Just under way, the USMNT opens the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Portland, OR vs Belize. Group C also has Cuba and Costa Rica.
Belize is playing 11 back like I expected.
Wondolowski!!! 1-0 USA!
Great move by Torres on the wing to set it up.
"What a classic Wondolowski goal."
Aka awesome poach.
Bro, you stole my kill...
US plays mostly their "B team." It is a good tournament for younger players to show what they can bring to the team, or for older players to make the case for a call up.
The guy below touched upon the benefits. I think our strong showing in the Confed cup before South Africa WC was very beneficial for our team.
I don't know anything about baseball and minor league structure so it is hard to compare.
For me, I care about the results, but also care about the younger prospects that are getting time.
For example, I have been dying for Jurgen to give Joe Corona more time. His tactical on the ball skills and vision is something that has been missing from this team. This tournament also annoys me because the coaches are bound to make questionable call ups. I would rather give younger prospects a chance rather than calling up someone like Onyewu.
It's the regional championship. Mexico and the US are by far the best teams and it's very likely they'll end up in the finals which takes a lot of drama out of the pool play. They have added relevance by making this years and the next Gold Cup winners play each other to go to the Confed Cup which is considered a great warm up for the World Cup. The US is using the tourney to run out the B team and determine back ups and gain experience and chemistry.
Mexico is also using a B squad, but that didn't seem to make them feel any better about losing to Panama last night. The US is allowed to call in players after the group stage, but only a certian (like 5-8 I think) number. This is an option Klinsmann has seemed to imply he will exercise, but hasn't mentioned who. Many EPL players are just beginning to report to thier clubs or enjoy the last of the very short offseason, so players like Jozy and Dempsey are almost certainly ruled out.
It can be tricky, but in general... we want results. This isnt our A team, but the roster has many players that will fill out our A team roster. So we want them to get more experience, etc.
It's a CONCACAF tournament that takes place every couple years. USA is the host this year.
Also, since this game is in Portland, it's a pretty late start, so that may be why someone else didn't start a thread.
Wondo is the Pippo Inzaghi of US soccer.
Great to get a goal early. Dominating these guys already. Keep the pressure up and get MOAR GOALZ!!!1!!!
Does anyone have a link where I can listen to the game online? I cannot seem to find anything that works.
Same here, I've been looking for a free stram for a bit. Doesn't really seem like its gonna happen.
Oh, c'mon, ref!
Note to refs: Don't call red cards on the Brazilian team or be subject to public stoning.
this was an amateur game. Pretty much the equivalent of two street gangs getting together for a soccer match.
Did you see the video?
Wondolowski!! 2-0 USA!!
Header by Wondolowski! Great cross
Goal by Belize.
USA 2-1 Belize
Damn, they score after a free kick on a dive.
Hat trick Wondolowski!!! 3-1!!!
And ANOTHER goal off a header for the US!
USA up 3-1 now. Wow!
I was questioning the decision to have Wondolowski in the starting line up but I suppose I can't complain about a first half hat trick.
Agree on both.
There is a reason why all 4 of his international have come against Guatemala and Belize.
Wondo can't miss.
This "Wondowlowski" guy is ok
Dang. That was a dirty play.
Holden! 4-1 USA!!!!
Good to see him back.
Woo! And another goal, this one by Holden.
4-1 USA up
I'm glad that Holden got it, Wondo was lurking in the area.
Orozco! 5-1 USA!!!!!
Donovan on a penalty kick, 6-1 USA!!!!!!
That was not a hand ball, but I'll take it.
Yeah, but kind of makes up for that cheap foul call on Donovan earlier when they scored.
Good start to the Gold Cup, nice to open with 130th ranked Belize. Their goalie made some good saves, otherwise we would have had more than 6.
Too bad a good Portland crowd had such a weak opponent.
Up next is 82nd ranked Cuba in Sandy, UT, Saturday afternoon at 3:30PM ET on Fox.
how well Holden and Donovon looked out on the field together. I also liked the play of Corona and Torres. Wondo obviously stole the night with the hat trick, finally. Back line was never tested completely.
Also not up on what's what with US Soccer, but if this was the US's B squad, why was Donovan out there? Has he lost his spot on the top team? I thought he was one of our best players.
He took several months off, still not in top orm and might neer be the same. Plus he doesnt mesh well (playing style) with our other top players -- Dempsey, Bradley, Altidore. We no longer need him to win. bradley and Dempsey are out best field players. Zusi is becoming a playmaker too.
To suggest otherwise would be foolish. He is one of our only players that gets the ball on the flanks or up top (when he is up there) and dribbles the ball at defenders. He has scored 5 WC goals, Confed cup finals goal, etc. He has for years performed on the highest stage with the US Men and when we needed it the most. He will be on the WC roster and should be a starter on one of the flanks.
Here's the WC lineup I'd like to see, 4-4-2:
Donovan Holden Bradley Zusi
FJ Gonzalez Cameron Dolo
It's probably the best team we've ever had. Several players that have proven themselves in Europe.
but from the limited experience I have watching games, I salivate over the prospects of the 4 midfielders you list there playing together, especially the center mids.
No more Carlos Bocanegra? Not that I know much about him, but I enjoyed referring to him as Captain Blackmouth during the last WC. Kinda sounds like a pirate.