The Motown Showdown: TSG’s Official US vs. Canada Preview

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US fans should pray the Yanks start imposing their will on CONCACAF Tuesday...

The US has left its Spain debacle in the rearview mirror as it looks to secure a spot in the 2013 Conferederation Cup through a championship win in this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The road for the United States appropriately goes through Detroit with Game 1 Tuesday against Canada.

The US should be able to take care of it’s group stage and finish with all nine points.

However, what US fans should be looking for–and the main sentiment that TSG will echo throughout the month–is Bob Bradley’s squad to dictate the tempo and the game to its opponent.

The US–and Mexico–are the heavies in CONCACAF, just like Spain is reckoned with on the world scene. Teams with advantages gut out wins on their bad days, but more importantly, the mark of an improving team– a team that has taken the proverbial next step–is that imposes its will on a weaker opponent.

The Gold Cup tournament–with few players facing club conflicts and time to train together–is the prefect time for the United States to collaborate as a team and begin to develop a style that the opponent is forced to contend with.

While Game One against Canada will not be without it’s flaws and an ebb and flow, by the time the United States reaches the second round they should have found their 2011 identity at the least and be controlling the run of play for long stretches of time.

Let’s get right to it. Our customary TSG preview. It goes…

About The Opponent

TSG What Are We Looking For

11 At The Whistle

Disclaimers

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About The Opponent

(Editor’s note: This section by Vancouver-based Ben Massey. Massey writes for the Canadian Soccer News and Eighty Six Forever. You can follow Ben on Twitter here.

Thanks Ben, great work!)

The Canadian squad traveling to Detroit to take on the Americans is close to full strength. Every core player of consequence will be in attendance; a rare treat for a team which often struggles to get its hands on its players. A few fringe guys are away; Preston North End forward Iain Hume hit eight goals in the English Championship last year but is missing this tournament due to personal issues, and 31-year-old international veteran Patrice Bernier is out with a broken leg. The team will also be without D.C. United centre back Dejan Jakovic, a standout in Canadian colours who hurt his hamstring in last week’s friendly against Ecuador. For the most part this is the best squad that Canada can assemble.

In every sense, the key for Canada is on the flanks. Canada runs a fairly orthodox 4-3-3 and the best attackers on the team play the wing, but the team is most vulnerable at fullback. It can be an area of both feast and famine for les rouges and not even the most jaded observers of the Canadian national team can be sure which it will be for any given match.

Canada's expected line-up

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The most talented attacking player on the team is left winger Josh Simpson. There is very little on the offensive side of the ball he doesn’t do well: he can run at players as well as anyone in CONCACAF. Simpson has a constant nose for the goal, a decent shot, and both the willingness and ability to pass and cross. On the right wing, Canada has several options: Real Salt Lake playmaker Will Johnson, MLS legend Dwayne De Rosario, and two-time English promotion hero Simeon Jackson have each played that role in recent friendlies. Jackson is a forward by nature and played up top against Ecuador, but most of his appearances for Canada have been on the wing.

As deep and as strong as the wings look, weakness at fullback makes up for it. The starting right back against the United States will probably be 26-year-old Nik Ledgerwood, a professional journeyman who toils for Wehen in the German third division. Left back Michael Klukowski is a talented veteran but he left his Turkish club due to financial irregularities and is out of shape. Marcel de Jong, who played last season in the 2. Bundesliga, started against Ecuador but looked erratic at best. While Ledgerwood held on pretty well against the Ecuadoran attack, don’t be fooled: he’s a very modestly talented player with not much athleticism and a good head on his shoulders. The Americans will have space to attack down the wings if they want it.

Canada's anchor Atiba Hutchinson, who famously had a 2007 goal disallowed against the States in Gold Cup play...

The team is anchored by last year’s national player of the year Atiba Hutchinson. The odd thing about Hutchinson is that, at first glance, it seems hard to see why he dominates games the way he does. He’s not that quick, he won’t play killer passes, he doesn’t go on daring offensive runs or make remarkable tackles. Yet Hutchinson is always in position to receive the ball, and when he has it he always puts the ball where he wants it. He’s not a physical player but he’s big and strong enough to handle whatever Maurice Edu types throw at him. He also has a ferocious shot when he has a mind to unleash it, which isn’t often enough, and Canadian fans will remember how he had a would-have-been-equalizer against the United States in the 2004 Gold Cup chalked off on an incorrect offside call. He doesn’t draw headlines or rave reviews, but when you watch Hutchinson you see the heartbeat of a team.

The lack of friendly practice and wildly different league environments can show when Canada goes on the attack: they’re usually highly individualistic. Jackson or De Rosario or Simpson go on a long run, beat as many defenders as they can, and then pass it off. In the final third Canada shows decent but by no means excellent passing chops: the chemistry isn’t there. The situation is a bit better on the back line, particularly centrally where Kevin McKenna and Andre Hainault have been playing off each other since Hainault came into the national team. Their team play has improved through decent games against the like of Greece, Belarus, and Ecuador, but a first game against the United States will still be a trial by fire for them. They may have preferred to open against Panama or Guadeloupe and try to find each others’ stride; that’s life, though. On their day, the Canadians can easily be dangerous enough to spring an upset.

TSG Follow-up: So Ben, you don’t think Canadian manager Jonathan Hart will go with a 4-4-1-1 to try to get all his best midfielders/forwards on the pitch?

Massey:  A 4-4-1-1 would be a big changeup from Hart and I don’t expect it. De Guzman is battling with Dunfield for a starting spot but Dunfield started against Ecuador and scored a wonder goal while De Guzman came on as a substitute and was atrocious.

One of Johnson, Gerba, Jackson, or De Rosario is going to sit. I really can only guess which. Johnson played RW against Ecuador but Gerba wasn’t available for that game.

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TSG: What Are We Looking For?

• Can the Yanks dictate the tempo and the game to Canada?

We told you we would reiterate this point multiple times during the Gold Cup. Apologies but you’ll see it more often.

• Does Bob Bradley reinforce the midfield with a 4-2-3-1 or stick with a 4-4-2?

Expect Bob Bradley to start this game in a 4-2-2-2 keeping Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey somewhat narrow ahead of Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones. While Bradley played a 4-2-3-1 against Argentina’s 4-3-3 and a very flat 4-4-2 against Spain, I think we’ll see the Yanks stay narrow through the work of Donovan and Dempsey pinching in.

On a turn, this will force Canada’s CMF to quickly choose between Donovan and Dempsey and should allow the Yanks some of the linking they missed out on in the Spain match.

A quick note here given the first bullet, if Bradley goes 4-2-3-1 he looking for a war of attrition. 4-2-2-2 and he’s looking to own the game.

• Who counters the advanced flank forwards for Canada, Jackson and Simpson?

One mistake on Jackson and he possesses enough class to make the Yanks pay. While the key to containing the Norwich City striker will be cutting off the service lanes to his feet, the Yanks will need solid organization on Jackson’s side as he’ll try to exploit the space between the Yanks left fullback and left central defender.

To Turkey by way of...Portland? University of Portland product Josh Simpson now plays for mid-table Manisaspor in Turkey's top division...

Though more dangerous, Josh Simpson would be much more troubling if it weren’t for the advancing runs of Steve Cherundolo.

With the Yanks likely looking to get Steven Cherundolo ahead in the attack, the right central midfielder (either Michael Bradley or Jermaine Jones) needs to be cognizant of the quick counterattack to the feet of Simpson, that and being sure to be mindful of coming over in support if Cherundolo is out 1-v-1 with the Canadian lefty on the flank.

• Jozy Altidore should have more time on the ball and be facing one of the weaker defenses in the group. Can he captalize?

No explanation needed here. Altidore should be able to exploit a weaker defense than most that he’s faced in a US shirt over the past year. Can Altidore himself impose his will?

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11 at the Whistle

The skinny: Keeping a rule of thumb here–goalkeepers excepted. Bob Bradley is a very meticulous and scripted couch. Our hunch? If a player went more than 45 minutes against Spain, they’re not starting against Canada. Thus..

The Yanks expected line-up

G: Tim Howard

DEF: Steve Cherundolo, Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein

The skinny: The US and Bradley have to be careful about their leftback situation. Whereas on the right Steve Cherundolo is backed by Jonathan Spector and Eric Lichaj–both who appear capable of playing the position against CONCACAF competition if the Hannover captain goes down, proven on the left is only Bocanegra and Bornstein, the former who may be asked to play centrally.

Out on a limb here by suggesting that Bradley exposes both, but with a 4-3-3 and a lot of tracking, the veteran play of two left-sided defenders is warranted.

CDM: Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley

The skinny: Let’s add this here. Michael Bradley came against a Spain team that had moved into near post-game cruise control on Saturday. He was clean and efficient with the ball with Clint Dempsey dropping horizontally in to the middle to receive possession.

Maurice Edu and Jermaine Jones floundered against Spain’s first half attack.

These are all–break out the TSG axiom–one observation. One observation does not a conclusion make. It’s hard to adjust to Spain’s game speed when you’ve been playing numbers-shortened scrimmages in practice without shinguards.

Jones and Bradley get their first respective 2011 starts centrally for the States in the Gold Cup.

Is this Dempsey's Gold Cup? He may be the best player in the tournament.

MID: Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan

The skinny:  Expect nothing less…unless of course Donovan is still ill.

STR: Jozy Altidore, Chris Wondolowksi

The skinny:  Jozy will get the start. We go with Chris Wondolowski–remember, we’re not choosing any player that went more than 45 minutes on Saturday. Wondolowski as well, can be counted on to play smartly on defense and he’ll be used as that offside striker we keep talking about to corral crosses.

Disclaimers:

• The US goes 4-2-3-1; Edu steps in for Wondowlowski

Odds: 40%

» The skinny: Bob Bradley used a 4-2-3-1 to stave off Argentina in March at the New Meadowlands. Canada isn’t Argentina though.

• The US backline is Bocanegra, Onyewu, Goodson, Cherundolo instead.

Odds: 40%

» The skinny: Possible, even probable. The challenge here is neither Goodson or Onyewu are great quarterbacks in central defense. They typically rely on the other to be the signal caller.

• Agudelo for Wondolowski

Odds: 25%

» The skinny: Bob Bradley likely uses Agudelo–who hasn’t been starting club ball–off the bench here after playing him more than 60 minutes against Spain.

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50 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kevin on 2011/06/06 at 12:27 PM

    Does anyone know what channel this game will be on?

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  2. Posted by jon on 2011/06/06 at 12:28 PM

    No way onyewu starts. Backline should be
    LB: bornstein
    CB: boca, goodson
    RB: cherundolo

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    • Posted by Erik the Orange on 2011/06/06 at 12:50 PM

      Agree on the Gooch.

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    • Posted by Jake C. on 2011/06/06 at 1:47 PM

      Yeah, if Goodson doesn’t start over Onyewu that’s ridiculous. You’re prob right on Agudelo coming in off the bench, but I hope to God we still have two strikers. The Spain game was a good opportunity for the guys to see first-hand how top teams play soccer, but if BB tries to take the same tactical approach as Argentina then he’s an idiot, even if we win.

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      • Posted by dth on 2011/06/06 at 2:39 PM

        I hate the mentality that having fewer than two strikers makes you some sort of defensive squad or set-up. We had two strikers versus Spain–but the first instinct was clearly defense (as well as that worked, obviously). Now, if you’re going to try and make Maurice Edu Yaya Toure, then, yeah you’re not going to do much offensively….

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        • Posted by Jake C. on 2011/06/06 at 2:55 PM

          I’m of the mentality that having Jozy or Wondo as a lone striker is a poor set-up, especially when BB has the wingers so withdrawn. No good.

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          • Posted by dth on 2011/06/06 at 3:00 PM

            This is true! But it just has to do with what the rest of the tactical set-up is. If Bradley goes, say (from midfield up):

            bradley, kljestan/Donovan, Dempsey, Bedoya/Altidore with Cherundolo and Lichaj bombing forward, that’s a very aggressive lineup.

            If on the other hand it’s:

            Bradley, Jones/Donovan, Edu, Dempsey/Altidore with the fullbacks staying deep, that’s an unforgivably timid lineup.

            These are extremes and I can guaransheed neither will occur. I hope.

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            • Posted by Jake C. on 2011/06/06 at 3:08 PM

              Right, I was referring to the way BB has typically run the lone striker formation. If Kjlestan starts (unlikely) then my outlook on the formation would be more positive.

            • Posted by BernieBernier on 2011/06/06 at 6:03 PM

              To me it depends on who is in the hole (should be Dempsey but won’t be). If its an offensive player, Bedoya, Kelestan, or Feilhaber (before injury) then its an offensive formation. If its Edu, Jones, or Bradley (new version) then its a very defensive formation. One caveat is that this assumes that Dolo gets forward.

            • Posted by Colin on 2011/06/07 at 7:35 AM

              guaransheed? as in Rasheed Wallace during one of the Detroit Pistons playoff runs? If so, I like your style. Firstly, because Sheed was my favorite player in a pistons jersey at the time. Second, because the match is in Detroit and you pulled out a reference from a Detroit sports team. Nice.

    • Posted by Jared on 2011/06/07 at 6:42 AM

      If Gooch continues to start then Bob’s sanity needs to be questioned. He isn’t good enough, fast enough or aware enough to start over Goodson. I’d rather see Bornstein out there because at least he has the physical ability to play, Gooch doesn’t even have that anymore.

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  3. Posted by MJ on 2011/06/06 at 1:04 PM

    Is there anyway to watch this online?

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    • Posted by Tux on 2011/06/06 at 1:21 PM

      Concacaf’s website is streaming the game for free.

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      • Posted by MJ on 2011/06/06 at 1:28 PM

        Oh thank God. I could hug you. Thanks!

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        • Posted by Bryan JD on 2011/06/06 at 2:53 PM

          Yeah, but they also have restrictions for markets outside of the region, I believe. I could not watch the two games yesterday due to such restrictions.

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          • Posted by Bryan JD on 2011/06/06 at 2:54 PM

            Edit: Oops. I guess all US games will be available for everyone (?).

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            • Posted by Martin on 2011/06/06 at 10:03 PM

              All the games will be on Univision.

              I don’t know who the FOX commentators will be. If it’s Harkes, the Spanish commentators will be preferable even if you don’t understand the language. Just imagine you are actually at the game.

            • Posted by KickinNames... on 2011/06/07 at 4:52 AM

              I’m giving away a free John Harkes bobble head for the most creative description of his unique brand of awful. Fire away!
              Also, a video compilation of his “Best of…” nets you the bobble head and a FREE microfiber towel!
              In advance, I’m proud of each and every one of you.

          • Posted by dth on 2011/06/06 at 2:57 PM

            They do. Fortunately for us and unfortunately for them, finding sources for the games should be trivially easy:

            myp2p.eu
            firstrowsports.eu

            etc.

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            • Posted by Dave on 2011/06/06 at 7:39 PM

              Univisión is also streaming all of the Gold Cup matches, so if you can live with Spanish commentary that’s another option.

  4. Posted by Andy on 2011/06/06 at 2:28 PM

    I’d like to see Wondowlowski get some run in this tournament. He’s the only US forward playing / scoring consisitently with his club team. That being said, Altidore has a history of scoring against lesser opponents, which with one or two exceptions, is the makeup of this tournament.

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  5. Posted by Ryan on 2011/06/06 at 2:31 PM

    Gooch is a waste! Goodson needs to start in the center, let’s not waste this opportunity to collaborate defensive backs.

    LB: Lichaj
    CB: Goodson, Boca
    RB: Cherundolo

    Bornstein (useless)can fetch Gooch a gatoraide and possible help removed his shinguards.

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  6. Posted by Nelsonaoatl on 2011/06/06 at 2:59 PM

    Will having boca as an organizer help our D? I’ve a huge man crush on lichaj. He shut down Bale when my team played his team. bornstein is mediocre. that Paraguay game would’ve been better with someone else running the left flank.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/06/06 at 3:11 PM

      I don’t think Boca’s great at organization, but I know Goodson has never really been entrusted with that role on the States and it’s certainly not Onyewu’s role.

      I think that’s the big thing. If you witnessed Ream-Onyewu on Saturday, Ream was still doing most of the talking.

      As for Bornstein, I think he was fine in the Paraguay game. He got up the flank quite regularly. The challenge with Bornstein is he is ruined after he makes a mistake in a game and that’s what the fans remember him for. He needs to play with more confidence–that however is the same story with him.

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      • Posted by KickinNames... on 2011/06/07 at 4:55 AM

        And Ream is the ONLY one of any of the CB pairings who has a glimmer of intl quality to his distribution. He’ll figure out the marking and positioning with reps and the upside you get from his ball movement is a net positive IMO.

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    • Posted by BernieBernier on 2011/06/06 at 5:24 PM

      I would really like to see Dolo Goodson Boca and Bornstein. The way I see it we can’t afford Boca at LB for two reasons, i) we need someone that will get forward as I fear that Canada and many other teams in the Cup will play park the bus and counter, and 2) Gooch can not be trusted in the middle of the pitch.

      I would like to see the same starters in as many games as possible (hopefully sitting against Gaudaloupe) to get some teamwork down before we get to the tail end of the tourney.

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      • Posted by dth on 2011/06/06 at 5:44 PM

        Yeah, I agree with your analysis, but I think we’ll see Bocanegra on the left. By process of elimination: we won’t see Lichaj on the left because he went the full 90 against Spain, and I don’t think we’ll see anyone who played a lot of minutes against Spain play a lot of minutes against Canada. But the same is (probably) true of Bornstein: Bradley said he planned to play Bornstein 90 against Spain, and therefore from that we can infer Bradley isn’t planning on using Bornstein. Additionally, as we know, Bobbo is a safety-first (by which we mean a guys-he-trusts-first) kind of a guy, meaning he goes with the tried-and-true Bocanegra on the left.

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        • Posted by BernieBernier on 2011/06/06 at 6:08 PM

          Sadly I trust Bornstein a lot more than Gooch. That is a shocking quote. Gooch hasn’t shown me anything worth trusting post-injury.

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  7. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/06/06 at 4:01 PM

    I do not want to trivialise the Gold Cup, but would you say that Canada’s quality is a step up from MLS? Why not start with Tim Ream in order to gain some experience. The earlier stage is a great opportunity to bleed him into the National team set-up, whilst he won’t be completely over his head / step up too much too soon etc.

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/06/06 at 4:16 PM

      Well, let’s say Massey’s account of Canada’s attack is accurate. Ream would be facing off against Gerba, a Division II player (a good one, judging by goals/game ratio), Jackson, a good Championship player, and Simpson, apparently a good Turkish Super Lig player. The attack would be spearheaded by Dwayne De Rosario, one of the greatest MLS players ever. I would guess this attack is better than most MLS teams, so it might well be a step up for Ream.

      That said, since Bradley gave him 90 minutes against Spain, it seems unlikely that Ream will get the start. I bet Ream starts in at least one other group stage game. At least, I hope Ream gets the start. The experience would be good for him.

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  9. Posted by Izzy on 2011/06/06 at 7:06 PM

    The main reason I don’t wan’t Bocanegra at left back is that with Cherundolo overlapping, he tends to slide over and form a back three with the other two center backs. If Canada catch us quickly enough, it would be 3v3 at the back, which means the Canadian three only has to stretch themselves to have our defense spread eagled, and with Canada having one more man in the middle than us, they’d easily have a man in on goal if he makes the run, and you’d better believe if it’s DeRo, we’re screwed.

    So I think it’s best to push both our fullbacks forward and punish Canada’s wingers/wide forwards for staying so high up the field when their team is on defense. This will give the USA an outlet in possession, not to mention width and crosses.

    Generally, I think the 4-4-2/4-2-2-2 will be the way to go this game. However, something I wonder is we can function in a shape just like what we switched into at the World Cup. It switched back and forth between a 4-4-2/4-2-2-2 and a 4-3-3. It looked a lot like this I would say:

    http://this11.com/topics/show/5394/sbi-example-lineup

    (MISTAKE – REPLACE REAM WITH BOCANEGRA!!!!)

    This would allow us to deal with Canada’s trio on defense, and work the ball around them on offense. Moreover, everyone is in roles they seem to like. Kljestan shuttles between left and central midfield. Altidore shuttles between left and central forward. Dempsey plays just off Altidore but drops into the hole to link play and pushes in advance of Jozy to expose the gaps he can create. Donovan provides slightly more natural width, but still comes inside. Bradley drops between the centerbacks, like he did so well on Saturday, allowing the fullbacks license to overlap, although he might need to hold off on dropping between the center backs because Canada are playing three up front.

    That’s generally how we it unfolded at the World Cup and I think the lineup we saw against Spain in the second half was like it in a lot of ways, and maybe why we were a lot more fluid.

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    • Posted by dikranovich on 2011/06/06 at 7:44 PM

      izzy, dont forget that if canada attack with three and usa have three in the back, canada still have to get by the keeper, mr timmy howard. 3v4, dont look now, but its another shutout.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/06/06 at 11:26 PM

      Kind of close on the line-up there Izzy.

      I think you’re probably tasking the left side with a little bit too much of a challenge defensively with Hutchinson and Jackson (the past two POYS for Canada) coming down that side). The ball will be reveresed to that side of the field quite frequently.

      Also, slightly different from the US at the World Cup at Jozy Altidore typically cleared space by going right and Landon played in the Kljestan role to give a greater threat of attack with pace.

      If the US is going to use Dempsey up top I’d like to see him playing off of Altidore rather than trying to fend for himself and provide hold or play with his back to the goal.

      Just some thoughts.

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      • Posted by Isaac on 2011/06/07 at 3:02 AM

        From what I saw, Feilhaber was the one playing in the Kljestan role, moving between left and central midfield, and Donovan was in the role I had him in. That’s how it seemed to me anyways. Looking at the various matches, Altidore several times dribbled past players on the left side of the attack and even at one point in the Ghana game dropped back to help defensively on that side of the field. Altidore did drift over to the right on Donovan’s goal against Slovenia though, but that was one of the few moments.

        The general idea behind Dempsey’s role was that he expose space left by Jozy drifting wide left, drop into the hole to link play/link up with Landon and oncoming midfielders, or push up level with Jozy to allow Landon underneath him at times. That being said, I can see how Clint might get caught by himself, but the guy did make a lot out of those sorts of matchups in the EPL, so I’m not exactly that worried.

        Your point about Hutchinson and Jackson is probably true. That being said, there might be something to be said for the fact that Kljestan is defensively very sound, and, despite what people say on this site, always has been in my book. Moreover, He’s got a chemistry with Bornstein, who he’ll probably end up playing in front of tomorr- err…..today.

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      • Posted by Izzy on 2011/06/07 at 3:03 AM

        Are you referring to the first half shape we played or the second half shape we played Matt?

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  14. Posted by Jared on 2011/06/07 at 6:54 AM

    The US should not play a 4-4-2 in this game because we don’t have 2 strikers that are good enough unless you put Dempsey up top with (and I can’t believe I’m writing this) Wondo since we’re going with the belief taht anyone who went 90 won’t start (Agudelo). Jozy doesn’t belong on the field as he doesn’t work hard, hold the ball up or score goals.

    I’d rather see a 4-2-3-1 with the 3 being Dempsey, Adu and Donovan. That lineup with MB90 and JJ behind them is more dangerous than anything involving 2 of our lousy pool of strikers.

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    • Posted by Isaac on 2011/06/07 at 7:57 AM

      Okay, in the modern era of football, it’s not about whether you’re good enough, it’s whether you can be of tactical value to a team. That’s why players who lack in technical quality are called in, while players rich with it are on the bench. A player needs to be more than just “good”.

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