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Tuesday, July 3


I'm so glad that MLS is starting to benefit our men's national team! To think that I was worried about aging Euro stars like Beckham taking roster spots away from aspiring US teenage sensations. I guess I was a bit jaded, at first, but now I'm really a believer. Did you SEE the last two matches against Argentina and Paraguay? Brilliant stuff. I mean, sure, the Argies bring off Messi and bring on Tevez - big deal! We bring on Nguyen for Kljestan. Fantastic! As for our marking in the back, wow...quite frankly, I've never seen anything like it. I would wager that even City would have a hard time beating the USMNT: most likely due to the laughter. Absolutely f-ing pathetic.


  • To be fair i thought the yanks played alright and had they taken their chances they could have won last night, bear in mind i watched it on mute in a pub but the US gave it a good go.
    HOwever that US is a team of reserves and the experience they will pick up is that they are all its pointless sending them.

    I agree the US should have played a lesser team in the first rubbish Cup and not sent their kids for this thing which I think is much more important.

    Kids never beat A teams. - Except when England torched the Yanks in Chicago with a 2 goals from Richardson and a defence containing Zat Knight.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 1:36 PM  

  • Strangely though, if you look at the tables today, a Mexican win by two or more goals over Chile and a U.S. win by the same margin tomorrow night against Colombia will put the Yanks through. So much for a high level of competition in Conmebol!

    By Blogger gatorbob, at 2:40 PM  

  • Come back tomorrow Gatorbob and we'll look at those tables then. Should Colombia win - the US will have been sent home in a box.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 4:03 PM  

  • I was at that match in Chicago, Simon, and it was a drunken nightmare for me as I moved from the grounds to several pubs where I was shot down more than the Luftwaffe.

    By Blogger G.C., at 6:13 PM  

  • I think it's entirely possible that Bradley looked at this competition as unwinnable for the US, and possibly a three and out which is alarmingly possible now.

    Seeing that situation, he brought the C-list to see what kind of depth he might have in building towards the 2010 campaign. The lack of testing competition means he has little opportunity to see whether Feilhaber, Demerit, Clarke, Bornstein, Simek, Mapp and the like can offer a contribution. Even in the face of the defeats we've taken, I think those players did reasonably well.

    It's useful to have an opportunity to put a fork in the international ambitions of the the like of Moor, Kljestan, and Ngyuen. Just like it's useful to keep trying to work Johnson into some sort of zone where he can be effective while obtaining more evidence that Keller is past-it and Twellman may never live up to it.

    The danger of this tactic of experimentation is that it may put the US behind the Costa Ricans again on the invite list for future competition.

    I think it would be helpful for the US Fed to get in front of that issue right away and start the lobbying for inclusion in the 2009 competition right now.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 7:56 AM  

  • A day later it is , the US are out before even kicking a ball tonight. 8 of 12 teams go through and the US are eliminated without even having to play a match today - that my friend is the reality of US soccer. To be fair had the US brought a more experienced squad then I .. dont think it would make a difference. Beasley and Donovan I dont think are good enough anymore to make an impact against such opposition.

    Steve is right, the US could lsoe their berth in 2009 which would be a shame considering this time round that CONMEBOl had offered the slot to C.Rica and then reneged when the US showed interest. I cant see why the US deserve to be invited back again if this is how they treat it. Its one thing for Brazil to rest Kaka and ROnaldinho but its another for the US to rest nearly everyone when they are guests.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 9:16 AM  

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