 PM

        not true. It’s not and never was fantastical to say anything beyond quaterfinals was a dissapointment, especially considering the mistakes we made and the fact that we played Ghana, and not Germany or Serbia. We could’ve prevented this EASILY.

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  20. Posted by Everette on 2010/06/26 at 2:54 PM

    Sorry but Bradley’s got to go
    How do you let your team come out for 4 straight games looking like they just woke up from a nap? I think our talent is rising faster than our coaching. At least when he blows it (Clark starting this game) he’s making changes, but this is the World Cup. I guess I assumed we had most of this worked out.
    Sorry to see such a fun second half go wasted.

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  21. I would say our fan support has come a long way if there are people instantly clamoring for Bob’s resignation. It is like we are in England, it warms my heart….not sure if it is the right move instantly. He probably will stay on at least past the Brazil exhibition. Klinsmann does seem interested though.

    On another plus maybe crashing out early (while still looking like a solid team) will help the US committees chances of a bid for 2018. We can only hope England wins the world cup while making other nations very unhappy, which causes them to get the 2022 cup instead of 2018.

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    • Posted by Mark T on 2010/06/26 at 3:08 PM

      I wasn’t suggesting Bob take a different plane home. Rather, he’s proven he is a terrific ASSISTANT coach, but consistently can not bring his guys out of the tunnel prepared to play. So, take some time and find the right person that can (continue to) develop an American style.

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      • Posted by josh on 2010/06/26 at 3:14 PM

        i agree, he consistantly proved he cant get his team to play from the start. why he started Clark ill never understand. as with the Findley love affair. how many goals did he score or times he contributed to the other players?? anybody?

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    • Posted by Johninho on 2010/06/26 at 4:46 PM

      Last time Klinsmann bailed on Coach USA (at the beginning of this WC cycle, right after Germany 2006) the dealbreaker was full control of the selection.

      This time, I’m ready to give it to him. If Jurgen Klinsmann can’t find a striker in America, there aren’t any.

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      • Posted by Dennis on 2010/06/26 at 5:01 PM

        Exactly, because the American administration is so focking arrogant they wouldn’t dare let a foreigner come in and implement a system that helps prevent great players from falling through the cracks of the bogus ODP/high school system we have now. I’m so tired of Gulati’s arrogance, I would be ecstatic to see the whole of the administration purged. Nevermind Klinnsman, we could of had Hiddink!

        Great effort by the team this world cup, they were the best team in their group, a nice showing. It’s unfortunate that a couple poor lineup decisions cost us a chance to go deep. Gomez and Edu obviously should have started, but oh well. Dempsey played like a baller today, really great performance by him.

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  22. Posted by Gino on 2010/06/26 at 3:18 PM

    Just when I thought that Bradley’s pre-World Cup decisions were part of some master plan of disinformation and subterfuge, he starts Clark instead of Edu against Ghana. Plus, when I saw Bornstein at LB I just about had a heart attack. Fortunately, JB played out of his head. Unfortunately, Clark played like everyone but Bob figured he would. Whatever, Hats off to the Nats and I’m already jonesin’ for the Brazil match. Don’t figure Bob will be around for 2014 though.

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  23. Posted by patrickhattrick on 2010/06/26 at 3:26 PM

    I’m going to quote Eminem for this one:
    I can’t tell you what it really is, I can only tell you what it feels like. And right now, it’s a steel knife to my windpipe.
    That one hurt.

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  24. Posted by Gino on 2010/06/26 at 3:29 PM

    Alright Matthew, tell us what went wrong, besides Clark getting onto the pitch. To be quite honest, I was pleasantly surprised how the US turned things around in the 2nd half. Ghana pretty much owned the first 45 minutes and we were lucky to only be down 1-0.

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  25. Posted by Nick W. on 2010/06/26 at 3:36 PM

    well we had a good run and we’ll be back with more experience and a better coach

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  26. Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/06/26 at 3:59 PM

    As you all can imagine we here at TSG are a little spent. Full analysis and thoughts coming soon. Just maybe a little longer than expected.

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    • Posted by Mark T on 2010/06/26 at 4:08 PM

      Shaun, if you happen to ya have a picture of Rico Clark taking a dump on a California king, just post that.

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      • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/06/26 at 4:17 PM

        I do not (thank god)…but I also think that where as he should not have started, you cannot solely blame him for that goal. Yes he got caught in possession BUT it happened in the middle of the pitch with at least 4 people behind him.

        KPB got the ball and waltzed into the penalty area unmarked and un-hassled and shot past Howard who for the one of the first times in memory was poorly positioned.

        So yes, it all started with the Clark giveaway but the US lost the ball many times further in their own half and people were their to get the ball back.

        It was a failure of team defense not all Clark that lead to that goal,

        I also thought it was a pretty even game. I think Ghana were INCREDIBLY disciplined and that was the difference in the game.

        The US should be somewhat disappointed to be going home but not because they lost to Ghana (an excellent team full of very good players) but because they have come so far in the past decade and as a team expect to be in the top 8.

        So where as I don’t think this is catastrophic and a major disappointment in the realm of France, Italy, Ivory Coast and Cameroon, I think the US are at a level when the last 16 is not gravy and is below par. (par is quarters and gravy would have been anything beyond that).

        More to come soon

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        • Posted by Johninho on 2010/06/26 at 4:38 PM

          Yeah, we couldn’t blame Rico for losing Gerrard in minute 5 vs. England, either. And we can’t blame him now (at least not ALL the way).

          I blame Sweatpants that he’s even out there at all.

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        • Posted by Mark T on 2010/06/26 at 6:51 PM

          Shaun, my comment was written more in jest. Rico doesn’t deserve all the blame, but it would have been nice to see the US gameplan develop instead having to chase a goal from just about the whistle.

          The US getting ousted in the round of 16 is certainly not on par with the debacles of France and Italy. Though the team gave the fans two weeks to remember, it is pretty much a failure from the US program.

          Can you really say the US improved much as a team from last year’s Confed Cup to this year’s World Cup? I’m not sure. Individuals have gotten better (and worse), but the defensive lapses, trouble finishing and lack of focus out of the chute persist on about the same level.

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        • Posted by Mark T on 2010/06/26 at 6:54 PM

          quick follow-up:

          Just flipped to ESPN.com that had a headline of “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda”…that’s the same headline for the follow-up I wrote on here to the El Salvador game last September.

          http://theshinguardian.com/2009/09/06/us-vs-es-cue-the-coulda-woulda-shoulda/

          See what I mean?

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  27. Posted by Mark on 2010/06/26 at 3:59 PM

    Tactically we approached this match all wrong. Ghana is a strong, athletic, fast team who are very physical on the ball, and play for possession with a 4-5-1 formation. That means we shoulda played a matching 4-5-1 with our strongest and most physical players. Altidore up top, Edu holding with Junior, and Benny or maybe even Buddle linking up. The call to start Bornstein didn’t bother me – he played outa his mind against Algeria and that back four clinched our first shutout in like 12 matches. But tactically, the Clark and Findley starts just killed us.

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  28. Posted by s44 on 2010/06/26 at 4:20 PM

    People knocked Bob for being conservative, but his biggest errors were over-thought boldness: LB Beasley and Torres thrown into the fire in Costa Rica; starting Torres vs Slovenia; Clark for Edu today. He needed an editor. Love the fighting spirit, but I think Mike is the key to that. Guess I’m back to what I said during Slovenia- fire Bob, keep Mike.

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  29. Posted by Johninho on 2010/06/26 at 4:36 PM

    I’m ready for wholesale changes to the USMNT, such as:

    Sweatpants – gone! The sooner, the better. He’s as crap at team selection as Domenech. Maybe worse.

    Keep Sunil Gulati the hell away from the USMNT – whatever it takes. I hold him equally responsible for the debacle known as Rico Clark, because it was his ass who championed the massive influx of MLS players over superior American players in foreign leagues.

    Bocanegra – surrender captain’s armband, and stand by for possible immediate retirement from internationals.

    Open tryouts for national team spots at defender, and STRIKER. Preference will be given to folks like Ching and CD9 who never got a shot before, and to defenders who can actually fucking function.

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    • Posted by josh on 2010/06/26 at 4:57 PM

      agreed. its time we progress holden, torres, davies, (michael)bradley, altidore for our future. say goodbye to boca, gooch, clark, borenstein, findley. I feel really bad for donovan, dempsey, cherlundo. but there time has passed.

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      • Posted by Dennis on 2010/06/26 at 5:10 PM

        Hahahah, Donovan’s time has passed? Give me a break.

        And I agree with Johninho, preference will be given to Brian Ching to start at striker in the next cycle (insert sarcasm here)

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        • Posted by josh on 2010/06/26 at 5:23 PM

          yes, donovan will be 33 next world cup. will he still have the talent to play yes! but he will be past his prime deff, and wont be the factor he was this year. that is if he wants to continue, i have a feeling he will retire from international soccer in the next few weeks

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        • Posted by Johninho on 2010/06/26 at 9:32 PM

          When you score ZERO goals through the strikers, anybody you put on cannot, by definition, do worse.

          It sounds like Dennis agrees that Robbie Findley was the right choice for that last spot. I hope I never see him again in a USA kit.

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        • Posted by Dennis on 2010/06/26 at 10:20 PM

          I think you are overreacting on Findley, he did a decent job at what Bradley picked him to do , i.e. mimicking the movement of Charlie Davies. He was decent at that, nothing more, nothing less. Charlie obviously is a special player and can’t be replaced. Take a look at his club highlights and it’s clear that Findley never had a chance to replace him, (neither did any other of our B strikers for that matter). Gomez was the closest because he was the only one who combined both positive movement and the ability to finish.

          It’s all about expectations, and I never expected Findley to set the world on fire. But he never messed up egregiously, and did more good than bad in his appearances. This is a long winded way of saying that his selection certainly wasn’t the reason USA lost today. I’m not disagreeing with you though, he probably won’t play in the next world cup.

          Anways, I was just busting balls over the Ching comment because he is nowhere near the quality of a national team player and is 30+ already. How he ever made it into the pool is beyond me. I think he’ll be like 36 or 37 at the next world cup, and the idea of someone thinking he should get a chance to play in that context was hilarious to me.

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      • Posted by Kevin on 2010/06/26 at 7:43 PM

        Bornstein is still pretty young and this was a great experience playing two decent games at the world cup and holding his own, hes fast, athletic if he improves in his decision making I think he could be our starting LB down the road, but we also do have licaj who will be exciting to watch

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    • Posted by Gino on 2010/06/27 at 12:01 AM

      Let’s get rid of that MLS guy Clark who plays for Eintracht Frankfurt. While we’re at it, get rid of Bocanegra because why? Oh yeah, because he couldn’t close down Gyan from the weak side after Demerit got caught too far up the pitch. Uh-huh, surrender your Captain’s armband Carlos, not because you’ll be 35 at the next WC but because, well, not sure exactly but it probably has something to do with somebody’s ignorance of the game.

      Ching and “CD9″, you guys haven’t gotten any caps under Bradley right? Yeah, step right up. Brian, you’ll only be what, 36 by the time the next Cup is played in Brazil? Charlie, you should be starting for the Nats regardless of whether or not you’re fit enough to be playing for your club.

      Some people need to think before they post, otherwise they should vent over at Soccernet or Goal.com.

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  30. Posted by Soccernst on 2010/06/26 at 5:21 PM

    I’d love to read a piece on movement of USA player stock following the cup.

    1. MB: has added brains to his motoring, touch to his finishing. He is very very smart about timing and making runs. The fact that he just might be my MVP for the team this tourney is very surprising to me. Hopefully he can parlay his effort into PLAYING TIME at a better team.

    2. Dempsey: total effort from him in all games. Refreshing to see from someone bashed as only half caring recently. Annoyed by the fact that when he lines up for a free kick I know he will never be aimed at a teammate, and that it will most likely end up in the seats (he is not a free kick tacker in my book). But overall a good cup for him. He should stay with Hodgeson wherever he goes!

    3. Donovan: anything less than a good showing would be a declared a failure, and he did have a good showing. Not an unbelievable cup, but showed as a team leader, consistent dead ball delivery (one of the best), tireless work rate. For me his game in the run-of-play was a bit off per normal, but overall he was very positive. Probably makes a move this summer, but maybe not till winter transfer window… we’ll see.

    Others (in no order)

    Edu: should stay at Rangers and start for a whole season. Minus a few gaffs, we were much more effective in possession when he was in. Positive marks from me.

    Fielhaber: Should be playing somewhere better than the relegation zone of the Danish league. Seriously. Positive marks from me.

    Jozy: Will be interesting to watch what happens to Jozy. My impression was that he consistently lacked a step of pace. Decent field vision, and good at muscling players to continue a run, but he often had to muscle someone even when he was already behind them. Nice bit of skill to get the shot off while sliding in the Ghana game. Fist touch inconsistent. In fact inconsistent is probably the word to use for him. Very average. In every game you could argue the opposing striker was better.

    Timmy: Bout par for him. Made some good saves, no highlight reel material. He did nothing to keep his detractors from saying he’s not a top-tier keeper. Yet he didn’t make any glaring mistakes to shake the convictions of his supporters. Prolly stays at everton.

    Defense in general was mostly solid, but prone to occasional blunders. The only person I can think who’s error didn’t lead to a goal or near goal was Bornstein. I can’t believe it. He and Dolo are the only defenders who get positive marks from me. Dolo because some of our best offense came from overlaping runs between dolo and donovan. This covers the holes in his mostly adequate defensive performance. I honestly don’t see our current back line being too much of a factor in 2014. In fact, I think our defense is the area with the most changes coming next cycle.

    Oh and go Pachuca!

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  31. Posted by Chris Adams on 2010/06/26 at 6:52 PM

    This is about all you can do:

    No, I don’t want your sympathy
    The fugitives say that the streets aren’t for dreaming now
    Manslaughter dragnets and the ghosts that sell memories
    They want a piece of the action anyhow

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    • Posted by Dennis on 2010/06/26 at 7:04 PM

      No, I don’t want your sympathy

      But I did have to sit through this concert, so i’ll take it….

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  32. Posted by steve DC on 2010/06/26 at 7:59 PM

    concerning sweatpants I’m indifferent, some starting lineup howerlers, some great substitution choices. Keep him, lose him, I wont be terribly distraught either way.

    However, fire Sunil. A thousand times fire him. If he has his job in three months I will have a fit. Sunil Gulati isn’t out for USA he is only looking out for Sunil Gulati. We need someone who will better promote the national squad, and better support the important but easily forgotten details of US soccer, better refereeing, stricter improvements of youth programs, and care more about the soccer culture than just the soccer business.

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    • I think Sunil might be gone eventually but with the US trying to bid to host the WC wouldn’t it be a bad move to fire him before the decisions are made on hosting this coming December?

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      • Posted by Johninho on 2010/06/26 at 9:35 PM

        Sunil Gulati isn’t in charge of planning the World Cup, so I don’t see a problem firing him before we’ve secured the bid. It just shows the rest of the world that we’re serious about the quality of our national team, and want to actually, uh, compete.

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        • Posted by Jared on 2010/06/27 at 4:01 AM

          I don’t think the rest of the world wants us being serious about competing. They like that the US gets knocked out early so they can point and laugh at us not being good. It’s the one thing that most countries use laugh at us.

          We will only host again because FIFA knows that a World Cup in the US will once again put the most butts in seats which means more cash for FIFA.

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