Posted 2014/04/02 by matthewsf in Uncategorized. 23 Comments
The birth of Yedlin? The return of EJ? The lament of Dolo? J-Money?
EJ got his DP contract, but will he make it rain up top for the US in Phoenix?
Posted by mbw on 2014/04/02 at 8:11 PM
Are the Mexican players going to carry Zusi aloft out of the tunnel?
Posted by JH on 2014/04/02 at 8:38 PM
He hasn’t been in MLS long, but Bradley looks like the best player on the pitch despite his return.
Posted by dth on 2014/04/02 at 8:41 PM
I think it’s *because* of his return. In MLS he sharpens his carry-the-team skills, which is different than the tactical sophistication you gain in Europe.
Posted by JH on 2014/04/02 at 8:42 PM
Posted by JH on 2014/04/02 at 8:48 PM
On a related note, I like Beckerman quite a bit more than JJ.
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2014/04/02 at 8:41 PM
I’m liking this decision to have Bradley further up the pitch in a more offensive role.
Posted by dth on 2014/04/02 at 8:44 PM
US-Mexico is all about the constants. U.S. with constant energy; Mexico still looks clueless when teams take it directly to them with high pressure. Liga MX teams are so darn polite when it comes to pressure that Mexican players find it difficult to adapt when faced with comparable players — which is why the U.S. has had the edge in the rivalry for a while now. (With a brief resurgence when Mexico was able to call on quality European-based players who were used to the fast speed of play.)
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2014/04/02 at 9:02 PM
I agree, the pressing has been very good. So has the one/two touch passing and keeping possession, even if it means passing backwards, being patient and starting again – have not seen too many low percentage long balls.
Posted by Kevin S on 2014/04/02 at 8:56 PM
Tony Beltran’s having a rough night.
Posted by JH on 2014/04/02 at 9:01 PM
Lol at mexico playing route 1
Posted by JH on 2014/04/02 at 9:11 PM
First half thoughts:
Can we just name bradley captain america already? He’s the best player on the field, the most influential for the team, and an obvious and natural leader.
I really like what Dempsey is up to today. Industrious and “humble” almost – none of the cocky nonsense that has plagued him for a while with the USA and in MLS.
I’m on board with Besler, but not 100% sold on Gonzalez. He’s played reasonably well today, but I still like Cameron more. Gonzalez is just a little too flat footed for me, even if he dominates the air.
USA is not getting caught out by the simple ball over the top. Vogts already in the squad??
Something I’ve slowly come to realize: I’m happy to go to Brazil with a loveable team, even with they lose. I like these MLS guys. Zusi, Wondo, Besler, Beckerman… just really likeable, talented US players. I hope they’re all in the squad, and I hope 3/4 are starting.
On a tactical note, Bradley up higher is an obvious benefit to this team, as is the diamond with Beckerman deep and two up top. Also surprised to see how high up Parkhurst is playing.
Posted by Kirk on 2014/04/02 at 9:21 PM
Parkhurst is playing like he wants to cement his spot to Brazil.
I’ve never been a Beckerman fan but he is keeping it simple and allows Bradley to do somethings he can’t when partnered with the erratic Jones.
Zusi (whether you like him or not) does at least one big thing a game to justify his spot with the team. That corner was phenomenal for the Bradley goal.
Brad Davis won’t be going to Brazil despite his left foot for dead balls.
Not a huge Wondo fan but it’s impossible to root against the guy.
Clint needs a goal.
Bradley is the man.
Posted by Crow on 2014/04/02 at 9:13 PM
8′ Brad Davis nothing to help his cause pulling a Robbie Findley. Lets see Julian Green at halftime
9′ Mexican fans chanting ole as they pass backwards to the goalie.
Sometime in first half- anyone else see the confused face on the preppy looking guy in the front row after Layun’s shot hit the camera rig and hit the back netting.
Posted by dth on 2014/04/02 at 9:42 PM
Green isn’t physically ready for this level. Seems to get knocked off balance rather easily. Hoping he isn’t a cinch Cup choice.
Posted by Crow on 2014/04/02 at 11:03 PM
I think alot of it may have been nerves but his giveaways/weak defense leading to the goals can’t happen. I hope he gets to play vs Azerbaijan and Turkey and then a decision can be made.
I’d rather have him than Brad Davis since Brek Shea certainly won’t be on the roster.
Posted by dth on 2014/04/02 at 9:47 PM
“Mexico came out with two out-and-out strikers…”
–Taylor Twellman never misses a chance to evangelize for the 4-4-2, or, failing that, a formation with two strikers. Probably because he could only play in such formations, but the lack of imagination is amusing.
Posted by Alex on 2014/04/03 at 1:29 AM
That’s usually his analysis when we score.
“We got that goal because Landon was pushing higher in support of Eddie in almost a 442 *jizzes pants*”
Posted by dth on 2014/04/02 at 9:53 PM
Eddie Johnson with less than optimal decision making? NEVER.
— said a sad DC United fan.
Posted by Crow on 2014/04/02 at 10:18 PM
I was shocked when Besler was pulled out for Goodson and not Gonzalez. Gonzalez is absolutely horrible. He isn’t even dominating in the air anymore. He played like he did in Honduras- ball watching, calling for offsides instead of marking his man. Cameron better be starting for Gonzalez this summer.
Man, I wish Yedlin had started instead of Beltran.
Edu has looked great for Philly but looked lost.
Donovan needs to pick it up- he was invisible for the first 30 minutes. I forgot he was on the field.
Dempsey is my favorite athlete ever but he needs to stop his cheap attempts at trying to draw a foul. They don’t get called most of the time, and lead to breaks, and he’s going to get himself injured at some point.
Posted by Ufficio on 2014/04/02 at 10:26 PM
I thought Edu was alright, even if a noticeable downgrade from Beckerman.
Posted by Ufficio on 2014/04/02 at 10:33 PM
Scoreline was disappointing, but I’d say the positives overwhelmed the negatives in this one.
Posted by Crow on 2014/04/02 at 10:40 PM
I don’t know. I have a bad feeling after the game. The first half was great but if what happens in the 2nd half happens in Brazil we are going to get shredded. Omar Gonzalez is simply not ready/good enough to be playing in the World Cup. I’d feel alot better with Besler and Cameron in the middle. Move Fabian to RB if necessary since he has been playing there anyway.
Posted by Paul on 2014/04/02 at 11:18 PM
Wow, great 3-2 win!
Looked a little shaky in the second half, but great work from Dempsey and Johnson to pull it out.
**whisper whisper shuffle shuffle**
Oh. Ohhhh. Oh.
Goddamn, did CONCACAF re-hire Koulibaly??!? F.
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