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Wednesday, May 24

Not Good Enough

Arena's decision to drop Twellman sure is working out. Never mind that the Moroccan goal last night was scored against the run of play and likely because Cherundalo gifted the goalscorer possession in a dangerous area. At the time, we had McBride, Donovan, Beasley, Dempsey, Johnson, and Convey all camped out in their half and couldn't score. That's simply not good enough against Morocco, let alone the Czech Rep. and Italy and possibly Ghana too. The Mad Hatter must cobble together something that works and in the next two games or it's a likely 3 and out.

19 Comments:

  • It was very funny watching you struggle against Morocco last night, they are some side....

    By Blogger Stand up if you hate Man u, at 9:46 AM  

  • At home too.. ouch.
    Still - this is maybe a good thing, its always better to go into a tourney knowing you have a lot to do rather than thinking you have it made. England is at their best in such situations.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 10:11 AM  

  • I only saw the last 20 minutes but, in that time, Morocco were picking you off quite nicely on the break and you never really looked like scoring. (granted I have no clue what went on in the previous 70). Conveys free kick was a good effort but that was in injury time.

    The US fans at the stadium just annoy me. You just let in a goal to Morocco and all they do is take their shirt off and give the "we're number 1 signal" to the camera with smiles everywhere. How about you turn that finger around and point it at either a US or Moroccan player? The ref? The camera-man for fucks sake? Where the anger?

    What about some good old=fashioned vitriol towards your team? Everything is too-lovely dovey watching that team for me. I am expecting fans to start handing out boxes of Capri-Sun to the players as they walk off or even compete to see who gets to put the team in the back of their Minivan on the way home.

    The worst was the flag that said "Holy Moley What a Goalie"

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 10:11 AM  

  • From Si/CNN.com:
    As for this game, the fifth-ranked Americans looked shaky against the No. 36 Atlas Lions


    We weren't sharp. I think we're a little bit leg-weary. We're a little bit overtrained at this point," U.S. coach Bruce Arena said. "We didn't do a good job creating chances. Our last pass was poor. Our crossing was poor."

    His focus is the Americans' World Cup opener against the second-ranked Czech Republic on June 12.

    "Though we weren't awful out there, there weren't a lot of guys who had great performances either," Donovan said.

    You weren't awful Landon? You're rubbish mate. F%6k off back to So Cal.

    Where is Tom to defend this lot?

    By Blogger Chris P, at 10:14 AM  

  • "Holy Moley , what a goaly..." Hahaha! Thats brilliant. Sad to say I forgot this was on and saw none of it as I do enjoy a good US beating. John hits it on the head well about the lovey doveryness. Its seen at the majority of US Sports games in fairness (unless it involves Philadelphia) but it does irk me how peopel can leave a game defeated and still be ultra cheery. Credit to Steve with his "Not Good Enough" assessment.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 10:14 AM  

  • Boston fans are pretty miserable too. One of the reasons I like living here so much. Except for those Revs fans of course.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 10:19 AM  

  • Busby, I'm going to take the afternoon off to do up a "Heckofa Job Yer doin' Bruce" banner.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 11:30 AM  

  • Nike also picked a good day to run out it's new commercial.

    Cantona--"America, the world no longer looks forward to playing you!"

    I dunno, maybe St.Kitts and Nevis are still having nightmares, but I think Italians, Czechs, and Ghanaians are pretty relaxed about it.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 11:55 AM  

  • Well in a way they are right. Other teams dread the banners:

    "Totti you can go kiss my botti"

    "Cech...your name sound like your country. Whats with that?"

    "Ghana. Got Adu?"

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 11:59 AM  

  • What they really hate is the endless "USA, USA, USA" chants

    By Blogger gooner71, at 12:06 PM  

  • Those are fine by me. Every country has their brainless "chant country name":

    Italia, Italia, Italia
    Eng-er-land, Eng-er-land, Eng-er-land
    Ireland, Ireland, Ireland
    etc etc

    Just give me something funny please.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 12:30 PM  

  • 'Just give me something funny please.'

    Not gonna happen.

    By Blogger Stand up if you hate Man u, at 12:45 PM  

  • This is some of the best work I've read on this wonderful site! Ya'll (note slang in honor of last night's historic match being played in friggin' Tennessee) are masters of this domain. Thank you for (finally) coming off of the Kool-Aid spewed out by US Soccer for the past decade. I wish that ya'll could have heard the match commentary from gooner71 and I last night as we sat in the safety of our Brookline mansion. It was brilliant...almost half as good as that from Harkes/captain for life.


    Apparently, Arena has not worked on getting back to support on defense (aka "hustle").

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 5:49 PM  

  • Oh, one more thing...watch this video and think about whether the USA men's team (#4 ranking) will ever have this sort of following (win or lose):


    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8470079939450167748&q=italia+90+ireland


    We should have a USA banner making contest. Great stuff on the walls of Nashville last night!

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 5:55 PM  

  • "Thank you for (finally) coming off of the Kool-Aid spewed out by US Soccer for the past decade."

    GAC - I don't think you know your audience here.

    Simon, Rich, Stand Up and I are not even American never mind drinking any Kool-Aid. If it seems like the 4 of us are rooting for the US to lose, its really only so we can have some fun with the American guys on the board. No different from me wanting Barca to beat Arsenal or West Ham to beat Liverpool.

    Likewise, there a few loyal US National Team fans here (Glazer Shmazer and Galloping Major at least...probably others...I don't know if Joe C has a moniker here or not) but I would not consider any of them Kool-Aid drinkers. They are knowledgeable and loyal football fans who have followed football around the world for years and that includes their National Team. I don't think any of them would go down the road of believing the US Team are really #4 in the world etc - unless maybe to get a rise out of the rest of us which is admirable.

    I get the feeling that you spend some time on BogSoccer.com or whatever it is called and the people there understandably drive you nuts with their "Landon is God" bullshit. However, that doesn't mean that everybody who supports the US team is like that. In fact Glazer Shmazer often sends me links to threads he sees there which he find particularly moronic.

    You shouldn't just waltz on here and assume that, just because some lads here are passionate about their national team, you are dealing with the sort of folk you encounter on Bigsoccer.com etc.

    Thankd for the Irish link. Brought back a lot of great memories. Gos the goals we scored were utter shite though but it was fun. Pity I was only 13 at the time and couldn't go on the piss like the rest of the country.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 8:58 AM  

  • Thanks, Johno, and I'm sorry not to have posted any sooner on this. I found out Monday that I would be leaving Wednesday for Sicily and then London for work, so I'm coming to you from the lovely confines of the Hotel Timeo in Taormina. Life is tough. Yeah, we didn't look great against Morocco, and yeah, Reyna still gets injured all too easily, and I happen to agree (as I believe I've stated elsewhere) that it's a mistake not having Twellman in the squad. I remain, however, (very) cautiously optimsistic about our chances. Others who are (not first generation) American and have followed the game as long as I have while living in this country may disagree, but I find it hard to be anything but optimistic when thinking about our national team. Please don't confuse optimism with arrogance, and please don't assume that means I'm saying we'll necessarily get out of what I maintain is the toughest group in the first round. If Arena got his selections wrong, we'll find out soon enough, but I'm willing to cut him a bit of slack after rescuing (and I do mean rescuing) our team from the heap of a disgrace it was after Steve Sampson was through with it (3-6-1!). I would have to go back to the tapes to confirm, but I remember feeling before 2002 very much the way I do now about our team. We looked better at that point than we had in previous moments, but we didn't look to me like a team that would qualify over Portugal and Poland/South Korea. That said, this group is tougher (or at least seems that way on paper) than in 2002, and if Claudio's hamstring can't hold up to simple lunging, that's not good. Bear in mind, however, that he was absent through injury against Portugal, and that turned out OK. Politics aside, he was named to the Best XI last time out, and that ain't bad. Save the Kool Aid speak for people who really don't get it, please, as it is possible (gasp!) to support the United States National Team and still know the game reasonably well. Now...back to the terrace for a nice cold bevvie...Maybe the WiFi works out there...Hmm...

    By Blogger Glazer Shmazer, at 7:36 AM  

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