USMNT vs. Guatemala: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men’s National Team will play its lone tune-up match before the CONCACAF Gold Cup tonight in San Diego with a friendly against Guatemala (11pm, NBC Sports).

The Americans are fielding a Gold Cup squad featuring some new faces, and some old ones, but is also a team without most of the full senior team’s top stars. Landon Donovan makes his return to the national team fold tonight, as does Oguchi Onyewu, as both look to re-assert their places in the U.S. National Team pecking order.

They face a familiar foe in Guatemala that will look to pose a good test, and get their own  act together as they look ahead to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

SBI will be providing live 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 action (Tonight’s SBI Live Match Commentary is after the jump):


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182 Responses to USMNT vs. Guatemala: SBI Live Match Commentary

  1. Rabbit says:

    I’ve never seen first row not have a stream, but they don’t this time. can anyone help?

  2. CroCajun1003 says:

    Excited to see Carona on display. Always been a fan.

  3. chris_thebassplayer says:

    I’d rather see LD on the left flank, but he’ll link well with Herc.

  4. Don't care says:

    Why does Torres continue to get looks? He’s never looked good for the US

    • scott47a says:

      One of the better players in the first half.
      I would say my one criticism is he plays slow. His passing is very accurate though. It’s just that the time he takes to make his reads and slot the passes is not going to be available to him against better teams. He needs to pick up the pace.

    • Andrés says:

      Welcome to US soccer, when did you start watching, the end of last year? Go back and watch him against Turkey in 2010, against Mexico in 2011, Costa Rica 2011 (man of the match according to US soccer), Belgium 2011, Scotland 2012. He was one of the better players for the US against Jamaica last fall even though no one looked all that good in that game.

      Torres is the easily one of the most technical players in the US pool. He should be getting more minutes with the first team. The few games you have seen him, he was probably played out of position. Try watching him for Tigres.

      • Dont Care says:

        haha i havent missed a game since 2006. I watched him choke in a world cup when it matters. Most technical?????? hahahaha not even close. Bradley, Jones, Dempsey, Holden and Cameron are all better than him. Even Mixx looks better than him. There’s a reason Torres hasnt gotten euro interest, hes simply not good enough

        • Andrés says:

          I called you out on a statement “He’s never looked good for the US”. You obviously have not watched since 2006 if you are going to stick by that.

          He contributed very little in his entire 45 minutes of World Cup time but he hardly choked. Bradley had a strong second half but was no better than Torres in the first half.

          The only player who is more technical out of the ones you listed is Dempsey. I will give you the Holden of a couple of years ago and probably again very soon.

          Torres plays for the best team in the best league in Concacaf. I’m sure he is capable of contributing to a decent European team. Did you actually watch him in any of the games I listed or have you actually seen him play for Tigres?

          • Nic D the TX 3 Stepper says:

            He had euro interest on two occasions from teams in Spain. The first major one was Deportivo La Coruna and their was also a second team who scouted h before his drop in form at Pachuca.

  5. Hank says:

    Do you guys think Carlos Llamosa should have been called in?

    • CroCajun1003 says:

      To be fair, he’s behind Bradley, Jones, Cameron, Edu, Williams, Beckerman, and Holden. Don’t see anything wrong w/ him starting this game.

  6. Elliott says:

    wow. as they trot out I can heard the gravel in some of those knees.

  7. paul says:

    so i am not understanding something about nbc sports live extra website. says free stream, but nothings happening. i don’t see a login link, or a ‘create account’ link.

    i am missing something….

  8. ec says:

    Love Guatemala rocking the Umbro uni’s!

  9. Hank says:

    Eddie Pope needs to make a comeback.

  10. Elliott says:

    usa control vs fast break

  11. SanFran415 says:

    Jesus it’s a Landon Donovan turnover festival.

  12. Citronomics says:

    Not even 5 mins in and not liking the Torres-Beckerman duo. Lots of back passes and square balls.

  13. RK says:

    Is this a regulation field? it looks like kc´s old high school field.

  14. Todd says:

    Is it me, or does the field look very narrow? Does it meet FIFA requirements?

    • ec says:

      What’s the point of playing at home if your own grounds crew makes a field that hurts you?

  15. Elliott says:

    nice left action

  16. ec says:

    Hope Holden gets some run in where Corona is playing.

  17. Mike E. says:

    And that was why Donovan was not called for the senior team from a playing standpoint. He looks a day late and a dollar short right now.

    • chris_thebassplayer says:

      Still early dude, there’s no flow right now but it will open up…keep thinking those positive thoughts, maybe Landon will put one in just for you.

  18. chris_thebassplayer says:

    Our distribution out of the back is going to be scary….Beckerman will have to practically take the ball off their feet.

  19. SanFran415 says:

    D^mn I was expecing a Donovan-of-old fast break right there!

    Jeez he’s really lost a lot of pace.

    Castilo and Beasley have been running wild down that left flank.

  20. Elliott says:

    the left is rocking

  21. Elliott says:

    but getting cocky

  22. Hank says:

    BUSH LEAGUE from Team USA so far

  23. Pace says:

    Well this isn’t fun.

  24. Puckhead says:

    Why do they even bring trash like Beckerman and Parkhurst? Add to that list Gooch and Goodson and you have the 4 guys on the pitch tonight who should NEVER don a US jersey again no matter how trivial the friendly.

    • Colin says:

      Parkhurst plays in the Bundesliga–the best league in the world. Oneywu is on an excellent Malaga team, where he goes against amazing teammates in practice on a daily basis. Goodson has always been solid for the USA. Stop being ridiculous.

      • Bobb says:

        You lost me at Goodson has always been solid for the USA.

        (although he was tonight)

  25. ec says:

    Corona settling into the game nicely, most of the best stuff coming from him or up the left. Torres and Donovan badly needed.

  26. SanFran415 says:

    I’m confused at what match some of you are watching.

    We are completely dominating this match right now in all facets with a B team. 70+ percent possession? Good chances.

    Even with Donovan looking like a 1950s truck left out in the forest for decades, we’re owning them.

    • EspinDOHla says:

      If the object is keep-away, we are doing great!

      • Francois says:

        Still think that? Haha you epitomize the saying you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.

        • EspinDOHla says:

          All it took was those 2nd half subs!! Mix and especially Stu made the difference.

  27. Hank says:

    “We’re owning them” … WHAT GAME ARE YOU POSSIBLY WATCHING?!

    Both teams suck. The soaked field is owning the game.

  28. Hank says:

    Spain’s D-team would have been up 4-0 with 9 men on the field

  29. Citronomics says:

    Can we please have a center mid turn and p$$s the ball forward at some point in this half. Glad to see Beas continuing to show pace and positive play.

  30. Puckhead says:

    Castillo is giving effort and running around, but he must have one of the worst first touches I have ever seen. Nothing is within a yard of him on the first touch. And he won’t get much practice, since he is playing in front of Beckerman, meaning he will not receive any service from him.

    • Drewbles says:

      Completely agree. Castillo does not have the touch necessary to play international soccer. It’s like his feet are made out of stone, no ability to cushion a pass.

      I hope the experiment of playing him in the midfield will be over sooner rather than later.

  31. Andy in Atlanta says:

    Those of you with DVRs…go watch how many times Castillo turns the ball over…no less than 10 times

    • SanFran415 says:

      That’s cool.

      Donovan has like 6 or 7 despite being way less involved. Noticed you didn’t ask to check him out on DVR.

      • Andy in Atlanta says:

        Never said Landon was playing well but seriously there was a 5 minute spell where he gave the ball away 5 times in a row. Awful first touch..

        • SanFran415 says:

          Sorry, NBC’s boner for Donovan is making me irritable.

          I think it’s more the pitch than anything else. Really watered and cut short–he plays really quick too so I can see that being thrown off. If you’ve seen Castillo in Liga MX he has a great touch.

      • Landon Donovan says:

        How do you like me now? Another day, another brace…

      • Bobb says:

        Donovan is a god when he gets going and has some TALENT around him, Castillo passes at Maurice Edu level.

  32. SanFran415 says:

    So the goal involved Castillo to Torres who hit a ball in that Corona made a near post run for and Gomez made a far post run for…

    And Arlo White’s comment? “In no small part thanks to Landon Donovan.”

    Garbage commentating.

    • Colin says:

      The point was the donovan’s movement and speed helped stretch the play and get our momentum going.

      • SanFran415 says:

        Trying not to be combative here, but Donovan has not shown any of his trademark speed. He was pushed back outside and Corona moved inside before that goal happened (hence Corona’s near post run on Torres’ ball).

        • Colin says:

          It was about his changing the momentum, not the play itself. However, I see your point, up until then he had not played great. He finished brilliantly!

  33. Mike E. says:

    Not hard to see why Klinsmann said people are ahead of Donovan skillwise now. Dude has been Casper this first half.

    And NBC just claimed he was responsible for the goal that literally did not involve him in any way. So hard to listen to when players like Gomez and Corona are really playing well.

  34. JB says:

    Anyone note after Gomez goal he wave his hand exact like Dempsey “they can’t see me”

  35. SanFran415 says:

    Corona is really doing himself a favor with his off-ball movement. He’s constantly in the right place and making the right run.

    Gomez is, as always, in great position.

    Gooch looked… old and slow.

    Beasley is just awesome. He and Castillo were really causing problems down that flank. They overlap so well.

    The p@ssing and focus on maintaining possession and looking for the smart balls is making me SOOOO happy.

  36. EspinDOHla says:

    It’s like a bunch of chickens with their heads cut off. It’s chaotic. (Except for kicking the ball side to side or backwards.)

    • Judging Amy says:

      Disagree. For a B team with little time playing with each other it’s been quite good.

      • EspinDOHla says:

        For the B team of the USA playing against Guatemala, they should be playing like they are now in the second half. This is how they should be playing!!! Stu/Mix are bossing this thing!!!

        • Shaggie96 says:

          When’s the last time the USA B team played like this against anybody? Yeah, never. Amy’s right.

          • EspinDOHla says:

            When’s the last time the USA had this depth? The first half was give away, pass back, give away, pass sideways several times, give away. Torres/Beckerman didn’t cut it at all.

            No, I’m not expecting a 6-0 rout but up til about 40 minutes, Guatemala had more chances than we did. That’s crazy!!!

  37. SanFran415 says:

    Philly.com’s soccer guy just tweeted this…

    Jonathan Tannenwald ‏@thegoalkeeper 7m
    P@sses per player: Torres 67, Beckerman 48, Beasley 46, Goodson 44, Onyewu 36, Corona 31, Castillo 26, Parkhurst 21, Donovan 15, Gomez 6.

  38. SanFran415 says:

    STU’S FIRST P@SS WAS COMPLETED

    DFJSDKLJHFUHJKRHEJSHREHSRESFHDJKSHF

  39. Joe A. says:

    Nice to see corona playing well.

  40. SanFran415 says:

    Stu is looking swag right now. I couldn’t care less what happens the rest of this match.

    He’s looking comfortable and that makes me happy.

  41. Joe A. says:

    Holden and Disekrud > Beckerman and Torres

    • Citronomics says:

      This.

      Our play so far in the 2h is tangibly more fluid. While we outplayed Guatemala in the first half – minus the chip from Torres – the center mid duo really did zilch to spark creative or dangerous play. While possession is nice glad to see we have in Stu and Mixx center mids that want to play forward.

      • Ben says:

        There is no doubt having Mix and Stu, even though Stu is no giant, was being “Daft Punk” in the 2nd, ie bigger, faster, stronger.

    • Colin says:

      Very true, it was such an instant change.

  42. SanFran415 says:

    Stu and Mix–so much hair style in the middle of the pitch.

  43. SanFran415 says:

    D*mnt I like penalties but that was a huge Keane flop from him.

    Eh. GOLLLLL

  44. Fredo says:

    Landon!!

  45. Elliott says:

    I’m usa but bad call.

  46. Mike E. says:

    Gol!

    On replay that was never a penalty. Lol what a flop. He has been playing with Robbie Keane for too Lon.long

  47. chris_thebassplayer says:

    Stu looking excellent so far spraying it around…awesome to see him get his step back…this is huge for the nats.

  48. SanFran415 says:

    UNLEASH THE BREKKEN!

  49. SanFran415 says:

    Stu is balling outrageous right now. I cannot contain my excitement!

    FROSTED TIPS!

  50. SanFran415 says:

    Are we on crack? Guys are Speedy Gonzalezing all over the place right now. Guatemala looks like a U12 team against high schoolers.

  51. SanFran415 says:

    STUART HOLDEN!!

  52. Increase says:

    Bad 1st touch by Holden but realllly nice pass.

  53. Francois says:

    What a ball from Stu. Oh my Damnnnnn!

  54. RK says:

    Holden to ld! and this isn’t 2009.

  55. Fredo says:

    Landon Yes!

  56. SanFran415 says:

    There we go.

    There’s the Landon we remember. Smart runs. Smart looks.

    Answered the call.

  57. Puckhead says:

    Second half squad with the 5 subs is such a better team than the first half. Guatemala is tired, but this group is playing the ball better, quicker, and with more purpose. Notice who was gone from midfield to facilitate forward movement. Get Beckerman out, and all of a sudden you have offense.

  58. Jamie Z. says:

    Stuart Holden. That is all.

  59. Colin says:

    Fun to see Holden and Donovan playing so well. Need to get both back into the first team fold following the gold cup.

  60. EspinDOHla says:

    Stu, Bedoya, Mix, Shea coming in….what a difference! Starting lineup please!!!

    • Francois says:

      No on Shea, he hasn’t looked very good outside of his cross that will bruin missed on the back post

      • Colin says:

        He looks such a threat, big, fast, and generally powerful, but his final ball and decision making are still lacking. I hope he can refine them at stoke this year, because if he is running on all cylinders I think he can really help our world cup run either as a starter or off the bench.

        • EspinDOHla says:

          Agree with Colin. He still has some aspects to work on but he is a much better option at LW than Castillo.

        • Michael says:

          Ditto… Brek can get down the sideline with pace. If he can just improve his final ball he could provide a dangerous threat come 2014

  61. EspinDOHla says:

    and WONDO!!! got the goal!!!!!!!!

  62. Francois says:

    Will Bruin sucks..shouldn’t be anywhere near this team. Two golden chances wasted already.

  63. Joe A. says:

    Was hoping to see jack mac.. but other then that good stuff.

  64. SanFran415 says:

    Stuart Holden is playing himself directly onto the WCQ squad for Columbus.

    Wow. Dude looks like he was never gone.

    Can he replicate this against better opposition? He’s earning the chance to give it a look.

    • RK says:

      Seriously the guy is everything we remember.

    • Joe A. says:

      He came off the bench for a few minutes last qualifier. This should only increase his playing time with the A team.

    • Colin says:

      So happy to see him playing, besides his bad hair-due i have always been a huge fan.

    • Ben says:

      Stu is special, which makes it all the more sad when you consider his last two years.

    • chris_thebassplayer says:

      Yeah, Jones is probably feeling a little queasy right now. Stu put on a clinic…outstanding stuff…love watching the LD/Stu combo play.

  65. ec says:

    Hard to believe Shea is still just 23. Looks menacing, but keeps trying to play the hero ball and loses it.

  66. SanFran415 says:

    For the love of God, Clarence Goodson scored.

    THE APOCALYPSE

  67. ec says:

    Thanks, Goodson! I was just thinking that I’d really enjoy 5-nil

  68. Joe A. says:

    Well…this is fun lol.

  69. Thebumswillalwayslose says:

    Well, when Clarence Goodson is bossing the penalty area, you can pretty much call it a night here Guatemala. Good lord what a thrashing in the 2nd half.

  70. beachbum says:

    so the difference is the change from 4231 to a 442 with LD up top and Corona out wide, then everything began to change,about 30 minute mark. then 2nd half change of central midfielders truly revealed the issues first half, which were forced balls forward into a packed D by the midfield instead of patience forward but quickness laterally across the field and then up the flanks.

    there is some very entertaining commentary above

    cheers!

    • SanFran415 says:

      I keep seeing this, but the game changed when Gomez scored and Guatemala had to come out of their shell.

      And Donovan has been playing wide–as we saw with his build up receiving the ball deep and bringing it up the flank.

      • beachbum says:

        it’s what happened my friend…and it’s been happening already in other games starting with the Germany game so to me it’s old news

        Holden and Donovan the class of the field tonight with other strong showings too, Diskerud and Herc come to mind

    • Tony in Quakeland says:

      Agree. Game change when we want to a 4-4-2 with Donovan up top. Space opend and the defense felt pressured the rest of the night.

      The original possession oriented approach did very little

    • Bac says:

      Yup, and having Stu & Mixx together being able to play box to box really opened that up.. even though GT was getting tired, no matter… those 2 guys looked like they’ve been playing together for a while

    • chris_thebassplayer says:

      I agree, once we committed another player higher up it opened things up. I was hoping we would have started 4-4-2, instead of 4-2-3-1. This is going to be a fun team to watch…the competition for playing time is really going to raise the overall level of play.

  71. SanFran415 says:

    WHAT IS HAPPENING

  72. RK says:

    glad I stayed up for this

  73. Joe A. says:

    Of course….6-0

  74. Andy in Atlanta says:

    Disco Stu…welcome back son

  75. ec says:

    Nice from Shea on the goal, a bit behind the runners in the middle but they had a play on it. But better decisions from him.

  76. Francois says:

    Stu is the man. What a ball to spring Brek down the wing for the last goal. So impressed with his play tonight. Gonna make Klinsi’s job even tougher if he keeps playing like this. Holden, Jones, and Cameron all competing for the spot next to MB. That is a ridiculous amount of talent in the center of midfield.

    • chris_thebassplayer says:

      Yep, I hope to see Cameron behind MB and Stu…that would be fantastic chemistry.

  77. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Stock watch: Donovan, Holden and Dix way up.

    • Joe A. says:

      Shea was good as well.

      • Tony in Quakeland says:

        Mostly. As long as Shea is asked to beat the guy in front of him, he’s a terror. Got better with his crosses as the game went on. Thing he helped himself, but not as much as the other three

  78. SanFran415 says:

    This was a game out of control, so its a big grain of salt, but Stuart Holden–if he can replicate his past form–is our best center midfielder.

    He and Bradley together with Jones behind them and Donovan and Johnson and Jozy?

  79. Dennis says:

    I don’t think we learned much from this game. Guatemala did not do enough to test the US defense and were unable to defend what should have been fairly routine runs down the side or the resulting crosses.
    No one for the US really did that well, but then Guatemala did not ask much of them.

  80. MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

    GuateMalo. Muy Malo.

  81. Ben says:

    How tragic is it that Holden missed the last year and a hlaf of games from Bolton? There is no way he is a Championship player; I hope he proves he is healthy and they sell him to the EPL in Jan.

    • Joe Dirt says:

      Was thinking almost the same watching the second half except if I’m an EPL manager who needs a quality center mid and remembers Stu’s best year with Bolton when he was POY, and I can buy him for probably less than 2mm why not o it right now if he continues this form thru rest of Gold Cup. He could get looks this window.

  82. 2pac shakur says:

    As good as we looked, and we looked damn good, Guatemala was trash. But as good team thats what were supposed to do

  83. MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

    I liked Breks aggressiveness going forward. Needs more polishing looks rusty tho. Stu looks good..I still dont care 4 Wondo rather see jac mac.

  84. 2pac shakur says:

    Side note, Brek Shea played like a guy who hasn’t played in a about a year. Of anyone on this team he needs this gold cup just to get un rusty.

  85. Dennis says:

    Wondo got his goal and has that monkey off his back. His stretching return pass to Holden setup the cross for Donavon’s goal.

  86. John says:

    Is Shea still leaving for Stoke or is he playing in the Gold Cup?

    • 2pac shakur says:

      Yeah, new coach. He has gotta go and earn impress his new coach. It’s gon be an uphill battle but I think he can do it

    • Ben says:

      I’m not normally a fan of keeping players in his position out of preseason, but to get some real games, why not keep him? Even if Stoke wants him back before the final.

      • 2pac shakur says:

        @ Ben. I think me and you are on the same page, but if he doesn’t play during the season and its a result of coming in to camp late or worse picking up a knock at the gold cup he can kiss the World Cup goodbye.

        • Ben says:

          Yeah, I meant even if they demand him back in a couple of cweeks, before the final, so be it; keep him as long as we can.

  87. 2pac shakur says:

    Don’t know if this was said but usmnt does really well on NBC

  88. FRANK FROM SF says:

    First of all I only saw the second half,and yes its Guatemala, but reading some your early comments are kind of comical. Players that barely play together and have only had a couple of days practice are suppose to play like clockwork from the 1st minute?!?
    We beat them 6-0……6-0.
    Some fans will never be happy unless its fifa13 style and we always win 10-0 against lesser teams…haha.
    Give it a bit of time folks……6 – 0…….a few of you need to call it a night, before you make bigger fools of yourselves on these comment boards.

    • John says:

      I think some will argue that Holden, Diskerud and Shea coming into the game at half really changed things. As soon as they touched it they were looking to move it forward while Beckerman played far to many passes backwards. Others will argue after the first goal, Guatemala had to press forward making it much easier to create chances. Either way the US were far more impressive in the second half.

    • Bobb says:

      It wasn’t a question of “give it time”, it was all about 1. changes in the formation (4-2-3-1 to 4-4-2), 2. movement of players (Corona outside, Donovan as second forward), and 3. player changes (bringing in Holden, Diskerud, Shea).

  89. elliott says:

    no matter what happens going forward, JK has built depth. It may be average depth, but he has choices on skillsets and he can no focus on chemistry. Lets face it folks, we still lack TOP FLIGHT skills in a number of positions. But the program is progressing. Thats all i want to see. I prefer seeing an A B and C side with some semblance of ability than an overworked stale “A” side

    • 2pac shakur says:

      I think all of us can end the debate, Jk can coach. With that said its gold cup title or bust.

      • Ben says:

        Well I’m still not entire sold he is a better tactician than Bob, but he is definitely more willing to be exposed, which gives the players confidence I think.

  90. Jason says:

    I like NBC’s proudction style versus ESPN…but then ESPN have Lallas and Twillman (sp) so, I guess that isn’t saying much.

    • Jason says:

      I can’t spell, I know.

    • Ben says:

      Whatever other sports on ESPN I can’t stand, I actually enjoyed the Bob Ley lead Confed Cup.

      • Ben says:

        *led. apparently I cannot spell either.

        • Jason says:

          For sure. Bob was the biggest positive…other then Roberto, who realy impressed me last WC for ESPN…its a very articliate (sp…lol) and inteligent man.

          • 2pac shakur says:

            Espn works when the Americans aren’t involved in the production, I really hate to say it but its true. With that said Bob Ley deserves an Emmy everytime he opens his mouth