Orange Slices is our game day, catch-all post that we update during the day before and of the match
It’s Brazil, but it’s 2012, not 2014. (And unfortunately it’s not 2013 or the Confederation’s Cup, but why dwell.)
The Yanks welcome the international heavweight Brazil Canaries to FedExField in Landover, Maryland on Wednesday.
The US side is beaming, coming off an absolute lambasting of the Scots in Jacksonville. Keeping with Stanley Cup time, the US lit the lamp five times “en-rout” to a 5-1 victory.
How will it perform against a vastly more offensively talented opponent?
Once again, ESPN has the English coverage. The game is available on ESPN 2, ESPN 3.
Telefutura has the Spanish coverage.
Around the web:
» Written in advance of the Scotland beatdown, MLS Soccer’s (and TSG alum) Deven Pleuler takes an analytical (and graphical) approach to breaking down the Klinsmann revolution.
» Brian Straus of the Sporting News tacks on to our Jose Torres piece with a supporting one of his own.
» Any and all works by The Professor of Football, Christopher Gaffney who writes on the Brazilian football culture and on the impact of stadiums in Brazil.
» Rafa Benitez on tactics….a good one.
Showers in the AM, fluffy bunny dusters in the sky and 75 degrees by game time. Unlike the Scots, the Brazilians are altogether fine with warm weather.
Not a hurricane in sight….and that’s unfortunately what you need in the Mid-Atlantic to slide on some waves on the coast. But, if you are craving a bunch of knees slappers and wanting to wade in somewhere, your closest spot is Ocean City, Maryland. It may be small, but please be careful out there.
To keep your surf stoke going, read about how Kelly Slater finds waves.
Some leftover points:
» Michael Bradley twas not always so.
Bradley just went hockey stick in his development this year. Watching review of Bradley’s club and national performance up until this year, Bradley’s two notorious challenges were one-pursuing looking for the “glory tackle” on defense and making a negative pass in the face of pressure. Bradley has addressed both issues and added a left-foot. Astounding.
The combining factors to make this happen: 1) Playing time 2) Playing time in a technical league and 3) Removing the comfort factor at the national team level.
Kudos to Bradley Jr. who will shortly be a father I might add. If Bradley has a son who eventually plays on the national team do we call him “Junior Junior.”
» More kudos to Jurgen Klinsmann. Pundits cited the lack of a “Jogi Low” on staff to enable creative tactical adjustments.
The opposite has been true. Consider that Klinsmann played effectively a 4-4-2 unbalanced formation up until this camp (something US fans and media had not seen previously in major display–though Bob Bradley did try it) and that his Christmas tree formation against Scotland was attacking in nature (the 4-3-2-1 is normally used defensively) and it certainly appears that at the very least Klinsmann is being proactive in his tactics–something that he was not expressly known for previously.
Okay, Klinsy, now how do you slot in Dempsey…and Altidore?
A step back to Brazil:
The last meeting was actually Omar Gonzalez’s first cap back in August 2010.
The most recent and memorable. The ill-fated 2009 Confederation Cup title match. The US dropped two in the first half and then got upstaged by three Brazilian goals in the second half. The “Fabiano Turn” was Brazil’s first goal.
Your starting central midfielders that day? Benny Feilhaber and Ricardo Clark. Charlie Davies started as well.
If you remember, also, the US’s second goal was TSG-deemed “The Counterattack Heard ‘Round The World.”
A step forward for Brazil
That would be Neymar….or Hulk. Hulk or Neymar?
Jesus Christ or Santa Claus. Does that make Michael Bradley…..Brian Boitano?
- Landon Donovan surpassed Jeff Agoos for the most starts in U.S. history with his 125th start during the USA’s 5-1 victory against Scotland on May 26. Agoos had held the previous record of 124 starts. Donovan also holds career records in goals (49), assists (48) and points (146). The only mark where Donovan is not atop the list is in career appearances, as he sits second with 139 caps behind 2011 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Cobi Jones (164).
- U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra moved into an eighth-place tie with former U.S. MNT goalkeeper Kasey Keller with his 102nd cap. Bocanegra was previously tied for ninth with Earnie Stewart (101).