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Matchday: USA-Poland

This is your place for pregame, in-game and postgame banter. Kickoff is around 3:30 p.m. ET. You can watch live on Fox Soccer Channel, follow MatchTracker on the USSF Web site or just read the comments here by your fellow Insider loyalists. (I will be watching and working at the same time, but hope to contribute my observations as the match transpires.)

Feel free to discuss today's other friendlies and qualifiers as well.

Giddyup.

By Steve Goff  |  March 26, 2008; 12:55 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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I will be watching and working at the same time, but hope to contribute my observations as the match transpires.
I don't even pretend to be working anymore.

Posted by: sitruc | March 26, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

i need to edit my hosts file to redirect blog.washingtonpost.com so i don't inaverdently see the score before i get home and watch the recorded game.

Posted by: pat | March 26, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

If you have Setanta, it's worth tuning in just to see the snow in Estonia. While I can't listen to sound because of class, I'm going to go ahead and wager the match has been canceled. Still, sort of fun they are simply showing the stadium for now. It's as if to say "if you need further explanation as to why the match you tuned in to see is not being played, we can't help you."

Hoping the weather's a bit nicer in Krakow, where it's above freezing and apparently not raining (yet).

Posted by: Kyle | March 26, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Strike that - apparently they are playing. It's ridiculous. Also, sorry if this ended up double posting - internet at GW is crap today.

Posted by: Kyle | March 26, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Want to comment on your stance on Benny, Steve?

There is not much left in bewteen the lines from Bob on Benny.

Posted by: pwip | March 26, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Kyle--it didn't double-post :)

I'm interested in Spain-Italy and Ghana-Mexico. Guess what? Spain-Italy isn't showing and Ghana-Mexico is only available to those with Telemundo. aka NOT ME. So I have to rely on online sources to get the info. So...if anyone knows what's happening in these games when they kick off later today, come and tell me! :) I'm rooting for Spain vs. Italy, but I love both Ghana and Mexico, so it's all good there.

USA-Poland is getting a bit old...don't shoot me, but I'm going for Poland on this one!! :D

Posted by: Catherine-Lucia | March 26, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

In the snow, Estonia takes a 1-0 lead over Canada on an own goal off a Canadian defender who had an Estonian cross strike him on what appeared to be the hand.

Impressive, considering in their 10 matches in European qualifying that were not against Andorra, Estonia scored exactly one goal in European Qualifying this last campaign (and only scraped 4 against an Andorra side that conceded 3.8 a game).

I realize how unimportant this game is, but I've enjoyed watching it more than I thought it would. Perhaps it's because I have a friend from Estonia...

Posted by: Kyle | March 26, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the tip on the snow game, Kyle. Those conditions looks great. I'd love to see a field maintenance guy ride a plow into the PK area if they earned one. Goal Estonia.

Posted by: sitruc | March 26, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter banter.

Posted by: Chatty Kathy | March 26, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE HELP!!

I live in London and am having hard (impossible) time finding the match. Anybody know a reliable way (site) for streaming the game online?

Thanks!

Posted by: Christian | March 26, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, I think I'll be missing much of the second half of Spain-Italy. I had forgotten about Mexico and had to do a few searches to see if they even played anymore. Poland is old and it's hard to get up for this one, but it's a match so I look forward to it. I just hope it can surpass Canada-Estonia...

Posted by: sitruc | March 26, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Some of the matches can be found here. The US match is here.

Posted by: sitruc | March 26, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Here is the MyP2P link for the US-Poland Match. You need to download one of the client programs to use the video links:
http://www1.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=8764&part=sports

Posted by: Doze | March 26, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

2-0 Estonia...

Posted by: sitruc | March 26, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I have a friend from Estonia...

Posted by: Kyle | March 26, 2008 01:35 PM
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Linkavitch Chomofsky?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 26, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

How interesting that it appears to be easier to tune in to Canada-Estonia than to France-England, Spain-Italy or Denmark-Czech Republic.

Posted by: tri-village | March 26, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

No wheeezzing the juuuuicce!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 26, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

USA Lineup:
----------------------Howard-----------------------
Cherundolo----Onyewu----Bocanegra (c)-------Pearce

Dempsey-----Clark---------Bradley---------Donovan

---------------Ching----------Johnson-------------

Posted by: Anonymous | March 26, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Hate the new jerseys...When will the USMNT develop a style & stick with it, instead of looking like some sort of Nike flavor of the month club?!?

Posted by: Jim | March 26, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I normally wait until the games have at least started before making those statements, tri-village. There should be streams of those matches available as well.

Posted by: sitruc | March 26, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Is the FSC TVU station working for everyone?

Posted by: Glaucon | March 26, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I normally wait until the games have at least started before making those statements, tri-village. There should be streams of those matches available as well.

Posted by: sitruc | March 26, 2008 03:03 PM
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I thought another poster said that Canada-Estonia was on Setanta, which the other matches are not, so far as I know. When an event is announced as being on the schedule of a TV channel such as Setanta or FSC, I regard it as more accessible than something that requires searching the Internet for a stream. (Of course, if you don't get Setanta or FSC on your TV, or you're not near a TV, it is a moot point.)

Posted by: tri-village | March 26, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but what is there to hate about the new "jerseys"? My Lord, it's a plain, navy blue shirt with a badge on it. I think it looks fine.

And news flash, every country in the world is subject to the "flavor of the month" of Nike, Adidas, Puma, Umbro, etc.

Posted by: Kev | March 26, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Some of the matches can be found here. The US match is here.

Posted by: sitruc | March 26, 2008 02:00 PM


Is there a reason when I click on play all I get is an error message? Do I have to wait for the game to start or is it my computer?

Posted by: laur | March 26, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Slingbox Rules!
Time for a "2 hour conference call".
:-)

Posted by: swag | March 26, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

The stream on P2P is fine, just click past the warning and let it buffer for a bit.

Posted by: Doze | March 26, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

It appears that Donovan will be wide left, with Dempsey on the right. Does Donovan have a lot of experience on that side?

Posted by: tri-village | March 26, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I love TVU, thanks for whoever set it up. I am eternally grateful.

Posted by: DudeAbides | March 26, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Donovan has much experience on the left, but it will be good to see how it works out with him and Dempsey as our wingers. I would have preferred Benny over Clark to pair with Bradley, but I'm willing to wait and see if Bradley/Clark works better now than it did against Mexico.

Posted by: kswiss | March 26, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I cant get sopcast or TVU to work. It tries to connect to sopcast at the login screen but fails.

It is probably being blocked by the firewall.

Posted by: Zebra | March 26, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

GOAL
USA
1-0
Donovan service to Boca shoulder...

Posted by: sitruc | March 26, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Keep the updates coming, please!

Posted by: Joe Doc | March 26, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

If you haven't had the programs installed before you may need to run the "connected clients" patch thing from the Software page on the P2P website so you can get enough sources to complete the stream. Of course I have to leave my desk when the US scores...

Posted by: Doze | March 26, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Woot. england france streaming, us poland on the tele!

Posted by: strago | March 26, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Charlie Blackmouth!!!

Posted by: jgildea | March 26, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

2-0 usa, onyewu on a header from corner service from donovan. beautiful!

Posted by: strago | March 26, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Landy on another CK gets this one to an unmarked Gooch head
2-0

Posted by: sitruc | March 26, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

so no 2nd goal?!

Posted by: mcn107 | March 26, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see Donovan's improvement on set pieces. His corner kicks used to be horrendous.

Posted by: Glaucon | March 26, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

scratch that...Matchtracker wasn't real clear...2-0 US

Posted by: mcn107 | March 26, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

ugh should be 3-0!

Posted by: strago | March 26, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

2-0 usa, onyewu on a header from corner service from donovan. beautiful!

Posted by: strago | March 26, 2008 04:11 PM
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"I am Strago. I must break you."

Sounds like Pearce is having a rough day, per Matchtracker. True?

Posted by: Joe Doc | March 26, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Left side is getting exposed yes...

Posted by: strago | March 26, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Polish golie miskicks a clearance, Johnson comes up with it at the top of the penalty box but takes one too many dribbles and a defender knocks it away.

Posted by: Glaucon | March 26, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

England looking dangerous. Gerrard with 2 headers over the bar.

Becks with a sliding half chance...

halftime at us game

Posted by: strago | March 26, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Yet Ives states Pearce had a good half...

Posted by: RK | March 26, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I think our back 4 have played well... There's always room for improvement though.

Good showing boys!

USA!

USA!

USA!

Posted by: Phillip | March 26, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I didnt mean to imply he was horrid and he should be yanked. Theres been a few times when Poland has gotten some decent service from the left side into the box. Thats all.

Posted by: strago | March 26, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps this will finally silence Donovan's critics? Yes, he went AWOL in Deutschland a couple of summers ago, but he is the indispensable player for the U.S.

As for Boca and Gooch -- if these guys were even half as good on defense as they are in front of the goal on set pieces, the U.S. would be a formidable team indeed.

Midfield -- Ricardo Clark is having his best game with the Nats. Overall, the touches haven't been top quality, but thanks to the set piece goals, we're still going to win this game.

Ching and Johnson have shown how much farther the US needs to go. Ching flubbed his shot about as badly as Anelka did last weekend. I guess he's in good company? Otherwise, he's been a little sharper than EJ. Can't wait for Jozy to join this team. But, who's going to join him up top?

The U.S. should be running these guys to death. We can't begin to match this team on size or physicality, or even skill on the ball, but we've got the legs.....If only the passes were there to make use of that speed.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | March 26, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Landy may be taking free kick pointers from Becks!

Posted by: swag | March 26, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Johnson with another horrific performance - he would do the US a favor if he picked up a red card. If he's not immediately stripped of the ball, his first option is always a 20-yard backward pass. What's he doing on the pitch???

Posted by: Hmmm | March 26, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Penalty for France...

David James with a rash challenge on Anelka...

Ribery goal. 1-0 France.

Posted by: strago | March 26, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I know I should know this but who is 9 for Ghana?

Posted by: Dadryan | March 26, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Pearce isn't playing that badly, though his touches have been bad. He hasn't been beaten really, Just needs to show some ability with the ball.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | March 26, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Love that Cicatriz (Ribery)....

Posted by: RK | March 26, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Grenada pouring it on the US Virgin Islands 7-0...I wish I had a relative from small country so I could play in these games ;)

Posted by: RK | March 26, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Johnson shouldn't even be checking back to the ball. He should sit with the last defender and demand balls into space, and let the other forward sit behind him to get balls to feet. Speed kills, and he should use it.

Posted by: Joe Doc | March 26, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Donovan 1v1 with the keeper, pushes it wide right of the post...sigh

Posted by: strago | March 26, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I thought Poland was physically bigger than us. Why are we scoring on set pieces? Is it great service or poor marking? Matchtracker said Gooch's defender fell down??

Posted by: GoldenChild | March 26, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Landycakes alone on the keeper after a through ball from midfield and puts it wide!

Posted by: delantero | March 26, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

OK -- Landy needs to put that away. A one-on-one break like that should be a goal almost every time. But, give Boruc some credit for making it tough.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | March 26, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Would have liked to see 'cakes juke and just dribble that one into the net...

Posted by: MK | March 26, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I know I should know this but who is 9 for Ghana?

Posted by: Dadryan | March 26, 2008 04:35 PM
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Number nine, number nine, number nine, number nine...

Posted by: tri-village | March 26, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Per ESPN - No. 9 on Ghana is Junior Agogo. You might remember him from MLS (Rapids and Earthquakes I believe). He also scored a couple goals for the Black Stars in the recent African Cup of Nations.

Posted by: tmc | March 26, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Lewis nice free kick 3-0 usa. Game is about over now at this point...

Posted by: strago | March 26, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

i'd really like to applaud don fabio on the efficiency with which he has managed to guide his england side...

right into the ground.

we can isolate some laughable decisions individually, but some are more difficult to pick as choices which will cost england wins.
david james as keeper? sure, england has bigger, more experienced keepers more adept at shot-stopping. but maybe not heresy, no matter how solid robinson has been as of late. ferdinand as captain? i suppose a raffle was as good an idea as any method of choosing. i'll accept ruling terry out after the latest referee-centered sideshow chelski put on. but to make an example of that magnitude in order to maintain some dignity, he absolutely MUST leave ashley cole out of this lineup for his armed assault of alan hutton and knifepoint attack on the referee for the criminally lenient yellow card.
now we get to karma. beckham at right? GREAT call! a criminally silent midfielder too slow to outpace french defenders and too inept to help his own back four might be acceptable if he could... ummm... nevermind. if wright-phillips or lennon starts at right, england claims a 1-0 led, rather than allowing the ball to trickle a yard in front of the net.
withdrawing gerrard looks to be a bad decision as well. this has fairly well helped to isolate rooney, while an inability to hold possession in the midfield (largely thanks to makelele, yes) has meant far too little from gerrard.
i relish a loss for england. maybe they'll learn that old blood isn't the way to go.

also, eddie lewis shoots pretty well. like, really well.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 26, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Boruc caught thinking about some kielbasa and gets beat near post by Lewis

Posted by: delantero | March 26, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

DeMeritt header just wide...almost.

Posted by: strago | March 26, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey, uh, Troy, how old is Eddie Lewis lookin' today, bro?

Posted by: Joe Doc | March 26, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I should be happy about the score, but...

Two goals from defenders and one from an old man. Granted, they are set-piece goals, but matchtracker shows the only other shot coming from Pearce. I'm not near a TV, do we even have forwards on the field? Oh yes, EJ was offside in the 4th minute.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | March 26, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I-270 thats my biggest concern. We can't win the WC scoring headers off corner kicks. Well I guess you could, but you know its ugly. I want attractive!

Posted by: strago | March 26, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy lewis got himself a goal. Although probably too old for 2010, he's shown he can be a solid veteran contributor during qualifying.
Hate to harp,especially after a very nice win, but agree with 270 about the dearth of scoring chances from the run of play (also evident with the U-23's). Is this a forward problem or a lack of midfield service?

Posted by: wisc ave | March 26, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't worry too much about how we're scoring just yet.

We're beating a solid team, a team that's qualified for the Euro championships, at home 3-0, on a continent where we have been soundly abused.

Posted by: delantero | March 26, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I Suck!

Posted by: Eddie Johnson | March 26, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Well, after watching EJ blunder that effort, maybe we should worry.

Something wrong with a striker who looks to pass.

Posted by: delantero | March 26, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Johnson was pretty ineffective today.

Posted by: Mike | March 26, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Junior Agogo was right.
Essien Scored.
The african drumming is the stufffff.

Posted by: Dadryan | March 26, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

It would have been nice to see Gibbs, even if only for a few minutes.

Posted by: tri-village | March 26, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

EJ couldn't handle the physicality of hte Polish defense. While our forwards were pretty useless, one could say the same about the Poles.

I do have to say that Eddie Lewis looked as good or better than I've ever seen him, in limited minutes. Not just the goal. Had a great play to spring Josh Wolff, if only Josh had not been so blatantly offsides.

We probably wouldn't beat the top Euro or South American sides without more precise passing and forwards that can score outside of CONCACAF. Still, how can you complain about a 3-0 score line?

Posted by: Fisch Fry | March 26, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

To I-270 and Wisc Ave,

I see the lack of scoring as a historic problem for the US in developing its forwards. We breed goalkeepers and defenders here, or at least we have for the past few decades, and I don't see a world-class striker in the current MNT player pool.

Posted by: BaltoFan | March 26, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone make a compelling argument as to why EJ should get ANY more chances with the national team? The guy is garbage. He has shown no progress in the last three years. He makes American soccer look like a joke.

Let's move on. I'm losing more and more respect for Bob Bradley every time EJ sees the pitch.

Posted by: Drop EJ | March 26, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I-270 -- there were other shots. Landy had a couple. Ching misfired badly on one. DeMerit almost scored. Feilhaber probably should have. If I remember right, EJ sent one weakly to Boruc. I'm trying to remember if Clark might have taken a crack at one. Pearce's effort wasn't a bad one, but too far out to ever beat Boruc.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | March 26, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Ghana's goalie sure crapped the bed...

Posted by: Dadryan | March 26, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Jozy and Freddy in place of EJ and Ching, oh my.

Posted by: 2010 | March 26, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Was just watching Washington Post Live, and the guy that is replacing Rust, for today, just called the MLS, MISL....

Posted by: elicea | March 26, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Balto -- Our lack of quality up top is no secret. McBride was a revelation -- a fluke, perhaps -- but there hasn't been anyone else. Jozy should be world class, though. The question is whether there will be someone to join him for 2014.

But, defenders? The U.S. has produced a lot of quality defenders? We've had a few serviceable ones. Balboa, Pope, Boca, Lewis (out of position, I fear -- but, out of necessity), maybe Gibbs might have been in that number, if healthy, and Gooch is beastly (good and bad).

Our historic strength has been in goal, and we've had some good midfielders, with Ramos, Harkes, Reyna, John O'Brien, Armas, Donovan, Beasley, even Dempsey.

I guess Wynalda wasnt so awful in retrospect, but McBride is the only legit world-class striker we've ever had. Stil, I'd say that one top striker is one more top player at that position than we've ever had at defense. You could make a case for Eddie Pope, even though he was ignored by foreign leagues -- but not having seen him play in foreign competition, it's hard to rank him as highly as McBride.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | March 26, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

If only we could convince Guisseppe Rossi to play for our side....

Maybe Gates, Paul Allen or Soros or some other insanely rich person could entice him with financial incentives?

Posted by: Fisch Fry | March 26, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

You could make a case for Eddie Pope, even though he was ignored by foreign leagues --
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I got the impression that Pope discouraged interest by foreign teams for personal reasons. At one time he was considering enrolling in law school; I don't know whether he ever followed through on that. Curiously, people didn't seem to have a problem with this, the way they did with Donovan.

Posted by: tri-village | March 26, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

If only we could convince Guisseppe Rossi to play for our side....

Maybe Gates, Paul Allen or Soros or some other insanely rich person could entice him with financial incentives?

Posted by: Fisch Fry | March 26, 2008 06:00 PM
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According to some sources, they'd be two months too late:

http://www.myheraldnews.com/view.html?type=stories&action=detail&sub_id=24913

Posted by: tri-village | March 26, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

"Donovan 1v1 with the keeper, pushes it wide right of the post...sigh"

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Fred would have put it in the back of the net ;)

Vamos United!

Posted by: ML | March 26, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Eddie Pope -- my memory is a little fuzzy on this. What was the DCU FO thinking trading Pope, Moreno and Williams for Petke, a draft pick and allocation money? Were they just WAY over the cap for some reason?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 26, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

If you missed the Olsen chat on the other WaPo channel, he finally announced his retirement from the national team.

Posted by: tri-village | March 26, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

In the spirit of kicking a man when he's down - which would give me one more effective kick than EJ gave in 90+ minutes - EJ should never ever be allowed to don a US uniform again.

GOFF - is it possible to give someone a negative number grade?? If you give this guy anything higher than a 0, please explain the play / skill / movement that warranted a positive number.

Posted by: Hmmm | March 26, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Woulda been nice to get one in the run of play. But 3-0 is nice. We should be scoring off of corners and freekicks regularly. Guys like LD and Dempsey should create a bunch of them and Gooch and Boca should finish them.

Plus, we dominated possession. I surprised at how many times we were able to string positive passes together against what shoulda been a good defensive team.

EJ: Where was the explosiveness? He is definitely fast, but he cant get the ball and go by people from a stop. If LD gets a half step on someone, he is gone. EJ just isnt good enough. You gotta do something well, finishing, dribbling, passing, winning balls etc... Right now he isnt good eonough. I mean at least Ching got on the end of a couple crosses. Not only does EJ only play back passes, but half of them he just whacks away.

Solid in the back. Dolo is classy. lets just hope we never have to play someone like that Czech guy or Crouch.

Also, shocked by Wolff's first touch on the ball from Lewis when he was offside. Perfect.

Posted by: srfinger | March 26, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I am watching the USA v. Poland game replay and I am shock to see new US away jersey. Is the USOF who accepts the design from Nike must be a stupid and foolish because this jersey is beyond word can express how ugly it is. Oh my gosh. Common you can find a better person who can design the jersey that is traditional and attractive. This jersey makes every player look ugly as well. DON'T EVER SHOW UP WITH JERSEY LIKE THIS FOR THE WORLD CUP!

Posted by: td | March 26, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Enough of the EJ nonsense, CAP EMILIO!

Posted by: NO MORE EJ | March 26, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

ESPANA 1 - 0 ITALIA

Who's gonna be the bloody world champs in 2010??

SURE AS HECK AIN'T ITALIA!!!

:D

By the way how did Ghana-Mexico end???? Tell me Ghana won, tell me! But I won't be *too* sad if they lost...still does anyone know??

Oooh and did Addo, Agogo, or Essien do anything amazing???

Posted by: Catherine-Lucia | March 26, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

catherine-

essien scored a great goal from distance in the second half to put ghana up 1-0, then a GK folly for the ages tied it and a bogus PK gave mexico the late winner.

Posted by: sdg | March 26, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

As far as forwards go, we're not that bad off, Dempsey and Donovan can both play the Jaime role with Altidore up top, but mark my words, I'm saying it now: Quaranta will factor heavily in 2010. Mock me now, just remember this later. :-)

You think he's done, but no one is done at 23.

Posted by: DCAustinite | March 26, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Johnson is a disaster. What happened to his confidence? I think some coaches have to be blamed for this. A guy doesn't go from challenging defenders with pace to making back passes every time he touches the ball without someone tinkering with his game. I put the blame squarely on MLS. The guy was a revelation for the national team when he broke out and then spent too much time being disinterested/injured in MLS. Wasn't one of his injuries a turf toe issue? You don't hear about that very often in regular leagues where the play on proper grass. Let's just hope that Jozy bails on MLS before it ruins him as well.

Giuseppe Rossi is making/made a huge mistake by choosing Italy (I thought you were free to choose until you were picked for a full international match which is why Manuel Almunia continues to talk about playing for England?). He better start playing in the Serie A soon or he'll never get a call up. He's already starting way down the pecking order behind Quagliarella and Pazzini. Soon it will be Balotelli at Inter that will keep him out.

That jersey is not navy blue, it's some kind of strange black/gray combination. We must be the Oregon of national teams with all the hideous experimental jerseys/colors we get. Next we'll have the names on the back in the same color as the jersey with sparkles on them like Oregon's basketball team had this year.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 26, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

If we won a meaningful match 3-0 on set pieces, I'd be on cloud 9 (cloud Agogo). But it's a friendly and a friendly is supposed to be the place to diagnose your problems.

Our problem is that we lack a talismanic striker.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | March 26, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

I really hope EJ reads this blog. Maybe we can light a fire under him. I mean there is no place else for him to go but up.

Posted by: addo | March 26, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I'd settle for an effective striker. Or even a sometimes-mediocre striker. We haven't got jack.

Posted by: viv | March 26, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

thanks, sdg!!

oh well GOOD JOB GHANA!!! viva las estrellas negras!!!!!

Posted by: Catherine-Lucia | March 26, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm okay with the new away jersey. Overall, I like Nike. It's better than the three stripped sleave with Adidas. I think the entire outfit being black (or whatever color that is) was too much. I think white shorts would have looked better. I'd admit that I'm huge fan of teams with a traditional jersey. But the United States does have much tradition to start with. I'd like to see the team develop at least one consistent jersey and then change up the away jersey and alternate jersey every few years. I'd probably be more likely to buy a jersey if I knew it wouldn't be obsolete in three months.

Posted by: EB | March 26, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

"Can anyone make a compelling argument as to why EJ should get ANY more chances with the national team? The guy is garbage."

Posted by: Drop EJ | March 26, 2008 05:41 PM

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Because he will be scoring goals at will against the minnows in CONCACAF just as he did lat time around.

It's true though that he can't beat players that he can't simply outrun (for instance, any decent back in Europe).

Posted by: Arts & Living City Guide | March 27, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

"Can anyone make a compelling argument as to why EJ should get ANY more chances with the national team? The guy is garbage."

Posted by: Drop EJ | March 26, 2008 05:41 PM

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Because he will be scoring goals at will against the minnows in CONCACAF just as he did lat time around.

It's true though that he can't beat players that he can't simply outrun (for instance, any decent back in Europe).

Posted by: Arts & Living City Guide | March 27, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

I called my eye doctor and he assured me that that really was Landon Donovan on defense!

But seriously, great game from Landon!

Posted by: andrew | March 27, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Hey, uh, Troy, how old is Eddie Lewis lookin' today, bro?

Posted by: Joe Doc | March 26, 2008 05:14 PM

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yeah, yeah. look, I have nothing against Lewis and kudos are in order for his game today, but do you really think he will be a contributor in 2010? I don't see it, so I think these friendlies ought to be used to get younger players accustomed to the international game and to get a group of players used to playing with each other.

that said, he didn't look too old today and 2010 is just two years away...

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2008 4:33 AM | Report abuse

"I think the entire outfit being black (or whatever color that is) was too much."

Matchtracker called the jersey's color "Anthracite." As if we don't have enough problems by ignoring Kyoto, we use a color named after a fossil fuel.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | March 27, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

I thought we played well, overall, especially in midfield. Bradley was solid and creative again, Clark did his job, and Donovan finally played well in Europe. Like an earlier poster, I was overjoyed to see him play some defense. What a change!

I think the defense is gelling. Not there yet, but we have the pieces in place, and should have a good corps to choose from when the WC comes around.


Finally, the new unis are not so bad, everyone settle down.

Posted by: grotus | March 27, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

EJ wasn't bad, he was just making bad decisions, ex #1: when he was close to the penalty box with his back to goal and 1 guy behind him, he makes a 15 yard pass towards US end instead of turning the defender and beating him; ex #2: the gk makes mistake in clearing the ball and EJ races in towards goal with 2 defenders closing in on him, he shoots straight at the defender instead of passing to a wide open Ching on the left.
Decision making is a major part of the game even if you have the physical attributes to
play the game. This is why guys like Rolfe and Holden are better with their head than physical attributes. But overall, the US played well.

Posted by: la_chingada | March 27, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

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