June 12th, 2010, 01:31 PM
- England is old
- Lampard and Gerrard don't work together
- USA's defense is pretty bad
- USA will get killed on the flanks (someone introduce the concept of defense to Donovan while you're at it)
- England is still good for the yearly Cloutier breakdown
June 12th, 2010, 01:40 PM
Fresh off the match I have my analysis!
England 1 v U.S. 1
Analysis: Well, all the hype, all the media, building up to this match, I thought it was some of the poorest quality football in the tournament thus far. I have watched all 5 games of the cup so far, and aside from France, these two teams looked the most disjointed and nervous. The quality strike in the beginning from Heskey to Gerrard in the 3rd minute looked to be a tell all of how the day would go. Tic tac passing, boom boom goal. U.S players losing their marks, playing long ball to no one, it was pretty bad. Then the shot heard round the world. Green blows a routine save, hell not even a SAVE, a pick up.... you would see an AYSO goalie make 9 times out of 10. As a goalie for 15+ years, 3 years of high school varsity and 2 of college div 2 soccer you are taught to ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS put your body in front of a ball no matter what. From there it seemed like England got flustered. And both teams really started to have a clustered game in the middle with passes going to no where, a lot of fouls, and particularly from England, terrible service from the wings. Both teams played great short possession games, but when it came to crossing, and long balls, they just went to nobody or were intercepted. Howard had some huge saves for the U.S. he held them in it no doubt. Rooney had a good 2nd half, but he really had no help, the service wasn't there, the space was. They couldn't get the ball to him. I felt bad for Rooney, he looked like he was as frustrated as the collective English crowd.
Final Verdict: U.S. should be happy with the result. England should not due to the circumstances. This game is by all means a 1-0 win to England. But the U.S. played some good enough defense, got some great goalkeeping, and a little bit of luck went there way. England had 2 subs within the first half, which shows little confidence in their personnel on the pitch. The leaders of England, Lampard, Terry, Heskey...they all had pretty awful games. There was absolutely no service in to their most dangerous striker, Rooney. Wright-Phillips, Lennon, Lampard just weren't hitting the mark AT ALL. England has a LOT of soul searching to do if they want to go deep in this tournament. The U.S. needs to ride some confidence, but realize, that there are definite things they need to work on. All in all i thought this was a match of disappointing quality, the passing, the touches....very poor. Algeria and Slovenia should take note of the struggle of both these teams in this match. I am not going with Lalas's celebrate this victory idea...because U.S. DEFINITELY has some things to work on. England even more.
Man of the Match: Tim Howard GK, if not for Howard the game was easily 3 or 4 to 1. Great game by Howard, as expected.
Last edited by Jaygokings!; June 12th, 2010 at 01:43 PM.
June 12th, 2010, 01:48 PM
I'm not watching the world cup (don't wanna, hate soccer) but it was on in a restaurant I was at for lunch today during the USA-England match.
What is that gawd awful buzzing sound? Sounds like the match is being played inside a bee hive.
June 12th, 2010, 02:13 PM
Just got back from the bar, place was jam-packed. That game was exhilirating, I can only imagine how intense it must have been for those who saw the game live.
Was very happy to get a point, considering how England dominated us for most of the game. Robert Green must have been the loneliest man in the world after letting in that goal. Happy we didn't lose, but our defense was flat out horrible and didn't give us any reason to feel hopeful about our chances of doing well this year.
I guess now I've officially got World Cup Fever!
June 12th, 2010, 02:19 PM
Maybe it is just me but I think some of the players are taking time to get used to either the African turf, the altitude, the ball or all three. Some of the passing has been appalling the last few games and some of the better players have been mis-controlling the ball, missing the target frequently or completely not finding their range of passing. Often it looks like the turf is playing a lot quicker than they are used to.
Ohh and Oneywu was damn good tonight.
Last edited by Crazy_Ivan; June 12th, 2010 at 02:22 PM.
June 12th, 2010, 02:59 PM
That would be thousands of people blowing into a Vuvuzela, a more or less traditional trumpet in South Africa. Whether that's a pleasant sound or not...that's a whole different story.
Originally Posted by IceDogsFan
I think the ball is a big issue. It bounces like crazy (noticed that in the Argentina game) and apparently doesn't behave very well once airborne.
Originally Posted by Crazy_Ivan;
June 12th, 2010, 10:41 PM
Well, If the total utter boredom of watching a soccer match doesn't drive you insane, the constant drone of those vuvuzela things sure would.
Originally Posted by Deadmarsh28
I feel sorry for those at the tournament.
June 13th, 2010, 01:12 AM
I don't even notice the vuvuzelas when I'm watching. I'd imagine most people actually paying attention to the game don't either.
June 13th, 2010, 05:21 AM
Looks like people will get their wish, although Patrice Evra blaming them for his sides sxxt performance is just taking the pxxs.
BBC Sport - Football - World Cup 2010: South Africa ponders vuvuzela ban
June 13th, 2010, 06:01 AM
Wow, now that is just stupid! Nice haircut, Mr. T would be proud.