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Matchday: USA-Canada

Greetings from Soldier Field.......

Beautiful day on the banks of Lake Michigan. Well, other than the parking fee ($30 -- are you kidding me??).

As you have known for hours by reading the Insider, Kasey Keller will start tonight and earn his 100th cap. The rest of the lineup:

Keller
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Hejduk
Bocanegra
Onyewu
Bornstein
Mastroeni
Bradley
Beasley
Dempsey
Johnson
Donovan

Reserves: Howard, Feilhaber, DeMerit, Simek, Clark, Twellman, Mapp
Not in uniform: Ching, Ralston, Parkhurst, Spector, Guzan

Canada: Onstad; Jazic, Hastings, Hainault, Bernier; De Guzman, De Rosario, Nash, Hutchinson, Stalteri; Gerba.

Please use this forum for pregame, in-game and postgame commentary. I will try to return very late tonight with some bonus quotes and player ratings, but with a dawn flight Friday morning to Salt Lake City, I might have to skip it. My apologies.

Enjoy.....

By Steve Goff  |  June 21, 2007; 5:52 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Let me be the first to say, Bornstein and Hejduk d'oh.

Posted by: FreeDC | June 21, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Any idea what the Canada lineup is?
Goo Canucks!

Posted by: Garret | June 21, 2007 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Nepotism is alive and well!!!

Seriously why is Mike Bradley the guy with the most minutes this tourney?

Feilhaber is so much better then Bradley, its a crime that he isn't starting.

Posted by: Johnny | June 21, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Almost hoping Gooch picks up another yellow today so I don't have to watch him stumble around in the final.

Posted by: Jason | June 21, 2007 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I was expecting Gooch to sit, Canada's danger is not up front, and hopefully we'll need him to stare down Borgetti on Sunday.

Posted by: TakomaTip | June 21, 2007 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Onyewu, Hejduk, and Mastroeni all in the same lineup? Red card coming in T-minus 23 minutes.

Posted by: tdazeddc | June 21, 2007 7:02 PM | Report abuse

So the only changes from the last match are Keller and Johnson? Feilhaber should definitely be in there instead of Bradley at this point. Bradley isn't bad, and deserves to get some playing time, but he's nowhere near the point where he should be starting every game.

But I'm glad to see Ralston not in uniform after his performance last week.

Posted by: Shatz | June 21, 2007 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Why does it look like the stadium is empty? I definitely thought it would draw a large crowd! Anyways GO USA!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: DC UNnited Fan | June 21, 2007 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Hejduk and Bornstein should not be the first choice fullbacks. Hopefully, Hejduk picks up a yellow so he's out for the final forcing Bradley to pick Spector or Simek.

I didn't believe in the whole nepotism angle at first but the more playing time that Bradley gets over Feilhaber really makes me start to wonder. There was one game where Bradley seemed to run around like a chicken with his head cut off when in a 3 man midfield with Feilhaber and Mastroeni.

Posted by: Jared | June 21, 2007 7:07 PM | Report abuse

At this point I almost have to say that Coach Bradley is definitely showing favoritism to little Bradley. Now, I'm not taking anything away from Bradley, who will be an important defensive mid player for the USMNT for years to come, but I think most people agree that Feilhaber is much better and would improve the US attack/possession game. Hejduk must be retired already, please.

Posted by: G-Dub | June 21, 2007 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Already, one minute into the game and Hejduk has showed off half his game - wasting multiple opportunities to provide meaningful service. Now he needs to just make a reckless tackle, leaving his feet far too early, and it'll be just like old times.

Posted by: G-Dub | June 21, 2007 7:11 PM | Report abuse

"spread the welfare"

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2007 7:12 PM | Report abuse

That was a nice hospital pass back to Keller.

Posted by: Jared | June 21, 2007 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Is it me, or is the center line at Soldier Field as crooked as Serie A?

Posted by: Matt | June 21, 2007 7:16 PM | Report abuse

The canucks have been getting in some cheap shots on Keller because of the terrible back passes to him.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2007 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Boca should be off for that challenge.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2007 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Jesus, Bocanegra nearly killed De Guzman right there. Lucky to only get a yellow.

Posted by: Luis | June 21, 2007 7:37 PM | Report abuse

So much for the Hejduk haters. Beauty one-timer.

Posted by: Joe S. | June 21, 2007 7:49 PM | Report abuse

So what have we learned so far? Bradley sucks. Keller is a bit of a liability. And the Canadians are playing a lot better than I thought they would. They're not just America Jr anymore. But they've been running very hard, and I think they must have gotten tired at the end there.

3 yellow cards to 0 seems pretty unfair at this point. And after those two late goals, I guarantee Canada will be looking for blood as soon as that second half whistle blows. Watch out.

Posted by: Shatz | June 21, 2007 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Bradley sucks? What game are you watching? He is everywhere.

Posted by: Mountaineer Pride | June 21, 2007 8:05 PM | Report abuse

"3 yellow cards to 0 seems pretty unfair at this point."

I actually thought we were fairly lucky. IMO Bocanegra should have been sent off for that challenge. I thought the worst call to go against us was the lack of a handball at the top of the area rather than a lack of cards. I'm not really sure what you would have given them to Canada for. Some of the shots on Keller?

Also, how legit was Donovan's card? Did the English language broadcast show a replay?

Posted by: Tim | June 21, 2007 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Bradley's had the strongest game of anyone out there so far. No poor passes, no dumb fouls, no wrist kissing...

Posted by: Matt | June 21, 2007 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm not arguing the 3 cards. But the De Guzman foul on Dempsey deserved a card I thought. It was similar to the foul that got Bornstein a card.

Bradley continues to miss on several passes.

Posted by: Shatz | June 21, 2007 8:10 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Mountaineer Pride and Matt, Bradley's had a great game. IMHO, should have been Feilhaber in the middle with Jr. and Mastro, and EJ on the bench. Even though Hey-Dude got the goal, I don't think I'd be too upset if he picked up a yellow in this match.

Posted by: DCUfanSE | June 21, 2007 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Hejduk had one good cross in the first half and one goal. Who woulda thunk it?

Defense looks confused. Forwards are too. Landy ignored Mastroieni and lucked out that Frankie put it away. They looked like the mid-late '90s team that waited for passes to come to them.

What happened to the Rasta dance?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 21, 2007 8:14 PM | Report abuse

As i clicked submit, Landon whiffed. Soon to be most popular video on Mexican fans' YouTube sites.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 21, 2007 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Donovan's miss was one of the most hilarious things I've ever seen. He didn't even hit the ball. Brutal.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2007 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh landy

Posted by: Pino | June 21, 2007 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Landycakes, Landycakes, that's karma for all the wrist kissing, you look like a fool and don't get the easy goal.

Agree that Bradley has played very well winning the ball. Hejduk obviously deserves credit for the well taken goal, but he is still wasting possession, whether its a bad touch, bad pass or something intended to be a cross.

Posted by: G-Dub | June 21, 2007 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Bradley sure does like to hang on to his subs for too long.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2007 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Time for some Simek delivered payback.

Posted by: Beauregard | June 21, 2007 8:43 PM | Report abuse

No way that was a red. Terrible call. It was a professional foul in midfield, a yellow card nothing more. Too bad for Bradley, he had a great game tonight.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2007 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that was a goal. More terrible officiating

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2007 8:59 PM | Report abuse

the problem was that is was so high right into the back of the guy's knees. That's why it was red. "Any tackle that endangers the safety of an opponent is serious foul play" according to FIFA. Red card.

Posted by: Glenn | June 21, 2007 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Whoa. That looked like a legit goal. The Canadiense are P@!##!ed-off. Yikes. Go USA.

Posted by: T. Henry | June 21, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the US really lucked out there because that final play wasn't offsides and the goal should have counted. What the hell is with the US, they can't keep up this pattern of starting well, failing to kill off the game, and then hanging on for dear life. Not that it's good to see anyone suspended, but I'm glad both Hejduk and Bradley are gone for the final.

Posted by: G-Dub | June 21, 2007 9:03 PM | Report abuse

That looked like a legit goal. Yikes.

I thought Bradley played a great game mopping up all the other players' mistakes. Guess it's a moot point with his red.

Posted by: Chris K | June 21, 2007 9:06 PM | Report abuse

They had this game killed off and then Landy whiffed on an open net.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2007 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Twellman, great kick to the Canadian player. If the Canadian player was offside, he was off by maybe half of a step.

Posted by: Jason | June 21, 2007 9:07 PM | Report abuse

At least two missed chances in the second half. I wonder why Feilharber does not start -- he seems composed on the ball and has good vision.

Was it that obvious a blown call at the end? Looked like the Canadian was off, then maybe on when Bocanegra stepped back (why?), but perhaps the ball was played by then? Regardless, very close call.

Posted by: teamn | June 21, 2007 9:10 PM | Report abuse

That offside call was awful. Canada ought to be pissed off. I'm happy that we won, but not this way. Canada looked better after their first goal. They played with alacrity, unlike us, who knocked lazy passes around like we were in pre-match warm ups.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 21, 2007 9:11 PM | Report abuse

So I paid more attention and kept my eye on Bradley in the second half, and I'll admit that he had a good game. That is until that last tackle. Definitely deserved a red, no doubt. Any sliding tackle from behind where you have no chance at getting the ball deserves a red.

But what an entertaining match! The Canadians were definitely worthy opponents, and it was good to see us get the win while playing against some actual solid competition.

Go Guadeloupe!

Posted by: Shatz | June 21, 2007 9:11 PM | Report abuse

That is just awful. Shame on USA for dirty play, shame on referees for a crap job.
Canada deserved the win....at least extra time...

Posted by: Garret | June 21, 2007 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Just to put it out there, but the US team reminds me too much of the Wizards

B. Bradley = Eddie Jordan
good not great, slow to make adjustments, stubborn, never tries to game the ref, seriouosly hated by a subset of fans

Twellman/E. Johnson = J. Hayes
Hejduk = Ruffin
Beasley = Jamison
Donovan = Arenas
Dempsey = Butler

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2007 9:16 PM | Report abuse

OK the match is over
Copa America call ups?

Posted by: Zero | June 21, 2007 9:17 PM | Report abuse

doesn't look like it was offsides, but you can't really say it was a goal - the us players stopped playing at the whistle, the play was already dead.

Posted by: pat | June 21, 2007 9:20 PM | Report abuse

that goal at the end was not offside at all.. terrible call. This is where... I hate to say it but, they should use instant replay... but only in a goal-scoring situation. The game has gotten too fast for the refs to keep up.

Posted by: ggg | June 21, 2007 9:20 PM | Report abuse

onyewu still makes too many sloppy plays to be the defacto US centerback. his extremely poor play in the first half and the last second howler of a "clearing" header should have been/nearly were Canada/s best chances. both he and bocanegra looked off their games tonight. bradley and maestro saved the US's bacon all night long. bring on parkhurst.

Posted by: schnikes | June 21, 2007 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Michael Bradley can read an opposing offense and intercept passes, but doesn't have a clue on offense and is only good at finding the nearest man after the intercept. This point is furthered by his $#!+e attempt on goal in the first half where I've seen 6th graders do better. Feilhaber's much better...nepotism at it's finest. Youtube will be all over the ending as it wasn't offsides from either the Canadians' positions or Onyewu's back-header...should've gone to OT and you know we'd have lost it with the 10 men and no momentum. Terrible performance by the MNT. Bradley ought to be ashamed. BTW, can we please start practicing how to finish and shoot from outside of the box? We haven't had anyone decent at that since Earnie Stewart and Joe Max-Moore.

Posted by: fcmuenchweiler | June 21, 2007 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Well, Micheal Bradley is a Holding Midfielder, not an Attacking Midfielder and in that respect he played very well. BTW, His shot wasn't as $#!*& as Donovan's attempt.

Posted by: Red Devil | June 21, 2007 9:37 PM | Report abuse

"BTW, can we please start practicing how to finish and shoot from outside of the box? We haven't had anyone decent at that since Earnie Stewart and Joe Max-Moore."

Two words for ya... Ben Olsen

Posted by: Shatz | June 21, 2007 9:38 PM | Report abuse

"That is just awful. Shame on USA for dirty play, shame on referees for a crap job."
"Canada deserved the win....at least extra time..."

Garret you are an absolute moron with your comment. At no point in the game did the US play dirty. Derosario tried to headbutt a US player but of course that's not dirty. If Canada deserved to win they would not have been dependent on a late goal in the 5th minute of extra time in which the whistle should have been blown!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2007 9:48 PM | Report abuse

"That is just awful. Shame on USA for dirty play, shame on referees for a crap job."
"Canada deserved the win....at least extra time..."

Garret you are an absolute moron with your comment. At no point in the game did the US play dirty. Derosario tried to headbutt a US player but of course that's not dirty. If Canada deserved to win they would not have been dependent on a late goal in the 5th minute of extra time in which the whistle should have been blown!

Posted by: john | June 21, 2007 9:48 PM | Report abuse

"That is just awful. Shame on USA for dirty play, shame on referees for a crap job."
"Canada deserved the win....at least extra time..."

Garret you are an absolute moron with your comment. At no point in the game did the US play dirty. Derosario tried to headbutt a US player but of course that's not dirty. If Canada deserved to win they would not have been dependent on a late goal in the 5th minute of extra time in which the whistle should have been blown!

Posted by: john | June 21, 2007 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Relieved the US won
Frustrated how they finished
Hoping for a better showing in the final

Posted by: Shin guard | June 21, 2007 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Just FYI, when Gooch deflects the ball, the Canadian was a full body lentgh offsides (thank you freeze-frame). And for those of you who state that Gooch playing the ball does not mean the player was offsides, from FIFA's "Laws of the Game 2006": "Gaining an advantage by being in that position means... or playing a ball that rebounds to him off an
opponent having been in an offside position."

Posted by: Offside was Legit | June 21, 2007 10:18 PM | Report abuse

That game left a bad taste in my mouth.

So if Guadeloupe wins tonight, USA can literally forfeit the final game and still qualify for the Confederations Cup, right?

Posted by: Juan-John | June 21, 2007 10:23 PM | Report abuse

RD, agreed about Bradley being a holding MF, but you have to agree that Feilhaber is much better in that role. I just don't like the favoritism by Coach Bob at the moment. Aloso agree on Donovan's miss. Can we please find someone else to take the penalties? I mean if he misses sitters... Shatz, good call (maybe Bradley will read this blog and identify the need for Benny-O).

Posted by: fcmuenchweiler | June 21, 2007 10:29 PM | Report abuse

The question on the offside is whether that was a controlled "play" by Gooch or was it a deflection. However, what matters is the position of the player when it was last played by his teammate, not when it deflected to him off of Gooch's head. Definitely a close play. There have been many dodgy offside calls in this tournament.

Posted by: Glenn | June 21, 2007 10:30 PM | Report abuse

We need a PK shooter who doesn't have to find his center, or meditate, or any of that Deepak Chopra bulls**t. Kick the damn ball already or get a yellow for wasting time.

EJ, sigh, EJ. He played better than previous matches, but still an average performance.

"So if Guadeloupe wins tonight, USA can literally forfeit the final game and still qualify for the Confederations Cup, right?"

:-) Yeah. But we'd look stupid if Guadeloupe siezes the opportunity by formally declaring independence and joining FIFA.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 21, 2007 10:54 PM | Report abuse

more fuel to the fire that the refs are biased to make a us v. mex final.

Posted by: 59 | June 21, 2007 10:58 PM | Report abuse

The assistant ref on that sidline had been calling offside tighter than the lid on a pickle jar. The guy made two calls in the first half that were about equally as close and that could have gone either way.

Posted by: Pino | June 21, 2007 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Ugh... yet again the USMNT fails to kill a game it has well in hand and finds itself flailing around just to hold on. Whatever the question is, EJ is not the answer... And am I the only one who has the sense that Bradley hasn't figured out how to take advantage of Dempsey's skills?

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 21, 2007 11:39 PM | Report abuse

I-270, I don't care what LD does -- but his last two PKS have just gone off of center. If the keeper guesses correctly, he could stop it with one hand.

Posted by: RK | June 21, 2007 11:43 PM | Report abuse

and if the 4 minutes had been upheld (4 minutes was BS to start with) then there would have been no offside debate.

Posted by: qtip | June 21, 2007 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else watching the the Guadelupe Mexico game, and being very impressed with Guadelupe?

Posted by: Pino | June 21, 2007 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Best player in the game was Bradley (and I went into the game not liking him). Eddie Johnson made some moves...but still cowers every time he turns to goal...and then lays it off to someone else (and I find that sad because I really want him to play like I know he can). Keller has lost it. He was the biggest liability.

Posted by: P | June 21, 2007 11:53 PM | Report abuse

GLP looks good.

Feilhaber should start.

Boca is the liability how he is the Capt is beyond me. Howard should be #1.

Posted by: jkr | June 21, 2007 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Prediction: USA 3 Mex 1.
LD#10 will have 2 goals. He gets up for Mexico. Feilhaber will be serving it up.

Posted by: jkr | June 22, 2007 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Just FYI, when Gooch deflects the ball, the Canadian was a full body lentgh offsides (thank you freeze-frame). And for those of you who state that Gooch playing the ball does not mean the player was offsides, from FIFA's "Laws of the Game 2006": "Gaining an advantage by being in that position means... or playing a ball that rebounds to him off an
opponent having been in an offside position."

Posted by: Offside was Legit | June 21, 2007 10:18 PM

Er. Just FYI. It doesn't matter which US player does what with the ball. If the US player plays the ball to a Canadien player (even if the Canuck is offsides), its fair game. However, if the offensive player is offsides BEFORE his teammate plays it (regardless it deflects off a defensive player or not), then he is offsides. And vice-versa. Gee wiz.

Posted by: Memphis Rookie | June 22, 2007 12:09 AM | Report abuse

I didn't see the game, but based on what i've been reading the call was wrong (although nearly impossible for the refs to call correctly) and Memphis Rookie's explanation is correct.

Posted by: Rookie is right | June 22, 2007 12:23 AM | Report abuse

"Anyone else watching the the Guadelupe Mexico game, and being very impressed with Guadelupe?"

The GLP goalie in the 1st half was really good.

The announcers on Telefutura said the Mexicans were getting plenty of chances but just not finishing.

That golazo by Mexico in the 2nd half was pretty impressive, though.

Posted by: Juan-John | June 22, 2007 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Uh, I was watching the FSC telecast where I clearly saw Hume (Canuck sub) make two off the ball (and after the play) fouls that should have been carded.

He should have been tossed, thus making him unable to score the Canuck goal.

Maybe the goal disallowed was a makeup call? Regardless, he was an absolute @55hole.

Posted by: Viv | June 22, 2007 12:47 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Otro anónimo | June 22, 2007 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Outside of a late cross, Bornstein was awful (2 or 3).

Posted by: 12th man | June 22, 2007 7:29 AM | Report abuse

No Reyna, McBride, Pope = no leadership. We need some savy play to kill off these games. I've never been a Reyna fan, but his absence is being felt.

Posted by: London Dan | June 22, 2007 7:51 AM | Report abuse

I didn't realize Real Madrid was in the Gold Cup. How'd I miss that?
...
Nobody has mentioned Beasley's Feet of Stoneâ„¢. The way passes were bouncing off his feet, he looked like Tony Sanneh out there. I like what he brings to the team, but I wish he'd work on recieving the ball and keeping it rather than having it bounce into a 50-50 challenge.

Posted by: Stevan | June 22, 2007 7:54 AM | Report abuse

"Boca is the liability how he is the Capt is beyond me"

Lay off Boca. That was definitely his worst game (lots of fouls, and *almost* cost us the game when he stepped back to bring the Canadian onsides). But Boca has been our best defender this whole tournament until last night, and probably one of the top 5 players on the team. I'm not sure though if he's the best fit for Captain. There doesn't seem to be any standout candidate for captain on this team. Actually, I'm kind of surprised that Michael Bradley isn't the captain. ;-)

But at least we should all agree that Coach did a pretty good job with his substitutions in this game (for once). The Feilhaber for Johnson sub was smart, and Benny's sliding clearance of the ball off the 6-yard line before it could get to the Canadian striker might have saved a goal.

Posted by: Shatz | June 22, 2007 8:45 AM | Report abuse

any word on the copa america callups and who dc is going to lose for a couple weeks?

Posted by: pat | June 22, 2007 8:49 AM | Report abuse

No petitions PLEASE!

Bradley played a great game!! The red card was a little odd - WHY do that in the middle of the field with defenders back?? Oh well - he played great.

Posted by: NO | June 22, 2007 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, Bradley did play really well all game. He was very composed. And had Landon not whiffed, the game was over at 3-0.

But, Cmon. Someone needs to step up and be a leader in the last 15 minutes of the game. Our backs look spastic, and we just start booming the ball downfield. It could be a rough ending against Mexico if we do the same thing.

And, must say, that is the most suspect I have ever seen Keller.

Anyway, we won the games we were supposed to win (with a little help). You have to give them credit for making the final.

Posted by: Hacksaw | June 22, 2007 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Bradley played well til that idiotic foul... is what I meant to say....

Also, how bizzare is it that a Mexican ref made a call in favor of the US? I actually thought he was pretty fair all game, although I think the Canadians put in a goon at the end who should have been tossed.

Posted by: Hacksaw | June 22, 2007 9:02 AM | Report abuse

We've been discussing the lack of consistency with the USMNT kits. Now, check out the new women's kits...gold???

http://www.ussoccer.com/sights/index.jsp_photoGallery-330-1.html#

Posted by: RK | June 22, 2007 9:12 AM | Report abuse

"We've been discussing the lack of consistency with the USMNT kits. Now, check out the new women's kits...gold???"

I just puked in my mouth a little

Posted by: Pino | June 22, 2007 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Here's the deal on the offside call. There are two key moments.

First, at the time the ball was first struck by the Canadian, was the other, scoring Canadian in an onside position (equal to, or further from goal, than second-to-last defender? If so, it's a goal. Case closed.

Second, did Gooch play the ball or did he merely deflect it? If he played it, it's a goal, whether or not the guy was offside when the ball was first played by his teammate. If he merely deflected it, then it's a goal if the scoring Canadian was onside when the ball was first struck by his teammate; but it's not a goal if he merely deflected it and the scoring Canadian was offside when the ball was played by his teammate.

Posted by: Grade 8 | June 22, 2007 9:18 AM | Report abuse

"But, Cmon. Someone needs to step up and be a leader in the last 15 minutes of the game. "

Right. Give the armband to someone else or give Landon a stern talking to. Sorry, but I would lose confidence if my captain can't get the players focused and has to play head, shoulders, knees, and toes before taking a PK.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 22, 2007 9:19 AM | Report abuse

"We've been discussing the lack of consistency with the USMNT kits. Now, check out the new women's kits...gold???"

Gold? Where the **** is there gold on the US flag? The only bright side of Heather Mitts knee injury is that she doesn't have to wear *that*.

The photography sucks though. It looks like someone shut the vertical blinds in a Holiday Inn Express room and said "hold the soccer ball and stand here."

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 22, 2007 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I think Hope Solo -- also lucky enough to not have to wear the gold -- might be replacing Heather Mitts.

Posted by: RK | June 22, 2007 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Offsides: Tough call as from the line's perspective it looked like HUME (the Canadian skinhead) flicked the ball into Gooch making it look like a deflection.

Lucky for Gooch his poor play doesn't lead to extra time.

Gooch should be benched.

Posted by: delantero | June 22, 2007 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Hey Goff,

Have you heard who's on the Copa America roster for the US?

Posted by: Nobody | June 22, 2007 9:55 AM | Report abuse

"Offsides: Tough call as from the line's perspective it looked like HUME (the Canadian skinhead) flicked the ball into Gooch making it look like a deflection."

Agreed - it was the wrong call, but I can absolutely understand how it was made that way. If the referee had a better view, could he not have disregarded the linesman's flag and allowed the goal?

Posted by: Kev | June 22, 2007 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Boswell for Gooch? Beasley is looking more like a field goal kicker on the finishes. But hey, it's a win.

Posted by: Friendship Heights | June 22, 2007 9:59 AM | Report abuse

We started well, got the opener from a completely unlikely source (Hejduk? From outside the box?) and then the penalty. 2-0 was fair at halftime. Also, if Donovan ever misses a penalty for the US, he should be barred from ever taking them again due to his silly 20 minute interpretive dance before he actually takes the shot.

The beginning of the 2nd half was also ok. The game really turned when Iain Hume came on. Sure, he played like a man that had just been released prematurely from the local asylum, but it worked like a charm. We had no idea what to do about him.

The red card for Bradley was absolutely deserved. I had to stop reading the other comments after I saw someone try to pass that off as a yellow-only offense. He came in above the knee! From behind! That's how you end someone's career. Honestly, no one will have any right to complain if Bradley is handed a long suspension. That was a horrendous tackle.

Staying on that topic, Bocanegra was extremely lucky to stay on. Studs up, left the ground, and was nowhere near the ball. While we did get screwed over several times by the normally reliable Archundia, Canada had every right to feel aggreived.

On the injury time goal that never was, I don't even feel like entering the debate as to what the right call was. What is much more worrisome to me is that Gooch made a terrible header to put the Canadian striker (name escapes me at the moment) through on goal. That was a Hudson-era Stokes backheader.

Let's not lose perspective, though. We were the better team for an hour or so. We did our best to find a way to lose the game, and still couldn't manage to. We're in the final against Mexico, who have scraped into the final with a much more underwhelming tournament than ours.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | June 22, 2007 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Hey, I missed the game but I am very interested to see that dissallowed canada goal from the end of the game.

anybody know where one might find such a thing? It isn't up on footytube yet and it might never be.

Posted by: bribri | June 22, 2007 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Goff's away! Someone watch at the door and we'll talk about Poplar Point!

Posted by: Shh, he's coming. | June 22, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Did someone mention Poplar Point?

http://tinyurl.com/27vbh6

Posted by: Arrrlington | June 22, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Ironic that a Mexican ref messed it up on Canada's equalizer? The Canadian player was clearly onside, but hey, the whole tournament has had HORRID officiating.

The more games we saw up to this point, the more it becomes apparent that a US-Mexico final is what CONCACAF wanted.

Posted by: Vic | June 22, 2007 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Can we all pitch in some money to send DeMarcus to soccer camp this summer? I've grown tired of his terrible first touch and his one-time volleys that never get closer than 20 yards from the goal. It's sad that every time he does it, he looks at his teammate and makes that "nice pass" face, as if "next time" he'll get it right.

He makes smart runs. He tracks back well. He understands tactics. Now, let's mix some skill and touch into his game.

People get down on Freddie all the time, but at least he has some touch on the ball.

Posted by: DWE4 | June 22, 2007 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Goff --

Your match report says, "Once Onyewu made contact, an offside call should not have been an option."

Perhaps you should take a refereeing course?

Posted by: franz goffka | June 22, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I agree with London Dan about the lack of leadership on this team. Opposing teams should just try to pester and upset the Americans. They'll get stupid cards, ejected, make dumb plays, etc. There's no one on the team to settle things down and lead. Gooch should go and give the armband to Jimmy Conrad - he's the only one I can think of who shows maturity and leadership.

Posted by: marc | June 22, 2007 10:47 AM | Report abuse

i'd like to apologize for calling it 'offsides' instead of 'offside' in my post above.

Posted by: pat | June 22, 2007 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"We've been discussing the lack of consistency with the USMNT kits. Now, check out the new women's kits...gold???"

They look like Colombia or Ecuador... sad.

I like the USMNT in ALL WHITE... period.

Posted by: SoyManya! | June 22, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I just looked at Argentina's roster for Copa America, and am quite scared of the end result when the US plays them next week. Who on the US will be able to stop Tevez, Palacio, Riquleme, Crespo, and Messi. God help the US when they play Argentina. I predict 4-0 Argentina. As we say in Yiddish, Oy Vey!!!!!!!!

Posted by: DC United Fan | June 22, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

yes, the referee can always overrule his assistant. but at this level it almost never happens. If you are the referee you are focusing on other things and not looking for offside, and your position is not ideal to judge. That's what the assistant referee is there for. The Canadians had 94+ minutes to score two goals. The referees are human and they make mistakes just like the players do.

Posted by: Glenn | June 22, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Kasey looked klueless. Or maybe just slow.

I thought the yellow card for "diving" against LD was BS.

This has to be my best post ever. I kissed both my wrists before I typed it:)

Posted by: Mitch | June 22, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

""Beasley is looking more like a field goal kicker on the finishes.""

But Landon Donovan looks like Charley Brown!

Posted by: d | June 22, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

"The referees are human and they make mistakes just like the players do."

I agree with that Glenn, I posted about the overrule because I thought the referee could have noticed that the ball was touched by Onyewu and not Hume. I'm willing to bet that the linesman thought Hume touched it.

Posted by: Kev | June 22, 2007 11:46 AM | Report abuse

"Who on the US will be able to stop Tevez, Palacio, Riquleme, Crespo, and Messi."

Mastroieni can take out a couple with a two-footed tackle.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 22, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse

From Soccer by Ives:

"So I'm camped out, waiting for the word on the US Copa America roster only to get word a few minutes ago that the roster won't be released until 4pm Eastern Time. ARGHHH."

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | June 22, 2007 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Regarding that stadium post -- and thanks, arrrlington -- that's nonsense that it would be publicly funded, right? United will pay for the whole thing, isn't that the deal? Do people not get this?

Posted by: Shh, he's coming. | June 22, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

For all those decrying DMB's passing skills, did they miss the sitter that he set up for Donovan that should have been the 3rd US goal last night?

How about the Free kick in the Panama match that he took which was headed in for a goal?

Obviously, he's no Beckham, but he's better than a lot of you are giving credit for.

Posted by: Rick in Ashburn | June 22, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I really do not want to see Bob Bradley fired. Stability and leadership are certainly buzz words for this squad, and changing coaches (again) now would be more than a step backwards. That being written...

What in god's name is he doing? Of course, players must do the playing, but at what point does a coach no longer include players who seem never to play well - and when does that coach put players in the positions where they have been successful?

Let's not kid ourselves: three of the last four U.S. goals were lucky. Sure, two came on PKs. Donovan certainly was taken down versus Panama, but Beasley bought the call last night. And keep in mind that Donovan mis-hit the first PK into a save before being given the mulligan - and then proceeded to hit his last two straight up the gut. Sorry: that's never planned. Real PKers can hit either side netting with their eyes closed...and do so. Finally, Hejduk's goal was another "excuse me" finish that easily could have bounced out.

Which brings us to our real issue: why is Eddie Johnson even allowed in the stadium? Heck, I would not let him sit in a Chili's across the street from the stadium and watch the game on a big screen. For all his supposed "brilliance" in the MLS (is this further proof that this league still is fathoms weaker than other professional leagues?), he is beyond anemic at the top of the US "attack". Each time he is played the ball, he a)is off-sides (perhaps he is unclear of this rule) or b) heavy-foots a ball with his back to the goal and plays it backwards. He might be faster than most MLS defenders, but he cannot even generate one step on those from small Central American countries.

My favorite moment from last night's game had to have been in the second half, after Johnson had been dispossessed twice and back-passed another ball away in three consecutive touches...and then screamed across the field at Bornstein for crossing a ball into the 6-yard box instead of finding Johnson 18-yards out. (Eddie - he knows what you would have done with it...that's why you didn't get the ball.)

Truly, with Johnson up top and Dempsey NOT coming from the right midfield, it's like playing with 9.5 players.

While Hejduk certainly worked his tail off the entire match, he was one centimeter and a few milliseconds from being a goat. At 2-1, his challenges grew reckless and late - and it made me wonder why Spector or Simek had not been inserted.

Spector, Simek, Mapp, and Clark have all played well - each showing both speed and strength with the ball at their feet. Spector is more skilled with the ball on long runs and crosses than Hejduk, and Mapp has more speed - and knows when to get rid of the ball! - more than Dempsey. Has Clint even turned and shot a ball on target? I know I have seen plenty of his 1-on-3 dribbling escapades that invariably end in a change of possession - but I cannot seem to recall any shot coming off his foot. Even his header last night, saved by the thuggian Iain Hume, was an unlucky break but had little snap. Don't dance, Clint. Shot. One just might go in.

Poor Casey Keller looked rough...which stands to reason. No disrespect, but he cannot be in the goal against Mexico. And at least Michael Bradley - who played well - removed himself from the conversation.

Honestly, the advancement through this tournament has been a matter of luck punctuated by a very few timely plays and a handful of made...or missed...calls.

If Bob Bradley wants to beat Mexico, here's his line-up:
Howard
Spector
Bocanegra
Parkhurst
Bornstein/Simek (push)
Donovan
Feilhaber
Clark
Mapp
Ching
Twellman

Mark my words: Gooch won't make it through the first half because someone will deek him into a red card.

Posted by: Neil | June 22, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"For all those decrying DMB's passing skills, did they miss the sitter that he set up for Donovan that should have been the 3rd US goal last night?"

I saw it. Beasley put way too much on the ball. Landon should have kept his feet, but look at the position he was in. Way too close to the line and wide. With a softer touch from DMB, Landy could have just tapped it in.

Posted by: eli | June 22, 2007 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Have you ever liked anyone on the nats less than Landycakes? Ever? The OCD penalties, the inconsistent crossing, and the scariest thing of all - his talent seems to be going to waste. He's always been fast, but I assumed his 1v1 skills with his feet would improve at some point...I'm still waiting. Is speed and a moderate psychological disorder all he brings to the table?

Posted by: Cakes | June 22, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Some ideas for least favorite nats players of all time:

Landycakes, Mike Burns, Fernando Clavijo, Mike Sorber, Roy Wegerele

other suggestions?

Posted by: Cakes | June 22, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

"but Beasley bought the call last night"

Is that a joke? That was one of the most dead certain penalties I've seen. Beasley made a simple cut and the keeper dove at his legs. How did he buy it? That makes it seem that there wasn't a clear foul in the area - if he didn't go down, he'd be foolish.

Posted by: Kev | June 22, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Take a deep breath everyone, we won. It's nice to have the kind of talent on the team where we expect to trounce everyone. Gone are the days where we'd have been thankful for scrapping out a win with whatever luck we could get as underdogs. But yes, we all know this team can be, and should be much better. I think we know about the limitations and struggles of each player. We like that they are winning, but we want it convincing, we want it with style. We want our boys to play to their full potential, maybe even rise to the next level. We want them to listen to us about what it takes. We want their performances noticed by top clubs around the world so they can continue to be pushed and be ready to perform against the big teams, in the big games. It's not going to happen over night, but it is happening. I expect the USA to lift a World Cup before I die (which I hope gives us at least 65 years or about 15 tries). But first, we need to beat Mexico on Sunday. One trophy at a time...

Posted by: Sean G | June 22, 2007 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey Cakes - what was wrong with Mike Burns? Was he a jerk or something?

I was never, ever a fan of Eric Wynalda. The guy never played defense...as soon as he was dispossessed, he would just stop playing. Yeah, he scored a bunch of goals, but that only served to make him think that he was better than he actually was as a footballer.

Posted by: DE | June 22, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't have anything personally against Mike Burns or anyone else I mentioned. He was an ok player on a so-so team, during an era when our roster might as well have been Harkes, Wynalda, Tab Ramos, and 8 players plucked off a foosball table.

I just know that over the years there have always been guys who I never much cared to see in the USMNT lineup. Curious who other people would put in that category.

Posted by: Cakes | June 22, 2007 1:45 PM | Report abuse

"Some ideas for least favorite nats players of all time:

Landycakes, Mike Burns, Fernando Clavijo, Mike Sorber, Roy Wegerele

other suggestions?"

Daid Regis

Posted by: Rick in Ashburn | June 22, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

""For all those decrying DMB's passing skills, did they miss the sitter that he set up for Donovan that should have been the 3rd US goal last night?"

I saw it. Beasley put way too much on the ball. Landon should have kept his feet, but look at the position he was in. Way too close to the line and wide. With a softer touch from DMB, Landy could have just tapped it in"

This is where you and I disagree. Beasly made a great pass. Landon, trailing behind, should have anticipated the pass and made a wider run to begin with. Landon's run was too close to Beasley, making the pass much more difficult.

That being said, Donovan still should have put it in the back of the net.

Posted by: Rick in Ashburn | June 22, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8Kt7eNSwYA

around 6:15 in the video is the overtime offside/goal film

Posted by: emanon | June 22, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Neil:

Please come see me. Now.

- The boss

Posted by: Bring an empty box | June 22, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Re the stadium - I emailed the Post guy who wrote that, and he says that United wants $200 million worth of infrastructure improvements for the stadium. I didn't realize re-painting the metro station signs cost that much.
Let's make ourselves at home at RFK if United needs this much district money to do Agoos Memorial Stadium.

Posted by: shh | June 22, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

To me - the offside decision is justfied: the ball was played to someone in an offside position and in defending that player, the US defender deflected it to someone in an onside position. That makes the person in an offside position involved in the play. Tough decision, but I think just.

Posted by: RB | June 22, 2007 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"I didn't realize re-painting the metro station signs cost that much."

DC United fans won't need new signs, and who cares if NY fans get lost. It's only the dumb-@$$ tourists who didn't know to get off at Cleveland Park or Woodley Park for the Zoo. So Metro played a trick and made them walk uphill.

Can't they re-paint the signs at the same time they do it for the estadio beisball?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 22, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

"Mr. Goff --

Your match report says, "Once Onyewu made contact, an offside call should not have been an option."

Perhaps you should take a refereeing course?

Posted by: franz goffka"

You should take your own advice as offside is off the table as soon as Gooch touches the ball back. The AR missed it and obviously though a Canadian player touched it or didn't see the deflection period.

Posted by: papa bear | June 22, 2007 8:01 PM | Report abuse

All the infrastructure improvements would be for the whole of Poplar Point, not just the stadium.

Posted by: AlecW81 | June 22, 2007 9:31 PM | Report abuse

The ref is the same guy that screwed us against Honduras in 2004, check the Fox Soccer Report for the highlights. I guess red jerseys make him go blind.

Also, if or when Hume slightly deflected the ball to Onyewu, Hutchinson was still onside.

Posted by: anonymous | June 23, 2007 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Bob Bradley actually managed to look like a bigger idiot by the game.
Can we all agree now this is a total charade. There is not a worse in-game manager in international soccer.
What's Sunil's excuse for this one?
USSF company line anyone?
This guy is a joke and everybody knows it

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | June 23, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Papa Bear O'Reilly -- If you happen to check back and read this, all I can say is that you've picked a thoroughly appropriate screen name, since your comments about the offside call are loud-mouthed and wrong.

Posted by: franz goffka | June 28, 2007 5:15 PM | Report abuse

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