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Thursday Kickaround

*AC Milan President Adriano Galliani is demanding compensation from the USSF because Oguchi Onyewu tore a knee tendon. Seriously, Adriano? Did Bob Bradley intentionally inflict the injury to Gooch, a la Nancy Kerrigan?

*Costa Rica Coach Rene Simoes: "First I have to rebuild their spirits. They are in the dumps. This was a shock for them. Everything was going fine up until the last minute. The game just ended and its just very sad. Now we just have to start working again." Simoes and another team official were sent off late in the game for a dispute with the fourth official about a substitution issue.

*USA player ratings: Howard 6, Cherundolo 6, Onyewu 4, Bocanegra 6, Bornstein 6.5; Holden 5, Bradley 6, Feilhaber 5, Donovan 6; Casey 4, Altidore 6. Subs: Torres 6, Rogers 6.5, Cooper 5.

*Real Salt Lake is back in the thick of the MLS playoff race after defeating New York, 2-0 to leap over D.C. United, Dallas and Toronto and move within a point of New England in the overall standings.

*Toronto FC will make its 2010 home debut -- on natural grass! -- April 17 against expansion Philadelphia.

*Adu scores! That's Fro, not Freddy. The younger Adu had a goal in George Mason's 3-1 victory over Delaware.

*Heather Mitts is returning to Philadelphia to play for the expansion Independence in WPS.

*Kicking & Screening, a four-day soccer film festival, gets underway tonight at the French Embassy with a showing of a documentary about France's 1998 World Cup triumph.

By Steve Goff  |  October 15, 2009; 11:20 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , College Soccer , Costa Rica , Italy , MLS , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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I'd be surprised if Milan didn't have insurance.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 15, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I know Jozy missed a few chances, but I have never seen him hustle as much as I did this game. He almost looked like a large-sized version of Davies out there! And he was the one setting up Casey and Donovan on their missed chances. I would give Altidore a 7 for last night's game and hope he continues to hustle and pressure the other team's defenders in the future.

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | October 15, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Torres took the game over from the moment he entered, demanding the ball and spreading it around. If Rogers was a 6.5, Torres is at least an 8.

Posted by: ahelms10 | October 15, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for all you do, Goff.

If I may pimp myself a bit: Fischy's got his own byline!!! A (for now) one-shot column in the New York Times' online soccer Goal Blog. Take a read -- there are a couple of typos, but I swear they did it in the editing...

Posted by: fischy | October 15, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Dear Adriano Galliani,

Eat it. You weren't paying him to play anyway.

Posted by: scavendish442 | October 15, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Gooch is at AC Milan?
Who knew?


Posted by: hodge_jason | October 15, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I agree that Jozy played a strong match and worked his butt off, but he also had some unfocused, undisciplined moments out there. He was playing with a hot head, for better or worse. Totally understandable though.

Posted by: Logan_Circle | October 15, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Altidore reminds me of Titus Bramble, he loses concentration at the wrong moment.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | October 15, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Isn't compensation pretty standard? At least wages while injured? Newcastle got something from the FA for Owen, didn't they?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | October 15, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

God, Adriano Galliani is an idiot. How about crying some more. You dont play the guy and now you want compensation? I could semi-understand if he was starting an integral part of your team...Give me a break.

Posted by: strago | October 15, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Nice work, fischy! Congrats and I'll give that a read later this afternoon!

Posted by: Kev29 | October 15, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Dougmacintyre, agreed on Jozy.

Posted by: Reignking | October 15, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

USSF needs to counter sue. If Milan had been giving him play time we wouldn't have ceded the first goal, thus Gooch wouldn't have been in the position he was late in the game to be injured.

Posted by: ncguy | October 15, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I agree we need to compensate the Italians. Send them some gold chains and Saturday Night Fever DVDs.

Posted by: Hoost | October 15, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

nice article, Fischy. I'd add Harald Nielsen, the great Danish striker. Denmark didn't allow professionals on national teams until the 70s. Since Nielsen went pro in Italy at age 18, he never went to a Cup.

Posted by: troy6 | October 15, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I thought Torres played well. He made several spot-on passes ... and when one attempted pass hit the official, I commented, "Well Torres finally didn't complete a pass."

More Torres please.

Posted by: Cerealman | October 15, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Goff, what planet were you watching the game from? Feilhaber 5? What did he do the entire game. I guess I don't get why he is on the squad in the first place and last night, in my opinion, was a clear indication of why anyone, from current roster players like Torres and Clark to past ones like Quaranta and Edu should be given the opportunity to replace him. Hell, Tab Ramos would have brought more life to the field last night than Feilhaber. Stop running the Mexico goal on a continuous loop in your head and look at what Feilhaber actually does for a change. I admit Casey was horrible, but at least the man was trying. If Casey could just unhitch the invisible trailer he seems to be pulling all the time, he might actually get to a ball in time to do something with it enough times to make up for the horrendous misses he will make. For Feilhaber, his opportunity to contribute to the team has sailed, and sunk.

Posted by: rcdwriting | October 15, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I thought Altidore was one of the main reasons that game was so much fun to watch live.

BTW, Philly Inquirer seems to think Independence GM Terry Foley is female.

Posted by: dccal | October 15, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

fischy, is that you in the photo to the right of your article?

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 15, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

So do the red cards for the head coach and assistant affect Game One of the Costa Rica-Uruguay playoff, or is it held over until the World Cup (or the first game of 2014 qualifying if they don't make it)?

Posted by: Hokienautic | October 15, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I think Casey's rating of 4 is overstated. He may have deserved a 1 and only because he gave the shot to Donovan (Which Donovan skied over the goal). That decision to not shoot the ball was his best of the day. Beyond that, he looked like an oaf that couldn't move.
I agree Torres played very well. Altidore played inspired and Bornstein finally

Posted by: jsm3 | October 15, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

The most frustrating thing about Altidore's performance last night was the turnovers. Frankly, I didn't notice his hustle because of it.

Torres had immediate impact and Rogers was particularly good. I'm sure BB was kicking himself for using the subs when Gooch got hurt but the fact is the subs revitalized our side and created the energy for us to get the tie.

Posted by: DetroitTFC | October 15, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Best sentence from a column in today's issue of La Nacion, CR's biggest newspaper, on last night's game:

"La Tricolor no supo administrar el preciado tesoro de los dos goles y terminó condenada a mirar el reloj."

The team didn't know how to handle the precious treasure of those two (first half) goals and wound up condemned to watch the clock.

Posted by: Juan-John | October 15, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

USSF needs to counter sue. If Milan had been giving him play time we wouldn't have ceded the first goal, thus Gooch wouldn't have been in the position he was late in the game to be injured.

Posted by: ncguy | October 15, 2009 11:49 AM

I had the same thought....Gooch looked very rusty. I thought the same about Bradley. Not sure what Feilhaber's excuse would be.

@Joedoc -- My picture? Definitely not.

Posted by: fischy | October 15, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I know your player ratings are generally not too high or too low, but I sincerely think you have messed up your rating on Torres.

Please, if you get the time, go back and watch the last 30 minutes of the game again. If Torres had not come on, we would not have tied this game. He completely changed the complexion of our attack (possession!) and he went back and stole the ball that led to the final push forward and the corner.

Whatever ratings you give out, Torres' rating should be the highest.

Posted by: scott47a | October 15, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

funniest chant from last night, when Torres came on:

"Eddie Munster" :clap clap clap clap clap clap:

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | October 15, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

agreed on Altidore's hustle. Ive never seem him look like that. he was posessed. even if his finishing was off, he made plays, and set up others. If Ching/Cooper were out there instead of Casey, we would have won by 2 goals. Casey caught the yips at 08:59.

Posted by: VTUnited | October 15, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Was at the game last night. Here are my player ratings.

Howard — 5 Did nothing terrible; did nothing great.

Cherundolo — 8 Had excellent game. Better touch than anyone else on the field. Covered his position. Supported the attack.

Oneywu — 5 Not his best game. Really needs playing time. Last year look much better when playing full time in Belgium. Now, with the injury, there is very little chance that he will get any playing time with AC Milan this season. Will arrive in South Africa rusty. Bradley will play him anyway. This will be a major problem for the US.

Bocanegra — 4 A very experienced, very slow player. Doesn’t cover much territory. If we could find someone better to play central defense, the team would improve.

Bornstein — 6 Did a lot to support the offense, and was not exposed as much as he usually is on defense. Nevetheless, let’s give Castillo a chance.

Bradley — 6 Worked hard, as always. There is something to be said for that. Did not commit any silly fouls, which is an improvement for him. Scored the first goal. On the other hand, shot from ridiculous positions, missing the target by a mile. Those shots are simply turnovers.

Holden — 5 Decent touches at times, but mostly invisible for long stretches.

Feilhaber — 4 Very disappointing game. I think he has a lot of potential as a playmaker (and we really need one of those), but he was almost invisible in the game. Doesn’t add anything defensively.

Donovan — 5 A lot of talent and a lot of speed. Seldom deployed either one during the game. Missed a couple of sitters.

Altidore — 8 The team’s MVP last night. Hussled all night, and caused havoc for the other team. Created several chances that his teammates failed to convert. Of course, managed to blow a couple of excellent chances himself. He is a work in progress. If only they let him play at Hull City, and he stays away from injury, I still think that he will become a world class player someday. Will he be one by next year? Probably not yet.

Casey — 3 Should not be on the field. He really has no idea what to do with the ball. Hopefully we have progress beyond the point where having a big bruising body is enough.

Torres — 7 Would like to see more of him in the friendlies. Generally good touches, and creative passing. Can he play defense, though? Can he play a full 90? It would be nice to find out.

Rogers — 6 Look good in his few minutes, but this was the perfect set-up for him. CRC let him run around without too much pressure, and he took advantage. He does less well when pressured.

Cooper — NR It was a relief to see Casey leave, but Cooper did not get a chance to do much.

Posted by: jack35 | October 15, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

hmmm AC Milan scout gooch while playing for our national team at Confed cup....then get mad because he gets injured playing national team games...a little hypocritical if you ask me.

Posted by: DCU_VW | October 15, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

You can't give a forward an 8 who blows that many chances.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 15, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of idiots -- I'm listening to the soccernet podcast, and they actually think that the brace-scoring forward for Spain (and Sevilla) plays for Dallas (the box score actually links to a page saying he plays for them). How on earth do they not know who this guy is???

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

"We demand compensation from the American Federation because we cannot pay the salary of a player who cannot play for six months."

Galliani in the linked article.

You can't? I thought you had one of the richest clubs in the world (too bad you cant even win the Scudetto anymore, though.)

In the end, it is the nations that produce the players who go on to star for various rich clubs. The clubs should be paying the nations, not vice versa

Posted by: DCUSince96 | October 15, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Watched the match from sec 217 at RFK. Nice crowd atmosphere. CR supporters were passionate but much better sports than those other visitors. 1st half finishing by US was just awful - never on target. Do you think they ever practice 'finishing.' We'll take the result. Should be very interesting matches between CR and Uruguay. Congrats to Honduras too. On to the WC!

Posted by: tfshea | October 15, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey Steve have you ever given a player a 1? Because thats what Connor Casey should have gotten last night. He blew ALL of his scoring chances and Steven Hawking has a better work rate. I mean Honduras? Every dog has his day (and his second goal looked like a stumble not a fake). I never want to see this man suit up for the US again. If we have to send out Kenny Cooper that fine, just no more Casey.

Posted by: Conservativemindsareinshackles | October 15, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Could Chris Pontius have a shot at playing forward for the Nats? With Davies thrashed, and Casey sucking so bad, I can't see what it would hurt to give him a sniff.

Posted by: DadRyan | October 15, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama should shun Berlusconi at the next G-whatever meeting.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 15, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

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