Team USA is taking on Belgium in Brussels for a friendly in Klingsmans 3rd game as the US coach......Hopefully they can bounce back from the 1-0 loss to Costa Rica....Go USA!!!!!!!
I did not make this headline up
He is bad. Imagining this team at full health gets me excited though.
No doubt. How can such a fast player play so slow?
He already was out ran on a long ball that was between him and just a defender
He is fast, but his instincts and game awareness are bad.. Also he has some bad touches. As I watched the Costa Rica game from the stands, I understood why Shea was getting interest from European clubs.
I wonder sometimes how frustrated Klingsmans gets with our lack of depth and low talent level at spots compared to what he had at Germany. Hopefully we can develop some depth quickly because the majority of our starters have good talent
Howard's already had a couple nice saves. Nice job not to give up a rebound on that point blank shot from his Everton teammate.
When does the game start? I'm at work and forgot to DVR . . .
Its already half. Tied 0-0 Belgium has had much more control in this game so far.....Game is played on ESPN2 at the moment was suppose to be on ESPN but there was a rain delay on a NASCAR race so they are finishing that up
Per Brian: USMNT = Detroit pro sports in terms of local teams.
For Brian, USMNT is probably his second or third favorite thing to watch after Michigan sports. For me USMNT is second only to Michigan sports.
You can take a Tuesday to root on good ole Team USA its not like the game is on football Saturday or something
myp2p and firstrow seem to be down?
EDIT: its on espn3.com if you get that.
I really feel like we lose a lot of posession on headers during the run of play. I feel like other teams are far more precsise and we head the ball with no real precsision. Maybe I'm just imaginining it, but I just feel like we sometimes can't start our offense because of a poor bring down.
I think that's one of the things Klinsmann's trying to break our defenders of. May be ugly until he finds the right fit.
Also, Timmy Chandler looks good until he has to cross. Then, not so much. It is his off foot but still, something in the vicinity would be nice.
He is not built to play in midfield, at least not in this game. He just looks uncomfortable getting the ball so far back. I'm sure he'll be on the wing/up front later in the game.
edit: I meant he's not built to play central mid
That is not the problem. Altidore is not a player like Aguadelo who will run at defenders. He is being left alone up top with not much help. Altidore needs another player to run off of him. This is why the Davies/Altidore combo was so effective.
This 4-5-1's always going to look ugly offensively if we're struggling to maintain possession because Altidore (the 1) is going to end up very isolated from the wings as they get pinned back.
I think they need to take out Rogers and bring in Kljestan and then push Dempsey more central and forward like a 4-4-1-1.
Like you said the 4-5-1 is going to look bad offensively. Many people think the 4-5-1 is an offensive formation, but it is actually more defensive because of the one striker.
Put Donovan in Rogers place and this might be pretty close to the first 11 right now.
Half: US looked good for first 15 minutes and then got bossed for the last half hour.
I can haz Stuart Holden?
For Torres or Shea?
if Jurgie is so intent on only playing one up front, I'd say for Edu:
Shea Altidore Dempsey
Donovan Torres Holden
<Insert Back 4>
It is going to be interesting to see where Holden gets his time now that he is back. How he preforms at Bolton and at camps will determine, but I think he competes with Shea more than Edu.
The one thing that Holden does well is service into the box during the run of play and on set pieces. The thing that might get him on the field over a player like Shea is that he can play at any attacking midfielder position because of his ability to cross balls with either the left or right foot.
Yeah, I think if we're going to play Torres, we're going to need a midfielder who's mainly defensively minded - Edu/Bradley/Beckerman (though I don't really believe he's in the same class).
Boca. Ouch. Cleats to the groin.
IMO you never take out Torres from central midfield. He is our best deep lying playmaker. Nobody on the USMNT roster possess the skills that Torres has. Him being left off the team by Bob Bradley will continue to be the biggest mystery to me.
Bradley just didnt value his ball holding and distribution. He much more wanted midfielders who were ball winners who could transition quickly from defense to offense.
I would say that Torres has really improved his ball winning since the WC. Which makes him even a better player to have in the middle. He is just so small and really looks like a little kid when he is standing next to someone like Shea.
Ball holding/distributing defensive midfielders aren't valued in the current German system either--the stress is on rapid transition to offense as soon as the ball is won. Everything's quick, as much one-touch as possible, and the ball should never be held.
One of Loew's first moves when he took over was to permanently remove Torsten Frings from the national team--his ball-holding was getting in the way. I'm not sure why that move had to wait for Klinsmann's departure--it was completely consistent with the philosophy he claimed to be trying to implement.
I'm actually in Belgium by chance this week for business. Not exactly Brazil, as the nation hasn't shut down for the game. Luckily my driver was listening to the BBC when I arrived so I remembered to head back to my hotel early from the club.
Tough with the wet surface and that ball was struck well, but Howard could have done better with that.
Well, that looked like it was coming for the past 35 minutes or so. Interesting to see what Klinsmann does now, especially with two defensive MFs in the game now.
I can't watch the game at work, but it seems like he inverted the triangle in the midfield. I think this was probably the right move.
Yeah, that looks like what's going on, with Edu playing a bit in front of Beckerman. The problem being that neither of them are exactly full of ideas when they have possession 30' out. A lot of passing along that line right now, without much going forward or Belgium seeming particularly concerned.
Classy move by Dempsey to create space to shoot. Not so much on the shot.
From the match reports I'm reading it seems like our crosses from our wingers and fullbacks have been off today. Can anybody confrim that?
Pretty much. Lots of crossing, not much danger. Chandler in particular (who's played well otherwise) has been aimless in his crossing.
It seems like he has been pretty solid in defending. Does he ever play on the left for Nuremburg?
Edu's the king of the wrongly waved off goal.
but whoever got the first header on the cross was intending to pass it to someone who was offsides, thus the call. Not agreeing with the call but it's defensable.
They're speculating the AR called for hand ball, but very unclear.
Soccer really could use some kind of definitive hand signal from the referee in situations like that to clarify what was called.
Edit: and suddenly, its an interview with the noxious Pat Forde.
Belgium has a really talented team, Hazard in particular, holding them down and not taking a beating tonight is a good performance.
Didn't see game but Belgium's in a battle to qualify for Euro 2012 right now so the US was probably facing them at 100%.
...but it looks like they started 9 of the 11 that started their qualifier last week (a grim draw against Azerbaijan). Ciman was in for Vertonghen and de Camargo for Lukaku (who both played in both games, they just switched the order). Pretty much the first team.