USA vs. Guadeloupe: Live Commentary

Update:

Wow US line-up: Howard, Bocanegra, Goodson, Lichaj, Cherundolo, Dempsey, Jones, Bradley, Donovan, Wondolowski, Altidore

Starting line-ups are less than 3 hours away. Need to publish this post a bit earlier today, plus lots to chat about.

Dolo, ball control, game control, key.

Steve Cherundolo Saturday night in the Mixed Zone after the US fell 2-1 to Panama on what the US needs to do against Guadeloupe.

“To go out and play the soccer that we want to play, that we can play, and obviously to win. Nothing less than a win works for us, so we have to win the last game and go from there. It’s going to be the hard route to the final now but we’re ready for it, and we have to get this loss behind us and focus on the next game.” 

TSG’s much belabored point is secondary tonight. First, of course for the Yanks is a win, by any means necessary. However, if you want to see that Bob Bradley’s squad took it’s lesson to heart, they must dictate the game and tempo to Guadeloupe.

The United States Men’s National once again finds themselves in control of their destiny and needing a good showing in the final group stage game of tournament.

Today it’s Livestrong Park, the opponent is Guadeloupe and the States have something to prove.

Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. CT.

English TV Broadcast: Fox Soccer (Kyle Martino with analysis) —  Spanish TV Broadcast: Telefutura, Web: Concacaf.com or Univsion.com

Live Commentary starts…..now!

US likely deployment vs. Guadeloupe

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108 responses to this post.

  1. We HAVE to come out and dictate the pace tonight, this needs to be an attacking, take no prisoners kind of match.

    Right now we look like we’d be systematically dismantled by Mexico but I’m really hoping to see an effort that changes that opinion.

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  2. Posted by Berniebernier on 2011/06/14 at 3:23 PM

    After canada I felt like the US could win the Gold Cup. After Panama I am legitimately nervous about Guadaloupe. Hopefully after tonight I will be back at least to we can get to the finals confidence level.

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  3. Posted by Ben on 2011/06/14 at 3:27 PM

    The US has always had the quirk of being able to look absolutely awful one game, and then like world beaters the next. Take the Confederations Cup 2009–granted, it was Italy and Brazil making us look bad, not Panama, but the fact is we hardly looked like we could beat Egypt after those first 2 games, let alone Spain.

    I think the US will blast Guadeloupe tonight. It’ll be a hard road to the finals, but this hurdle we will make it over.

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    • Posted by Izzy on 2011/06/14 at 5:12 PM

      Absolutely true. That’s part of the mental advantage the USA has in these games. We’re never down for long. History shows that, soccer and otherwise. Good post.

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  4. Posted by dth on 2011/06/14 at 4:50 PM

    Given the form of the two strikers, 4-2-3-1 might be best. But given that Bradley never even tried the formation with Dempsey in the middle, that option is ruled out. Sigh…

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  5. Any word on lineups yet???

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  6. Posted by Andy on 2011/06/14 at 5:41 PM

    Wondo and Altidore up top…interesting to see how that works. I do prefer Agudelo off the bench, but given the midfield choices and the lack of choices up front I’d rather see Dempsey up front.

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  7. Posted by Christopher on 2011/06/14 at 5:41 PM

    sad to say but looking forward to a CONCACAF’S “scoring like a fat kid eats cake” or “WaaWaaWeeWaa” moment.

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  8. Posted by Danimal on 2011/06/14 at 5:49 PM

    Really excited about the Wondo/Jozy pairing. Could be something really great.

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  9. Posted by chris on 2011/06/14 at 5:54 PM

    i think they’ll release lichaj up the left too.
    i really think this kid is the future at LB

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  10. Posted by Alex on 2011/06/14 at 5:56 PM

    Am I the only one who hates that our players can’t warm up on the field before the game? Seems incredibly stupid to me.

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  11. Posted by Danimal on 2011/06/14 at 5:56 PM

    And now with the Panama equalizer, the US cannot win the group, and Canada is out of the tournament if the US win or tie.

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  12. Posted by Alex on 2011/06/14 at 6:02 PM

    And why can’t we ever wear our red jerseys??

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    • Posted by Danimal on 2011/06/14 at 6:05 PM

      Yeah, I’m bummed about that too. I kind of understood in the previous games, because Canada and Panama both wear red, but Guadeloupe wears that awful lime green, so I don’t see the problem with the reds.

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  13. Posted by Danimal on 2011/06/14 at 6:07 PM

    I wonder why Jovial isn’t playing tonight. He’s looked like their best player so far, and he’s not even on the bench today.

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  14. Posted by Antonio H. on 2011/06/14 at 6:10 PM

    I don’t see Agudelo playing tonight. Bedoya for wondo in the 65th. And that graphic suggests lichaj will not be getting forward tonight… which is highly improbable because if that’s the case, why is he in the XI to begin with?. Lichaj’s night tonight.

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  15. Posted by hra on 2011/06/14 at 6:14 PM

    Can someone explain to me why we don’t play to our strengths and start 4-3-2-1 with whomever as the 4, holden/klejstan/feilhaber as the attacking mid, 2 of bradley/edu/jones as the holding mids, landon and dempsey out wide, pushing service up to altidore yet also capable of moving back when needed? we have so many quality mids and a shortage of forwards. why wouldn’t this work? or at least be better than this whole “try to squeeze round pegs into a square hole” thing or the the whole “find another forward even if his name is wondolowski” thing?

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    • Posted by Nightwind15 on 2011/06/14 at 7:17 PM

      exactly….Lazy Altidore. I do not care if Altidore did score….he is trash.

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  16. Posted by Tech Money on 2011/06/14 at 6:16 PM

    any guess on the game time saturday vs Jamaica (assuming we win)

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  17. Posted by Jen on 2011/06/14 at 6:19 PM

    Damn!!!

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  18. Posted by Antonio H. on 2011/06/14 at 6:19 PM

    GolAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazooooooooooooooo

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  19. Jozy…sorry for doubting your desire. Looked zoned in there. KEEP IT UP

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  20. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/06/14 at 6:22 PM

    Erm, was that Bradley ducking at the near post that caused panic for that corner? I hope he got a call…

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  21. Jones still hobbling?

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  22. Just because we are up 1-0 is NOT an excuse to give up space and drop deep in our end. PUSH UP for *** sakes. If we have these mental lapses they will get too many chances.

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  23. Posted by Antonio H. on 2011/06/14 at 6:30 PM

    PRESSURE. THE. BALL.

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  24. Posted by dth on 2011/06/14 at 6:32 PM

    Lichaj’s had some good and some bad, but the biggest “bad” is his fouls. He’ll be a card machine in CONCACAF unless he turns it down a bit.

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  25. Guadeloupe loves to cherry pick. Watch that deep lying striker when we gain back possession

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  26. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/06/14 at 6:37 PM

    Even Ronny Rosenthal would have scored that! Never would expect somebody of Demsey’s quality to miss that easy chance.

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  27. Posted by dth on 2011/06/14 at 6:40 PM

    Every moment Chris Wondolowski plays, the impression that he’s Herculez Gomez Lite gets deeper.

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    • Posted by Adam on 2011/06/14 at 6:49 PM

      Disagree.

      He’s a guy who needs to start to play well and score. Gomez can just be thrown in and score.

      Wondo for me is similar to Buddle.

      I think Aguedelo could fill in the Gomez role.

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      • Posted by dth on 2011/06/14 at 8:17 PM

        Agudelo and Gomez are completely different players. Agudelo wants the ball at his feet, wants to dribble, wants to drop deep–Gomez is a fox-in-the-box kind of a guy. If Agudelo could fill the Gomez role, he’d be starting–for club and country.

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  28. Posted by AdamFromMich on 2011/06/14 at 6:42 PM

    Donovan needs to shoot the ball more!

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  29. Posted by Adam on 2011/06/14 at 6:47 PM

    Great buildup to that first goal. Now we’ve reverted to long ball.

    UGHHHHH

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  30. Posted by chris on 2011/06/14 at 6:50 PM

    ughh, i know you scored but
    the missed run at 35′ is just so telling
    dempsey saw the wide open lane and put it there and jozy was no where.
    it reminded me of when i play fifa with my friends who cant play…

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  31. Posted by Antonio H. on 2011/06/14 at 6:53 PM

    We’re making this Grandel guy look like he’s hot s#*;

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  32. Posted by chris on 2011/06/14 at 6:53 PM

    wondo is hexed

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    • Posted by MJ on 2011/06/14 at 6:55 PM

      Seriously. I feel bad for the guy. You can see the frustration on his face for wanting to prove himself and it just isn’t falling his way. I want him to get a goal, some confidence, and then see how he does.

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    • Posted by AdamFromMich on 2011/06/14 at 6:59 PM

      Dempsey’s looking a little hexed also.

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    • Posted by Danimal on 2011/06/14 at 7:05 PM

      He’s put at least three good shots on frame so far. Keeper’s made some good saves, but hopefully he’ll get some time in the second half to put one in.

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      • He should have pulled the trigger sooner on that sliding save by the keeper. Finishers finish. He’s not doing horrible but Agudelo would manhandle these CB’s.

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  33. Thoughts on how CB tandem of Boca/Goodson can do against a good Concacaf team?

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  34. Ok, seriously, Jones needs a new number and some new hair, he’s too much of a Clark look-a-like. Every time a see him part of me goes “NOOOO he’s back!!!”, even though I know its not true, but that’s the reaction. How about some Colbi Jones dreads for him?

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  35. Where is the hustle? This team definitely does not move as one. Step up in Gaudeloupe’s end and keep the pressure on. Should be 3-0, but little effort.

    Jones = Bum knee?
    Wondo = sub at half. Glad he gave Agudelo some rest, but the young one would be carving up this poor backline.
    Altidore = needs to hussle bit more/ come to the pass. But sweeeet shot.
    Donovan = ????????
    Lichaj = learning opportunity. Getting forward well but some lapses on D. Doing well for not his natural position. Glad BB made this move (for this one match).

    Honestly against this team we need to be more patient, move it around more and find that last pass. At times it seems like we are trying to play a fast break when our team is too stretched out (not enough support). Gaining their zone, giving Jones and MB a chance to catch up and “cycling in the hockey sense” would be better.

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/06/14 at 8:11 PM

      I think you’re overestimating Agudelo here. The same dilemma happened with Hans Backe with Agudelo’s club team. The trouble is that Agudelo isn’t good enough (at the moment?) to play the way he wants to play, which creates problems for the team. For Agudelo and his career–he’s a supersub right now, and he’ll have to make a quantum leap in quality to force teams to build around him (as you basically have to for forwards whose inclination is to rove all around the field and dribble a lot.)

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  36. Jones endanger of that 2nd yellow.

    Donovan needs to wake up.

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    • Posted by LarryMontanez on 2011/06/14 at 7:34 PM

      Does Jones look a little off to anyone else? he’s hitting some nice passes, but he’s also hitting some pretty bad ones. and he’s been hitting the ground a lot. his body looks tired

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  37. Posted by Nightwind15 on 2011/06/14 at 7:18 PM

    Altidore is trash…lazy bum. No guts….will not go into a crowd.

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/06/14 at 8:13 PM

      The most impressive thing here is your copy/paste function from several months ago.

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  38. Posted by MJ on 2011/06/14 at 7:19 PM

    Credit to the crowd, I’m pretty sure I’m hearing “God bless America” fairly clearly.

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  39. Posted by Nightwind15 on 2011/06/14 at 7:20 PM

    Bradley needs to go and take Altidore and Bornstein with him.

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  40. Posted by AdamFromMich on 2011/06/14 at 7:26 PM

    Wow. When Donovan put that shot over, I thought he was Wondo at first.

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  41. Why are Jones and Wondo still in the game?

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  42. Posted by kaya on 2011/06/14 at 7:40 PM

    Are most of them pregnant? They look like they got something more important to think about than the game.

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  43. Posted by AdamFromMich on 2011/06/14 at 7:43 PM

    WTF! Dempsey!?!?!?

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  44. Posted by Andy on 2011/06/14 at 7:44 PM

    What’s the spread on this game?

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  45. Posted by kaya on 2011/06/14 at 7:44 PM

    Wow. I’m glad I didn’t exempt Deuce. There must be too much Dutchy being passed around the stadium.

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  46. Posted by dth on 2011/06/14 at 7:45 PM

    Considering the adventures of Dempsey finishing today, Kljestan for Altidore strikes me as a mistake.

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/06/14 at 7:50 PM

      He is one of Bradley’s untouchables, regardless of form.

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    • Posted by MJ on 2011/06/14 at 7:51 PM

      Yeah, sometimes with Donovan and Dempsey, it feels like their names keep them in the game when their play by any other name would gain a lot more scorn from time to time. That being said, Dempsey has looked dangerous on all his chances but that goal line chance was inexcusable.

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/06/14 at 8:00 PM

      Dempsey’s having a—what do you Brits call it?–”a shocker.”

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      • Posted by Haterade on 2011/06/14 at 8:36 PM

        He might be too used to scoring difficult goals that when something is put on a platter he doesn’t know what to do with it.

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        • Posted by Martin on 2011/06/15 at 5:31 PM

          In basketball you’d see these guys that were inside scoring terrors who were great as long as one or two guys were hanging on to them but if you left them alone for a wide open layup they would blow it every time.

          That’s the kind of night Clint looked like he was having.

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  47. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/06/14 at 7:49 PM

    How many [great] chances will the US squander? Will people slate Bob Bradley for the players’ inability to put the ball in the net?

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    • Posted by Martin on 2011/06/15 at 5:38 PM

      Dempsey, our deadliest scorer by far, missed at least one, maybe more, chances you, Mr Cross or any of your relatives, would have scored on.

      I don’t see how you can blame the manager for that.

      Where I would fault him is that at least half the team looks like they were partying in a pub all day , got to the stadium just in time and went on the field. Just watching them “play” made me tired via osmosis. They sure do need the rest it seems.

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/06/15 at 6:48 PM

        I am surprised that I am hearing this fatigue ‘excuse’ because on many previous occasions, all I have heard is how the US have superior athletes…

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        • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/06/15 at 8:13 PM

          George…yes…fit team. But you’re talking about–with that terribly scheduled Spain game… 5 matches in 15 days (with the one coming up)

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          • Posted by dth on 2011/06/15 at 9:45 PM

            Plus that, with the hot temperatures–we’re not talking about England in the winter here. It’s been darn hot everywhere in the country.

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          • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/06/16 at 6:21 AM

            Well, you have a squad, and the manager could’ve rotated safe in the knowledge that you had progressed, had they not effed up monumentally in the second game.

            I said all along the Spain game was a mistake, and everybody said it was great preparation for Mexico. Can’t argue both ways, gents.

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  48. Best hipchecker on the team = Lichaj (needs to watch those)

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  49. Posted by dth on 2011/06/14 at 7:53 PM

    The Bradley Obsession continues: There are four central midfielders on the field right now for the U.S. Two of them are actually playing central midfield.

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  50. Posted by Andy on 2011/06/14 at 7:53 PM

    June 14th, 2011…Michael Bradley does not play the full 90

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  51. Love the sub out for MB.

    1) gives him rest. Need him later

    2) Jones is hustling more than anyone else besides Bedoya

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  52. Posted by dth on 2011/06/14 at 7:54 PM

    Maurice Edu neither has the skills or the speed of thought to be a high-quality central midfielder.

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  53. Posted by John Henry on 2011/06/14 at 8:00 PM

    frustrating game. almost disappointing. thought the US could use a big performance here to reinvigorate the team. Oh well…

    They don’t look that good. Even holding most of the ball, still look sloppy and uninventive.

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  54. Posted by dth on 2011/06/14 at 8:04 PM

    Kljestan had yet another good game. Hmm…might Kljestan just be taking Feilhaber’s job?

    Alitdore had a nice game. Bradley was good. Lichaj was OK but that width, such as it was, was crucial (can’t see any other team being dumb enough to let him cut back to his right so much). Overall the players took their foot off of the gas, which is disappointing considering the underachievement post-World Cup. Jamaica will be tough.

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    • Posted by John Henry on 2011/06/14 at 8:08 PM

      Kljestan and Bedoya both have provided a good spark of energy and cleverness into the last two games. It’d be interesting to see one (or both) of them start a game. Like, instead of starting one useless striker, put Bedoya on the wing, or move Kljestan into dempsey’s spot and deuce up top. These are obvious and have been suggested before, but we still haven’t seen it.

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      • Posted by dth on 2011/06/14 at 8:13 PM

        I want to see Kljestan played centrally–to me that’s where he’s best suited. Second best is as a pinched-in wide midfielder a la Dempsey. (The problem is that if Dempsey is at striker, he wants to be in similar spots.)

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    • Posted by SuperChivo on 2011/06/14 at 8:16 PM

      Disagree about Lichaj, Mexico plays a right-footed left back (Salcido) and I don’t see any problem with Lichaj. Bradley was a stud, regaining his Canada luster, and Jones played his heart out. I don’t see any need to see Wondo up front again, I miss Juanito!

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      • Posted by dth on 2011/06/14 at 8:29 PM

        Some right-footed left backs work–didn’t realize Salcido was a natural right-footer, but Lahm also plays more than competently on the left side. But in this specific instance, Lichaj is so slow and predictable about shifting to his right foot, pausing, and looking, that I can’t see smarter wingers or fullbacks letting Lichaj present much of a threat offensively on the left. Maybe I’m wrong.

        Juan/Jozy doesn’t work at the present moment. They either need to evolve to a really good understanding (like a pair of box-to-box central midfielders learning when to stay back and when to go), or Juan needs to become a much better player. Tough spot for him.

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        • Posted by Martin on 2011/06/15 at 3:16 PM

          There are many good right footed left backs such as Barca’s Abidal and Arsenal’s Gael Clichy. Lichj’s right footed-ness is not the problem per se. The problem is he is still learning how to play the position.

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          • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/06/15 at 3:19 PM

            I thought Clichy used both, no?

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            • Posted by Martin on 2011/06/15 at 5:26 PM

              Yes. I’ve seen him take free kicks with his right and that generally tells you something.

              Is the fact that he is two footed a surprise to you?

              At this level players should be able to use both feet and you should be surprised or maybe disappointed if they can’t.

              if they can’t they better be real good with the one they do use. History is full of good to great players who were primarily one footed such as Beckenbauer, Booby Moore, Puskas, Chinaglia, Zidane, Robben, Van Persie, etc.. Beckham is so right footed its laughable but he has done okay with his career and I’ve seen him use his left foot many times.

              On the current USMNT squad the one player I find very right footed is Kjlestan. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him touch the ball with his left.

              I fail to understand anyone who picks a player because they are left or right footed. Licahj can improve his left foot skills if he works hard. Lichaj who is right footed appears to be a better PLAYER than Bornstein who is left footed so it makes sense to play him over JB.

  55. Posted by chris on 2011/06/14 at 8:06 PM

    has lichaj played his way onto the starting 11 for jamaica?

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    • Posted by Danimal on 2011/06/14 at 8:09 PM

      I thought Lichaj looked awesome tonight. He and Dolo had the flanks locked down, and Lichaj had some superb runs.

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/06/14 at 8:15 PM

      Tough to play Lichaj at the left against a smart team because they’ll take his right foot away from him. That Guadeloupe right back has to be one of the stupidest players of all time (did he watch tape? Like, at all? Did he never at any point notice that Lichaj was exclusively cutting to his right foot?) or the coach is really deficient or something. Hard to make a firm judgment of Lichaj LB for that reason.

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      • Posted by Martin on 2011/06/15 at 5:53 PM

        One of the all time English greats , Bobby Charlton had one basic feint; he would fake taking the shot and then go by you. Everybody knew it but he managed to get by at the highest level for years with it.

        George Best, one of the greatest I’ve ever seen at going right down the middle,had a wider variety of moves but watch him on you tube sometime and you’ll see his moves were pretty basic, nothing exceptional, no stepovers, no Cruyff turns, etc. It’s just that Best was exceptionally great with the simple moves he did use. He used to say something like “we don’t care about tactics, we are the tactics ”

        Not that Lichaj is an all time great but , knowing what a player is likely to do is one thing.

        Stopping him is another thing.

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  56. Posted by MJ on 2011/06/14 at 8:10 PM

    Thoughts:
    I liked the crowd, thanks Kansas. We ought to play more games there.
    Dempsey. I feel like he had more missed chances this game than we as a team collectively have shots usually. Just a random quirk?
    I still feel like the team is taking CONCACAF opponents for granted. Dempsey’s casual flick in chance was the inverse equivalent of Sergio Ramos’ casual clearance of the ball in the ’09 Spain game that allowed Dempsey to score. It’s not merely about getting to the next round, it’s about believing in yourself as a team in the face of a Mexican side that’s scoring against other teams for fun. I know we have some untouchables but, and maybe this is on the coach, are players just taking for granted their spot and thus no longer striving? Frustrating. But I’m inarticulate right now so, there it is.

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    • Posted by LarryMontanez on 2011/06/14 at 8:21 PM

      i agree. the players look too comfortable. the best way to get the best out of players is to have them worry about playing time. If Jozy didn’t score, what would we be saying about his game? it’s like we play down to our opponent. by the end of the game, how many one-touch passes did we have? there was one play, jones got the ball near the top corner of the box, and it took him 3 touches to turn around and lay it off. not pinning it on Jones, but the whole team was taking 1 or 2 extra touches; they had the time to take those touches, but that’s beside the point.

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      • Posted by MJ on 2011/06/14 at 9:42 PM

        Right. I feel like, in a way, Panama was a potential blessing in disguise. It would have been a perfect wake up call, saying “HEY! Don’t take teams for granted, you are the best the US has had to offer but best does not mean good in and of itself.” Then, the team could have been fired up, with humble pie pouring off their chins, and come out to tear Guadeloupe a new one. Guadeloupe would have been an unfortunate victim of a team reawoken and the Panama game spoken of with a smirk, as the loss that triggered a string of wins.

        BUT INSTEAD, it seems to have just irritated the comfortable confidence of much of the team’s elder statesmen. Has the US team, constantly disrespected unfairly, choked on its own righteousness and begun to feel entitled to a place in the soccer world to such an extent that it refuses to fight to show it? Or doesn’t have to? I feel like we’re pouting out there to a certain extent. I feel like we’ve merely grown passive aggressive in our demeanor as regional heavy weight and can’ be bothered to respect our opponents or “play up” to them.

        Sorry, this is probably coming across more negative than I intend it but we should really be performing better than this it feels like. Unless I’m wrong, which I admit I could be. Sigh.

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  57. Posted by Alex on 2011/06/14 at 8:14 PM

    Again left disappointed with Landon’s performance. Just looks slower than he used to.
    And Dempsey with a real SHOCKER. How he didn’t finish Bedoya’s feed is beyond me.
    Btw, Bedoya looked fast and energetic. And good touches. Hopefully he’ll get a start. Same with Kljestan he looked very solid. Nice tackle to poach away a ball in the 85′? minute.

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    • Horrible body language by Demps. He did not fight the urge to lean back at all. Needs atitude adjustment.
      Tim Howard should give every locker room speech for BB from this point onward. Someone on the team needs to step up and get the team’s mindset adjusted. BB is lulling them into frustration and complacency.

      Now this loss…I mean meager win is entirely on the players. Poor work ethic.

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  58. Anyone else feel this was a worse performance then the loss to Panama. Yes way more chances (and misses) in this one. But lack of effort almost across the board.

    If not for Cherundolo (man of the tournament for USA so far), Howard, Boca, and Altidore this team could very well have been sent home packing today.

    P.S. that Dempsey’s tendency to “fall easily and complain” when he is frustrated was on full display today. He needs to keep his attitude in check.

    Donovan…what is going on. Seems very moody and very unmotivated. It is like he goes into every match pissed at BB’s lineup or something. He needs to focus when he steps on the pitch, and play.

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    • Posted by MitchH on 2011/06/14 at 9:15 PM

      Not in the slightest. It was an entirely disappointing game, given that it probably should have been 3-0 at least, but I don’t feel they played any worse than against Panama. Their back line was mostly solid. Possession was good. Chances were created, but not capitalized on.

      I’m fine with the lack of effort across the board, to be honest. With little effort, chances were created, and the team won. Remember, this game was supposed to be an afterthought and a rest for tired legs. Sure, I personally would have loved to see a more cut throat approach, but I can’t blame them for dominating without that approach. They play a quick and smart Jamaica team in five days after playing three games in eight. If they don’t come out hot against them with the ability to sustain, then I think there’s a legitimate concern about effort. Until then, I’ll choose to believe they weren’t tenacious because they realize that if things go swimmingly, they’ll have another three game week starting Sunday.

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      • Posted by BW on 2011/06/14 at 9:55 PM

        i think the effort and fire were there at the start (for once) but then we backed off a bit after the goal. to me, the realization is that the team walks a very fine line – as soon as we back off just a tad, we drop to a level where we just aren’t that great. we HAVE to be fired up ALL the way to be the team we want to be.

        That said, my observation remains the same as from the panama game. It’s all about finishing. If just had better finishing, we’d have the same score lines as Mexico’s games.

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        • Posted by Martin on 2011/06/15 at 3:24 PM

          I counted at least two maybe three chances that Clint missed that you might have scored on.

          I’m not much on hypothetical but if Dempsey hits on just one this is a very different game. Most interesting was that he was getting chances like that up until almost the last second of the game. It was as if the US kept setting up their best clutch goalscorer and waiting for him to score, which he usually does.

          I would drop Donovan for the Jamaica match.

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  59. Posted by Danimal on 2011/06/14 at 8:55 PM

    I don’t get the criticism for Wondo for his game today. He looked solid, and I thought he showed enough to earn more time. Yeah, he didn’t score, but he played hard and got off at least three good shots on frame that forced the keeper to come up with good saves.
    Which is more than you can say for Dempsey or Donovan. Those two, and especially Deuce, had so many chances from close range and couldn’t even put a single one on goal. Our finishing has obviously got to improve.
    On the plus side, good game from the defense. Lichaj and Dolo especially looked really really good. I like this lineup for the back four going forward. Hardly made Howard work at all.
    Jones also came back from a not-so-good match against Panama. He was a beast on defense today; I lost track of how many times he knocked somebody off the ball and started the counterattack.
    Agree that Bedoya and Sacha provided great energy and pace off the bench. We’ve actually got pretty good depth for this tournament.
    Bottom line; if we play like we play today and improve our finishing, we should be able to handle Jamaica. Let’s take it one game at a time.

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    • Posted by Martin on 2011/06/15 at 5:56 PM

      The criticism for Wondo in this game and the Panama game is justified for one reason.

      Unlike Jozy who is expected to provide more off theball “activity”, Wondo is on this team to score goals. He has had chances to and hasn’t.

      He has failed.

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  60. Posted by Jake on 2011/06/14 at 9:22 PM

    Complaining about Dempsey’s attitude/form is the biggest knee-jerk reaction imaginable…he’s the best player we have, and had more chances than we normally have in three games. He won’t miss that many again (and while he may have been too casual on that tap in, he probably also noticed that we’d managed to send the last 4 of those–over the last two games–over the bar, and may have tried to make sure that didn’t happen again). Deuce is absolutely the LEAST of our worries.

    Also, Klestjan has looked great in limited time this tournament, at least to my eyes.

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