US vs. Canada: Live Commentary

Last chance saloon for Benny Feilhaber?  Will Houston’s USMNT triumvirate have liftoff? USA vs. Canada about to go down.

What happened to this guy?

What happened to this guy?

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19 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ufficio on 2013/01/29 at 6:10 PM

    Puffy!

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  2. Posted by Herc on 2013/01/29 at 6:16 PM

    Lineup: S. Johnson; Beltran, Gonzalez, Besler, Morrow; Beckerman, Zusi, Davis, Evans; Wondo, Johnson

    Bench: Hamid, Morales, Bedoya, Agudelo, Gatt, Feilhaber, Bruin

    Not in uniform: Hall, Lade, DeLaGarza, Parke, Diskerud

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    • Definitely disappointed by the Hall omission. As a Dynamo/USA fan, I’m much higher on Hall in his respective position than I am Davis or Bruin in theirs.

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  3. Different players, same problem.

    I wish I could see a snapshot of the US team shape in the final third side by side with 2006 Germany in the final third.

    I can’t help but wonder if Klinnsmann really knows how to communicate how he wants the midfield to support who’s on the ball. So far that space between Canada’s midfield and defense right outside the box hasn’t been adequately occupied. This chronic issue makes me wonder whether it’s the player pool or if all the supposed bad about Klinnsmann is turning out to be true.

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  4. Posted by John henry on 2013/01/29 at 8:10 PM

    Impressed with Besler. Good composure, nice long balls. No real test on defense though.

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  5. Posted by John Mosby on 2013/01/29 at 8:43 PM

    Feilhaber with delicious set pieces and the guy just knows how to unlock a defense.

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  6. Posted by dth on 2013/01/29 at 8:52 PM

    Is there something weird with the grass or stadium? Morales and Evans have been overhitting passes like mad. (Evans in particular was awful in the early going in this respect.)

    I never understand Klinsmann’s love of not putting speed or width on the wings. If you know the opposing team’s going to back it in, why in lord’s name would you play into their hands?

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    • Posted by dth on 2013/01/29 at 9:01 PM

      Oh yeah, forgot dribbling. If you don’t have speed, dribbling or width, you’re just not going to have offense unless you’re Barcelona on the ball. And, duh, U.S. ain’t that.

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    • Pitch actually looked to be in really good shape, though it was raining off and on all day so that could affect things a bit. Wasn’t slushy though.

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  7. Posted by dth on 2013/01/29 at 8:55 PM

    “There’s no way the U.S. could’ve used a composed passer in the center of the field!”
    –Conor O’Brien.

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  8. Posted by Ufficio on 2013/01/29 at 8:57 PM

    I’m never watching another US-Canada friendly.

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    • Posted by Jared on 2013/01/30 at 7:22 AM

      And after watching Canada perform tonight it’s not a surprise that they never improve. Why park the bus during a friendly?

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  9. While other games may have had more chances and definitely more excitement, I feel like this is a near-perfect, although obviously over the top, example of what has been wrong with the US attack as of late.

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  10. Posted by Union on 2013/01/29 at 10:10 PM

    Ooof. That was awful. I’m just going to say it. I know people are going to hate it. But this is a great example of why the MLS is still a tough league to develop in if you want to compete internationally. Thank god they’ve started the academies. Outside of maybe 3-4 players, there was 0 technical ability on the field. No playing the ball out of the back, no link-up play, no composure on the ball – just straight up booting 40 yard long balls up the field to the forwards. And I include Canada in this, which is a big feeder for the MLS. Now – don’t get me wrong, I love the MLS and can’t wait for it to grow as a league. But can this finally put a pin in all of the “call up X player who tears up the MLS but never has found a spot on the national team” talk? At least for this cycle. Yea, Davis plays a killer ball into the box, but he’s one dimensional after that. Yea, Wondo scores a ton of goals in the MLS, but he is never going to poach at a higher level. All great players btw, just not good enough for the USMNT.

    Other thought – anyone a little more worried about depth now? I know that most of these guys haven’t played in awhile, but I expected at least a few players to make statements. Outside of Gonzalez, who really said “call me up for the Hex”? Gatt had flashes for sure. But guys like Agudelo, Zusi, Johnson? No good.

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  11. I thought the only players that made any sort of case* were Agudelo, Benny, Zusi, Davis, and.Bedoya.. The end product wasn’t there from the unit as a whole, but there were little things that all of the above did well enough for me to believe they could succeed with a better supporting cast, and its mostly based on how they linked up with others. The only part of the game when it appeared to be opening up for a bit was after the switch to the 4-3-3 to get better play in the middle of the park. I can’t remember exactly which sub came where because it got a little murky, but when the likes of Davis and Feilhaber were playing with Bedoya and Agudelo things got a little better. Case in point, Davis’ botched shot from the awkward near post angle. Another problem was that once the US got the ball out on the wing they lacked the creativity to do anything other than whip in a cross. There was no support from the CMs to be able to check back and still be in an attacking position.

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    • Posted by dth on 2013/01/30 at 8:17 AM

      Zusi? I thought he wasn’t so hot, but then again, he’s badly miscast as a winger. I’m not exactly going to blame Jason Statham if his movie version of Hamlet sucks.

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      • Posted by dth on 2013/01/30 at 8:18 AM

        Only guys I really liked were Gonzo and Besler. Other than that, meh all the way down. (Though I liked Agudelo’s hunger.)

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        • I enjoyed watching Bruin near the end drive his body through two defenders in an attempt to get to a roller the keeper was waiting on. He’s not the most technical guy in the world (though he’s better on the ball than he gets credit for), but the guy has heart.

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        • Oh I forgot to add why I put the asterisk.

          *not including Besler or Gonzales (or any defender for that matter) on account of the little defending they actually had to do. I enjoyed watching Besler make some of those long passes, but I’d like to get another view at him as a defender at the intl level.

          Nobody made a great case for themselves, but those were the players that I thought did little things well enough to make me think they could hack it with a better supporting cast. I would have liked to have seen all these players on the field at the same time.

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