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Gold Cup: USA-Grenada

What do we know about the Spice Boyz, the USA's opening opponent in Group B play of the Gold Cup at Qwest Field in Seattle this evening?

They're making their first Gold Cup appearance and are the least-populated nation (90,000) to ever qualify for the tournament. English Coach Tommy Taylor won the FA Cup as a West Ham defender in 1975, played more than 500 games for the Hammers and Leyton Orient, and later coached numerous clubs. In the FIFA rankings, Grenada has passed Canada, El Salvador and Guatemala within CONCACAF and sliced its standing in half in just two years (from 176 to 88). The handful of foreign-based players include midfielder Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution, MLS) and forward Jason Roberts (Blackburn Rovers, Premier League).

TV: 9 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel, Telefutura.

The USA lineup in a bit.

USA: Perkins; Cherundolo, Marshall, Goodson, Pearce; Holden, Pause, Beckerman, Rogers; Davies, Adu. Subs: Robles, Parkhurst, Heaps, Cooper, Quaranta, Evans, Arnaud.

As usual, your comments and suggestions are welcome here.

By Steve Goff  |  July 4, 2009; 7:45 PM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF , Gold Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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When does your season start,because ours is weeks away and i just hate the close season. As a Plymouth Argyle supporter,i await the coming Championship with interest,as Argyle have been been taken over by local and international consortium types. What standard are the American sides compared to the English sides( Premiership/Championship),what league could the US sides hold their own in over here etc,what players are there to watch out for in the US.

Posted by: shaunbrocklesby | July 4, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who is sad that Pearce is the best we can do?

As most of you know, I've put a lot of faith in Freddy. But I think he is exactly the type of player we need to integrate, along with Torres.

I also hope Holden can get in there and seize a spot for South Africa.

Perkins! Go man, go!

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 4, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Shaun, you've come to the right place to ask.

Our domestic season runs from April to November. Our best teams could hang in the Championship, and our worst would be close to promotion in League 1, if you ask me. If you're in the States, right now two of the best teams in our MLS are playing on ESPN2 right now.

With our lineup tonight, I'm sure you've heard the hype around Adu, Davies, the forward, showed very well for himself in the recent Confed Cup, and I personally am high on Robbie Rogers. Our right back, Steve Cherundolo, is a veteran with years of experience in the Bundesliga.

Hope that helps, feel free to hang around.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 4, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Goff are you in Seattle or Columbus tonight? or on the mall watching the fireworks?

Posted by: BBFunnyMan | July 4, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

RIP, Billy Mays.

And Steve McNair, for that matter.

Now, happier times. Adu getting a start, Rogers and Holden tearing up the seams, us having a white guy with bigger dreads bigger than anything Grenada with throw out...

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 4, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

WTF? Is anyone else's Telefutura a black blank screen?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 4, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

No problems here, other than FSC being nothing but a blur.


YEAH!!! EARLY GOALS ARE FUN!!! ROBBIE TO FREDDY!!!

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 4, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Adu as a forward with Davies? I'm curious and excited to see how this pair work together.

Posted by: Jeffreymsoltz | July 4, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Grenada is not playing Joseph or Roberts? We should beat them handily then, even without our "A" team.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | July 4, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

There goes Adu.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | July 4, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Luckily the good ol' Rojadirecta is working, but two of my normal Spanish speaking channels are blank screens. It's weird as I swear they were both working an hour ago.

NO FSC for me. Have they announced an attendance in Seattle yet? Looks pretty empty.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 4, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I think one thing we can take from this game so far, is that whatever the US program brings, it will bring more individual foot skill.

Now, if we could just make playing at the youth level less expensive, or free.

And my Other favorite scores.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 4, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Holden with the header makes it Dos a Cero in the 31st

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 4, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know where I can watch it online?

Posted by: doctortechie | July 4, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bdwooton | July 4, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

http://atdhe.net/#

Please ignore the previous site. It was what I had copied previously. (Glad it wasn't porno.) ;-)

Posted by: bdwooton | July 4, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

These youngsters are making a case for a possible dangerous 4-3-3 formation a few years from now. We've got a surplus of central midfielders, mostly defensive minded, but some good creative ones, coupled with speedy, skilled wingers, and Altidore, Davies, or whatever big man can actually score for us.

I know, a bit premature, as this is only Greneda, but you can't deny this is seriously a possibility, especially if some of our midfielders get experience in Europe.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 4, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

no wonder that the hell that was for!

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | July 4, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Best story or worst story here in England,depends on which way you look at it. Man Utd have signed sick note Owen,former Liverpool and England star from 'oh dear, your now in the Championship' Newcastle. Let us be honest here,shall we!. Ronaldo was class,Teves was class and Owen,yeah right (he was good once). The Liverpool fans are sure to love that one,not.

Posted by: shaunbrocklesby | July 4, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with Christopher Sullivan? Seriously, what's up?

Posted by: Hoost | July 4, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Telefutura's blanked out for me. And I don't get FSC. I have Comcast in Montgomery County.

My ESPN2HD wasn't working for DCU and my ESPN2 regular went to commercial several times.

Posted by: GiannicolusJones | July 4, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

I know we "joke" about Freddy's age a lot, but when you see close ups of him, he really doesn't look any older than 20 in his face.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 4, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

On a nicer note: world football games are all on espn and DC United v Real Madrid is on FSC.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | July 4, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

5-4-1 system is a good one when your team are playing away,especially if it is against one of the top sides. It is the classic playing for a draw system,with the chance of grabbing a possible one goal to nil victory.

Posted by: shaunbrocklesby | July 4, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

as a ManU fan i don't understand the Owen signing but i will just wait and see.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | July 4, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Davies with the goal, and the stanky leg, and the assist to Heath Pearce's corpse

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 4, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Was that really Heath Pearce?? What a touch!

Posted by: Hobes | July 4, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Davies looks like Ronaldo. Hoping for Quaranta but looks like he won't be in tonight.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | July 4, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be surprised for Tino to get the start in place of Holden against Honduras

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 4, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Solid game for Goodson...but the defense never really hasn't been tested. Rogers looks to be man of the match.

Posted by: soccerman | July 4, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Ah the memories...Adu hits another shot 10 feet over the bar from 25 yards out.

Posted by: Hobes | July 4, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or does this game feel like a cat playing with a half-dead chipmunk???

Posted by: Juan-John | July 4, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

as a ManU fan i don't understand the Owen signing but i will just wait and see.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball

DCUF - this maybe like the Henrik Larsson loan a few years back. They can always use an able bodied sub for Rooney, et al.

Posted by: soccerman | July 4, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

@juan-john

It might even be worse against Haiti. Our C team should be able to cruise to the semi-finals at least. Are most of the other top sides (costa rica, Mexico, etc.) fielding their best sides?

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 4, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

what the hell is wrong with fsc tv voice? Do they announce on a pipe?

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | July 4, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I want to see Tino with playing time or please send him back to his club.

Posted by: tcbannon | July 4, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Tino should get minutes vs. Honduras, a la Brad Evans on his home pitch tonight.

If not, I'm going back to that Fire Bob Bradley Now! site and complaining in the comment boards.

Posted by: kdiff813 | July 4, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what's wrong with FSC. I think they are having problems because the Home Depot Center is so far away from their studios.

Posted by: sitruc | July 4, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

I forgot to mention, Esky scored in his debut for LA.

Posted by: sitruc | July 4, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

as a ManU fan i don't understand the Owen signing but i will just wait and see.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball

DCUF - this maybe like the Henrik Larsson loan a few years back. They can always use an able bodied sub for Rooney, et al.

Posted by: soccerman | July 4, 2009 10:48 PM


Don't forget about jersey sales...

Posted by: alan19 | July 4, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Good first match and the starting line-up clearly indicates who BB trusts the most in this group. Great ball and player movement created lots of chances although only 12 shots were taken. Absolutely love Goodson and Marshall in the middle. They dominated to a point that both Pearce and Dolo had no defensive responsiblities and joined the attack. I hope Goodson's knee is okay for Honduras.
Beckerman, Rogers & Holden also stode out.
Prdicted line-up for Honduras:

Robles

Dolo Goodson Marshall Pearce

Beckerman Pause

Quananta Cooper Rogers

Ching

Posted by: euroman | July 5, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Other than scoring a sitter, i dont think freddy did much. It doesnt look like he can replace anyone on the starting roster. I was expecting more from him considering the competition. How did granada qualify for this cup? Better yet how are they ranked above canada and honduras? Interesting rankings Fifa has come up with. Good win for the MNT. The honduras game should be great.

Posted by: g3impreza | July 5, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

DCUnitedfootball- your not the only one who can't understand why Man Utd signed owen!,to be honest with you,it is a huge gamble. Newcastle probably needed the cash and Owen did not fancy playing in the championship. As you state,time will tell.

Posted by: shaunbrocklesby | July 5, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

JACOBFROMATLANTA-ISH - cheers for your comments,i will look out for the names you have mentioned!.

Posted by: shaunbrocklesby | July 5, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Please ignore the previous site. It was what I had copied previously. (Glad it wasn't porno.) ;-)

Posted by: bdwooton | July 4, 2009 9:59 PM
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Actually, the article about Madison was at least as useful as anything else on this thread. If you go to Madison, be sure to check out the Mustard Museum in nearbly Mount Horeb:

http://www.mustardweb.com/

Posted by: universityandpark | July 5, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

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