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Matchday: USA-Egypt

Oh, and let's not forget Brazil vs. Italy, a couple of teams with a bit of international history.

Both matches will kick off at 2:30 p.m. ET. The Americans will appear on ESPN2 and Telefutura, while that second-rate match (kidding) is on ESPN and Univision.

Mathematically, the Americans are still in contention for a semifinal berth. Realistically, they are done. They'll need to beat a very good Pharoahs side by several goals and Brazil to thump Italy. Egypt, though, is a confident group after scoring three times against group leader Brazil and upsetting Italy to maintain hopes of advancing. Brazil is almost assured of finishing first and avoiding Spain in the semifinals.

What will we see from the USA? For Bob Bradley's sake, even if his team falls again, the effort, determination and performance need to improve drastically. As we've discussed all week, the issue against Brazil and Italy was not that the Americans lost; after all, they were playing global titans. It's the way they lost, especially the second match.

Who's in the lineup? Carlos Bocanegra did train yesterday, so perhaps he'll make his Confederations Cup debut. We'd all like to see Jose Francisco Torres and a few other changes in the lineup, no?

I'm jetting home from Denver this afternoon and will miss much of the live coverage.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame comments are warmly welcome here.

UPDATE: The U.S. is up 1-0 at halftime on a goal from Charlie Davies.

USDavies.jpgCharlie Davies put the U.S. up 1-0 after sneaking a shot past Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary.

UPDATE No. 2: On goals from Michael Bradley (63rd minute) and Clint Dempsey (70th minute), the U.S. has advanced to the semifinals with a 3-0 victory over Egypt. That win, coupled with Brazil's 3-0 victory over Italy today, puts the U.S. (1-2) into the next round to face Spain on Wednesday. A match report from the game.

By Steve Goff  |  June 21, 2009; 11:22 AM ET
Categories:  Confederations Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Goff,

EVERYONE wants to see Torres...everyone except the Bob. What the hell did he do to tick off the coach?!

Posted by: arswift24 | June 21, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Ask Kenny Cooper what Torres did? BB is a "my guy" coach and if you're not one of his guys, you sit. Look at how long it took Altidore to get a nod.

Posted by: jcwill7 | June 21, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

annnnd apparently Mastro is on prelim GC roster....what he did to warrant another look...god only knows!

Posted by: arswift24 | June 21, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

--------------Howard-------------

Spector---Gooch--Boca---Bornstien

--------------Bradley------------

Davies-------Torres-------Donovan

-------Altidore-----Adu-----------


Yeah, right. Oh well, time to fire up the Fifa machine, I guess.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 21, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

We need to go all out for a win. Minor changes are welcome (I'd be happy to see Dempsey benched), but we should not be playing guys just to give them a look. We should be doing everything in our power to get a RESULT.

Posted by: PVGtownAz | June 21, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

There's only one legitimate place I've found to watch it, the rest seem like scams :-/ You can see it over here though: http://vostuu.com/watch28015.html

They make you do a little survey but after that it's good to go :)

Posted by: karenakarson | June 21, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see Boca as left back, but we probably won't.

I'd like to see a 4-5-1 that can also act like a 4-3-3 with...

Howard, Spector, Demerit, Gooch, Boca
RM-Donovan, DM Bradley, CM Torres, AM Feilhaber, LM Adu
CF Altidore.

Not enough defense for ya? Yeah, cuz it's been so great so far. Maintaining possession and actually being able to attack is important, and I don't want Clark again. Great, the fouler is back!

Anyone who still wants Beasley... Astounding.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | June 21, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Hope you are flying Frontier airlines. They have tv's in the back of every seat with Direct TV....

I think we win today; the Egyptians will be overconfident. If we start the same old lineup, though, I'll throw a beer at my TV.

Posted by: hacksaw | June 21, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I want to see the 20 year old phenom who's a defensive liaility, can drift in and out of games and is not playing for his home club or his loan club in Europe...but apparently he has to get more club time to earn his spot on the field.

As opposed to the 19 year old phenom who's a defensive liaility, can drift in and out of games and is not playing for his home club or his loan club in Europe

Or the the 27 year old veteran who's become an offensive and defensive liaility, can drift in and out of games and is not playing for his home club in Europe

Posted by: teo_68 | June 21, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I think all of the US issues has to do with the jerseys. Knowing American sports, get new uniforms and your team will be good.
=)

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | June 21, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Per US MNT Blog

================Guzan=================

Spector===Gooch===Demerit===Bornstein

Dempsey====Bradley====Clark====Donovan

============Davies==Altidore==========


No bench listed yet, doubt Adu or Torres made it...

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 21, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

The lineups were listed on the USMNT blog: Bornstein, Onyewu, Dempsey, Davies, Donovan, Bradley, Clark, DeMerit, Altidore, Guzan, Spector
More of the same from Bradley, predicting an easy Egyptian win

Posted by: Naranjal | June 21, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Bob has suggested that, since we're still mathematically in this one, that there won't be many lineup changes.

We need to clobber Egypt to stay in this one. We're basically down by 7 goals with Brazil as our only backup. And Bob's three favorites have combined for two red cards and an own goal from the attacking third.

I'm not sure what comments I will be making after this one, but I think extraordinary rendition for Bob might already be in order.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | June 21, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Why the heck are Clint Dempsey and Ricardo Clark in the starting line-up?

With starting job security like this, why even try that hard for the USMNT? Oh right, Dempsey and others don't seem like they could care less.

Posted by: diego_r | June 21, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Bradley through in the towel....Why he is starting Guzan when he never sees the pitch is beyond me. YOu need to prove you can win a game. Howard's confidence is not shaken so I have no idea why he is starting Guzan.

Posted by: spartyinmd | June 21, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

No bench listed cause everyone is available, silly me.

Well, everyone but Emo.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 21, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so Adu needs to be playing regularly in order to get playing time with the national team but Jozy and Guzan don't. I think that Bradley is showing that he is insane if you base it on the definition of trying the same thing over and over again and expecting the result to be different. Maybe he is just screwing with us because he knows that there is zero chance of him getting fired.

I bet that Torres is regretting his decision to choose the US over Mexico. He'll probably tell any other players with a similar choice to stay far away from the US unless they are willing to tackle recklessly and only pass to the opposing team so they can then get red carded for the reckless tackling.

Posted by: Jared7 | June 21, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

no torres or adu?
what will it take?

bornstein must go

Posted by: castroviejo | June 21, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

bornstein constantly tugging jersey. he cant keep up without that hand in opponents shirt.

Posted by: castroviejo | June 21, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

weak free kick by dempsey

Posted by: castroviejo | June 21, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

nice possession so far

Posted by: castroviejo | June 21, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

clark -1

Posted by: castroviejo | June 21, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

OMFG!!!11!one!! why didn't donovan shoot that?! 0_0

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone explain what just happened?

Posted by: hudson22 | June 21, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

*donvan lofts weak blooper*

lol, well, at least he "shot" that one...

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

need better finish from bradley -13
altidore wake up/ landon needs to shoot - 15
bornstein shirt tug again 100% -15
nice clear onyewu
bradley give away -18
bradley nice win -19
davies davies davies charlie hustle

Posted by: castroviejo | June 21, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

charlie davies scores!!!!!!!!

great turn by altidore, and way to be scrappy charlie!

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Uhh... What?

Posted by: B_A_ | June 21, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Charlie Hustle is right.

Desire, physical strength (muscling off the defender) and quick feet (the snappy left-right finish) all on display.

Posted by: benonthehill | June 21, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

in the 10th minute rico clark took a shot from the left wing off a throw-in and didn't hit it well and it eventually went wide. bob bradley was frowning and shaking his head on the sidelines... man, f.u.c.k. bob bradley, i want us taking more shots like that! the more of 'em we hit, the better they will get. the better they get, the more they will start going in. after all, its a soccer game, and we are gonna get the ball hundreds of times, so i would rather have guys giving a crack than always losing the ball out of bounds or to defenders.

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

great job landon, way to try to take it past the keeper! i like that aggression, unlucky that wasn't a goal...

nice save by guzan on the outside-of-boot shot.

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

@benonthehill: hear, hear! i wish we could have seen more charlie davies in this tournament...

an excellent ball by landon on the set piece from right-side. he is looking much better since the weak-a55 pass...keep going boyo!

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Man -- you guys need to get off the caffeine. Or, maybe there is some medication that might help. You all should read your posts.

Bradley started a very sensible lineup -- Frankly, this is the shape we should have had all along, with Donovan in the midfield and Davies joining Jozy up top.

As for Guzan - the logic is obvious. He needs to get this kind of experience if he is going to back up Howard next summer.

Posted by: fischy | June 21, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

charlie davis is looking fantasic! he just ran down a speculative long ball near the endline, got fouled (i thought) and immediately popped back up and fought for the ball against 2 egyptians.

quite an impressive spanking shot from outside the top of the box by egyt, clips top of bar, could have easily been a goal with how it was dangerously dipping...whew!

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

@fischy: i agree that this lineup and formation is a much better fit for us. i hope we never again play a 4-5-1.

brazil scores again?! 2-0 brazil, we need to score some more goals and help ourselves out...

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

holy crap!!! 3-0 brazil!!! GO USA!!! (can we do it?...maybe...)

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Holy cr*p! Brazil is up 3-0!! If the US scores another goal, we're plaing SPAIN!!!! (OK, stop hyperventilating...)

Posted by: glfrazier | June 21, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe I actually agree with John Harkes on something...Dempsey needs to ride the pine for a while.

Posted by: jclinger | June 21, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Brazil up 3-0.

If that score holds and I'm reading the table right, USA is through with a couple more goals and the shutout.

A guy can dream.

Posted by: benonthehill | June 21, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

bornstein almost burned again on header. too small too weak too slow - 29 (4th time burned)
good hands guzan -30
steri strips in hair dont work -31
dempsey continues to stink /correction good d
dempsey back to back give aways - get him off field with bornstein.
demerit nice clear - 40
spector cross needs to be alittle better -41
onyewu nice clear -41
nice vision donovan to bornstein
then bornstein just loses it -42
should be yellow on bradley -43
nice davies
horrible jozy -45
dempsey give away
harkes shut up about back post
harkes is an idiot
onyewu nice read - 45
jozy - flub touch 47

half time subs dempsey out - torres in

Posted by: castroviejo | June 21, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

1) donovan needs to take that shot.
2) michael bradley needs to have quicker feet and get it on goal.

we stress too much about defense and team shape and need to work on offense in camps...

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

dempsey give aways this half -5
bornstein burned this half - 5

Posted by: castroviejo | June 21, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

i want to see adu for dempsey, and torres or fielhaber for clark coming out after halftime.

bob, we need more goals, not more defense!

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The officiating is garbage! FIFA refs fall for dives constantly. If I a manage the officials at a FIFA tournament, the only ones I would take are Premier League officials from England. That is the only league that I watch and enjoy the calls, but Prem players don't tend to dive as much as other leagues or regions in the rest of the world.

Posted by: no_recess | June 21, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I don't think you can blame Bornstein for everything. I think he should never tug a shirt again, but most of the "fouls" on him have been clear dives.

Dempsey isn't tracking back at all, and should leave at half for Torres, Adu, or perhaps Heath Pearce. Kidding, kidding, just wanted to remind people who we're exiling Bornstein for.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | June 21, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

@castroviejo: yes, clint has really sucked massively. the worst was when he gave it away weakly just outside our box. wtf?! i have always liked clint cause of his skill, but he needs to sit for a couple (or more) games.

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Wait, what?

Attack?

Posted by: B_A_ | June 21, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Adu for Dempsey, at the least Torres.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 21, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Just to clarify, here's the current table if games were to end as they stand. All three teams would be at 3 points.

Team GF GA Differential
Egypt 4 5 -1
Italy 3 5 -2
USA 2 6 -4

So if USA wins 3-0, that would change the table to this:

Team GF GA Differential
USA 4 6 -2
Italy 3 5 -2
Egypt 4 7 -3

And that would put USA through on goals scored, right?

Posted by: benonthehill | June 21, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Who is better?

Posted by: ceu_carmesim | June 21, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Alexi Lalas: Is Charlie Davies the answer? No, but he's showing heart and hustle.

This man is complete idiot, why do we have to ask his opinion before, after, and at halftime of EVERY GAME.

Is Davies having a great game? YES! Does he deserve more minutes? If you have to ask, you're Alexi Lalas.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | June 21, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I believe you are right ben, 2 goals by USA will do it as long as italy doesn't score and they shut out south africa.

Posted by: amorris525 | June 21, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

There's this band from down here they should have been playing in the lockeroom at the half. That band's name: Attack Attack!

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 21, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Everyone's saying Brazil needs another one. Is head-to-head a tiebreaker before goals scored?

Posted by: benonthehill | June 21, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Oh i mean Egypt.

Posted by: amorris525 | June 21, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

lol, another card!...at least he didn't make contact. a red would KILL our chances. where's the discipline???

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

great break-out by gooch!

should have been a goal for altidore, great strike... :( (i don't see that as a penalty, good no-call.)

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

horrible touch bornstein - 48
nice dummy altidore - 49
davies poor touch - 50
altidore must score -51
hand ball again egypt
2nd goal line hand ball for egypt in this tourney.

Posted by: castroviejo | June 21, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

we have looked really good so far, we just need some more offense to put us over the top...its the 60th minute bob, put it adu and/or torres so they have some time to get it started!

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

YES!!!! bradley finishes off landon's pass on *excellent* counter!!!

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

bradley must finish 0-2 - 55
bornstein bad pass - give away - 61
donovan/ bradley perfect

Posted by: castroviejo | June 21, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

GGGGOOOOOAAALLLLL Michael Bradley! great set up by Landon.

Posted by: jclinger | June 21, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

WTF Dempsey? You suck.

Posted by: jclinger | June 21, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see Adu in for Dempsey at this point...

Posted by: fischy | June 21, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

...

Even if the result we need happens, please fire Bob Bradley.

Posted by: B_A_ | June 21, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I'll shut up now.

Posted by: B_A_ | June 21, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

We are through...

Posted by: fischy | June 21, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

bob bradley is such a dumba55! fielhaber for altidore...another ridiculous sub. should be for clark.

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

bornstein cant jog back on d - 66
horrible cross by spector - 68
what is harkes talking about :::::take out davies and leave on altidore b/c altidore scored some goals against trinidad????

harkes is an idiot.

golazo spector finally nice cross
dempsey redeems a horrible performance throughout

Posted by: castroviejo | June 21, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable. Hahaha

Posted by: RedDevil1 | June 21, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

HOLY CRAP!!! clint redeems himself in one second!!! fantastic header!!! GO USA!!!

(and still fore bob bradley plox.)

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"fore" == "fire"

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

H O L Y C R A P !

Posted by: benonthehill | June 21, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

This is the craziest group in the history of groups in the history of the world.

IF there's one more crazy, please enlighten me.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | June 21, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

guzan comes out strongly to palm-away a dangerous corner. go brad!!!

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

@UnitedDemon: LOL! well put.

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

one more goal plz...kthx!

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

So, this is shaping up to be one of the finest days in USA soccer history...Feeling pretty pleased we made this tournament. When you look objectively, the Brazil result might have been very different without the phantom penalty and that hideous misstep by Beasley. Maybe, Kljstan does not even get the card, and we get a draw or win. Against Italy, if Clark does not get his red card, that game might have been very different. Clearly, we do not have the level of skill those teams have, but we can compete.

Posted by: fischy | June 21, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

fielhaber has looked like a destroyer since he came in...lol! he just dealt out a TOUGH tackle on the egypt's left wing.

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

NOT CONNOR CASEY!!! ARGH!!! is bob bradley trying to kill us?!

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Nooooooooo Connor Casey.

Posted by: jclinger | June 21, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

that should have been a red on egypt with the evil elbow on donovan!

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Shot by De Rossi goes wide...

Posted by: fischy | June 21, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

What's beyond crazy about this is that if the scores hold, we go through on GOALS SCORED. Never in a million years would I have thought USA ever goes through anything on goals scored.

Posted by: benonthehill | June 21, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow-- while Egypt was just missing high, so did Italy.

Posted by: fischy | June 21, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

nice touch feilhaber from demp -73
onyewu in air dominance - 75
davies nice hustle - 76
borstein gets away with interference - 78
guzan nice - 79
why bring in casey????? midfielders ????
casey hold the ball wtf???
feilhaber to nowhere -82
elbow from humadhi -83 ouch
horrible horrible touch from casey - 84
clark give away -85
casey give away poor touch -85
dempsey nice work on left - poor cross -86
casey too slow again -86
clark poor touch again -88
why does bornstein use head and not feet on that low ball?
casey nice clearance -89
onyewu miss - big chance for Egypt. -89
wtf feilhaber?????? chest out when all alone????
spector amazing clear -90
donovan hustle nice -90
your holding the usa flag backwards
wowwowowowowowowow
should have been 4-0

Posted by: castroviejo | June 21, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow.

Posted by: sitruc | June 21, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Not an Obama guy, but YES WE DID!

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 21, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

conor casey blows

Posted by: castroviejo | June 21, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I call "The Miracle at Rustenburg."

We have to be the luckiest mothertruckers on earth.

I would LOVE, LIVE to see the look on Rossi's face right now. Boo ya.

I also can't help but be supremely sorry for Egypt, who have played a much better tournament, and have seemed to be undone by the effort they have spent in the other matches and the lack of depth.

But hey, I'll take it. Bob wasn't going to get fired anyway.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | June 21, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Congrats USA...can't even get this right...the chance to have a chance in 2010 at the World Cup by getting a legit coach and you save his job...Great.

Posted by: spartyinmd | June 21, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

what a father's day!!! :`-)

i agree with harkes: the usa players are a lot better than people have been saying lately. it is our coaching that has let us down lately. we always need to be playing attacking soccer. no more 4-5-1! single target forward does not work for us.

clearly, one of the finest days in the history of usa soccer!!! not only did we get lucky with the brazil-italy result, we made our own luck with a gutsy and exciting performance. kudos to the usa players!!!

Posted by: dfunkt | June 21, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

After some shaky defending in the first 5 minutes, this was one of the best games the USA has ever played. Should have been 4-0, if you figure the handball -- but there were 2 great opportunities that might have produced goals if Donovan had done better with them. They took on a strong team and trounced them.

Posted by: fischy | June 21, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

ita;y played 1 good game against 10 men, egypt played 2 good games but only got 1 result. Us plated 1 good game and we advance, Points wise and goal wise we are in above italy and egypt.

Posted by: Norteno4life | June 21, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Long flight home for Rossi :)

Posted by: notafembot | June 21, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Holy s***!!!!!!

Posted by: Kev29 | June 21, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I would LOVE, LIVE to see the look on Rossi's face right now. Boo ya.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | 4:25 PM

+1!

Posted by: Pedalada | June 21, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

A) To the New Jersey Traitor: Karma
B) I wonder if the sub's at the end allowed us to see what might actually be a good switch - Dempsey as a forward and not a winger?
C) Donovan is ALWAYS better on the left wing...ALWAYS.
D) Gooch played one heck of a game.
E) I hope someone says to these guys - see...this is the kind of result we can get if we keep our FORM (4-4-2) instead of ruining ourselves by playing out of position.

Posted by: RegionRatDC | June 21, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I just want to add -- when Egypt scored to go up on Italy, I was the first to ask how many goals the USA would need to advance. Ya Gotta Believe!

Posted by: fischy | June 21, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

The Rossi hating is really juvenile. If he gets to play for the Azzurri, I say more power to him. I thought he should join the USA because we needed him, and he might be too small to get a lot of time on the field for the Azzurri. If he is happy with his choice, good for him.

Posted by: fischy | June 21, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Pedalada | June 21, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

The difference in this game was that the US came out with the intent to score. Two strikers, players pushing forward, being aggressive in transition. THAT'S how the US needs to play all the time. They came in with the idea of playing in behind the defensive line. I can't tell you how much better that style of play is for this group of players.

Posted by: psps23 | June 21, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 21, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Incredible. Big guestion for Bradley against Spain is whether to stick with Guzan or go back to Howard. I'd stick with Guzan--he wasn't tested a lot this match but he looks sharp. Can't really fault Howard in first 2 games, but he didn't seem quite as sharp as usual.

Also, if Bocanegra coms back, will he bench DeMerit, or switch Boca out left and leave DeMerit? I think the best starting back line includes Spector, Gooch, DeMerit and Boca.

Posted by: hudson22 | June 21, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

To all the doomsayers of the last several days that had nothing but crap to say about the USMNT this one's for you. This was an unlikely result that we get through but in group play these things can happen.

Excellent effort today, perhaps Egypt took us for push overs but we were confident from the beginning. We got a fortunate first goal but the second and third were quality. We have capable players and can compete. The red cards were killers against Italy and Brazil. Today we played with composure and maturity.

Posted by: sbg1 | June 21, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

The question we'd like to be a question thta won't be: Does Adu play?

He showed well against Spain last year...

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 21, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

1. Un-f-ing believable! Amazing result!

2. I think Altidore came out because he was gassed.

3. Yeah, the win and making the semis- is nice. What's better is:
--we scored goals in the run of play, even strength, against a credible opponent. That just doesn't happen to the USA outside of Concacaf.
--both teams stayed at even-strength and no extreme situations (like a team parking the bus in front of goal) so we got the kind of tactical challenge that we don't see in Concacaf (and we didn't see the first 2 games because we were a man down).

A win or match that goes to PK would be nice against Spain. But what I'd really like to see even more in the semis is:
--we don't get anyone tossed nor does Spain
--we play credibly. No long-ball, kick it away and hope someone gets on the end of a mistake or weird bounce. But some tactical sophistication that requires thinking and adjustments mid-match
--we don't give up a goal in the first 15 minutes.
--we score a goal in the run of play that requires at least a modest degree of sophistication (ie: not a booming clearance that takes one bounce and Casey heads it in on the first touch but even if it's a quick counter, it involves a thru-ball, a nicely played ball to a runner or a quick 1-2).

If those 4 things happen, than the Confed Cup will have been extremely beneficial to this team. While we clearly don't have the talent of Brazil, Italy, Spain and maybe not even Egypt, it will show that besides have the physical attributes to stay with these teams, we're developing the mental and tactical acumen to stay with them as well. And that means that barring a game where a team shows up with their A+ game and just anihilates the opposition (think Argentina's match in 2006 against Serbia with the 24-pass goal an 6-0 win), or some catastrophic injuries or bizarre referee calls, the USA can be "in" every game. We may not be favored, we may not win 50% of the time. But it makes us a credible team internationally, not just when teams aren't prepared for us or we match up well or we catch them napping.

Posted by: JoeW1 | June 21, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Obviously all the negative energy helped the USMNT. I'll take full credit. And, I'll have to remember to criticize more.

- Doomsayer

Posted by: Lucius2 | June 21, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

great win but i still have to question Bradley's decision not to use the 3rd sub. Could have used it in injury time to kill even more time. could have put in Wynne to run around like a PCP taking madman for Dempsey up top.

Posted by: you-dont | June 21, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Haters got to hate. I dont ever want to see Demerrit, Bornstein and Clark on the same line up ever again. That said I think we found our right back. Specter and Gooch were amazing today. Dempsey is a great player but he could run a bit more.

Posted by: Conservativemindsareinshackles | June 21, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey US Men's Soccer. It's good to see you again. Stick around.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 21, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Yep...they were great against a team ranked in teh 40s in the World without their best striker...anything that makes you feel better USA Appologists.

Posted by: spartyinmd | June 21, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many comments are posted on the Italian or Egyptian versions of Soccer Insider?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 21, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

@spartyinmd: maybe you need to look up the definition of "apologist."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 21, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

It's really funny to read all the comments after the match. No one, anywhere, thought the US would get through.

Posted by: seantipton | June 21, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many comments are posted on the Italian or Egyptian versions of Soccer Insider?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 21, 2009 5:38 PM |
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In the words or the lat, great Carl Sagan; Billions and billions....

Posted by: fischy | June 21, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

The question we'd like to be a question thta won't be: Does Adu play?

He showed well against Spain last year...

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 21, 2009 4:44 PM |
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Adu will not come on, unless the USA is trailing. However, I think we may see a lot of him at the Gold Cup.

Posted by: fischy | June 21, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Advancing to semis is a huge feat. Never would have thought it possible that these two games would end this way. Agree with earlier comments by JoeW about our performance against Spain....hoping we show well in Bloemfontein.
If we don't get a result vs. Spain, a third place finish seems well within reach, yes?

Posted by: FrancoNiell | June 21, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Spartyinmd - please go away.

It wasn't a perfect game but we played so well that we were able to gloss over the mistakes. I came out I the subway tunnel and saw. The statue of liberty and got a little bit misty. We still have a ways to go, but this showed that we are capable of beating good teams.. Yes, Egypt seemed off their game and they didn't pressure us nearly as much as brazil and Italy did, but we just created so many more chances than they did. It was great to watch. I hope it gives us some momentum heading into the game at azteca.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | June 21, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

That's the best part about today: Two more games for the USA -- against Spain, then likely against South Africa in their house.

I thought DeMerit had some nice plays on D today. And Onyewu was strong.

Bornstein won't be a regular starter -- as soon as Boca, Cherondolo and/or Hedjuk are healthy, Bornstein is entrenched on the bench.

Posted by: Cerealman | June 21, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

ohh i forgot about the 3rd place game. that will be great. Bob would have another opportunity to test some younger players in a match that doesn't really mean much to us but a lot to the SAfricans.

Posted by: you-dont | June 21, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I can't believe we won without belting out the anthem!

Posted by: EssEff | June 21, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Well done boys! All we are is US Soccer; but that's enough for today!

Posted by: Realness1 | June 21, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Have to eat my words from yesterday, but dong so happily! Great job by USA. Long way to go but they got stuck in early and showed grit. Well done!

Posted by: tfshea | June 21, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

This win calls for a new referendum on whether or not Bob Bradley should keep his job. Have your say by going to the link below and voting (poll is at the bottom).

http://www.mls-daily.com/2009/06/usa-3-0-egypt-few-thoughts.html

Posted by: eubh223 | June 21, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

VAMOS ESPANA!!!

Posted by: boricuabopper | June 21, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Bradley's decisions are still questionable, but at least Beasley didn't see the pitch. Thought for certain he was going to put him in late.

Adu, not Casey, should have been the second sub. Talk about someone who can hold the ball and has pace . . the Casey sub didn't end up costing us, but come on . .

Posted by: delantero | June 21, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Is today's US game going to be replayed anywhere in the next 24 hours?

Posted by: DadRyan | June 21, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

bornstein, and dempsey were awful.
casey didnt get to play long enough to show how awful he really is.

that goal by dempsey saved him


onyewu,spector,demerit impressed
donovan good up top. i dont mind him being unselfish.
davies. mr hustle
altidore - equivocal
bradley good game
clark not very good, had had better games
feilhaber irrelevant


next game
guzan
spector onyewu demerit bocanegra
dempsey bradley donovan torres
davies altidore

Posted by: castroviejo | June 21, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

ESPN reported that the combined goal differential game in the US-Egypt and the Brazil-Italy game had to be 7-0. That was not true,

Posted by: GeneWells | June 21, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

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