USA versus Argentina – Live commentary 3.26.11

The best players on their respective teams. Unfortunately Dempsey hasn't got much opportunity to prove it.

Agudelo and Chandler were the difference makers in the second half and if not for Howard the score would have been embarrassing. Argentina played pretty football but their finishing let them down…that and Howard was immense.

TWEEET TWEET TWEET. Well a draw. Who would have thought after the first half. Typical US resolve and never say die attitude got them a scrappy goal.

91:00 - 2 minutes of extra time. US did well to equalize but i think it really masks the fact that their defense was picked apart time and time again. Thank heavens for Howard who per usual was magnificent. Also lost was Argentina’s woeful finishing.

89:00 – Chandler has a five head. Not even a forehead… A FIVE HEAD!

86:00 - Good playing by the USMNT as they ping the ball around. Altidore sends in a good cross but it’s headed out. Messi counters and is finally dispossessed by 4 defenders. US counter very well, but again Argentina counter. Messi’s final shot is woeful though.

84:00 - Nothing comes from the corner, but the US wins a free kick in a dangerous area.

83:00 – US win a corner. Good chance here.

81:00 – ARGY BARGY!

79:00 – Game getting a little chippier and the US playing a lot better in the second half, at least on offense.

77:00 – Argentina having their away again, but Chandler blocks well. A definite for the future.

73:00 – Gooch showing his skills from his younger days as he muscles Di Maria off the ball as DeMerit loses the ball in front of the box. Good play by the veteran from Twente.

71:00 – US playing a lot better counter football and it has all to do with Agudelo who comes back for the ball and attacks with a purpose. It’s infectious as Altidore is also playing better and working hard.

69:00 – Agudelo playing with confidence as he is giving the Argentine defense something to think about.

67:00 - Chandler has been a very positive addition. His forays up front have been the impetus for all positive US attacks.

64:00 – One way to showcase how good a keeper Howard is. He has been pummeled over and over again, due to swiss cheese like defense and yet has only let in one goal. US get one chance and get one passed Andujar.

63:00 – Messi wins a free kick but his kick is poor and goes over.

61:00 - The USMNT took advantage of what they are good at by scoring of a set piece but their defense is JUST ATROCIOUS!!! If it wasn’t for Howard, the US would be down 9-1.

59:00 – GOAAAAL Agudelo scores at home from sloppy defending off a set piece. Donovan sends it in that Bocanegra sends goal wards. It is blocked by the keeper but Agudelo pokes it from inches away to equalize. Argentina 1 – US 1

58:00 – Levezzi gets acres of space as he runs at Bocanegra. Once again Howard saves the day by parrying the shot up in the air and catches it.

56:00 – Bradley doing a good job as a midfielder destroyer as he breaks up a couple of promising plays. Equal to the challenge is Mascherano who is not letting anything go by him.

52:00 - Nice play by the substitutes as Chandler crosses it into the box and Altidore flicks it down for Agudelo who sends a weak shot wide. Better and more imaginative from the US.

48:00 – Altidore and Agudelo do a good job of keeping possession and the US charge into the Argentina half. A cross comes in from Donovan, but it is cut off before Altidore can get a chance to put it in the back of the net nice positive play by the US.

47:00 - Argentina take over from where they left off as Di Maria has a quick shot that goes just over the bar.

46:00 – Looks like Agudelo is coming in for Jones and Chandler on for Spector.

PEEE PEEP and the second half is underway.

TWEEET TWEEET Half time. Well if the US are going to play so many players behind the ball, they can’t just sit there. THEY HAVE TO CHALLENGE the ball. That way if they get beat, there is someone right there to challenge again. What they are doing right now is just waiting for Argentina to take it to them which they gladly  are doing.

On offense…well its hard to play offense when you don’t have the ball, but their brief forays up field do look positive. Dempsey and Donovan need to take charge.

45:00 – Argentina continuing to dominate as they ignore the fact the US has defenders. The US are playing their role as spectators well. CHARGE THE FRIGGIN BALL!

42:00 – GOOOOALLLL - Cambioasso. Another display of ping pong passing as Messi gets the ball on the byline and slots into the middle, the first shot is saved but the rebound falls to Cambiasso and he hammers it into the back of the net. A wel deserved goal. On a positive note, the US defense was holding up somewhat up until then. Lesson to be learned. DON’T site back and wait. Argentina 1 – US 0

39:00 – US playing much better as they attack more, but lose the ball and it becomes the Messi show as he scampers through everyone and once again his shot is well saved by Howard.

37:00 – Deuce and Donovan show what they can do as Donovan holds the ball up and sends Deuce through, who shoots with his right, but its blocked, so he shoots the rebound with his left and that is well saved. Take note young US players…learn to shoot with both feet!

34:00 – Howard, per usual, is sparing the US’s blushes as he holds onto a ball as Di Maria waltzes through 4 US defenders who remain rooted to the spot. As good as Argentina is their finishing is poor.

32:00 – Now they’re giving a clinic on long range passing as Cambiasso brings the ball down and slots one for Di Maria to latch onto, but his shot is going wide as Howard pushes it even further wide. The US defense is looking slow.

30:00 – US gets a free kick, which they are always dangerous at, but Donovan’s (who has been absent from this game) delivery is poor.

28:00 – Spectacular passing all within 3 feet of each other as Messi’s shot flashes wide and no one in the middle to tap it in. Gorgeous stuff that.

24:00 - Messi goes down from a shot to the head from Gooch. Accidental but that has to hurt.

23:00 – Howard comes out bravely to deny Messi from a great bass by Banega. Argentina passing the ball at will.

20:00 – Bradley playing well as the defensive midfielder and has made several key blocks.

18:00 - Bocanegra gets hosed by i believe Levezzi as he waltzes through the defense and wins a corner. Nothing comes of it though.

17:00 - Would like to see that again, as that could have been a handball in the box against Argentina from a brief counter by the USMNT.

15:00 - Argentina playing an excellent job of keep-a-way as it is 5 against 10 in the US red zone. USMNT playing decent D.

12:00 - Messi shows his class and completely free’s up Di Maria in the box who for some odd reason decides to cross it back HARD, when a shot on goal could have produced better results.

11:00 – US work it well but Edu can’t get around 3 players and Argentina counter well. Spector does well to block a Rojo shot.

9:00 –  Gooch gets worked by Levezzi as his knee gives out or was it his ankle and he gets caught in possession. Nothing comes of it though.

8:00 - Messi’s first pass is not his best and it’s half cleared to Di Maria who has a shot straight at Howard who holds it well.

6:00 - Messi playing very shallow as cheers from the crowd as the ball is glued to his feet. Ball seems deflated.

2:00 - All Argentina in the opening up minutes, though Dempsey latches on to a bad pass and runs all the way into the box, but his shot is weak . Notice Messi playing D the whole way!

So cold out there that this simian is missing his....

PEEEEP. USMNT kicks it off in their shiny new tops!

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A moment of silence for Japan. Classy call US federation!

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Do they usually do anthems for friendlies? The place is packed!

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Argentina: Andujar; Rojo, Milito, Burdisso, Zanetti; Mascherano, Cambiasso, Banega; Lavezzi, Messi, Di Maria

And now back to footie. Looks like a great atmosphere at the meadowlands. WOW that is a lot of kids to exchange!

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So this might be blasphemous on this site, but am watching Butler versus Florida right now. I live, eat and breath soccer and it is by far my favorite sport, but I might say that the NCAA tourney could be the best sports tournament on the planet. No BS (except maybe the play in games), always upsets and cause its “amateur”, the players are playing for glory. They work their ass off and there is very little prima donna crap going on. Oh and go UCONN (when I moved to the states it was to CT and the Whalers were sent packing a few years later)

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Still waiting on the official Argentine lineup, but as expected from BB, the US line up is probably their most experienced as well as their most predictable. Hope “sweats” experiments a bit. For me the big question is whether Deuce can replicate his club form on the international stage. Personally I think Dozy gets in his way.

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USA: Howard; Spector, DeMerit, Onyewu, Bocanegra (c); Jones, Bradley, Edu; Dempsey, Donovan; Altidore

Argentina:

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Back with lineups and kick off shortly

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I hear it’s cold enough to re-configure the anatomy of a brass monkey out there at the Meadowlands. Our main man Matt Mathai is out patrolling the sidelines with “axe” in hand. Hopefully we will be seeing some of his stellar photographs in the up coming days. His brief current report from NJ is as follows “IT. IS. FREAKING. COLD!! I have on 4 layers of pretty sophisticated cold and wind gear and it feels like I’m wearing a tank top.”

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Well we’re about 45 minutes from game time and there is not much to be said that hasn’t been said on our site or by our intelligent followers. This will be the first test (i see Brazil as a “lets push the USMNT hype a bit from the world cup” game) as to what we shall see in upcoming tournaments. They key is to see what Bradley senior does with what he learns today in the game against Paraguay.

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75 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ufficio on 2011/03/26 at 3:43 PM

    Spector and Boca as the fullbacks, huh? Not sure how I feel about that.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/03/26 at 3:49 PM

      If Specs is active in the offense I’m fine.

      We all know Boca is going nowhere. Not because he adds no offense, but because it could get….Messi…wah wah wah…

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      • Posted by Jake C. on 2011/03/26 at 4:05 PM

        I just hope Specs doesn’t have a breakdown here. I’d love his midfield form to transfer over here, but who knows?

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  2. dude i feel you I am watching the butler game too, cant leave the house til it is over.

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  3. Posted by matthewsf on 2011/03/26 at 3:59 PM

    Shaun, NFL’er just game you a compliment:

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  4. Posted by scweeb on 2011/03/26 at 4:03 PM

    EDU in center??

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/03/26 at 4:04 PM

      Yup- was rumored. Ricardo Clark played that role against T&T and Honduras in WCQ.

      My guess is Feilhaber would have been in there, but Grant Wahl reported that he’s got a hammy thing going on.

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  5. Posted by dth on 2011/03/26 at 4:09 PM

    This lineup is going to get rocked. Hoping for a Tim Howard special here.

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  6. Posted by dth on 2011/03/26 at 4:19 PM

    And it’s our first Spector skinning of the night!

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  7. Posted by matthewsf on 2011/03/26 at 4:20 PM

    Key point:

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  8. I caught a glimpse of #7 during warmups and, without realizing it was Edu, thought “holy crap Beasley has bulked up!”

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  9. Posted by dth on 2011/03/26 at 4:24 PM

    Jones and Bradley have been doing pretty well, I think. Bocanegra, somewhat surprisingly, has not been tested at all.

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/03/26 at 4:26 PM

      Looks like Edu and Jones have swapped. Guessing Jones won’t perform particularly well, passing-wise, either.

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/03/26 at 4:28 PM

      Of the Argentines, I had not realized Ever Banega was quite this good. Very impressed with him.

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  10. Posted by Christopher on 2011/03/26 at 4:38 PM

    Barca fans will have probably have to change their pants now…and keep another pair on hand.

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  11. Messi has created a few chances but really hasn’t had any great looks on goal, Timmy has had the angle covered well when he finds space.

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  12. Posted by dth on 2011/03/26 at 4:45 PM

    Jozy has a tough role, but he’s been much too impatient when he does find the ball. But these things happen when you have the ball approx. 1% of the time.

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    • Posted by Ufficio on 2011/03/26 at 5:07 PM

      Yeah, not really sure what he’s supposed to do when 3 dudes immediately converge on him every time he touches the ball, and there’s not a teammate in sight.

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  13. Posted by dth on 2011/03/26 at 4:48 PM

    Bradley’s yellow card is the first time a white guy has ever been confused for and taken the fall for a black guy in any punishment-related situation.

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  14. Posted by Dennis on 2011/03/26 at 4:48 PM

    OK, I’m all for Twitter helping to organize political revolutions in the Middle East and everything, but no, ESPN, I don’t need to know what Taylor Twellman and Alexi Lalas are tweeting to each other about the game right now.

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  15. Posted by scweeb on 2011/03/26 at 4:48 PM

    why can’t we keep the ball up front?

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/03/26 at 4:54 PM

      Tactically: not enough numbers around going for.

      Big-picture: not enough skill.

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      • Posted by scweeb on 2011/03/26 at 4:58 PM

        were do we need the skill then? CM?

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        • Posted by dth on 2011/03/26 at 5:00 PM

          Well, yes, but not to the same degree as other positions. Of the players currently on the field, I’d rank the skill deficits as (from worst to best):

          CB
          Fullbacks
          Advanced Central Midfield
          Forward
          Deep-lying Central Midfield
          Wingers.

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        • Posted by scweeb on 2011/03/26 at 5:08 PM

          Well i hope some day we get the chance that we can say hey lets play more offensive so we don’t have to play so defensively and have the players to pull it off.

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        • Posted by dth on 2011/03/26 at 5:15 PM

          Well, I think there’s no time like the present.

          Seriously. This is a friendly. We do not care about the result. We won’t get relegated or something if we lose. Why not try to play the game in a more positive fashion?

          We’ll get rocked, to be sure, but it’s more positive for the future.

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        • Posted by scweeb on 2011/03/26 at 5:21 PM

          Wow i already love how they are now at least taking chances.

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  16. Posted by dth on 2011/03/26 at 4:56 PM

    This goal has been another episode in the long-running series of: why you can’t expect to bunker and prosper.

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  17. Posted by kaya on 2011/03/26 at 4:58 PM

    two left feet vs 22 right feet. see the shocking result.

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  18. Posted by Hercules on 2011/03/26 at 5:02 PM

    Hard half for the US. Great play by Messi. Seeing any halftime subs? Formation change?

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  19. Posted by dth on 2011/03/26 at 5:04 PM

    Isn’t this a six-sub friendly? If so, Onyewu for Ream, Chandler for Spector and Edu for Agudelo. Agudelo and Altidore play fluid and interchange between second striker/hold-up striker roles. Wahl says Feilhaber is injured (which makes it kind of mysterious Diskerud didn’t make the bench), but if he’s up for it, Feilhaber for Edu is acceptable also.

    Thought Bradley was the best performer on the pitch, though his responsibilities are very minimal (and may account for his relative quality).

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  20. Posted by scweeb on 2011/03/26 at 5:16 PM

    I hope with these changes we see more attacking for the US

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  21. Posted by Hercules on 2011/03/26 at 5:16 PM

    Agudelo for JJ, Chandler for Spector.

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  22. Agudelo on, let’s see what the kid can do.

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  23. Posted by dth on 2011/03/26 at 5:27 PM

    Onyewu has been absolutely awful with the ball at his feet. Pretty decent defense, but he’s the prime hoofing culprit.

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  24. Goll golll goll golllllllllllll! I love Spanish commentary!

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  25. Posted by scweeb on 2011/03/26 at 5:32 PM

    Hmmm we might have a new starting striker!!

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  26. Posted by Eric on 2011/03/26 at 5:32 PM

    Anyone else think that Altidore and Agudelo seem to have fairly good chemistry together up top?

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  27. Posted by joe on 2011/03/26 at 5:55 PM

    Lets not forget about that Bunbury

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  28. Posted by Steve NJ-DC on 2011/03/26 at 5:56 PM

    seems argentina gets a bit floppy when frustrated…

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  29. Posted by scweeb on 2011/03/26 at 6:00 PM

    Dempsey for president!!

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  30. Posted by Steve NJ-DC on 2011/03/26 at 6:06 PM

    Things I’ve learned from the match.

    1. We continue to start slowly.
    2. Chandler and Agudelo can hang with the best.
    3. I need to join the American Outlaws asap, their supporters section was audible all night!

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    • Posted by scweeb on 2011/03/26 at 6:12 PM

      American Outlaws did the boys proud!! Can’t believe we had a pro USA crowd vs Argentina!!

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  31. Posted by Ufficio on 2011/03/26 at 6:11 PM

    Jones has got to be able to play better than that.

    Another thing that could help Jozy’s hold-up play is if he could buy a foul call. I know they were letting a lot of stuff go both ways, but there was one play where I counted four fouls by the Argentines on Jozy, and nothing was called.

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  32. Posted by kaya on 2011/03/26 at 6:17 PM

    isn’t there a saying about the best defense being something having to do with a modicum of offense?

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    • Posted by scweeb on 2011/03/26 at 6:19 PM

      I always tell my players if you want it easier on defense then keep the ball on offense!!

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  33. Posted by dth on 2011/03/26 at 6:18 PM

    Pleasantly surprised by Edu’s play–have to admit it since I’m not a huge Edu fan (and have been pretty loud about it). Howard, obviously; Bradley I thought did a lot of work and had some very some distributional passes. Then of course Chandler and Agudelo…

    I wasn’t a huge fan of any member of the backline tonight; Jones was mostly a hack without some of the incisive passes we expected. Dempsey and Donovan were mostly isolated offensively but put in nice work on defense, babysitting for the, ah, overmatched fullbacks.

    Favored lineup versus Paraguay:

    Howard; Bornstein, Ream, DeMerit, Chandler; Edu, Bradley; Donovan, Dempsey; Agudelo, Altidore.

    Of course things can change if Bradley has agreed to let players go home. If Dempsey goes home, let’s see Diskerud. If Altidore, let’s see Buddle. If Edu or Bradley, sub in Jones.

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    • Posted by scweeb on 2011/03/26 at 6:22 PM

      it seems like to me with 3 cms on the pitch we get to congested in the middle and have no outlets to pass. Plus they just seemed confused or not confident on were they are suppose to be with 3 in the middle.

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      • Posted by dth on 2011/03/26 at 6:26 PM

        Well, we’ve done well before with 3 CM. Against Ghana and Slovenia, for example, Dempsey played very ably in the middle of the park. The problem is, when you play Edu-Bradley-Jones together, there’s no offensive option there. My guess is that Bradley thinks these three guys are among the best 11 the US has. I disagree, but it’s not totally crazy. The thing is though, that it’s not about putting your best eleven out there but your best team out there. Bradley has to bite the bullet and decide to leave one of Edu, Bradley or Jones on the bench in every game.

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        • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/03/26 at 6:29 PM

          Will put up a review later. I think Bradley just goes with those he can trust to follow his defensive scheme. When Stu and Dolo got injured, he went with those he could trust and I think that’s a fault of his becaue they don’t always have the ability.

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        • Posted by scweeb on 2011/03/26 at 6:31 PM

          I totally agree with you on that! i wounder what would have happened if holden was still available.

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        • Posted by dth on 2011/03/26 at 6:38 PM

          Not sure Holden is the answer there either. Holden, Bradley, Jones and Edu all strike me as broadly similar midfielders. There are differences, obviously (Edu’s range isn’t as good as the other three’s; Holden is the best short-ball guy, Jones the best long-ball guy, Bradley has the best variety of passes though he’s less consistent, passing-wise), but they basically all do similar things. None of them are really creative passers, so you can put any of them in that spot and get similar things. If you made me put one of them up there, I’d put Bradley. But wouldn’t be happy about it.

          Will Bradley consider a Dempsey as #10 formation? I hope so, though that does weaken the wing–without any really obvious replacement options. Feilhaber hasn’t been competing at a high level. Bedoya hasn’t impressed Bradley, apparently. Agudelo isn’t really a winger, I think.* So it’s tough. 4-2-2-2 might be the best choice. Bradley better study those Villarreal tapes I’m sure he’s got socked away.

          * Maybe it’s too early to say it, and maybe it’s totally off-base: but Agudelo’s one-on-one skills aren’t really great. He can stepover but doesn’t really have any dribbling moves aside from that. Nice cross though. I’d almost feel better with Altidore on the wing, to be honest.

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        • Posted by mbw on 2011/03/26 at 8:51 PM

          Chandler is the obvious replacement option on the wing, no?

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        • Posted by dth on 2011/03/26 at 8:59 PM

          He’s the replacement on the wing in a similar sense that Eric Lichaj was the replacement on the wing after South Africa. (to be fair, Chandler’s 8 Bundesliga appearances have gone better than Lichaj’s Premier League ones, but still. Not a huge sample.)

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        • Posted by mbw on 2011/03/26 at 9:26 PM

          First, I’ll cede your point that Chandler has not played much against top competition. This is obvious. Second, I think it’s only fair to point out that Chandler has played more games at right wing in a top league than the three players you mentioned combined. He didn’t do badly, either. Three, all of this is beside the point. The question isn’t which player in the pool has a strong resume at right wing; it’s whether the US pool has a right wing of sufficient quality to allow Deuce to move to #10. We have a pretty good idea that, for now at least, that player is not Feilhaber, Bedoya, or Agudelo (or Lichaj). Who knows if it’s Chandler (or Altidore, as you suggested a few days ago). Why not at least consider it?

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        • Posted by dth on 2011/03/26 at 9:43 PM

          Oh, you want to play Chandler at right wing? I didn’t get that; my apologies. I’m not against the idea. In fact, it’s something I wouldn’t mind seeing tried out.

          I’m just saying it’s premature to declare Chandler the definitive replacement given his relative inexperience.

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  34. Posted by dth on 2011/03/26 at 6:32 PM

    A word about Agudelo hype. Insofar as hype and excitement are justified, it’s justified about this guy. But it’s kind of funny to see some of the overheated comments; for example the Young Guns Blog twitter referred to Altidore as always overhyped. That’s kind of silly:

    Juan Agudelo, Age 17: 8 appearances, 1 goal, 1 assist.
    Jozy Altidore, Age 17: 36 appearances, 9 goals, 8 assists.

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    • Posted by scweeb on 2011/03/26 at 6:45 PM

      Yea i hope that Juan stays in the mls and keeps maturing before he goes over seas!!

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  35. Posted by John on 2011/03/26 at 7:06 PM

    I don’t care what anyone says, that was a fantastic game to watch.

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  36. Posted by Todd Harshman on 2011/03/26 at 7:45 PM

    Watching the game with my American Outlaws brothers in Cleveland, Ohio, let me encourage everyone to join a supporters group. If not ours, (the best) at least someones. That is how the game will grow.

    Defense was awful. Altidore is NOT the answer up top if played by himself. He needs someone to play off of as his finishing is poor. Dempsey is THE MAN!

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  37. Posted by jwrandolph on 2011/03/26 at 8:50 PM

    Kudos to Coach Bradley. We holler obscenities at him so much that I think its really healthy to acknowlede when he manages the team well. He did that tonight, particularly with taking risks on Chandler and Agudelo. @poharra and TSG had an interesting back and forth on twitter about BB. Essentially, he doesn’t plan for a game well, but is quite good at reading a game and making necessary changes. Unfortunately, this leads to a team that is inherently reactionary, which is one of my biggest qualms about the USMNT, particularly when playing against high-level competition. But I think he’s getting better at that, and theres only so much you can do with our talent pool against an in-form Argentina.

    Regardless, I had a really great time watching the game tonight. Argentina is a really good team with some of the best players in the world. 1-1 is a good result for us, even though I think its fair to argue that it didn’t necessarily reflect the run of play. Thanks very much to the TSG community for the excellent commentary.

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  38. Posted by mbw on 2011/03/26 at 9:13 PM

    Here are some things that stood out watching it live (from behind what was Argentina’s goal for the first half):

    (1) Gooch did more to kill any chance of the US playing “positive soccer” than the entire midfield and the entire coaching staff put together.

    (2) Bocanegra was really impressive. He very obviously didn’t have the foot speed to keep up with . . . anyone, but he never surrendered enough of an angle for the Argentine players to get off anything that would give Howard or the centerbacks any trouble. It was a really first-rate performance from a cerebral player who was physically overmatched. And of course he played a major part in the US goal.

    (3) Stories about Howard bailing out the US defense again, as in 2008, don’t ring particularly true. It can be hard to tell without a couple different replays, but I thought there might have been one or at most two saves I wouldn’t have been confident a first-string national team goalkeeper would make. A few sloppy plays notwithstanding, the centerbacks and CDMs deserve a lot of credit for the defensive performance (so far as I could tell).

    (3) Bradley played very well without the ball in the first half. He got pulled out of position more in the second half, which I suspect had to do with the change in formation.

    (4) The very stars in their courses were calling for the US to change formation at halftime. Lacking a #10, they just haven’t figured out where to attack out of a 4-2-3-1. Whatever its problematic aspects, the 4-2-2-2 doesn’t present them with this problem.

    Matt, you’ll be happy to hear that a “Solo falta Pastore!” cheer broke out behind Howard’s goal in the last ten minutes.

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    • Posted by mbw on 2011/03/26 at 9:41 PM

      I should say that point #3 wasn’t meant to denigrate Howard’s performance. He was terrific. I just didn’t think the back line and the CDMs deserve the beating they seem to be taking in post game assessments.

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  39. Posted by JasonPrice on 2011/03/26 at 9:52 PM

    Fun game to watch in the chess match kind of way. Some quick thoughts:
    -As much as I admire and appreciate the backline, I really want composure and thoughtful service on the ball from my CBs, and width from my wing backs. So I am very excited at the prospects of Chandler, Ream, and LIchaj.
    -I still think MB should be converted to a CB.
    -USMNT is a 4-4-2. Full stop.
    -Altidore=Heskey?

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  40. Posted by John on 2011/03/26 at 10:52 PM

    With all the commentary I had to go back and make sure that the USA didn’t lose. Somehow it seems that everyone thought we were going to pass circles around Argentina. Despite the reliance on Tim Howard doing what great keepers are supposed to do we outlasted and drew with Argentina’s a team. So yeah….. I am going to consider that a good achievement despite our defensive problems.

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