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USA, Netherlands Tie

Gerald Sibon scored on a 22-yard free kick with seconds remaining as the heavily favored Netherlands salvaged a 2-2 tie with the United States.

Sacha Kljestan and Jozy Altidore scored about eight minutes apart in the second half as the Americans overcame Ryan Babel's early goal.

Kljestan collected Freddy Adu's through ball and weaved his way into into the penalty area before finishing into the left side of the net in the 64th minute. On the second goal, Michael Orozco's hard cross caromed off a defender and then was deflected by Altidore in the 72nd.

But Sibon bashed a free kick under the defensive wall and past goalkeeper Brad Guzan in the final minute of added time.

With a quarterfinal berth at stake, the Americans (1-0-1) will face Nigeria (1-0-1) on Wednesday. The Dutch, European champions and group favorites, are 0-0-2 and must beat winless Japan to remain in contention.

What did Dutch Coach Foppe de Haan say about the Americans the other day? "No one is exceedingly good, but they are all on the same level, and they have a good system."

Some thoughts:

*The game was too fast for the Americans in the first half.
*Not enough service to Brian McBride's head -- his strength.
*Adu's run in tight space in the 27th was electrifying; too bad his finishing betrayed him. Over the course of the match, he was a constant dangerous with the ball at his feet.
*The slower, second-half pace benefited the USA, though the Dutch should have gone up by two on a clear header.
*Neat cut, cool finish by Kljestan, set up nicely by Adu.
*Calvin Jong-a-Pin is a great name.
*Orozco did the right thing on the go-ahead goal: just pound it into the six-yard box. Fortunate deflection on Altidore's goal.
*Adu and Michael Bradley will miss the Nigeria game with yellow card suspensions.
*The Americans managed the final 15 minutes perfectly and were not seriously threatened until Stuart Holden's reckless foul just beyond the penalty area and Sibon's goal.
*A disappointing finish for the Americans, but in the big picture, four points after two games leaves them in good standing heading into the final match.


By Steve Goff  |  August 10, 2008; 9:32 AM ET
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Comments

Horrible play by the wall on Sibon's goal. It's going to be very tough against Nigeria without Adu and Bradley.

This is depressing. We should have been through to the next round. Now...

Posted by: Andy K | August 10, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

#*@$!!!!!

Posted by: Holden | August 10, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Stuart Holden scores a goal against Japan=Hero

Stuart Holden plays stupid and cause the US team to loose out on 2 points=Goat

My heart can take this...

Posted by: Johnny | August 10, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

the NED goalie played great. maybe DCU should sign him.

Goff -- what happens if we draw Nigeria and holland wins. we all have 5 points right if my math is correct.

Posted by: steve-o | August 10, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

correction

MY HEART CAN'T TAKE THIS!

Posted by: Johnny | August 10, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Thoughts:

*The field was USL awful.

*The STUPID yellow cards for time wasting in both games for Bradley and Guzan really chaps my fanny...

*Holden....yeah...missing the open pass to ice the game, and then just clattering the Dutch dude in a tough spot.

*This team and McBride are not a good fit. They play the ball to feet in the center, and he's looking for high wing service.

*Ugh. Gutted...

Posted by: JkR | August 10, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Tough final 15 for Holden--in addition to the dumb foul, wasn't he the one who made that nice breakaway run but tried a difficult shot on goal rather than crossing to Sacha for an easy putaway?

Posted by: jason | August 10, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Feels like a loss because the US now has to win against Nigeria to assure advancement. If the US draws and the Dutch win by more than one goal, the US is out.

I blame Holden for two things, none of which were the foul for the tying goal. First, he needs to be less selfish and feed a wide open Kjlestan for a tap in to kill the game at 3-1.

Secondly, and he has a lot of company here, the midfield constantly gave up the ball in the last 5 minutes of the match. Trying to be cute and play 0ne-two's instead of holding the ball and spreading the ball wide. We lost the ball way too easily in the last few minutes in central midfield and it might just have cost us advancement to the quarterfinals.

I really hate Marcelo Balboa.

Posted by: A Rickey | August 10, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

""Horrible play by the wall on Sibon's goal""

Yup. And Balboa kept repeating "That's ok, the wall is supposed to jump."

No, if the ball is on the ground, you knock it out, you don't jump.

AAAAHAAH&(*&(*&A^%&^%$##$#!!!

Posted by: delantero | August 10, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

no one even thought the US could advance right?
Total bummer on the draw, but at least it wasn't a loss.

Posted by: dadryan | August 10, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure Holden would have passed the ball to Klestan for that easy sitter if he knew he was there. He's not a selfish player.

Posted by: delantero | August 10, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

@delantero

I was watching on-line- no commentators. If I'd heard Balboa say that I wouldn't have a functional monitor or tv anymore- the former would probably be firmly lodged in the latter.

Posted by: Andy K | August 10, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Jozy starts for Freddy,who starts for Bradley? I almost want Edu to pop into dmid and put someone else (Ianni?) in the back line.

Drag for Holden, and for us, but I'd guess being a young player, frantically trying to keep a lead against Holland, he just panicked.

Overall we looked pretty solid today, if only 3 points came out of it.

Posted by: e | August 10, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I think Holden made the right choice on his breakaway. Crossing the ball to Kljestan would have been exceedingly difficult considering there was a Dutch defender right on Holden, the speed of the run, and the poor field conditions. Had Holden tried to cross he might very well have slid and gone for a tumble, the opportunity wasted.

Posted by: noptov52 | August 10, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Holden's free kick's were great all game long. Just a bad play at the end.

Other observation: Wynne would be a monster if he had any ball skills. Fast, strong, but zero touch.

Posted by: Hoost | August 10, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Yup, definitely NOT a loss. Nice headline leading into this blog, Tracee :)

And ITA, Holden gets goat horns here. Can you say "choke?"

U.S. should have enough depth to at least get the draw on Wednesday. Better yet, they need to just win and clinch the group.

Posted by: wxdancer | August 10, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Balboa is flat-out awful. Can they switch him to fencing, or something?

Posted by: mark | August 10, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Fatigue and maybe anticipation were our enemies at the end. Klejstan turned over the ball at midfield at leas twice when we should have been killing clock.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 10, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I thought we had the game in the bag. Feels like a loss but still a great result. We control our own destiny if we win on Wed. I would replace Adu with Altidore and probably Bradley with Feilhaber. Lose the defensive bite from Bradley no matter what. Edu to midfield and someone like Ianni to CB would be a good idea but I doubt Nowak would do that.

Posted by: Don | August 10, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

If we tie with Nigeria we finish ahead of them by virtue of superior goals scored. After the game Balboa was in the studio and said "the wall is supposed to jump...thats the first thing they teach you as a kid" I don't know who his coaches were because the first thing I was taught was DO NOT jump.

Noptov you're right that in the end Holden shouldn't have crossed it because the defender was on him. But he should have crossed it two touches earlier when he first broke free or two touches before that when he had Altidore open running full speed straight down the middle.

Posted by: dwbpnm | August 10, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

couple notes:

-Can someone slap Balboa in the face? He might be the biggest moron on the planet, and an embarrassment to American soccer fans everywhere. How did this guy play professionally? YOU DON'T JUMP WHEN YOU'RE IN THE WALL!!! Especially when the free kick is that close in. Can NBC sign Julie Foudy for the Olympics? At least she has some knowledge of the game.

-Altidore continues to look extremely dangerous. Clearly he's the starter against Nigeria. Feilhaber should replace Bradley's spot, and hopefully he'll bring the creative distribution vacated by Adu's suspension.

-These yellow-card accumulation rules need to go. Completely. It ruins the tournaments. Bradley's yellows were for a joke call in the first game and wasting time in the second. Really? That's cause for suspension? A soft foul and wasting 10 seconds? Ridiculous.

-Overall, everybody played well. That's what makes this result so difficult. Can't really point out anybody that played poorly, yet we lose our W on a stupid mental mistake in the last minute of the game.

Posted by: psps23 | August 10, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

We advance on tie, even if Holland kills Japan. We have Nigeria on the tie breakers. First tie-breaker is goal differential and if we tie Nigeria we'll both be on +1. Second tie-breaker is goals scored and we'll have them by one. So all we need is the tie, although it would be nice to get the win and avoid Argentina in the quaters.

Posted by: Tony in VA | August 10, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

United better win later or I'm going to be pissed all day.

Posted by: delantero | August 10, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

We can also advance even if we lose if to Nigeria, if Japan can tie or beat Holland. I wouldn't count on that happening, but Holland looks really out of form. They faded in the 2nd half against us and were supposedly out-played by Nigeria.

Posted by: Tony in VA | August 10, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

How long are serious US soccer fans going to have to accept this kind of crap from their announcers? We get it, most people don't understand that game that well. Shouldn't the job of a quality commentator be pointing out what a terrible job the US did of managing the game in the last 20 minutes? Poor decisions on the ball, too many long balls, a unnecessary and reckless challenge 20 yards from goal, poor wall play (i'm not even getting into that one).
- Michael Bradley: for a player so consistenly lauded for his intelligence (lest we forget, he's a coaches son), he makes a lot of stupid tactical decisions.
-Stuart Holden: has to play the ball across the face of goal. he had multiple touches to make that play. Terrible foul.
-Nowak: I refuse to give him credit for these "tactical" subs. Feilhaber for Adu was foolish, considering the way Adu was playing (a little too selfish, but causing problems) and Feilhaber's recent form (horrid). Moreover, Altidore should be playing 90 minutes. Rogers has struggled and Altidore's size is clearly giving defenses trouble. Thankfully, he'll have to play next match.
I have a horrible feeling this team is going out in the group stage.

Posted by: Marcus | August 10, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

On the TV crew, JP is very good but I could do without Balboa. How many times does Balboa use the phrase "knock it around" - could be a new drinking game at colleges - Balboa says "knock it around", everybody drinks, repeat.

Posted by: Roger Van Gool | August 10, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

The Americans can now secure a place in the quarterfinals with a tie against Nigeria. Here's how. If the Netherlands defeats Japan and the USA ties Nigeria, that would leave the Dutch, USA and Nigeria tied at five points. The Americans would win a tie-breaker against Nigeria based on goals scored, which is the second tie-breaker (goal differential is the first tie-breaker and Nigeria and the USA would be equal there if they tied.). The U.S. team heads into its match against Nigerial having scored three goals, while Nigeria has scored two.

The U.S. team can also reach the quarterfinals if the Netherlands fails to beat Japan in its final group match.

Posted by: Ives | August 10, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Where is our first half play? Where is McBride? If he isn't getting the service he should be coming back for the ball, but he's not and therefore a non-factor for almost the entirety of the game.

All in all a much better play than the Japan game, but less to show for it. I don't want to place the blame all on one guy, but unfortunately I have to. Holden blew the game with his completely unnecessary foul with a minute left in ET and his awful vision on his run a few minutes earlier. Instead of of sealing the deal with a cross any pee-wee player could have made, he costs us the win with his bulldozer tackle at the top of the box.

Posted by: DudeAbides | August 10, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

If you'd offered me a 2-2 draw before the game, I would've accepted gladly. But this was devastating. I don't agree that we managed the game well in the last ten minutes. Too many cheap giveaways in the midfield, and Nowak inexplicably left a sub on the bench. We should have made the third sub to kill another 45 seconds.

Getting at least a draw off Nigeria without Adu's ingenuity in the attack will be a huge order. Feilhaber will be key. The defense needs to play the game of their lives. Altidore needs to start.

Posted by: Reston, Va. | August 10, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Marcelo was infuriating!
Especially on Bradley taking the 2nd yellow. "A good move, something I would do, take it now and miss the third game but the not the quarterfinal game." That was mind boggling! The US had not won this game yet, how can he presume that the result was a given?
So now the US has to play vs. Nigeria, the strongest team in the group without Adu and Bradley. How smart is that?
I also thought that the US could have managed the game better at the end as I wish they would have held possession in their end more than they did as opposed to just kicking it long and retreating which is why the Adu substitution bothered me. I thought he would do a good job at that.
This tie feels like a loss. Let's hope for the best vs. Nigeria.
I wish Telemundo had an HD feed!

Posted by: Roberto | August 10, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Couldn't disagree more with this analysis. The US started taking control of the game near the 30' minute in the first half, and starting putting numerous quality shots on goal that required superb goalkeeping by Vermeer to keep the Dutch from giving up the equalizer.

This pressure continued into the 2nd half with the US controlling possession and dominating the flow of the game. Numerous chances by the US were near misses. Eventually the US was able to break down the Dutch and scored the equalizer. Altidore's goal was the fortuitous result of yet another goal mouth scramble in the Dutch box. This time the bounce went for us and we took the lead.

The last 15 minutes of the game were POORLY managed as the US just tried to hold on to a 1 goal advantage against a tough opponent. Instead of pressing on for the 3rd goal and killing the Dutch, Nowak decided to sub Adu for Feilhaber which resulted in the US losing possession in the midfield, losing momentum, losing control of the game and losing our threat on the Dutch goal. It was a classic coaching mistake of going defensive in the last 10 vs. either going offensive or just continuing with the game as it was flowing.

Don't blame this disappointment on Holden. It was his rocket of a shot in the first half, that forced a superb save from the Dutch goalkeeper, that gave the US confidence and a big boost to our momentum.

Trying to hold on and kill a game off in the last 10 minutes is a strategy that never works against good opponents. I've seen it fail countless times before. In that critical moment, the team needs to go for the throat, needs to go for the kill in order to win.

Oh well. At least there is no doubt in my mind that the better team on this day was the US and it should still provide a shock for all of our opponents that questioned the quality of this side.

Posted by: Eugene | August 10, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Going in we would have been happy with a draw. After that first 30" we would have really been happy with a draw. But after dominating play for stretches and taking a lead to extra time only to be equalized in that fashion...painful.

Posted by: YanksMarching | August 10, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I too was dumbfounded by Balboa's comments about the US wall jumping. Balboa said that the wall had to jump in order to prevent a shot going into the upper 90. I called a close friend of mine who played with Balboa in the 88 Olympics and 90 World Cup for the US. He was surprised that Balboa would say the wall had to jump. In fact, he said the opposite: the wall should stay put and if the opponent can shoot from 22 yards, over a wall of 6 foot guys, and beat the keeper, more power to him.

As far as where the US stands, we are technically in 1st place (tied on 4 points with Nigeria, same GD but superior goals scored (3-2)), So, if you said before the tourney that after 2 games the US would be in this position, with a QF spot guaranteed with a win or tie in the final game, we would all accept that.

Posted by: Jumping in the Wall | August 10, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

We should have made the third sub to kill another 45 seconds.
.........................................

Refs are wise to that sort of thing. They would simply have added on that time.

Posted by: The Jeff | August 10, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Los Catrachos have the consolation that they can now focus on WC qualifying. I wouldn't be surprised to see a few of their players flying home early.

Posted by: The Jeff | August 10, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the Americans handled the end of the game well. They looked harried, took bad cards (Bradley and Adu in particular), gave the ball away too frequently, and generally seemed content to 'escape' with the win rather than close out the game with confidence. Holden's foul was bad—"reckless" is fair—but then Sacha leapt out of the way for the strike for reasons that are beyond me. A free kick that close in is going to struggle to clear the wall and stay on frame, so why leave your feet at all? Granted, it's easy for me to say that from my couch and after the fact, but it still looks poor. I think we deserved that result. And now we have Nigeria without two of our brightest players. Crikey.

Posted by: longfellow | August 10, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

We advance on tie, even if Holland kills Japan. We have Nigeria on the tie breakers. First tie-breaker is goal differential and if we tie Nigeria we'll both be on +1. Second tie-breaker is goals scored and we'll have them by one. So all we need is the tie, although it would be nice to get the win and avoid Argentina in the quaters.

Posted by: Tony in VA | August 10, 2008 10:28 AM
..........................................

It doesn't look as if tiebreaking will go any farther than that in Group B. If you are following any of the other groups, the complete list of tiebreakers is under Article 25 of the official regs:

http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/regulations_olympics_beijing_2008_en_6198.pdf

Posted by: The Jeff | August 10, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Goff is dead wrong on the management of the last 15 min. You manage the game by maintaining posession, not be just kicking the ball away from your goal to the other team. We gave away the ball more in the last 15 minutes than in the previous 50 minutes, and it was not due to increased pressure by the Dutch...just a lack of maturity and experience by the players. That said, I was impressed that the US didn't take their foot off the gas after they tied 1:1. How is it that so many teams around the world at the highest levels don't understand that conceding possession is not the way to protect a lead?

Posted by: Brokefoot | August 10, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

"Marcelo was infuriating!
Especially on Bradley taking the 2nd yellow. "A good move, something I would do, take it now and miss the third game but the not the quarterfinal game." That was mind boggling! The US had not won this game yet, how can he presume that the result was a given?"

exactly - if we had won the game we could have just sat bradley for the nigeria game and cleared him for the quarters. absolutely no reason to take a yellow there.

Posted by: pat | August 10, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

The most frustrating part of the US team for me so far has been the complete lack of crossing ability. McHead starts up front essentially on his own and the US wingers can't beat the first defender with a cross. What's the point of playing McBride if you have terrible wingers? He should have come back for the full national team and let Jozy lead the line at the Olympics.

I had a bad feeling when Balboa started talking about how smart it was for Bradley and Adu to get themselves suspended for the next match. Anything he thinks is smart is clearly not smart so you knew it was going to come back and bite them. Does Balboa know that they could have benched Adu and Bradley for the next game if they had qualified? He hasn't improved since the 06 World Cup but at least ESPN is smart enough not to employ him anymore.

I'd just like to add that Matt Vasgersian managed to mispronounce the names of virtually every Brazilian when calling the highlights at halftime. He referred to Anderson as Underson, Marcelo as Marceyo and Pato as Patoo. How can you screw up the name Anderson? It takes skill to do that.

Posted by: Jared | August 10, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Manchester United beats Portsmouth for the Community Shield, 3-1 in penalties after a 0-0 draw in regulation and extra time.

Posted by: bbo | August 10, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Goff: Is there any chance that the Post will assign reporters to cover the crucial games involving the WNT and MNT on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, instead of relying on wire service reports?

Posted by: The Jeff | August 10, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

ManU claiming Community Shiedl in pk started. You know what this mean? Another champions league win with KP and another premier league title.
So Adu was already suspended for the next game and than genious Novak sub Adu by faild Feilhebar? What a stupid coaching decision ever!!!!!

Posted by: arlington4united | August 10, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Mcbride might as well be a traffic cone out there, he's absolutely USELESS for us because we have no one who can cross a ball to save his life.

We lost 2 points and it's all on HOLDEN, u f'n 1d1ot!!!!!!!!!!!! would it have killed Stuart to pass the ball on that breakaway?

Posted by: CtNight | August 10, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

easy on Holden he played very well today, yes he made 2 mistakes but he was solid every other time he was involved which was alot

Posted by: chris | August 10, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I think the only thing I'm more tired of than the USMNT's bad luck is the boring, ceaseless complaining from U.S. soccer fans about frikking television commentators.

Good God, just stop. None of them are as bad as you people make them out to be. Most of them are indeed just fine. I don't know where you get this energy to just keep bashing, game after game, tournament after tournament, year after year... It's hard enough for me to muster up this single post bashing you.

I swear, it's like you're looking to be annoyed by the little voices you hear coming out of your TV set. It's downright weird.

Posted by: T Tolliver | August 10, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

NBC- get smart and get rid of Balboa. He discredits the intelligence of American soccer fans. His embarrassing remarks reveal his stupidity!! Unfortunately NBC must also be naive to assume American soccer fans will continue to listen to this idiot American Soccer apologist. The fact is the US blew a great opportunity today and could not put the Ned away when they should have and worse could not possess the ball at a critical juncture. The wall never jumps!!!

Posted by: Mrsmartboy | August 10, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

And right on cue, there comes Mrs. Mart Boy.

Posted by: T Tolliver | August 10, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Wynne would be a monster if he had any ball skills. Fast, strong, but zero touch.

agreed

holden was great on crosses. blew in the final 15 -6

robbie rogers was god awful from start to finish. -4

mcbride - did very little - not his fault. -5

Altidore - strong player - 7

feilhaber - looked like he hadnt played in two years , which he hasnt - 4

bradley -7

defense -7 looked good

wall - 4 klejstan again

guzan - 6 didnt have to do much. managed game well

ianni sucks please dont play him.


Adu should have played attacking midfielder.

1st 40 minutes he had one touch. he should be more involved.


klejstan was giving the ball away alot.
great goal great finish though -7

adu very dangerous -8

Posted by: castroviejo | August 10, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

i agree with chris

Posted by: castroviejo | August 10, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Good God, just stop. None of them are as bad as you people make them out to be. Most of them are indeed just fine. I don't know where you get this energy to just keep bashing, game after game, tournament after tournament, year after year... It's hard enough for me to muster up this single post bashing you.

I swear, it's like you're looking to be annoyed by the little voices you hear coming out of your TV set. It's downright weird.

Posted by: T Tolliver | August 10, 2008 2:11 PM

Sorry, but I have to agree with the earlier posters. Most of them, Balboa especially, ARE just that bad.

How you can have a "Hall of Fame" analyst that doesn't know elementary tactics to the game is beyond me.

Seriously, as an American soccer player who takes pride in the everything soccer related produced by the US, Balboa is an embarrassment to me. And I don't think I'm alone here.

Posted by: psps23 | August 10, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm...if the Russians can put away the Dutch 3-1 on the counterattack in AET during Euro 08, why couldn't we do it here?

This match reminded me of the 2007 Gold Cup, where the US had the golden opportunity to finish it 3-1 but an open-net shot off the crossbar kept Mexico in it, and if not for luck (I believe they had a free kick that we blocked or went over the top very late) and the law of averages (Mexico can't win on U.S. soil for whatever reason), that final may have gone to PKs.

When was the last time we beat NED? Not in recent memory, that's for sure.

Posted by: wxdancer | August 10, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

For those not liking the TV commentary, switch to the NBC online feed. I got all the crowd noise and good resolution without a single announcer to be heard. Beautiful! I just wish TV would be brave enough to follow suit and dump their announcers.

Posted by: DC Fan | August 10, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

newsflash, folks. Most play-by-play people in the world are bad, heck, most color guys are bad. Anyone ever watched a game in another country? If they really annoy you that much, try a mute button. save your complaints for the game, or a media blog.

oh, and I will be the one to say it. The last goal is on Guzan. If he knows his wall is jumping, and he should, a low shot to the near post is his responsibility.

Posted by: northzax | August 10, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The reason we tied is right on US soccer.com.

Great photo of the free kick taken behind the shooter.

Klesjtan watches as the ball passes right underneath his feet. Had he not jumped we'd be in the quarters.

Posted by: delantero | August 10, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Exciting match - too bad Holden forgot what time it was and made a dumb mistake at the end. Better than most expected. Adu played well, but made a couple bonehead plays that cost him a spot against Nigeria. I don't expect a win against Nigeria, not without two key players.

Posted by: Bob | August 10, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

@wxdancer --

Maybe if one of the Dutch players had a child pass away days before the match and the whole team was playing with black arm bands could we take them 3-1 like the Russians did in Euro 2008 -- in overtime.

Posted by: Eugene | August 10, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

one more thing. Hasn't Freddy been on fire from set pieces lately? Why isn't he taking them now? Anyone know?

Posted by: northzax | August 10, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Put in my boy, Daxy.

Posted by: bob | August 10, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Jozy is injured and can't go 90; hurt ankle in practice collision with Juan Pablo Angel.

Posted by: Atl | August 10, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Good coaching by Peter Nowak by loading up the middle was a big factor in the turn around for the US. Dumb mistake by Holden, there is no excuse for stupidity. Freddy has always had great runs, when is he going to learn how to finish them?

Posted by: Frank R | August 10, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"Jozy is injured and can't go 90; hurt ankle in practice collision with Juan Pablo Angel."

The second part is true, but it happened at the end of May, a week before his transfer to Villarreal was made official.

The first part is ridiculous. His ankle is fine. He's 18 years old; it doesn't take ten weeks to heal from a slight ankle sprain.

The reason he's not playing is because Nowak often makes baffling tactical and personnel decisions.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 10, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh my, more kneejerk bitterness and bashing on the loose...

His ankle is fine. He's 18 years old; it doesn't take ten weeks to heal from a slight ankle sprain.

The reason he's not playing is because Nowak often makes baffling tactical and personnel decisions.

Odd, then, that Jozy said this today:

"It's still bothering me. I get it looked at every day, just trying to get it better and better, but it seems to be something that when I get back to my club maybe I need to have someone else look at it."

What's the deal -- does it just feel better to bash?

Posted by: T Tolliver | August 10, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

WElls is pathetic, please we need a new keeper ASAP

Posted by: DC FAN | August 10, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

What? What'd I miss? I got sick of posting stuff on the "Matchday: DCU at New York" section, so I figured I'd post something up here? Those 2-2 ties and 4-1 humliating losses can really get to a guy, huh?

Posted by: person | August 10, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted in the previous thread: I'd love to see what this team can do with Jozy and Freddy starting at the same time.

Posted by: Juan-John | August 10, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Maybe someone pointed this out but if we had held onto the lead, who would care if Bradley missed Nigeria game?

Posted by: lubs | August 10, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

And regarding walls, I guess the trick is to jump a little but not so high that the ball gets through under the wall. Or maybe mix tactic up and just be less predictable.

Posted by: lubs | August 10, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

The US Men's Olympic team performed well on the 100th bithday for American great, Adelino ("Billy") Gonsalves. It was a shame the lads did not get the full three, but they put themselves in postion to advance. Take it to Nigeria!

Posted by: Brendan | August 10, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

DC Fan : I just wish TV would be brave enough to follow suit and dump their announcers.


NBC Tried this for an NFL game, and it was poorly received. THe NFL is a game where over three and a half hours there is not too much actual playing ... at least it is more than baseball.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 10, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I am sure glad that they decided to fix D.C. United. Getting humiliated by RBNY is not a good way to prepare for an USOC semifinal. However, Moreno is great!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 10, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Completely agree with Brokefoot! The US switched immediately to kickball and stall tactics after the 2:1 lead. You should NEVER take your foot off the gas, keep trying to score. If we had scored another goal, extra buffer. It's just a matter of time that the other team scores when you STOP trying to score. Enraging. Bradley's 2nd card, well deserved. Stupid. If Novak is teaching this crap, then he needs to go.

Posted by: dbcoyle | August 11, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

i'm sticking to my original prediction: 3 and out!

Posted by: mizage | August 11, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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