Oranje Wedges: US Takes On The Netherlands

Orange Wedges is TSG’s “gameday” post that  is updated until kick-off.

Game faces?

The last international date before the World Cup features a full slate of friendlys with 70 teams taking to the pitch around the globe. Of course the game to watch will take place in Amsterdam where the United States will take on The Netherlands.
The match kicks-off from Amsterdam ArenA — the first European stadium with a retractable roof — at 11:30am Pacific on ESPN2.

The game represents the last national team data points for Bradley & Co. prior to selecting the World Cup roster. It could also be a confidence booster if the big boy squad gets a favorable result on the road against a top international side.

  • Don’t look for the US to depart from their counter-attacking ways. Said Captain Carlos: “We’re going to need to show a lot of patience and discipline. We know the Dutch are good on the ball, and they’ll probably have a bit more possession than us, so we need to be patient defending but still be able to get after them in a smart way.” (quote via ESPNSoccernet)
  • The match will be the first for new USMNT assistant coach, Lubos Kubik. Welcome to the senior team, coach! Kubik previously served as an assistant to Peter Nowak for the 2008 U.S. Olympic squad.

  • In three tries the Yanks have never scored a goal against the Oranje…look for that to change on Wednesday. The Jolazo-meter will stand at 25 days at kick-off and is looking for a reset.
  • In a near complete reversal from the team that took the field last week in Tampa, the 20-man roster assembled for this friendly includes just 3 MLS players to go along with 16 from European clubs and 1 from a Mexican side.
  • Speaking of jerseys, maybe someone should ask my brother why he owned and frequently wore this Holland soccer shirt in high school.
  • The USMNT will don their new away jerseys for the first time that are made from recycled plastic bottles. (Which begs the question…how can a shirt that is made with some thread and six-pack of Mountain Dew sell for $70.)
  • MIA from the 2009 Confederation’s Cup Roster: Robles (G), Wynne (DEF), Califf (DEF), Kljestan (MID), Adu (MID), Davies (STR…sniffle), Casey (STR)

21 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/02 at 12:23 PM

    Mark, did your brother also don dreads and a pornstar ‘tache??


  2. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/03/02 at 12:27 PM

    I would have if I could have….


  3. Posted by bw on 2010/03/02 at 1:11 PM

    Going green takes green mate. But yeah, for $70 they could at least plant a few trees and save a polar bear or two.


  4. Posted by Pino on 2010/03/02 at 2:55 PM

    dang i just realized im going to be in class untill 4:30. thats what i get for assuming it was a night game. crap what a bummer.


  5. Is it just me or is JB giving ‘Cakes the death stare in the picture above?


    • Posted by Kevin U. on 2010/03/02 at 4:33 PM

      Haha I was just thinking the same thing….Everyone in this picture is smiling and JB looks like He wants to take Donovan out Nancy Kerrigan style


      • Maybe Johnny’s got the Captain’s fever now that he’s worn the armband once. He’ll take out Lanny, then Carlos…

        It’ll be a big game of Clue during practice.


  6. Posted by Gino on 2010/03/02 at 6:10 PM

    I was more than a little miffed when I saw Kenny Cooper omitted from Bob’s roster. Sure, he’s missed out on some PT because of an injury but he’s already in Europe, plus he scores goals. He could have at least been called into the camp. If anyone knows of an injury or some other reason why his phone didn’t ring please enlighten me. This just seems like a big F-You from Bob to Kenny. I also expected Castillo to fly over with Torres for at least one look at LB. Again, if anybody knows of another reason why Edgar got the cold shoulder treatment, put it out there.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/03/02 at 8:12 PM

      Gino — agree on Cooper. I’m not sure why he is being discounted beyond his injury since he puts the ball in the goal.

      On Castillo, my opinion of him has been that he is exclusively a midfielder at the national team level and Coach USA has better attacking options in DaMarcus Beasley and even Alejandro Bedoya.


    • Posted by Matt Mathai on 2010/03/02 at 9:18 PM

      You make it sound like Bradley has some sort of vendetta going against Cooper. I don’t see it. To me, Cooper’s a big man who plays small. Great feet for a big guy, great vision and passing, and decent strike rate, but with that size, he should be up terrorizing center backs instead of running around the edge of the area.

      I have to say I like him better than EJ, but GAM has more experience.


      • Posted by Berg on 2010/03/03 at 6:29 AM

        I agree with Matt. The best comparison I can think of is that Cooper sometimes seems like a European center in his first few years in the NBA. Sure, it’s nice to show some skills and it’s good that to be able to hit that 3 ball, but for god’s sake, when you’re over 7 feet tall, just post up a guy and throw one down every once in a while.

        I guess my poorly made point is that Cooper has seemingly overcome somewhat the disadvantages of his size, but unfortunately hasn’t really taken advantage of the good things that come along with it.


  7. Wow, I’m excited for this match. Let’s just say I’ve been enormously productive at work for the last week…
    Unfortunately will have to catch it on DVR-delayed “live simulation” after work this evening unless I come down with a sudden and mysterious illness in the next couple hours. The US Soccer blogs also seem to have very good coverage this time around – maybe it’s just the subject matter is far more interesting than the last few friendlies. Very much looking forward to the starting line-ups.


    • Same here, DVR set. The local Which Wich tends to show matches when they’re on an ESPN (which this one is) so I’m hoping to grab a late lunch to catch the first half live. Then I’ll have to avoid everything internet the rest of the day in hopes of not seeing the final scoreline.

      Really looking forward to this match, even if we don’t get the win/draw (which wouldn’t surprise me) I think we have a lot to learn about the team, lineup, and strategies for this summer.


      • It’s much better when the match starts at it’s proper evening time-slot…

        I feel the same way about the Champion’s League match-days – I don’t even want to be home to watch the game in the afternoon because you lose the build-up in anticipation that lasts all day and you’re too nervous to eat by tea-time. The Mrs. doesn’t really understand why the replay must begin at 7:30 sharp though. Willing suspension of disbelief, obviously! Never mind the intense frustration of finding you forgot to account for the possibility of extra time like usual for the bloody final!

        At least it spared me having to see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmXg0r7oicg&feature=fvw


  8. Posted by KL on 2010/03/03 at 11:08 AM

    Not sure if you guys have seen this yet… but this is quite possibly the best pump up video of all time. Bravo to everyone involved with the short.


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