USA vs. Czech Republic: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team takes on the Czech Republic tonight (8pm, ESPN) in their first of two friendlies before departing to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup.

Tonight will be the last chance for some of the fringe players on the 30-man provisional World Cup roster to prove themselves and earn a place on the 23-man World Cup roster, which will be announced on Wednesday.

I will be providing commentary on tonight's match so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the match (Commentary is after the jump):

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FINAL- That's all for me tonight. Be sure to check into SBI for more post-match coverage on SBI.

Feel free to share your thoughts on tonight's in the comments section below.

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FINAL- Czech Republic 4, USA 2. Not a great scoreline, but with all the second-half changes, you can't make a ton about the score.

Who helped themselves tonight? Herculez Gomez, Alejandro Bedoya and Edson Buddle stated their cases to survive the bubble. DaMarcus Beasley impressed and Oguchi Onyewu held up well in his first match in seven months.

Who didn't help himself tonight? Heath Pearce and Eddie Johnson are looking like REAL long shots.

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90th Minute- GOAL CZECHS! And it's 4-2 to the Czechs as Tomas Necid beats Edu on a goal sequence that began with a Goodson turnover upfield.

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90th Minute- So who else could vie for the final roster spots based on tonight's performances? Edson Buddle showed good energy despite lacking chances. He's probably a good candidate as well. Could be between him and Bedoya. Will Bradley choose to go with Altidore, Ching and Gomez as his three forwards, or will he also bring along Gomez and leave Bedoya?

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88th Minute- Some good hustle from Gomez tonight. You have to love him as a super sub option. He's got the edge over Buddle and Johnson.

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86th Minute- Bedoya has had great energy since coming in. Not as sure about Kljestan at this point. He's disappeared.

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85th Minute- Seeing Holden in a central midfield role makes you wonder if we could see him there in the World Cup as a second-half option.

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85th Minute- The Czechs make their first sub of the night, putting in Jan Moravek.

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85th Minute- 36,218 is tonight's attendance.

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84th Minute- USA is down 3-2. Who will score the equalizer? Could it be Gomez?

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81st Minute- This morning I wrote that I thought Bob Bradley would bring eight defenders. At this point, I'd say he brings seven and banks on Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley for defensive cover if he needs it. That means either Alejandro Bedoya or Sacha Kljestan could make the team. My money would be on Bedoya.

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80th Minute- Heath Pearce is looking like a player who has cost himself a roster spot, assuming he was close.

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79th Minute- Goodson and Heath Pearce and Robbie Rogers all failed defensively on that goal.

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78th Minute- GOAL CZECHS! And it's Fenin with the finish off a loose scramble in the area. Somebody has to clear that away.

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76th Minute- Gomez forces a corner after a long run and long-range shot.

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75th Minute- As it stands, the fact that Edu is playing centerback makes you wonder if Bradley is seriously considering taking seven natural defenders to the World Cup instead of eight.

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72nd Minute- Bedoya has shown some flashes since coming on, and Kljestan has looked good so far. Could he be a surprise pick for the 23?

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70th Minute- Onyewu has a big ice bag on his surgically-repaired knee, likely just the post-match treatment.

Holden and Kljestan in central midfield is an interesting tandem.

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68th Minute- How do you not root for Herculez Gomez? Just an amazing story. Six months ago he was out of contract, and no MLS teams wanted him. Now, he's looking like a World Cup player. Just wow.

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67th Minute- Bedoya has come in for Gomez. Edu is at centerback and Holden is now playing centrally, with Bedoya on the right flank.

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66th Minute- GOAL USA!!! And it's Herculez Gomez with the FINISH! Wow, nice header by Goodson. USA 2, Czechs 2.

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65th Minute- Bedoya likely to come in for Holden. That would mean no Robbie Findley or Chad Marshall tonight (or Marcus Hahnemann).

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64th Minute- Bedoya is preparing to come into the match.

GOMEZ WITH A BLAST right at Cech. Nice back-heel from Ching to set that up.

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61st Minute- Robbie Rogers tries one from about 40 yards out, forces a save from Cech, not that he was all that troubled.

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58th Minute- GOAL CZECHS!!! And it's Jan Polak with the finish. He beats Heath Pearce on that one. Czechs 2, USA 1.

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58th Minute- Rogers with a nice run down the left flank, but he holds on to it too long.

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57th Minute- There's still a big gap between the U.S. midfield and the forwards. Will Kljestan play the role of playmaker and create something for Gomez.

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55th Minute- Czech goal is ruled offside. Nice sequence for the Czechs though.

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54th Minute- Cherundolo got schooled by Fenin, who looks sharp.

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53rd Minute- Rogers to take a USA corner.

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52nd Minute- Rogers getting the nod over Bedoya makes you wonder if this is it for Bedoya.

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50th Minute- Gomez with 45 minutes to state his case for a spot. Neither Johnson or Buddle were all that stellar in the first half.

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47th Minute- Five subs for the USA: Gomez, Ching, Kljestan, Rogers and Pearce. Out are Johnson, Buddle, Torres, Bornstein and Beasley.

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46th Minute- We're back.

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HALFTIME- USA 1, Czech Republic 1.

Who looked good? Beasley, Torres, Edu

Who's looked okay? Buddle, Cherundolo, Holden

Who hasn't looked good? Bornstein, Johnson, Goodson

Onyewu was looking pretty good before getting beaten on the header.

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45th Minute- DaMarcus Beasley has been the best player on the team tonight.

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45th Minute- Onyewu misread the free kick and jumped too late. Definitely some rust on that one.

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43rd Minute- GOAL CZECHS!! And it's Tomas Sivok with the header, beating Onyewu on the header. USA 1, Czech Republic 1.

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42nd Minute- Goodson gives up a foul and a free kick on the right flank for a foul on Fenin.

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41st Minute- Buddle takes a hard foul after receiving a great pass from Torres.

You have to like what you've seen from Torres and Edu tonight.

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40th Minute- Beasley does well again, earning a corner.

Cech handles Holden's corner kick easily.

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39th Minute- If you can believe it, the last of the cars to drive into the stadium parking area are rolling in. Those folks can catch the second half.

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38th Minute- If the forwards are going to only get 45 minutes they can't be happy with what they've had to work with tonight.

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37th Minute- Beasley with a nice idea for a pass, but Johnson was offside.

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35th Minute- Beasley is getting abused physically, but he's still playing great.

You would think the Czechs would take it easy on Beasley. Didn't they abuse him enough in 2006?

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33rd Minute- Cherundolo just got Jacked Up. Yellow card for Rajnoch. Deserved.

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31st Minute- Bornstein just got beaten by Sionko on the flank. Czech team with a free kick on the right.

Guzan tips the cross away for a corner.

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29th Minute- Tell you what, if Beasley is going to have this kind of energy in South Africa, he will be a starter.

Bornstein hasn't looked good tonight.

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28th Minute- Jose Torres looks sharp tonight. Can't see him not making the 23.

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26th Minute- FENIN WIDE!!!  USA lucky not to give up a goal there.

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23rd Minute- Buddle is back on the field after being treated for a split lip.

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22nd Minute- Guzan gets clattered into by Tomas Sivok. He held up well under the pressure as the foul was called.

Onyewu gets in late on a challenge. Would probably have been a card in a regular match.

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19th Minute- Fenin jukes Goodson, but has his shot blocked by Onyewu, who is looking good so far.

Czech corner.

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18th Minute- Edu is the master inside the six-yard box, isn't he? Rangers fans know all about that.

Edson Buddle took a shot to the face and is being treated on the sideline.

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17th Minute- GOAL USA!!!! And it's Maurice Edu with the finish. Holden with the service.

And the USA players do the Stanky Leg, definitely in honor of Charlie Davies.

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17th Minute- Buddle has looked good early on.

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16th Minute- Onyewu gets fouled and the crowd grimaces. He's up and shaking it off. Nervy moment there.

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14th Minute- Great crowd tonight, and there are still cars pouring into the parking lots.

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13th Minute- Beasley showing good energy to track back and help the defense. He hasn't gotten into the attack, but he's been buzzing around. Talk of a good camp appears true.

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8th Minute- Onyewu showing some good poise on the ball, though he hasn't really been pressured hard yet.

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6th Minute- Czechs with a dangerous free kick. How will Onyewu handle this?

Holden races out to block the kick.

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5th Minute- Buddle nearly gets a gift thanks to a bad Czech back-pass.

Onyewu wins a challenge as he was tested in the air for the first time.

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3rd Minute- Beasley looking good early. Onyewu still hasn't been challenged yet.

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1st Minute- And we're underway.

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PRE-GAME- USA in the all-white uniforms tonight. Not bad.

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PRE-GAME- For those who remember, Eddie Johnson had an awful match in the last USA game here at Rentschler Field, during the USA's 2006 send-off series.

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PRE-GAME- Nice to see Nike making the U.S. team wear the warm-up jackets during the anthem. It's only 90 degrees on the field.

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PRE-GAME- The referee tonight is Mexican ref Mauricio Morales, heading an all Mexico crew.

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PRE-GAME- I wonder who U.S. fans will be watching more intently, Oguchi Onyewu or Edson Buddle? I'll go Onyewu.

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PRE-GAME- This is a new-look Czech team, though not exactly a young team. Only one starter tonight has more than 50 caps, but only one player is 23 or younger, Eintracht Frankurt striker (and Ricardo Clark teammate) Martin Fenin.

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PRE-GAME- A broadcast note for those of you who haven't figured out, tonight's match is on ESPN, not ESPN2. ESPN is pulling out all the stops with its World Cup coverage and tonight should be a good glimpse into the type of things the network has in mind.

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PRE-GAME- The Czech midfield is a pretty strong group. Don't be surprised if Hubschman plays in central defense with Sivok, with Rajnoch playing left back and Kusnir at right back.

Plasil and Polak should present a good challenge for Edu and Torres, while Sionko will test Jonathan Bornstein.

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PRE-GAME- Here is the Czech Republic's starting lineup:

————-Martin Fenin—–David Lafata————

———————-Jaroslav Plasil———————-

Daniel Pudil———-Jan Polak———-Libor Sionko

——————–Tomas Hubschman——————

—Jan Rajnoch—-Tomas Sivok—–Ondrej Kusnir—

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BENCH- Milan Cerny, Tomas Necid, Tomas Pekhart, Mario Holek, Rudolf Skacel, Michal Danek, David Limbersky, Jan Moravek, Jaroslav Cerny, Jan Lastuvka

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PRE-GAME- So who will the six subs be? You figure Spector, Ching and Clark aren't likely to need looks. Same goes for Hahnemann. That leaves seven subs. I'd go with either Chad Marshall or Robbie Rogers as the odd man out tonight.

I'm sure some Ching haters will go crazy at the thought of Ching not needing a look, but the sense around camp is that Ching is a safe bet to make this squad. He's healthy, at least that's the word, and if he's healthy he's making the team.

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PRE-GAME- Edson Buddle and Eddie Johnson get the nod tonight. Are these two vying for the same roster spot?

Oguchi Onyewu is starting as expected, but he will be paired with Clarence Goodson for what may be the first time. I can't recall them teaming up before.

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PRE-GAME- As expected, the top stars are being rested tonight and will play vs. Turkey on Saturday. Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Carlos Bocanegra, Jay DeMerit and Benny Feilhaber are not in uniform tonight.

There is some buzz that Feilhaber may be carrying an injury that could be keeping him out. We'll look into that after the match.

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PRE-GAME- Here's the USA bench- Hahnemann, Spector, Ching, Clark, Kljestan, Pearce, Marshall, Rogers, Findley, Bedoya, Gomez.

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PRE-GAME- As expected, several veterans are out of the lineup today. The real question is who is on the bench for tonight's match. We'll post the bench as soon as it becomes available.

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PRE-GAME- Here is the USA lineup for tonight's match:

—————-Johnson—-Buddle——————–

Beasley——-Edu———–Torres———-Holden

Bornstein—–Onyewu—Goodson—–Cherundolo

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580 Responses to USA vs. Czech Republic: Match Night Commentary

  1. Benny Dargle says:

    So, who is on the bench? That might be an even bigger question for providing clues about the final 23.

  2. ERic says:

    Wow. That’s quite a crest for Czechia.

  3. Simple Jack says:

    3-1 Czech Republic. Mark it down. Bradley is a horrid coach and needs to be replaced. We will not advance out of our group in the WC. Mark that down as well.

  4. B to the M says:

    I’m very curious on how Torres and Edu will do together.

  5. Seems from this lineup that BB wants to put some bubble players under the microscope. It will be nice to see Onyewu and Holden back from injury; hopefully their form isn’t completely gone.

  6. Brian says:

    Seriously…shut the eff up

  7. ethan says:

    would you say Johnson is the only safe bet to be sent home in this lineup hopefully bornstein has a handball and a penalty in the box because he should get ripped up by Cerny

  8. Goalscorer24 says:

    Interesting. Do Gomez and Pearce come on in the second half?

  9. Brian says:

    who is on the bench?

  10. DaveInSLO says:

    Looks like the fringe players are gonna get a chance to play their way into final consideration. Should be interesting to see how they do. My guess is that Donovan/Dempsey/Altidore et al are getting the night off.

  11. Brian says:

    What this tells me is that Bocanegra and DeMerit might be more banged up than we think

  12. JJ says:

    Be nice to him, he’s simple

  13. Kenny_B says:

    Awesome starting lineup. Nice to get some players a chance to see what they have.

    On the other hand, it puts a burden on players like Torres and Beasley to not get the benefit of playing with Donovan and Dempsey.

    Here’s hoping Onyewu plays well and doesn’t look too rusty, that is a lot to ask though.

  14. afc says:

    I think its on ESPN. WNBA just started on ESPN 2.

  15. patrick says:

    word is US is dressing 22 with 6 subs. Keeping everyone on their toes I guess…

  16. JJ says:

    Yeah, that pairing excited and intrigued me too.

  17. Football Lee says:

    Come one Ives tell us who is opn the bench, lets hope Findley gets a look in the 2nd half and that Ching stays in his street clothes

  18. John says:

    Anyone who still makes the fire Bob argument is either sorely in need of some more information or completely ignoring said information.

  19. agnigrin says:

    USA Lineup to face the Czech Republic
    Posted by ussoccer at 5/25/2010 5:53 PM CDT
    From our twitter feed:

    Guzan; Cherundolo (capt.), Goodson, Onyewu, Bornstein; Holden, Edu Torres, Beasley; Buddle, Johnson

    Subs tonight:
    Hahnemann, Spector, Ching, Charlk, Kljestan, Pearce, Marshall, Rogers, Findley, Bedoya, Gomez

  20. Kenny_B says:

    That’s a really simple thing to say. If it pans out you can come back and say I told you so.

    If it doesn’t work out you make a clever name change to Complicated Jack and pretend you never made such and asinine remark.

  21. SBI Troll says:

    Or Bradley is letting them get some needed rest. If they don’t play vs Turkey on Saturday, then I’d be concerned.

  22. primoone says:

    It would behoove the US to see DMB catch fire. He has taken some rightfully deserved criticism, however, I think he is a game changer should we see the old DMB.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA…

  23. Brian says:

    Fair enough

  24. Austin says:

    your an idiot…. You know nothing about football and Czech has a bad team here, we will get a result

  25. Al_OC says:

    What?? Michael Bradley doesn’t start? Fire Bob now! Obviously, he’s got something against his own son. ;-P

  26. USMNT4life says:

    Really?? That’s all you could come up with? You have to be tired of saying that since I’m sure you have said it for two years, and we are all tired of hearing it. World Cup is in less than 20 days, either support the team or shut the hell up. Pick one.

  27. agnigrin says:

    This is a very fast team… I am curious to see how it works… Go USA!

  28. billy says:

    IVES- so only a 22 man roster?

  29. Austin says:

    LOL…findley? We might as well play usain bolt

  30. Ugghhh…are we still doing this dance of EJ???!?!?!? Dammit, klejstan, Marshall, and Findley too!?!!?!? Glad Torres and Edu playing together!!!!!!!!!! I want to see a one-two finish from Torres to Gomez, but we all know Klejstan will be in the second half…..DAMMIT!!!!!!!

  31. Bob says:

    I hope Sacha is packing his bags during the game.

  32. Dave says:

    surprised Johnson gets the start…figured his hammy was too banged up.

    Looks like Buddle / Torres / Bornstein…

    regardless of how johnson plays i think he’s gone.

  33. Caesar Augustus says:

    I’m very happy that Johnson recovered from his thigh strain in time for this game. I’m looking for him and Buddle to impress tonight!

  34. Austin says:

    …….you can’t have eleven players on sub bench, 7 at most

  35. Brian says:

    thanks

  36. SBI Troll says:

    Dempsey and Donovan have each said Beasley looks like he figured something out in the Netherlands friendly and has been a different player in training. Lets see if it carries over.

  37. Bob says:

    Guess not :(

  38. wally says:

    yea beacuse beating Spain and almost Brazil doesn’t mean anything. With the players we have he has done a solid job.

  39. Austin says:

    super pumped with patriotism…. Just finished paper on WWII

  40. Brian says:

    We got some tall CB’s tonight

  41. GSScasual says:

    simple jack again…. i wonder what attendance commentary he will have after the match… lol, your opinions and thoughts on US soccer are severly misguided and unwelcome. I think i speak for everyone when i say that your input and overall support is not really welcome

  42. Patrick says:

    Never go full retard Tugg. You should know this.

  43. Matt says:

    You meh..meh..meh…make me angry.

  44. I’m wondering why Feilhaber isn’t on this list? Is he an instant lock to go to South Africa? I know he does well, but if club form is any indication, he should be battling for a spot tonight as well…

  45. mojo44 says:

    True, but the jersey is one of my all time favorites.

  46. agnigrin says:

    You can have 6 subs in the game but you can select 6 from an unlimited number of players..

  47. Kenny_B says:

    LOL, very nice.

  48. Lee Denton says:

    Anyone know if the game is on the radio in Philly? I’ll be traveling.

  49. NEVER MIND!! Just read Ives pre-game!

  50. SBI Troll says:

    Bob must like him in the super sub role.

  51. agnigrin says:

    So no Altidore, Donovan, Dempsey, Howard, Bradley, Boca Demerit, and Feilhaber…

  52. wil says:

    At this point in the process, Bradley should not be trying to figure out who he’s bringing. The whole point for these two games was to tune up the starters, not tryout guys that he has had four years to look at. I’m sure glad I didn’t spend the money to go watch a JV scrimmage. I’d be a little upset.

    Three and out boys… that’s where we’re heading. Three and out

  53. war says:

    super sub gomez, he’s the magician, he’s going to be a hero!!! I’m so excited. This is the best scrub match I’ll ever see. At least the players who scored against us in 2006 aren’t here to my knowledge.

    subs: Marcus, Bedoya, Gomez, Clark, Pearce, Ching. I hope Marcus gets a half, 1) b/c he’s in form and deserves it because of it and 2) I don’t want Rogers,Marshall, or Findley to come on. Last thing I want is to vomit my dinner when they sub on. I won’t be able to find Ching on the pitch so that’s irrelevant.

  54. GSScasual says:

    patrick +1…. but THIS simple jack cant help but go full re-re…. his comments make my eyes rain.

  55. Anon says:

    So, is there anyone not in the 22 that we can infer is in trouble? The players not dressing are Howard, Altidore, Donovan, Dempsey, Bocanegra, Demerit, Bradley, and Feilhaber. Benny is the only one, short of injury, that could be considered in trouble. So, is he?

  56. wil says:

    Lets see if he can deliver the ball in front of the net or into row 30 like he used to do

  57. war says:

    I forgot to mention Sacha. That’s good. Hope BB does too.

  58. GSScasual says:

    i imagine usain bolt would be a natural striker.. he is quick

  59. Sergio of SF says:

    Not dressing and my thoughts on them:

    Howard – Lock
    Feilhaber – I’m assuming lock, but his camp performance and form could be a factor
    Donovan – Lock
    Dempsey – Lock
    Bradley – Lock
    Bocanegra – Lock if injury is not serious
    Demerit – Lock if his vision has improved
    Altidore – Lock

  60. ShaggyReAL says:

    Where’s Freddy????

  61. Super Chivo says:

    On Jorge Ramos about an hour ago they claimed they had inside knowledge and the Paco and Gomez are both on the plane and that Johnson and Buddle were off, along with Goodson, which I find hard to believe. Now here they are starting so there must be some life in those dogs yet.

  62. JpJ says:

    Same here, I wish the US would pick one jersey and only do minimal changes to it.

  63. oh ye have little faith!!! If history shows, we do well every other world cup, when it’s not on European soil, AND when the World Cup song is good (K’Naan Wavin Flag)….and when we have the man called Clint Dempsey, the human wall known as Tim Howard, etc. etc. etc. :)

  64. ShaggyReAL says:

    You forgot Findley – locked out. :P

  65. Sergio of SF says:

    When else would he be able to see how the fringe players play against some top competition?

  66. I JIK I RED BULLZ says:

    My predicition:

    USA 2

    Czech Republic 1

    Goals:

    Buddle 1st Half

    Gomez 2nd Half

  67. Aaron in StL says:

    I still think Ching needs to get 45. Coming off an injury he needs to prove he can play. What good is his experience if he’s not match fit or able to take the physical strain? If he’s going to break down it’s better now then later where they have to rush to get a special exception.

  68. ORALE WAR!!!!!!!!!!! Gomez could be that Mexican-America superstar that starts talking young Mexican-Americans fans away from El Tri.. The vato is legit as he has an up from the boot straps story and is humble..and HOPEFULLY does well!!!!!!!

  69. KC says:

    Why does Ching likely not need a look? Why is he a lock? He hasn’t played a full match since like April 1st and he isn’t a very good international anyway. Any chance Johnson, Buddle or Gomez take his roster spot from him??? There has to be some hope that we carry a forward that is actually an offensive threat.

  70. Hector Cuper says:

    Who?

  71. rob says:

    Would betting on Bornstein to concede a penalty today whould be considered fixed or undebatable?

  72. Sergio of SF says:

    I thought the same thing, but he must be having a good camp. The only player I read about having problems with fitness at camp is Buddle. I think it was really smart of Gomez to come to LA and practice with Chivas USA prior to camp.

  73. rob says:

    deleted “whould”. What is that? Bet on me to go back to first grade to learn how to write.

  74. Sergio of SF says:

    He looked pretty good against Salt Lake as a sub right before camp. Plus you don’t know how he’s been during camp.

  75. ShaggyReAL says:

    I’ll be stoked if we don’t give up a PK or a Red card.

    GL findley

  76. Jon says:

    I wonder if Bradley sees Gomez as his “super sub” at the WC and that’s why he’ll be bringing him in as a sub tonight?

  77. max says:

    Klinsmannn making an appearance, future coach of the USA. Kidding…right?

  78. Samuel Adams says:

    Make it a drinking game. “Always a good choice”

  79. ShaggyReAL says:

    If we didn’t have ching who would we have to dive in the box trying to get weak PK’s? seriously, No one has skills like that on this team. We need him.

  80. Ed Dog says:

    my b..b..brain is b..b..broken!

  81. Kyle says:

    I really see this could become a holden vs beasley for a starting wing spot. Whichever one makes it, donovan plays the other wing with Dempsey and altidore up front. This is unless one of the forwards has been tearing up camp. Thoughts?

  82. patrick says:

    I dont think torres’ spot was ever in doubt, and the whispers about buddle’s fitness makes this entirely possible. I’m not buying the goodson thing though

  83. wildchild says:

    that’s a lot of brothas in the starting lineup… we takin over soccer too! ;-) haha

  84. war says:

    I hope no one needs to drive tonight. They might be 2X the legal limit. Wouldn’t ives would need to agree? The fact that the Czechs have no Baros or Rosicky may make things easier, and worse for JB when he gets burned by scrubs

  85. Jon says:

    Honestly, I can’t believe no one has proposed this starting line up yet.

    Howard
    Spector Gooch DeMerit Boca

    Clark Bradley Edu
    Donovan Dempsey
    Altidore

  86. Texar says:

    I agree JpJ, I believe that changing the jersey design is very bad for branding. I also think that the curreent US soccer federation logo is horrible. They just need to remove the ball from it too make it look less childish.

  87. Austin says:

    nvm that

  88. Sergio of SF says:

    That is just horrible.

  89. Jon says:

    care to give a reason?

  90. Betinho says:

    Excited to see from the starters:

    Edu with Torres

    Edson Buddle

    Beasley

    Gooch

  91. patrick says:

    It’s attractive, no doubt, but we have never, and will never under bob bradley, play a 4-3-2-1. Plus, altidore doesn’t play well up top by himself.

  92. Kyle says:

    I do think that gets most of our best 11 on the field, but I would replace Clark with Stu (he has proved he can play center mid and his vision and distribution are better). I also don’t think having the best 11 necessarily equates to having the best team on the field (in my best Bob Bradley impression)

  93. ShaggyReAL says:

    Is it legal to use both Howard and Guzan in goal? That would sure up our defense in a hurry.

  94. ShaggyReAL says:

    I’d like to see Torres and Gomez. I’ve only seen highlights of these guys on youtube.

  95. Sergio of SF says:

    Yeah, what Kyle said. Plus I think Clark and Edu are used in similar roles.

  96. Jennifer says:

    Man, Stevie C looks extra small next to Cech.

  97. Jon says:

    I understand that. It’s essentially a 4-5-1/4-3-3 combo. I just think it gives us the best chance to disrupt the English possession while still counter attacking.

  98. Sergio of SF says:

    So I’m going to get off this site in a few because I plan on watching the full game when I get home, in about an hour. Does anyone know if the ESPN3 stream is up and running, they’ve had so many issues in the past.

  99. Jigga says:

    I imagine Klinsman, with his hand over the mic, leaning over to Lalas and asking: “Who the f*** is Bill Russell?”

  100. Jennifer says:

    It’s working right now.

  101. war says:

    ROSTER ANNOUNCED TOMORROW! IT’S OFFICIAL

  102. Stpauljosh says:

    But that ball is sooo action-packed!

  103. Kyle says:

    haha, so true

  104. Betinho says:

    the home kits look sweet with the numbers on the front.

    No JP Dellcamera…not sad about that.

  105. AKDN says:

    Good pressure so far.

  106. Texar says:

    LMAO! Here’s a quick and dirty version of the logo without the ball.. I dont have the font they use for the logo, so I had to improvise a little.
    link to img203.imageshack.us

  107. Sergio of SF says:

    Thanks Jennifer, you just made my day. Getting off this site now, I don’t want to ruin the game for myself.

  108. Betinho says:

    Buddles nerves should be settles after those first few touches. Very nice work in tight space.

  109. war says:

    play going well until JB blasts it to Cech.

  110. AKDN says:

    Wow, Czech players are incredibly soft. 4 players on the ground so far?

  111. Aaron in StL says:

    Man, EJ’s first touches are mildly impressive while Buddle looking very spotty. Edu would have a yellow by now in SA. Better shore up that aggressiveness

  112. Brent McD. says:

    I held my breath when Gooch went up for that header in traffic

  113. JD says:

    Love the line up. Time for those fringe guys to prove they belong. MB not dressing should quiet some of BB’s critics.

  114. Kyle says:

    It honestly looked like Gooch did too. He and Stu both look tentative to my overly critical eye right now.

  115. Brian says:

    I’m loving the Gooch love

  116. war says:

    cherundolo is class.

  117. Mwing09 says:

    I know this is random, but does anyone know when/where the team leaves for SA. I know in 2006 they organized a bit of a sendoff celebration at the airport. Is it happening again?

  118. Brian says:

    haha gave me a smile

  119. Betinho says:

    leave from DC

  120. bobiskool says:

    Or they’re Alexi Lalas.

  121. Brian says:

    Findley is on the bench

  122. Aaron in StL says:

    He’s looking very good on the ball. If all are healthy BB will have some tough choices to make on the back 4. Goodson has looked solid as well.

    Damn, Buddle just missed Stu on that one.

  123. stpauljosh says:

    beasley looks good.

  124. stpauljosh says:

    so does holden.

  125. Andrew H. says:

    Torres looking good. Onyewu has been fine so far, but he looks pretty slow.

  126. Betinho says:

    Beasley is not going to be denied. He’s finding the game and is playing at a different speed than anyone else.

  127. Kyle says:

    I’ve been trying to figure out whether that is a change in status quo from 7 months ago. He always appeared very lumbering. Onyewu that is.

  128. ShaggyReAL says:

    When has Onyewu ever looked fast? :P

  129. jts says:

    Troll

  130. Scott A says:

    Early, but Onyewu looks more than fine to me

  131. Brent McD. says:

    yeah, the stanky leg Davies tribute. nice!

  132. Brian says:

    Stanky Leg! Love it!

  133. Jon says:

    Edu is soooo good on the 2nd ball inside the box. He has a nose for the ball.

  134. Aaron in StL says:

    It ain’t what Edu, but how Edu it! Nice and scrappy

  135. Dominghosa says:

    Stanky leg tribute to Chuck Deezy

  136. Andrew H. says:

    Maurice Edu is a GAM.

  137. Dominghosa says:

    Oh and yes, Holden will start in SA

  138. Chris says:

    Nice cross Holden!!

  139. Kyle says:

    What a ball from Stu…that service is why he must be on the field, combined with his hustle and great first touch. Good for Edu, well deserved after his long international hiatus.

  140. stpauljosh says:

    edu’s going

  141. ShaggyReAL says:

    Did edu even touch that?? it almost looked like an own goal??

  142. Joe says:

    Edu is so F-ing good it’s a different class with him playing, Bornstein has alread miss judged 4 balls, he is terrible.

  143. bayonetbrant says:

    If someone had told you Edu would be the opening goal in this game, how many of you would’ve bought it?

    Great job to capitalize on the mistake.

  144. jts says:

    26 min

  145. Texar says:

    oh man, I found an amazing pic of Onyewu…
    link to i113.photobucket.com

  146. AKDN says:

    This is ridiculous.

    Czech players are diving EVERYWHERE!

  147. AllNats says:

    funny how with all the inexperience for the Czech team, it’s Cech to make the error that gives up the goal.

  148. Andrew H. says:

    Maurice Edu should start over Clark. Edu is REALLY good when healthy.

  149. Brueggcj says:

    Edu > Clark

  150. rob says:

    that beach ball in the stands is making me nervous. It might confuse JB.

  151. Betinho says:

    hahaha…I bet you’ve just been waiting to post the Bornstien comment. Way to seize the opportuniity!

  152. Brent McD. says:

    Steve really Cherundolo’d that little “scoop pass”

  153. Jon says:

    Don’t agree. If Donovan is on the field he takes that free kick.

  154. Brueggcj says:

    Still having issues scoring/creating chances in the run of play.

  155. jts says:

    Opportunistic goal

    Holden looking really good

  156. Brian says:

    Who’s hurt? Who’s on the sideline?

  157. AllNats says:

    wow, we are still with 10 men

  158. Aaron in StL says:

    Hope Buddle gets back in. He deserves to finish this opportunity on the field if he can

  159. ShaggyReAL says:

    his play or his highlights?

  160. max says:

    Holden good on set pieces. England couldn’t defend them. It’s Gomez magic!

  161. ShaggyReAL says:

    That was baaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!

  162. Brent McD. says:

    unmarked Czech player misses the goal from next to the penalty spot. against a good team, that’s an easy goal

  163. Brueggcj says:

    How fast is Bornstein honestly, because every other aspect of his game is lacking. He offers zero going forward and his positioning is consistently suspect.

  164. Jon says:

    He should…looks like he was cut and got blood on his jersey and had to switch shirts.

  165. Aaron in StL says:

    Deuce rocking a semi-hawk there?

  166. AKDN says:

    Bornstein is playing his way off the plane, and I am happy.

  167. Aaron in StL says:

    HIs passing blows. At least Pearce can provide a good service into the area when he gets up

  168. Andrew H. says:

    Jonathan Bornstein has completed more passes to the Czechs than the U.S. Maurice Edu is dominating midfield though.

  169. bayonetbrant says:

    I still think “Cherundolo” would make a great verb….

    “He Cherundoloed his way down the flank and played a beautiful cross to the middle” or “As the speedy winger tried to skate by, the defense Cherundoloed right into him for a foul”.

    Whaddaya think?

  170. war says:

    Bornstein is so trash. Does Boca need to be eating like Fat Bast- with an ab injury and a hernia?

  171. Brian says:

    Bornstein? What the eff? Lol

  172. AKDN says:

    Does Czech know this is a friendly? Some cheap tackles.

  173. AKDN says:

    WHAT THE HELL IS BORNSTEIN DOING

  174. ShaggyReAL says:

    I’ll agree. Bye Bye JB

  175. Yo MTV Raps says:

    God that was terrible by Bornstein.

  176. Andrew H. says:

    Can Bradley sub Bornstein now? He doesn’t even look fast.

  177. Texar says:

    Eddie J. seems to be confuse of where he is. Buddle looks much more confident and in the zone. Would like to see Buddle and Gomez on the 2nd half.

  178. Jon says:

    What is with the USA and bald keepers? Guzan, Howard, Friedel, Hahnemen, Keller?

  179. jts says:

    not a fan of the highlights- looks like a college freshman rebelling aginast his parents

    so…..his play

  180. Betinho says:

    ok ok…everyone hates Bornstein. Let’s give it a rest already

  181. AKDN says:

    Radiation poisoning from where we breed them.

  182. rob says:

    I’m glad we didn’t make a JB mistake drinking game.

  183. Joamiq says:

    Bornstein is not giving me any kind of confidence. I’m about ready to hand the starting LB spot to Boca.

  184. Aaron in StL says:

    Loving the sense of urgency we’re kicking this warm-up campaign off with. A much better precedent being set than in 2006. Our depth is playing great, and Johnny Bornstein shouldn’t see the field in SA if he makes it on the plane. Pathetic.

  185. AKDN says:

    Finally, a card.

    There are some very brash challenges coming at the US players.

  186. Jon says:

    Oh I just figured after a goalie with the ultimate hair (Meola) we had to make up some.

  187. AKDN says:

    Again, a cheap shot from behind on Beasley.

  188. Brent McD. says:

    Bornstein repeatedly leaving acres of space on his side. What’s up with that???

  189. jpc says:

    Buddle, Beasley, Torres, Holden and Edu all look good so far…

    Bornstein doesn’t look good at all…

    EJ needs more time on the ball, but hasn’t looked bad

  190. Jennifer says:

    I’m for it.

  191. Aaron in StL says:

    Still 60 minutes left, at least 10 with Borneo. Won’t ever stop, especially he likely makes the 23

  192. Andrew H. says:

    Our d needs to get back quicker on the free kick.

  193. AllNats says:

    On an unrelated note, I have warmed to these jerseys now that I see them on. I think they look great

  194. war says:

    JB with another errant pass. I think I’ll start numbering them now. That’s about 4.

  195. Joe says:

    Can you imagine how good we would look with Edu and Jones holding down the mid with Donavan Beasley Holden Dempsey and Jozy running off them. It’s a shame that Jones couldn’t recover. you wouldn’t need the coaches son playing because you have two defensive mids with vision holding down the middle of the field keeping shape and preventing counters. If Bornstien goes to SA bradley should be fired on the spot he can’t defend bigger faster players and in SA they will all be bigger and faster then him.

  196. Aaron in StL says:

    Dolo just used his left foot….can he be a LB option??

  197. Brent McD. says:

    typical EJ offside play. he has never learned how to time his runs

  198. Betinho says:

    te vola! the Cechs are hacking it up. to je blasny!

  199. Betinho says:

    Gooch just used his left foot too

  200. Brad says:

    Buddle looks sooo much better than Johnson. Buddle does what EJ has never done. Hustle. Attack. Have a good first touch forward.

  201. AKDN says:

    Who is this US team?

    What did they do with the regular US team that mopes around?

  202. Betinho says:

    LOL! I’m equally impressed. Maybe we are deepre than we think.

  203. Jennifer says:

    He’s used it a couple of times. Then we can have both Dolo and Spector on the field.

  204. jts says:

    I think Onyewu looks rusty and a step off

    Not an impressive showing so far

  205. AKDN says:

    omg this is getting out of control

    we are getting mauled by some very malicious tackles

  206. war says:

    Are we playing Mexico? I’ve never seen so many hacks in my life.

  207. Brueggcj says:

    I hope you’re not suggesting you wouldn’t want Bradley on the field, he’s easily one of our best players.

  208. jts says:

    Agree

    See what Gomez looks like in 2nd half

  209. Joe says:

    Churundalo is a cousin of my friends and with a small bias i think he is playing well. That’s a great battle for RB and thats great that we have such depth in the back I think they both go and both see action. Spector that is. What makes me so mad about Bornstien is he will take someones place who would help us so much more, we know Edu can play in the back if needed so we have options there.

  210. bayonetbrant says:

    We’re getting Cherundoloed all over the place by a bunch of hack-and-slash defenders.

  211. AllNats says:

    lotta chippy fouls of late

  212. ShaggyReAL says:

    or we’re just playing a team that didn’t make the WC????

  213. Brueggcj says:

    I’d like to see Spector in at CB in the 2nd half with the lack of depth there right now.

  214. bayonetbrant says:

    Have your friend pass on that we’re on a campaign to turn “Cherundolo” into a verb. :)

  215. Jon says:

    That’s not good considering how good England looked on free kicks yesterday.

  216. Brent McD. says:

    Onyewu is not ready

  217. Andrew H. says:

    Onyewu’s knee is not healed yet. He has no explosiveness. Just look at it; it is twice the size of his right.

  218. Joe says:

    I’m not a big fan of Bradley in SA one mistake sends you home and EDu and Jones are both better and can add offense while staying in position. I know he adds certain things but Jones and Edu are way more class then Bradley. Because of lack of options he will play and will do an ok job.

  219. Aaron in StL says:

    Gooch can do better, but Timmy gets a hand on that one. Hahnemann might as well.

  220. AllNats says:

    Gooch was being pushed down but he can’t let that happen

  221. manolo carrera says:

    Gooch just got pwn’d on that one. he needs a breather…

  222. AKDN says:

    Beasley just ran twice as fast as Bornstein.

  223. Aaron in StL says:

    A generous estimation at this point

  224. Brent McD. says:

    sounds like we have a pitch invasion. first half thoughts….

    good: Edu, Torres, Goodson, Holden, Beasley, Cherundolo

    poor: Onyewu, Bornstein, Johnson

  225. jts says:

    noticed that….not a good showing from JB

    Goodson looked pretty good

  226. adam says:

    Bornstein is a liability.

  227. Aaron in StL says:

    Definitely doesn’t have his 2002 speed back, but he’s running much better than he has the past few years.

  228. BrooklynFC says:

    Ives you are 100% Beas has easily been the best player hand down

  229. war says:

    time for the magician. oh yeah. I’m up for making Cherundolo a verb. If you can say “ho got Mossed”, you can say “you’ve been Cherundoloed”.

  230. wildchild says:

    jesus christ, which one of these clowns is supposed to be the narrator? there just blabbing the whole time about nothing… i have hardly caught any of the player’s names…

  231. Joe says:

    To be fair this is exactly what gooch needs as everyone knows the pace of a game is 100% different then training. I think your right he looks rusty but for a guy who just offered to play for free if he’s not there I bet he says he can’t go. I want to Gomez have a go I think Buddle is out playing EJ by miles and I think they are competeing for the same spot. Torres looked good which is bad for sacha. Beasley is playing himself right into the starting 11.

  232. DirtyLeeds says:

    Gutted about Onyewu, he’s obviously not fit.

  233. BCC says:

    Seems clear that Onyewu is not ready for the World Cup, at least not as a starter.

  234. roger says:

    does Bornstein know he is NOT suppose to let the opposition run past him????.. and is he really going to SA????!! HAHAHAHA… we are in deep doo doo

  235. Brent McD. says:

    Klinsmann is a good studio analyst. Still not a fan of Lalas

  236. Aaron in StL says:

    More positives than negatives, but if Gooch continues to look like this I don’t think he can be an auto-start. He needs time, not sure 2 more matches will be enough.

    For the most part guys are having some solid play on the ball and look composed. Part will be chalked up to the competition, but I think an increased sense of focus and intensity is clearly visible out there.

  237. madmax says:

    Gooch, Bornstein, and EJ look poor. Don’t understand why Dolo is sending so many long balls down the right side line. There’s nothing there mate, square one or two balls.
    Good game.

    The staff should know whether Gooch has any spring in his legs during training, doesn’t look good barely an inch off the ground.

  238. BrooklynFC says:

    Def say that…… gotta love when beas ran back and covered for bornstein defensively…..

  239. Andrew H. says:

    I can see a really big club buying Maurice Edu. He has all the tools.

  240. BrooklynFC says:

    Yes, Yes, and Yes

    Agree 100%….. Love Holden but Beas is def a better option to start he is so experienced and is clearly showing that he is head and shoulders the best player on the field

  241. AKDN says:

    I don’t mean to harp on it, but this official needs to get his freaking act together.

    The Czech players are absolutely out of control with malicious tackles, cheap shots, and dives on the other side of the ball.

  242. madmax says:

    Ives, “Onyewu misread the free kick and jumped too late.”

    That’s not a jump anywhere in the world.

  243. jay says:

    i hope by goodson you met onyeywu

  244. jts says:

    WTF- ESPN sukcing up to Bono. Embaarrasing

  245. john.q says:

    someone get rid of bornstein and BONO. can’t stand them both

  246. BrooklynFC says:

    Word Up, Edu can start for any Europa league bound EPL Team he kind of plays like Fellani of Everton

  247. Jon says:

    I love how gooch looks good for 44 mins and gets beat on one head ball and all of a sudden he’s not ready. We still have 2 more weeks of training and two more friendlies, not time to start panicking yet.

  248. Brueggcj says:

    Not a very good first half, only chances are coming from set pieces. I’d like to see Edu and Torres with the ball at their feet more, less balls up the line from our outside backs. EJ’s first touch is still terrible.

  249. jon says:

    This choir sounds sweet!

  250. Dazed and confused says:

    Altidore has got it covered

  251. madmax says:

    I agree.

  252. jts says:

    That reminded me- terrible call on Goodson for the free kick that led to the goal

  253. John says:

    It happens to be an all Mexican officiating crew so noone should expect any protection from the referees. Seems like a poor decision from USSF to choose this crew

  254. AKDN says:

    I don’t think it was so much that he was beat, but that he was beat because he couldn’t jump.

  255. BrooklynFC says:

    Buddle to SA2010

  256. Joe says:

    By really big club do you mean the Rangers he plays for. They are a huge club. I think I understand what you mean by big club if you mean a club you heard of. He will eventually set the record for an american transfer. He is young and very good. not to mention he has a natural ability to make players around him better something that has been missing since McPride and claudio

  257. FCD says:

    Can ESPN use the SAP feature to turn off the moronic duo and just let me listen to game noise?

    Yes they can. Will they? NO

  258. God says:

    Bornstein is suffering back there, and if he gets beat, he just brings him down. please take him out.

    I like Beaslys hustle, torres and Edus playing well, Stuart needs more touches but his passes and services are spot on. Great midfield, not so great backline.

    BRING IN HERCULEZ !! well see what he can do in the place of eddie johnson.

    USA !!!USA !!! USA !!!

  259. jts says:

    He got beat all over the field all half, going the wrong way too often. Looked really a step off everyone else. I had posted something about 4 minutes before his 1/2 inch vertical leap on the goal

  260. BrooklynFC says:

    I know five year old overweight paraplegics who could jumped higher

    But on the reals he misread the timing

  261. Polish Wonder says:

    8 out of 11 guys who are primarily defensive players? No thanks.

  262. madmax says:

    jon,
    “I love how gooch looks good for 44 mins…”
    Some might say that but, I don’t think he looked good for 44 minutes, not even 24. He looks uncomfortable, not recovering well, and if he can’t jump, he can’t play.

  263. AKDN says:

    The starters need to play with this intensity. Also, this team is playing with calmness and making simple passes.

  264. Aaron in StL says:

    I don’t know man…he looked ok wasn’t challenged much. He was understandably timid on balls in the air the whole half. Let’s hope he’s just kicking of the rust. Just glad that Goodson is playing well as added depth behind Gooch, Boca and DeM.

  265. Andrew H. says:

    I can’t believe that Rogers is getting into the game. He sucks.

  266. war says:

    THANK YOU! Pearce is on the field warming up. Hope JB was the sub

  267. Mountaineer Pride says:

    Beasley on the plane. Might even start in SA. Gooch is scaring me. We have to be prepared for life without Gooch next month.

  268. FCD says:

    Eddie Johnson looks typical. Let’s see Pearce in for Bornstein. I understand Pearce may not be good enough, but let’s see it.

  269. Jon says:

    He couldn’t jump because he was going backwards and got held down. His fault on that goal was his positioning, not his jumping ability.

  270. Robert says:

    I’m starting to think Pearce may actually be included in the roster, given Bornstein’s performance so far. Let’s see if he can make a difference once he’s on the pitch (if he comes in).

  271. Joamiq says:

    I disagree that Goodson has looked bad. He saved Bornstein’s bacon a couple of times.

    I don’t think Buddle has looked good.

    Beasley, Torres, and Edu all look great, and Cherundolo and Holden look pretty good too.

  272. SBI Troll says:

    Not sure why Ives thinks Goodson has played bad. I think he’s been good in the air.

  273. Brueggcj says:

    I know I’m going to get killed for this, but I really wish the Beasley at left back experiment would have been entertained a little longer. His injuries and goof at confed cup certainly didn’t help.

  274. AKDN says:

    Here is what I think should happen for subs.

    Bornstein off – Pearce on
    EJ off – Gomez on
    Torres off – Bedoya on

  275. Andrew H. says:

    I mean like top 6 EPL club.

  276. BrooklynFC says:

    Based off of the first half…… Dolo needs to be a sub in the WC all those long balls to noone are only ok late in the game with the lead…. Specs needs to start on the RIGHT

    Boca outwide with Beas in front of him and Donovan on the RIGHT sounds beautiful

  277. Jon says:

    Holden’s first 3 or 4 touches and passes were not good…. He had some great defensive plays, and finally got some really nice passes in(one perfect give and go lay off)
    One thing he does better than anyone is service on dead balls. That service into the box for the goal was so dangerous.

  278. Dominghosa says:

    that’s a pretty good commercial. ha

  279. AKDN says:

    Okay, that commercial was funny.

  280. Brent McD. says:

    Torres can serve a quality ball in too

  281. Aaron in StL says:

    Come on Debs, half the guys on the field won’t be going to SA. A great showing all things considered with who’s out there.

  282. bayonetbrant says:

    I could see Rogers making the team as the 23d guy on the bench – he’ll get nowhere near the field, but will have been through it all once for next time around. It’s not like we’ve got a ton of left wingers in the pipeline behind Beasley, and we need to start building for 2014, too. The last guy in the squad never sees the pitch anyway, just ask Chris Albright.

  283. canchon says:

    LD’s Sportscenter commercial is absolutely hilarious. I think the copier could step in as a ref if needed in S. Africa…

  284. AKDN says:

    om sweet jesus he left eddie johnson in

  285. Brent McD. says:

    c’mon Hercules, let’s see something!

  286. Joamiq says:

    Kljestan? Rogers? Wow.

  287. Brian says:

    How did Bedoya not get in?

  288. Brian says:

    No. Ching and Gomez are in

  289. emanuel says:

    Wow just saw a replay of the goal what in the world was stuart holden doing during the celebration

  290. Totally trumps Jozy’s commercial. Absolutely hilarious.

  291. Jon says:

    Good news that Beasly is out of the game. IMO he has earned lock status after tonight’s performance.

  292. war says:

    Herc and Pearce on. Very upset Bedoya lost out to trash scrubs so far in rogers and sacha. Herc can score, but not with Rogers or Sacha providing, or up on his own with Ching wandering around like he’s Neverland

  293. Aaron in StL says:

    See ya in 2014 Ale Bedoya. It’ll take an injury for him to get in at this point with Beas’s form. Can’t imagine he’ll have enough time to move a mountain. Great future prospect though.

  294. Brent McD. says:

    if you watch Gooch run, he is clearly limping

  295. Jon says:

    And Pearce has already had a better game than JB. LOL

  296. jon says:

    John Harkes thinks beasley did “OK” HE IS AN IDIOT

  297. Brian says:

    Come on Pearce! I know I’ve gave you a lot of crap in the past. But you need to win this from Bornstein

  298. NK says:

    Has anyone actually figured out which foot Rogers favors: I’ve seen him described as left, right, and two-footed…

  299. Aaron in StL says:

    By the sounds of it had done that in training. Just showing all of us now.

  300. AKDN says:

    Bradley never ceases to amaze me.

  301. Justice from the Big D says:

    wow you really have goodson not looking good? I disagree. Yeah he gave up a bad foul but otherwise I’ve been pleased.

  302. Aaron in StL says:

    Well you’ll have to forgive him for not noticing, he’s too busy running racking his brain for amazing feats he pulled in his day

  303. Brian says:

    Two guys I’m rooting for right now: Gomez and Pearce

  304. Aaron in StL says:

    Agreed, he’s been there to clean up many a miss (and cleared a few Gooch couldn’t get up to)

  305. bayonetbrant says:

    the “cherundolo as a verb” thing has been around for a while… link to soccerbyives.net

  306. Joe says:

    I think we are looking directly at the competitions, Torres v Sasha The four Forwards for 1 or 2 spots right now Buddle over ching for sure, and pearce v bornstein for a back up right back spot. Is Clark available I want Bradley to see how much better Edu is then all our other options.

  307. AKDN says:

    How is that not a foul?

  308. war says:

    Ching and Rogers have the positional sense of 2 EJ’s…separately.

  309. Andrew H. says:

    Uh foul on Holden?

  310. bayonetbrant says:

    he’s right-footed, but better on his left than most, so he can play the left side. he’s actually pretty skilled with both feet and could play in the center, except he’d get completely mugged to death since he’s not a particularly big guy.

  311. jts says:

    Ives:

    Agree about Beasley

    Disagree about Goodson and Onyewu

    Agree about forwards

  312. Aaron in StL says:

    Anybody think Bradley may be tempted to bring back 25/26 for the Turkey game? He’s going to have some tough cuts

  313. Justice from the Big D says:

    herc is getting after it. nice to see that.

  314. Brent McD. says:

    Ching looking pretty good. Kljestan not so much

  315. Jon says:

    Already announced that he’s naming the 23 tomorrow. Might be tough to go back on that now.

  316. Andrew H. says:

    Onyewu has been beaten back repeatedly on the counter. He is sauntering–I can’t tell if he is out of condition or his knee is slowing him down.

  317. AKDN says:

    I haven’t even SEEN Klejstan yet.

  318. Justice from the Big D says:

    man this czech left flank is giving us fits.

  319. Aaron in StL says:

    Just saying that there are going to be some tough calls. Being BB I know he doesn’t like changes to plans

  320. rob says:

    Some guy in the stands just yelled “hey ching what are you doing”? chuckle. Seriously though-ROGERS?

  321. NK says:

    When was the last shot we took?

  322. jon says:

    Ching’s first touches have been incredible. Great passes, and really good runs too. Impressive

  323. bayonetbrant says:

    wow – I don’t care if it was offside. that was a great shot.

  324. jts says:

    I like the Gomez story and hope he makes the 23

  325. Justice from the Big D says:

    wait, kljestan is playing?

  326. AKDN says:

    it was scored on a header

  327. bayonetbrant says:

    The defense is scrambling because they’re forgetting a basic tenet of playing the outside fullback positions: if your man passes off on a give-and-go, STAY WITH YOUR MAN; if you chase the ball, you won’t get the ball, or your man.

  328. Jon says:

    WOW. Rodgers has to release that.

  329. ShaggyReAL says:

    WTF Gomez. He ran down the field in an offside postion half the time…..

  330. Justice from the Big D says:

    yeah chingy has looked pretty good.

  331. Brian says:

    And….Heath Pearce just pissed his chance away

  332. AKDN says:

    what the hell is wrong with our left backs

  333. AllNats says:

    Terrible marking by Pearce

  334. Jon says:

    OK LB is officially a problem.

  335. Joamiq says:

    Alright, that’s it. Boca is our left back. Onyewu and DeMerit are starting in the middle.

  336. Brent McD. says:

    Pearce beaten badly on the cross for the Czech goal. Harkes mentions that Anderlecht is Gooch’s former club — idiot

  337. Bob Bradley says:

    Welcome back, Jonny B. Bye Bye Heath.

  338. AKDN says:

    thanks bradley

    here we go, losing another match because bradley is a retard

  339. jts says:

    too nonchalant by both cherundolo and pierce

  340. Justice from the Big D says:

    wow the defense fell right asleep. i love gooch, but he’s been really sixes and sevens tonight.

  341. Brian says:

    Gomez is trying his hardest out there.

  342. tz0n3 says:

    Who else wants the talking heads to shut up? I’m so tired of hearing his justifications and past relevancy with the 1950 World Cup. I DON’T CARE. COMMENTATE ON THE GAME.

  343. bayonetbrant says:

    sloppy defending. it just pisses me off. it’s not hard guys – stay goalside and don’t stop running.

  344. Jennifer says:

    Rodgers needed to get rid of it quicker.

  345. Joamiq says:

    Gomez didn’t get himself into position. Rogers had to hold onto it

  346. Jose says:

    I think for players that should want to go to the world cup I haven’t seen much from some of the bubble players.

    Hopefully it gets better!

  347. Justice from the Big D says:

    not that he was culpable on that goal. those were two separate comments.

  348. war says:

    Pearce got burned yes, but JB would’ve brought him down and gotten sent off, so it’s the lesser of two evils.

  349. jts says:

    ???

    the purpose of the match is to see which 4-6 guys he cuts. How is this result Bradley’s fault?

  350. SBI Troll says:

    Yeah, because Bob Bradley is at fault for not marking.

  351. AllNats says:

    This ref is calling some ticky-tack fouls on our boys tonight

  352. Joamiq says:

    Uh… this is a joke, right?

  353. bg says:

    Just pinging the ball around as usual, no concept other than to seize a fortuitous accident.

  354. fcmonk says:

    To be fair, this is the B team we’ve sent out, so you’re more likely to be seeing a bunch of guys who aren’t going to SA. Even Gooch’s performance can be excused a bit since he hasn’t played a match in 7 months. But left back is becoming a major problem. Again.

  355. Jon says:

    Great buildup

  356. jon says:

    WHY? He said it clearly… this is a game to see individuals. period.

  357. Brian says:

    God…I want Gomez to get one so bad

  358. Justice from the Big D says:

    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerc!

  359. Trent says:

    Rogers is playng a great game so far. Much better than Beasley. Goodbye Pearce, Sasha, Beasley, & Johnson!

  360. NK says:

    And that’s why we need Ching…

  361. Joamiq says:

    Gomez has to put that one to one side or the other.

  362. war says:

    anywhere else and that’s a goal for Herc. Rogers is too slow on the ball. Glad to see Bedoya coming.

  363. ShaggyReAL says:

    Hard strike by Gomez, but did ya really have to shot it right at the cech?

  364. AllNats says:

    much better there

  365. Joamiq says:

    This, unfortunately

  366. jts says:

    nice passing in final 1/3

    rodgers touches not as good as most others out there

  367. Brian says:

    Beasley has been MOTM

  368. Aaron in StL says:

    Alright Ching you’ve put in a good 25 so far…I’ll stop the hate. Damn good opportunity for Herc there

  369. bg says:

    And just as I talk smack, HIGHLY UNUSUAL creative ball movement in the front third.

  370. madmax says:

    Besides picking his 23, Bradley has problems at FB and Gooch looks injured. Nice link-up Ching and Gomez, they look better than EJ/Buddle.

  371. Betinho says:

    Ching is good and needed on the 23…eat it haters

  372. Brent McD. says:

    yes!!!

  373. bayonetbrant says:

    WOW. Nice feed by Ching!

    May the Ching-haters be Cherundoloed from the board!

  374. Justice from the Big D says:

    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerculeeeeeeeeeeeeeez!!!!

  375. ShaggyReAL says:

    El MAGO!!!!!!

  376. Brian says:

    AHHH GOMEZ!!! YAHHH! BUDDY!!!

  377. GD10 says:

    YES GOMEZ!!!!!!!!!

  378. Aaron in StL says:

    Damn go Herc! He’s been buzzing around the past few mintues

  379. fcmonk says:

    Boy can Holden put in a cross or what?

  380. wildchild says:

    HERCULEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  381. Dominghosa says:

    Welcome to SA Herc and Clarence.

  382. BrooklynFC says:

    Lets Efffing goooo GOMEZ

  383. war says:

    what’d I say? THE MAGICIAN.

  384. ShaggyReAL says:

    Like Harkes said, praise foes to goodsen

  385. NK says:

    Can we take Gomez and Buddle and Ching please?

  386. jts says:

    some people just can get the ball in the net…

    and goodson continues to impress

  387. Jon says:

    Goodson is a BEAST on dead balls.

  388. AKDN says:

    No this isn’t a joke.

    I’m not talking about Pearce screwing up, I am talking about our midfield being non existent.

    If he cannot tell by now that Klejstan and Rogers are not national quality players, then he never will.

    The point of this match is to be able to tell how certain players are playing. But they need the rest of a cohesive squad, and that is simply destroyed by Bradley’s insistence on poor players.

  389. AllNats says:

    Get that man a plane ticket!

  390. James Franco says:

    HERCULEZ!!!

    (and I dont seem to hear any hate on ching after his play this half.

  391. Brueggcj says:

    Another set piece goal. I think Goodson has looked very good today.

  392. God says:

    AHHHHHHHHHHH !!!!!!!!!!!111

  393. Joe says:

    Not Dolos fault he took away the shot and stayed in front of his man that is a classic back post goal that we are known for giving up. Pearce and JB should be left off for younger better players. We have guys we can move back. Take the best players not a guy who typically plays in a position because of lack of options. Spector could fill in at left and do better then both those guys. Spector, Boca, Gooch, Demerit, Dolo, Goodson. Not sure you need anyone else with Edu able to fill in at the back.

  394. Betinho says:

    Boca – Goodson – Demerit/Gooch – Dolo

  395. Jon says:

    Then you have to say bye to Feilhaber or Torres

  396. stpauljosh says:

    HERCULEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  397. Jank says:

    Ching is lock to make it, he is playing great. I love Gomez’s style!! Much better than Buddle. His shot was great, so close to be a goal and if was placed better easily in the net!!

    As I wrtie this!! Gomez goal!! amazing header to stay alive by Goodson!!

  398. Dave says:

    Mr. Ching, Goodson, and Gomez…please report to the 23-man roster…

  399. aLEX g says:

    Gomez is great, I hope he goes to the WC go Gomez go USA

  400. SBI Troll says:

    Edu at centerback?

  401. Betinho says:

    I agree!

  402. BrooklynFC says:

    Edu at CenterBack….. Bradley may actually know something afterall

  403. Joamiq says:

    Much better than Beasley? Guess you didn’t watch the first half.

  404. rob says:

    Get a head start and go home Marshall. You’ve just been poned for your spot by a mid.

  405. GD10 says:

    El Mago just made Edson Disappear from the roster

  406. Brian says:

    This is going to be a hard one. Who do you cut? Gomez? Buddle? Ching?

    I wish there was a way we didn’t have to take Pearce or Bornstein. Both of them are the weakest links

  407. BrooklynFC says:

    Yes SIR Bradley wants to see if he needs to bring 8 defenders or 7

  408. Eric says:

    Did you hear him say that Gooch’s former club was Anderlect. At least he got the right country.

  409. SBI Troll says:

    I wonder if Edu at CB is the coaching staff showing their lack of confidence in Gooch and Marshall.

  410. fcmonk says:

    BTW: The crowd sounds great. Maybe now US Soccer will put a qualifier at the Rent!

  411. Brueggcj says:

    Edu at CB, lets get a look.

  412. NK says:

    This ain’t going to be a popular opinion…but in that case, I haven’t really seen much from Torres. I’m not sure he’s ready for the system yet-he’s not really a good part of the US system as it presently exists.

  413. Joamiq says:

    Edu at centerback is strong evidence that Bradley is thinking of taking 7 defenders.

  414. Dominghosa says:

    Now can this team score a goal during the run of play?

  415. BrooklynFC says:

    Im not to sure about that……. I think the battle is btwn Buddle and Ching….

  416. Eric says:

    That goal looked just like England’s goal yesterday.

  417. Brian says:

    Uh oh…Gooch

  418. Brueggcj says:

    Rogers is so fast, but so slow on the ball

  419. Aaron in StL says:

    I like Stu in the middle, he’s great at those little flicks. Not the best shot there, like to see a back post. But he’s a little pest in the middle there.

  420. war says:

    Clarence can handle Crouch if Gooch can’t start. I think we’ve all learned that Boca is a better option at LB after this game.

  421. AKDN says:

    Holden, despite that shot, is very very good.

  422. BrooklynFC says:

    Dude you truly are the king of Trolls

  423. Betinho says:

    Boca – Goodson – Demerrit/Gooch – Dolo

    Deuce – Edu – MB – LD

    —Jozy — Ching—–

  424. ShaggyReAL says:

    Like someone said earlier, Rogers needs to let the ball go sooner.

  425. Brian says:

    Edu is looking good. Leave Pearce at home.

  426. BrooklynFC says:

    Edu has great characteristics for a CB he is Strong and Big nd has great distribution

  427. bg says:

    Looking good now, I think we’ll get a third.

  428. war says:

    Who was that hottie next to LD. His new WAG maybe?

  429. Jon says:

    I have to say I think Gomez has a huge advantage playing with Ching. Ching is a great target forward who can pass. EJ provided close to nothing next to Buddle tonight.

  430. NK says:

    I also like someone other than Donovan taking free kicks and corners…Holden’s been ok at that.

  431. Betinho says:

    I’m with you

  432. jts says:

    1. Edu at center back- of course you try him there; that has been one of his selling oints, right?

    2. Gooch is off because that is the first 65 he has layed in 9 months, but it is concerning.

    3. Marshall and Rodgers were always long shots

    4. Altidore and Ching in. Take 2 more? Or 1 more? In any case I think EJ played his way off the team.

    5. When is Sacha going to get in (I know he’s on)?

  433. AllNats says:

    Gomez with the nice little oxbow in the wrong direction

  434. SBI Troll says:

    Why is that? Gooch has just shown he is not healthy enough to battle in the air and play physical enough in the box. If Gooch isn’t physical, he’s not a good back.

  435. Joamiq says:

    This would be yery dangerous, but you COULD take Boca, Dolo, and Spector as fullbacks, and just hope you don’t get more than one injury there…

  436. AKDN says:

    Klejstan is USELESS.

  437. Aaron in StL says:

    With Boca able to go LB (as well as Specs), I’d say it’s more an indictment on the left side, as well as a compliment to the forwards/midfielders showing well.

  438. RK says:

    Ives, that’s Bedoya on for Onyewu…

  439. Scott A says:

    Just a side note and nothing important…I like the Healy/Harkes combo

  440. Betinho says:

    Ching is slow

  441. Aaron in StL says:

    Gotta make some type of move there Herc. Step over or something

  442. bg says:

    Who are these guys?

  443. Andrew H. says:

    Ching: Could you show for the ball on the counter?

  444. fcmonk says:

    Gomez smells that goal. Damn. And Holden should take every corner.

  445. Betinho says:

    is he playing? LOL!

  446. SBI Troll says:

    Ives, for once I disagree with you about Goodson. He is a beast in the air. I wouldn’t be disappointed if he and Demerit started vs England.

  447. Andrew H. says:

    Goodon is heading everything tonight.

  448. Joamiq says:

    He lost one ball in the air when he was stumbling going backwards. There was a much more physical challenge in the air before that where he crumpled his man.

  449. Brian says:

    Major defensive problems

  450. Scott A says:

    Shut your mouth Simple Jack

  451. Brent McD. says:

    Clarence with a whiff on that one. oops!

  452. fcmonk says:

    Well, we are certainly not covering ourselves with glory in our own box.

  453. Brian says:

    Pearce is done. Choke job. Get him out of there.

  454. RK says:

    Fail by Pearce on the slide tackle. Very dumb.

  455. Eric says:

    Well Pearce isnt going.

  456. bayonetbrant says:

    He played there for the Olympic team

  457. Jon says:

    Man….Pearce couldn’t have had a worse showing.

  458. AKDN says:

    Klejstan just STANDING BEHIND FENIN.

  459. jts says:

    My lord, Pierce. Horrible

  460. Aaron in StL says:

    Pearce: see ya. Goodson’s gotta be better than that. Still seeing good things though on the other side.

    If Kljestan makes it, I just don’t get it.

  461. Brueggcj says:

    Klejstan just standing behind Fenin

  462. James Franco says:

    please please dont allow heath pearce near the plane.

  463. Joamiq says:

    OK, Goodson and Edu is NOT a CB pairing I want to see again. Luckily, we won’t see it this summer, barring disaster.

  464. Scott A says:

    This is a warmup to gauge the fringe players. You and your pessimism and your repetition of the word mark can f off

  465. madmax says:

    More poor play at FB.

  466. fcmonk says:

    ShutupHarkeshutupHarkesshupupHarkesshutupHarkes…

  467. AKDN says:

    That was the fault of neither of them.

  468. AllNats says:

    man, with the other position players trying to play themelves on to the roster, our defenders seem to be playing themselves off the roster…

  469. SBI Troll says:

    Didn’t someone say Pearce couldn’t do anything bad that would make Bornstein look bad.

  470. Andrew H. says:

    He totally missed th eone on the ground though. Our defense is our biggest liability.

  471. Jon says:

    Ives, we must not be watching the same game. Klesitan looking good? I don’t think so.

  472. bg says:

    I remember who we are now. We are Heath pearce.

  473. SBI Troll says:

    Bornstein look good*

  474. Ethan says:

    I wanna say peace to Bedoya, Marshall, Pearce, Bornstein, Rogers, Kljestan, Johnson ….dont think that will happen though

  475. AKDN says:

    Bedoya has shown some flashes since coming on, and Kljestan has looked good so far. Could he be a surprise pick for the 23?

    =====

    Kljestan has been terrible.

  476. NK says:

    So who are the seven going to be?

    As of now, I’d say Kljestan, Marshall, Bedoya, Pearce, E. Johnson, Rogers, and one of Gomez or Buddle.

  477. Betinho says:

    I think Pearce and JB have played Boca into the LB position.

  478. wildchild says:

    Ives, seems like Gomez is still in to me…

  479. madmax says:

    I miss Marvel Wynne. Calling all FB’s, space available.

  480. Joamiq says:

    I didn’t say it was. But both of them could have snuffed that out quite easily. It was the fault of the entire back line, plus the midfielders standing around and watching.

  481. Betinho says:

    the 7th (possibly the 6th too)is going to difficult

  482. RK says:

    I think Edu will provide good depth too at CB…

  483. Brian says:

    Marvell Wynne is garbage too

  484. Joamiq says:

    Whoa, let’s not get too crazy now…

  485. Andrew H. says:

    Good: Beasley, Torres, Holden, Edu, Gomez

    Bad: Bornstein, Johnson, Onyewu, Pearce, Kljestan

  486. Joamiq says:

    This, 100%.

  487. AKDN says:

    I’ve seen some good things here.

    Altidore Gomez

    Donovan Bradley Dempsey Holden

    Boca Edu Goodson Dolo

    Howard

  488. Aaron in StL says:

    Killer Twitter combo there: Holden to Sacha to Rodgers to Edu. So sweet.

  489. madmax says:

    Holden looks rusty, Gooch looks injured, big difference.

  490. Jon says:

    Ives seems to think the last in will be Bedoya/Klestian. I disagree. I think we might see both Buddle and Gomez make it.

  491. Jon says:

    I’m sorry, but Holden is not that good on set pieces. He’s 50/50 to me.

  492. jts says:

    Bedoya trying to win his spot late- good touches and energy

  493. Andrew H. says:

    Holden is tired. Kljestan is stupid.

  494. Betinho says:

    I hope so too

  495. Joamiq says:

    No, they both look a bit rusty

  496. AKDN says:

    This official has been pro-Czech all night.

  497. jts says:

    Better touches 1st half for Holden- looks tired now…unfortunate that he broke his leg against Neth

  498. Andrew H. says:

    Bob: Can we play our games from here on out to win?

    Thanks,

    US Supporter who doesn’t care about moral victories

  499. war says:

    that’s some tired defending.

  500. Betinho says:

    Sasha…that turnover…

  501. Andrew H. says:

    Guzan hasn’t looked so good either.

  502. AllNats says:

    well, maybe Edu isn’t the answer at cb after a terrible giveaway by Sascha

  503. Brian says:

    Ehhh…gross

  504. jts says:

    Sacha knows he’s not going and looks like he has thrown up in his mouth. That was bad from him

  505. Brian says:

    Remember when people used to say Guzan should start over Howard?

  506. brian o'rourke says:

    How many times is sacha going to give the ball away midfield? Its so frustrating watching him.

  507. Betinho says:

    That’s the attitude that has put us in this position – just win. This game served it’s purpose.

  508. Joamiq says:

    Edu is probably behind Boca, DeMerit, Gooch, Goodson, and Spector on the CB depth chart right now

  509. war says:

    that’s some tired defending. I think Hahnemann would have done better on the first goal than Guzan, and definataly shouldn’t/wouldn’t have been beaten at the near post like that. Nor would Timmy.

  510. Joamiq says:

    No, not really…

  511. AKDN says:

    Edu is fine, he was fouled too, but this official had no intentions of calling anything but a knife attack on the Czech.

  512. Joamiq says:

    That’s probably true

  513. Brian says:

    I heard a bit a chatter about it after the Brazil game in the group stages of the Confederations Cup

  514. Betinho says:

    Ok…next stop 1pm tomorrow

  515. SBI Troll says:

    Sasha, Pearce, Marshall, Findley, Johnson, and Rogers have to be locks at this point to be CUT. One spot up for grabs between Bedoya and Buddle, I think.

  516. Huff says:

    Did anyone just hear Bradley say with a straight face the goodson impressed him?

  517. NK says:

    Typical Bradley interview…all that I learned was that Goodson played well. I wish he’d be more forthcoming, but I’ve long ago stopped hoping for that. I guess I’ll find out tomorrow.

  518. Brian says:

    To be fair, Guzan didn’t get a whole lot of help from his defense, but I’d like to think Hahnemann or Howard would have stopped a couple of those

  519. reverb says:

    It’s really scary how much of a drop-off in quality there is between the first team (core) players and the others. Sheesh.

  520. Ethan says:

    Forgot about Findley replace him with Bedoya

  521. AKDN says:

    He impressed me as well.

  522. Joamiq says:

    But 50/50 is pretty good for us…

  523. madmax says:

    Who said that? Guzan doesn’t play. There are only a few commentators here at SBI who scream for players who do not play. There aren’t that many thanks.

  524. Brent McD. says:

    -1

  525. jts says:

    Yes- Donovan, Dempsey, Clark, Howard, Boca, Demerit, Bradley, Altidore looked awful

    This game was to see who to cut. Our starters did not lay.

    Check back after Saturday

  526. Joamiq says:

    You know, I’ve tried really hard to give him a chance, but he’s just… bad

  527. Gene says:

    Ironically, it is our defense that looks more worrisome.

    Offensively, I liked Holden, Gomez, and Buddle made some good runs in the 1st half. Rogers also had a decent run or two, but I still think it is a bit early for me. If he continues, like he does, he may be on the WC 2014 team.

    I am guessing Johnson is off the team. Not sure about Klejstan vs. Bedoya or Beasley. I also think that Clarence Goodson may have played himself on the team.

  528. Joamiq says:

    Goodson was fine. He’s obviously not a lockdown defender, but he does a decent job, and what he offers on set pieces can’t be ignored.

  529. jon says:

    “Ching wandering around like he’s Neverland”
    are you kidding me? Ching “wandered” his way into some of the best passes and first touches of the second half. Gomez got his other good chance for a goal from Ching’s beautiful back heel… did you watch?

  530. Jank says:

    For all the Ching haters out there, I think you have no clue. His work rate only rivals that of Donovan.

    I think Gomez should be a lock. He seems to fit better than EJ or Buddle. Although I liked what Buddle brought.

    You can easily see why Torres should be a lock.

    BB’s pets Klestjan and Bornstein should get the boot!!

    The midfield looks really sloppy this 2nd half with Rodgers, Bedoya and Klestjan (he is horrible). Holden has been constantly good.

    Pearce has not show well in the 2nd half, IMO.

  531. CrankyOldRef says:

    Backline remains a disaster-in-waiting. Cherundulo and Goodson looked good for the most part. Pearce looked lost. Gooch looked slow and rusty. I’d say Bradley is nuts to take him (much less start him), but it’s obvious he’s going to do both. Hopefully the team won’t pay too badly for that decision.

  532. Erek says:

    dont be surprised to see hejduk called back and bornstien and pierce go home.

  533. bearusky says:

    correction Ives…the Goal was because oguess who??? yes ppl… Sascha Kljestian who lost the ball. Big Surpirse!

  534. AKDN says:

    Beasley showed that he was the best player on the field.

  535. madmax says:

    I expected a game such as this, but not that the USA FB’s would play so poorly. To me Gooch looks apprehensive, like someone playing with an injury.

    The comments from some that Gooch and Kljestan were playing well were greatly exaggerated.

  536. Brian says:

    I just remember various commenters on here and the ESPN boards saying that Howard should be benched because they were tired of seeing him yelling at his teammates and that he’s out of position too much.

  537. Ofcrob218 says:

    My 23 for USA in South Africa.

    GK: Howard, Guzan, Hahnemann.
    Def: Boca, Dolo, Demerit, Spector, Gooch, Bornstein, Goodson
    Mid: Donovan, Dempsey, Holden, Bradley, Edu, Beasley, Clark, Bedoya, Torres
    For: Jozy, Ching, Buddle, Gomez

  538. Benred says:

    they leave on Sunday.

  539. Brent McD. says:

    I thought Goodson played very well. He and DeMerit should start at CB, pushing Boca out to the left. And either Dolo or Spector at RB.

  540. jts says:

    yes- I agreed with him. Goodson outplayed other CBs

    Before we start driking cyanide about defense, there was 1 or 2 starters in there (Cherundolo and some faith in Gooch). Wait until Saturday before you start leaping off of buildings

  541. jon says:

    “For all the Ching haters out there, I think you have no clue. His work rate only rivals that of Donovan.”

    His work rate doesn’t even come close to how good his first touches were tonight. Plus he had some amazing passes.

  542. nolan says:

    Johnson Sucks!
    Altidore Sucks!

    Ching actually played very well to my surprise.
    Buddle played good.
    Herculez played with a lot of heart.

  543. Brent McD. says:

    Strange that Rico never got in the game tonight. Was he already a lock for S.Africa???

  544. AKDN says:

    my starting 11

    Altidore Gomez

    Donovan Dempsey Bradley Holden

    Boca Edu/Demerit Goodson Dolo

  545. Brian says:

    Feilhaber will make it. Probably remove Bedoya.

    Other than that. It’s solid

  546. Levent says:

    If Sasha & Boreinstein, rogers go to SA and they start, automatic Loss. If the US does not bring their A game Saturday Turkey will dominate time of possession and shots on goal.

  547. alexandria says:

    SO off the bus… Heath Pearce, Kljstean, Bedoya,findley,marshall,johnson,buddle.

    the goals where mistakes, simple mistakes that can’t happen at this level, Brian Ching just showed why he’s on the plane, I think rogers stole bedoya’s spot. Heath pearce lost his absolutely horrible. Kljestian is on his way to the danish league he looks horrible on this level, I think between Johnson,Buddle and Gomez, its a toss up between Buddle and Gomez, eddie johnnson looked bad.

    This game shows there are three guys who we can not afford to get hurt or get cards, Landon, Clint and Michael Bradley.

  548. Brian says:

    Maybe you just got confused by all the brothas that were playing today, but Jozy wasn’t out there.

  549. Deano says:

    For what its worth, Sacha was playing out of position most of his time. He is not a defensive midfielder like Edu or Bradley. Nevertheless he lost his spot if he ever had earned one. Bedoya is a prospect for 2014, He showed energy but he was not one of the better wing players. With Gooch’s obvious injury and lack of height on his jumps, I would play Goodson against England if Crouch Plays. Also, Feilhaber hasnt been sharp since the last qualifiers. He must have had an amazing camp to have gotten what looked to be a bye.

  550. Ethan says:

    and Bornstein

  551. chill says:

    i’m glad i wasn’t the only one thinking this. i find myself focusing more on when the commentators will be replaced than what the team is doing on the field

  552. Andrew H. says:

    I agree completely. I am not sure why Feilhaber and Findley didn’t get run, but I don’t think they will make it.

  553. Brent McD. says:

    starting eleven vs. England:

    ……..Ching….Dempsey……..
    Beasley…Bradley..Edu…Donovan
    Boca…Demerit..Goodson…Spector
    ………….Howard………….

    bench: Guzan, Torres, Feilhaber, Gomez, Dolo, Bornstein, Buddle

  554. Benred says:

    Nah, this team is nice, European quality.

  555. I JIK I RED BULLZ says:

    It’s between Bornstein and Pearce

    It’s between Buddle and Ching

    Beasley makes it

    Goodson makes it

    Gomez makes it

    Rogers, Marshall, Kljestan, Johnson, Findley doesn’t make the team

    My guess is Bradley takes Bornstein and Ching

  556. NK says:

    Where’s Jozy?

  557. I JIK I RED BULLZ says:

    Dude are you crazy Altidore isn’t even on your bench???

  558. bg says:

    So who take’s Gooch’s place? He is clearly not fit, and I don’t mean that his lungs are burning (although the man looked whipped 25 minutes in). Does anyone think he’s eighteen days away from taking on Rooney, Defoe, and Crouch?

  559. I JIK I RED BULLZ says:

    Bedoya sorry buddy you don’t make it :(

  560. Andrew H. says:

    You are out of your mind if you don’t think Altidore should start let alone make the bench.

  561. I JIK I RED BULLZ says:

    This sucks we lost 4-2 -_-

  562. NK says:

    One thing I do have to say is that we played against a pretty decent team, and we only played (at most) four of our starters. Out of that, I’d say three played well (Holden, Cherundolo, and to some extent, Edu). The only shaky one would be Onyewu, and let me say that he was ok. His passing was pretty crisp, and in one-on-ones he wasn’t bad. He looked slow and unable to jump, however. I’m not sure how much of that is knee and how much is rust. Bobbo didn’t seem too worried. However, you don’t put an ice pack on something that’s not hurting…

  563. Eric says:

    Edgar Castillo is really worse than Bornstein or Pearce?

  564. Brent McD. says:

    I strongly disagree. Torres is always very composed on the ball and is one of the best passers we have. He also can provide excellent crosses on free kicks and corners, if Coach Bradley would ever use him in that capacity. He serves a better ball than Landon or Holden. Seriously

  565. Brent McD. says:

    oops, forgot about Jozy. ok, replace Buddle with Jozy. I don’t start the big fella

  566. bottlcaps says:

    Thank God. I think most of the bubble players had thier chance except maybe Findley and Marshall). Now proven that Boo-Boo Bornstein, Klejstan and Pearce can pack their bags and can thank Bob Bradley they were even given a look see. They have no business in this game and in the US World Cup Team.

    My Team:

    Goalkeepers : Howard,Guzan,Hahnemann

    Defenders: Goodson, Onyewu, Cherundolo, Spector, DeMerit Bocanegro Marshall

    Midfielder: Edu, Torres. Donovan, Dempsey, Holden Clark Bradley Fielhaber Beasley

    Forwards: Altidore, Buddle Ching Gomez

    Ching impressed me in his passing, ball handling and creativeness. Buddle work rate, he works both ends of the field. Gomez, Hey he scored half the team’s goals.Altidore. Because everybody thinks he is “real’ good. We`ll see.

    Bedoya looked good,but Beasley would get the nod ahead of him due to experience. Beasley was good too, by the way.Edu, played out of position but should be included because he can play midfield or centerback. Goodson had a so-so game, but got the goal. Marshall because he’s the only defender left chosen by Bradley that doesn’t suck

  567. hudson says:

    Why is Bradley even playing guys like Klejstan and Rogers when it’s pretty clear they don’t have a realistic shot of making the team? Those guys played themselves out of contention for spots during the Gold Cup and World Cup qualifying. The main problem is that with so many questions still surrounding the back line, it’s hard to see how they’re going to be ready to take on England in less than three weeks.

    Stuart Holden looked like the best player tonight, despite tiring at the end. He helped set up the two U.S. goals and played well both on defense and going forward in midfield. If Dempsey winds up playing up top, he looks like a lock to start on the right wing.

  568. bryan says:

    dude i heard that. what a moron. haha

  569. K says:

    The defense for the US was horrible! Who told the majority of them to just stand there and let the ball roll past them? Given the fact that the team has been given one of the better groups, they should at the very least make it out of the group stage, but the team is going to get their butts handed to them if the problems with defense are not solved quickly.

    The midfield can’t keep running back to do the job that defense is supposed to be doing. Beasley looked amazing and was (in my opinion) the best player of the evening. Holden looked very good considering that this was only his second game in almost three months, but needs the next two matches to get some kinks worked out; however, he was by far the best player on set pieces tonight compared to some of the others that stepped up to the plate and also, along with Beasley, wasn’t afraid to give the czech republic players grief, which is a trait I wish that some of the other players possessed because too much space was being given to the czechs.

    Hopefully by saturday the defense will look a little better because tonight it looked non-existent.

  570. bayonetbrant says:

    I was referring to the offside one… at the time I was a few seconds behind on my DVR and didn’t realize it… d’oh!

  571. Rob says:

    Did you watch Gomez scored from a header. Need to watch the game and not read the game reports my friend. Ching was awful.

  572. Simple Jack says:

    We got a result last night, a loss.

  573. Simple Jack says:

    I was right last night bitches. I nailed the goal differential. We will not make it out of group play. Bonus Turkey 2 USA 2. Bookmark it!