Posted 2011/06/03 by matthewsf in USMNT. 9 Comments
On the eve of US vs. Spain and the Gold Cup, TSG–tongue in cheek–remembers those that Bob left before the altar.
Posted by @geoffkorb on 2011/06/03 at 7:14 AM
Stuart Holden? Come on…
Posted by El_Gringo_Ronaldo on 2011/06/03 at 9:47 AM
Holden was excluded from the list because of an injury. If he wasn’t injured, he would have been on the roster.
Posted by Jay Bell on 2011/06/03 at 2:36 PM
Still didn’t want to leave him out just because of injury. If anything it can remind people of how great a year he had for Bolton.
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/06/03 at 3:22 PM
Yeah, that was great anticipation, fantastic control and a quality finish.
Posted by Marmaduke on 2011/06/03 at 7:17 AM
This actually gets me excited.
This is far from an allstar group and some of the big names are here due to injuries, but I find it encouraging how many quality players are on this side of things nowadays. Even if you get past Holden and Davies (and even Chandler, who BB tried to get), there are many on the reel who would have been (or were) starters in years past and some who I’m sure we’ll see in the future.
Posted by Jay Bell on 2011/06/03 at 2:38 PM
In 2009, players like Torres, Adu and Beasley were taken to South Africa for the Confederations Cup and were really, for lack of a kinder term, useless in that tournament. Kljestan and Casey were not in great form either.
Just two years later, there is a higher standard. That standard would be even higher if the US could stop going into major tournaments with a minimum of 3 major injuries and/or weird exclusions (see Chandler).
Posted by dth on 2011/06/03 at 5:33 PM
I mean, isn’t a certain number of injuries/weird stuff inevitable for any national side? I think it just hits us harder to lack of depth.
Some recent examples:
Mexico’s top goalkeeper just got excluded for a fistfight; Marquez is still on the team, granted, but has picked up a knock which might limit his effectiveness; Zinha just lost his father and his only rejoining the team; Vela got dropped due to political infighting…
Germany didn’t start Schweinsteiger due to injury today; Klose was left out, etc. etc.
Obviously the Mexican story is yet to be written (if de la Torre insists on starting his guy, Zinha, in high leverage situations throughout the tournament, we stand an excellent chance of beating them and I wouldn’t be surprised if they suffered a “shocking” upset before then), but Germany did their German thing and gritted through a win to Austria.*
* Speaking of Germany over Austria, a weird thing is developing with them. Needing a goal late in the game, Löw persisted with the lineup he had out there, which was in the attacking four Schürrle/Özil/Müller; Gomez. This decision makes sense in many ways–these are all pretty excellent players, though Gomez is the German Higuain in his ability to score lots of goals and deceptively seem better than he is (because he contributes nothing else and wastes many chances to boot). What didn’t make sense about it was that Müller was playing poorly and Löw had Mario Götze on the bench. It’s kind of a symbol of the Bundesliga’s lack of buzz that Götze isn’t more hyped–the Guardian did a little transfer thing (fifty top transfer targets) that rated Götze at fifteen million pounds and Neymar at thirty, which is the exact opposite of how it should be–and it’s weird that Löw refused to put him in in a situation that so clearly suited him. If Bob Bradley did similar, I think he might be lynched; anyway, this does show that bad decisions by coaches, even excellent ones, are surprisingly highly spread.
Posted by Nelson on 2011/06/03 at 3:12 PM
Gomez is just so smart IMO. Buddle I enjoy more than Jozy…argh where is Jurgen Klinsmann when I want fun football…
Posted by Alex on 2011/06/03 at 4:37 PM
I wish that the Bobs would just kiss and make up so we could have Convey flying down the left flank for us.
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