So this is what Jozy's capable of. I must confess I didn't think very highly of him as of late, was wondering why he was up front and Klins had so much faith in him.
I'm not a soccer guy so bare with me, was the goal really impressive? To the untrained eye it just looks normal
Well he is running full tilt, then stomps the bouncing ball dead to the ground while changing direction 120ish degrees and setting up his shot perfectly and finally hitting it right where the keeper can't get it.
The first touch off his chest to even give himself a chance at controlling is impressive as well.
It was pretty impressive. That is not why it is a big deal though. He hadn't scored in something like 6 months, and while the first goal got the monkey off his back, it was really just a tap in. This one he created. The pass by Bradley was really impressive, but it w as important for him to control the ball, and then make a pretty good move around the back and finally rifle that quick shot home.
Gotcha, watching it from my standpoint the pass was way more impressive
Bradley is a master of that little flare pass over the heads of the last line of defenders.
As a soccer guy, thats one of the goals in soccer that looks easy and straight forward, but its impressive to the trained eye. Before I really started watching over sea's soccer, I would have thought the same thing. But after watching all the top goal scorers for the past decade, I've learned that many of the world stars make their name with goals like this. The world class scorers have an ability to control a long ball, take 1-2 quick touches past a defender, and set themselves up to blast one by the keeper. Its sublte, but it takes a special combination of speed, touch, and power that not many guys have. Jozy contains the physical combination, and Americans have been anxious see him put it all together.
I would consider it a 6.5/10 from a world class striker. But with his slump it was worth a 10/10 as it was a major confidence booster. He just made 1 cut and made a nice shot - but it doesn't matter how pretty they are - just that they put it in the back of the goal. It was a great day for his confidence.
I was more happy with his first touch (and the pass) as first touches are what often separates a goal from happening to not happening - Dempsey had some bad ones today.
Then don't click the link about soccer.
This is the dumbest comment. The importance of a confidence boosting goal for him prior to the world cup is without measure. If you don't know what you're talking about, don't post a comment
I'm no expert but I kind of feel like the goalie should have had that one- I know it was point blank, but he got beat short side which is a no-no iirc
Shortside in soccer isn't the same as hockey though. He overplayed it to the wide side a bit, but it was a good hard shot. That's a tough save for any keeper.
I dot think you can see from this angle, but there was another US player making a run at the far post. The GK was probably trying to protect that side a bit, and Jozy just blasted it past the near side.
The move around the defender wasn't as easy as the .gif makes it look.
Is there a better view, because it looks like a good, not great, shot that caught the goalie flat-footed.
At least to my unexperienced eye.
Howard would have stopped it. Might even have caught it.
Uh, no. That was a rocket, nobody was stopping that. The goaltender for Nigeria is the starter for Lille, he's not a scrub.
It was a fantastic goal, a couple touches to create space and undress the defender, then blasted it off-balance - it's what strikers do. The first goal gave him the confidence to score the second.
This was a great goal, and hopefully he is rolling into Brasil now. Great touch, great little move before blasting it by the keeper. This is what forwards are supposed to do.
The dribble to the right with his right foot after bringing the ball to the ground is very difficult to do softly and calmly with a defender there. Nicely done.
Those few seconds sum up why everyone is/was so excited about Jozy. There are players that can control a ball like that, players that can fend off defenders, and players that can shoot the ball that hard. HOWEVA, there are very few that can do all of them.
If Jozy puts it all together...look out world.
The problem is he could be the greatest striker in the world, but at the WC teams will just mark that guy out of the game. If you don't have secondary guys that can score and create, the team will struggle at the elite international level.
I am among the most casual of soccer fans, getting amped every 4 years for the World Cup and passively following my wife's hometown Nottingham Forest.
Anybody have a suggestion for the best (most interesting and knowledgable/credible) USMNT-focused blog? For someone who doesn't know much about the game, it's tough to know if what I'm reading is actually useful.
The Shin Guardian and Stars and Stripes FC are my favorites. Shin Guardian is VERY technical, while Stars and Stripes FC provides a better general overview.
Through Stars and Stripes and the SB Nation World Cup Preview, I found an interesting article by Matt Negrin, who spent a week in Bangu, a favela (slum) of Rio de Janeiro.
Will they announce any results or show any video highlights of the closed door Belgium match?
Or is it a totally blacked out Lloyd Carr-esque event just for the coaches to observe?