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Video: USA-El Salvador

Motion pictures from the 2-2 tie at Estadio Cuscatlan:


By Steve Goff  |  March 29, 2009; 1:19 AM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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What the hell happened at the end? The bicycle kick should have resulted in a corner, but then all of a sudden ES was streaking with the ball through their right midfield, while the referee and a dozen players were scrumming in the ES box.

Posted by: Alsatian1 | March 29, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Alsatian, Jozy was called for offsides. Why? Well, we'll never know. A bush league call, and the ref had been having a FINE game, wasn't putting up with their time wasting, calling the right fouls, did a great job really, til then.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 29, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, the Mexican ref called a great game, but that Jozy offside was a mystery.

Posted by: Reignking | March 29, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I think the ref should have been throwing out yellows for their time wasting.

No El Salvadorian in their right mind should be proud of the behavior of thier players. What an amazing coincidence that about 7 of them went down when they had the lead, then once the game was tied, not a single player was seen falling from self inflicted injuries. Just an incredible coincidence. Please. The referee has got to do a better job of getting control in a situation like that. 7 minutes of stoppage easily should have been 12, and that's exactly what the Salvadorans wanted.

Posted by: dsheon1 | March 29, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

No, the ref handled it correctly. He had no way of knowing if a player is really hurt. Eventually, when Torres (?) knocked knees near the sideline, it was possible that the guy was hurt. By that point, the ref had had enough and told him to get off the field.

Adding time was the right thing to do. I'd love to know what the keeper's injury was. He acted like it was a cramp, too.

His backup worked out well :)

Posted by: Reignking | March 29, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

He did give a yellow to one player while being carried off on a stretcher.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 29, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I hope they work Danny Szetela into the player at some point this summer. Unlike some of our European players he is getting regular playing time on a quality team.

Posted by: dukez | March 29, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

well i think if all the el salvador players were faking injuries, they wouldnt have chosen thier goalie,playmaker, and forward to come off. That makes no sense if that were the case so i gotta believe those were real injuries. Yes they did waste alot of time on the field but i gotta think they were injured

Posted by: wakefred | March 29, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

well i think if all the el salvador players were faking injuries, they wouldnt have chosen thier goalie,playmaker, and forward to come off.

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I think they were just showing a bit of team leadership, showing the others what it means to truly debase yourself for the benefit of the scoreline. Too bad we came back.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 29, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

As poorly as we played, El Salvador showed much better than last place in the final 6. Good to get a result south of the border, but obviously disappointing that we didn't perform better for the whole 90. Maybe start Altidore next, hm?

Posted by: carmines757 | March 29, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

well i think if all the el salvador players were faking injuries, they wouldnt have chosen thier goalie,playmaker, and forward to come off.

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I think they were just showing a bit of team leadership, showing the others what it means to truly debase yourself for the benefit of the scoreline. Too bad we came back.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 29, 2009 11:20 AM


Watch the replay of when the keeper went down the first time. No akward landing. Hes faking it. Maybe he felt the tide of the game turning, and didn't want to be the one to give up a 2 goal lead. Regardless, he played like a coward.

and I too thought the ref did the best he could. Towards the end, I would have liked to see less warnings and more cautions for the time wasting (I mean, we seem to pick them up all the time for a whole lot less). He did give a Castillo a yellow without hesitation for a blantant dive. Thats a call I don't usually see get made in Concacaf. I thought the guy was miles ahead of Marufo.

Posted by: VTUnited | March 29, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

And I thought the US played rather well...

Szetela is getting about 20 per game and, I think, coming back from injury, in the second division.

Posted by: Reignking | March 29, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I keep reading everyone thinking that the Salvadoreans were faking injuries. The goalkeeper fell akwardly and you could tell when he tried to stay in the game the next ball he tried to jump and couldn't. Quintanilla is famous for being out of shape, thats why Alajuelense cut him last year. Quintanilla was all over the field in the first half so we knew he was going to run out of gas. And Zelaya was playing great, one of the best players on the field. Why the hell would someone want to come out if they aren't injured. Unfortunetly us Salvadorean fans are used to our team not finishing games and running out of gas the last 20 minutes. U.S. is a team in great shape and run all game long. This is why U.S.A tied the game last night, Simply outlasted El Salvador. I give credit to U.S. for being in top shape. Now I don't know what we have to do in El Salvador to get them to play 90 minutes.

Posted by: jcromero01 | March 29, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

You thinking El Salvador acrtually had injured players. IT's just too cute.

We got seven minutes of extra time when we easily could have had fourteen. That's what they were going for.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 29, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"Why the hell would someone want to come out if they aren't injured. "

Because he was gassed, or trying to waste time, or knew he was coming out, so wanted to waste time...

Zelaya is a quality player, but a prime candidate to come out when up with a lead.

As for the keeper? He must've been hurt, but it was odd.

Posted by: Reignking | March 29, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

The keeper seemed to be milking an injury, as opposed to faking one. There's a definite difference. Either way, I was happy to see the ref add a substantial amount of stoppage time. Anything less than 7 mins would've been unjust

Posted by: carmines757 | March 29, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

The benefit to the ES team of seeing the game shortened outweighs the benefit of them staying in it personally. Taking one for the team.

The reason they can't go 90 is because no coach has ever stood up to them and told them to knock off the horse crap injuries and work hard - and backed that up with disciplinary action.

Play the game hard, work hard, win honestly. That's just not the mindset of the ES players, at least not those on the field last night.


Posted by: dsheon1 | March 29, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I like Emo, but Torres was so much better this game.
When my wife is asking if Donovan is even in the game, you know the guy has disappeared...
Glad we stole a couple points back in the end.
Absolutely classless play by El Salvador. I'm going to wear my US jersey all week and see how all the homies in the neighborhood like it... If anyone could be proud of such theatrics they are garbage.
Hopefully the US can some how come out and thump T&T on Wednesday.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 29, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

The US played rather well? Are you kidding?

We barely connected two passes together in the first half. I don't know how many times our guys gave the ball away in midfield and upfront trying to play one-touch passes that ended up going to the wrong team. And, can Donovan PLEASE stop taking direct kicks? He's AWFUL and there has got to be someone on the team that can at least put the ball on frame. Refresh my memory, but has he ever scored on a direct kick other than a penalty in an international? We just keep wasting these chances.

Give me a break. Against a better team we loose by 4.

Posted by: hacksaw | March 29, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

He's AWFUL and there has got to be someone on the team that can at least put the ball on frame.
Posted by: hacksaw | March 29, 2009 5:28 PM
Dempsey actually put one on frame, it wasn't very dangerous, but it was on target.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 29, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

we played like crap and were very lucky to get a draw. el salvador played ok until the end, and then they were just shameful! the way they faked injuries and wasted time leaves me with a very bad impression of their country... i am proud to say that *i know* the usa players would never behave such as they did. anyone who thinks they were not faking needs to get their eyes and head checked, or is lying.

Posted by: dfunkt | March 29, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

We need to seriously look at the lack of coaching by Bradley.

Twice he's been lucky to get results with the US playing at their lowest level..once in Guatemala and yesterday at El Salvador..i haven't seen them play as bad as they did yesterday in a very long time. When the games really count, i think we are in trouble with this coach...

Posted by: AmericaOne | March 29, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

the fact of the matter is if they were "just taking one for the team" and were faking it why would it be those key players??? makes no sense whatsoever. Anyone who thinks the starting goalie would trust a sub with his lead is mental. In anycase there was milking going on but zelaya was injured in el sals last match and if the United States came and took care of business like everyone said they would, there would be no arguement

Posted by: wakefred | March 29, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

That's all we did in the first half -- connect tons of passes together. Now, they weren't as penetrating as they needed to be, and there was a lack of creativity, but we were owning the ball, on the road in WCQ.

OTOH, remember the Guatemala game? There's a game where we got lucky, as Guate really dominated possession. I think we were sooo much better than that game.

Speaking of, any idea who won the possession battle?

Posted by: Reignking | March 29, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

and yes Dadryan all the "homies" will love it. lets talk about class....

Posted by: wakefred | March 29, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

This was a great game for the U.S. No, they didn't play a great game. But what happens if we beat everyone in Concacaf 3-0 and then get to the WC and are down 2-0 in the second half? Will we have the experience to fight back or simply get frustrated and quit?

Posted by: notafembot | March 29, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Hated Frankie's marking on the second goal. Loved him pushing Jozy out of the way to get the equalizer.

Posted by: benonthehill | March 29, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Yeah. That's the thing that struck me. I don't remember us ever coming back from 0-2. Whatever the reasons for it, it does instill a little confidence - or should anyway.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 29, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

and yes Dadryan all the "homies" will love it. lets talk about class....

Posted by: wakefred | March 29, 2009 7:49 PM

Can't take a joke amigo? Hmmm. Look, US were very lucky to pull those two goals out of their butts, but if anyone wants to believe that the Salvadorans were not robbing momentum, and delaying the game by rolling around like children throwing tantrums because they don't want to eat their vegetables are either lying to them selves or are worthless cheaters like the dorks pulling that crap last night. Period.
I'm classless because I am proud of my National Team enough to wear the jersey in my neighborhood? Give me a break. I wear the shirt whenever *we* play. Win, Lose, or Draw. What I saw out of El Salvador in the second half last night would embarrass me if I had one of those blue shirts. Period.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 30, 2009 12:28 AM | Report abuse

in response to those who are calling the el Salvador keeper a faker...

Based on the fact that every player on the feild was drenched in sweat, im willing to bet that it was smoking hot that night. The keeper was having obvious cramping problems, the first one happened when he hoped on that one leg to make sure the ball had cleared the post, that will make your calf cramp up really quick. And dont try and pretend like it's "just cramping" and not a big deal, if you are the goal keeper you cant have your muscles spasming every time you hop off your leg

Posted by: pino149 | March 30, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

You shouldn't be cramping at home, not enough water??? Were the US players cramping???? Come on....

Posted by: DadRyan | March 30, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

You're a GK and you're cramping. That sucks, but if it's happening on my field, you get three minutes to strech it out and then you're off. It's up to your team's manager to determine if you're handing the gloves and jersey off to a field player for a little while of a replacement GK. This six minutes of stretching followed by going down for another three to be strecherd off is nuts. Get off the field and let the healthy players play.

Posted by: mason08 | March 30, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the Mexican ref called a great game, but that Jozy offside was a mystery.

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Up until a few years ago, that would have been the correct call. He probably "forgot" that the rule has changed slightly.

Posted by: mason08 | March 30, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

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