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Poll: USA at T&T

By Steve Goff  |  September 9, 2009; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF , Poll , U.S. men's national team  
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Davies for two. I think we come out fast and playing for the win.

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Furst.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 9, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Ooops, podium isn't too shabby.
I'm hoping Davies is good to go and his contusion isn't a problem, he's been a beastly breath of fresh air. I just don't want to see the stanky leg again, I'm hoping the boys have worked on a different celebration dance...

Posted by: DadRyan | September 9, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I voted "win," but it will be hard because of (1) the injured defenders, (2) T&T will come running at us, and (3) we always play down to our opponent's level. If we continue to make charitable passes in the midfield (I'm looking at you Deuce and your fancy flicks), T&T will score early.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 9, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

3-2

Davies '32
Donovan '40
Torres '86

Kenwyne Jones '20 aaaaaaaand uuuuuuuhm '70

Posted by: crocken | September 9, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I voted "win," but it will be hard because of (1) the injured defenders, (2) T&T will come running at us, and (3) we always play down to our opponent's level. If we continue to make charitable passes in the midfield (I'm looking at you Deuce and your fancy flicks), T&T will score early.

Posted by: I-270Exit1

(4) Jack Warner will pay someone off

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

We looked so soundly dominating against them at home with Brian Ching and DaMarcus Beasley on the field at home, plus the fact these boys know it is a must win game, I say win.

And DadRyan:

"The legg is feelin much better, man getting kicked in the same spot was no joke lol!
12:32 PM Sep 7th from TwitterFon"

Twitter can be alright sometimes.

Now, I'm off to suggest new celebrations all day long.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 9, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Lineups? Very curious about the backline...

Posted by: soccerman | September 9, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

A loss is a death sentence so we MUST win.

Posted by: euroman | September 9, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I think the US played fairly well against El Salvador in spite of the close final score. Bradley's teams get too conservative on the road sometimes but the US should go all out for the win. We need 3 points to stay ahead of, or even with Honduras, Mexico and Costa Rica. T&T is not a factor in qualifying so we should play to win even if it means taking a few risks defensively. The risk of playing for 3 points is one worth taking here.

I voted US win.

As I posted in the other thread the game will be shown on TELEFUTURA which should be available to more viewers than Galavision.

http://www.univision.com/content/content.jhtml?chid=4&schid=9756&secid=0&cid=419683

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | September 9, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I kinda liked the stanky leg.

The linked Trini article mentions that last meeting (a US loss in Oct 08) was Davies first US goal, and he came on for Adu. My what changes a year can bring.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 9, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

@soccerman

Goff's projected lineup in the linked preview has:

Spector-Boca-Gooch-Cherundolo

At least that's how I assume the l-r alignment would look.

Posted by: benonthehill | September 9, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Let's hope T&T plays like a team that's essentially eliminated and not one that is using this game to make its qualifying statement.

I worry, because there's huge downside if they lose. A playoff against Argentina? Ugh.

Posted by: ah___ | September 9, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

What about the goal-differential options (lose by 1, win by 2, etc.) in the poll? Does the poll's simplicity suggest that the pollster knows the opponent too well?

Posted by: BaltoFan | September 9, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

@BaltoFan: Too many choices will force a run-off poll and increase the likelihood of poll fraud. Or, more likely, people will whine about the choices (why don't you have "win by five?").

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 9, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Just looking on fifa.com -- we don't lose at T&T. In the last match, we did, but WCQ for that round was already sealed.

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

TnT has added two EPL regulars, former England youth players. They're not a pushover.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 9, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I do not know if this will effect the poll or not, but the ref today is Salvadorian Joel Aguilar. I do not think this is right because El Salvador is trying to qualify for WC 2010 just like the US. I just forsee patriotic bias here because it is obvious that the US has a better chance to qualify than T&T which would diminish the chances of El Salvador qualifying. Also we just beat El Salavador. That being said the Salvadorians would need a lot of help and to win all three of their matches to qualify. Honestly I think no matter who officiates this game they will suck because CONCACAF officials are awful regardless of nationality.

Posted by: no_recess | September 9, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

TnT has added two EPL regulars, former England youth players. They're not a pushover.

Posted by: OWNTF

T&T? Dynamite.

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the perceived conflict of interest with the CONCACAF refs. Maybe CONCACAF should adopt a FIFA-like system wherein a ref doesn't officiate in the same WC group as his country and is sent home if his country gets past the group stage. The downside of that, for CONCACAF, is that the hexagonal refs in would be from countries with even lower soccer quality than those in the hex. But, we're going to complain about the refs no matter where they're from.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 9, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Did somebody say Stanky Leg?
(I then insert the Stanky Leg lyrics for no reason, beating JoeDoc to the punch.)

Anyways, I voted win. USA will be top of the table tonight -Honduras is going to lose in the fortress of Azteca. For all the coverage on USA's "terrible midfield passing" the real story was "USA can't finish." The El Salvador game should have been about 5-1 the United States. If US wants to be a top notch team, it has to kill off it's opponents.

Goals that Should have been:
1)Davies in on the left, does a beautiful roll and step over burning his defender, reaches the endline and plays in back on the ground to the PK mark. Dempsey comes running in unmarked and fired it inches wide (Should be 1-0).

2)Jonathan Spector crosses the ball in which Bradley misses the header completely, which then falls to Dempsey unmarked whose header is an awful attempt and misses. Both Dempsey and Bradley are 5/6 yards from goal (Should be 2-0).

3)Chad Marshell plays a long direct ball from inside his own half and finds Davies in behind the defense. Davies misses it inches wide from the PK spot (Should be 3-1 as they have scored at this point.)

US then scores 2 good goals and probably blows another chance in the first half. This recollection by me isn't even including the awful call back on Altidore's second, the not very good breakaway shot by Dempsey, or Torres's header which the goalie made a ridiculous save.

El Salvador has 2 shots on goal. The US needs to finish its chances.

Posted by: grubbsbl | September 9, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I'm amending my comment. It is a real, not perceived, conflict of interest, at least for the Americans.
- USSF trains, certifies, and regulates American referees.
- USSF has a significant financial interest in the MNT's advancement to WC2010.

Ergo having American refs in the hex is a real CoI.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 9, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I do not know if this will effect the poll or not, but the ref today is Salvadorian Joel Aguilar.

Posted by: no_recess | September 9, 2009 11:23 AM

==================================

He was the ref for the Argentina friendly last summer, and in that Argentina game he gave Edu a questionable yellow, and then was convinced by Argentine players it was Mastroeni's second, and presented Pablo with an outrageous red. Other than that, I can't remember any reasons to not like him.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 9, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

JacobfromAtlanta-ish - I had almost forgotten that incident. to be fair though, it may have been a pre-emptive move for the ref to award the 2nd yellow to Pablo, since he would have earned it within 5 minutes anyway. jokes aside, that was a horrific error by the official, and it is surprising he is still officiating at this level after such a mistake.

Posted by: VTUnited | September 9, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Will they play our national anthem on the steel drums like they did last time? That was kinda cool.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 9, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Everyone voted win. And we should indeed send them home hurting. But both Boca and Marshall were very bad, in my opinion, against ES. I think we put Boca's abilities on a pedastle because he scored off headers and he was the best we had for a while. But I don't see him a leader back there, much less the captain, now that we have Gooch and Demerit playing so well. I'd rather have Spector in the middle, as a matter of fact.

I want Torres to get serious minutes, but if Clark starts, I don't see that happening. I also don't want to see any messy, no forward lineups toward the end of the game. That was pathetic.

LEt's destroy them, get on with our campaign.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | September 9, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

@I-270Exit1

Complaining about a ref is one thing, but I get so upset with CONCACAF officials that I think they should be banned from anything soccer related. I don't mind complaining about a ref because after all we are all fans and there will be bias in any opinion we have. However in our region the refs are so bad that it really takes the beautiful out of the beautiful game. If you want an example go and watch the Mexico vs. Costa Rica match from last Saturday. There should have been three to four yellow cards in the first half alone. It was a hackfest.

Posted by: no_recess | September 9, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know about live video streaming? Thanks.

Posted by: dpattarini | September 9, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Milan Baros has had a good first half...

and go Faroe!

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

When the Post went to using twiigs.com for their polls, I stopped being able to even see them here at work. Dies anyone else have this problem?

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | September 9, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I plan to watch the US-T&T match, but I'm also recording Obama's health care speech, so please don't post any spoilers on that.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 9, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

@Dougmacintyre

Win: 87%
Draw: 9%
Lose: 2%
1,058 votes

The UN suspects fraud.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 9, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

i do know about live video streaming. it's a great thing.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | September 9, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Did somebody say Stanky Leg?
(I then insert the Stanky Leg lyrics for no reason, beating JoeDoc to the punch.)
Posted by: grubbsbl | September 9, 2009 11:35 AM
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Stanky Leg? Is that the band that opened for The Bay City Rollers in '74?

No?

Oh, my bad.

Posted by: joedoc1 | September 9, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

The UN suspects fraud.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 9, 2009 1:10 PM

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad want you to know that it's all on the up and up, Dougmacintyre. The urge us all to just get behind the team and move on as one.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 9, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

The UN suspects fraud.

Posted by: I-270Exit1

Well, when T&T is involved...

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I thought about playing the Jack Warner angle, but then I couldn't link to this:

http://tinyurl.com/b97lqa

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 9, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The UN suspects fraud.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 9, 2009 1:10 PM
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"Fraud" and "UN" in the same sentence. Who knew?

Posted by: joedoc1 | September 9, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

The (semi) interesting results are rolling in already...

Full Time - Faroe Islands 2 Lithuania 1

Full Time - Armenia 2 Belgium 1

And Sweden have finally scored in Malta - and it took an own goal

Posted by: Kev29 | September 9, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Peanlty! to Serbia and a red to keeper Lloris.

Serbia 1-0 France 12'

Posted by: RedDevil1 | September 9, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Goal! France

Serbia 1-1 France 32'

Keeper coughed up the ball in front of Henry.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | September 9, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Good thing you are not running a poll on how DC United will do tonight....

Posted by: DCUSince96 | September 9, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

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