June 14th, 2009, 10:57 AM #611
Anyone watching Confederations Cup? I get to send this in HD to Latin America. Iraq and South Africa was typical sub standard soccer, hopefully Spain and New Zealand can put on a better show.
June 14th, 2009, 05:55 PM #612
June 15th, 2009, 08:58 AM #613
Well that was an exciting game. Kaka wins it for Brazil at the death.
June 15th, 2009, 10:07 AM #614
watchin every game. Spain was better in every single way..
Originally Posted by Mr. Irreverent
Brazil/Egypt just wrapped up and turned into quite the exciting match! While a very tough call, thought the ref got the hand ball right..
USA/Italy in about an hour and a half. I'll be leaving work for the pub in about an hour....
June 15th, 2009, 02:11 PM #615
gonna take me a long time to digest this one. (i'm distraught and have a few pints in me)
Thought Clark's red card was overly harsh. Yes, you can't go late and follow through like that. Should never have given the ref the opportunity. But looked to me like a solid yellow.
Too bad - they weren't playing half bad to that point. Open misses from Bradley and Altidore early were unforgivable.
Our midfield fell apart once the 2nd half rolled around. We went from one-touch passing and tactical spacing to running around in different directions, 50 feet apart.
If anything, I hope Clark missing the next match (red card) will force Bradley to start Torres in midfield.
US gives up way too much space in midfield. Pretty much all 3 of italy's goals came because they had ridiculous amounts of room to maneuver. Guys getting beat, then standing and watching the ensuing attack.
Rossi's two goals were class shots for sure...that ****ing piece of **** ******* ****ing traitor
(sorry it slipped)
Not so sure I liked Bradley's substitutions.
Thought the ref botched a penalty call when Donovan was clearly kneed in the back and taken down, but can't expect to be awarded 2 penalties in one game.
Spector looked okay in back. I like Demerit too, yet I feel as soon as Bocanegra is healthy Bob will put him right back in.
Gooch was okay, but probably should not have whiffed on that 2nd goal.
I really, really hope Torres plays thursday.
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June 15th, 2009, 03:03 PM #616
Absolutely stupid play by Clark to get the red...although the call was bs. I thought Bradley was a beast, great tackles all over the field and effectively joined the rush...should have converted that opportunity in the box though. I thought overall they played fairly decent, but being down a man for 60 minutes to Italy is a death wish. I definitely want to see Adu AND Torres starting against Brazil...
June 15th, 2009, 06:30 PM #617
**** Rossi. If I lived anywhere around Jersey, I'd egg his house. Piece of ****...
All things considered, I didn't think we looked that bad. Italy is a great team. We did fall apart after Clark got the boot, but like KBA said, being down a man for an hour, it could've been worse.
June 16th, 2009, 01:18 AM #618
Everyone wants Torres to play. There is no way Torres, Feilhaber, Donovan, Bradley, and Dempsey can all play in the same midfield together. There is exactly one ball winner in that group, Bradley. While those five are probably the most skilled midfielders the US has, there is no way they can keep the ball under pressure against top sides in order to make it work like Spain can or like Brazil when they are on there game can.
Once the ball is lost who is going to win it back? Also with that sort of set up, you are asking Bradley to simply play a holding role when he is one of our better players going forward.
The best midfield set up we have is what we played yesterday. With Clark's spot a competition between him, Edu, Jones (the German), Mastroeni. And Feilhaber's spot a competition between him, Adu, Torres, and Kljestan. I'd like it if Donovan would stick to playing on the wing, he has the tendency to drift into the middle. Not surprising since he's always played there but at the top level his best games have come playing wide.
June 16th, 2009, 01:27 AM #619
Spector was one of our best players today. If he stays healthy he will own that RB spot for a long time. He is easily our best option right now. Wynne is way to raw. Cherendolo has been a solid member of the team but Spector has more upside and 'Dolo's size makes him a liability against the big European squads.
Originally Posted by ucsdguy1
Of course Bocanegra should be automatic first choice CB. He is basically our only CB who can play a ball smartly rather than just hoofing it out of danger, essential at the highest international level. I don't have much confidence in Demerit or Califf for that matter. The depth at CB is pretty scary. I'm hoping a guy like Chad Marshall can emerge perhaps at the Gold Cup to become a solid option.
June 16th, 2009, 06:25 AM #620
Johnson to Liverpool for 17 million, I think they over paid for this guy. Is he talented? Yes. Does he solve any pressing Liverpool problem areas? I remain to be convinced. Either way 17 million plus the potential sale of Arbeloa and Dossena to fund this is too much IMO.
BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | L | Liverpool | Liverpool poised to sign Johnson
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