Oguchi Onyewu did not start, leaving him without a 90-minute performance in any of the three pre-World Cup friendlies. Is he ready to start against England? "We'll see," Bob Bradley said.
"I think it was a smart to take things in step with me," said Onyewu, who played 139 minutes in the three matches. "I feel confident right now. I don't think I've shown in the last two games any signs of weakness. So I just have to wait till next Saturday and see what comes."
Asked whether his two-goal performance will make it more difficult for Bradley to settle on a frontline partnership, Edson Buddle said: "I've given him a bit of a headache probably, but it's a good headache."
Tim Howard, on Buddle: "He has carried his league form over here and everything he touches seems to go in. Strikers are streaky, and he seems to be on that streak."
Landon Donovan, on Buddle: "You guys will write about the goals, but the other things he does -- and Robbie [Findley] -- are what made us successful. They help us get out of pressure, their movement was good, they were active, they defended well."
Findley's finishing was atrocious, but he was a nice complement to Buddle. His pressure led to the giveaway that allowed Buddle to score the opening goal.
What to make of Ricardo Clark going 90 minutes while Maurice Edu sat the bench for the second straight match? Edu has more to offer, and the absence of playing time is curious. Perhaps he has a knock that we're not being told about?
Buddle, on playing at altitude: "It was tough breathing, especially in the warm-up. Once I came on in the second half, I felt a lot better."
Michael Bradley, on the performance: "For the most part, we were pretty sharp. The approach was good, the commitment was good, the discipline was good, and I thought we played well. It's a good way to go into England."
Bob Bradley, on the controversial ball: "For everybody right now, judging the flight of the ball becomes still an issue. You see balls that are flying, getting through into dangerous areas. You see balls that aren't cleared that well - something all teams are going to have to think about."
My full match report.
FIFA announced that referee Carlos Simon of Brazil will work the USA-England match. Simon worked three games in 2006: Italy-Ghana (five cautions), Spain-Tunisia (eight) and Germany-Sweden (five, plus a red).
June 5, 2010; 5:48 PM ET
Categories: 2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team | Tags: Bob Bradley, Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan, Oguchi Onyewu, World Cup
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