also... New Jerseys!
pretty sharp, eh?!
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!
Yeah I guess I missed your initial point.
Where are my Jozy haters now!
That was a great set up.
Wow, what a result this would be! Shit's about to start getting real here for about 35 minutes...
Fabian Johnson has been just as good as Bradley in this match. That guy is the real deal at LB.
He is probably the future at LB for us. It is going to be down to him or Chandler because those two seem to be ahead of Eric Lichaj right now.
LB has been a really weak spot for us so it is really great to have young prospects at that position.
Chandler and Lichaj can fight it out for the spot at RB. I love 'Dolo, but he's getting old. I think Chandler could also be deployed as a holding mid if he's needed there. Obviously we have a ton of people at that spot right now. Otherwise Lichaj might be able to play CB. I really like the German defenders though.
I love Dolo too, but he might be too old once 2014 rolls around. We have no idea how his body will hold up in the remaining two years.
When we are healthy our MF is really deep.
I can't wait to see the Olympic team because I'm really excited to see these young players. I'm especially excited to see guys like Gayu, Gatt and Mixx.
Our bench is NOT strong today. could really hurt us in the last 30...
Injuries have killed our depth at MF. Torres, Jones and Landy are all out.
And just think about what a healthy Stuart Holden could add to our midfield!
Hate to say it but there's as good a chance that he's the next John O'Brien as there is he rounds back into the superb form he was in before the injury.
Screw Italy. In the ear.
Go Go USA!!
MB90 so classy. Dude could probably play Champion's League.
No. I like him a lot, don't get me wrong, but he's basically a less skilled Dirk Kuyt. He runs around the field and is useful in clogging up passing lanes. He's a good player phyiscally and mentally, but his technical abilities are nowhere near CL level.
Kuyt is a striker and MB is a holding mid. Kuyt just happens to play as a forward like he's playing a completely different positition. The reason people criticize Kuyt for his lack of skill is because he plays at a position where skill is more important. At CDM it's more important to be tough, physical, strong, and aggressive.
Look at Nigel De Jong or either of the Toure. They don't need to be super skilled because their position doesn't call for it, needless to say they are starters on the best team in the EPL.
The difference between MB and De Jong is that MB doesn't go in studs up to the chest.
You do have a point about techinical skills not mattering as much, but even the players you mention are much better passers and dribblers than Bradley. Bradley is a solid box-to-box midfielder for a mid table team in the big European leagues, but he's not going to get better than that. Similar midfielders for the top teams have a lot of skill. Examples: Song, De Rossi, Yaya Toure, Van Bommel, Cambiasso, etc. All of them have skills that Bradley simply doesn't have.
Sergio Busquets and Xavi are the best holding midfielders in the world. Find ONE example of either of those two guys doing a fancy step-over move or anything you'd consider "technical."
Being a good holding midfielder is about being in good position, playing the way you face in 1 or 2 touches, and controlling the pace. Bradley does a phenominal job of all those things and I could see him EASILY fitting into a CL squad. He still struggles in his own box, but he is a high quality player.
Sergio Busquests is a good player, but I hate the way he plays the game. You are obviously a Barca fan so you might disagree, but he is the worst when it comes to diving.
yeah, i am embaressed when he dives the way he does. But his touch, positioning, vision, and passing skills are second to none. I call him Biscuits when he dives like a bitch.
Comparing Michael Bradley to Xavi and Busquets? Overstating your point much. Xavi is the best midfielder and best passer in the world, and Busquets is also a much better passer than Bradley. They would (and have) run circles around Bradley.
The initial point was that Bradley can play Champions League football. Not that he was better than Alex Song, Cambiasso, De Rossi, Yaya Toure, or Mark Van Bommel.
Bradley is having as good a season as any holding midfielders in Serie A right now.
I don't think the USA looked this good in the World Cup. Outside of some shaky play in the back, they've looked great. Bradley's doing his job as a box-to-box mid, Altidore with a beautiful layoff and using his size to draw fouls in dangerous positions, Clint putting the ball on net, Maurice Edu holding shit down in the back middle, Shea making dangerous runs down the flank, and Fabian Johnson being an actual solution at LB as a guy who can push forward and hold his line.
Replace Dolo with Timmy Chandler and Danny Williams with Landon Donovan and we got ourselves a squad. Would love to see one of the young CBs step up too because the Goodson/Boca combo makes me nervous.
This may be the first time in his life that Kljestan has been subbed in with a 1-0 lead.
last as well. Dude should have bought a ticket if he was just going to stand there and watch his man burn him.
Spector still looks like a skinny Kenny Powers to me.
I'm excited to see this kid
Boyd coming in like Liu Kang there. That's one way to shake the nerves.
Missed the first part of this half, how much extra time? I would say 3 from what I have seen.
Is there anything scarier at this point than seeing Pirlo with the ball at the top of the circle?
Let their fullbacks keep crossing the ball. Their dangerous crosses come from in behind the defense, not out wide from the fullbacks. Their fullbacks cannot cross at all.
Wow. I almost had a heart attack there.
Unbelievable. I just watched the USMNT beat Italy...
Can't say I was expecting anything close to that result! Great win for JK!
U-S-A! U-S-A!! U-S-A!!!
WOW, that is awesome. Didn't think I would see that. Maybe US soccer will be a threat next world cup? :-D
It is really hard to project what our team is going to look like. The Olympics should show us what we should be expecting from these young players.
Even though it was a friendly, that win still feels good
They used 6 subs and brought out alll the big guns available. That was a quality win.
I was very jealous of the depth they had on the bench.
Good game, but not one of the best results in US soccer history, no matter what Darke and Twellman say. It was a good defensive performance, especially considering how shaky Goodson and Boca can look at times. But definitely a good sign going forward.
OK, it's just a friendly, not the World Cup, but c'mon, we beat Italy IN ITALY!
Future is bright.
I disagree quite a bit, actually. Except about Bradley. That dude played a great game.
Edu: 5. Made good tackles but gave the ball away too easily and was lazy recovering into position late in the game
Kljestan: 3 seriously. Dude was ballwatching the entire time and almost allowed an Italy equalizer TWICE.
Boyd: 3 all he did was some bush league junk against Pirlo. Not happy with that altercation.
Spector: 8 Both times Kljestan tried to let Italy tie the game Spector stepped up and blocked the shot.
Altidore: 7 yeah he is not quite refined and needs to get stronger, but he did a good job as a "post-up" forward and got the assist. Dude deserves credit.
Agree about Kljestan. He doesn't really belong on the roster, but got called up because of injuries to Torres, Jones and Donovan during training.
Dempsey has had an absolutely sick 12 months. Has been a lethal finisher
Thought we addressed those needs in recruiting....
Italy pretty much dominated the game besides that one moment
so... do you live in Italy? or are you just a troll who lives in America but roots for Italy to be a tool?
As an Italy fan, you of all people should understand the strategy USA employed after scoring that goal.
Before the US goal, the US had 5 shots to Italy's 3. After the goal the US hunkered down and played good defense.
My father is from Italy
I been to italy many times, i just back 3 weeks ago ! in fact just went to my first serie A game
the usa is my 2nd fav team
even before that goal italy was controlling the ball and had alot of moments
i know in your moment of glory its good and all
the usa's 5 shots were basically all from outside the box
so thats like 24 yards or so
I gave you credit for the win
but not impressed by the USA in the fact that besides that 1 moment, they were outplayed !
I like what JK is doing, and scheduling tough friendlies and all.
trying to change the culture and all. its gonna take time, but you got the guy i think.
But besides that 1 moment, they were getting handled , even if your shots were 5 to 3, they were way off goal and far far far away, even the set pieces were 40 yards off or more. well besides the 1.
once again, congrats on the win
you got the W, it was ugly, and things to be worked on. thats waht the friendlies are about.
Lets remember also Italy didn't play 4 starters
you can say well we didn't play donavan,
it was a friendly, not with anything real on the line, other then seeing who or what you got..
Lets see if you can actually even ever get to a world cup final much less a semifinal..
or will it be another 2nd round or worse exit in the world cup from getting in from a weak Concacaf qualifying group !
stop saying "you" like you're not a godamn US Citizen.
Saying "you dont deserve it, but congrats" is like saying "congrats on getting married, but your wife is ugly as fuck." Just dont say it, because you're being a troll
Your sounding alot like the HOMER Milwaukee Brewers fans here who think Ryan Braun is clean !
Just to let ya know , i have dual citizenship !
I don't know your nationality, but i love both countries.
Know wtf your talking your talking about, cuz you sound like your talking out of your ass.
Like i said, enjoy the moment of glory, but much work ahead, if not your kidding yourself !
just because 1 team has more shots on goal does not mean they are dominating a game.
What were the shots, were they quality, possession, possession time, many aspects, but as BARCA fan you should understand that !
all it takes is one moment to lose a game, even if the other team outplayed you.
It happens in the Beautiful game.
shots on goal 19-4 ( wow 5-3 in usa's favor,at that time huh, LMAO , your educated, learn how to count )
possession time 61-39 %
the team that outplays the other doesn't always win ! One moment of a game can determine everything
also, I have dual citizenship, know wtf your talking about
You sure sound like one of the Milwaukee Homers i see and hear all day here talking about how Ryan Braun is clean.
Then again your a Barca fan, so your cockyness doesn't surprise me
And as an Italian fan you should know the concept of parking the bus and protecting a lead. Mourinho exploited it to perfection with Inter against Barca and won the tie. If you're protecting the lead, you're not likely to increase your shot total. Shot total at the end of this game was irrelevant.
i agree, but up until that moment of the goal, italy was outplaying the USA.
thats the point i was making
Italy had one bad moment, which was the difference of the game
besides that they pretty much outplayed the uSa, prior to the goal and after
those goals today by robben were beautiful, you being a bayern fan gotta be happy about that
Now if only he could regain his 2009-10 form for Bayern. It's been a somewhat frustrating season.
i do agree with the strategy of protection, especially as a team not having as much talent and being outplayed up til the goal.
i'm gonna leave it at that
just more pissed about my allegiance and being called a troll
I been an Italy soccer fan and a Cagliari fan for a long long long time.
The usa is my #2 international team
I am a passionate soccer fan, and losing today stung, but that shows how much i love the sport.
anyways, congrats on the win, and please beat the hell out of Mexico
yeah thats crazy, the year bayern went the the champions final, he was on fire.
when i was in europe a couple weeks ago, i watched a bayern game and they were getting destroyed, and i was like wtf happened..
but today, that england / netherlands game was a real treat to watch at the soccer bar
that 2nd half was great
that header was crazy and with the grass in his mouth
torrent? miss it great win for US. I love USA soccer.