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Matchday: USA-Italy

USA LINEUP: Howard; Spector, DeMerit, Onyewu, Bornstein; Feilhaber, Clark, Bradley, Dempsey; Donovan, Altidore.

ITALY LINEUP: Buffon; Grosso, Chiellini, Legrottaglie, Zambrotta; Gattuso, De Rossi, Camoranese, Pirlo; Gilardino, Iaquinta.

Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ESPN.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome. Enjoy!

By Steve Goff  |  June 15, 2009; 1:31 PM ET
Categories:  Confederations Cup , Italy , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

I am not happy about no Boca but I understand... I am very very very nervous

Posted by: Shanoni | June 15, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

C'mon boys. Make us proud. None of that nonsense we saw at Saprissa.

Posted by: OhBoyOhBoy | June 15, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a 4-5-1 to me. It doesn't look promising for the US but if we could somehow steal one early it would change the complexion of the game.

I know it's off topic, but I'd love to see Bryan Namoff get a look during the Gold Cup. Does Jonathan Spector still play for West Ham?

Posted by: diego_r | June 15, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

In Bocanegra's absence does Donovan get the captain's armband? Actually, I'm guessing Howard.

Posted by: diego_r | June 15, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

For some reason I'm hungry for lasagna and a cold beer.

Posted by: joedoc1 | June 15, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Not much of a surprise for the US. It will be interesting to see what formation they come out with. I must admit, I thought for sure Italy would roll out Toni for this one. He's not hurt, is he?

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | June 15, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Italy's looking old today. The 2006 World Cup vets are still quality players, but several are past their prime. Maybe we can out-hustle the azzurri into submission? (Or at least earn a draw?)

Posted by: SSMD1 | June 15, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

as much as i like tim howard, i hate it when keepers are captain. the captain needs to be a field player so that they can be close to the play, talk to the ref at the other side of the field, etc.

Posted by: joe_hill | June 15, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully not an Italian beer...there's a reason that they (and France) are known for wine.

Park the bus!

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Anybody have a good online backup to rojadirecta.com? I'm stuck at work and that site doesn't seem to want to cooperate.

Posted by: sawyers100 | June 15, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

diego_r:

Spector is at West Ham. Howard got the armband when Bocanegra went off injured against Honduras, so I'd guess he keeps it.

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I wouldn't be surprised to see our lineup become one of these popular 451/433 hybrids once things get going. Clark, Bradley, and Feilhaber will be central, while Donovan and Dempsey are on the wings. On the other hand, I know Legrottaglie isn't that fast, so maybe Bradley is trying to exploit a possible weakness by fielding a speedy forward pairing.

Like I said in the other thread, I think we need to hit the ground running. A slow start, at best, will give the Italians confidence and a sense of calm, which would be a huge problem for us (at worst, obviously, would be yet another goal conceded in the opening 10 minutes). If they start moving the ball around and Pirlo gets to dictate, we'll be chasing ghosts all night. We need them to be taken slightly aback that we're coming to play, and not just showing up to be sacrificial lambs. The first hard tackle will do a lot to set the tone here.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | June 15, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I like the choices, though I can see Dempsey and Donovan roving a little bit and switching places. I would prefer that since it seems to me that Dempsey prefers attacking higher up field than on the wing, and IMO Donovan's best displays have been with him running at defenders from one wing or another (despite his continued inability to hit a decent cross or free kick delivery). Feilhaber has the best passing ability in midfield and he's better used centrally than on the wing, so hopefully he can push centrally some and control the tempo and attack with Clark and Bradley sitting behind him.

Posted by: gmAndAguinness. | June 15, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Beer? Good day to wash down a couple goals with a nice Chillini.

Posted by: OWNTF | June 15, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow, has Feilhaber's stock changed markedly in the past month. I thought he did have a solid game against Honduras. Watching DeMerit in that game, however, make me nervous. He seems to lunge into tackles a little too prematurely.

Reignking, I used to think the same thing about Italian beers, but their micros are really starting to make waves.

http://travel.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/travel/02Beer.html

Posted by: EssEff | June 15, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Yikes. Gattuso and DeRossi against Bradley and Clark. Welcome to the big leagues, fellows. Hope they step it up. Those two Italians will whack someone to the ground in the first few minutes, just to see how they respond.

Posted by: macheath | June 15, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeee Haaaaw!

Posted by: DadRyan | June 15, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else trying to follow on ESPN's gamecast? It hasn't started yet for me.

I'm at work and trying to follow between taking phone calls...

Posted by: rachel751 | June 15, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else trying to follow on ESPN's gamecast? It hasn't started yet for me.

I'm at work and trying to follow between taking phone calls...

Posted by: rachel751 | June 15, 2009 2:34 PM

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Nevermind, it just started about 6 minutes late. A little too excited, I guess.

Posted by: rachel751 | June 15, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

gamecast does look slow. The BBC site has Legrottaglie with a booking in the 11th, but nothing on ESPN.

I too am at work but ignoring the phone calls.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 15, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Garbage yellow on Bornstein.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

gamecast does look slow. The BBC site has Legrottaglie with a booking in the 11th, but nothing on ESPN.

I too am at work but ignoring the phone calls.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 15, 2009 2:47 PM

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Haha wish I could do that, but working in an inbound call center, it's hard to ignore the calls :)

I actually have to refresh every time I look at it. It's not updating like it should be.

Posted by: rachel751 | June 15, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

23 min - Italy showing moments of menace, but sloppiness and poor final balls are keeping them at bay. US - Too much hit it and hope. Very physical, but dull IMHO thus far.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Here are some updates from Jen Change every couple of minutes with a bit of commentary:
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4257136&name=chang_jen

Posted by: davemcl | June 15, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

26' - Good US counter, but Bradley can't get anything on the shot and Buffon just picks it up.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Two things that make me sick...

1. Italy's uniforms today. How *UGLY* are these things!! Italy is supposed to be one of the the best in the world when it comes to fashions.
2. Italian beer. Stick to wine and boring, defensive soccer. Italy cannot hold a pint glass to england, germany, or holland when it comes to beer or attractive, attacking footy.

Posted by: jjfooty | June 15, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

29' - Donovan GREAT ball to Altidore who is in on Buffon and flubs the pass/shot/whatever the hell it was he tried. Blown US chance.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

30' Jozy MUST score there. Disappointing.

Bradley is looking fierce in tackles in the midfield. We look Ok so far.

Posted by: tphasbdp | June 15, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Onyewu might be driving up his price this game.

Posted by: RiverOtis | June 15, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, c'mon Jozy...wtf?

Posted by: combedge | June 15, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

31-Gilardino 1-on-1 with Demerit when Onyewo catches him from behind and strips the ball, Gilardino flops around like a dead fish, but the ref isn't buying.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

2 clear chances that we don't even test Buffon. I feel like we may only have a few chances, really need to take advantage.

Posted by: tphasbdp | June 15, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

That's ball game.

Posted by: RiverOtis | June 15, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Well, there goes that. Down to 10 men.

Should be a slop-fest from here on out.

Here's hoping for 0-0... UGH !!

Posted by: tphasbdp | June 15, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

34' - Clark re carded for clumsey challenge on Gattuso. TERRIBLE call, that was a yellow at worst. Physical style of play may have just bitten them on the ass.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear.

Posted by: B_A_ | June 15, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I am turning this off. Yet again we get messed over with a red in a big competition and they refuse to call it both ways. I am sick of this.

Posted by: dpowellutkedu | June 15, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

35'- Grosso pulls a deRossi/McBride on Donovan, and gets away with a yellow. Makes the Clark call look even worse by comparison....

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I think it deserved a red. Very late, not even close to the ball.

Really no need to go in that hard so close to midfield.

SIDE NOTE I never want LD taking another free kick ever again.

Posted by: tphasbdp | June 15, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Can we put a moratorium on Donovan and Dempsey shooting on free kicks? Neither of them can put it in the neigborhood of the goal.

Posted by: RiverOtis | June 15, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Onyewo just got lucky. He dragged down Gillardino for a clear penalty, but it wasn't called. Make-up?

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

38' - US own goal by Bornstein overruled by a good offside call. VERY, very lucky.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

And... Oh dear.

Posted by: B_A_ | June 15, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Training ground stuff. I was teaching a 12-year old how to get those on net. We get two and can't even keep them down?

Posted by: dpowellutkedu | June 15, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

AHAHAHAH Penalty !!!!!!

Posted by: tphasbdp | June 15, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

...Oh...

Yay?

Posted by: B_A_ | June 15, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

Posted by: dpowellutkedu | June 15, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

39' - Altidore with a huge penalty cry on Chiellini, and IT"S given!!! LD buries it . WTF!!!!!!!!

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

1-0 USA

Posted by: tphasbdp | June 15, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

"Can we put a moratorium on Donovan and Dempsey shooting on free kicks? Neither of them can put it in the neigborhood of the goal."
yes please! I want to see Bradely and Altidore taking the free kicks.

I can't stand the bees in this stadium. so annoying. the red card was definitely a red. Clark could have pulled out but instead hit Gattuso very high up.

PENALTY! goal Donovan!!

Posted by: abgcunited11 | June 15, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Well this game got a LOT better after the first 20 minutes. Let's see what Italy's got now.

Posted by: Hobes | June 15, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

A late tackle does not mean a straight red; going from behind, leaving both feet from ground to tackle or going studs up is a red. That tackle was never a straight red.

And a GOAL!!

Posted by: RedDevil1 | June 15, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

HOLY POOP!

Posted by: RegionRatDC | June 15, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

That makes up for Jozy's choke earlier...

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

What a bizarre game. After the first 38 minutes, I would NEVER have predicted US-1, Italy nil. Unreal. And the first 25 minutes were olive drab dull....

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Yay.

1-0 USA

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Now if we score during the run of play...

Posted by: B_A_ | June 15, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The red? I can see it -- he never should have been tackling that high. Still, Harkes was right -- it was just his first foul. It wasn't vicious.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Don't opponents know not to foul us in the box? We can't score from the run of play against CONCALAUGH opponents. All you have to do is just limit our set plays.

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | June 15, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't even mind Duece and Landycakes taking the kicks. Just put the ball in front of the goal. Is there a team in FIFA we'd be giving a height advantage to? Center the ball and let Jozy or Gooch go up and get it rather than launch it into the cheap seats.

Posted by: RiverOtis | June 15, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

@5 yard blast by Bradley is fumbled by Buffon, but he keeps it out. Italy counters with a couple quick shots on Howard, but nothing that troubles the Everton man.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please give John Harkes a cup of ten hour energy? worst analyst ever!

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

Bradley - 25 yard shot.

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

once again there is a european bias with the cards. Italy should be down to 9 men. At least he called the PK.
Bunker down boys!!

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

A bit of back and forth, and that's the half. Deadly first 25, crazy last 20. Bradley, Spector and Oneywo (despite a couple of shaky clearances) have really played well, and Altidore's size and athleticism is giving Italy's backline fits. Italy just looks off, and as another poster mentioned, are lucky not to be down a man or two themselves. Let's see what the managers do in the next 15 minutes...

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Why are Onyewo and DeMerit constantly watching the ball? Italy is going to score off of the lack of communication and organization. Maybe that's the difference between Boca and DeMerit.

No one is moving to create passing lanes, especially Altidore. Bradley is looking amazing, he is the only player on the field that has impressed me. He may become our best player.

We need a left back that doesn't suck. That own goal was horrid. Lucky for him it didn't count.

Posted by: bighungry | June 15, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The USA strategy in this game has been brilliant. Except for Donovan, they're all playing like they have no idea what they're doing!

...And, it's confusing the hell out of the Italians!!!

It's like the old Monty Python "Confuse-a-Cat" routine.

The Italians have no idea what they're watching on the other side of the pitch, and it is completely throwing them off their rhythm. Genius!!

Posted by: fischy | June 15, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Number of guys born in New Jersey on our side: 2.

Number of guys born in New Jersey on their side: 1.

We win.

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | June 15, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

LD is playing like we've been wanting to see -- attacking space, taking players 1-on-1 (or 1-on3). He is actually thriving having 10 men out there.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

The WC needs to be taken away from south Africa. They are like special ed children.

The only alternative is to make plastic horns punishable by death.

Posted by: AshburnUnited | June 15, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Lay off DeMerit.

Posted by: Cerealman | June 15, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Italian beer: get Baladin beer if you can. GREAT stuff, all the creativity of a Belgian brewery. Brewed to be drunk with food. NOT your Peroni.

Never liked the Italian team, ever since their cycling squad put a pump in Dave the Cutter's wheel in Indiana in the 1970s.

Posted by: Modibo | June 15, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm a bit surprised that Italy is trying to out-muscle the US, especially without Toni. The US 18 has looked at times like one of Vince McMahon's steel cages.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

@nd half starts, and right away it's clear Italy is committing more forward. Hope Bradley's bunker holds. Doesn't appear any changes were made at the half.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Reignking:

I agree 100%. Sure, it's something that more often isn't a red card in the first half, and for a player who is committing his first foul. However, if you kick someone in the knee, with the ball long gone, you are giving the ref a strong opportunity to red card you. I'm more upset with Clark than the ref. It's a very naive, careless tackle to make and think you aren't risking serious punishment. Frankly, I'm surprised that so many people are so quick to blame the ref.

I like the attitude of our players. We're getting right up on the Italians, and as is traditional they seem disinterested in playing an actual game in their tournament opener. If we can't figure out how to mark on set pieces, this game will get away from us quickly. Pirlo's deliveries are sharp, and eventually we'll actually pay for it (instead of Legrottaglie missing a sitter). We'll also have to bury whatever counters we get...Altidore, Bradley, I'm looking at you.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | June 15, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

When was the last time we scored a goal during the run of play?

Posted by: bighungry | June 15, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

The WC needs to be taken away from south Africa. They are like special ed children.

The only alternative is to make plastic horns punishable by death.

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what kind of comment is that?!

I went to SA over the winter, and I must say that the people I met were the most kind hearted, up beat people i have ever met. Their country has been through harships for centuries, and they fully deserve to host the month-long party that is the WC. no doubt they will put on a great show.


...but yea the horns have to go...

Posted by: tphasbdp | June 15, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I am going to throw this out here right now. We will NOT be able to bunker for 45 minutes. We have to string some passes together.

Posted by: dpowellutkedu | June 15, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the US has gone to their famous 1-8-1. It's Altidore against the rest up front...

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey almost got caught like v Honduras -- but on the Italian side.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey with the spastic dribble in the middle, and kills a promising counter dead by cutting inside rather than giving the ball to an overlapping Bornstein, who didn't have an Italian closer to him than Rome. UGH.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The last time I think we scored a goal during the run of play against a decent opponent was Altidore's header vs. Mexico.

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | June 15, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Jozy draws fouls better than anything else he does.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Altidore draws another free kick in prime teritory. The Italian defenders are going to have bad dreams about him for some time to come...Free clear, then a Spector prayer goes nowhere.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Drawing fouls is extremely important, especially when you're playing alone and set pieces are your team's strong point.

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | June 15, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I have never been Dempsey fan. Too many dribbles that go nowhere

Posted by: tphasbdp | June 15, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the US has gone to their famous 1-8-1. It's Altidore against the rest up front...

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:37 PM
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Catenaccio!

Posted by: joedoc1 | June 15, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Thanks everyone, keep the comments coming. I am stuck at work and Gamecast is useless.

Posted by: CityBlues | June 15, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Montolivo for Camoresi...Rossi in for Gattuso.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

IF that Rossi bastardo scored I am going to go insane.

Posted by: dpowellutkedu | June 15, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Iaquinta is starting to overpower DeMerit. That's a couplle of headers hes created, but missed the net with. That has to be a concern for the US. And the Jersey boy is in for Italy replacing Gattuso, ramping up Italy's offense.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

GOLAZOOOOOOOO ROSSI

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

the Traitor scores/

Posted by: dpowellutkedu | June 15, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Jersey boy scores a heater. 1-1.

Posted by: tphasbdp | June 15, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Just a blistering shot from 35...stripped someone in midfield. All Rossi.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Rossi with a gaolazo from 25 yards. He was given a free run up, and Howard had no chance. Demerit failed to close him down, and Rossi just BURIED it.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

...Should I call the whitecoats for you, dpowellutkedu?

Posted by: B_A_ | June 15, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Let's call it 30 yds ;)

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I have an APB out for dpowellutkedu...

Posted by: joedoc1 | June 15, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

please sir.

Posted by: dpowellutkedu | June 15, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

At least all three goals were sent in by people born in the U.S.

Posted by: RiverOtis | June 15, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Woohoo! Now 2 Americans have scored!

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | June 15, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Any changes you guys would like to see?

i'd like to see Torres come in for Dempsey and string some passes for us. Its not like 8 is playing any defense either...

Posted by: tphasbdp | June 15, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Feilhaber lost that ball to Rossi earlier...and he is losing some other. I would love to see Torres too.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Since the 2 substitutions, Italy is much crisper. The goal helps, but the mistakes of the first half have vanished. Rossi with another gilt edged chance when Bornstein fails to close him down, but he shanks it roughly towrds Denver.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I am going to go out on a limb and say that Bradley needs to make an f-in sub.

Posted by: dpowellutkedu | June 15, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

The only thing is everything for Italy is coming off the left, Zambrotta is just a step off today, a good thing for the US.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

We need Beasley in their to add some muscle...

Posted by: joedoc1 | June 15, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I like this. Davies on for Altidore. Jozy worked his a$$ off, and did quite well. I like the idea of Davies speed running at the Italians, though.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

You are all better than Match Tracker. Keep it coming!

Posted by: ldmay | June 15, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Torres for feilhaber...adu for dempsey.

Posted by: dpowellutkedu | June 15, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Should've been a yellow for Feilhaber.

Gilardino out for Toni Toni Toni.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The Azzuri is compressing the field now. Prilo with a rocketparried by Howard, then Iaquita (?) just misses on the rebound. Now Feilhaber is lucky not to get carded, or was he? Toni on for Gilardino, and if Onyewu though it was the WWE before....

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Italy is starting to overwhelm the US...don't like where this is going.

Posted by: icehippo | June 15, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Not giving a yellow to Feilhaber there is all the more baffling when you think of the red to Clark.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

No! Beasley about to come in...

Posted by: icehippo | June 15, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Good lord no Adu, please -- possession should be job 1.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Beasly? Really?

Posted by: RiverOtis | June 15, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Beasly? Really?

Posted by: RiverOtis | June 15, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

OMG De Rossi from way downtown boom.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

De Rossi with a long bouncer, and Italy is ahead

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

De Rossi scores. looks like game over.

Posted by: tphasbdp | June 15, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Good things happen when you get it on frame.

Posted by: joedoc1 | June 15, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Oh Onyewu!!!!! USE YOUR LEFT!!!!

Gooch tried to block the shot with his right, when it was going to his left...awwwwwwkward.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear.

Posted by: B_A_ | June 15, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Might as well go for broke now. Throw it forward.

Posted by: dpowellutkedu | June 15, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Bradley, I was KIDDING!

That's what I get for typing the wrong "there"...

Posted by: joedoc1 | June 15, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

2-1 Italy...goal de Rossi...not the US Rossi.
20 yrds or so, Gooch both whiffs trying to knock it away and screes Howard at the same time.

Posted by: icehippo | June 15, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

DMB? Did Torres pick on lil' Bradley or something? Make fun of his hair? What does he need to do to get in?

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Two shots from distance -- two shots where Clark might have been...

Posted by: joedoc1 | June 15, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

De Rosi's shot was from roughly 30 yards, and Onyewu either screened or deflected the ball slightly, leaving Howard for dead.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

What is up with our D? Seems to be a problem all dang year.

Posted by: Stevida | June 15, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Age, Injuries, Defensive Midfielders making stupid tackles...

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | June 15, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, ever since Ricardo Clark got that 10-game suspension a couple years ago, I haven't been able to shake the idea that he is a thug who shouldn't be anywhere NEAR the USMNT.

Are we THAT thin in the midfield???

Posted by: Juan-John | June 15, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I didn't notice, but Demps moved into the middle. Decent chance from 30, but Buffon on it.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Azzuri shooting from distance with a will now. Howard's going to have a huge number of saves if this keeps up. Dempsey from 30 yards, and Buffon makes it look more difficult than it was.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Ok, US is starting to build a bit now.

LD went for a dive there for a PK.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

But he did get a knee to the back...and then LD grabbed his head :)

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Davies with a nice cross, and Donovan gets absolutely flattened by and Italian deender, but the ref isn't buying. Nice play by Davies to run down a loose ball and create something out of nothing.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Ricardo Clark is a good player who makes bad decisions. The result: another stupid tackle and another stupid red card verse Italy.

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | June 15, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Sasha coming in.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Klejstan up. WHY?

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

We need a left back.

Someone needs to scissor Rossi.

Posted by: EssEff | June 15, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Sorry My @beloved, but if Ricardo Clark were truly a good player, he wouldn't MAKE those bad decisions.

What was Bradley THINKING?!?

Posted by: Juan-John | June 15, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Bornstein coming off. Well, why not shoot the works....

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Bornstein coming off. Well, why not shoot the works....

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 4:12 PM

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?? Why?

hopefully Kljestan will do something productive.

Posted by: rachel751 | June 15, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I just figured Bradley wanted to see another left back...

Posted by: troy6 | June 15, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

WOW Sasha with a great effort but just over.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Toni with an absolute gimme, and hit heads it right at Howard. Another glaring miss by the Italian Sasquatch. Klejstan than takes a respectable shot just over, though Bffon appeared to have it covered.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I didn't say he was a great player, he's a good player. He can play the game well technically. He makes occasional mental errors.

Of course, we all think back to the Ruiz incident. Which is not something you do in front of the referee, on television, even if it is Carlos Ruiz.

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | June 15, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Memo to Sasha: bring shampoo and a comb on next road trip.

Posted by: joedoc1 | June 15, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Italy trying to take the air out of the ball, but the US gets it.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Beasley earns a corner. He DID something RIGHT!

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

1st US corner. Get Howard up!!!

Davies had a head on it, but had to come back for it -- he puts it over.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Perfect corner from Donavan goes for naught.

Posted by: RiverOtis | June 15, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

On the corner, Donovan with a great cross to a wide open Davies, but he can't get it on frame. Excellent US chance.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Monster save by Timmy. 4 minutes injury time. US possesses.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

klejstan? What does Bradley have against creative players? I've officially moved from the "Bradley is getting the most out of thin talent. Let's let him build the team." to "Bradley is clueless. Let's leave him in South Africa. They need a new coach anyway."

Posted by: Solnoir | June 15, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

blown header... I hope we get another chance

Posted by: Stevida | June 15, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Garbage cross by DMB. Long throw by Onyewu...and Italy is breaking down the field...Toni in alone, Howard save!

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

4 extra minutes. Some US pressure but there are about 20 Italians in the 18, so nothing happens. Toni than has another golden chance on the counter, and Sasquatch is stoned by howard. Great save, but if I am Lippi, I am starting to hope Toni gets lost on the autobahn on the way home.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm so tired of the beasley, dempsey, donovan etc...line up. USA futbol will never be able to compete with the rest of the world unless our best athletes are born with a ball attached to their feet. Imagine Kobe, Adrian Peterson, Ed Reed on the pitch...
Play the young kids we saw in the under 20 world cup a few years ago. Promote Thomas Rongen and "Dutch" style of play to the National team and build the program. Bradley is still trying to save his job and only coach the team to make the world cup. And seriously, who can honestly blame Rossi for picking ITALY over the USA?!?!?

And if the team USA believes they have a chance of beating Egypt, paleeze...

Go USA!

John Harkes still sucks...

Posted by: boricuabopper | June 15, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Goal Rossi.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Class. Pure class.

Posted by: joedoc1 | June 15, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

3-1, very flattering for Italy and unfair to the US.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | June 15, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

welp. going back to work. hope they don't smell the beer on my breath.

Posted by: tphasbdp | June 15, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

FABULOUS turn and control on the endline by Pirlo, and he cuts it back to a wide open Rossi whow buries the chance. I'd say Luka Toni's time with the Azzuri is about over.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely great feed by Pirlo, but the US was just jogging back at that point. 2-1 would've been a fair result.

Posted by: Reignking | June 15, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I hate to admit it- but that was a sweet goal for Italy. Oh well - US put up a good fight for about 45 minutes.

Posted by: Stevida | June 15, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

VOMIT.

Posted by: the_slammer | June 15, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Let the hate against Rossi begin...err, continue with even greater earnest.

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | June 15, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

And it's over, 3-1 Italy. Pretty good effort by the US, but once Italy found their rhythm (and got some young blood on the field, the extra man made the difference. Too many holes in the midfield despite Bradley's effort.

Posted by: throwin | June 15, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Rossi is a traitor.

Posted by: patricktmetz | June 15, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Rossi will have to come visit family in NJ at some point, right? Can someone at DHS put him on the No-Fly list?

Posted by: mason08 | June 15, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

USA futbol will never be able to compete with the rest of the world unless our best athletes are born with a ball attached to their feet.
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I guess we'll have a lot more C section deliveries then . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | June 15, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Did someone say "Luca"?!

"My name is Luca
I live on the second floor
I live upstairs from you
Yes, I think you've seen me before.
If you hear something late at night,
some kind of trouble some kind of fight
Just don't ask me what it was,
Just don't ask me what it was,
Just don't ask me what it was..."

Posted by: joedoc1 | June 15, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

anyone now think we don't need Jermaine Jones in midfield with Bradley? Clark--dumb as a post (still was more a yellow than red, but duh). Feilharber gave away more balls than I could count. He ain't got it at this level.

Posted by: macheath | June 15, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Sigh. Is Japan/Korea the best I'm going to see in my lifetime? I'm 40. The progress is so slow, but that's soccer, I know. I just want to see a US world class superstar before I die!

Posted by: EssEff | June 15, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

USA futbol will never be able to compete with the rest of the world unless our best athletes are born with a ball attached to their feet.
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I guess we'll have a lot more C section deliveries then . . . .

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Nah... U-2s use a size 3 ball.

Posted by: mason08 | June 15, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Totally uncalled for...

Posted by: davemcl | June 15, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

What's the name of that Mexican-American left back who still might have a chance with the USMNT?

Posted by: Juan-John | June 15, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Juan-John? Oh wait, Castillo.

Posted by: EssEff | June 15, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Haha, Esseff, cute, really cute. LOL. :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | June 15, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

usa played well. we held against italy for most of the night. though our red card was questionable, grosso should have been sent off for the elbow, and gooch should have cleared that ball before it went into the net. overall, good playing by both teams, bad calls by the ref, and perfect 10 dives by italy.

see, i can't say i don't like italy because i like italy. they're good. plus there were like 5 juve players starting. the only bad parts about italy are that del piero's not on the roster, rossi is, and their new kits. dreadful, putrid, and just plain ick.

Posted by: Konoha7 | June 15, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

This was what I wanted. It was too far a stretch to think that the US would win this one against the world champs, but the guys came out and competed hard. They played with the champs. 10 v 11 for the lion's share of the match, and they showed. In some strange bitter-sweet way I am proud of the lads.

Onyewu had a stinker of a match, and I'm not just talking about the De Rossi goal (his defending was pathetic on that one). His clearances sucked all game long. He is a better player than that, and should just pick a freakin' team and get it over with. Playing with that crap hanging over your head can't help bump up his stock if he keeps having games like that.

The rest of the team showed very well and competed. Bradley managed a decent game tonight considering what he has at his disposal. look at what Lippi called on compared to us.

Say what you want about Rossi, but he made a choice - sucks for us, but that's the beauty of being an American, he can make that choice and not fear for his life or future prosperity. I am tikced but respect his toned down celebrations.

GO USA!

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 15, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

"What's the name of that Mexican-American left back who still might have a chance with the USMNT?"
Michael Orozco?

Posted by: abgcunited11 | June 15, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Number of guys born in New Jersey on our side: 2.
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3: Howard, Altidore, Bradley.

Obviously, we lost because of the counting error. Get it right for the Brazil match.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 15, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"What's the name of that Mexican-American left back who still might have a chance with the USMNT?"
Michael Orozco?

Posted by: abgcunited11 | June 15, 2009 4:50 PM |
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Methinks he means Edgar Castillo who still hasn't been capped by Mexico.

DeMerit struggled badly in the second half. Saw too many instances where he was more concerned about telling everyone else whom to pick up, without stepping up himself. Howard rescued him with one huge save, but he wasn't challenging Rossi. On the other hand, when he did challenge Pirlo, he got schooled...so, maybe he knows his limits.

It was interesting to see what Rossi brought to the game -- it was as if he had far less respect for the USA players than his teammates did. He knew if he challenged them, he could dispossess them -- or beat them, when he had the ball. If the Brazilians follow his in your face play, it will be a long game....

Posted by: fischy | June 15, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I know we play Brazil next but I must say that Egypt play was IMPRESSIVE...

Posted by: JP-10 | June 15, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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