Wednesday, May 28, 2008

DuNord + Austin = DuSud

The USA loses to England 2-0. Well, we can't say this is a surprising result. The USA lost to a better team. Period. Hey, it's only a Friendly. We'll get over it.

I watched the game with Harry Williams and Dita Niyogi of The Texas Fair Defense Project. And speaking of fair defense, I thought the USA's was fairly good. Pearce, Bocanegra, Onyewu, and Cherundolo played a solid game. The problem was that when the defense cleared the ball, our midfielders and forwards usually couldn't hold it.

England's first goal resulted from a needless foul by Ricardo Clark. Clark tripped Wes Brown after Beasley had already won the ball. But let's not blame any one player for the loss. The whole team has a lot of work to do if they want to get to the level of a team like England. We'll get there, some day.

Fortunately, there is some good news for American soccer today. DC United desperately needs a new stadium, and the D.C. City Council seems to be inclined to help the team finance it. Let's all hope that works out.

At half time ESPN showed clips of the great 1993 USA victory over England. If you haven't seen that match, that one and many others are on my web site:


Blogger Mamacita Chilena said...

Glad I'm not the only one who thought the defense played fairly well. I mentioned that to my Chilean friends and they basically told me I was on crack.

11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would safely say Mr. Rico "head kicker" Clark played the key roll in us losing that game

11:32 PM  
Blogger Arelcao Akleos said...

The Chileans are correct, and, no, the way the USA played yesterday is not something to take with a shrug of the shoulder. This team has not played well for years now, [late Arena, all Bradley]. In fact, although far more talent is available, as a team it is definitely inferior to the sides put out by Bora, never mind Arena (before 2005).
Consistency in being poor is awful for a national side.

2:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

with clark and bradley in the midfield, the us will never be able to keep possession against a side the caliber of england. feilhaber if healthy and match fit is the only one i have seen who might be able to hold the ball and distribute. both clark and bradley are hard tacklers, but not distributors.

re eddie johnson, he was atrocious for fulham this year but last night, his play was encouraging. he won a few headers, checked back and got the ball back to midfield and damn near scored on his very nice left-footed volley.


9:17 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

i thought our defense played horribly...gooch was constantly out of position and was made to pay for it on the second goal...he got caught ball watching so badly as stevie g continued his run...bocanegra is shite and deserved to be dropped by fulham...our set pieces were atrocious...what the fuck was beasley doing...freddy blew his services as well...eddie lewis made an impact once he came in and was really the only bright spot for us i thought...we were terrible

10:34 AM  
Anonymous joe said...

I thought England did a great job dropping back defensively, clogging the box for the lame US attempts. Quite the bummer, yanks...

10:37 AM  

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