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    Let's start it with kicking some Canadian ass. USA-Canada game will start at around 5PM Pacific.
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    USA get the win, 2-0. We get Panama next.

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    Dempsey looked great when I was watching. Donovan needs to go play in England.

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    Panama got gifted their last goal and I liked the way Guadalupe fought back, too bad they ran out of time, luck and gas.

    despite Altidore scoring on an error by the Canadian GK, he still looks awful. Howard was great and baby Bradley really held the MF together, Donovan sucked ass on corner kicks and Deuce IMO is replacing Donovan as the go to guy for the Nats

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawdler View Post

    despite Altidore scoring on an error by the Canadian GK, he still looks awful.
    Awful is pretty harsh especially since I thought Altidore was good last night. Yes, the first goal was soft but he made a really nice run to get into space for it and took Donovan's ball well. Also he was directly involved in the second goal. He won Howard's long ball well to initiate the move. Cross across the box was perfect as well. Not sure how you could describe his game as "awful". It would have been nice if he beat his man more when he was 1 V 1 but overall a good game for him.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawdler
    Donovan sucked ass on corner kicks and Deuce IMO is replacing Donovan as the go to guy for the Nats
    Sucked on corners? I thought his deliveries were fine particularly early in the game were good. Whipped in the ball with good pace, beat the first man, and ball wasn't too close to the goalie. What more can you ask for? Just because goals don't come from a corner doesn't mean the delivery was bad. As a Man United fan I am familiar with poor corners and Donovan's last night were far from poor.

    Dempsey is clearly our best player but I don't think Donovan is that far behind him. His workrate was good throughout the game and he helped contain Josh Simpson who gave Cherendolo trouble early. Ball for Altidore's first goal was good as well.

    It will be interesting to see if Ream-Goodson continues to be Bradley's first choice central pairing. Although I think he will give Onyewu a chance in the next game.

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    I still think Altidore lacks a quality first touch. Even though the Canadian keeper probably should have made that save, I give Jozy credit for receiving the ball with his back to the defender, and making a quick turn and shot.
    I think I like the pairing with Agudelo too. Agudelo's movement away from the ball seemed to create a bit more space for Jozy rather than his playing alone up top.

    win is a win, but i wasn't blown away. It's the US though, so what do you expect. Give credit to Canada too for continuing to press even when down 2-0.

    Big thumbs up to Tim Howard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucsdguy1 View Post
    I still think Altidore lacks a quality first touch. Even though the Canadian keeper probably should have made that save, I give Jozy credit for receiving the ball with his back to the defender, and making a quick turn and shot.
    No doubt but the lack of a quality first touch is something that almost every American player lacks.
    Quote Originally Posted by ucsdguy1
    I think I like the pairing with Agudelo too. Agudelo's movement away from the ball seemed to create a bit more space for Jozy rather than his playing alone up top.
    I thought Agudelo was average but he was at least lively. The US is clearly a lot better and more comfortable when playing in a 4-4-2 but I do understand why Bradley was experimenting with a 4-2-3-1 since we have a number of quality central midfielders particularly when Holden is healthy. Really would have been interested to see how he would play Holden, he's favored him wide right but he was dynamite playing in a midfield three for Bolton.

    Anyways Agudelo is promising but I thought his runs were a bit naive especially when the US was countering. He was getting far to close to Altidore and ultimatley bogged down attacks by clogging things up. Still think he should start alongside Altidore in the next game.

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    Keep the Ream-Goodson pairing against Panama or put Lichaj in at LB and move Boca to CB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kba4life2 View Post
    Keep the Ream-Goodson pairing against Panama or put Lichaj in at LB and move Boca to CB?
    I think it's worth it to keep the same backline, of course it would be great to have a more offensive option at LB since Bocanegra obviously isn't great at getting forward but they kept a clean sheet and looked good as a unit. Ideally we would want an LB who can overlap and deliver a good ball into the box especially since Dempsey's free to drift inside. But we don't really have that option right now especially since Lichaj is natural RB anyways. Would like to see Ream-Goodson be giving another game as well. We know what Bocanegra gives us at CB.

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    USA down 2-0 against Panama. Bob Bradley is getting out coached AGAIN. There's no way they can come back with no clear control of the midfield and the Panamanian players are too big and strong to get pushed around.

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