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Video: USA Victory

Read about the USA's 4-0 rout over Grenada in its Gold Cup opener. Next up for the Americans: Honduras Wednesday night at RFK Stadium. Highlights.....


By Steve Goff  |  July 5, 2009; 8:35 AM ET
Categories:  Gold Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Some pretty goals, but Honduras will be tougher.

Will we have signs in support of democracy in Honduras?

Posted by: fentysupporter | July 5, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Love the audio. Maybe Harkes and Dellacamera can practice goal announcing as some form of Univision karaoke on the celebrity version of The Apprentice. Que buena.

Posted by: MR1Caretaker | July 5, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

So that's how attendance would look like if Seattle was a regular MLS team...

Posted by: PEddy | July 5, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

That's how attendance would look if Seattle were to play a game against a USL2 side from Texas on the biggest non-Christmas holiday of the year. Play that game today or friday, against a respectable side, and the crowd would be pushing their normal 30k.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 5, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Wow...nice day for Robbie Rogers, two assists and goal! He also looked very good with Freddy Adu in the U20 WC a couple of summers ago....there's something to be said about chemistry!
Hope BB realizes that!

Posted by: dayface | July 5, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

What I find disheartning is the weak coverage Univision corp is doing with the games. For some reason Telefutura was off that night, a black screen. And what amazes me, any game involving Mexico gets primetime coverage on Univision not Telefutra or Galavision. They send every other country to the other channels. O well I guess they want to let the whole country to see Mexico lose. LoL

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | July 5, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Robbie Rogers did himself no harm at all last night. The Grenadan's couldn't shut him down and he took full advantage. I can only wish that he's as effective next match against a far superior opponent and one that will draw large support, Honduras.

From watching the FSC coverage and particularly Bretos, you got the misimpression that the Grenadans deserved to be in the tournament finals. Some may say that Johnny Harkes's analysis is too gabby, but at least he'd have put it out there that Grenada is not a team to measure the USMNT by.

Posted by: gooner71 | July 5, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Telefutura was working fine down here, which was nice, because I didn't have to listen to the FSC guys and for some reason their feed was much blurrier than Telefutura's.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 5, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, it was a weak opponent, but with Rogers looking this good I think BB could give Beasley a hearty handshake and wish him goodbye from the USMNT.

Posted by: b18bolo | July 5, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

in some ways it is a no-win situation. do well and it's "just Grenada" and do poorly and it's "fire everyone." fortunately, I thought the team did very well. I'm especially impressed that a starting eleven who had essentially never played together before was so organized, even if it was "just Grenada."

I thought Adu's through ball to Davies in the second half was indicative of his talent; more so than his goal, which was a nice clinical finish (something we sometimes lack) but not a highlight reel action.

Spare a thought for the Grenada keeper, who I thought played very well. from my sight line at Qwest field, none of the four goals were howlers on his part and the score could have been a lot worse if not for his agile saves and aggressive moves.

Have fun at RFK for Honduras!

Posted by: troy6 | July 5, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

in some ways it is a no-win situation. do well and it's "just Grenada" and do poorly and it's "fire everyone." fortunately, I thought the team did very well. I'm especially impressed that a starting eleven who had essentially never played together before was so organized, even if it was "just Grenada."

I thought Adu's through ball to Davies in the second half was indicative of his talent; more so than his goal, which was a nice clinical finish (something we sometimes lack) but not a highlight reel action.

Spare a thought for the Grenada keeper, who I thought played very well. from my sight line at Qwest field, none of the four goals were howlers on his part and the score could have been a lot worse if not for his agile saves and aggressive moves.

Have fun at RFK for Honduras!

Posted by: troy6 | July 5, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Agree with troy6, except that the keeper had Horrible goal kicks. Really awful.

Rogers is proving that he has good footskill, and Adu will improve, both with minutes and as teams make life more difficult for Holden, Rogers, Davies, and whoever else tries to take the direct route through opposing defenses.

Too quote Gandolph (and this applies both to the Gold Cup and the World Cup):

"My heart tells me that (Adu) has some part to play yet, for good or ill, before this is over."

He was once a star, then stunted by fame and hype, and he's still around, and many hate him. But, though the rest of the team carries us far into a tournament, you need someone like Adu at one point or another.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 5, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

For what it's worth, here's Freddy's tweet from after the game:

rustyy.Thanks for all the messages.Game sharpness is not there.felt slow due to heavy legs.legs wouldnt do what i wanted.Good win.important

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 5, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, JacobfromAtlanta-ish. That's not how reporting is done. I'm waiting for Goff to IM Freddy again.

Posted by: sitruc | July 5, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

That was a game against a horrible opponent and doesnt really tell us anything about who can play at the next level.

that unmarked header by holden with a looping horrible cross was grotesque and no decent team with any amount of defense would allow something like that to transpire.

the fourth goal was the only nice goal.

we need players who can play against brasil, spain, argentina, the dutch, etc

not a team that couldnt hack it in the mls.

Posted by: castroviejo | July 5, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Hope everyone was able to catch at least part of that amazing Wimbledon final.

Posted by: Pedalada | July 5, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

That was an epic final and proved one man is legen... wait for it, wait for it... dary. Both men are going to think about that match a lot.

Posted by: sitruc | July 5, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

"That was a game against a horrible opponent and doesn't really tell us anything about who can play at the next level"

Ain't that the truth . . . the only game that will be interesting in the group phase will be Honduras . . as we move into single elimination, these players will get tested a bit more and then we'll see if Rogers, Holden, Adu, etc are worth their salt . . .

Posted by: delantero | July 5, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I feel really bad for Roddick. I was impressed with his resolve after he lost the second set tiebreak. In past years, he would have just plummeted after that.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 5, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Adu rusty? Not sharp? Perish the thought. That would mean all the bloggers who said Freddy should have played against Italy, Spain and Brazil were wrong and Bradley was right not to play him. Non! It cannot be. Never mind that Bradley seems him in practice -- he cannot be right and the collective bloviating wisdom of bloggers be wrong.

Rogers performance was wonderful. Sure, it was Grenada, but if he can play like that against Honduras, he will claim a roster spot, over Beasley. Pretty soon, he might even make Bradley think about finding a way to get him into the starting eleven -- but, he could still be a very useful sub, with his pace.

The other USA player I liked was Perkins. That might have been the best save I've ever seen him make. Very encouraging, even if it was just the one play. And, whomever made that long pass to Pearce, which set up Davies. Oh, and, of course, Davies looked pretty good. Definitely a threat to score.

Posted by: fischy | July 5, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

fischy, try not to get too excited about Adu being rusty. Afterall, it couldn't be a side affect of Bob having no intention to play him anyway, and therefore going along with his plan.

Honestly, some people just love to chant for a talent to fail. I mean, I wanted Beasley gone.... but wait. Bob made a repeated mistake? Shows repeated lack of objectivity in his lineup selections? Hm.

Wait till the group stages are over to start throwing peanuts.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 5, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Why wouldn't Freddy be rusty? Other players were rusty when they were re-introduced to the team. While Jozy was playing as much as he was because of need more than anything, he still wasn't fully match fit by the end of the Confederations Cup.

That was the best tennis I've seen Roddick play. He displayed a great balance of intelligence and power. He deserved to win. Congratulations to Roger for number 15. He could be the GOAT.

The official attendance for the double header in Seattle was 15,387.

Posted by: sitruc | July 5, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Adu was terrible. He should never be on the national team. What was BB thinking? He has not touche the ball.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | July 5, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Freddy is being modest. He was the second most influential player on the pitch, after Rogers. He and Davies were unlucky not to get a few more goals. Grenada is no measuring stick, but not bad for a warm-up.

Posted by: JoeS3 | July 5, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Most impressed with the Stanky Leg at 3:46..

bravo....

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | July 6, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

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