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Jozy and the Nats

[UPDATED with more information on the transfer fee.]

The deal we told you was on the brink of being finalized is all but done: Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore to Spanish club Villarreal. New York made the official announcement moments ago. He still must reach a contract agreement with Villarreal, which is expected to initially loan him for the start of the 2008-09 season, and pass a physical.

Terms of the transfer were not disclosed, but sources familiar with the negotiations tell me MLS will receive at least $12 million $10 million and more than $12 million if Altidore meets certain incentives. MLS had been seeking at least $10 million and had turned down earlier offers from Villarreal, Reading and a German club, among others.

Meantime, a separate issue could be brewing. Altidore is between agencies, having unofficially departed Wasserman Media Group but still under contract with Richard Motzkin and Co. WMG was apparently not involved in the final negotiations -- we believe Altidore is headed to IMG, which also claimed Freddy Adu this spring -- but because of its contract with Altidore, the firm might have a claim for a share of the transfer fee. Stay tuned.....

Okay, as for the U.S. national team, it is preparing for today's friendly against Spain in Santander. Kickoff is 4 p.m. ET, although you won't be able to watch it on TV until 5:30 (ESPN2) or 7 (Galavision).

For those tracking the match online or watching later, this is the place for pregame, in-game and postgame discussion. I'll be back later with a separate thread from storm-whipped Estadio RFK, where United will face Houston this evening.

By Steve Goff  |  June 4, 2008; 3:18 PM ET
 
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USA! USA! USA!

Posted by: Josh | June 4, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

lineup for USA
--------Johnson-----Adu----------
Lewis---Edu---Bradley----Dempsey--
Pearce-Bocanegra-Onyewu-Cherundolo-
-----------Howard---------------

Posted by: mz | June 4, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Bocanegra is a corpse. No way he stays in the Premiership.

Lewis is useful, but he is 34...what will they do to replace him? You would think this would be the time to get a young winger in the mix so that come South Africa, they are battle-hardened.

Posted by: Erick | June 4, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

Were you channeling Elton John when you though that headline (Benny & the Jets)???

Posted by: Erick | June 4, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Yes! Elton John, of course

However, Olsen/USA headlines have worked better: Benny and the Nats

;-)

Posted by: Goff | June 4, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Isn't the Spain game on delay? if so why cant i find a matchtracker for it? Anyone know the final score?

Posted by: gilbert | June 4, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

US/Spain starts at 4PM only on espn360.com. I believe ESPN Classic is showing it at 5:30 and Galavision is at 7.

Posted by: kasdc | June 4, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

As I said at the top, kickoff is at 4 p.m. ET

TV is tape delay at 5:30 on ESPN2 and at 7 on Galavision

Posted by: Goff | June 4, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

isnt lewis like 45 or something? Time to try a young stud at the left wing....

Posted by: bobf | June 4, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert,

When in doubt track it on the USSF homepage...mayeb not live tracking, but at least they will update scoring...

http://www.ussoccer.com/

Posted by: Erick | June 4, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Is the link to Matchtracker on ussoccer.com not working for anyone else? Anywhere else to find match updates?

Posted by: Matt | June 4, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Fernando Torres just scored his 3rd goal

Posted by: Ameobi | June 4, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

It's like the US defense isn't even on the field yet.

Posted by: Metzeng | June 4, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

time to stop reading the blog until i get a chance to watch the game later tonight!

Posted by: pat | June 4, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

what are you guys talking about. the game hasn't started yet

Posted by: addo | June 4, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

For some weird reason I thought it had to do with "Josie and the Pussycats"...

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Yes! Elton John, of course

However, Olsen/USA headlines have worked better: Benny and the Nats

;-)

Posted by: Goff | June 4, 2008 3:44 PM

Posted by: Juan-John | June 4, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Erick | June 4, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Fernando Torres just scored his 3rd goal

Posted by: Ameobi | June 4, 2008 3:57 PM
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He would have 5 by now, but he was offside for the first 2 :-)

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 4, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah! addo, thanks for pointing that out. phew.

Posted by: metzeng | June 4, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have a guess whether tonight's United game will get delayed/cancelled? According to weather.com's interactive maps, there are two more storms headed our way with an estimated ETA for kick-off. They don't look quite a strong as this first one, but you never know.

Trivia Question for the Trivia folks:
Has United ever had a game cancelled because of weather?

(I don't have an answer)

Posted by: TCompton | June 4, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Just to clarify for the humor-impaired, the Torres "goals" are all part of the pregame blog fun. Game hasn't kicked off yet.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

There was a game stopped at halftime before against I think Kansas City.

Was wondering the same thing about tonights game? Tysons Corner area got a good whipping from the first of the 3 storms.

Posted by: Sam | June 4, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

First minute and Spain is dominating possession!

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Johnson offside in the 3 minute. That means we're in their half. YES!

Posted by: Metzeng | June 4, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Pearce is getting toasted at Left back

Posted by: Shh, watching at work | June 4, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

In the 7th minute, the Spanish fans are starting to whistle at the conservative play from their side.

Both teams just playing keep-away, nothing interesting happening at all. Adu with a nifty little move to create space.

Dempsy and Casillas collide on a Bocanegra free kick.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Spain with a dangerous header as Boca and Gooch loose a mark in between them. Howard with a decent save. That's a goal on Wells.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Spanish should have one. Guy turned an open header into the upper deck. Well not quite

Posted by: Shh, watching at work | June 4, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Bradley with a slide-tackle in the box on Torres -- he always makes me nervous when he goes to ground...

Ramos loses Bocanegra on the ensuing corner and heads it ineffectually.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Howard makes a hash of a high ball,but then palms it to safety

Posted by: Shh, watching at work | June 4, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Pearce with a nice shutdown on Torres.

Cross swerves on Howard and he is forced to flail at it, Wells-style.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Adu cuts one from the line to the six, just missing Dempsey!

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

edgeontou, where are you watching?

Posted by: bbrew | June 4, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Adu slips one into Johnson, who scores!

But was offside...

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

im not watching the game, but am i correct in guessing adu is probably the best usa player so far?

Posted by: adam | June 4, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

ESPN360.com

Howard smothers a low shot from Torres.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

damn, thanks

Posted by: bbrew | June 4, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Adu is consistently making things happen.

Completely different from having Josh "Lawnmower Man" Wolff on.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

edgeonyou
keep the updates coming. im still stuck @ work and dont get espn360.

Posted by: adam | June 4, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have a guess whether tonight's United game will get delayed/cancelled?
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According to behindthebadge it is on track.

Posted by: td | June 4, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

edgeonyou rules

Posted by: Metzeng | June 4, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Ref is consistently letting the game flow. Letting body on body stuff go, lots of playing the advantage, etc.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Sorry people, I'm only good until the end of naptime... Probably another 15 minutes.

US with some nice possession, forcing Spain to bunker. Then Spain responds in kind.

Adu's foot stepped on, foul!

Free kick from 30 yards, and Eddie Lewis hits it just high and wide of the upper corner.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Spanish fans whistling at their team again...

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Nice quick buildup by Spain foiled by a timely tackle at the top of the box by Gooch (I think).

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

come on, ask them to please go back to sleep! for us!

Posted by: adam | June 4, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

fyi, justintv.com is streaming it for free.

freddy is playing well but has lost a number of possessions. pearce not doing well on defense, but ironically has pushed up hard and has been useful on the attack. johnson had a goal that was offside. freddy had a free kick that curled just over the crossbar. johnson just had an acute angle shot blocked by the keeper.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

US playing balls mainly on the ground. Much better possession overall than vs. England. Still the problem of no #10... Everything's totally predictable as the US moves up the field. The only person who seems able to change that equation is Adu.

We're in the 38 th minute.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys, if you go to channelsurfing.net, you can get a streaming version of the game. It's of so-so quality (and there's no English commentary), but it's fluid and watchable (and the names you can recognize).

Overall, much better showing from the US in the first half than they put forth against England the other day. Adu's been much more effective than I expected.

Posted by: Tim | June 4, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Adu with a quick unexpected long flick to EJ, who is able to use his speed to beat the defender to the ball. Shoots at a tough angle forcing the keeper to parry out of bounds. US fouls on the ensuing corner.

This follows some sustained Spanish pressure around the US box.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

That was Lewis with the free kick that went high, not Adu.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

argh! stream has frozen!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Also, that's Edu who's losing possession a lot, not Adu.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

stream back up, but appears like halftime

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Adu wins another foul with studs to the back of his calf.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Scoreless at halftime.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

That's the score I expect for tonight's United game.

Posted by: TCompton | June 4, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

any guesses as to the changes we make @ half? Jaqua for EJ? Beas for Lewis?

Posted by: adam | June 4, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

EJ is playing better than I've seen him play before.

Posted by: addo | June 4, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

OK... I'll hang on a long as possible, but baby duty beckons...

Overall, US looks much better than vs. England. Not sure if that's cause Spain is a little more casual about the game or an actual upgrade in play. Spain's definitely had the better chances, but it's been far more even than I expected.

In terms of the two different dudes in the lineup:

Edu > Clark (although he is giving it away a little too easily)
Adu >>>>>> Wolff

Curious to see how the 2nd half plays out. I would expect both teams to turn up the intensity a notch.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

start of 2nd: bunker hard and quick counter...just like a Mexico match!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Heydujk in for Cherolundolo.
Guzan in for Howard.

I think Adu is out, commentators think it was due to a minor injury from being fouled.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

did we just sub out adu? so we take out our best player. huh????

Posted by: adam | June 4, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Bocanegra hurt from collision with Spanish player. Holding knee. Not serious.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. EJ receives a long ball in stride running at the defender and instead of taking him on and using his speed, he stops the ball, looks, and crosses across the field, compleltely killing the momentum.

Moments later.

EJ misses a point blank header inside the six from a great Eddie Lewis ball. YOU HAVE GOT TO BURY THAT!

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Beasley in Adu, I think Dempsey has moved into Adu's withdrawn forward position. Commentators say that Adu got an ankle ding and that's why he came out.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Lots of subs in for Spain (including the leading goal scorer from La Liga), looking much more dangerous. Guzan looks like he'll get some work. (FYI, they claim that Guzan will start for Chivas tomorrow).

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

apparently the spanish goal is to spike each of our players in the calf. dempsey just got his turn.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

im fine with adu coming out if he is hurt. just too bad he cant play the entire game. Im hoping to leave soon to watch the game on espn2.

Posted by: adam | June 4, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Senna should get booked for the two-legged scissor tackle from behind on Dempsey... and yet... no card... Hmmm, I feel like I've seen that called a straight red by some refs!

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Spain is dominating possesion, but the fans are starting to whistle again.

Seems like they're either trying to be too cute in the final attack (a la Jaime) or just don't have their A-game touch.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

MLS style shanked shot from the 18 by a Spanish player...

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

xavi is a punk

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Another sketchy tackle from Bradley gives Spain a free kick from the top of the 18... He does this kind of thing far too often.

Off the post!

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

At this point (60th minute), it's hard to see how the US is going to score. I predict Spain nets two in the next 30.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

i would have disagreed with edge's prognosis, but wolff just subbed in for lewis. now i agree

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Great series of passes leads to close shot off post for Spain. That should be a goal... Spain is dominating... No US possession or flow. Harkes blames the loss of Adu.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Crowd in Spain is pretty spare...

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have a guess whether tonight's United game will get delayed/cancelled? According to weather.com's interactive maps, there are two more storms headed our way with an estimated ETA for kick-off. They don't look quite a strong as this first one, but you never know.

Trivia Question for the Trivia folks:
Has United ever had a game cancelled because of weather?

(I don't have an answer)

Posted by: TCompton | June 4, 2008 4:09 PM

MLS All-Star Game at RFK in 2002(?) was rain delayed in the middle by one freaky storm for about 30 minutes. Why they played the second half through the puddles I will never know.

Posted by: AM | June 4, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, "sparse" crowd... as in, lots of empty seats, not a lot of atmosphere.

In the 70th minute now...

US conceeds corner #6.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

harkes is working the broadcast? maybe i wont watch the tape delay.

Posted by: adam | June 4, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

xavi scores

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Johnson = really bad player. Why is he even on the team.

Posted by: Kevin McCallister | June 4, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Freddy has looked good (watching on the delay)

Dempsey has looked bad. seriously bad. lazy and a poor touch.

Johnson doesn't look like he sucks, which is a massive improvement from him.

Posted by: FreeDC | June 4, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Where's the pregame thread? Where's the turkey, Chuck? Where's the mashed potatoes? Where's the pumpkin pie?

Heading to RFK.

Posted by: gringo | June 4, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

It's time to start Adu up top with Landon(INJ?) or Altidore vs Argentina. E.Johnson should find a job kicking slow grounders to Babe Ruth league kids, would be perfect for him. Dempsey is in a serious funk and it's time to get him a seat on the bench. Boca's lack of playing time is really showing last 2 matches. Overall a better match vs Spain than Engalnd, but God help us vs an all star Argenitina lineup on sunday eve.

Posted by: GLOVE | June 4, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

This is after the fact, but:

75th minute, EJ passes back to Bradley, whose touch goes straight to a Spanish player whom he then has to grab as he busts by with the ball, earning a yellow.

Classic.

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

man our forwards suck. it's time to start begging mcbride to come back, praying that altidore doesn't bust and hoping that someday johnson will reach the wolff level of mediocrity. im slapping myself as i write this but at this point i might just bring twellman back until a decent player emerges.

dempsey is the new bornstein

Posted by: FreeDC | June 4, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that the USMNT has regressed of late. Wish the powers that be had manned up and paid for Klinsmann. I hate to say it, but Eriksson was a brilliant get for Mexico.

Bradley could not carry Klinsmann's, Erikkson's, Mourihno,'s, etc. shoes. Bradley just does not have the talent to compete on the world stage with the best coaches.

At least it doesn't cost anything for me to dream of better days.

Posted by: Kevin McCallister | June 4, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

at least the announcing crew of JP and Harkes has been pretty good.

Posted by: Pindar | June 4, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

So what really happened? Who won? Who scored? How many? I do know that only Adu and Donovan is worthy of mentioning but sounds like Adu is now injured and so is so is Donovan. Can we get a decent forign coach now? Russian coach will be available.

Posted by: td | June 4, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

That was a really nice goal for Spain. That wasn't very good defending by Onyewu, he sure got his ankles broke. Absolutely no communication b/w Onyewu and Bocanegra.

Posted by: Pindar | June 4, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

If Freddy Adu is not penciled in as a starter from this moment forward, Bob Bradley should be fired. He's head and shoulders above every other American technically, he showed that he now has the strength to hang with the big men (i.e. when he held off two spanish defenders in the corner, then ended up beating them down the endline), and he's one of two players that doesn't show fear or timidity on the field (Dempsey being the other).

He's ALREADY the best player the US has. Take that how you want (either sad because he's the best player at 19, or great because we definitely have one bright future with him at the helm).

Posted by: psps23 | June 4, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Please don't let me see E.J. out there any more, any forward worth a lick heads home that cross. It's not even the difference between world class and average, it's the difference between average and pub league.
Jaqua, anyone?

On a positive note, Freddy looked quite capable--the only US player with composure AND creativity...

Posted by: jason | June 4, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Spain wins 1-0 on a goal by Xavi, who receives the ball and proceeds to dribble through four defenders (Bradley, Gooch, Bocanegra, Heydude) en route to slotting it home.

However the best chance of the game was EJ's point blank header from the six...

What this game taught us:
-- Wolff = Poo
-- Dempsey = The Invisible Man
-- Adu = Starter
-- Guzan = Solid
-- Edu = Too Many Turnovers
-- Beasley = Rusty

Posted by: edgeonyou | June 4, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

For the life of me, I can't understand going into the defensive crouch for the second half. We've got a decent defensive squad, and Guzan is a good keeper (Howard was fantastic in the first half, by the way), but letting a dangerous group like the Spaniards spend the entire half with the ball at their feet on your side of the field is just asking for trouble. No matter how solid your defense, sooner or later, they're gonna catch you sleeping and get an easy goal, which is just what happened.

And what this team needs is to find ways to put the ball in the net. Our best chances go wasted because nobody can even get a shot on goal, let alone a cheap goal on a rebound.

Freddy is the only player showing some creativity and resourcefulness, and he's the only one who looks like he can create scoring opportunities at the moment. I think Johnson can be a scorer, but he's not going to progress getting as few chances as he's gotten. Clint Dempsey went into witness protection a couple of months ago. Frankie Hedjuk's been a pleasant surprise.

Bring back Brian McBride!!!

Posted by: Dupont Circle | June 4, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

All in all, a better showing than last week, but that's d@mning with the faintest of praise.

Posted by: Dupont Circlt again | June 4, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

bb

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 3:17 AM | Report abuse

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