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U-20s and You

Freddy and the U.S. under-20s are on the verge of a place in the World Cup semifinals, but they will need to beat Austria this afternoon in Toronto. Will recent injuries to two of their stars, keeper Chris Seitz and forward Jozy Altidore, affect the outcome? (I assume they will play, but if anyone has seen anything more specific online, please share!) Did the dramatic victory over Uruguay take too much out of the U.S. side? Could the Americans really lose to Austria? The winner gets Spain or the Czech Republic Wednesday in Edmonton.

Good news on the TV front: In addition to being televised by the barely available ESPNU, the widely seen Telefutura will provide Spanish coverage instead of the secondary Galavision outlet. Kickoff is 2:15 ET.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts here.

And after the U.S.-Austria match, your viewing choices are the Copa third-place match between Mexico and Uruguay (brawl, anyone?) at 5 on Gol TV and Univision and the USA-Norway women's friendly at 6 on ESPN2.

I will rejoin you here during the under-20 game with my own thoughts and then return tonight to create a new forum for D.C. United-Dallas pregame news.

By Steve Goff  |  July 14, 2007; 8:04 AM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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-Doug McIntyre ESPN says

"It will not help that, after playing four matches in 12 days, injuries are beginning to take a serious toll on the U.S. Goalkeeper Chris Seitz sat out last game with a bruised quad but could return Saturday. Forward Jozy Altidore (three goals so far) was subbed out early in the second half vs. Uruguay with a calf strain. Altidore is 50-50 to play. Skilled right winger Sal Zizzo, also replaced against Uruguay shortly after the break, has a slight hamstring strain. Of the three, he is the most likely to start."

Zizzo will start

-Soccer 365 says
"I don't know at this point, but I'm going to try to get ready for Saturday," Altidore told Big Apple Soccer. "I had a calf injury before this and he hit me right there."

"I thought maybe if I would move around a little bit, it would go away," he recalled. "My first step, it was killing me."

Altidore available as a sub, and could be brought on only if absolutely needed.

-Chris Seitz in a quote from SanLuisObispo.com says

"It's kinda like a dead-leg," he said, declining to go into further detail about the injury.

Seitz gets another day of rest to hopefully get ready for the semi-final game (assuming they make it there)

GO USA!

Posted by: John | July 14, 2007 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Steve,
Any word if Rapha Marquez has left the Mexican squad prior to the game today in order to start training with Barca? I thought I had overheard something on GolTV late last night, but I have yet to find anything today. Thanks!

Posted by: apqjr | July 14, 2007 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Cruel tease with the "good news on the TV front" -- Telefutura doesn't help me any more than ESPNU, but I'm glad more of you will see it. Hopefully the our guys will force ESPN to make good on their semifinal promises.

Posted by: bbarrie | July 14, 2007 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Seitz and Altidore are out. Zizzo's going to start but they dont know how long he's going to last.

Posted by: Hacksaw | July 14, 2007 8:41 AM | Report abuse

PS. Im just starting rumors. I have no idea.

Posted by: hacksaw | July 14, 2007 8:43 AM | Report abuse

EDIT - Never mind, I just found something:

http://goal.com/en-us/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=351398

Posted by: apqjr | July 14, 2007 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Globe & Mail (Canada) says this morning both are game time decisions in their preview.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070714.FIFA14/TPStory/Sports .

The Province says Sietz will miss the game and Altidore is less than 50-50.
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/sports/story.html?id=36e399f7-6519-4154-8ae8-6ecf46cd5885

FIFA's official preview:
"The players
Both sides should be at full strength, with Altidore and keeper Chris Seitz likely to be back from injury and available once again for the USA."

http://fifa.com/u20worldcup/matches/round=249410/match=58890/preview.html

So it looks like any guess is as good as a fact...

Posted by: Throwin | July 14, 2007 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the good news on the TV front. I will definitely watch the US-U20 match on Telefutura.

I've got to believe that Seitz and Altidore are out. The US has to find a way to break down the tough Austrian defense. Perhaps McCarty will be brought in at some point to do that.

I would expect the starting lineup to be:

----------------------- Perk ---------------

Beltran --- Valentin --- Sturgis --- Wallace

---------- Szetela --------- Bradley

----------------------- Adu ---------------

Izzo ----------------------------------------- Rogers

------ Akpan, Ferrari or Zimmerman -------

Posted by: 12th man | July 14, 2007 9:50 AM | Report abuse

If you live near the Canadian border or have one of those massive long distance TV antennae (yeah, I know, who has anything like that anymore?), all of the games have been available over the air via CBC TV. The Canadian announcers aren't that bad, such as in this clip at the end of the Uruguay game, when the announcer calls the Uruguaians "sore losers."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEHbCfMuAE4&eurl=

Posted by: Frasier | July 14, 2007 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Re: Seitz and Altidore

The U.S. trainers/coaches have told us they have a thigh contusion and calf strain respectively.

Six and three days later, they should be able to play through those problems. Altidore's "strain" was getting kicked in the calf, albeit brutally. He'll be fine. If he doesn't start, he should see 20-30 minutes (IMO).

Seitz? Rongen said thigh strain/contusion after the Brasil match. Six days later he could play (IMO).

Posted by: d | July 14, 2007 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the updates, guys!

Enjoy the match, and be sure to come back here often to share your thoughts...

Posted by: Goff | July 14, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

As one of the few people in the United States that gets ESPNU, I will be watching the U-20s and hoping my Terps do us all proud.

Posted by: Colm | July 14, 2007 10:35 AM | Report abuse

So I take it that no one is suspended due to yellow card accumulations?

Posted by: dsmac | July 14, 2007 10:46 AM | Report abuse

with the start of the playoff, the first round yellow cards got wipe off. However, anyone of the players who get cautioned twice this round gets to sit the next game out.
so that means Freddy, Bradley, Wallace... did i miss anybody?

Posted by: justsayin' | July 14, 2007 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Hey I am away from my aprtment-could someone tell me if telefutura is available on the comcast DC package? Thanks

Posted by: just another idiot | July 14, 2007 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Telefutura is available on Comcast. In the DC market it's channel 15. Go USA!!!

Posted by: CY | July 14, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

On the Copa America front:

Last night Telefutura's "Contacto Deportivo" sports highlighr show had quite a bit about Mexico team captain Rafa Marquez leaving the team early and not playing in today's 3rd place game.

It was subject of much criticism.

Posted by: garbaggio | July 14, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I really don't watch Contacto Deportivo too much, what I do watch is UNIVISION's pre-game and post game shows.

Scintillating television, it really is, if you know what I mean, nudge, nudge, eh, eh, know what I mean . . .

Posted by: delantero | July 14, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

BFD. Marquez hasn't had a break in years -- even during the winter he had to play w/ Barca in Japan. He came straight from La Liga to join El Tri, and now wants to skip this virtual exhibition. Good for him.

Posted by: RK | July 14, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I think we know what you are nudging, too.

Posted by: RK | July 14, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Univision definitely has entertaining and, um, well-rounded pre- and post-game shows.

Posted by: G-Dub | July 14, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Lineups posted on the FIFA match tracker. Altidore, Zizzo, and Seitz are all listed.

http://www.fifa.com/live/competitions/u20worldcup/matchday=12/day=1/match=58890/index.html

Posted by: All are ready! | July 14, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

So that means Freddy, Bradley, Wallace... did i miss anybody?

Posted by: justsayin' | July 14, 2007 11:14 AM


Valentin is also on a yellow.

Posted by: Yellows | July 14, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm on vacation and don't have ESPNU or Telefutura. Does anyone know if the game is available online?

Posted by: Steve-O | July 14, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/

Looks like you can watch it live here Steve-O.

Posted by: tmc | July 14, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Good find, but when I go to that CBC link, it tells me I can't watch the US-Austria video because it's not available in my area.

Posted by: TMC | July 14, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: CY | July 14, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Ayala pulled a fast one...

Meanwhile, Zaragoza have agreed a deal to sign Argentina centre-back Roberto Ayala from Villarreal, the Primera Liga club said on Saturday.

The 34-year-old, who is playing for Argentina at the Copa America, had agreed a move to Villarreal back in February for when his contract with Valencia ended in June.

Posted by: RK | July 14, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

1-0. Adu cross to Altidore header.

Posted by: colm | July 14, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Got up on a cross from the left side -- keeper had a hand on it but it was a tough save because he went low from about 6 yards out.

Posted by: RK | July 14, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Wonderful cross by Freddy, solid finish by Jozy -- 1-0.

Posted by: Goff | July 14, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

gol!

#4 for Altidore.

Posted by: jasonInVA | July 14, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Ug...imprecise passing ruins a breakaway off of an Austrian corner.

Posted by: RK | July 14, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Seitz just saved a point blank shot...with his face.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | July 14, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

1-1. Seitz bobbled a save, came off his line and the striker (otzuki?) beat a few defenders and Seitz's hand to squeeze it in.

Posted by: Colm | July 14, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

1-1 45"

Posted by: YM | July 14, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

crap goal by austria. get seitz out of there. he can't even kick or hold on to the ball. he's obviously not 100%.

Posted by: drdy | July 14, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Seitz having trouble with rain, wet field, wet ball. U.S. missing the final pass, should have been in position to score another.

Posted by: Goff | July 14, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Something is still wrong with Seitz because he's been very shaky and the goal is entirely on him, even after the rebound the second shot should've been an easy save for him.

I was going to say the US looks a class above Austria when on the ball, Adu and Rogers can beat pretty much anyone at will out there, just need finishing. Credit to Austria for a few good defensive sequences with blocked shots.

Posted by: G-Dub | July 14, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure you can blame Seitz. Those 2 shots he had trouble holding were low and hard and with the heavy rains and that artificial surface, it is extremely difficult to hold those. Clearly, the Austrians can't break the USA down, so they are letting shots rip from anywhere inside of half field. USA should try the same - there are more goals in this game for the 2nd half.

Posted by: tmc | July 14, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Keepers tend to look shakey in weather. However, Seitz is limping around back there, has spilled two major rebounds and only has his ugly mug to thank that the score is not 2-1 Austria.

Why didn't Perk start? Is a half-able Seitz that much better than him? Hopefully this decision won't be the one that costs us the tourney.

Shame we have to waste a sub there now.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: JayRockers! | July 14, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Seitz is a liability in this game. with his injury and his limited mobility he is a BIG liability in the back.

Yes it is raining. and yes the ball is wet. i'm just sayin'

Posted by: justsayin' | July 14, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

US should have at least another goal. Lost on me why Zizzo didn't try to shot rather than pas in the 30 min or so.

Posted by: Nogra Rover | July 14, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm forced to watch that football v football ad. What a waste of time.

Thanks God the Vonage ad has come on.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 14, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, no sense in trying to get fans of other sports interested in soccer, uh I mean football.

Posted by: ReggieBush | July 14, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Did Wallace just get a card? He'd miss the semis now, right?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 14, 2007 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The "paper" says all four games are today? Is that true? Are they really showing Spain v Czech over Arg v Mex on ESPNU?

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: JayRockers! | July 14, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

USA has lost its way -- not connecting with passes anymore, a step behind defensively.

Posted by: Goff | July 14, 2007 3:27 PM | Report abuse

No idea. Check the TV stations' Web sites.

Posted by: Goff | July 14, 2007 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I heard Freddy Adu has a million-dollar insurance policy on his left foot. Because other than walking or running, his right is useless.

Posted by: Lloyd's of London | July 14, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Bradley and Wallace with silly yellow cards - both out for the next match, provided of course, that the USA pulls it together and finds a way to advance.

Though I can't say that Bradley getting a yellow card is any kind of a surprise. He needs to figure out a way to stay away from that as he matures.

Posted by: tmc | July 14, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Need some subs to shake up the team. Dunno if its let down after the OT win and now the late equalizer, but the team has no energy.

Posted by: G-Dub | July 14, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Seems like we are pulling up on all 50/50 balls. and letting Austria win them. Our defenders need to do a MUCH better job of distributing out of the back. Not looking like we should win this game. They are def the better side on this day.

Posted by: Mountaineer Pride | July 14, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

rongen should *not* have started a 50/50 seitz and alitdore. with only 3 subs available, it's a waste to replace seitz if you can't continue onto overtime. that leaves 0 subs available if that happens.

Posted by: drdy | July 14, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Thhhhhbbbbbbpppptt

Posted by: Bill The Cat | July 14, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

USA fortunate to get to overtime.

Posted by: Goff | July 14, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Having Ward for the last 30' scares me. Buit the way things are going, the ref will send him off before he has a chance to screw up.

On the bright side, Rogers and Zizzo seem to have some gas in the tank. Ref will send them off too.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 14, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

For those watching...do we have a goal in us or are we hoping for PKs?

Posted by: earl landgrebe | July 14, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Rogers just created a chance with a great run on the left, but Zizzo's header was neither on goal nor to a teammate. USA displaying more energy in OT.

Posted by: Goff | July 14, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

PKs. We're not doing much offensively.

And we have Ward passing the ball to Akotier (sp?) in the 6.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 14, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I think we'd have a goal if we could safely use that last sub for someone with some more gas in the tank to go forward. As it stands, I think Rongen is saving that last one in case Jozy or Seitz just can't go on anymore. As it stands, might be playing for PKs, but that's dangerous given a 50/50 keeper, even if he is good at PKs.

Ward nearly gifted Austria a goal there with terrible clearance inside the 6. And by clearance I mean 'kicked it right into the Austrian goalscorer's chest in the 6.

Posted by: colm | July 14, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

McCarty just sent Freddy in. Freddy pushed it to the left around the GK, but too far and his angled shot went into the side netting.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 14, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

USA has been dangerous in first OT. Adu can't finish from tight angle after a hard touch past goalkeeper.

Posted by: Goff | July 14, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Those were the two chances we were waiting for. Adu blew it and the following play his through ball was too strong or Altidore was in one on one.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 14, 2007 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Wallace is off with a 2nd yellow.

Posted by: colm | July 14, 2007 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Second yellow (and red) for Wallace -- late tackle.

Posted by: Goff | July 14, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Crap, second yellow to Wallace. Poor call by the ref in my opinion.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 14, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Red for Wallace.

Posted by: B.A. | July 14, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

goal austria

Posted by: Anonymous | July 14, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

The defense has clearly been the weak link on this team all tournament long and its going to cost them after that amateur display (well I guess some of them are amateurs) in the box.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 14, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

U-S-A is D-O-N-E unfortunately

Posted by: SF59 | July 14, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

another crap goal. piss poor US defense. we deserve to lose.

Posted by: drdy | July 14, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Awful goal allowed by USA.

Posted by: Goff | July 14, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Agree with drdy. Crap defending on that goal.

Ferrari on for Zizzo.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 14, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

and Ferrari whiffs the point blank header.

"if you were looking for an opportune moment, that was it"

Posted by: Anonymous | July 14, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

though with some of what the Austrian keeper is doing, you never know...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 14, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Some good pressure late by the Americans, but oh man - the defense we have.
Goff - nice job with the Moreno story, and also nice job with Steiny's Beckham story. Great coverage by the Post, as we have come to expect.

Posted by: SF59 | July 14, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Thanks!

Oh, Freddy Freddy Freddy, what are you doing? Clear on the left, you use your left foot? And hit it so hard there's no chance for a rebound? Right-footed finish or left-footed cross would've done the trick.

Posted by: Goff | July 14, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Okotie is one arrogant prick. Selfish play down the strecth was our undoing.

Posted by: Mountaineer Pride | July 14, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

2-1 final -- an appropriate result.

Posted by: Goff | July 14, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

MOTM: Okotie
Worst: Ward

Posted by: Anonymous | July 14, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

2-1 Austria.

US didn't deserve to win this game. First of all Rongen fields an obviously injured keeper and while he did as well as can be expected, you simply don't do that in an elimination circumstance.

Secondly, the US failed miserably in adapting to the wet conditions. From Seitz' multiple bobbles (leading to the first goal) to the shockingly bad control (or lack there of) on the ball. Austria didn't have any problem with the conditions.

And lastly, the US simply didn't have enough offensive weapons. While Szetela and Bradley are good enough on the defensive side of things, they really struggle moving forward. Also the backline was perfectly content to simply huff the ball forward creating almost impossible scenarios for Altidore and Adu against a huge Austrian team.

At the end of the day the deserved team went through though I find it difficult to fathom that Austria has absolutely no creative players whatsoever and won this match on brute force.

Don't worry, Spain will dispatch them forthwith.

Posted by: A Rickey | July 14, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Austria deserved the win, though their hitting the post on the 2 v Keeper run in the 2nd OT sure reminded me of the US senior team...

Like the Uruguay match, the midfielders and back line gifted way too many balls to the other side. And the confusion in the box was disturbing to watch.

Still, Adu-Altidore combinations have been wonderful all tournament and give the senior side some hope for the future.

Real shame that we didn't advance. I think the US played the better soccer in large stretches, but just couldn't finish. Result is, sadly, appropriate.

Posted by: Filmdave | July 14, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

One other note -- take away the rain and you have a vastly different game. I think US over-confidence (how often do they play as favorites?), combined with poor conditions were their undoing.

Posted by: Filmdave | July 14, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what Telefutura's ratings were...?

Posted by: Juan-John | July 14, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

poor defending, poor goalkeeping, poor finishing, and overall poor soccer. not at all fun to watch.

Posted by: ngu in london | July 14, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

if you think about it, there was such a HUGE liability in the goal that the US could not afford to push forward. Too many players had to sit back lending a hand to a goalie who should not have been in the game.

Really bad call from the coach to start Seitz from the get go. US had 2 major handicap in that game: the rain and the goalie.

Spain will dispatch Austria with ease in the next round. 3-0.

Posted by: justsayin' | July 14, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Really promising tournament for the US in general. They didn't get into the quarterfinals on luck, they did it on skill. We DESERVED to be in the quarterfinals, meaning that our U20 squad is one of the top 8 in the world. I'll take that as progress. And I agree that Altidore and Adu give is something to look forward to. Imagine a Feilhaber/Adu pairing in the center midfield in 2010.

Posted by: Shatz | July 14, 2007 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Futbol newbie question:

All those yellow cards that Bradley et al got, they don't carry over to the next international match that those particular players participate in, right?

Posted by: Juan-John | July 14, 2007 5:56 PM | Report abuse

My humble observations and opinions:

This was U20, you have to expect defense to be circumspect, and it clearly was. Not too worried about that because none of these defenders are stepping into the full men's team anytime soon. As for Tim Ward, he shouldn't step onto a field wearing a US jersey ever again. Wallace intrigues me.

Hyped about seeing the development of Adu, Altidore and Rogers. They bring a quality in attack that is obviously inconsistent on the senior side. Bradley is Mr. Jekyll & Hyde out there. His proclivity for needless cards is worrying, he often makes poor decisions with his passing, yet he does clean up in the back well and seemed to get stronger as the game went on. Nice to see him hit an actual well struck shot too.

IMO, the US had much better quality and skilled players than Austria, but Austria was the better team and deserved to win. Factor in the intense OT game before and no surprise the US lost. That said, there's no way that Austrian team is advancing to the finals.

Posted by: G-Dub | July 14, 2007 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the results are all that encouraging for the US. This is only one game further than the U-20s usually get and considering it was in Canada this was essentially a home tournament. For some individuals this was a great showing but for the team this was nothing special.

Posted by: Mike | July 14, 2007 8:10 PM | Report abuse

You guys are absolutely amazing. You need to put the beer down and watch the game.

Without Seitz, the score would have been much worse. He obviously was still hurt, but he's much superior to Perk. How many of you have seen Perk play prior to Wednesday's game? I've seen him play several times. When I saw Seitz warming up, I was concerned about Seitz, but he toughed it out. If you think that Perk would have saved those goals or stopped several that Seitz did, you're delusional. The only complaint that I have is that Seitz has to hold onto the wet ball. How many of you realize that on the shot from Proedl that the ball short hopped right before it got to Seitz? Very difficult to handle - but Seitz has to hold on. Seitz is the main reason that the USA even got out of group play. Right move.

Next, idiotic thought. The defense is to blame. Let's see on that second goal. Ward (who has to be the disaster of the team) gets pushed away by Proedl and the ball bounces innocently to midfielder Bradley (who had a good game), he knocks the ball down with his arm, and clears it into a bunch that Ward kicks off a Austrian attacker and the ball hits the post and Hoffer drags it in. Where was midfielder Dax on the play? He stopped to ball watch. So the 2 most important players on this goal were both midfielders. Generally a garbage goal - not that this was the only opportunity for either side.

While I agree that the forwards (or at least Altidore) and the midfielder (outside - Rogers and Zizzo; attacking - Adu; Defensive - Szetela and Bradley) are more talented and experienced than are the defensive corps. You have 2 collegiates (Valentin and Beltran) and two converted midfielders (Beltran and Wallace). The only consistent defender was Sturgis who plays a lot of defensive midfield professionally.

Overall - the team as a unit did not play sufficiently and effectively and that is why they lost.

Posted by: JSF | July 14, 2007 8:58 PM | Report abuse

One last thing - Home game? Are you kidding? South Korea, Poland (especially), Brazil, Uruguay, they all had more fans than USA. Austria was 50-50, or so.

If anyone that wasn't there asks why there was such a disparity, I'd suggest that it was fans that didn't show is why the disparity existed.

Posted by: JSF | July 14, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

For those of you thinking that this tournament wasn't a success, ask yourself this question - how did England, Germany, Italy, France, and Ghana do in this tournament? Oh yeah, we beat two South American sides too. For the past 10+ years our development of youth has been impressive to say the least as we continue to push players to the full national ranks. This tournament is not about winning, it's about development. The only thing that matters now is success in 2010. A good showing here, winning the Gold Cup (for participation in the Confed Cup) and a slate of Europe based friendlies has put us in prime position to have a successful run in Africa (let's not forget we need to qualify first). This year has been a giant step in the "right" direction for US Soccer.

Posted by: London Dan | July 15, 2007 3:34 AM | Report abuse

Freddy was definitely selfish on that last play in OT. He could've easily laid that ball back to the middle for Bradley or another guy (waiting wide open 6 yds from goal). Instead he took a left footed shot with no angle from the left side.... trying to beat the goalie in the far corner. Just selfish play on his part, trying to go for all the glory. I think that's one reason he didn't make it here with DC United.

Posted by: TOJA | July 15, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Well done...let's throw our top performer under the bus for trying to do everything he can to win the damn game.

Wow. That's all I can say. Get a clue.

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