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Matchday: USA at South Africa friendly

By Steve Goff

Bob Bradley and the U.S. national soccer team conclude a busy and productive 2010 schedule with a friendly against South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge in Cape Town.

This is the third meeting between the nations following U.S. victories in 2007 in Johannesburg (1-0) and 2000 in Washington (4-0).

Average age of U.S. players: 23.9.
Average caps: 8.1 (six players have none).

So Bradley begins a new four-year cycle with an experimental roster. We'll see more new players introduced at the January camp at Home Depot Center.

Standard TV coverage on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes begins at 2 p.m. ET. Galavision will come on at 2:25. You can also watch live on ESPN3.com. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m.

USA LINEUP: Guzan; Lichaj, Goodson, Ream, Bornstein; Pause and Carroll holding midfielders; Rogers, Gaven and Bedoya in attacking roles; Findley up front. Reserves: Cervi, Borchers, Spector, Agbossoumonde, Diskerud, Bunbury, Agudelo.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame observations are encouraged. I will provide periodic updates here on the blog.

HALFTIME: 0-0. Not a particularly eventful first half. Bafana Bafana with more possession. Guzan has had a strong presence in net. Rogers with a good bid from the top of the box and clever footwork on the end line late in the half. Lichaj and Bedoya did well on the right side. Bunbury will come on at the start of the second half for Findley, who didn't show much with the ball at his feet but didn't receive a lot of service either.

FULL TIME: USA wins, 1-0, on Agudelo's goal in the 85th minute, set up wonderfully by Diskerud, who used clever footwork in tight space in the box to feed the New York Red Bulls' academy product. Agudelo settled the ball quickly and stabbed a six-yard shot to the roof of the net.

By Steve Goff  | November 17, 2010; 1:26 PM ET
Categories:  South Africa, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  USA-South Africa  
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Comments

Wow - 2 veterans and 2 rookies in the back...Bob is living dangerously!

Posted by: soccerman | November 17, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

pause and carroll as dual defensive mids. man, they have bright futures with the national team for sure, right behind bradley, edu, clark, and jones. its great we finally get to see their incredible talent on display together.

i can't wait to see them in World Cup qualifying. i assume they will be frequent contributors.

Posted by: bobbyoshea | November 17, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

With SJ eliminated, I'm sorry not to see Bobby Convey at LB instead of Bornstein. And Wondolowski is more dangerous than Findley. I guess BB had to select his team too early for the semifinal losers.

Posted by: b18bolo | November 17, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

@bobby do i sense sarcasm?

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop | November 17, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

bobby O -- I agree; it's baffling. All that's missing is Chris Albright.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | November 17, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

bleh.

hate to see spector on the bench. that boy needs a pick-me-up.

and which of the starting mids/attackers has a legit shot at being an impact player? NONE OF THEM. including bedoya, IMO (never been impressed). meanwhile guys with potential - diskerud, bunbury, agudelo sit on bench.

i just dont care for that BB...

Posted by: rainORshine | November 17, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Disappointed not to see Agbossoumonde starting! He needs to make a MNT impression to get out of wage slavery. If a big club gets behind him, he can tell his agency to GFT.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | November 17, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

on the pause/carroll superstar duo: you have to question the roster choices by bob bradley really. these are the only central midfielders he brought with him, unless you count gaven. are there no other central midfield prospects we could have looked at in the player pool?

Posted by: bobbyoshea | November 17, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

for those not watching broadcast, lalas and mcmanaman asking serious questions about rehire of BB. thank you!

Posted by: rainORshine | November 17, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Who's the captain?

Posted by: RiverOtis | November 17, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

looks like its guzan

Posted by: rainORshine | November 17, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

If you are just going to whine about BB, there's another blog I could direct you to...

Posted by: Reignking | November 17, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

let me say something else:
Eddie Gaven- technically gifted but consistent underachiever. at times I love him, at times I hate him. but i just caught a glimpse of him shaking hands with the SA president and he looks a homeless guy with long hair and beard. its an awesome look. right now i love him.

Posted by: bobbyoshea | November 17, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Hope The Crew boys don't get confused and pass the ball to the dudes in the yellow jerseys this evening...

Posted by: DadRyan | November 17, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Given the restrictions on player selection, it's pretty pointless to complain about this roster. Then again, it's pretty pointless for me to have written the previous sentence.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 17, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

lol, so the SA defender dives on the ball and grabs it with his hand. then the US tries to take it quickly and he blocks it with his hand again. ummm. i think thats against the rules. probably 2 cardable offenses there. but ref didn't card for either one.

Posted by: bobbyoshea | November 17, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

reminds me of my father in law complaining about people socializing on a social network... lol.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 17, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

reignking - if you have any valid counter-points or other topical contributions please share.

otherwise...

Posted by: rainORshine | November 17, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Surprised that espn doesn't have a gamecast going (or even scorers from the other matches).

Posted by: Reignking | November 17, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Dudes, chill. Please don't turn this place into SBI or BS. You could always go there if you wanna spend the entire meaningless friendly whining about nothing. Or you could always go back to work?

;)

Posted by: DadRyan | November 17, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Shock of the day.... JB gets backs away from a challenge in the air, lets his mark run past him, and Guzan has to bail him out with a huge save.

Posted by: tphasbdp | November 17, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm awfully tired of Harkes proclaiming players offsides based on a single replay at full speed. He's done this all MLS playoffs, and he did it again today with a South Africa is who is just barely onside if you slow down the replay. Sure would be nice if ESPN could figure out how to make these replays happen like we got all summer with the World Cup feed, but if we can't, Harkes should stop guessing.

Posted by: foul_throw | November 17, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Shot on goal or not, Robbie Rogers still sucks.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 17, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

What's that Clarence? Skill kills?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 17, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

was benny feilhaber just too busy with his danish 2nd division club to be called up for this game. this would have been a good opportunity for him to direct the midfield.

Posted by: bobbyoshea | November 17, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

why do they keep calling the game sold out when they already showed a huge upper deck section (under the main camera) without anyone sitting in it? what does espn have to gain by declaring the stadium full?

Posted by: bobbyoshea | November 17, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Doubt the claims of sell out have anything to do with ESPN.
Who needs Feilhaber directing the midfield when you've got Eddie Gaven? ;)

Posted by: DadRyan | November 17, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

rogers somehow bumbles with the ball stuck under his feet past his defender and gets in a cross. the bumbling deceived the defender. espn commentator praises him. [sigh]

Posted by: bobbyoshea | November 17, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Sellout means that the available tickets were sold (or, for MLS, given away). If seats in that upper deck section were not offered for sale the they don't count.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 17, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

guzan and goodson = very nice. otherwise pretty yarn-inspiring - as predicted.

is espn letting mcmanaman watch england-france?

Posted by: rainORshine | November 17, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

what i think bb should do to start the 2nd half:
pause off. findley off. lichaj off. gaven to attacking CM. bunbury and agudelo to forward. spector to RB.

------Bunbury-----Agudelo----
------------Gaven------------
Rogers-----------------Bedoya
------------Carroll----------
Born---Ream---Goodson--Spector
------------Guzan-------------

play that way for 20 minutes. put in Cervi for Guzan. Put in Borchers for Goodson. Put in Diskerud for Carroll.

Posted by: bobbyoshea | November 17, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

spectors on for bornstein. bunbury for findley.

place your bets on Lichaj getting a second yellow and ruining the whole affair.

Posted by: bobbyoshea | November 17, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

wow -spec making MNT debut at LB about 2 years after most wanted see it.

and glad bunbury coming on like-for-like for findley, instead of say one of the DMs - pulling gaven back into his natural mid position.

i love the safety and organization!

Posted by: rainORshine | November 17, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

please please please bob. take off either pause or carroll in the next 20 minutes.

Posted by: bobbyoshea | November 17, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Bunbery is making some very quick smart passes up top, and a good turn followed by a hit to the keeper. Not bad for first USMNT shot. SA forwards are flopping like fish up top

Posted by: carmines757 | November 17, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Aguedelo coming on for Rogers! Yes!

Posted by: DadRyan | November 17, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

oops Agudelo?

Posted by: DadRyan | November 17, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

i'm glad agudelo is on but i wish it had been for one of the defensive mids. i just don't understand it. they have no future with the national team first team but they are going to see a lot of minutes. its such a waste.

Posted by: bobbyoshea | November 17, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

spector gives it away again.

Posted by: bobbyoshea | November 17, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

gaven has been the best player tonight.

Posted by: bobbyoshea | November 17, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

i'm officially on the replace bob bradley bandwagaon at this point. i just don't get it. he's only going to give diskerud ten minutes but pause and carroll the whole match.

i just can't take it anymore. bob bradley needs to be replaced.

Posted by: bobbyoshea | November 17, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Agudelo... my new man crush =-)

Posted by: tphasbdp | November 17, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

you give diskerud 10 minutes and he produces an assist bob.

Posted by: bobbyoshea | November 17, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see someone in a the US number 17 jersey finally put the ball in the net in South Africa...

Posted by: DadRyan | November 17, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

The look on the kid's face (and the awed, what-have-I-done hands-to-the-face) was priceless.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 17, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

i just can't take it anymore. bob bradley needs to be replaced.

Posted by: bobbyoshea

dude, step away from the ledge.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 17, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

its too late for me. save yourselves.

Posted by: bobbyoshea | November 17, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Nice work young bucks! Yee Haw!

Posted by: DadRyan | November 17, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

i'm not saying just to say it. i mean i really just don't understand what he is thinking. he's giving 90 minutes to two players who truly and honestly have no future with the national team when he could have given at least 30 minutes to a player who might have a future.

its just so wrong. what are we going to learn about logan pause or brian carroll that we didn't know already? would they ever start ahead of Bradley, Edu, Clark, or Jones? NO. NEVER. its just such a waste of an opportunity.

ok i'll try to hold it in for awhile and be glad that he capped a bunch of new players tonight.

Posted by: bobbyoshea | November 17, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Didn't see the game, but I can think of plenty of good reasons for keeping Pause and Carroll on:

-Wanting to keep the formation/tactics, and thereby integrate the rookies into the system they'll be playing, albeit with different players

-Wanting some veteran presence in the midfield and not just a bunch of 20-23 year-old kids running around out there.

-Trying to keep some possession and maybe even win the game and thinking that combo gave you the best chance to do so.

Not that I necessarily agree with all of those, but it's really not some great outrage that these two guys each got 90 minutes.

Posted by: BooThisMan | November 17, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

FFS Bob, I got your point.

Posted by: OWNTF | November 17, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

BooThisMan, I'm not booing you.
+1!
I'd watch a replay if I were you. Lots of youngin's showed well. Lichaj, Ream, Agudelo and Diskerud did great together...
I thought Bedoya played better than I've ever seen him as well. Go figure.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 17, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Before the game the BB-haters where going on about how disrespectful is was to bring a C/Youth team to SA, when they were going to play their full squad, and how badly we were going to be embarrassed. We win, and the complaint switches to Bradley not playing the right players.

Sometimes I do wish he weren't re-hired, just so I wouldn't have to read another 4 years worth of complaints about him.

Posted by: BooThisMan | November 17, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

i guess that comment is directed to me but i never complained about bringing young players to SA and have never been a career bob bradley complainer.

Posted by: bobbyoshea | November 17, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

"Before the game the BB-haters where going on about how disrespectful is was to bring a C/Youth team to SA, when they were going to play their full squad, and how badly we were going to be embarrassed."

anyone who thought we would get embarrassed by SA is just not too clued in to world football. ranked #50 in the world and has done absolutely nothing since 02 - quarterfinals of ACN and qualifying for 02 cup...

terrific victory!

Posted by: rainORshine | November 17, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Well, which is it, rainOR:

am I not too clued in or was it a terrific victory?

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 17, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Whats with this influx of argumentative posters..?

Posted by: carmines757 | November 17, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

@bobbyoshea No, it wasn't directed at you in particular, though I see how it would come off that way. But there were certainly a lot of commentators on the interwebs whining about the roster and how it wouldn't compete, and now there are lot who continue to complain despite the victory. I'm sure the intersection of the two groups is non-empty.

Posted by: BooThisMan | November 17, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

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