2:30 ET - ESPN 2/ ESPN3.com
also... New Jerseys!
pretty sharp, eh?!
I think the United States has changed the tide on soccer. Hell, Americans are starting to believe in them. Never in a million years I would have thought that. Selling US jerseys is a good start.
I hate them. Off-color sleeves? Ew. Should have stuck with the beauty pagent look.
I really don't get the white sleeves. Why not just stick with blue? Or maybe black, like the faux sash. But white???
It was strange kit day in Europe. The Germans were wearing green and the Spanish were wearing blue. If anything, our kit reminded me of Arsenal's.
is a traditional German away color because it's the third color on the DFB's badge.
I know it's one of the DFB's colors, I was just surprised because I honestly can't remember them ever playing in green.
What is the story behind that? I never thought of green as a German color.
The first version that you'll see in some places it's that it's a gesture of gratefulness--that, after World War II, no one would play the Germans for a while. Then, when the Irish finally stepped up to play them, they (the Germans) decided to play in green as a third color as a thank you. That's not true.
The reason is that--if you look at the DFB (the German governing association's) crest, green is the fourth color. (Here's the crest: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DFBTriangles.svg). I think this is the first time since 2006 that the Germans have worn green alternate jerseys, so I believe they're quite excited about that. They're also excited to have maybe the most stacked youth system in the world and I think they'll win the Euros this year.
Yep. What I found while searching is that they're wearing green as the away kit to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 team.
It looks like a basketball jersey, with t-shirt underneath, in the car (with a black seatbelt on).
3-2 USA Altidore 1, Dempsey 2
Three goals against the Italian D? Away from home? With they way we've been playing and Klinsman pulling the strings? Best hope is 1-0 Italian own goal.
USA USA USA!!
I'm guessing it ends 1-1. Also, anyone else pissed that Williams is still being run out as a winger.
Ugh. You know how when you try to find videos of USMNT club goals they all have that high school football camera feel to it? Yeah this whole match is gonna look like that apparently.
Not sure how I feel about 3 DMs. This has ugly 2-0 loss written all over it.
Forza Bob apparently in charge of handball calls
ugh, our backs look as shaky as ever. It's going to take a big game from Howard today!
Why do our kits have dog collars?
After watching countless Barcelona games this season, this game hurts my eyes. Its just not as asthetically pleasing as watching Barca control the ball gracefully. The dump and chase mentality is painful to watch.
When your frame of reference is the best club in the world, you're obviously going to be disappointed trying to hold anything up to that standard.
Barca gets to practice together every week and gets to purchase who they want for the squad. I wouldn't expect this game to be aesthetically pleasing especially when you consider that it' a friendly and the coaches are probably experimenting quite a bit and not incredibly worried about the result.
Is either team flopping when the wind gusts more than 5mph? Then it would feel like a Barca game.
I kid...kind of. They have cleaned up their act after the disgraceful 1st tie of the 2011 UCL semi against Real Madrid. That was pathetic, epitomized why American's hate soccer and Manu Ginobli.
Giovinco would be the perfect striker to pair up top with Jozy. We need one of that guy. lol
Bradley works his ass off to win a ball he really has no business winning. And Jozy quits a run three steps after starting it. Yeah pretty much USA 101 there.
I'm actually kind of pleased with some of the possesion that we are finding. Also nice to see some of the room we are finding up the wings, but these shots need to start finding the target.
I'll say this for JK, he definitely has our guys getting the ball off their feet quickly. Against a team like Italy that's imperative to create chances. Their defense is usually so sound that the pace of the ball will create openings. Kind of like playing against the old Temple basketball 2-3.
That said, we're still an absolute sieve in the back.
Did anyone else here the crowd chanting it early in the match?
Looks like the Big House isn't alone.
That was a soccer chant before penn state brought it over to football. I think it was the Italians actually, but not sure.
Holy shit! You're in Italy?
Dempsey had some pepper on that one! That is going to be one of our better chances for the game.
I finally got the game to stream on espn3. How did we look early on?
surprisingly decent in the attacking half. predictably poor in the back. the linesman has done us a few favors with his offsides whistle.
Stop diving, Jozy. You have no Italian eligibility.
Break got his jersey pulled down there. I guess he was off balance to begin with, but that was a sneaky jersey pull there.
Well I'll take that half. I think you would have to call that a pretty even first 45.
Bradley first half US MOTM. Other than Pirlo he's been probably the best field player on the pitch. Would be curious to see his run totals that half.
Those long, diagonal balls from Pirlo are gorgeous to watch aren't they?
Completely agree on Bradley.
On an unrelated note, I hope Altidore picks up his speed of play on some of these counter attacks in the second half. I'm pretty sick of him holding the ball up and hoping to get fouled.
He is a holding striker though. I guess you just want another player in the game then.
They call him MB90 for a reason. He is a true box to box workhorse MF.
Great article on Pirlo and his affect on this generation.
Did Fabian Johnson start at LB?
I really like JK calling up these German born guys who have dual citizenship (Chandler, Johnson, Williams and Boyd).
We've got to figure out that trap on the left side. Dude with the hair keeps running right into double and triple teams once he gets deep.
WOW. That guys just slipped on the ball.
IS THIS REAL LIFE?!!!
Do you get my point above about Jozy being a holding striker. He is very big and strong and he can use that strength and size to keep defenders off of him like that.
He has been doing that really well for his club recently.
Listen, I know all about Jozy's role. I think you missed my initial point, though. I was refering to a few chances that he missed on the counter attack to link up with Dempsey through quicker play. If you look at the move where he was easily pushed off of the ball, or even the play that he drew the fould that led to Dempsey's free kick, you could clearly see some frustration from Dempsey about Jozy's slow pace.
That was a lovely lay off by Jozy on Clint's goal, though!