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Matchnight: United States vs. Poland friendly

USA vs. Poland
Soldier Field in Chicago
Coverage: 8 p.m. ET.
TV: Fox Soccer Channel, Galavision.

USA LINEUP: Howard; Cherundolo, Onyewu, Edu, Bocanegra; Jones, Bradley, Holden, Dempsey, Feilhaber; Altidore. Subs: Guzan, Lichaj, Goodson, Parkhurst, Spector, Bedoya, Johnson. (Six substitutions are allowed.)

Your pregame, in-game and postgame observations are welcome.

By Steve Goff  | October 9, 2010; 6:42 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  U.S. national team  
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Comments

USMNT debut for Jones. Lets see what he's got.

Posted by: sbg1 | October 9, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

WTF is wrong with Bradley? Edu in the back and Bocanegra as LB? I just can't get enough of this unimaginitive, conservative coach. Way to think outside the box Boob! I would have liked to have seen a backline of Dolo, Goodson, Bocanegra, and Lichaj. I have seen enough of Bocanegra at left back to know he is too slow to play there and I have seen enough of Edu at CB to know he doesn't belong there either. I love the 4-5-1 by also. Basically this man has reduced the talent level of this team so that we play the same style of play we played in the mid 90s.

Posted by: no_recess | October 9, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't see how playing Edu in CB is unimaginitive. It's not a great idea, but it is original.

Posted by: bighungry | October 9, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see Bedoya play from the opening whistle, but that I'm OK with.

However, the surplus of defenders on the bench is a little strange to me; there's two games, and you don't learn that much about defenders by shuffling them in and out too fast.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | October 9, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Moreno and one of SJ's centerbacks red carded early for "headbutts"

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 9, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Kinda like this Jones cat...

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 9, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Jones, wow. This could be huge.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 9, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow, guys... Wow.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 9, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Other than the goal, unimpressed w/ Jose tonight. And Gooch does not appear to have played competitively in a while. Urf. I can't watch any more--too much yelling at the TV.

Posted by: glfrazier | October 9, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I like what Stu Holden is sooo much, and what he could be that much more.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 9, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

gifrazier, you're issue is with Jozy? Curious, goal scoring is kind of the thing.

One conclusion I am drawing is Edu+Center Back=never again.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | October 9, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I mean aside from glimpses of his usual clumsiness, I've liked his movement, he was back defending once or twice, has a goal, a shot of the bar, and a not-so-easy header that went not-so-far.


My issue is with the defense. Not so much the complete play or marking, but the clearances. Man we've been bad at that.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 9, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Boca needed some help on that left side that benny seemed completely uninterested in giving. Hope they can make some adjustments because boca was getting smoked...

Posted by: pino149 | October 9, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Me lovey Jermaine Jonesy

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 9, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Well we can't defend but Jones is a player. Bradley, Stu and Dempsey look good. We really need someone to step up in the back.

Posted by: grubbsbl | October 9, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I think this game shows promise. A midfield of Holden, jones, Bradley, Dempsey, and donovan will give any team trouble.

Edu is not a cb, that's obvious. Though Onyewu looked even worse, he is clearly rusty. I'm also not sure who you play at left back. Spector is in terrible form and Lichaj has played about 5 senior games for Villa. It looks like Bornstein may be our best hope.

The January camp will be big for our defenders. Hopefully one or two players like Ream, Opara, or Gonzalez can come through. We need them.

Posted by: grubbsbl | October 9, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I thought Edu looked pretty good in the back. Holden and Jones both had solid performances marred by botched clearances that lead directly to goals. Not a good night for Michael Bradley. Way too many lazy passes that were easily picked off by the Poles.

A little disheartening that we couldn't beat Poland in a game where Bob was clearly playing for the win. On the other hand, with a little less putzing around in front of the goal, we win 2-0.

Posted by: BooThisMan | October 9, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Good effort US team! Almost got it in at the last minutes. The Polish team showed good quality and came back from the deficit each time. Very entertaining match! Good luck against Colombia!

Posted by: ed_slymailcom | October 9, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

How great would a midfield of Holden, Edu, Bradley, Jones, Donovan and Dempsey look in my 3-6-1 system?

Steve Sampson

Posted by: benonthehill | October 10, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Goff -- Off-topic, but how come you haven't posted the clip of Montenegro's goal...or, more to the point Vucinic's celebration? He's certainly topped the old-hat taking off of the shirt...or should I say he's undercut that old trick?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DvtMNAkYyA&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: fischy | October 10, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Jones passing was superb, and Holden continued to display the fine form he has shown at Bolton. It's unfortunate that their botched clearances led to Poland's goals.

Edu was adequate for a guy playing out of his normal position. Except for his botched header before Poland's first goal, Gooch was adequate but rusty.

Bradley's halftime adjustments allowed USA to gain what they lacked in the first half: control of midfield. Dempsey dropped back from his second-striker slot into a virtual free role in midfield, with other midfielders moving into forward attack as play dictated. Dempsey just may be the playmaking midfielder USA has lacked since Reyna retired. Michael Bradley has had better outings. So has Feilhaber. Bedoya was all but invisible. For another rusty player, Altidore had a good match. He scored. That's what you ask of a striker. His critics should remember he's all of 20 years old.

Last night's USA performance was a marked improvement over the loss to what was, essentially, Brazil's U-20 squad.

Posted by: runningcloud | October 10, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

@bighungry

Edu started at CB in the 2008 Olympics and started in 2008 against T&T, so what was original about that. If you watched the game the left side of our defense was under constant pressure and in the end that is where both goals came from. Holden missed on two clearances and Onyewu tried to clear the ball with his shoulder on the first goal. My point is we should not expect to get any better under Bradley.

Posted by: no_recess | October 10, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Altidore scored. If he had better technical qualities, he would have scored a few more. He was getting incredible service all night long. He is young, hopefully he is getting better in Europe and not languishing there.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 10, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Last night's USA performance was a marked improvement over the loss to what was, essentially, Brazil's U-20 squad.

Three of the 17 players that saw the pitch for Brazil are 20 years old or younger.

Posted by: BooThisMan | October 10, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

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