Who’s Got More “Damage?” USA or England

TSG came up with our Match Fit Index a few weeks ago. Now we go one level deeper with our Operation Schematic.

In light of all the injuries (Benny…oh, no!) and non-injuries (Bocanegra is just fine…physically), we thought we’d pose the question, which team, England or the United States, is dealing with the most “damage” right now?

We put together the little helper chart below. You be the judge.

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Rico Clark (calf) (USA): Returned to training (02/22)

Not pictured:

Stu Holden (thigh) (USA): Expected to start Wednesday (02/23) for Bolton in the FA Cup.

Glen Johnson (knee) (ENG): Glen J is expected back next week (03/01) by Liverpool.

15 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by JohnnyF on 2010/02/23 at 8:29 PM

    glen johnson switched nationalities? hooray!


  2. Posted by MichaelN on 2010/02/23 at 8:33 PM

    that picture made just made my night. Until Charlie gets back….I’m going to have to go with the USA as the more damaged squad. We’ve talked at length about what he means to the USMNT – and CD9 is probably the least replaceable of all the injured players above. (I’m open to argument on that statement)


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/02/23 at 8:37 PM

      We said just that in our very first “With Davies in Repair, Who Strikes?” piece:



    • Posted by B-Mac on 2010/02/23 at 9:47 PM

      I’m going to disagree on that one, I think Dempsey is arguably much less replaceable than Davies. I know we’re inclined to not think fullbacks matter as much as strikers, but I for one think the drop-off from Ashley Cole to his back-ups is pretty steep. While Davies might have more value to his team, I think for one that the drop-off from Cole to guys like Bridge/Warnock/Baines is bigger than the drop-off at striker from Davies to Dempsey.


  3. Posted by MichaelN on 2010/02/23 at 8:37 PM

    btw, any viewing parties happening tomorrow?


  4. Posted by Dylan on 2010/02/23 at 9:04 PM

    Right now I think it’s the US for sure. Just to much missing with Demps and Gooch, and of course Davies, However, if Demps and Gooch make it back but Lennon and Cole do not, I think we walk in as the healthier team.


  5. Posted by kaya on 2010/02/23 at 10:10 PM

    Great graphic… I’m thinking you can add most of the England team to the soft serve for brains thought bubble. The Operation dude looks kinda like a typical English fan but with more hair.


  6. Posted by Sam on 2010/02/24 at 6:52 AM

    I think the John Terry arrow is pointing at the wrong head.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/02/24 at 7:29 AM

      Add Ashley Cole too. His Mrs is really fit and he only goes and plays away with some proper munters (not that it would make any difference if they weren’t).


  7. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/02/24 at 7:26 AM

    Strikers and wingers are obvious threats, but I think in modern football, a lot of offensive can come from the fullbacks, especially Capello’s England. Clearly their main duty is to defend, but Cole’s and Johnson’s bursts forward helps create space (by dragging a defender with them) for Gerrard and Lennon. Plus they offer great offensive themselves, and are not just dressing for the wide-men. See Spain and Brazil at the ConFed Cup – I cannot find the article but there was a “statistical” post in the Times or Telegraph about their full backs offense / contribution to goals etc.

    Like BMac said, their replacements are a massive step down, especially given Ashley Cole’s form this season.

    But anyway, I fully expect England to win comfortably on 12th June without conceding.


    • Posted by Pino on 2010/02/24 at 8:38 AM

      I agree that having wing backs that bomb forward helps a lot on the offensive side of the ball, however its this trait of the England backs especially that it think give the USA and our style of counter attacking football a real chance to walk away with something on the 12th. It just leave so much space for LD to exploit and i guarantee that he will.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/02/24 at 10:17 AM

        The full backs’ offensive decision making will be finely tuned, don’t worry about that Pino. And I can see Capello paying special attention to Donovan, in the same way he did with Modric in Zagreb; after all, he is your key player. And you need to get key players match fit before you can rely on your “style of counter attacking football”…


        • Posted by Kevin on 2010/02/24 at 2:56 PM

          You can cover one but if davies were to be healthy can you pay special attention to two people on the same side? This is why davies is the least irreplaceable… you must cover him. cover only lando and davies gets service to the right. Cover only davies and lando is open to run at you. Cover both and… We have a right midfield right?


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