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Matchday: USA-England

USA: Howard; Cherundolo, Bocanegra, Onyewu, Pearce; Dempsey, Bradley, Clark, Beasley; Wolff, Johnson.

England: James, Brown, Ferdinand, Terry, A. Cole; Beckham, Hargreaves, Lampard, Gerrard; Defoe, Rooney.

In case you have not heard, former USA international Brian McBride has decided to leave Fulham and return to an MLS club to be determined. He used to play in Columbus and is from the Chicago area, so clearly they are the favorites. However, Toronto actually owns his MLS rights based on the league's allocation order.

This is the place for your pregame, in-game and postgame commentary.

Cheers!

By Steve Goff  |  May 28, 2008; 2:43 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Donovan not playing tonight, out with groin injury.

(insert joke here)

Posted by: Red Devil | May 28, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Johnson?? Wolfe?? Noooo!!!!! On the bright side, at least Calamity James is in their net.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 28, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Sucks no Landon

Posted by: Rambo | May 28, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

as much as i hate landycakes at least he can play, sucks he's out and he definitely desearves his 100th today against engerland

Posted by: not really a joke | May 28, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Can I watch this game online somewhere other than ESPN360?

Posted by: CY | May 28, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Come on USA!!!!

Posted by: Red Devil | May 28, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

simply baffled by the inclusion of wolff.

Posted by: jerad | May 28, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Will we ever see Bob Bradley wearing a suit? He is like Bill Belichick minus the cheating and all.

How many caps you think Beckham would have if he was playing for the US? I say he would have over 200.

The Ref is fat.

Posted by: Darren | May 28, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I thought Adu wanted to show Europe he can play today. maybe 30 minutes worth?

Posted by: Johnny | May 28, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

TVU has is on channel 10006, if you can stream...

Posted by: DCBird | May 28, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Who's on the bench for the US?

/me curses the fact that he'll be in the lab until at least 7pm central tonight.

Posted by: Colm | May 28, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

thanks for the TVU info!

Posted by: DudeAbides | May 28, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"He is like Bill Belichick minus the cheating and all."

Bob Bradley doesn't cheat? I thought he was "Cheatin'" Bob Bradley?

Posted by: Rich C | May 28, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I hope John Terry slips.

A lot.

Posted by: Joe Doc | May 28, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Adu should be starting with Dempsey up front for Johnson or Wolff

Posted by: Anonymous | May 28, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Landon Prima-Donovan CAN play, but chooses not to.

I fully expected some phantom injury to come up, just like it did for the LA-Vancouver game last week.

Of course, the "injury" will be completely healed this weekend, when he can play in a setting where he doesn't have to work too hard in order to look good.

Posted by: Jeremy | May 28, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm stuck w/ matchtracker :( Is the game as ugly as it reads? Just foul, foul, foul.

Posted by: cat | May 28, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

thanks for goal rico... what a needless fould outside the box

Posted by: jerad | May 28, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

stupid fouls, invisible forwards, boring match.

Posted by: longfellow | May 28, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Anyone watching on ESPN. I'm not one to follow commentators, but these guys are the WORST! The US might be struggling but I feel like I'm listening to some english pub drunks. ESPN is the worst! MUTED.

Posted by: johnk | May 28, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

stupid fouls, invisible forwards, boring match.

Posted by: longfellow | May 28, 2008 3:54 PM

So, maybe I won't rush out to catch the second half. Hmmmm.

Posted by: cat | May 28, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

This is the worst game I've watched in years. Both sides are terrible. Truly awful stuff.

Posted by: Hoost | May 28, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I was looking forward to this match, but the first half was a bit of a snooze. After the Terry goal, it kind of started looking like a numbers up attacking drill. ack. I guess I'll watch the second half though.

Hard to criticize Wolf or Johnson really. The US midfield is nonexistent.

Posted by: jva | May 28, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I can't even imagine how the League is going to rig the trade of McBride to the Galaxy. Wish he was playing at Wembley right now...

Posted by: AM | May 28, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Was anyone expecting an epic friendly? Really? This is pretty much as expected, IMHO.

And these are the best announcers we can expect as well for the US team. Best we've had in years. For whatever that's worth...

Posted by: JkR | May 28, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

DC OF: Go get McBride now.

Posted by: td | May 28, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow...people actually had to pay to watch this game.

Posted by: DCfootie | May 28, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Gerrard was all alone... Boca needs to get games.

Posted by: MK | May 28, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Shocking...US gives up a goal when Gooch watches Gerrard run right by him. Same old Gooch!

Posted by: DCfootie | May 28, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

For those of you not watching the game, the US is showing absolutely nothing right now. Not a single American has even shown a spark. It's be nice to see Adu in to see if he can add something.

Posted by: DCfootie | May 28, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Eqally shocking is the midfield for the US. Hurting the back 4 with inopportune fouls and poor positioning, and providing nowt to the front.

Bradley and Rico invisible except when fouling.

England's subs look hungry. This could get ugly.

Posted by: JkR | May 28, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I understand Bradley's being careful not to ruffle the feathers of MLS coaches leading up to WC qualifying, but it would have been nice to see Kenny Cooper against England.

Go Freddy!

Posted by: MK | May 28, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

The lack of offensive creativity is pretty shocking, even for the US. The DC United backline would be pitching a shutout right now against them. Maybe we'll bore the England backline to death, and get a goal that way.

Posted by: DCfootie | May 28, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

2138: Oh goody, there's a Mexican wave at Wembley. Someone claw my eyes out immediately.

from the BBC

Posted by: Red Devil | May 28, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

It looks like we're a bunch of individuals up against a team... and having watched England play lately that's not a very good sign.

Posted by: MK | May 28, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Adu and Altidore need to be starting over the likes of Josh Wolff we we want to improve.

Posted by: Taylor | May 28, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

why wasnt Altidore selected for this friendly?

Posted by: chris | May 28, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to sit Johnson down and show him a video of Didier Drogba playing with his back to the goal. Johnson just doesn't know what to do when he gets the ball in that position.

Posted by: DCfootie | May 28, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Trying to avoid burnout apparently... it sounds like the number of games was bothering him and they'll probably just use him for the Argentina game.

Posted by: MK | May 28, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

so how will the US improve so that they dont get the same result against Argentina?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 28, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The US just didn't have a striker who wanted to go forward and do something in this game. Other than that they were ok...just kicking the ball around. If anything this was a good and highly paid practice & exhibition for England. Until the US can solve the striker situation it's going to be just like this against Spain and later Argentina.

Posted by: Ben Canada | May 28, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

why wasnt Altidore selected for this friendly?

Posted by: chris | May 28, 2008 4:51 PM
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Because he's injured with a toe problem

Posted by: Orange 14 | May 28, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

How to improve...let's see:
1) Wolf and Johnson sit...they're just not good enough to play at this level.
2) Gooch and Boconegra are too slow in the middle, and neither can mark well in open play. Let's try Demerit in for one of them.
3) Bradley and Clarke can't play together...they need more of a pure possession guy in there.

Posted by: DCfootie | May 28, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

As pressing as the need for a striker is, it makes no difference who is up there if the midfield can't string a few passes together and keep possession. Sadly, I don't know if there's anyone in the roster that can help.

Posted by: DCfootie | May 28, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

The US stunk up the joint. I still do not understand why Bob Bradley continues pairing Ricardo Clark and Michael Bradley. There was no attack or threat to score until my man, Freddy Adu came on. He needs to start. I was extremely disappointed with our defensive minded approach. Johnson and Wolfe are a joke. On a positive note, Steve Gerrard is incredible. He completely dominated.

Posted by: DC United Fan | May 28, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

USA's central midfield sucks. If Bradley has 18 goals in Dutch League play, then the Dutch league must not be all that great. No one in the middle for the US did anything until Freddy entered the game. I think we saw two important themes:

1. Bradley should find a way for Freddy to start, or at least play more than 20 minutes.

2. We are terrible without Landon Donovan influencing the game.

3. Pairing two of these three (Clark, Bradley, Edu) does not work in the central midfield when the US plays anyone outside of CONCACAF.

That was really frustrating to watch.

Posted by: Dave | May 28, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

my bad 3 themes haha

Posted by: Dave | May 28, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I will say this, even with some of our recent "wins" I feel like the US program has been going backwards ever since Bruce arrived in Germany. Ever since Germany this US squad has been average swinging from slightly above average to woefully well below average. This team plays scared, this team doesn't believe, this team looks like its just going through the motions and I'm tired of it. Its not the teams fault we don't have good youth coming up the ranks and thats extremely troubling since it signals we will be doormats for the top teams in the world for years to come. Whoever thinks we'll be competitive for 2010 or even a real shot at winning that world cup is smoking the funny stuff with Marion Barry.

Posted by: Felix | May 28, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Why DIDN'T Bradley start Freddy, anyway??

Posted by: Juan-John | May 28, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I can't recall ever having so little optimism about the USMNT as I do right now...I feel worse about the team now than I did after Germany. They just seem to be regressing...Johnson, Gooch, Bocanegra and Dempsy seem to be going backwards instead of forward. They've found no one to replace McBride or Reyna. They have a glut of players that can only function well as an offensive midfielder/withdrawn forward (Donovan, Dempsy, Adu, Bradley). What now?

Posted by: DCfootie | May 28, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Johnson did what he could. There's no one to play off of. I thought tonight was one of his stronger outings of late (I know, doesn't say much).

The following were AWFUL today: Bradley, Dolo, Rico, Wolff, Beasley. Adu and Lewis put some life into this piece of crap team today. Outside of that, it was a pointless match with nothing learned.

Posted by: Hoost | May 28, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

You're getting too down on yourselves. If England played so well "on the road", against a crowd of 71,000 home fans, we'd be very happy ... well that shows how low our expectations are at the moment but the point still stands.

Capello said afterwards how pleased he was to have beaten a team that kept the ball so well. So he thinks that the way the USA plays is a good test, like playing any European international team, and I agree. We lost our last game 1-0 away to France, it was generally well received!

Johnson was an inch from a great goal at the start of the second half - exactly what a good European team does away from home, create one great chance, keep the ball, win (or not lose at least).

Posted by: english person | May 28, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

That was one of the most boring matches I have ever seen. I hope this is the last time we see the Clark-Bradley combo. It's a shame that Feilhaber got injured. Only when Lewis and Adu entered the game did the U.S. have some possession in the attacking third. This team has no imagination in the final third. No one is making the appropriate runs in the box, and the crosses from out wide were terrible. I hope Freddy and Landon start next week or else I could see Spain destroying us. They are one of the favorites for the Euros so they definitely have more to play for than England did today.

Posted by: Mark | May 28, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

First the positives

Pearce looked very solid. He nearly had a goal, and completely shut down Bently. I think he may have just earned himself the spot. that said i think Bradley will keep him out against Spain so he is well rested for Leo Messi and company.

For having no support, from his strike partner (ha ha right) or the midfield, i Thought EJ did quite well. he had a couple decent shots, and a few nice combos with Dempsey. Hopefully we can see more of it in the future.

The bad...

Wolff was just horrendous. Every time he got the ball he lost possession. I mean he was terrible, i almost felt bad for him.

Rico and Bradley dont work well because they are the same kind of player. Neither is particularly gifted on the ball and really the only thing they do is play defensively. Judging by the amount of fouls they both gave up i would say neither excelled at that either.

It hurt not having donavan out there. I feel like if he was paired with EJ or even swaped with dempsey things could have gotten a little interesting.

Also good contributions by Hejduk and Lewis.

Posted by: Pino | May 28, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

"Its not the teams fault we don't have good youth coming up the ranks and thats extremely troubling since it signals we will be doormats for the top teams in the world for years to come."

Um, just because the up-and-coming youth didn't play today DOES NOT mean that we don't have them. Adu, Altidore, Edu, Feilhaber... these 4 are already in the top 5 of our central midfield/ attacking midfield/ striker options, and none of these played more than 20 or so minutes. These are the guys that need to be getting time, not Josh Wolff, Eddie Johnson, Rico Clark, etc.

Although on the youth note, Michael Bradley still has yet to impress me. I truly hope he doesn't become one of those quality club players who simply can't dominate on the international stage. He didn't even impress at the under-20's, let alone on the full men's level. Feilhaber needs to be given that c-mid spot for good, as he's the only one with any sort of creativity.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 28, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Not having the benefit of replay, I thought pearce got beaten on the second goal.

Neither johnson nor wolff threatened to beat anyone and, much as it pains me to say it, dempsey kept trying -- and failing -- to make that extra move. None of the three of them should be proud of their playing time. Sad that howard and guzan are the only ones I can single out for praise.

Posted by: troy | May 28, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Why, why, why does Clark keep getting called up. All he knows how to do is foul. Atleast he didn't kick anyone in the head.

His fault on the first goal,

and he was ball watching on the second.

Bradly jr. can do the work, clark is just a thug.

Posted by: bob | May 28, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Bradley's performance has to be the most disapointing aspect of a very uninspiring game from the US. He couldn't keep possession and the accuracy of his passing was poor. His midfield partner, Clark, was clearly overmatched and out of his depth against such high level opposition. Dempsey and Johnson lacked quality service. Wolff had no business playing in this game. Gooch, Boca, and Dolo all had gaffs that led to the goals or near goals. Beasley had some moments, but is lacking match fitness.

There were some positives though, as Pearce played well, while Adu and Hejduk provided a spark off the bench. Howard was also solid.

I just hope was don't get taken apart by Spain.

Posted by: Chase | May 28, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Do not covet thy neighbors digital cable, just offer to bring over the ankle biter for a play date. Cool thing is my neighbor doesn't watch Oprah and they got a BIIIIIIIIG screen.
I gotta say if Dempsey and Johnson keep workin' out they salt and pepper shaker combo dance they will come up with something. Maybe someone else getting loose.
Adu is taking a look like a man.
Pretty boring game though and honestly kind of confusing with that particular away uni. I like the thing but...it looks weird playing against another team in white.

Posted by: Dadryan | May 28, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

9 of England's starters are from the top 4.
2 of ours are from a team that just missed the relegation bullet. I didn't expect anything more from this this lineup but I did expect a lot worse.

Posted by: reality check | May 28, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse


As pressing as the need for a striker is, it makes no difference who is up there if the midfield can't string a few passes together and keep possession. Sadly, I don't know if there's anyone in the roster that can help.

Posted by: DCfootie | May 28, 2008 5:05 PM
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Are you talking about MNT or DCU? Could be both.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 28, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

We must be the only national team on the planet with players out of contract starting in a major friendly. Can't understand what the point is giving Wolff, Frankie, Lewis, etc. a run when they should be testing new talent. There's something to giving them a testimonial appearance at Wembley - they've made their contributions over the years - but giving experience to Adu, Mapp and(insert other attacking-minded players that exist here) would be far more valuable.
In the end, the physical difference between our boys and the English and other countries in general at this point is obvious: they have the top echelon of athletes funneled into soccer from the start. While we do have talented players, they are slighter and far less 'battle-hardened' coming up through our youth system/college.
Finally, having the entire country behind you, no matter how small the nation, can only help give you the most complete passion for winning. It's hard to find a player on our side with a stern brow of determination.

Posted by: Lemoyne | May 28, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I watched this match at RFD in Chinatown, which is also where I watched Man U play Chelsea a week ago. There were far fewer people in the place watching the game this around. (In fact, last week I went to Fado first, but the place was packed; RFD was getting the overflow.) Was this the case at other area watering holes?

Were Dellacamera and Harkes at Wembley, or were they calling the game from BSPN's studios in Connecticut? If the former, will they be doing tomorrow night's DC-NE game on BSPN2?

Posted by: tri-village | May 28, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

The NYT Web site has a photo of several players, including Cherundolo, in the wall, defending against a free kick. Given that Cherundolo has only a couple of inches on Franco Niell, I wonder how effective he is in that role. Perhaps he has a good vertical leap.

Speaking of Niell, did you know that the region of Argentina from which he hails is predominantly ethnically Welsh? I don't know whether that is true of him personally.

Posted by: tri-village | May 28, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Were Dellacamera and Harkes at Wembley, or were they calling the game from BSPN's studios in Connecticut? If the former, will they be doing tomorrow night's DC-NE game on BSPN2?

Posted by: tri-village | May 28, 2008 8:26 PM
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perhaps you recall their gratuitous in-game references to conversations they had with usmnt players "at the hotel"...i think it's safe to conclude that they at wimbledon, erm, wembley. looks like they'll be taking the red-eye tonight. either that or they give tomorrow's duties to other fellas (fingers crossed that the color commentator is marcelo balboa! he's da b3st!!#@)

Posted by: longfellow | May 28, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Bradley Sr. deserves a LOT of criticism for this uninspired disaster - new rule: if you start (or even play .. or even select for the team) Eddie Johnson or Josh Wolff, you're fired. As gutless and disgraceful as virtually all field players were, these two have absolutely no business playing international soccer.

Needless to say, we are light years behind England - a team that didn't even qualify for Euro 2008: not very promising. When we have to start Ricardo Clark and they can bring a Joe Cole off the bench, what more needs to be said?!? Sadly, US Soccer is a joke and I'm sure Capelli and the rest of the Brits are laughing their a$$e$ off at the sorry, sorry state of American futball.

Posted by: Hmmm | May 28, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Entertainment rating:

England - US... 1
First 20 minutes of Boca - Fluminense... 10

Posted by: Kev | May 28, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

HMMMMM the brits can laugh their a$$e$ off all they want. They still have not qualified for Euro...
Tougher cookie to swallow if you ask me than losing to an "inspired club" of losers! Beating USA in a friendly isn't winning champions league JT! Suck it!
Premier League worshipers are WANKERS.

Posted by: Dadryan | May 28, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I have tickets to the USA Argentina game next week. Good thing I'm an Argentina fan.

Posted by: peridigm | May 28, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

It got so bad, my English girlfriend wound up rooting for the U.S. strictly out of pity.

Posted by: Embarassed | May 28, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Needless to say, we are light years behind England - a team that didn't even qualify for Euro 2008: not very promising.

Posted by: Hmmm | May 28, 2008 8:40 PM

++++++++++++++++++
Yet we hammered Poland, who won their group. Don't read too much into friendly results.

Posted by: JkR | May 28, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

hammered Poland and Rico played well in that game.

Posted by: antnee7898 | May 28, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Hejduk for senior add-on to the Olympic team. How about it? They haven't announced those three yet, have they?

Posted by: gringo | May 28, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Wolff is a waste. Get him off the team forever.

Thought Hejduk played well and inspired a bit of offense ... nice to see from our D.

Remember ... this game didn't mean a thing. We will see a different lineup for the qualifier against Barbados.

Posted by: United fan in TN | May 28, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Watched the re-broadcast on Galavision

* Nice goal by Terry (But gee whiz! Beckham to Terry? Who didn't see that coming? A: Gooch, Bocanegra, Pearce, 'dolo, etc.

* Gooch lost Gerrard, but it looked like there was poor communication in the back line. Don't know who's to blame: Gooch? Hejduk? Pearce? Guzan?

* Why didn't Rooney get carded for scissoring Beasley in first-half injury time?

* Does any soccer player with a US passport know how to shoot?

* Not sure if Defoe will start again anytime soon. How many chances did he blow?

* Looked like both teams were on vacation.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 28, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Not having the benefit of replay, I thought pearce got beaten on the second goal.


Posted by: troy | May 28, 2008 6:37 PM

Nope, Defoe drew Boca up field, passed the ball off to barry, who then threaded the ball into the newly opened hole where boca used to be, as Gerrard easily ran by Gooch and finished cooly.

Looking back i dont think i gave Pearce enough praise. As far as i can remember he handled every one on one, and managed to get in the way of every cross that Bently tried to get in. Not to mention he has a decent knack for coming up and helping out on offense.

Posted by: Pino | May 28, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

I thought Johnson showed some life, actually, but he had no help up there. He's got to score on that one-timer though.

Wolff is a head-scratcher. Once he had pace at least, but he doesn't even have much of that anymore. He shuts down every attack personally.

Nothing Onyewu could have done against Gerrard except foul in advance. That ball split the defense perfectly.

I thought Bocanegra was outstanding. Pearce made a lot of mistakes.

Posted by: Joe S. | May 29, 2008 3:53 AM | Report abuse

I think it was OK game for US. Not great, but OK. Reasons? Lets list some names Terry, A. Cole; Beckham, Hargreaves, Lampard, Gerrard; Rooney.

Would Landon in his best form and overflowing with energy be at this level? Maybe coming close (and it is very generous maybe, I do like the guy), but he IS our best player and he was OFF the field.

One most noticeable thing about the England players I listed is that they all are creators with good imagination and ball skills to support it. Our guys were mostly OK on braking things part of the game. But against this group, "mostly OK" won't keep you dry. England did create chances, pulled the defence apart, and ended up with well deserved goals.

Now, on creation side for US. I think Johnson looked better than anytime in the past. No, he is not Rooney, and never will be.

Wolf - I always liked his personality (as it seen on TV), but have no idea what he is doing now in the USMNT.

Dempsey is expected to do more, much more.

Beasley tried to be the main guy in the middle, sometimes well.

Everybody else were moderately OK on the destructive side, but practically zero on the constructive, with a side note that Pearce was better than others.

I wish Freddy had more playing time instead of Wolff, he might have come up with some nifty creations, or so I hope.

From the "Coming back to Earth" perspective, we've got what we deserved against a talented English team in its current fighting form. I would say it was a good building block, if Adu and other young guys got more experience playing against such quality team.

Posted by: Tolik | May 29, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

England?!? England can kiss my ass!

Posted by: Jerry Lee Lewis | May 29, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Some god awful football from both sides. Thank god for alcohol.

Posted by: Barry Glendenning | May 29, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Josh Wolff is small, slow, and has terrible feet. Every time he touched the ball it bounced five yards away from him. The only reason he is even called up to the team is for the nebulous and vacuous attributes of "veteran experience." At the very least a guy like Jaqua should have been in there, since presumably he's at least equally as slow and bad with his feet, but is tall, could theoretically get better by 2010, and has scored important goals recently. Including a guy like Wolff shows Bradley is more interested in being respectably earnest than in actually developing talent. EJ didn't do that poorly. He's never going to be a very aware player, but if he's combining well with someone else he can finish. I really want to see Cooper in the next two games. He deserves a chance to show his game because he'd compliment the other striker options well. He's our best bet at the next McBride. Cooper, Altidore, Dempsey, Donovan, Adu, and EJ are a decent enough group of forwards to work with over the next two years.

The Gerrard goal was clearly Gooch's fault, although better communication could have gotten Pearce over there. Pearce looked good enough. Everyone's right, Clark is a thug, but Feilhaber clashes with coaches and doesn't seem to work hard. He's not a great solution right now. We need to think about moving Dempsey into the central midfield.

The biggest key for this team is someone, anyone, who is confident enough and skilled enough to possess the ball in the middle of the field. Clark plays the ball like a pin ball machine flipper, Bradley's not much better, and no striker has shown the strength and composure to hold-up effectively. Dempsey does ok, but he's stuck out on the wing. Yeah, the more I think about it, the more I think Bradley-Dempsey is our best idea for central midfield.

Posted by: splice today | May 29, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Having been at Wembley I read my "Cousins" comments with interest. What strikes me is the obvious passion you guys feel for the game.It hurts doesn't it? Welcome to our world. We are suffering big time with the Euros about to start. Usually at this time the whole country is geared up for football. Houses fly flags of St George and the streets empty as everyone watches the match(England inevitably lose on penalties in the quarter finals). Honestly its bigger than Christmas here. Football is a religion in England at yet we haven't won the world cup since 66. My message is don't beat yourselves up. A Respectable World Cup quarterfinal showing is not be sniffed at so don't fret. Now I have to go off and support another Euro 08 team (Don't worry it won't be France) PS We didn't boo your national anthem at Wembley (a first!)

Posted by: NC England | May 30, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

NC England I've got a suggestion - support Poland!

They have only ever beaten England once, they have NEVER beaten Germany, their flag is red and white so you don't have to buy different face paint, and their lager is stronger than ours.

Posted by: english person | June 1, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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