If a US game is played at HDC in January, and no major US broadcaster carries it, does it exist?
The USMNT takes on Chile this Saturday in Carson at 7pm PST and if you have the internet, a good connection and the right cable provider, you can watch it.
If you comprehend Spanish, you might want to check out the broadcast on Telefutura.
TSG didn’t get down to January camp this year unfortunately (we’ll be there for the game) so hard for us to do a proper TSG-in-depth preview.
In fact, with just 9,500 attending thus far–and you can bet a fair non US-favoring contingent–we’ll call this a “Preview Lite”
Last year in a World Cup year, Bob Bradley went with an extremely awkward line-up to start this one that included twin mighty mites, Robbie Findley and a blasé Jeff Cunningham running over each other up top.
They were backed by a midfield that saw Kyle Beckerman sitting in the holding role and Sacha Kljestan–at right outside mid for the affair–bumping into Benny Feilhaber twice on the interior as it appeared Coach Sweats mantra was to push Marvell Wynne up the right wing frequently. Conor Casey was clocked at a high speed of 2 miles per hour in the 2nd half.
On the other side of the ball, Jimmy Conrad earned an early red, Wynne was an adventure on the right and everyone’s favorite Jonathan Bornstein battened down the hatches after Conrad’s card, moving to central defense and captaining the backline.
This year? Who knows….
Here are some things TSG will look for…. followed by a potential line-up afterward that is sure to be off.
• Obviously, what’s the formation? Fresh off a trip to South Africa that saw the US play well in a 4-2-3-1 to start, the US then scored in their customary 4-4-2. Does Coach Sweats dare go 4-3-3 with a bunch of youngsters that have hardly played that?
• Perhaps the most watched player will be Mikkel Diskerud. The lengthy attack-minded mid played wide right in South Africa. Does he move centrally now in what I am about to call the, gulp, Eddie Gaven (lite) role?
• Will we see Bob Bradley stick with his strategy making one side his speedy attack side (think: Cherundolo-Landon-Findley) and the other side his tucked in off-ball side?
• Where does Chris Wondolowski play? If you watched Wondo light it up in the 2nd half for San Jose last year, he was best in a reserved forward role, wandering and playing without a true defensive up-top responsibility. Will he play off a speedy guy? Agudelo. Or a post-up guy? Teal Bunbury.
• If we see that 4-2-3-1, what veterans get the start as the two holders? Dax and Larentowicz? Dax and Cronin? Cronin and Larentowitz? (You can bet on McCarty being there and playing the quarterback role Feilhaber did last year.)
• Do we get some speed on the right again and is that Wynne or Sean Franklin?
• Conversely on the left, does anyone rise up and make themselves effectively a contender for 1st or 2nd on the 2014 depth chart?
• Will Bob Bradley continue to “go big”…putting Shea, Diskerrud and Bedoya across a 3-man midfield gives Coach Sweats a six-footing middie attack line.
11 At the Whistle
G: Nick Rimando
DEF: Anthony Wallace, Tim Ream, Omar Gonzalez, Marvell Wynne
CDM: Sam Cronin, Dax McCarty
MID: Brek Shea, Mix Diskerud, Alejandro Bedoya
STR: Teal Bunbury