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Matchday: USA-MEX

What a morning:

Half-hour delay getting out of Salt Lake, a packed Orange Line train from Midway Airport to Roosevelt stop, a 30-minute breathless walk with luggage among tens of thousands of Mexican supporters to Estadio Soldier.

Gametime.

USA lineup: Howard; Bornstein, Onyewu, Bocanegra, Spector; Feilhaber, Mastroeni, Beasley, Dempsey; Donovan, Ching.

Mex lineup: Sanchez; Salcido, Marquez, Magallon, Osorio; Pardo, Lozano, Medina, Guardado; Castillo, Borgetti.

In-game and postgame comments are always welcome here......

Enjoy!

By Steve Goff  |  June 24, 2007; 2:59 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

The refs are going the wrong way. The mexicans physical play will be our undoing if the refs don't start calling this two ways.

Posted by: gomez4prez | June 24, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Nice shot Dempsey

Posted by: BobF | June 24, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Both teams are playing great; wouldn't be surprised to see this game go to extra time at least. It has been a while since we have seen US play this well.

Posted by: Yo mama | June 24, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

So, is that goal a result of Gooch getting toasted or just poor overall defense?

Posted by: Jason | June 24, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately that was a well played goal. What do we have to do to get a good shot on goal?

Onyewu getting beat? shocker

Posted by: gomez4prez | June 24, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Onyewu,

Recently going through our lockers at the end of the season we came across an item you may have left here before you went to Newcastle.

Please call us as soon as possible so we can arrange to ship you your jock at your earliest convenience.

Yrs Trly,

Standard Leige

Posted by: Standard Liege Equipment Manager | June 24, 2007 3:58 PM | Report abuse

both teams are utilizing counterattacks; thus far, the more dangerous side is wearing green.

the goal certainly punctuates that.

landon and dempsy need to be more involved. beasley needs to be more effective when he gets the ball, running at players rather than dishing it off. outside backs need to come up the flanks to offer the team width on the attack. and castillo needs to be contained.

Posted by: longfellow | June 24, 2007 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Bornstein supposed to chase fast guys down the wing? Nice goal, but Mex got down the field faster on the back side.

Impressed with Mex foot speed. They always play quickly, but usually let the ball do the work. They are just plain running today.

They have had an intensity edge over US so far.

I've not been in agreement with all the Ref's decisions but he does seem to have control. The US yellow's seem weak.

Howard is just plain better than Keller right now.

Posted by: JkR | June 24, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The team needs to play it outside more. Too often they are turning the ball inside before they reach the 18yrd box. A few good crosses in (to the head of Ching or feet of Dempsey) will solve some problems.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: JayRockers! | June 24, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I thought the US was the more dangerous team up until the goal. Sanchez kept Mexico in the game. It's almost like its been the reverse of a typical US-Mexico match.

Posted by: Luis | June 24, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Can't blame Onyewu for that goal. There were two Mexican players crashing the goal, one running down the middle (covered by Spector), and one at the far post to put it in. Where was our captain? Oh he was jogging about 5 yards behind the play.

Very entertaining match so far. Both teams have had good opportunities. Hopefully we can put one or two in next half. I know he doesn't get a whole lot of respect in these forums, but I think we need Twellman out there.

Posted by: Shatz | June 24, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

US is playing conservatively. They need to open up the game with more speed.

Midfielders need to put a clamp on Castillo

Posted by: DisplacedMD | June 24, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Can't blame Gooch for that goal. Total defense breakdown.

Gooch by the way, is doing pretty well with his long ball distribution. I guess he learned something after all in the Premier League.

Dempsey and Donavan are tentative. They are lacking a sense of urgency and the killer instinct to put the goal in the net.

Posted by: displacedMD | June 24, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

US needs to finish its chances. Sanchez is coming up huge. The Mexican defense is also doing well to smother and block rebound shots.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the defense is looking really shaky.

Posted by: Jason | June 24, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

was that Gooch making a decent tackle in the box without mugging someone or do my eyes deceive me?

Posted by: northzax | June 24, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Dempsey's shot was joke, right?

Posted by: gomez4prez | June 24, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

odds on Landycakes up the middle?

Posted by: northzax | June 24, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

good call

How about Sanchez being a jacka$$ and blowing him a kiss?

Posted by: gomez4prez | June 24, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

For once, I will say that I love Landycakes and his wrist kissing.

Posted by: G-Dub | June 24, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Dirty sanchez

Posted by: i hate oswaldo sanchez | June 24, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Great volley! As a certain Kazakhstani would say, "Nice!"

Posted by: Jason | June 24, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

WOW!! Feilhaber

Posted by: BobF | June 24, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

WHAT A SHOT!!!!

Was that Joe Max-Moore re-incarnated?

Posted by: gomez4prez | June 24, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: G-Dub | June 24, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

WHAT A SHOT!!!!

Was that Joe Max-Moore re-incarnated?

Posted by: gomez4prez | June 24, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Golazo!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Poor ching....dang

Posted by: Bob | June 24, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Blanco's coming in, get ready for this game to get chippy.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I hate Sanchez!

Posted by: gomez4prez | June 24, 2007 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Come on Beas ... no need to try to rip that one.

Posted by: tmc | June 24, 2007 4:54 PM | Report abuse

no really, did Sanchez sell his soul or something? how many open goals can we possibly miss in one game?

Posted by: northzax | June 24, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Did Sanchez ever have a soul?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

That was the best I've seen Mexico play against the US in a while and they still couldn't win.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I hate Mexico!!

This game was amazing!! What a win!

Posted by: gomez4prez | June 24, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Man I hate Mexico!

SWEET game!!

Um Note to Beasley - Go back to finishing school - HEELLO!!

Posted by: BobF | June 24, 2007 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I just assumed that in place of Sanchez's soul, there was just roof tar and broken glass.

Posted by: gomez4prez | June 24, 2007 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Was that Benny Feilhaber or Benny Olsen playing? They are probably the only two guys in the country who make that shot :D

What a game. What a tournament!!! We deserved this win, and we showed that we are the best soccer nation in North and Central America.

Posted by: Shatz | June 24, 2007 5:05 PM | Report abuse

and for all his faults, it's nice to see Landy give an interview en espanol, a nice touch.

and the Univision USA girls are smokin!

Posted by: northzax | June 24, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what a match!

If we get any finishing at all, it's a 3 goal win.

Bornstein and Spector are good at getting forward dangerously, but seem so mediocre on defense. Simek defends and attacks with fewer compromises.

I thought that Twellman entering was fin, but for the wrong guy. I think Dempsey is more useful than Ching over 90 minutes. US almost regretted that.

Clark was strong. Great sub.

Gooch and Boca were solid. Feilhaber is no destroyer, but what a Golazo!

Landon tournament MVP?

Posted by: JkR | June 24, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Does Hugo Sanchez get fired after this game? So far Mexico hasn't looked very good and now he's lost twice to the US. Not good. He better hope that Mexico has a great Copa America.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see how it all worked out.

Too bad we really didn't score from open play. That would have put a stamp on the game.

Does Hugo get fired after the plane lands in Mexico, or do they just leave him here in the USA to think about his failures?

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: JayRockers! | June 24, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

and, of course, I was talking about Oswaldo, not Hugo. (sanchez)

Posted by: northzax | June 24, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

maybe Hugo wants the Fire job? then he'd never have to return to Mexico and face the wrath?

Posted by: northzax | June 24, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

ole ole ole ole ole ole ola,,
ole ole ole cada dia te quiero mas..
SOY, SOy del US, es un sentimiento que no puedo paraar...

Us te amo con toda mi corazon..

oooohhhhh lets go USAAAAA,
USAAAAA, USAAAA
Lets go USAAAAA

Posted by: lanorte | June 24, 2007 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I'd just like to add: HELL YEAH!

Posted by: RB | June 24, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

The only real question left in the U.S./Mexico rivalry is when are we going to win in Mexico City. Humorous, there is only one venue in the world left where the Mexicans can beat us.

And they have to wait 2 more years to do it.

USA! USA!

Posted by: Kyle | June 24, 2007 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Here's hoping Feilhaber gets a job with Hamburg. Gooch and Boca did well too.

Posted by: Nogra Rover | June 24, 2007 5:37 PM | Report abuse

USA USA LETS GO USAAAA
WHAT A GAME IN THE Second half

Posted by: dc united | June 24, 2007 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Great game. The US mids/forwards not named Feilhaber need to go to a shooting camp, but all in all it was a solid performance.

Posted by: noptov52 | June 24, 2007 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Always cheering for a fair result, it was a very nice game, free of the constant fouling and acting that can cripple what should always be a good match. Sanchez won't be fired. He will have his team make the second round of Copa America before bowing out of the tournament. U.S. should win the World Cup in our lifetime. Erratic performance up front is one of the team's seemingly perennial problems: A wondrous, terrific game-winning strike, coupled (followed) by amateur attempts at finishing the opponent. It didn't matter today, but it's the kind of stuff that makes you lose games against Ghana-caliber teams (I know. Ghana is a good African team, but U.S. should always beat them).
We'll see how it goes on foreign soil. Should be a great test for Bradley.

Posted by: DCU Fan | June 24, 2007 5:57 PM | Report abuse

This game had all the pressure in the world on both countries and their respective coaches. Pressure on Bradley that if he didn't win this match and then go to Copa America and get his ass handed to him would put major doubts on if he really was THE guy. Right now I would not want to be in Hugo Sanchez's shoes after this tournament. A loss to Honduras and a loss to the USA and weak showings against the other teams. OUCH!

Posted by: Felix | June 24, 2007 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm just waiting for Jason La Canfora to come on here and somehow find a way to say that this game showed that the USMNT is not very good and Bob Bradley should be fired.

Posted by: Shatz | June 24, 2007 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm always intrigued by those who say the U.S. should win a World Cup in our lifetime, considering we're going to have hell winning one in Europe or South America, because of the crowds. So, what people are saying is that in our lifetime, we'll either win a World Cup played in the U.S. (which takes such good fortune - ask Germany) or go abroad and take one in Asia, Africa, or Oceania.

I just don't see it. I do think, however, we'll place at some point in my lifetime.

Posted by: Kyle | June 24, 2007 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I realize this is very long, but the info is important---These are the Mexican rosters for the 2006 World Cup and the 2007 Gold Cup. Some amazing similarities . . !!!

Goalkeepers: Oswaldo Sanchez (Guadalajara), Jose de Jesus Corona (Tecos), Guillermo Ochoa (America)
Defenders: Jose Antonio Castro (America), Andres Guardado (Atlas), Rafael Marquez (Barcelona), Mario Mendez (Monterrey), Ricardo Osorio (Cruz Azul), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (Guadalajara), Carlos Salcido (Guadalajara), Claudio Suarez (Chivas)
Midfielders: Jesus Arellano (Monterrey), Rafael Garcia (Atlas), Ramon Morales (Guadalajara), Antonio Naelson Zinha (Toluca), Pavel Pardo (America), Luis Perez (Monterrey), Gonzalo Pineda (Guadalajara), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul)
Forwards: Jared Borgetti (Bolton), Omar Bravo (Guadalajara), Francisco Fonseca (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Franco (Villarreal)

MEXICO
GK: Jose De Jesus Corona (Tecos UAG), Guillermo Ochoa (Club América), Oswaldo Sanchez (Club Santos Laguna)
DF: Jose Antonio Castro (Club América), Rafael Marquez (FC Barcelona/ESP), Jose Jonny Magallon (CD Guadalajara), Ricardo Osorio (Stuttgart/GER), Fausto Pinto (Pachuca CF), Francisco Rodriguez (CD Guadalajara), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven/NED)
MD: Fernando Arce (CA Monarcas Moreila), Jose Andres Guardado (Atlas CF), Jaime Lozano (Tigres UANL), Alberto Medina (CD Guadalajara), Ramon Morales (CD Guadalajara), Pavel Pardo (Stuttgart/GER), Gerardo Torrado (CD SC Cruz Azul)
AT: Adolfo Bautista (CD Guadalajara), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Club América), Jared Borgetti (CD SC Cruz Azul), Omar Bravo (CD Guadalajara), Nery Castillo (Olimpiakos/GRE), Jose Francisco Fonseca (Tigres UANL)
Coach: Hugo SANCHEZ

Posted by: delant | June 24, 2007 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Point being we started 1 (Howard), 2 (Bornstein), 3(Spector), 4 (Feilhaber), 5 (Ching), FIVE players who didn't play a second in the World Cup!!!

Posted by: delantero | June 24, 2007 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Gooch reminds me of David Stokes.

How's them for figthin words?

Posted by: delant | June 24, 2007 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I think the turning point of the game was the substitution of R. Clark for Mastroeni at the half.

this move had several implications:
1. Mastroeni already had received a yellow in the first half. and given his history of slide tackes, you can say it was going to be a certainty for him to receive a 2nd one in the 2nd half which would put the US with 1 man down and the game away for them
2. Clark definitely played better defense and contained Castillo-Guarnado combo which were giving the US defense lots of fits
3. Clark certainly hold his own in the midfield allowing the forwards to push a lot more up
4. is it time yet to say that Bradley is more versatile and more willing to change no matter who the players are instead of what-his-name-again who is now coaching the NY Redbulls :-)

yes i am sure lots of you wondered what the hell kinda formation was he thinking about. but he has proven in this tournament that every game he had a different line up. maybe to rest the players. or maybe just to give the US a fighting chance to win.

earlier i was questioning his line-up for Copa America. Now i am wondering what the hell Bradley has up his sleeves. He is looking more and more to be a Master Tactician.

Posted by: displaced | June 24, 2007 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Oswaldo Sanchez,

You are a dancing nancy.

GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL de LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS!!!!

Posted by: del | June 24, 2007 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Dear Oswaldo Sanchez,

Golazo, Golazo, Golazolazolazo, GOL!

EEUU 2, Mexico 1

Posted by: delantero | June 24, 2007 7:33 PM | Report abuse

What a goal. Wow. Wow. It's been several hours and, uh, Wow. I'd like to be more constructive, but...wow.

Posted by: Feilheber for President | June 24, 2007 7:50 PM | Report abuse

What a goal. Wow. Wow. It's been several hours and, uh, Wow. I'd like to be more constructive, but...wow.

Posted by: Feilheber for President | June 24, 2007 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Goff, what happened with the mexican player after the match-who bimped heads with spector? Thanks

Posted by: i hate oswaldo sanchez | June 24, 2007 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Btw, frankie heyduk has a guest spot on "the gilmore girls" next week.

Posted by: i hate oswaldo sanchez | June 24, 2007 8:03 PM | Report abuse

US v. Mexico at Azteca on Sept 9, so they don't have to wait that long for revenge. How sweet would it be to win that one too?

Posted by: Jon | June 24, 2007 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Clark for Mastro changed the whole game. More energy, very good defense and better linkage with the attacking players. Ching had his best 45 minutes ever in a U.S. kit. This tournament has put EJ at least 3rd on the depth chart behing Ching, Dempsey and maybe, Twellman (so make it 4th.) Still, forward is a very weak spot for the U.S., makes one wish that McBride still was playing.

Posted by: griffin1108 | June 24, 2007 8:24 PM | Report abuse

What an awesome win!!! What a save by Keller at the end!! He deserves a medal for that one. My gosh, if and when we find a forward with poise, who doesn't get happy feet/sky the ball/etc and miss even open nets we'll begin to become a team to be reckoned with. Any American girls reading this who'd like to marry Messi? ;-)

I'd like to offer to constructive criticisms:

1) The technical skills of US players needs to improve. You look at Mexico's foot work and passes within inches of the sideline and you just have to drool. When you get close to the mountaintop have to have that deftness of touch to succeed. This was a wonderful win, but it is not the mountaintop.

2) Mexico's offense had an awful lot of chances. Better finishing on their part and we'd have been in trouble. Related to item 1, there'd be 2 or 3 of our guys around their striker and he'd still get his pass off/out of the trap. We really need to improve on defense before ascending the heights. And HOW many cornerkicks did Mexico have? 10 or 12 or something?!? Some of those could've been avoided.


Posted by: Kire | June 24, 2007 8:39 PM | Report abuse

What's the September 9th game? A friendly?

Posted by: Kire | June 24, 2007 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Three players who have worried me in the past impressed me today:

Twellman was a great late-game sub. Ran his a$$ off, forced Sanchez to distribute/punch in a sloppy manner, forced a tired defense to work beyond their energy.

Ching turned the Mex D around twice, once to win the PK, once when he hit the post. VERY nice, and very encouraging--confidence is growing.

Gooch played a smart second half after getting burnt, and used his height advantage to win tons of balls when Mex got desperate.

It's good to be an American!

Posted by: Logan Circle | June 24, 2007 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Jon - should have checked my fixture schedule before posting.

Kire - Howard, not Keller, was in goal.

Everyone - does anyone know of a place online to see the highlights?

Posted by: Kyle | June 24, 2007 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Awesome game but we lack a striker who can score at all.....Even though he plays for the Red Bulls, anyone looking forward to the day Bradley calls Altidore in? Johnson and Twellman should be retired by Bradley after the Copa America. I cringed when they were about to put Twellman on before we scored....

If we get someone who can put away chances clinically, we'll be very good in the future.

Posted by: Kevin | June 24, 2007 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Awesome game but we lack a striker who can score at all.....Even though he plays for the Red Bulls, anyone looking forward to the day Bradley calls Altidore in? Johnson and Twellman should be retired by Bradley after the Copa America. I cringed when they were about to put Twellman on before we scored....

If we get someone who can put away chances clinically, we'll be very good in the future.

Posted by: Kevin | June 24, 2007 9:08 PM | Report abuse

"...What a save by Keller at the end!! He deserves a medal for that one."

You fingers betrayed your brain on this one. Keller was on the bench.

But it was a great save.

Posted by: seahawkdad | June 24, 2007 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the Sept 9th game has been officially announced by it seems like a done deal.
http://njmg.typepad.com/sbi/2007/06/usmexico_friend.html

Posted by: Jon | June 24, 2007 9:22 PM | Report abuse

First I want to congratulate Bob Bradley and the boys for today. I haven't seen the team play with that much heart gumption in a long time and it's clear they are playing hard for this guy. That alone is a good sign.

I have been very hard on Bob and will continue to be, but I will offer just as as much praise when due. Awsome day to be a US Soccer supporter. A passionate display by the lads in every respect. Thanks Bob.

BB showed that he can learn from his mistakes today in many ways, and for that we can all be grateful.

It was disgrace to wait so long to sub in Clark the past two games, but man did BB atone Sunday. That was a gutsy move at the half and I applaud Bob for it 100 percent. Changed the game entirely. US had much more thrust up the middle with Ricardo in (and Mastro out), and the way he played in the first 10 minutes of the second half set the tone for the comeback. Great stuff, Bob. Mastersroke.

When your strikers are this poor, you need a target guy up there and Ching ain't always pretty but he is by far the best we have. Why he wasn't playing ahead of Twellman all the time is crazy baffling, but then so is a lot of what this guy goes. Still. Bob stuck with him today, knowing we needed someone to hold the ball up and post up down low, and also be at least something of a threat in the air. The choices are way too limited, I agree, but the whole Twellman/Dempsey idea is not going to work.

Bob also had the sack to yank off Dempsey, who was horrible today and seemed to get worse by the game, and leave on Ching. Now, bringing on Twellman for him I thought was naïve, but he also didn't have a lot of options.

I thought he waited too long to make the Simek sub - Spector was clearly done on the sidelines over there after the collision - and in general Bradley needs to rethink his backline. The Hejduk suspension saved Bradley from himself (it shouldn't have to come to that extreme) and although I like the way Mike Bradley is progressing, he should not be the automatic starter he seems to be, not over Benny and Ricardo.

The Bornstein thing has got to stop. Beasley spent most of the game bailing him out in one-on-one situations in the first 20 yards of the US zone all game. Bob, don't be an Arena clone and play your favorites and don't lock into some much silly stuff so early in a qualifying cycle. Simek and Spector should have played significantly more minutes than they did on this team.

Gooch/Bocanegra doesn't do much for me. Again, why DeMerit or Parkhurst didn't get a second game seems ridiculous to me. Jay will be a 90-minute guy in the Copa, so that should be a good test for him, but given the level of opposition and the lack of talent around him, I am not sure that it's fair to evaluate him off of that, but we'll see.

And by all means, thank goodness there will at least be a a few different of strikers to look at in Venezuela. It's just hard to watch this team blow so many chances. He's got to start bleeding some kids. And if Sunil was worth anything he would have been over at the Under-21 Euros with Phil Knight giving Rossi the hard sell and offering him a crazy Nike contract. After the Under-20 World Cup, a couple of their strikers need to start getting in camps with the big boys with great regularity.

So in conclusion, thanks Bob, for showing more urgency and vision from the sidelines today. I hope it is a sign of things to come, but I still harbor concerns.

Overall for the Gold Cup:

Gotta say Donovan was the US's best field player in the tourney. His crossing is downright sublime, great to see those marauding 50-yard runs again. Set pieces and corners seem to be better now that he is only taking them on occasion. I thought he had a great tourney, and I'm usually pretty hard on him. Had one major flub vs. the Canucks, but made great feeds and was incredible unselfish and netted a huge PK today. Showed his stones in the face of that puke cheater Oswaldo Sanchez, and I love him for it.

Tim Howard has arrived. I wasn't buying the hype on the international stage for a long time (just remember too much indecision from him with the Nats in the past), but he was a stud in this tournament.

Of the "old guard" Beasley may have helped his stock the most, and Bocanegra seems to be a stalwart. (Is it too much to ask to ever see him paired with Gibbs? Cory, get healthy, dude).

Onyewu might find himself back in Belgium at this rate (what was he doing exactly out in space on the Mexico goal today?). Dempsey seems to have hit a wall (he has played a lot of soccer the past 18 months or so) and needs a break.

Bornstein shows flashes but shouldn't be starting elimination games at this point. Not close.

Twellman is good for B-C friendlies. He's just not very good and doesn't do any one thing particularly well (except blow glorious chances). It sickens me he will probably be the automatic starter at the Copa. Worst time ever for Kenny Cooper to get hurt, and the timing of the Under-20s hurts big time at this roster spot.

Ching is the closest thing we have to a McBride (and he's a homeless-man's version of him, but still, we need that element) . He gave a helluva effort today and was the best of our true forwards in this tourney.

Love all of the options evolving in the center of the park.

Now, not to jump all over Bob again before the Copa even starts, but Eddie Gaven? Is that a joke? Then again, he did play for him in New York, eh ...

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | June 24, 2007 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Jason, way TMI.

Posted by: d | June 24, 2007 10:00 PM | Report abuse

What are the odds of Bradley being unbeaten after Copa America?

Posted by: CY | June 24, 2007 10:02 PM | Report abuse

"What are the odds of Bradley being unbeaten after Copa America?"

Are you serious? Did you look at Argentina's roster?

Posted by: SoyManya! | June 24, 2007 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Man this blog is awesome. Steve I often agree with what you have to say, sometimes not, but the fact that so many people whom I would love to sit around and chat soccer with come here to do that very thing.... in a word, "Nice". Great insights Jason.

I didn't see every minute of every game of the tourny, but I saw enough to know that we are in good shape as we move toward the next world cup.

The ball skills and field vision of players like Dempsy, Feilhaber, Bradley, Beasley, Donovan, were very impressive. This team was not passive. They were at times, very fluid and this from a incredible mix of players, many who are very young. I had to remind myself that Bradley is only 19.

I'll not go on and on, but just have to say that a sign of the change in US Soccer in my book is that I would have been really dissapointed in anything less than winning it all. Our expectations are high for a reason, we know what this nation is capable of.

Hats of to the USMNT and coaching staff. If only the whole nation knew how proudly we are represented!

Posted by: Dan | June 24, 2007 10:16 PM | Report abuse

It's way too soon, and I realize that he's only played about 10 MLS games, but Adam Cristman looks like the real deal up top. Like a taller, stronger, and faster version of Ching/Twellman.

Let's see if he can keep it up for a whole season in MLS first, but still, the signs are there.

Posted by: Donthatemecauseimarevsfan | June 24, 2007 10:37 PM | Report abuse

It's way too soon, and I realize that he's only played about 10 MLS games, but Adam Cristman looks like the real deal up top. Like a taller, stronger, and faster version of Ching/Twellman.

Let's see if he can keep it up for a whole season in MLS first, but still, the signs are there.

Posted by: Donthatemecauseimarevsfan | June 24, 2007 10:37 PM | Report abuse

"Onyewu might find himself back in Belgium at this rate (what was he doing exactly out in space on the Mexico goal today?)."

Attempting to cover up for Bornstein, who didn't bother to get back.

Posted by: Bornstein Stinks | June 24, 2007 10:44 PM | Report abuse

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