Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Landon Donovan 9 (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan may not have scored against Manchester United in his first match against the storied club, but he enjoyed a solid outing in Everton's stunning 3-1 victory over Sir Alex Ferguson's men.

A week after helping Everton shock first-place Chelsea with an impressive outing, Donovan put forth another good performance against the Red Devils. Donovan was aggressive from the opening whistle, showing a willingness to go at defenders. United right back Gary Neville in particular had a tough time marking Donovan, always looking two steps too slow. 

It was on Neville's right side where Donovan helped setup the go-ahead goal for Everton. The U.S. international played a pass to Steven Pienaar, who layed off a cross that substitute Dan Gosling knocked in from close range.

The weekend also saw two Americans score. Jemal Johnson netted his first goal for Stockport County, hitting the winner in the club's 1-0 victory over Exeter City, and Herculez Gomez continued his scoring ways with his third goal of the season in Puebla's 3-2 loss to Guadalajara.

Here is how the Americans Abroad fared this weekend:


England

PREMIERSHIP

  • Landon Donovan started, played 90 minutes and helped setup a goal in Everton's 3-1 win vs. Manchester United on Saturday.

  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made one save in Everton's 3-1 win vs. Manchester United on Saturday.

  • Jozy Altidore came off the bench and played 25 minutes in Hull City 's 3-0 loss vs. West Ham United on Saturday.

  • Clint Dempsey did not dress in Fulham's 2-1 win vs. Birmingham on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.

  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in West Ham's 3-0 win vs. Hull City on Saturday.

  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Aston Villa's 5-2 win vs. Burnley on Sunday.
  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa's 5-2 win vs. Burnley on Sunday.

  • Marcus Hahnemann started and played 90 minutes in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 2-0 loss vs. Chelsea on Saturday.

  • Stuart Holden did not dress in Bolton Wanderers' 3-0 loss vs. Blackburn on Sunday.

    COCA COLA CHAMPIONSHIP

    • Jay DeMerit started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card and gave up a penalty kick in Watford's 2-2 draw vs. Scunthorpe United on Saturday.
    • Frank Simek started and played 90 minutes in Sheffield Wednesday's 1-0 loss vs. Ipswich Town on Saturday.
    • Kenny Cooper came off the bench and played 14 minutes in Plymouth Argyle's 1-1 draw vs. Leicester City on Saturday.

    LEAGUE ONE

    • Ian Joyce did not dress in Southend United's 3-1 loss vs. Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday.
    • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Norwich City's 2-0 loss vs. Southampton on Saturday.
    • Mike Grella dressed but did not play in Leeds United's 1-1 draw vs. Brighton on Saturday.
    • Jemal Johnson started, played 87 minutes and scored a GOAL in Stockport County's 1-0 win vs. Exeter City on Saturday.

    • Jon-Paul Pittman came off the bench and played 2 minutes in Wycombe Wanderers' 1-0 win vs. Millwall on Saturday.

    Scotland

    • Maurice Edu and Rangers' match vs. St Johnstone on Saturday was postponed.
    • DaMarcus Beasley and Rangers' match vs. St Johnstone on Saturday was postponed. 
    • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 1-0 win vs. Dundee United on Saturday.

    Italy

    • Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in AC Milan's 2-0 win vs. Bari on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.

    Germany

    BUNDESLIGA

    • Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 2-2 draw vs. TSG Hoffenheim on Friday.
    • Steve Cherundolo did not dress in Hannover 96's 4-1 loss vs. Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. He is recovering from a shoulder injury.
    • Sal Zizzo did not dress in Hannover 96's 4-1 loss vs. Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
    • Jermaine Jones did not dress in Schalke 04's 2-1 loss vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday. He is recovering from a leg injury.
    • Ricardo Clark did not dress in Eintracht Frankfurt's 0-0 draw vs. Hamburg SV on Saturday. He is recovering from a calf injury.
    • Daniel Williams started and played 45 minutes in SC Freiburg's 3-0 loss vs. Hertha Berlin on Sunday.

    BUNDESLIGA 2 

    • Luis Robles and Kaiserslautern play St Pauli on Monday.
    • Matt Taylor did not dress in FSV Frankfurt's 2-1 win vs. Karlsruhe on Sunday.
    • David Yeldell dressed but did not play in TUS Koblenz's 3-2 loss vs. FC Union Berlin on Friday.

    France

    • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 45 minutes in Stade Rennes' 2-1 loss vs. Lille on Sunday.
    • Charlie Davies did not dress in Sochaux's 4-0 loss vs. Lyon on Sunday. He is recovering from multiple injuries. 

    Greece

    • Freddy Adu started and played 45 minutes in Aris Salonika's 1-0 loss vs. AEK Athens on Sunday.
    • Eddie Johnson started and played 90 minutes in Aris Salonika's 1-0 loss vs. AEK Athens on Sunday.

    Mexico

    • Jose Francisco Torres started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca's 2-2 draw vs. Chiapas on Saturday.
    • Edgar Castillo started and played 90 minutes in Tigres UANL's 2-2 draw vs. America on Sunday.
    • Marco Vidal started and played 90 minutes in Indios de Ciudad Juarez's 0-0 draw vs. Cruz Azul on Sunday.
    • Herculez Gomez started, played 73 minutes and scored a GOAL in Puebla's 3-2 loss vs. Guadalajara on Saturday.

    Argentina

    • Michael Hoyos and Estudiantes La Plata play Huracan on Monday.

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    What do you think of these performances? Think Donovan just earned himself a loan extension with his performance vs. Manchester United? Do you see Johnson going on a scoring streak now? Think Gomez is going to continue scoring at this pace?

    Share your thoughts below.

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    131 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

    1. Micronesia Justin says:

      I’ve never been high on Holden and am not that surprised he hasn’t played for Bolton.

    2. Tim says:

      Ives. Do you think Herculez Gomez’s form should warrant a callup for the USMNT.

    3. Katatonia says:

      he was not one of Everton’s best players Saturday. sorry, Osman, Bily, and Heitinga would top the list. bit of subpar performance really. although i guess it was pretty good considering he had the flu.

    4. Isaac says:

      Landon steps in to Everton and they get their first league win against Manchester United in 5 seasons and Moyes’ first victory as a manager over Chelsea? Coincidence? I think not.

    5. joshstpaul says:

      which one is robbie?

    6. Isaac says:

      Bilyletdinov was so great that he got subbed off.

    7. Katatonia says:

      how many times has Donovan been subbed off during his loan? how many of those times has this crowd praised his performance?

    8. Tony in Quakeland says:

      Going to enjoy reminding you of this post in a couple years…

    9. Isaac says:

      Sure but he’s normally subbed off later than Bilyletdinov.

    10. Tony in Quakeland says:

      No he wasn’t…if you don’t count great defensive work, intellignet passing, combining sublimely with Pinnear, etc.

    11. Brian says:

      It had become apparent to me that Frankie Simek should be called in for the Netherlands friendly. After our two oft injured right backs, Spector and Dolo (who is injured right now), we have no quality at right back, absolutely none. Wynne is garbage and Hejduk is too old and reckless.

    12. Stephen says:

      Gomez’s goal was nice.

    13. Katatonia says:

      yeah hes been a great addition. but hes a piece of the puzzle, not the whole thing. fellaini, heitinga, and osman really stepped up and helped turn the team around. donovan has been good but i cant stand when poeple just start saying he was the teams best player. his performance was not nothing to write home about. wouldnt be the 1st time Franco Panizo writes absolute cr@p though. i remember last year, everton went to anfield for the 1st leg of the fa cup. howard had nothing to do all game, and gave up an absolute howler to gerrard in 90+. of course his headline reads something like Howard carrys Everton to a draw away. whatever.

    14. Isaac says:

      I don’t remember seeing Fellaini when Everton beat either Chelsea or Manchester United. Nobody is saying that Donovan’s effort is the only thing that won the game. We’re saying he was the biggest part or one of the biggest parts of the winning effort.

    15. Katatonia says:

      so….hes played very well and been subbed off. Everton is healthy for the first time in a long time and theres quality all over the pitch. im not dissing Donovan im just saying he wasnt motm material.

    16. Dale Mills says:

      Agreed, he does seem to fit in so well, but to say that he was one of their best players in this game is a bit of hyperbole. A decent game to be sure, but he has played better in other games. This is to take nothing away from his performance though, especially considering they were playing against one of the top sides in the world

    17. Katatonia says:

      ^ thats all im trying to say.

      it just gets old when its Donovan this Donovan that after every game. he played well just move on to Thursday away to Lisbon.

    18. EA says:

      The highlight of the Everton game for me was Landon’s first time back heel flick to Pienaar.

      God help CONCACAF if Landon ever develops the “cheeky” part of his game.

    19. BooThisMan says:

      How about listing all the injured players in a single line at the top or bottom to make the post a little more manageable?

    20. Hush says:

      Issac: I couldn’t agree with you anymore.

      Donovan had a terrific all around game yesterday. Everton is a top 6 team with Donovan in it, pure fact.

      When are we going to have Donovan on the Everton lineup on FIFA10, that’s the question. Fifa updating is crap compared to Madden.

    21. Isaac says:

      So what are you sick of? People harping on Landon, or what they’re saying? Landon’s only going to be in England for not much longer. Let people harp on him as much as they want. It’s not like they’re going to get to say things like they are now just because he’s dominating the MLS. Besides, there have very much been cases where he actually IS the best player out there, i.e. Chelsea. Against United? Maybe not, but he was one of the best.

    22. Isaac says:

      healthy?…..Umm……Would misters Cahill and Feillaini please report to the front desk? What’s that? They’re injured? Oh….That’s an issue.

    23. Isaac says:

      Haha. Yeah, it takes a while doesn’t it? I was playing my(prehistoric) version of FIFA 08 last night and I had Landon on Everton while I was playing as Chelsea on Manager Mode. I check the end of season stats and he’s in the top 5 of goal scorers with 19.

    24. Katatonia says:

      im not disagreeing with you, he has been one of the better players in a lot of the games hes played for EFC. his performance Saturday wasnt anything special and i think most Everton fans would agree. Osman was stellar in the middle. Bily had a sick strike and was dangerous going forward. Baines and Heitinga were great in the back. Piennar was steady as usual. the article says “Donovan put forth another Man of the Match-like performance”. just not true. he played well, but saying he was best…not accurate.

      im saying its annoying whenver an American International goes to a new club and people only see his good and see everyone elses bad. take Holdens move to Bolton for example. there are plenty of people calling Boltons midfeild absolute crap.

      just think the article exaggerates his performance too much.

    25. wilyboy says:

      The thing that scares me the most about Donovan’s contract with the Galaxy is that it will most likely force his price tag beyond Everton’s financial ability. And even if he has a great world cup, and clubs come calling for him, what are the chances that he’ll find a situation like the one he is in now? If the Bayern stint taught us anything, it’s that most European clubs don’t appreciate him, and would overlook contributions that aren’t easily defined.

      Everton had faith and patience, and doesn’t demand that any one player be insanely brilliant, as long as the team gets the result. He needs to stay with Everton, but I don’t think MLS will let him.

    26. Brett says:

      On Donovan: When you go 90 in a 3-1 win against Manchester United, you get a pat on the back. Landon belongs at the highest levels, and I’m glad he has finally been given the chance to prove it. I don’t really care if Everton extends the loan or not at this point, because after the world cup MLS will be getting plenty of offers for him.

      On Gomez: Glad he is producing. I don’t see him even on the edge the MNT picture, but he should be on the radar for the next go-rounds in CONCACAF, and could possibly get a friendly callup if he keeps up his form.

    27. Thorpinski says:

      Donovan has clearly raised his game to another level. It’s not always about being the MOTM, scoring goals or assists. Landon has provided Everton with a spark that was clearly missing before his arrival. Donavan’s ability to play on the left or right or even in the center has giving Moyes even more to work with. Plus you look at his speed and his defense and it’s no wonder he was voted player of the month. Sure he not going to be the best player every match, but his impact surley will be felt everytime he’s on the pitch. With ecah match he’s taking on more responsibility. Against Man U he was constantly in the face of the ref and IMHO and started to take a leadership role. The players, fans and coaching staff realize what a gem they have on their hand. That’s all I have to say on this.

    28. Jonny2bad says:

      word

    29. will m. says:

      anyone know why bocanegra only played 45?

    30. Brian says:

      I wonder if they will ever put him on Everton (unless his stay is extended). It’s almost been 2 months now.

    31. einar says:

      well i am guessing williams and bocanegra got subbed off after their halfs becuz of bad performances. look at the scores

    32. Brian says:

      Proof that this country is full of f*@king idiots

      link to sports.espn.go.com

    33. UPthaTOON says:

      I agree with this, both parts.

    34. ThaDeuce says:

      or weeks. : )

    35. ThaDeuce says:

      he had the flu again?

    36. ThaDeuce says:

      I only read it because I want to hear about Donovan and other American players. Hence the name “Americans Abroad.” I’m not here to talk about any of the other Everton players, all I want to know is how Donovan did. Therefore, that headline suits me just fine. In fact, it makes since.

      Glad he had a good game, was he in fact man of the match or just a good performance?

    37. ThaDeuce says:

      Well, the poll has a hockey bias because it was administered right after the effing game… after a month i bet the results would be changed since it was pretty close tonight anyway.

      However, proof that the people who voted for hockey are idiots: The state that contains “Wasilla” was one of the top ones that voted for the hockey game…followed by West Virginia… DUH

    38. TheUglyYank says:

      Katatonia was accurate. Lando’s performance was midling, definitely nothing approaching MOTM. There were others already mentioned who were much more deserving of that honor.

      Fact is, he whiffed on a sitter in the 6 yd box.

    39. Jose S. says:

      Usually the most recent game will win such a poll, especially on the day it happens.

      However how big was the hockey win anyway. Canada is still alive in the tournament, if it had been an elimination game then the hockey game gets the nod because the Olympic gold is the biggest prize in hockey. If Canada comes back and wins or goes farther than the US then it was meaningless.

    40. georg says:

      Donovan Hater’s, Eat this, he will start again next week, and it will not be because of anything other than that Landon is playing exceptionally well period.!!!!

    41. SD says:

      just throwing this out there for everyone to ponder….herculez gomez didn’t score much if at all in mls…now it seems he is on his way to scoring many in mexico….are the goals a result of his skill or the slower game pace in mexico?…..

    42. Brian says:

      I admit I’m not much of a hockey fan, but like this game I’ll watch most things with Team USA. I enjoyed this game and found it very entertaining, but come on…a bigger win than Spain? It’s not like we aren’t good at hockey. I mean we’ve won Gold medals before. Canada may have been the higher ranked team, but what’s the big difference between #2and #5?

    43. Manny F says:

      Or the fact that the guy next to him knows how to pass the ball into space instead of just shooting blindly.

      I remember him playing with Kansas City and Colorado. Two teams that were not know for good passing in MLS or offense for that matter. The FMF just suits his style of play. Its like players that change from the EPL to La Liga or from the Bundisliga to Calcio and do better.

    44. Manny F says:

      I can’t wait til that loan spell ends. I want to see how Everton ends up doing without Landon.

      He had a good game. If anything, the fact that he was getting marked tighter meant that there was more space for others to play.

    45. I happened to stumble upon the Pachuca game saturday night… and Gringo Torres is def the answer…. When his teammates were getting to ahead of themselves and trying to push the pace he would get the ball and help bring the game to a managble pace… his passing under pressure is superb…. And he was playing the D-Mid

      —–st—-st—–

      ——–CF——–

      —-LCM—-RCM—-

      ——Torres——

      LB—LCB—RCB–RB

      He was distrubuting from the deep mid position… no he is not a destroyer like Clark pretends to be but he is a game manager…. He is like an old point guard which may have lost his speed but still has the rest of the skills to set up his teammates

      I am not saying that he is slow….. he plays very controlled and knows when to make runs…. he is the perfect person to be next Bradley…. Torres will gladly sit back and let Bradley do what he wants to do…

      Go USA

    46. Carl says:

      Could someone tell me about this Michael Hoyos guy?

    47. MVK says:

      he blew goals all the time with the Wizards, he just choked constantly on the final touch…

    48. r.benjamin says:

      Was that the same move that megged Neville? I also enjoyed the two Landon put through his legs.. then subsequently Neville losing a half step due him keeping more compact.

      Donovan played his part.. done deal. He played well and again made a difference. the haters should chill. that sitter was no sitter. and Landon deserves his due..

    49. Andy in Atlanta says:

      People need to go back and watch the Man U game… Donovan was a threat…also the sitter was a ball that came back to him off Wes Brown (‘s arm no less) and it was a flash chance… I would say he should have scored it but it was not an easy one considering that it was out of the blue and not something he could have seen developing… He felt like he could blow by Neville any time he wanted to and he and SP clearly are developing a relationship.

      I just wish he would not have called out Beckham on the loan… it would sure making staying at Everton easier IMHO..

    50. r.benjamin says:

      I’m on board with this..

      And CAN believe unfortunetely that it’s only due to injury that we’ll see this..if we see it.

      We need a strong gooch and Boca or JD to step up though.

    51. grubbsbl says:

      I want to second Brooklyn FC post. I watched the Pachuca game Saturday night (It was on at like midnight west coast time on FSE.). Torres played extremely well. His vision and tactical play was outstanding. Torres stays in a withdrawn position and probably keeps possession at a level the USMNT has not seen since Claudio Reyna.

      Before every jumps on the band wagon and demands Bob Bradley starts him, Torres plays a completely different style than Bradley’s team. Torres is a tactical player. He does not run up and down the field. Torres positions himself smartly, breaking up play and moving the ball. Torres does not pressure hard. Torres does trots a lot. I can see why Torres does not fit in Bradley’s system. I think Torres could be very useful in a 4-5-1 with 2 hard working mids -one being M. Bradley, the other Clark or Jones (if healthy).

      In my opinion Torres has the skill to demand a starting spot. His defensive posture though is at odds with the USMNT. Imagine that B. Bradley loves the EPL when Torres fits in with the Italian League.

    52. Lil' Zeke says:

      Sitter? That’s a little much. Still it’s easy to picture a midseason Berbatov calmly tucking that one away. That’s why I for one am looking forward to Donovan being “the guy” again for a couple of months in MLS, where he can find his scoring touch again just in time for WC.

    53. grubbsbl says:

      As a Man Utd fan Donovan was a threat. He was no C. Ronaldo, but who is? Donovan created the game wining goal with a smart cut pass to Stephen Pienaar. Donovan has not been as flashy as he is in MLS but he is extremely effective. There is a reason Donovan just won Everton player on the month and has the British press giving him praise.

    54. d-bar says:

      - Californian

      – 18 years old

      – dual citizen (Argentina)

      – hasn’t committed to either country

      I would search his name on the yanks-abroad website for more info. (SBI staff: I hope I’m not out of line sending someone to another site. I know it was brought up in an earlier post on this site, but I scrolled back a few times and couldn’t find it).

    55. Dudeinho says:

      well everyone except us in california and some other random states. who cares what these polls say well supass hockey soon

    56. BCC says:

      You have to know how to read a game in order to understand Donovan’s excellence. If you’re looking for goals and assists and spectacular goals, then I can see why you are not high on his performance.

    57. Katatonia says:

      work on your reading comprehension before you make comments.

    58. yank abroad says:

      From ESPN Soccernet:

      45′: Substitution, Rennes. Romain Danze midfielder replaces Carlos Bocanegra because of an injury.

      Hope it is not a serious injury. Anyone know what the injury was?

    59. jr says:

      i also saw castillo vs club america and he played the full 90 as a lb. he did some good efforts on def. almost noting really passed him except a cross which end up being a goal :\ but other then that he did well. had some nice tackles too really didnt see him in the game.

    60. Isaac says:

      I agree with what you said. I’d actually like to see Torres next to Bradley because since Jose sits in such a deep-lying role, Bradley is given freedom to get forward and Torres can start offensive plays by spraying the ball around the offensive third and keeping possession. When the USA is playing against a team like England, Torres won’t start, but against Algeria, Slovenia, Honduras, Torres will start.

    61. Franky says:

      Remember, it was only due to Chris Armas’s injury in 2002 that we saw John O’Brien start. I’m just saying…

    62. Comatose says:

      link to blogs.telegraph.co.uk

      Click on this link. British football writers are notoriously negative and anti-american.

    63. DC Josh says:

      Frank Simek and Jose Torres have to get the call up to Amsterdam. We need quality depth so bad. It’s been a blessing in disguise with all the injuries to our starters. Our MNT is only 15 players deep, not including goalies.

      I’m still on the fence about Donovan staying at Everton. One pro includes the obvious, his form and level of play will be higher than if he came back to the MLS. But a con is he will probably be exhausted from playing at such a fast pace in the EPL including Europa League if they continue.

      Either way I don’t care where he goes, as long as he is healthy June 12th and full of confidence. After the World Cup he will be back in Europe for the remainder of his career. If there was a top 4 team to go to, I’d prefer to see him at Sevilla, Valencia, or Arsenal. He fits in so well in those systems, especially with the Gunner midget army.

    64. DaveW says:

      Wasn’t that Mastroeni in place of Armas?

    65. Our backline would most def have to stand up…… In a bradley torres partnership but our offense will not have to solely rely on donovan outside runs….. Watching the game u could see that torres only goes forward when there is no better option……. He looks for the best play possible and 90% of the time hits the pass…. Dude is careful when playing it out of the back…… The other day I read an article on torres and the writer insisted that we needed him for scoring purposes…. But I most beg to differ…. We need him for the calming influence that he possesses….. Torres will be the next Reyna and a strong world cup will get him a move to Europe…. Though I would hope he could come to the redbulls…. He would the perfect partner to Tchani

      P.S. MLS needs to pray that it can become as creative as the Mexican league…. Down there those teams have fun……
      Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

    66. John says:

      Greatest Picture EVER!

    67. Manny F says:

      Yes it was. O’Brien was a starter regardless in the middle. It was Reyna who was always on the sides or he played as RB like in that Portugal game.

    68. Manny F says:

      You can’t compare both the Beckham and Donovan loans. Donovan has never played in Europe and Beckham came here to “save” football. David gave up on himself when he signed with MLS. Donovan is doing what he should be doing at his age, playing against the best in the world. Beckham did that. Donovan is going to the World Cup. Beckham is just holding the development of players that are better to the English NT that he is with just a dead ball shot.

      Beckham made his money and has his rep already set. Donovan’s only problem is having to take this long to finally see that he can hang in an European team.

    69. PJ says:

      Maybe a player can improve in time, did you ever think of that? He’s maturing a-la-everyone’s favorite Landon Donovan. Hopefully his play continues to improve and we have a better striker option than Casey or Ching.

    70. MiamiAl says:

      Do we need to start worrying about Bocanegra again? What happened to him yesterday?

    71. PJ says:

      I definitely like the Torres-Bradley pairing. I have been saying the same for a long time… would be awesome to see him manning the middle. He’s the best player on Pachuca and definitely our best DMF option.

    72. ZacIndy says:

      I just checked it and the poll was a lot closer (55% to 45%) than i would have expected, especially since it was administer right after the hockey game. That game last night was pretty awesome, my heart hadn’t beat that fast since the Spain game.

    73. BrianK says:

      Isaac, Katatonia, etc.,

      For what it is worth,…the Press Association analyst (who is an ex-professional footballer) who attended the match and rated the player’s performances for the EPL rated Donovan as the MOTM/best player on the field against ManU. This assessment takes into account the quality of a player’s overall performance and their contribution to the match result.

      Now, everyone has their own opinion and you are entitled to yours but I happen to agree with this rating. I watched the match and thought LD was the best player on the field.

    74. lippadona says:

      anything on chris rolfe in denmark?

    75. Nicole says:

      Sorry to burst your bubble, but Donovan was one of the best players on the field for Everton. The sportswriters think so (and I’m talking about the English ones, not the American ones – though they think so too), the fans, and I’m talking the fans who were actually AT THE GAME, and the coach thinks so.

      If all you look at are stats, scoring goals or assists, you’re missing a whole lot of the game, and showing that you’re easily entertained by shiny objects.

      Donovan was part of a midfield that dominated Manchester United’s midfield. They ran and passed around a United midfield like they were cones. Landon was every bit as much a cog in that midfield as Pienaar, Bily and Arteta. The one who stood out the most is Osman, who would get an 8 rating. The rest, Dnovan included, get 7s.

    76. Charles says:

      Bolton seems to be headed for relegation. You just have to wonder if Holden has any regrets ?

      If Portsmoth goes under, I think they are in dead last after they wipe those games off the books.

      To state the obvious. Not playing for a team that never wins is not much of a career.

    77. Nicole says:

      “Most Everton fans will agree” – this is where I stopped reading…because most Everton fans will not agree with you. I’m not talking about the Everton fans based in America; I’m talking the Everton fans “over there,” who actually go to the games.

      They are pinning Donovan as one of 4 top players in that game: Osman, Donovan, Pienaar and Heitenga. Notice they don’t mention Bily..because by and large Bily wasn’t a threat, despite his magnificent strike. That’s also why Bily was the first sub.

      How do you think Pienaar got loose on the end line to serve in the cross for the game-winner? He and Donovan worked perfectly and Donovan froze the defenders because they didn’t know if LD was going to drive into the box or what. Then when he passed, they were too late to track him.

      And the reason LD had frozen them is because he and Pienaar and Osman and Arteta and Baines had been running and passing circles around them. And Donovan’s speed was always a threat.

    78. war says:

      All I wanted was a Donovan vs. Rooney tackle, I got it, and am therefore satisfied with his performance.

    79. John says:

      USA hadn’t beaten Canada in the Olympics in 50+ years, so yeah…it’s kind of a big deal. Hockey is also a bigger sport than soccer in America, so it makes perfect sense. Don’t know why you’d say people are idiots for thinking that was a bigger game.

    80. yank abroad says:

      I read on ESPN soccernet’s match commentary that Boca suffered an injury and got substituted at halftime. Hopefully it is just a slight knock and he’s good to go for the Holland friendly.

    81. Nicole says:

      You’re right, he definitely took on a leadership role. I was talking to an Everton fan who was at the game, and she said when they went down a goal, it was Donovan who went on to “gee up the players” inspiring belief. She also mentioned him talking with the ref.

      Fact is, Landon doesn’t have to be MOTM to insert influence into the team. He is a solid, consistent contributor to them. Even with a fully fit team, he would play.

    82. Rainstpub says:

      Where is all the Freddie Adu talk? You mean he actually played a team with a decent defense and was taken ot at halftime for being ineffective?

      Put him in the starting lineup this Wednesday!! Better yet, put him with the starters against England in the WC.

      Please remember, one game does not make a player as so many of you stated.

      Back to reality, back to life.

    83. bryan says:

      new jerseys get released on Friday!

      i WANT that track-it (zip-up) right now:

      link to footballshirtculture.com

    84. away goals says:

      Picking a motm from an everton side is always going to be more difficult than picking from a bigger club. Since they don’t have the marquee names, they need all 11 guys (plus subs) to play their best game to compete with the chelseas and uniteds of the league.

      So calling Donovan’s performance saturday midling seems a little off. If any one of everton’s players were midling, they couldn’t have taken three points.

      When you have five guys who can make a reasonable claim for motm honors, you know your team played some outstanding football. No need to split hairs on who was the absolute best.

    85. Nicole says:

      He didn’t call out Beckham on the loan. He called him out on his poor play and lack of leadership while with the galaxy, long before the loan. It just so happened to come out in the press at the time of the loan.

      Otherwise, I agree with everything you said.

    86. Thorpinski says:

      Torres is a lot faster and more physical than most people give him credit for. I would love to see him in a more attaching role. His passing is a thing of beauty.

    87. Hood Rich says:

      Anyone know the scoop why Holden didn’t make the 18? Still nursing thigh injury? Bolton suck and are dreadful to watch, so it’s not like they have alot to lose by playing him.

      They aren’t getting results since Allardyce left. They are going down for sure.

    88. war says:

      or we can put spector at left back, simek at right, and give donovan the armband. If I see marshall or bornstein start that game I’m buying an orange jersey.

    89. Thorpinski says:

      Donovan has almost 6 weeks off from the end of MLS until he started up with Everton. He will get some rest at the end of EPL. I think he will be OK, honestly I more concerned about him getting injured.

    90. war says:

      maybe. On his twitter the night before the game he said he was in the hotel.

    91. I agree he is fast… but he uses his speed wisely… he doesnt force the issue ala Robbie Rogers… 

    92. Nicole says:

      Sky Sports News said they came close to giving him MOTM. (I guess if he’d have scored, it would have been a slam dunk). As it was, they rated him an 8.

    93. r.benjamin says:

      I thought Pablo slid into that role? Armas was a d-mid right? JOB played wing in that tourney..?

    94. Shadowdub says:

      I read that he played despite a flu scare. You would think that a guy who spends so much time traveling and has easy access to team doctors, would have gotten flu shots.

    95. Micronesia Justin says:

      I hope so!

    96. guy lafleur: #1 dad says:

      I think we can all agree that the chances are very good that Donovan wont be back in March and while it cant help the quality of the league to lose one of its best players, he gets NO coverage from the mainstream sports press here, so I dont really think that it will hurt the MLS’s visibility here.

      It will do wonders for the MLS reputation worldwide.
      Of course, Im not sure how that helps the MLS concretly but at least its nice, right?

      Love the ManU game, he always made the right play, at the right time.

      He did flub a point blank shot though. (for all the haters who need something to gripe about)

    97. Micronesia Justin says:

      Also, an Olympic win is much bigger than what is kind of a meaningless tournament.

    98. Brett says:

      It really only shows how much more ingrained in our culture hockey is than soccer.

      Hockey really took off in the US after the “Miracle on Ice.” If the US National Team can ever manage to win a World Cup, you will see passion for the game grow exponentially.

    99. DanTheGooner says:

      jemal johnson always scores the sickest goals and he is so quick. he has completely changed stockports game. i would love to see him get a chance with the usmnt

    100. ZacIndy says:

      yeah, maybe, if we have another call up of fringe players. Stockport is bottom table of League One. We can pick from a more accomplished lot. IMO

    101. Josh D says:

      Why’d Adu only play 45 minutes??

    102. Jamie Z. says:

      Bingo.

    103. Katatonia says:

      pretty noob response.

      ‘ The one who stood out the most is Osman, who would get an 8 rating. The rest, Dnovan included, get 7s. ‘

      stood out most = motm
      rest = good but not motm

      next time read before u post

    104. Brian says:

      Even if Bocanegra is healthy, I GUARANTEE Bornstein will be starting at left back. Cherundolo is hurt so we don’t have any cover at right back, meaning that Spector cannot make the switch over to left. Simek, while I think he is deserving of a call up, hasn’t been called in God knows how long (2-3 years I think) and shouldn’t be inserted right-away into the starting line up against Netherlands.

      Your backline for the Netherlands game (assuming no more injuries, knock on wood) will be (left to right):

      Bornstein–Bocanegra-DeMerit–Spector

    105. DanTheGooner says:

      He’s there because MK Dons wanted him to get a lot of minutes so they loaned him out. He completely changes their style of play and pace. They had not won since October and since he and another dons player have come over they have drawn twice and then won this weekend. He’s played at Blackburn and Wolves(when they were in LC) and played well there. He’s a big reason dons got promoted two years ago. Bob bradley has invited him to camp earlier, but he was at Blackburn and they didnt want him to go. I agree he’s a fringe player, definately not on the 23 for SA material, but he is definately better than a lot of these options from mls.

      Disclaimer: I may be JJs biggest fan in the world. I have 4 of his jerseys. My opinion is very skewed.

    106. hernandez says:

      You say that a player should not be judged based on their performance in a single game….then you proceed to judge Adu based on his performance in a single game……nice.

    107. kenny_b says:

      He was solid in some parts of the game and so so in others. I agree. He wasn’t man of the match, however, while Pienaar had one of the assists, it WAS Donovan’s clever pass that opened up so much space for Pienaar to put the ball in. That being said, there were several occasions that Donovan did turn the ball over. But then again he had a very near miss for a ball that was almost threaded through that would have put a teammate on goal. I think from a Manager’s perspective you take those plays into consideration as positives for the club even though they result in no goals.

      I agree with Katatonia that Donovan wasn’t motm, however, I’m not so sensitive about it.

    108. kenny_b says:

      The announcer said nothing about an injury, he mentioned that Danze had been favored over Bocanegra in recent weeks. Bocanegra played poorly in the first half.

    109. kenny_b says:

      that finish was class….don’t know what else to say.

    110. kenny_b says:

      I think you are spot on about Torres and why somebody as talented as he is, doesn’t start regularly with USMT. Bradley loves to apply constant pressure on the ball from multiple angles. This works well when the opponent does not possess the football well. However, when a team is capable, then USMT is left to look silly, as in the Denmark game in the second half.
      I believe you’re assessment about Torres is correct, he does not waste effort pressuring the ball 45 yards out, whereas Bradley’s system demands it.

    111. ObserverCollege says:

      Look, Cakes didn’t lose the game, but remember that Bily is his backup and Bily is the one who scored a goal. Then Bily’s replacement scored the gamewinner. So, you know, Cakes’s 2 backups scored goals while Cakes ran about looking pretty.

      When Cahill comes back, Pienaar will go to the left, Bily will return on the right and Cakes will hit the bench where he belongs.

    112. Johnny says:

      could herculez gomez be brought into camp?

    113. Der_Amerikanische_Kaiser says:

      Bradley’s by far, worst outing of the season. I know, I was there. He never got his head out of his azz the entire match-head was nowhere near the game for that matte. I wAS SHOCKED he wasn’t subbed and I think he was too. That;s how bad he played.

      Aufstellung:

      Bailly (2,5) – Levels (3) , Brouwers (3,5) , Dante (3) , Daems (4)- Bradley (5) , Meeuwis (3,5)- Reus (4) , Arango (3) – Colautti (4), Bobadilla (4)

      For those of you who don’t know the German rating sytem, a 5 is basically a D- as far as grades go, out of a possible 6.

    114. HandsomeYank says:

      That wasn’t a sitter.

      A sitter is defined as not scoring when missing is much harder than scoring. A sitter is a goal scoring opportunity that 9 out of 10 average players would have scored on.

      That was a very difficult chance.

      That ball pinged back to Donovan from Brown’s arm unexpectedly and practically instantaneously.

    115. Zack Lewis says:

      I was really hoping to see if Castillo would work out at LB.

    116. Zack Lewis says:

      Without Cahill and Fellaini out Everton are forced to play much wider because they don’t have much aerial ability in the middle of the pitch. Also, Arteta has now return. He’s currently playing in central midfield and distributing to wide positions. This is keeping the ball on the ground and letting Everton get a lot more possession. It’s not the same style of football.

    117. UMSNT4life says:

      You, sir, are a Douchebag.

    118. war says:

      Two left footed CB’s together isn’t really good… When was the last time anyone saw that? But, this is BB so I’d have to go along with your lineup. Man we need some cover. I’d rather just stick Goodson back there. He’s less of a liability than Bornstein. Robben will probably shift over just to take advantage of Bornstein. Oh boy…

      My lineup v NED, given Onyewu, Demps,Davies, Clark, (jeez this is getting long) Cherundolo,Feilhaber, Boca, Edu, and Beasley are not fully fit. Maybe Beas might…

      Altidore

      Donovan(almost like a drifter a la Stevie G)

      Adu, Torres, Bradley, Holden/Beasley

      Spector, Goodson, Demerit, Simek

      Howard,

      EJ, Coop,Holden/Beas(whoever didn’t start), Bornstein, Rolfe (Insert your fav 2 here, as long as they’re first names are not Brian or Connor or Chad or Marvell)

    119. war says:

      Almost Forgot… (again given injuries)

      BB’s lineup

      Altidore—–Casey

      Beasley—–Bradley—-Sacha—-Rogers

      Bornstein—-Demerit—-Spector—-Wynne

      I expect Wynne to get on the squad like he did in Confed. Time to buy my Robben Jersey

    120. ThaDeuce says:

      after a respectful soccer post, yours is an ugly juvenile response.
      NOOB

    121. Katatonia says:

      hah! maybe you should look up man of the match means.

    122. ThaDeuce says:

      link

    123. ThaDeuce says:

      awesome, wish i could see it!

    124. ThaDeuce says:

      how the hell did they get the jerseys on those images???
      photoshopping has gone to the next level!

    125. ThaDeuce says:

      true about the press…. HOWEVER, is he getting more press now that he is in England? I would assume YES, but I don’t have cable so i don’t know.
      I am imagining that ESPN covers his performances

    126. Carlcouch says:

      Do a little work and Google him

    127. Absolutelynothing says:

      Have you seen Simek play? He’s only now coming back from injury and the last time he played for the US he was okay, not great. He’s not exactly an upgrade over Dolo/Spector?

    128. ThaDeuce says:

      Time to eat those words!!! :D :D :D