Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Clint Dempsey 11 (Getty Images)  

By FRANCO PANIZO

If you are a U.S. national team fan who still isn't convinced that Clint Dempsey can fill in at forward in this summer's World Cup, you might want to see his latest goal.

Playing up top in Fulham's 3-2 win against West Ham United, Dempsey scored the opener, chesting down a long ball to teammate Simon Davies, who returned a pass that Dempsey slotted to the near post. The goal marked the American international's seventh of the Premiership campaign, tying his career best from last season.

DaMarcus Beasley didn't score this weekend, but he did make his first appearance for Rangers since March 24. Beasley came off the bench in the 28th minute and helped Rangers to a 2-1 victory over Dundee United.

Beasley wasn't the only player making an appearance after a long spell on the bench. Luis Robles started in his first match of the season for the already-promoted Kaiserslautern in a 2-2 draw against TUS Koblenz. Robles made two saves in the tie.

Here is how the Americans Abroad fared this weekend:

England

PREMIERSHIP

  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Everton's 0-0 draw vs. Stoke City on Saturday.

  • Clint Dempsey started, played 86 minutes and scored a GOAL in Fulham's 3-2 win vs. West Ham United on Sunday.

  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in West Ham United's 3-2 loss vs. Fulham on Sunday.

  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Aston Villa's 3-1 loss vs. Manchester City on Saturday.

  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa's 3-1 loss vs. Manchester City on Saturday.

  • Marcus Hahnemann started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 3-1 loss vs. Portsmouth on Saturday.

  • Stuart Holden did not dress in Bolton Wanderers' 1-0 loss vs. Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

COCA COLA CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Jay DeMerit did not dress in Watford's 4-0 win vs. Coventry City on Sunday. He is recovering from a stomache injury.

  • Frank Simek did not dress in Sheffield Wednesday's 2-2 draw vs. Crystal Palace on Sunday.
  • Kenny Cooper did not dress in Plymouth Argyle's 2-1 loss vs. Peterborough United on Sunday.

LEAGUE ONE

  • Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Leyton Orient's 2-0 win vs. Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

  • Jemal Johnson did not dress in Stockport County's 2-1 loss vs. Southend United on Saturday.

  • Jon-Paul Pittman started and played 70 minutes in Wycombe Wanderers' 2-0 loss vs. Leyton Orient on Saturday.

  • Mike Grella came off the bench and played 6 minutes in Leeds United's 1-0 loss vs. Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Norwich City's 3-0 win vs. Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Scotland

  • Maurice Edu started and played 90 minutes in Rangers' 2-1 win vs. Dundee United on Saturday.
  • DaMarcus Beasley came off the bench and played 62 minutes in Rangers' 2-1 win vs. Dundee United on Saturday.
  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 4-0 win vs. Motherwell on Saturday.

Italy

  • Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in AC Milan's 1-0 win vs. Fiorentina on Saturday.

Germany

BUNDESLIGA

  • Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 6-1 loss to Hannover 96 on Saturday.

  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96's 6-1 win vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.

  • Sal Zizzo did not dress in Hannover 96's 6-1 win vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Jermaine Jones did not dress in Schalke 04's 2-0 loss vs. Werder Bremen on Saturday. He is recovering from a leg injury.
  • Ricardo Clark started and played 90 minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-1 loss vs. TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday.
  • Daniel Williams did not dress in SC Freiburg's 2-2 draw vs. FC Cologne on Saturday.

  • Jared Jeffrey did not dress in Mainz 05's 2-2 draw vs. VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.

BUNDESLIGA 2 

  • Luis Robles started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Kaiserslautern's 2-2 draw vs. TUS Koblenz on Sunday.
  • Matt Taylor did not dress in FSV Frankfurt's 0-0 draw vs. Ahlen on Sunday.
  • David Yeldell did not dress in TUS Koblenz's 2-2 draw vs. Kaiserslautern on Sunday. He is recovering from an ankle injury.

France

  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in Stade Rennes' 2-1 loss vs. Sochaux on Sunday.

  • Charlie Davies did not dress in Sochaux's 2-1 win vs. Stade Rennes on Sunday.

Portugal

  • Gale Agbossoumonde did not dress in Sporting Braga's 1-0 win vs. Pacos de Ferreira on Sunday.

Greece

  • Freddy Adu started and played 67 minutes in Aris Salonika's 2-0 loss vs. PAOK Salonika in the Greek play-offs on Saturday.

  • Eddie Johnson started and played 90 minutes in Aris Salonika's 2-0 loss vs. PAOK Salonika in the Greek play-offs on Saturday.


Denmark

  • Benny Feilhaber started and played 71 minutes in AGF Aarhus' 4-1 win vs. Silkeborg IF on Saturday.
  • Michael Parkhurst started and played 90 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland's 1-1 draw vs. Randers FC on Sunday.
  • Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborg BK's 3-2 win vs. FC Midtjylland on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Chris Rolfe did not dress in Aalborg BK's 3-2 win vs. FC Midtjylland on Sunday.


Sweden

  • Alejandro Bedoya did not dress in Orebro BK's 2-0 win vs. Hacken on Sunday. He was serving a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation.
  • Ryan Miller started and played 90 minutes in Halmstads BK's 1-0 loss vs. Brommapojkarna on Sunday.
  • Michael Thomas came off the bench and played 16 minutes in Halmstads BK's 1-0 loss vs. Brommapojkarna on Sunday.




Norway

  • Clarence Goodson and IK Start play Aalesunds on Monday.
  • Hunter Freeman and IK Start play Aalesunds on Monday.
  • Mikkel Diskerud started and played 90 minutes in Stabaek's 0-0 draw vs. Haugesund on Sunday.
  • Steve Clark dressed but did not play in Honefoss BK's 1-1 draw vs. Molde on Sunday.



Mexico

  • Jose Francisco Torres started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca's 1-0 win vs. Monterrey in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Clausura on Saturday.



    Argentina

    • Michael Hoyos did not dress in Estudiantes La Plata's 2-1 win vs. Chacarita Juniors on Sunday.

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    What do you think of these performances? Impressed by Dempsey's goal? Think he should play along side Jozy Altidore in the World Cup? Does Beasley have a shot to make the U.S. World Cup team? Think Robles should come to MLS?

    Share your thoughts below.

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    173 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

    1. roger says:

      THE US needs BEAST-LEY’S world cup experience

    2. Jerome says:

      Freddy Adu drawing alot of FK’s and no Love on the top platform from franco?

      I was proud of Adu, he did well vs the best Defender in Greece.

    3. Isaac says:

      Franco, you must be a genius or able to tell the future if you can predict at 5:50 AM that Dempsey would score.

      Kidding.

      Not a bad weekend for Americans Abroad. Adu and Beasley both getting minutes on the same week wasn’t something I would have predicted, but it’s good stuff either way.

      As far as the Spector-Cherundolo argument goes, I stand by what I said; Cherundolo is a steadier player who can step it up when needed and calm the rest of the team down. He’s one or two rough games (Guatemala, Mexico), but for the most part is probably up there on the list of the USA’s most consistent players. Yes, Spector can cross better, but there will be times when his crosses are shockingly off. Cherundolo’s crosses are normally in the area they need to be and every once in a while he’ll deliver a beauty(Check the Costa Rica game in the second half).

      Not that it matters, but Stevie C seems to have a very good shot.

      link to youtube.com

      Check out the free kick around the minute and a half mark. Dangerous curl on that S.O.B.

      link to youtube.com

      Then there’s this blast that, after some translation, had South African journalists actually listing Cherundolo as a forward/winger. Neither of these matter but people talk about Spector’s offensive ability like Cherundolo is attack-retarded or something.

      I’m not saying that Cherundolo is miles better than Spector, but Cherundolo is just more composed and consistent.

    4. Isaac says:

      Agreed. I think the question is where he fits in. Holden is probably going on the right with Dempsey up top.

      He could play as a left back. I know that leaves DeMerit on the bench, but DeMerit has had some injury issues. Beasley wasn’t great the last time he played left back, but he wasn’t getting playing time back then, so his lack of sharpness lead to some mistakes, like Costa Rica’s first goal against us.

      I think his most likely role would be off the bench as an energy sub like Feilhaber. Beasley’s going to the World Cup, it’s just a matter of where he fits in.

    5. MadKingGeorge says:

      What ever happened to Marcus Tracy? He was highly touted as a potential first overall draft pick For MLS, signs with a Danish Team, get hurt and disappears. Was he all hype or has he just had a run of bad luck?

    6. grubbsbl says:

      I consider this debate somewhat moot, even though I do agree with you Isaac. I say it is moot only because, for me at least, both are better than any other options at left back. And as Spector can play left back that is were I would play him. If Onyewu gets fully fit and Boca can go to left back then I think we would have an interesting battle for the last outside back spot.

    7. grubbsbl says:

      Please, no more Beasley to left back talk. You don’t attempt to convert a winger to a left back during a World Cup camp. Also, it is not like he is playing a whole lot. This is a his first game in a while. As of right now he has one more total appearance that Adu.

    8. Isaac says:

      Well that’s what I’m saying. I predict Onyewu to start in the center next to DeMerit with Bocanegra on the left. Bocanegra also seems to be having a good time at left back for Rennes in France and Cherundolo has been steady for Hannover, contributing pretty heavily in their drubbing of Bradley’s Monchengladbach. Spector has been playing left back due to injuries in West Ham’s squad, although I actually kind of think he’s better than any of the other options the Hammers have got right about now. Generally, Bocanegra and Cherundolo have earned their places, and are in high regard for their individual clubs so I feel they should be the starting full backs.

    9. grubbsbl says:

      He was playing and earned a call up to the January camp. He just had knee issues and I believe had to have surgery, ending his season. I don’t think that means he has disappeared. A few months ago he could have been considered a genuine outsider to make the World Cup squad.

    10. kpugs says:

      I’m not going to panic at Gooch’s lack of playing time given his injury and his seeming ability to maintain top form even when not getting first team football.

      Having said all that, shouldn’t right about now be the time his agent picks up the phone and makes some calls? Milan’s defense this year has been horrific at times, and even when healthy Gooch wasn’t given a shot despite Milan’s awful, awful center backs, even when they themselves picked up some injuries.

    11. eric says:

      Whose mistake was worse…Spector or Gerrard.

    12. grubbsbl says:

      I am just in the camp that can’t rationalize how we could consider starting Onyewu in the World Cup. He just got back to full training a week ago. If he doesn’t get a game for Milan is it worth playing someone who hasn’t played a competitive match since September? Lets remember England has Wayne Rooney. We need fit players. I’ll grant you Onyewu is the best defender when healthy but I wouldn’t consider him so far ahead that we would start him after hardly playing for a year.

    13. Kaiser says:

      Our strongest lineup would be with Altidore and Dempsey up top. Landon could play either left wing or right wing, depending on who is playing better (perhaps Landon on left w/ Holden on right, or if Holden isn’t game fit, go with Fielhaber or Torres on the left wing and London on the right).

      Get the feeling Dempsey is going to have a huge World Cup!

    14. grubbsbl says:

      I don’t recall the Honduras WCQ as a game in which Gooch maintain top form. In fact, I remember him being pretty shaky.

    15. Barry U says:

      Duece has IT for an American soccer player! He will try anything at anytime and we have nobody right now with that mentality. I do think that Stu, Charlie and Jozy could end up having IT. Also, not saying that LD (he has more of deceptive quality mixed with some IT), MB, Edu, etc… are not really good players but they do not have IT. IT is the chip vs. Juve or the bomb from 35 against Stoke (i think) or the chest down and rip today. That is not a move many Americans would even attempt. Clint will be big at the WC!

    16. Isaac says:

      I don’t see why not grubbsbl; he shut down Carlos Edwards, one of the more dangerous flank players in CONCACAF. I’m not saying all of his play at left back was great, but what do you expect of a guy who hasn’t played consistent club football in a while? If Beasley does keep getting minutes, which is a possibility, then we shouldn’t rule him out, not even at left back.

      Also, what was Bob Bradley going to do against Costa Rica? Bornstein had no experience in World Cup away games, especially not Saprissa, as opposed to Beasley, who has even helped the USA out of tough situations in away games(Guatemala). Pearce was in pretty poor form at that point and wasn’t playing any for his club. They could have shifted Bocanegra over to left back and play DeMerit as a center back, but a new center back pairing between two guys who I don’t think had ever played together at length before the Confederations Cup is a bit more risky than trying one player in a new position who was struggling for form. Of course, DeMerit proved as wrong, but nobody could have thought he would have played to the degree that he did in the Confederations Cup, no matter how much you liked him before then.

    17. kev says:

      EJ had a brace against Olympiakos a few days ago. That deserves a super 4 page coverage :P

    18. kevin johnson says:

      Dempsey is the star. 2 games left. He can score another and hit his highest goal scoring for a season. He plays as striker, winger, attacking midfielder. He’s the best American footballer in Europe since McBride and has the talent to be the best we ever had.

      consider this. He was injured and missed out like 8 games. If he hadn’t he could have scored 10 league goals by now.

    19. afc says:

      Wycombe are relegated to League Two. I wouldn’t mind Pittman coming to MLS.

    20. kevin johnson says:

      ESPN needs to definitely pimp the team out.

      They covered Dempsey. Do a special on Boca-Captain American. Baby Bradley-the son of the coach and doing his thing in Germany, Altidore-the future of the national team, Davies-the striker on redemption, Howard-our supremo number1.

      basically espn has 1 month left and they need to up the ante on PR

    21. Second City says:

      How many more games has Beasley played in this year compared to….say….Charlie Davies?

    22. SteveforPresident says:

      Cherundolo has been playing with Hannover for 11 years now. And he’s been a starter for pretty much the whole time and they been in the Bundesliga for 8 years. can we give a little RESPECT to this guy.

    23. Isaac says:

      A VERY good point and I think we just need to wait and see how he fairs in the USA’s preparation games before the World Cup. Still, if he does do poorly, Spector can slide in at center back, a position that would be interesting to see him in. He has good distribution out of the back and would complement DeMerit’s sheer intensity approach with his brains-over-brawn approach, although Spector does have size, strength and aerial ability on his side.

    24. Isaac says:

      If it’s any consolation, the defender that Onyewu “fouled” actually dove posthumously and with no contact at all. Onyewu’s long ball also led to one of the goals and he calmed down after that.

    25. Isaac says:

      Ives, when are you gonna get a ‘like’ button for this site? ;)

    26. WileyJ says:

      Best part of Dempsey’s goal, it was against Green, England’s likely #1. Very cool.

    27. Jerome says:

      Why would you put Torres at LM? He is not a Winger in the style we like to play.

    28. Jack says:

      Check out the website below for a World Cup Bracket tabulator for an office pool or the like.

    29. Jack says:

      well not below but on my name :)

    30. SteveforPresident says:

      Beasley does not deserve to come to the WC. We got newbies like Holden and Bedoya. Plus the likes of Edu, Clark, Bradley, Donovan and Dempsey. Even if Dempsey plays up top surely Bradley will bring in a guy like Kljestan just for depth.

    31. man says:

      damn good lineup. We know for sure Altidore is not an effective solo striker, but Davies would be helpful in such a situation.

    32. SteveforPresident says:

      oh i meant Feilhaber not Kljestan.

    33. Isaac says:

      I disagree that Altidore is a poor solo striker. They need to have a midfield that gives him service and closes down service coming from the midfield of the other team. This midfield happens to be it. Plus, Altidore won’t always be alone. The front four will always scooch around and mess with the defense. Alot of the USA’s goals came from that.

    34. Chris says:

      We might as well call it the Coca Cola Did Not Dress Championship

    35. madmax says:

      It’s sad that so many here are supporting Beasley for the final 23. Believe it or not, many cannot tell the difference why Davies is not playing and why Beasley is not playing. I don’t know why Beasley is not playing, but I do know why Davies is not. The call for Beasley’s experience and suggestion he can play LB also scares me. I think of Lewis brought on in 2006 for those two reasons and cringe.

      Bradley said he needs to know why Beasley is not playing before he decides. I need to know also.

    36. madmax says:

      Jozy Altidore and Hull City play Wigan Athletic on Monday. ???

    37. JohnRSL says:

      We definitely need Beasley. Not on defense though.

    38. BooThisMan says:

      So Gooch killed the guy without even touching him? We definitely need to start him against England, maybe we’ll be playing 11 on 2 by the end of the game.

      In all seriousness, he’ll have the chance to play in three games against high-quality opponents before June 12th. I’m going to reserve judgment for now, but if he looks decent in the tune-ups I can’t imagine keeping him out of the lineup against England.

    39. r.benjamin says:

      If Davies is healthy he plays up top.
      However with no Davies I like your lineup. Placing Holden in his place or seeing how well he played a few games at Bolton maybe there and Clint on the right.

    40. Isaac says:

      Most of the calls are backed by the statement that if Beasley gets playing time he should come. We have preliminary matches to see how he’ll play. I’m also not so much saying Beasley should play left back as I am legitimizing Bradley’s choice to put him there and that it shouldn’t be ruled out that he play there considering the injuries and depth chart. Beasley also looked pretty nice in his game so that definitely helps the calls for him.

    41. grubbsbl says:

      Isaac, I’ll respond to most of your comments to me here. Sorry, I really should be working on my paper and not be distracted by this website. Oh well. I agree with you that Bradley had limited options against Costa Rica. The point for me though is that Bradley likes to play a 4-4-2 and sit in defensively. I would argue that our displace against the Netherlands suggests that Coach Bradley is much more tactically aware than people give him credit for. Our defense actually negated much of the Netherlands attack throughout the first half. (I am only counting the first half because it was a friendly.) Though, to play in this system requires a ton of mental awareness. Individually everyone has to understand their positioning.

      I worry changing a player to left back right before the World Cup. Left beck requires a lot of spacial awareness that I do not think Beasley could learn in a few weeks. (I would argue this for any player changing positions.) In the World Cup we can expect top opponents who will be able to find holes in our back-line more easily with a inexperience person in the position. Zenetti for Inter Milan is the only player I am aware of who can easily slide from midfield to outside back, and lets face it, he is on another level than all our players.

      As a whole I am unsure about Beasley though. I would bring him into the provisional roster and go from there. I may be crazy though because I would also bring Adu in for the provisional roster. I am not going so far as to say Adu deserves a spot on the final 23, just that I am not sure there are 27 better players than Adu or Beasley.

      Your probably correct. I should not have wrote off Onyewu point blank. If he does come through the friendlies I imagine he would warrant a starting spot. In the Honduras game I wasn’t really talking about the foul. I was more concerned with the awful pass right before it.

    42. Isaac says:

      Wait, was my comment removed because it was too long? If so, my bad.

      As far as Davies playing up top, if you look at all the USA’s matches, Davies is repeatedly dangerous in 1v1 situations, so I think we should put him somewhere that capitalizes on that. It enforces the counter attack and takes Clint Dempsey out of a defensively obligatory position and puts him in a position that gets him close to goal and where he can create.

    43. Hopper says:

      Yeah, Arena did that with Eddie Lewis last time around and it was a disaster.

    44. afc says:

      Franco you gotta include Tony Taylor at Estoril in Portugal. He has two goals so far in 4 games. He is doing very well.

    45. Isaac says:

      Yeah, true. Bocanegra is probably the most tactically aware left back we have, but it really doesn’t help that he was lacking playing time. If he moves back to the MLS or Walter Smith decides to give him a run of play then I think his mental, tactical, technical and physical sharpness improves. Even Adu has improved under playing time from Aris and I don’t completely disagree with Adu possibly making the roster. It’s probably a fight between him, Bedoya, Gomez, Buddle, Pearce and maybe Kljestan.

    46. hello mrs. lady says:

      the ideal back 4 for sa would have to be in my opinion a “5 horse race.” onyewu if healthy, demerit, bocanegra, dolo, spector

      i think for the two games NOT against england we go with

      boca-onyewu(if healthy)-demerit-dolo

      for the game against england take out boca or demerit from that line-up and insert spector. the only reason i would take demerit out is because boca is the “captain.” we all know how dazzling demerit was at the confed cup, i wouldn’t mind not having boca in vs. england. too bad thats the first game BB prob wont leave bocanegra out. captains almost always start its embarrassing NOT to. I think after the cup boca should give the armband to an up-and-comer/leader like donovan, davies, dempsey or maybe even altidore(think 2 yrs from now).

    47. joejoe says:

      If Beasley goes, then Michael Bradley would have to stay. You know daddy isn’t going to let that happen. I predict that MB will be red carded at some point. Really, look at the history, its not much of a prediction.

      I also think Adu needs to go. Gomez to WC. Buddle, Davies, and Ching should stay home.

    48. golfstrom says:

      Rico Clark went another 90. Might be the best news on this list (ok, Dempsey scoring again isn’t bad, either).

    49. Jennifer says:

      Totally agree.

    50. Isaac says:

      I don’t see how that’s true. If Beasley does go, it probably knocks off Gomez or Bedoya.

    51. bf says:

      yep… Torres in the middle.

    52. green says:

      As well as being the first American in a European final if he’s a go for that game.

    53. The Soccer Sage says:

      Ives,

      Any clue whether the Hoyos brothers would represent Argentina or the U.S. if called upon? Are they involved in the youth national system?

    54. Deep in the heart of says:

      “That is not a move many Americans would even attempt.”

      You must not have seen the original Clint. Mathis that is.

    55. ahm says:

      i am 150% terrified of the rangers game vs. celtic on tuesday. rangers have it wrapped up with nothing to play for the SPL is a rugby league. i’ll spend the day praying that edu and/or beasley if he features finishes the game unscathed. one of the very few times i DONT want to see americans feature in a derby match abroad

    56. Patience says:

      “Milan’s defense this year has been horrific at times, and even when healthy Gooch wasn’t given a shot despite Milan’s awful, awful center backs, ”

      The fact that they wouldn’t play him ahead of those “awful, awful center backs,” tells you something, don’t you think?

      Milan likes to take their time blending in newbies and Gooch hadn’t been there very long before he was hurt.

      Milan bought him because he was a bargain and they thought they might be able to make something of him. I doubt anyone there believed he would start right away.

      Even at his best Gooch has a lot to learn particularly with as technical a defense as Milan’s.

    57. Josh D. says:

      How’d Clark, Beasley, Adu, and EJ do??

      I live for the day when this site gives me more information about how the players played and not just who played… We need more opinions!

    58. Kaiser says:

      Let me clarify…

      I was saying Fielhaber or Torres could play on the wing if called to. Obviously Torres’ isn’t a classic winger, and his strength is in the middle, but if Holden (who hasn’t seen much game time) isn’t the answer on the right, I could see one of those two guys playing out on a wing. Think Torres could do a good job out there and Bob should give him a look there while in camp.

      Basically, I was saying that Clint’s aggressive style and fearless nature make him our best option to pair with Altidore up top, and Bob can make some adjustments to put him there.

    59. Second City says:

      I was with you at the beginning of the post and then you lost me with the Kljestan suggestion.

      Unless, you were simply guessing at who Bob may bring and not saying he’d be your personal choice?

    60. Second City says:

      If they played for the Redbulls we’d get about 4 articles daily on; what they were up to, what they had for lunch and speculation on what they were considering for dinner.

      Only kidding, of course……
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      (sort of)

    61. Second City says:

      (was walking out the door when I made the above post. had a moment to research the question)

      According to ESPN’s 2010 Stats
      – – – – –
      Charlie Davies, Appearances for Sochaux: 8

      DeMarcus Beasley, Appearances for Rangers: 9

      Given Davies’ situation this year, to have only ONE less match played than Beasley for any circumstance is beyond troubling, for DeMarcus.

    62. chet.weise@comcast.net says:

      Arguably, Spector at left back allowed two goals for Fulham today. I like the guy and think he’s a great back, but he’s got a great cross from the right and may not be the answer to the LB situation except for cover.

    63. BrianK says:

      Word is Gio Rossi has been left off Italy’s pre-World Cup roster.

    64. dnuts says:

      HE is one of the only players in consideration not playing in italy. It’s not like villareal is going to let him leave midweek for a non FIFA break.

    65. John says:

      Everyone ignore this post. It contains several examples of what is wrong with the fan base for the USMNT.

    66. Warren says:

      Gerrard’s

    67. jpc says:

      Spector should be considered at centerback. I know he doesn’t play there, but if gooch isn’t back,and its demerit and boca, there’s nobody to play on the left (other than maybe heath pearce)… Spector is smart and skillful, and is really an ideal centerback imo… when i’ve seen him struggle its been against fast/tricky players on the wings, which he wouldn’t really have to deal w/ in the middle.

      bottom line is he needs to play, he’s had some bad luck, but that’s exaggerated by angry West Ham fans blaming him for the team sucking. if he’s not on the right, i wouldn’t mind seeing

      Boca—Spector—Gooch/demerit—Cherundolo

    68. hello mrs. lady says:

      rossi gets upset at not being called into camp, sues, gets paperwork for the us for the wc10. starts for the us alongside deuce with jozy on the bench. one can only dream….

    69. hello mrs. lady says:

      did i mention us wins the wc without conceding a goal…GO USAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    70. Warren says:

      Agreed, Beasley’s had his chances and if he’s a bench warmer in the SPL then he’s below the bar for making it into the final 23.

      Gooch as bench warmer/rehabbing with AC Milan – is in another league.

    71. Warren says:

      Can we pl

      ease stop saying Sacha’s name as a ‘maybe.’ He doesn’t deserve it based on his play of past year.

      He couldn;t get a sniff in Europe. Which should tell you…he’s not good enough.

    72. Warren says:

      Beasley and Adu aren’t going anywhere near final 23.

      Buddle is.

      Davies and Ching are both on the bubble.

    73. Warren says:

      did I mention this is a dream, and we are figments of your imagination

    74. jesus says:

      anyone notice Dempsey’s celebration. Seemed angry at Roy Hodgson and was doing the you cant see me thing that wrestler does. also read his lips, said “can you see me?” don’t think he is happy with not starting in the europa league

    75. Lil' Zeke says:

      Thinking things through in a coherent fashion is all well and good, but we’d rather demonize and dogpile if it’s all the same with you.

    76. mcjoness says:

      Saw that, hope he starts in the final, but Gera and Davies have both been playing well in the Cup.

    77. Lester says:

      I think he did that in the Hamburg game as well, not sure what it means though.

    78. DaveW says:

      If you saw somebody play, let us know how he did.

      I watched Pachuca play, thought Torres did well within the (link up)role he plays for them.

      He was a little more energetic defending, though I would like to seem him mark a little closer. One mildy bad tackle that wasn’t carded(they’re quick to card in Mexico).

      Maybe one bad decision when he came from his position outside the box to go for a 50-50 ball on a corner, lost it and maybe should have committed the professional foul to slow the other team down–but it’s hard to see how much help is in back on a TV screen, so maybe it was OK to just make a futile attempt to catch up to a faster player.

    79. GSScasual says:

      that has to be THE pussiest attitude ive ever heard. dude i think figure skating is your sport, im sure beasley and edu are not worried about injuries.. they just want to play football.

    80. JS says:

      +1….really could use a like button here

    81. jcd says:

      That Dempsey is one crafty SOB

    82. The bums will always lose says:

      He definitely threw the Cena “you can’t see me”, but whether it was in response to Hodgson not starting him is anyone’s guess. I think he’s got more respect for Roy and for Fulham than to do that, but who knows. In the end, that was a solid goal and I think any USMNT fan should be pretty excited about the possibility of Deuce playing up front come June.

    83. ahm says:

      alright one of hte most heated rivalries in sports in a meaningless game where celtic is going to be pissed off that they already lost the league again, in a league notorious for ridiculous tackles with edu just returning from a knee injury because of one of those tackles with the world cup coming up and a potential starting place for him??? do you even pay attention to things like this or not, im curious?

    84. Louis Z says:

      This is what I can remember reading about M. Hoyos, about a month ago he agreed to attend the Argentine U20 camp, this was after declining the USA U20 invitation. Yanks abroad wrote that they were excluding him from further discussion since the US was no longer in his plans. About 10 days ago Y.A. wrote another article in which it claimed that M.Hoyos was still open to possibly playing for the USA in the future. I tried to find any information about him actually taking part of the Arg. U20 camp but found nothing. A week ago another article appear, this time about Edu willing to play CB, which it struck as odd, does he know something about Gooch that we don’t? At that time Jones and Clark were not playing. M. Hoyos is a defensive midfielder, he usually sub’s in when Estudiantes have a lead and by the way, he is left footed, recently he has been riding the pine for whatever the reason. He has a younger brother that is also in the Estudiantes club farm. Hope it helps.

    85. Derrick says:

      he barely had a chance before he got injured and to be fair to Milan. Onyewu was crap in their preseason and was caught out on several goals in the states. Gooch had not proven he was good enough to start over the others. I do think however he’d have gotten his chances though considering how many injuries they had. But i say at the time when he was healthy Milan were justified in not playing him based on his shaky earlier performances.

    86. Nic D "The Texas 2 Stepper" says:

      I know I am! I wasn’t sure about the “You can’t see me” gesture as well. Surely he wasn’t trying to show up the coach.

      Paging Clint Mathis … the “Wisdom of the Ancients” is needed!

    87. RLW2020 says:

      ya iv been saying it for a while.. DMB should return to the MLS where he could be a star, and experiment with his game a bit more.

    88. joejoe says:

      That’s too bad. Because we need them (Beasley and Adu). Davies is not fit. He can’t go. Buddle is not better than Adu. Ching should not go either. He’s a proven failure. Beasley holds the ball well and can make things difficult for a defense. MB is a hacker. He will be red carded. We’ll make it out of the group stage, but choke on the fourth match. Sorry, It’s how I see it. Brazil will win it all.

    89. Brad says:

      I’d rather have Bornstein at LB than Beasley and I’d rather have Holden, Torres, Feilhaber, Clark, and Bedoya (as subs) than Beasley in midfield as well, which might leave Beasley out.

    90. Brad says:

      these 3 friendlies coming up are a chance to put Feilhaber and Torres out wide and see how they perform…

    91. Brad says:

      I agree, Beasley is not making the roster as a sub over Torres, Feilhaber, Clark, Holden, Bedoya, etc…

    92. Brad says:

      I read somewhere that Beasley is in his last year of his contract, so he’s probably not getting playing time since he is a goner, so what’s the point of starting him over a kid you are trying out?

      Dempsey’s Cena Goal Celebration was a little dorky, nobody cares about the WWF anymore after the emergence of MMA.

    93. Brad says:

      this is true, google “italy world cup roster” and you can find a link to the fifa website news wire report that italy released their 29 (no de rossi) man roster…

    94. Brad says:

      And once again Dempsey’s performance proves that he’s the most logical player to be paired up with Jozy. What other USMNT forward could rip off that shot (with little space, time, and a defender partially in front of him) that grazed the crossbar?

    95. Jerome says:

      Your on a one man mission with this. Beasley was our best player vs the Dutch… his speed coming off the bench and expierance will be invaluable vs England. If you think Somebody like Torres is going to be playing wing vs England than WOW.

    96. Joamiq says:

      I like Bedoya, but I don’t think he’s done enough yet to go ahead of Beasley. Beasley might still be a good starting left mid in the right matchup, with, say, Donovan playing right wing and Dempsey up top. I can’t imagine any US starting lineup in any matchup where we’d be best off with Bedoya starting.

    97. Joamiq says:

      Bease’s contract status might be playing a role in his PT though. They don’t have much of a reason to play him if they don’t plan to keep him.

    98. Joamiq says:

      Jozy has a LOT of trouble as a solo striker. He comes back to get the ball and ends up playing with his back to the goal from 40 yards away. He gets beat up trying to play the target role and ends up being ineffective. He really needs another striker to take the pressure off of him to thrive. Look at his performance for Hull with and without JVoH.

    99. Joamiq says:

      And I think it’s sad that so many dismiss him just like that. He brings more to the table than Bedoya. Beasley hasn’t seen the field much, but over the past 6 months or so, whenever he’s played, he’s played well – sometimes at an extremely high level, a level that we’ve just never seen our other wingers play at (with the exceptions of Donovan and Dempsey, if you consider them wingers – not getting into that debate).

    100. Joamiq says:

      If Davies is not fit to play in the WC, Dempsey HAS TO get plenty of time up front.

    101. rob says:

      I’d bet that Gomez could pull that off. I’d like to see Gomez up top, just to keep Dempsey in midfield.

    102. Eric says:

      Who are these new dudes in Sweden and Norway (Miller, Thomas, Clark)?

      They sound like randomly-generated American players from the MLS simulator game I used to play.

    103. bryan says:

      i can…i remember the same thing being said about Davies.

    104. bryan says:

      which is why i think you start someone like Bedoya (if Holden can’t) who has played a ton this year. Beasley as the sub.

    105. Ryan says:

      Not only is Clint the most logical player to be paired with Jozy, he is, without doubt, our best striker, even if Charlie were healthy. He has shown the ability to score goals in the top flight of English football, European competitions and at the international level, and they’re of great variety. In the US system, he’s not a proper fit in the midfield, and his attacking instincts are diminished by his defensive duties. Let a healthy Holden go box to box on the right and put Clint up top. It’s a no brainer.

      And just to stir the pot, I might consider pairing Clint with a healthy Ching over Jozy on an occasion, and let Jozy play super sub. The key to success in SA is going to be a target striker capable of holding the ball and putting Dempsey and Donovan in good positions.

    106. Joamiq says:

      Two things:

      1. Davies had to actually show something for the Nats before justifiably being put into the lineup. Just because there once was a player who people didn’t think much of who became an important player doesn’t justify inserting any random player who people don’t think much of into lineups. So that isn’t a very good argument.

      2. In terms of how they compare, Davies was a star in Sweden. Bedoya is not (yet, at least).

    107. NC Jeff says:

      Don’t have a problem with Dempsey / Altidore up top. I think it would work well – they obviously know each other and have complimentary strengths. However, they’d HAVE to get significant time paired together in the warm-up friendlies. Such a plan would also tend open a spot for Davies to play the role of the fast “super-sub” to attack tired defenders (remember the US’ group games are all at a decent amount of altitude).

    108. war says:

      Remember that Rob Green. Dempsey is going to give you Deja Vu.

      Beas assisted Demps for the only goal we scored in 2006. link to youtube.com

      Let’s hope both can get some form in now and in camp.

    109. Warren says:

      I agree with you, FIFA and bookies everywhere that Brazil are favorites. Though Spain is awfully good too.

      Beasley has looked better compared to his disastrous ‘form’ of last summer, but he just doesn’t have an edge over the younger guys like he once did. Bedoya or Beasley? Bedoya.

      Even if you’re right that Davies is a definite no-show – Adu’s time is 2014 or never, Beasley’s time at top has come and gone.

      Michael seems to have gotten over his red card waiting to happen phase this season in Germany, coincidentally after his club coach sat him for several games. The kid is growing up. Clark I’m still worried about for cards, but playing/practicing in Germany should also help Rico learn where to draw the line between hard challenge and getting tossed from a game.

    110. Dennis says:

      Different coach, different player, different team, but ,of course, you absolutely must be right.

      Even though Ashley Cole and Wayne Bridge and Dani Alves, and Michael Essien and Darren Fletcher were all midfielders who have played fullback and did well ( some stayed, there some moved back) you absolutely, postively must be 100% right.

      Let’s put some kind of GPS tracking device on all our midfielders to insure they don’t go into that position. It could work like those electrical dog shock collars.

      Why you aren’t coaching the USMNT is a great mystery.

    111. bryan says:

      that is true, davies was on a tear when he finally got called in. and im not saying i wouldn start bedoya with a fit holden or a beasley who is actually playing. but neither is true. so i feel like using a natural winger in bedoya, who is playing well week in and week out, would be the better choice.

    112. Jose S. says:

      Tell that to Mexico’s Pablo Barrera

      He does the “You can’t see me” gesture after every goal he scores because John Cena is his favorite wrestler.

    113. Freddy Adu says:

      ” Might ” is a pretty big word. Neither Bedoya nor Beasley should start but I don’t think both are going to SA.

      Bedoya obviously can’t make up the experience difference between him and Beasley but how do you know Beasley can stil do it?

      If Bedoya is playing really well where he is and fitting in very well with the USMNT and Beasley gets maybe 20 minutes of PT between now and the start of camp how can you justify taking Beasely, bearing in mind there is no way he is in game shape?

    114. mcjoness says:

      I really hope Dempsey doesn’t like wrestling…he’ll go down a notch in my book. Sorry wrestling fans.

    115. Freddy Adu says:

      I would argue the opposite. If he is good enough why not get your money’s worth rather than letting it rot on the bench?

      Now if you are talking about DMB taking time away from developing players who will be around next year, that is another story. Rangers ahve no momney and will need to focus more on developing players.

      It seems as if DMB is an insurance policy for Rangers at the moment. He should have left earlier but not back to the MLS where he would probably have to take a very, very steep pay cut.

    116. ko'd says:

      No. He said “you can’t see me,” which is more “that was a great finish” than a “you should be playing me.”

    117. Mr. F says:

      From an old DailyMail article:

      “The trouble is that Ronaldo’s body is just too perfect. He is said to do 3,000 sit-ups a day. That must take at least an hour, and that’s before he moves on to work out all the other bits of his physique. Add to that the time that’s required to wax off every strand of body hair, and then he still has to factor in sessions at the tanning salon.”

    118. notsweet81 says:

      Well if Onyewu doesn’t start, what does our backline look like? There is a good chance you would be looking at Spector, Boca, Demeritt, Bornstein. I know, I know Spector can play on the left, but the Nats have rarely used him in that role. If the options are Onyewu in the center or Bornstein on the left trying to stop Lennon or Wright-Phillips, I will take on unfit Onyewu.

      A Dolo/Demeritt/Boca/Spector backline is the only way we don’t see Onyewu starting all the games.

    119. Joamiq says:

      How do you know Beasley can still do it? Simple. Just a few months ago he was playing for Rangers, and doing things that Bedoya has never shown that he’s capable of. Or are you suggesting that Beasley has fallen off a cliff in the time since then?

      IF Bedoya is playing really well for Obrero, and IF he’s fitting in very well with the MNT and IF Beasley doesn’t play any more, then you’re right, there’s still a good case to be made for Bedoya. However, Beasley got 60 minutes and by all accounts played well, so I don’t think he can be counted out yet. Again, my justification of taking Beasley is quite simple: he has done things that Bedoya has not yet shown he’s capable of, and he’s done them as recently as December. If you need a game-changer off the bench, you’re much better off taking Beasley.

      I don’t think this is really a huge deal because I don’t think either is going to make a huge difference, and if BB takes Bedoya over Beasley I’m not going to scream about it. But at the moment, I’d be more inclined to take Beasley.

    120. notsweet81 says:

      Oops…I forgot that Lennon is out…well whoever is starting for England on the left wing would be causing damage against Bornstein.

    121. Joamiq says:

      Well, that is what I’ve read – that Rangers are likely to continue giving time to players who can develop and contribute down the road rather than play Beasley now. I doubt “getting your money’s worth” is something that enters the minds of most people running sports teams. “Sunk cost” is more appropriate to this situation.

      I think you’re right, his career would probably be in better shape had he been elsewhere for the past year or so. But hey, the guy likes Rangers, and he seems to be well liked by his teammates.

    122. bryan says:

      Bedoya is playing well for Obero. I will agree we have no idea how he will integrate with the team, but he looked good for the brief time he had against the netherlands. sure, beasley FINALLY got minutes (last time was march!), but bedoya crushes him in that regard.

      with that said, i do still agree that beasley should start before bedoya IF he continues to get PT with rangers. if not, i (maybe not against england) would start bedoya and keep a close eye on him. again, assuming holden can’t.

      either way, i definitely agree with your final statement. in that neither will make a MASSIVE difference in our play. they could, but we cannot assume that.

      @freddy – i would bet on both going.

    123. Brian says:

      Did Dempsey break his thumb?

    124. war says:

      Agree. At left back, his crossing is taken away which is a major part of his game. He’s a good defender, but his confidence must be really low right now. If he were asked to play LB for the US i’m sure he’d do much better than what he’s doing at West Ham.

    125. war says:

      there were only 29 call ups, he might be the 30th. Hard to leave for the games when you’re the only member of that squad not in Italy. It’d be a shame if he lost that spot to Amauri now. chuckle.

    126. war says:

      there were only 29 call ups, he might be the 30th. Hard to leave for the games when you’re the only member of that squad not in Italy. It’d be a shame if he lost that spot to Amauri now. chuckle.

    127. BrooklynFC says:

      I for one would not mind seeing Dolo at Right Mid if Holden can not get healthy…..

      It would give the right side lots of Defense, it would allow for coverage when Spector makes overlapping runs and Dolo does have a wicked shot

    128. BrooklynFC says:

      Preach Brother

    129. BrooklynFC says:

      I could see Mike Bradley getting the Captain’s Arm Band after the World Cup…. he plays in the most important position, CenterMid

      He would be able to communicate with everyone on the field

    130. BrooklynFC says:

      Bradley has gotten red carded when he has had to be the D-Mid, with Edu or Clark next to him he will much less defensive responsibility and thus will not need to come in late for a game saving tackle

    131. BrooklynFC says:

      -1

      Edu was injured last year against Celtic and I want him as far away from those animals as possible

    132. Dainja says:

      Did anybody peep the “you can’t see me” dance from Deuce after the goal??!!! haha. Gotta love Clint bringin the street flavor to the pitch! I hate 50 Cent with a passion, but I thought he was gonna do the rest of the “I Get Money” cee-lo craps dance.

    133. BrooklynFC says:

      Second City, you should write an email to Ives and volunteer to be the Chicago area beat writer for the site….. than you can post 4 articles a day about the fire….

      It just so happens that the people that have approached Ives have mostly been from the NY Metro Area

    134. Brad says:

      The last spot is for Daniel De Rossi, who is out hurt or something. Rossi has no shot…

    135. Second City says:

      Fair point, BFC.

      However, I know you’re correct and am simply being silly in my sarcastic post.

      With that said, it has crossed my mind a time or two, I can’t lie.

    136. insomniac761 says:

      Anyone know what happened to Dempsey’s hand?

    137. Isaac says:

      I agree with Brooklyn. Spector may have been known for his offensive work in the Confederations Cup, but he works well as more of a planted right back that picks and chooses times to get forward. Spector can deal with more physical guys as well. If possible, the two could switch back and forth.

    138. Isaac says:

      Which is why I said he needs a midfield that supplies him and supports him. Alright, so I didn’t remember the support part, but you get what I mean. As long as we have a quick midfield that either positions itself well or moves in and out of the attack quickly Altidore will have plenty of support. Of course, a constant support like Davies is fine too. I just don’t think Jozy is as bad at the target role as many say. It seems like the players around him have an effect on him i.e., Hull.

    139. Isaac says:

      He was ABOUT to until the MLS set his price too high.

    140. Isaac says:

      And as Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez have shown, you can be a nothing for about a year and then a couple of good weeks and your in consideration.

    141. Joamiq says:

      This is a nice idea but we’ve seen him used solo for the Nats and the midfield just isn’t as effective as having an actual second striker that the defense is keying on. When Jozy is alone up top, the midfield just boots the ball to him and he has to try to hold off defenders until they catch up and he can lay it off. Can you honestly think of one good performance that Jozy has had in the target role in the past couple of years? He REALLY suffers in that role. It’s just not his game. We like to think that he’s a tank but he gets positively beaten up when playing target striker and never ends up being dangerous. He needs to have another striker receiving the ball sometimes so that he can make runs off of him and actually face the goal in dangerous positions. Yes, the players around him have a big effect on him – and at Hull, he played well ONLY when JVoH was up top next to him.

    142. Since when do we play with a true winger at LM? Those are Arena’s tactics. We haven’t played like that since the glory days of Mr. Beasley.

      Dempsey is not a winger, he plays more narrowly as a traditional wide midfielder. Donovan is an inverted winger when starting from left midfield.

    143. Ian says:

      We get it. You like Beasley. Bob Bradley isn’t going to look at your comments and have a revelation.

      Bedoya is bringing more to the table than Beasley and if you can’t see that then, well, that sucks.

    144. Joamiq says:

      Yes, I like Beasley. No, I’m not expecting BB to look at my comments.

      Can you explain to me what it is that Bedoya brings to the table that Beasley doesn’t? I know Bedoya is playing a lot more now and more likely to be in form. But I want to know what actual demonstrable skills Bedoya brings to the table that Beasley doesn’t.

    145. bryan says:

      it doesnt have to do with what skills bedoya can bring that beasley cannot. it has to do with the fact that bedoya is getting consistent playing time and has scored 3 goals and assisted on a few others. yes, it is sweden, but i dont think the SPL is THAT much better.

      beasley needs playing time, in my opinion. with this injury to his teammate, that could happen. but until i see consistency from DMB, i would not start him.

      to be fair, i dont think bedoya will get the start either. i have a feeling bob will leave him and beasley on the bench. i could see feilhaber or torres getting the nod too. it really just depends on the strikers.

    146. Dank says:

      I think Bradley is a little too much of a ‘hothead’ to be captain.

    147. Joamiq says:

      People, I totally concede that Bedoya is getting more time and is more likely to be in form based on that. But that’s not what I’m talking about. Ian challenged my assertion that Beasley brings more actual demonstrable skills to the table than Bedoya. I think it’s fair to argue that Bedoya deserves to go based on having more playing time, but I think it’s also fair to consider what we know each player is capable of doing – and we know Beasley is capable of performing at levels that Bedoya simply has not demonstrated yet. That is how I build a case for Beasley. At the end of the day, the chance of capturing lightning in a bottle with that spot on the roster is worth more to me than carrying a steady but most likely unspectacular performer. If your preference is different, fine. But this is my argument for Beasley, and it’s not a specious one.

    148. Isaac says:

      Beasley wasn’t “playing” when he came on against the Dutch and still impressed.

    149. Isaac says:

      If you look at the Italy game, Jozy got a pretty good amount of service, including one chance he flubbed. Part of it was that Feilhaber was their to help the USA move the ball through the midfield and it showed on his ball to Altidore on the penalty. Against Brazil, Kljestan and Beasley didn’t give Altidore any kind of service through the midfield, so he was starved.

      Although, I do agree that next to a striker that is with him for the whole game and not from time to time he seems more dangerous, but if we were to leave him alone, so long as we have a midfield that supplies him and defends competently, he won’t fair too badly.

    150. I agree with Brad actually. Not sure who decided Beasley was great in the Holland match, but everyone just seemed to start repeating that. I totally disagree. He was marooned wide on the right for the final 15 minutes of the first half. Holden had been tucking in to track Sneijder’s runs but Beasley couldn’t duplicate this role, making the Torres/Bradley pairing a real defensive problem. Beasley was pretty awful with the exception of the final 15 minutes when the Netherlands had no defensive midfielders and no shape to speak of. Even then, Bedoya made as much, if not more impact. Beasley’s second half was better but you’re assessing his entire performance on one good delivery on a free kick.

    151. bryan says:

      did i say otherwise? in fact, that is an example of what i would like to see personally. him coming in as a sub and providing a spark.

      of course, he could do what he did against brasil as well. you just know with him right now.

      i’m simply stating that i wouldn’t start beasley unless he starts getting consistent time because he has shown he can be streaky as a result of reduced playing time. if beasley is back to playing 90 minutes week in and week out, and playing well, i would LOVE it. a 2002 DMB would be so awesome. but i just dont see it at this moment in time.

      @ Joamig – i feel like we are going in circles. in short, you would start beasley for what he HAS done while i would opp for bedoya for what he COULD do. either way, i hope both get on the plane and can help the US team. good discussion though.

    152. beachbum says:

      good point about his play with/without JVofH, just about the only guy on Hull’s roster, aside from Hunt, who ever looked for Jozy at all. that team really sucked, so it’s weird to try to gauge things from it

      Dempsey will be paired with Jozy up top, health allowing, and the camp and friendlies will allow them to work together. Can’t see any doubt in that at this point.

      If Charlie goes, he’s an energizer 20-25 minute sub, but watch for Buddle to get a chance to mesh in the friendlies. and if he meshes well, or anyone else does for that matter, then they will get chances to play more…and why not? lots still to determine at this spot

    153. bryan says:

      *just DONT know with him

    154. Joamiq says:

      Good call on the Italy game, which is the closest thing you’ll find to a good performance from Jozy solo – but even that was really only in the first half (the card of course had a lot to do with that, but that’s why it’s a tough game to draw conclusions from).

      I really think the heavy preponderance of the evidence shows that Jozy is ineffective by himself though. Those 20-30 minutes against Italy were one of the very few moments when this entire American midfield has attacked with verve and class. Playing him up top alone is almost certainly a losing strategy. At least stick Dempsey up there with him.

    155. Brad says:

      agreed, the captain is the guy that has to calm the hotheads down…

    156. beachbum says:

      +1 BrooklynFC

    157. beachbum says:

      the evidence seems pretty clear…Spector is a better right back than left back. does that mean he’s not the best left back on the USMNT roster? I don’t know, but the fact it’s a question is troubling; he may start at left back

    158. beachbum says:

      not me…Dempsey up top paired w/ Jozy is reaching no-brainer status

    159. Eric says:

      It depends on who they are playing and how they play in the friendlies leading up to the World Cup. My guess is that BB will go with Spector against England unless he really blows in the friendlies. Then they would probably switch up the last two group games.

    160. Eric says:

      Holden was playing great until he got his leg broken on that challange for the idiot De Jong. Just thinking about if it had actually been a WC game De Jong would have been sent off.

    161. Eric says:

      Its all about timing.

    162. Eric says:

      As he gets older he will mature and hopefully will still have the edginess but less of that “awful tackle” hotheadness.

    163. beachbum says:

      saw that game, too, and have seen him play many times for Pachuca this year. they have changed tactics the last 2 games, going with more defensive pressure in the upper and middle thirds. Heck, the coach cut all of his hair off! don’t know if he’s committed to this new style, but they had to go for it vs. Cruz Azul down 1 goal on aggregate, and this tactic paid off with a late heroic goal to win the champions league…and Torres has responded well, especially in the second half vs. Monterrey. he looked good.

    164. Eric says:

      I agree with everything you just said. Holden is more of a workhorse than Dempsey. Not saying that he’s lazy just with Holden’s youth he is much more willing to go back and play defense than Clint. I’ve also been impressed with Clint’s creativity and passing ability lately. You can tell he is ready for this World Cup.

    165. Eric says:

      Not worried. He had a black eye when he got back from his injury. Im assuming that the London crowd are assaulting him to give them an advantage for the World Cup.

    166. Hush says:

      LOL I was thinking the same thing! I think Dempsey & Adu had the best performances this weekend.

    167. Hush says:

      Dempsey & Adu had the best performances this weekend, no doubt about that. Spector had a really bad game, well, atleast one costly mistake,..and yes,.. It was his fault and only his fault this time.lol

    168. Warren says:

      ok, let’s be honest, Jozy was better with JVoH – but he still didn;t score, so not that much better.

      But with USMNT yes 2 forwards seems o work better for more link play and less kickball from the backline to – the other team.

    169. Warren says:

      And that’s why Sacha’s played poorly/mediocre ever since for club and country?

      I seem to recall one Clint Dempsey getting mad when MLS wouldn’t sell, working harder and then being sold for a higher price a year later.

      Sacaha’s…no Clint Dempsey.

    170. Warren says:

      I must have missed the news about Sacha’s stellar few weeks.

    171. Joamiq says:

      He still didn’t score (well, he did bag his one goal off a play where he worked nicely with VoH), but his play was considerably better. With VoH he made a big impact on games, creating chances, drawing fouls and penalties, and generally giving the opposing back line hell. Without VoH, he didn’t make much of a positive impact at all.

      USMNT with 1 forward has not worked for years. Our midfielders don’t tend to take chances and make runs, so with five in the middle just sitting there clogging things up, the attack grinds to a halt.