U.S. V. Czech Republic – WC friendly

One of the bright spots for the USMNT tonight. Goodson was immense save for one little mistake.

See you Saturday when the US play Turkey. The Turks are a stronger opponent but also not going the World Cup. This is fodder for another column but the US will also have a much stronger side out there. Recap from Matt coming soon.

Well overall not a good performance by the USMNT. There were some bright moments. Goodson was excellent save for his mistake that led to the third goal. There was some nice one two passing here and there. Ching and Gomez looked sharp as did Buddle. Holden needs another match but looked good.

90:00 – GOOOOAL Necid. Recent substitute latches onto a poorly cleared header by Edu who is playing out of his customary position as CB. Guzan is wrong footed and cannot do anything. That is pretty much the last play of the game. Czech Republic 4 – US 2

89:00 – Game going through th emotions now. This would be a great time to show BB what you can do. Bedoya making things happen and Ching is playing a good set up striker role.

85:00 – US regrouping but they are not maintaining possession like they were in the first part of the second half. Senior like Capello will not be pleased with this performance but I think he has had some questions answered for him. Against Turkey this Saturday we will see a much more definitive US team as the Donovan, Dempsey, Bocanegra etc… should all factor

81:00 – US defense a little shaken now as they fail to clear a corner properly. Luckily they block well and the two subsequent CR shots are dealt with and danger is averted.

80:00 – Goodson should still start. That was unlucky as he has been immense this game. A huge bright spot for the US.

78:00 – GOOOOAL – Fenin. TERRIBLE defending by the US as they get around Pearce too easily and then cross goes under Goodson’s foot when he should have cleared. Ball bounces out to Fenin who blasts it home. The goal was initially Pearce’s fault and then Goodsons. Shame as they both were playing very well. Czech 3 – US 2

76:00 – From a headed clearance by Goodson, Gomez counters but is slow and tries and gets around a CR defender and then takes a shot when a pass to Ching would have been the smarter and better option. He does a win a corner though but Cech clears easily

71:00 – US attacking again as Bedoya scampers outside the box but it is well blocked by a CR defender. Ball comes back out to Dolo who sets up Holden but his shot is wide. Even though they gave up an easy goal the US are looking much better this second half.

70:00 – That goal was all about Goodson. Right now he’s had a much better game than Gooch. Who keeps Goodson out of the starting 11?

67:00 – Bedoya on Gooch off.

66:00 – GOOOOOOAL GOMEZ – From a deep corner, Goodson gets up high and sends a header across the goal that Gomez easily heads in. That was a a nice of goal of another set piece. Czech Republic 2 – US 2

64:00 – Great ball movement from the US as they ping the ball around with some one touch passing. Ball comes to Holden whose shot is poor but that was nice. Moments later more nice passing with a beautiful back pass from Ching sets up Gomez but Cech is equal to the task and saves low. Much better from the US but the final shot needs to be better.

61:00 – Robbie Rogers tests Cech with a great shot from out far. He has been the brightest US player this half. Clearly trying to impress and so far is! He is doing things that the USMNT typically don’t do and is giving Senior a different look.

59:00 – GOOOOOALLL. Polak scores. This time it was not offside as he runs between Pearce and Goodson and a beautiful ball is sent in and he one times it past Guzan. Poor defending by the US but that was a pretty attack by CR. Czech Republic 2 – US 1

58:00 – Rogers doing well down the left side wing as he takes on the Czech defenders.

56:00 -Offside goal by CR as it starts out with CR playing a great 1 – 2 to get around Holden who should have done better. CR cross the ball and Gooch heads clear but the ball goes to a CR forward and a shot is sent to a man in the offside position who heads it in the goal. Lucky for the US as they should have done better.

53:00 – US looking much sharper in the second half as they win a corner. Nothing comes off it and some slow reactions lead to a CR counter. Plasil, though, sends his shot way over the bar.

48:00 – Pearce in 2 minutes has already been streets better than Bornstein. He defended well and then sent in a lovely cross. Unfortunately no one was there to meet it. US starting this half off brightly.

Will he shine in the Insurance capital tonight?

Ching on for Johnson, Pearce on for Bornstein (thank god), Kljestan for Torres, Rogers on for Beasley and Gomez for Buddle.

TWEET and the second half is underway

AWESOME ESPN AD with Donovan. That made me incredibly happy!

Positives – Holden started off sharp but is lacking match fitness. His deliveries have been very good and is moving quickly. Gooch up until being out jumped looked good too. He was controlling the center of defense well. Buddle was causing problems as was Beasley and all in all the US were maintaining good possession.

PEEP – Half time. Mixed results for the US as they play well. Their goal was lucky but well taken and they got completely beat in the goal they gave up. Gooch should have done better and Holden just watched the ball go in when he should have been marking the near post.

45:00 – CR attack immediately and again Bornstein gets beat Kusnir. Bocanegra is being missed!

44:00 – GOOOOOOAL – SIVOK. From the free kick, Gooch gets out jumped and heads the ball home. Not good by the Milan defender but what i think was worse is that from the free kick no one was guarding the near post. If someone was there that goal is not scored as it wasn’t a powerful header. 1 – 1

43:00 – Goodson gives away a free kick but he did a great job of playing out of position to cover for Bornstein.

41:00 – Buddle gets the ball and passes to Johnson as he is fouled but EJ controls poorly and the ref blows the whistle. A better controlled pass and the ref waves play on and the US have a good look.

40:00 – US win a corner. Beasley playing well as is Buddle. Enough to go on the plane. Holden takes the corner and Cech does a lot better and catches the ball.

33:00 – The CR are playing with half their minds on the beach. Dolo runs in the CR half with the ball but can’t pass it off cause Johnson is chilling out in an offside position. Bad there Johnson but Dolo is fouled. CR do better this time from the free kick and clear it easily.

30:00 – Bornstein getting skinned again as the ball goes one way and a lanky defender the other way but he commits a professional foul and CR get a free kick. From the free kick Guzan shows Cech how to come out and palms it away for a corner. Nothing comes from the corner as Buddle clears it away.

26:00 – Harkes is saying some smart things. My dog just asked me for some Grey Poupon. What’s the world coming to? Meanwhile in the game, CR get behind the US defense with ease and send a lovely cross to an unmarked Fenin who sent the ball wide. He should have done better and at least tested Guzan.

23:00 – Gooch showing good intent but lacking match sharpness as he commits another foul. He’s been a split second late each time. That will get better with more PT.

21:00 – Fenin gets the ball from deep and dribbles around a defender and shoots but the ball goes out for a corner.

17:00 – GOOOOAL EDU. and Holden with a shout out to Davies. Terrible defending by CR and Cech who completely misses it as the ball falls to a surprised Edu who hammers it into the back of the net from a yard out. Nice delivery by Holden. US 1 – Czech Republic 0

13:00 – CR beginning to find gaps in the US midfield though their own poor ball control fails them and the US clear easily.

12:00 – Nothing really of note happening in the game. US controlling the ball well as are CR. Gooch and Holden looking smooth though haven’t done anything special. Crowd though is great!

10:00 – The US bench looks stoned.

6:00 – Polak gets fouled by Edu and sets up a free kick for CR but it goes into the wall and the Czech get a throw in.

3:00 – US enjoying the majority of possession in the first three minutes. They’re pressing down the wings. Beasley scampers down the right wing and sends in an inviting cross but no one is there to meet it. Harkes is painful.

TWEEEEEET! and the US kicks things off.


So aside from Cech, I haven’t heard of any of these Czech players. Is this just me?


Stadium seems packed. Good for the US. Atmosphere is exciting. People have their banners and scarves and this is only a friendly. Said it before and will say it again but my how far we have come!


ESPN – Please keep Klinsman. He knows his stuff. He’s class…please.


Coverage on ESPN has begun…and they’re gong all out with  a booth right behind the goal. Someone shoot a ball at Lalas’s head!

I like that they are leading with Gooch’s fitness and going into Edson Buddle. They have the top stories prioritized. So far so good ESPN.


A good ol 4-4-2 with Steve Cherundolo, the pride of Rockford Illinois and the longest tenured USMNT outfield player wearing the armband.


Lines up are out for the USMNT (unofficially)

Guzan – Cherundolo, Goodson, Onyewu, Bornstein – Holden, Edu, Torres, Beasley – Buddle, Johnson


This is a perfection opportunity for Bradley senior to try a few of the fringe players, test out some potential formations and partnerships to see what does work and what does not. Win or lose, its about what you learn. A lot was made yesterday of how poorly England played against a full strength Mexican side and poorly they did play. Missing a third of their starters, Capello learned that Baines probably won’t make the flight and neither should Carrick. He also realized that a 4-4-2 is better etc… and yet England still won by 2 goals albeit one was offside and a handball.

The US should use this game to experiment and then against Turkey clarify what they learned from this one with a stronger side. Let the games begin!


Last time these two countries met, the US were down 3-0 in 15 minutes. I remember the US pundits stating this game would be a cake walk and my were they made to eat their words.

This time around though, its the US with the upper hand or foot as they are preparing to go to South Africa and the Czech players are preparing for a long summer holiday.

184 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/25 at 4:14 PM

    Thanks Shaun…I love that the Swiss are paying respects to Dolo as well…thanks!


  2. Posted by John on 2010/05/25 at 4:18 PM

    This is going to be quite interesting….


  3. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/25 at 4:21 PM

    As we mentioned before camp — you can guarantee Benny’s spot. He’s in the street clothes this evening and in 2007 he and Mikey B “were” the future for the USMNT in the middle. He’s the first sub off the bench…in RSA.

    Interesting to see if Buddle plays on the right or left. EJ typically plays on the left for the Yanks which means Buddle is the target man and perhaps challenging Ching for time?

    We’ll see.

    Somewhere Conor Casey is asking, “Eddie Johnson?”


  4. Posted by John on 2010/05/25 at 4:22 PM

    Somewhere Conor Casey is asking, “Can I get more glaze on that donut?”


  5. Looks like developmental lineups…perhaps by mutual agreement between coach Bob and Bilek? If so sensible choice.


  6. Nice touch for ESPN to include Klinsi. Let me know if Alexi Judas let’s him talk.


  7. Posted by Jennifer on 2010/05/25 at 4:36 PM

    ESPN has it half right with Healy and Klismann. They need to lose Harkes and Lalas.


  8. Shaun, much love for your commitment to live blogging. You are an inspiration to all of us. 4am ain’t easy, neither is pimpin.


  9. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 4:58 PM

    The Czech team look like a bunch of midgets!


  10. Posted by Bob on 2010/05/25 at 5:08 PM

    Buddle looked like he was going to take Cech’s head off!


  11. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/25 at 5:08 PM

    It’s clear in the early going that Bob Bradley is testing out Buddle as a target man on the right…nearly all the action has been pushed that way with only 1 ball going up the left wing.


  12. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 5:16 PM

    Is it me, or is Bornstein playing a little narrow?


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 5:19 PM

      I mean defensively.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 5:27 PM

        Keep an eye out on JB being too narrow when the Czech go forward through the middle – their No. 7 is wide open. It’s more luck that Bornstein hasn’t been caught out…


  13. !!GOLAZO!!


  14. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 5:20 PM

    What was Cech doing there? Decent delivery though.


  15. Posted by Bob on 2010/05/25 at 5:21 PM



  16. Why is Buddle bleeding?


  17. Posted by Jake on 2010/05/25 at 5:22 PM

    Can anything be read into the jersey numbers?…i hope not!

    7 – beasley (i know he has worn this a bunch…)
    9 – EJ
    14 – sacha
    20 – pearce
    21 – goodson
    22 – holden (going for sure…but beas is wearing 7…)
    24 – marshall
    25 – rogers
    26 – torres
    27 – findley
    28 – bedoya
    29 – buddle
    30 – gomez


    • Posted by Jennifer on 2010/05/25 at 5:26 PM

      I don’t think so. Beasley’s always been #7, EJ #9. Think Holden wore 22 against the Dutch. Everyone else is just lower on the totem pole.


    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/05/25 at 5:27 PM

      Now that’s some serious “anoraking”. I LIKE IT JAKE!


      • Posted by Freegle on 2010/05/25 at 9:33 PM

        Usually, numbers are assigned/decided by seniority. Beasley and Johnson have more caps, therefore lower numbers.


  18. They had us dead to rights there.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/25 at 5:31 PM

      JFT failed recovery there….

      Goodson again showing earlier he is a beast in the box…

      Buddle acquitting himself well. He’s on the plane in my opinion and I bet you see Gomez to start the 2nd half.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 5:32 PM

      Pretty simple ball over the top. Bornstein is obviously trying to out-do Baines in the being shite dept.


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/25 at 5:35 PM

        That’s aggressive George — Bornstein is on an island with no support — good clean professional foul when he got beat by a good move. Ashley Cole makes the same play there…


        • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/05/25 at 5:41 PM

          Cole or any other defender including Dolo on the other wing doesn’t get beaten like that as the “attacker” doesn’t get that sort of look. Bornstein has not been good yet. So far the only downside to the first 30 minutes for the USMNT.


  19. Beaz just got mugged


  20. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/25 at 5:32 PM

    By the way, half of me now believes that BB brought RR and Kljestan into camp to show them what it means to play for the USMNT — can’t see either of them going as of this moment.

    If Kjlestan was a consideration he would have started ahead of Torres IMO. Only battle we’re looking at there tonight thus far in my opinion is striker.


  21. Posted by B-Mac on 2010/05/25 at 5:34 PM

    Great tracking back so far from Buddle, so key for getting a spot in Buddle’s lineup…


  22. George,
    It is not just you. Bornstein has been way inside/out of position twice in the first 20 min. At 20:03 he was at the middle of the box and there was a winger wide open out wide. He hasn’t played bad but also miss judged a header early on and was in front of it. I think he is getting beat 1 on 1 a little too often. Ultimately this is some nitpicking.

    Gooch has been a little slow on the ball. Mainly hesitant on decision of where to distribute it. He has done ok though.

    Torres has shown well. Edu and Torres have been good on the ball. I really think Torres should make the 23 if only as an option at LM and CAM. But we will see.


  23. nice cross body block. illegal even in lacrosse…impressive


  24. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 5:40 PM

    Holden had a really bright start, he’s faded as the half has gone on.


  25. The ref is calling a lot of minor fouls for free kicks


  26. I wonder if Standard would have Gooch back. This thing with riding the pine at Milan is ridiculous.


  27. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 5:52 PM

    Was never a free kick that led to the Czech goal. But where was Onyewu – all I have heard is how he’s a beast in the air…


    • Posted by itally on 2010/05/25 at 5:55 PM

      Even before the goal, I was thinking that Gooch was not looking like himself at all. He used to be a “beast in the air”. I wonder if his injury has mentally messed with him — he got hurt on a similar play, no? I hope he can overcome this!


      • Posted by Bob on 2010/05/25 at 5:58 PM

        Agree! Can Goodson play CB? I think he may have to.


        • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/05/25 at 6:01 PM

          Goodson has been the pick of the back 4 in this half. That was not a foul that led to the free kick and he was covering for others. He should be considered to be in the starting 11.


    • Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/05/25 at 5:57 PM

      Give him a break George he’s barely fit


      • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/05/25 at 6:00 PM

        Antonio – CD9 was also considered barely fit and was not even considered. If he can’t jump then he should not be on the pitch. Gooch should have done better on that set piece as that is his only job in that situation but I think aside from that he has played well.


        • Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/05/25 at 6:03 PM

          Well if he’s not on the pitch then how can we evaluate him? And how will he get more match fitness other than to actually play in a match? Catch-22 here…


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 6:06 PM

          If Gooch made a decent attempt to back pedal and jump, you’d hold your hands up. But to not even get your studs out of the earth is worrying. JB on the otherhand is not so, as he won’t start unless there is an injury.


        • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/25 at 6:08 PM

          Whoa Whoa! Bolton cleared Holden and he played the final game.

          And remember…these guys haven’t played a game in two weeks…


        • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/05/25 at 6:08 PM

          CD9 would argue the same thing Antonio from the other position. I agree with you but 3 games to get ready for the world cup is asking A LOT!


    • Posted by BW on 2010/05/25 at 5:59 PM

      problem started before the kick w/ positioning. he expected the guy to come in, but the long kick left gooch backpedaling and unable to get any hops. =(


    • Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/05/25 at 6:02 PM

      The man has’nt played a game since October, but I agree he has’nt looked comfortible


    • a beast in the air when he is match fit. thanks milan, thanks loads for buying a player you never planned to play.


  28. Bono should have been there in person, that would have been an interesting half time show.

    Hear is hoping Pearce and Gomez come on for JB and EJ at half and the whole team keep form a little better. Excited for second half.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 6:10 PM

      U2 are taking the piss aren’t they, singing “Where The Streets Have No Name” – no need to mock the Africans for not having any infrastructure…

      ESPN ad is class!


      • Posted by Paul on 2010/05/25 at 7:47 PM

        Or: There are so many streets that many do not have names yet.

        Or: The World Cup has encouraged overproduction of streets, ramps, and other infrastructure projects that not having a name is a sign that they are a waste.

        Woah…summer break…time to stop thinking


      • On top of it Bono sounded like shit singing it.


  29. Posted by BW on 2010/05/25 at 6:01 PM

    of the football I’ve watched this week (Eng/Mex, NKorea/Greece, CZR vs US) literally 9 of the 10 goals were a result of set pieces/restarts!


  30. glad I wasn’t the only one who didn’t think that was a free kick. goodson pushing for a starting 11 spot at this point I’d say.


  31. Posted by JohnnyF on 2010/05/25 at 6:03 PM

    Why is Torres even on the fence?? He was clearly our best player in the first half. Not only should he make the team but should get real mins in SA. Conversely, why is Bornstein even being considered? He make terrible decisions and has to foul to make up for them…


  32. Posted by Shay on 2010/05/25 at 6:07 PM

    Please take Burntstein off the pitch!!


  33. Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/05/25 at 6:07 PM

    I see the Magic man Gomez


  34. Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/05/25 at 6:09 PM

    5 changes.. Ching, will F up Gomez’s chance


  35. Posted by Jake on 2010/05/25 at 6:09 PM

    rogers and sacha???


  36. Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/05/25 at 6:10 PM

    Gooch is not running right.. or is it me..


  37. Posted by Brad on 2010/05/25 at 6:12 PM

    Hate to say it, but Gooch is looking like he’s hobbling pretty bad every time he has to run all out…


  38. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/05/25 at 6:13 PM

    Robbie won’t dissapoint. In fact, he’ll do the opposite. Mark my words!


    • Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/05/25 at 6:15 PM

      I like Robbie Rogers.. but he is very inconsistent*


    • I agree. I also can’t understand what Rogers’ detractors are talking about.


      • All I’ve ever seen from Rogers in a USA shirt is effort, pace, ability to cross, decent ball striker, and strong defensive work rate.


      • Posted by Jake on 2010/05/25 at 6:20 PM

        i think he will be a mainstay eventually, but at this point, i see too much inconsistency. i really do like him as a player, with his skill, leftfootedness, and pace. but i dont think he should be in this year’s 23. if the WC was in 2011, then i think he is in…


  39. Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/05/25 at 6:20 PM

    I wish Gomez could have paired with Buddle for a bit.. Ching playing like he has concrete around his shoes


  40. sweet as back heel


  41. Well, that’s the last we’ll see the Czechs attack all match now.


  42. Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/05/25 at 6:22 PM

    Now accepting Applications for Left Full back, Please send Resume to USSoccer.com


  43. Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/05/25 at 6:26 PM

    Gooch is going to go all 90..


  44. Good hit by Gomer, too bad it was right at the ‘keeper.


  45. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 6:27 PM

    That disallowed goal was a lot closer than people think. I am not 100% sure it was correctly ruled out.


    • Posted by Jake on 2010/05/25 at 6:30 PM

      Not the player who scored, but the other attacker was certainly in an offside position and influenced the play. correctly ruled out.


  46. Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/05/25 at 6:28 PM

    “Magic Man”


  47. GOL GOL GOL GOL GOL! All is forgiven Herc.


  48. Posted by Jake on 2010/05/25 at 6:29 PM

    herculez herculez herculez!


  49. Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/05/25 at 6:32 PM

    Gooch+Ice= Concern for me.. what u think?


    • Agreed, it doesn’t look like Gooch is going to be able to go.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/25 at 6:33 PM

      No way to sugarcoat — Gooch played the weakside, was tested on two headers and didn’t win them, and looked very tentative out there.

      More in our game review…


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 6:37 PM

        Even when he does win headers, he’s not getting enough distance on them – the disallowed goal came directly from Onyewu’s header.

        He didn’t look impressive at all and I am not sure he will have enough game time to get his sharpness back.


  50. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 6:32 PM

    Fantastic leap from Goodson. Brilliant.


  51. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/05/25 at 6:34 PM

    I told you bastards Robbie was going to kill it! And l’m not even watching the match!


  52. Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/05/25 at 6:34 PM

    Goodson MOTM so far for me


  53. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/05/25 at 6:34 PM

    I’m sorry for that… I love you guys


  54. The fact the BB brought Kljestan on this half at all worries me that he still seriously thinking about bringing him in the 23. If Kljestan makes it over Torres i will be livid.

    Even more important Kljestan and Ching coming on is giving us some really choatic football and ruining our chance of seeing how Gomez does in the run of play. it is great that gomez can capitalize on rebound/opportunity goals but wanted to see if he could play with Buddle. Torres should have been left on for his great distribution to allow the strikers to fully get evaluated.

    Application for Boca at LB filled. Application for Goodson and Demerit in the center filled. Ball is in BB court. Other option Spector at LB? Boca in center.


    • Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/05/25 at 6:42 PM

      Spector at LB = Fail.. However from what i’ve seen from JB and HP Spector is a better option..


  55. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 6:38 PM

    I like the look of Holden in the middle – he looks very comfortable on the ball.


  56. Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/05/25 at 6:40 PM

    WTF is Pearce doing!!!


  57. I am warming to Torres.


  58. Bornstein, Pearce or Spector, who would you rather see at Left Back?


  59. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/25 at 6:42 PM

    Pearce — terrible body language…slow effort.

    Kljestan failed to mark on the rebound — that’s low quality.

    You and tell (if you look at the last training video from the US) that Pearce is pressing desperately.


  60. How young is Lichaj again? kidding


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/25 at 6:44 PM

      He should have been given a chance–don’t get me started on that rant again. If he is good enough for Martin O’Neil in an interview to suggest he’ll be in the 18 then he should have been here.


  61. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 6:44 PM

    Comedy of defensive errors.


    • I hate to say it, but I agree with you 100%


    • Posted by itally on 2010/05/25 at 7:03 PM

      And what was the cause? Fitness? Mental confusion? Unfamiliarity of players with each other? Whatever it is, let’s hope it’s something that can be fixed before 12 June!


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 7:24 PM

        You could say that 3 of the goals were easily preventable – it wasn’t like you were undone by brilliant play, you were undone by errors.

        Their 3rd goal, I would say that the RB wasn’t tight to the LW – as an inverted winger he was always going to cut in on his stronger foot and the RB just stood off him.

        But to be fair, the US benefited from an error for your first goal too.

        Bradley is due to name is 23 tomorrow at 10:00. Surely Onyewu and Bornstein cannot be named after that?


        • Posted by Paul on 2010/05/25 at 7:53 PM

          Gooch and Bornstein are almost necessities at this point. Who else plays in the center? Boca is hurt, as is DeMerit; those two will get time against Turkey and Australia. Gooch can recoop and see how he does later on. Who else does Bradley bring in? He did not look at enough defenders through the process, and did not include enough defenders in his 30 man roster.


  62. Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/05/25 at 6:53 PM

    Gomez and Buddle showed that they should be on the plane…

    So has Goodson


  63. Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/05/25 at 6:55 PM

    ugh.. I have a headache


  64. Fortunately we didn’t need a result tonight.


  65. Hanneman for #2


    • I don’t know Eric, If Martin O’Neill thinks Guzan is fit to play in a cup match in England, I think he’s a safe choice for our #2


      • Posted by itally on 2010/05/25 at 6:58 PM

        From several of the comments on here, it seems that if we could convince Martin O’Neill to coach the USMNT, all our problems would be solved!😉


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 6:59 PM

        But not in the Cup Final – Freidel was in goal.

        He should not be getting beat like that at his near post.


  66. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 6:57 PM

    The US look knackered. What was all that about athleticism? Looks like they need to borrow England’s oxygen bong!


  67. Posted by Jake on 2010/05/25 at 6:57 PM

    John Harkes: “You don’t want to judge too much on performances when you are assessing players.”
    Really? What do you assess them on then? How they look in uniform? Their receding hairlines? I don’t get him….


    • you judge them by who is most likely to snog a teammate’s wife when he’s not looking. off wi’ ye johnny overbite


    • Posted by JohnnyF on 2010/05/25 at 7:11 PM

      exactly -both harkes and lalas shouldn’t be on the plane- they basically just say any shit that comes to them. lalas says before the game, “Bradley already knows who he’s taking.” Then at the end he says, “Gomez came and scored a goal- that’s what a striker needs to do. If he’s not on plane it’s a crime!” WTF?


  68. Posted by kaya on 2010/05/25 at 6:58 PM

    I think Edu has gotten too used to SPL style “build up” in play. How many low percentage over the top passes are you going to make before you try going with something else?


  69. sorry I butchered his name, hahnemann for #2. Guzan didn’t do horrible and had to deal with a ever changing line, but I don’t think he had his line in good positions (not exactly his fault). I think before this game Hahnemann had the edge and I don’t think this game changed that.


  70. Posted by Wilson on 2010/05/25 at 7:01 PM

    Why are BB still relying on Edu as a CB concept. We have 4-5 interchangable starters Only place we do have depth.


  71. Posted by kaya on 2010/05/25 at 7:01 PM

    I really got a terrible look at the game with network and toddler anger management issues, but it felt like only Holden’s effort held the team together. Oneyewu is a big worry imo.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 7:26 PM

      He certainly was one of the bright sparks in the 2nd half when he moved more centrally (Goodson was solid too).


  72. peace and love TSGers, i’m out


  73. Posted by Bob on 2010/05/25 at 7:07 PM

    At least we were the more athletic team tonight.


  74. Biggest questions:

    1) Are both Ching and Buddle in 23?

    2) If yes then 1 more of Gomez or Findley? I feel like BB not playing Findley means he has seen what he needs to see of him, which in this case may mean his is in. I would really rather see Gomez.

    3) Are we ever going to see Dempsey up top whether 4-4-1-1 or not?

    4) Backline ????

    Overall we SAW a lot of interesting sporatic things in this game. But I think Pearce and Bornstein should both be backups.


    • Posted by Bob on 2010/05/25 at 7:46 PM

      I was thinking just the opposite on point no. 2. Since Marshall and Findley did not play, my guess is that BB has already decided to drop them both tomorrow.


  75. Thanks Shaun for the commentary.


    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/05/25 at 7:20 PM

      My pleasure…thank you for reading and putting up with poor grammar and spelling!


  76. Posted by Wilson on 2010/05/25 at 7:23 PM


    Too soon to make that call


  77. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 7:39 PM

    I know you were missing some (midfield) players, but with that sort of defending, I would be very worried about 12th June. You will have Championship level central defenders up against EPL/CL quality players. I am not quite rubbing my hands with glee or grinning like a Cheshire cat, but I have a warm glow.


    • Posted by Bob on 2010/05/25 at 8:01 PM

      Uh George – we were missing all (not some) of our midfield players (LD, Bradley, Clark, and Dempsey) and our entire backline except for Gooch who may have just played himself off the plane. And, if I am not mistaken, LD, Dempsey, Spector, Howard, and DeMerit are all EPL/CL quality players, and many think MB is heading there soon as well. Remember, most of the guys playing tonight are trying to become players 18-23 who will more than likely not even dress for the England game.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/25 at 8:11 PM

      GeorgeCross — if you say we should be worried aobut our 2nd string defense on June 12th I will jump and down….Because that means that our 1st string offense and defense have put up such a disparity in goals that they are taking a breather on the bench.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 8:30 PM

        Well Onyewu, Bocanegra and DeMerit are all returning from injury, no? Goodson had a good game then he goes and does that, and that could be the difference between winning and losing. Both Bornstein and Pearce were poor.

        And there is a difference between an mid-tier EPL player and a CL EPL player – which was what I was alluding to, pardon the confusion, Bob.

        England were poor yesterday too, but I am not sure what Bradley does to that backline.


    • I was wondering why you were being so gentle this morning. I’m a bit concerned about the defending as well. That said, things were actually quite solid in the first half, with good shape and pressing well, looking comfortable. Then we pulled a Mexico and conceded on a set piece. I suppose I deserved that Karma.

      Then, 2nd 45, Kljestan came in and started drifting about the midfield without any sense of defensive discipline. He literally goes into hiding and takes up positions where he cannot possibly receive the ball. I don’t know what he thinks he’s doing. Maybe he doesn’t want it passed to him so what happened on goal number 4 doesn’t happen. When he does have it he looks panicked – there’s no incisive passing from him in this kind of limited time and space.

      England played below par and won, we played pretty well, I thought, and lost. No panic for either nation.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/26 at 10:13 AM

        I actually though Ching did a lot of the dirty work, but nobody really took advantage of the space he created. That’s my only concern with him playing up top with Altidore – will he take advantage?

        I am not reading too much into the Mexico win because I know deep down that if we defend like that against a very good team, it would be game over at HT. Green made 2 very good saves, and they hit the post with Green stranded. We’re talking millimetres and centimetres here – on another day, they would have scored them all.


  78. Posted by JohnnyF on 2010/05/25 at 7:41 PM

    Proved their worth: Torres – Beasley – Goodson – Ching

    Meh: Buddle – Gomez (one doorstep header shouldn’t get you on the plane)

    Laterhosen: EJ

    2014: Bedoya – Rogers – Kljestan


  79. Posted by Bob on 2010/05/25 at 7:54 PM

    I am trying to decide who will not make it. IMO, Marshall and Findley are gone since they are bubble players and did not get a look at all tonight. Bedoya, Rogers, Kljestan, and EJ were inconsistent and really did not make a huge impact. And then one of the following: JBo, Pearce, or Onyewu. If Gooch can’t walk tomorrow or jump in drills, my guess is he does not make the plane.


  80. Posted by Durant Durant on 2010/05/25 at 7:59 PM

    Gooch should not start. It’s not about rust, so anyone who bitches about AC Milan not playing him is a moron. The dude is hurt/uncomfortable; as someone who has undergone a knee surgery, there are little things I noticed he is doing that obvioulsy show that he is favoring a leg. He is injured, it’s not rust. He won’t be ready by WC. Fortunately, Goodson looked good and extremely explosive in the air. What Goodson gives up in strength to Gooch, he makes up for in quickness. Of course I would prefer to have Gooch 100%, but Goodson’s performance provided some comfort.

    Even though Gomez scored, i thought Buddle looked quicker, faster and more active. Tough decisions for BB.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/25 at 8:10 PM

      Durant…I agree with most of what you say ecept the tone of your second sentence.


  81. Posted by B-Mac on 2010/05/25 at 8:26 PM

    Interested to hear from the crowd: if you have 1spot left, who do you give it to: Edson Buddle, Alejandro Bedoya, or Heath Pearce?


  82. Posted by JohnnyF on 2010/05/25 at 8:27 PM

    Why are we playing such creme puff friendlies especially compared with Mexico? In the last three matches before the Cup, we’re playing two B-sides (Czech/Turkey) and Australia, while Mexico is playing England/Holland/Italy.


    MEXICO: Equador, Senegal, Angola, Chile, England, Holland, Italy

    US: El Salvador, Honduras, Holland, Czech, Turkey, Australia


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 8:34 PM

      Who’s going to travel to the US in the middle of their preparations? I think there is your answer.


      • Posted by Bob on 2010/05/25 at 8:53 PM

        Also, how many of these friendlies will feature the starting XI for a full 90? Most teams are playing so-called “creme puff” friendlies: Argentina playing Canada; Portugal playing Cape Verde; etc. In fact, Brazil have decided to forego playing any friendlies leading up to the WC.

        Also, compare our three 2010 tune-up games to our 2006 warm-up games: Morocco, Venezuela, and Latvia.


        • Posted by JohnnyF on 2010/05/25 at 10:39 PM

          Well we aren’t Argentina, Portugal or Brazil. They don’t need the competition. We do. And yes, we did warm up vs. Morocco, Venezuela and Latvia in ’06 and we know how well that turned out. We stepped on the field vs. Czech and were scorched- playing Latvia doesn’t prepare you for the speed of a Rosicky or creativity of a Nedved.


      • Posted by JohnnyF on 2010/05/25 at 11:00 PM

        “Who’s going to travel to the US in the middle of their preparations?”

        I don’t think that’s an excuse. You go where the games are – that’s why I mentioned our neighbor Mexico and their matches with England/Holland/Italy.

        So we land in Europe and we get Australia? A respectable team but not an elite one.

        And we waste today’s semi-soft game by playing benchwarmers? The ESPN analyst Leander Schachenlaken made a strong point that in ’02 and ’06 we only played like 14 and 15 players anyway. So why waste a precious friendly to determine maybe 3-4 roster spots of guys who probably won’t play?


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/26 at 5:53 AM

          JohnnyF: that was the point of my “question”. If you wanted better competition as WC warm-up games then staying on the east coast was perhaps not a great decision.

          And why is it you want elite competition, again? You cannot even compete with the Czechs (who aren’t finalists, BTW).


      • Posted by JohnnyF on 2010/05/26 at 9:26 AM

        you’re right george, we should be playing non-elites like barbados and grenada before the cup because at least we can beat those guys. maybe we could even sneek donovan, dempsey, altidore and the rest on the field to make sure we win


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/26 at 9:44 AM

          You cannot have it both ways. You complained about lack of quality competition for the warm-up games. But what would be the point of lining up the squad ‘hopefuls’ against an elite team? What would Bradley take-away from this? My point is that this fixture was always going to be a run out for fringe players. He announces his squad today, and I expect Saturday’s game and the fixture against Australia to be extremely close to your best / First XI.


        • Posted by JohnnyF on 2010/05/26 at 10:29 AM

          george babe, you’re missing my point. I’m saying the whole approach is misguided: don’t schedule against mediocre sides, don’t rest your starters, and if you can’t find quality matches at home – go to europe a la Mexico. (sorry but I thought I said all that?)

          when the US steps on the field vs england, our starting 11 will have played 1 match vs. B-side Turkey and 1 match against 2nd tier Australia. in ’06 we played tepid morocco-venezuela-latvia and were run off the pitch vs. elite Czechs.

          now I’d love to move on…

          yes you’re absolutely right about our back line being in shambles. you and rest of england should be licking your chops.


  83. Posted by kaya on 2010/05/25 at 9:24 PM

    d00d, what’s up with espn3? They used to have forward/rewind/live controls and they’ve regressed. I wanted to go back and watch the first half which I mostly missed and am stuck watching *everything*. Lame.
    Anyway, listening to the looooong pregame commentary and Lalas talking about Crouch and Rooney as big man little man reminded me of one of my fav 06 videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38T0BF2WAHk


    • Posted by kaya on 2010/05/25 at 9:36 PM

      Err. I guess that was a browser issue. I guess you can forward with IE. I kinda wasted 15 minutes listening to drivel, but learned that Grant Wahl wasn’t the only one with Gooch concerns pre-game.
      His fate seems pretty sealed in retrospect. If so, it’s very sad to have the Costa Rica game be associated with the loss of another player.


  84. Posted by Freegle on 2010/05/25 at 10:06 PM

    The major things that were evident from the stands…

    1) Good crowd considering the circumstances. SA and AO were there usual vocal selves but there were some other areas of the stadium, especially behind the opposite goal, that carried the noise for parts of the match. Great to see/hear.

    2) As others have said, Gooch is not healthy. I don’t care how many times he says he is 100%, he’s not. Having rehabbed several of these injuries in the past, I can tell you 3 important things… 1) his knee range of motion did not look to be full (admittedly difficult to tell in dynamic situations but we’ll say he was not using what is considered “normal” knee range) 2) His right leg muscles have lost both mass and definition. It was obvious from the stands that his legs are two different sizes. With that type of atrophy, it is impossible for him to be at full strength. 3) His proprioception is off, which means he cannot cut, change direction or jump with full efficiency, causing him to look (at least) one step slow and limp noticeably. Despite this, I actually thought he acquitted him self well in the first half. But, as fatigue set in, his physical limitations showed through. Gooch has always been big and strong but tonight is the first time I’ve seen him look oafy/clumsy and it scares me. He is not currently capable of defending Wayne Rooney or Peter Crouch. That begs the question… do you bring him to SA?

    3) Our ONLY left back options are Bocanegra and Spector.

    4) I thought all of the wing MFs showed good work rate. Beasley played well. Rogers looked confident and was aggressive. Holden was a little rusty but I was impressed with his 90 minutes, especially moving into CM when Bedoya came on. Even tired, he continued to be more effective in the center than Sacha, who vacillated between invisible and terrible. Bedoya put in his usual shift, worked hard, but did nothing to stand out. I like him a lot, but not until 2014.

    5) Good bye Eddie Johnson. Each of the other forwards made a decent case for inclusion. None will be dominant, but they all did enough to make it a tough decision for BB. Gomez and Ching had some good touches and held possession and Buddle had good work rate and connected well with his midfield. If we are assuming Findley and Jozy are locks, of the four who played tonight, I take Ching and Gomez over Buddle.

    6) Clarence Goodsen is legit. I am more than comfortable with him getting meaningful minutes in June and (hopefully) July.

    When I watch the replay of the game tomorrow, I may change my mind on some things but those were my first impressions.


  85. i’m surprised no one has mentioned this yet, but my biggest concern (outside of fitness issues) is that we had hardly any sustained offensive pressure. Most of the game we hoofed it over the top and didn’t support the strikers, or we played down the wings and didn’t support the striker/wide player. The only time we really built towards anything was the first 15 minutes with JFT and Edu patrolling the center of the pitch. I realize that this wasn’t our first choice lineup but that style of offense has been a halmark under Bradley and the only abberration was the Confederations Cup last summer when we gave our players some support and passing outlets.


  86. I think Pearce played himself out of consideration for the final 23. He was awful defensively yes, but he was also terrible going forward. He couldn’t get his crosses off the ground. I thought he had a real chance to show up Bornstein after Jonathan’s error-riddled first half, but Bornstein ended up being the better of the two. Onyewu doesn’t look fit. At all. I’d like to see him in the next two friendlies, but Goodson has looked superb in the last two friendlies against quality competition. It’d be a shame if Sweatpants plays Onyewu over Goodson just because he’s the bigger name. Kljestan also failed to impress… wasn’t the last goal attributed to a bad pass on his part? Maybe I remember that wrong… at any rate, he couldn’t connect well with anybody.

    As far as positives, Goodson was obviously one. I thought Gomez and Ching both made excellent cases for being included in the 23. Buddle looks like a player and made some nice hustle plays. Edu and Holden look reliable in the midfield, and Holden’s crosses should get better. Beasley surprised me. He really looked good out there… his touch is back, and so is the speed.


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