For the love of God, please play Joe Corona.
USA vs Mexico soccer
I'm honestly hoping that Klinsman goes with an entirely youthful lineup, even leaving out Donovan. I want to see guys like Corona, as well as Fabian Johnson and Zusi. This game seems like its a changing of the guard, almost, for the older guys to make way for the young guns. Hopefully Shea plays well, he seems to only really show up for half of the games he plays. Looking forward to this match, though I don't have much faith in the ability for us to win tonight. Mexico is going to play a lot of first teamers, while we simply aren't. Here's hoping we can keep it close.
No Chris Pontius, but plenty of Wondo.. I want a win in Estadio Azteca almost as bad as i want one at Jerryland. Hell of a way to keep my mind off the 1st of Sept.
has never done anything internationally. He has no breakaway speed, a meh shot, and the only thing he really possesses is an aptitude for putting the ball in the back of the net against equal competition. I'd rather see Gomez or Boyd up top. Boyd is the big imposing presence in the middle needed for the wide system we play. The thing is though, we need to control the ball and pick the right pass or we'll get burned with how inept our defense has been. Plainly said we have a slim chance to win today and have to hope for plenty of mistakes on the other side.
Not a huge fan of Wondo either. Not just being agreeable, he just leaves a lot more to be desired. However, I am a fan of Pontius. That's why I was so surprised to see him left off the roster, especially after his recent work-outs and stand-out play.. I guess Klinsmann likes something about Donovan and Shea.. To me it's an awkward coupling. Id just like to see them backed up with some crisp, cosistent passes. Boyd is proven and I don't know why he's not around.. Such an explosive player. Still like many US soccer fans; I feel Clint Dempsey can do no wrong on the pitch.
I can't get over how insanely long/busy the season is for pro soccer players. If Mexico makes any of its three overage Olympic players play in this, that's just being cruel.
Joe Corona is the future of the US midfield.
sidenote: first post since all my points were stolen from me.
Uphill battle. None of the Euro guys outside Timmy Howard are playing. Mostly MLS guys/guys playing in the Americas.
Is there a posted roster anywhere?
Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steven Beithasour (San Jose Earthquakes), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim)
Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes)
It's always seemed odd to me that coaches regularly call up three goalkeepers for one friendly.
I don't know why, but I've always been mad that Beckerman has played so much. I felt the same way about Ricardo Clark. They just feel like the Obi Ezehs out there.
I am more upset when Ricardo Clark is on the field than when Beckerman is. I don't think Beckerman is any better than Clark, but he seems to know his own limitaitons better.
Ricardo Clark seems to think he can pass the ball THROUGH the legs of opposing attackers, which occasionally leads to goals that knock the US out of World Cup competitions....not that I'm bitter or anything.
I'm just still trying to get my head around the selection of Alan Gordon.
I thought that was a joke when my friend told me that he got called up. I would rather see younger guys like Bunbery or Aguadelo get a chance.
It would have been nice to have Jozy on this roster too. He just scored a brace for his club team couple days ago.
Yeah, Gordon was portrayed as the wily, scrappy veteran barely making it on experience and hard work in the Grant Wahl authored Beckham book. And that was four or five years ago.
Azteca is a hell-hole, the Mexican fans are brutal, and all I ask for is no injuries and no hooliganism on our part.
Mexico 3 - 1 USA (if we're lucky)
callin' it. Tough row to hoe.
Well it seems that the idiot who like to down vote soccer threads is back. I accidentally upvoted the "viva mexico" post when I went to up vote every post in this thread. Damnit.
play in person. Im thinking of going to see them play Jamaica in Columbus on 9/11. Anyone else considering going? Any tips on what kind of seats to get there?
It is worth it. I can't really help you with the seating or anything, since I have never been to that stadium.
The good thing about Columbus is that it is a soocer-specific stadium so you wont see the football yeard lines or feel like the pitch is out of place. If you want to sit with the "American Outlaws" or "Sam's Army" guys take a look at their websites.
Interesting line up. I don't like it, too many D Mids in the fold. That and Boyd should be out there starting in a 4-3-3.
USA has literally nothing to lose in this match, why not go for it all?
Because European footy is about to start, so our best players (Dempsey, Bradley, Altidore, Boyd, Bocanegra, Dolo, Tim Ream) are not available.
I agree that we should give some more exciting players a shot, like Luis Gil, but our roster for this game is from a limited player pool.
Hopefully the US team will execute Klinsmann's game plan and keep their heads in the game for 90 minutes. I expect them to lose given their track record in Mexico and the absence of so many first-choice starters, but I'll be disappointed if they panic, lose their cool, or mentally check out of the game at any point.
Well, no Joe Corona starting, but I'm excited to see Johnson and Williams both. Hopefully we can get something going early on, try to combat the crowd. GO USA!
Johnson has been serviceable but Williams is better as a winger instead of defending. Need his speed farther up the field.
Good god -- did you see that temptress?
"Puto" when Howard boots the ball...close call for a goal there by EEUU.
Azteca looks almost empty. There were more Mexicans in attendance at the match in socal, a LOT more..
I thought it was just benches. Looks semi-respectable (minus the fans).
stadium obviously not full.
50 year old place, all concrete... has some nice amenitites for the wealthy. The US fans sit in a steel cage and get spit on/stuff thrown at them.
Like OSU without US law and a really large amount of cultural hate. Also its 350 US fans v. 105K+whoever pays cash to squeeze in at the gate.
Those are basically home games for Mexico.
Not to belabor the obvious, but there might actually be more Mexicans in SoCal than in many parts of Mexico proper.
Back line was solid for the most part, being as makeshift as it is. Biggest problem at half? Finding a way to control possession for more than a minute at a time. Also need to close down the easy passing lanes in the defensive third. All in all a solid half for a side without a lot of the top players.
Big free kick now. Stand up!
Thumbs up: Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Luis Castillo
Thumbs down: Kyle Beckerman, Jermaine Jones, Jose Torres
Beckerman tends to have thumbs down games. I can't even remember the last time he had a thumbs sideways (neutral) game. When you see his touches you can tell why he is still in the MLS.
GREAT build-up play by Brek Shea,
every time I give up on him he reminds me that he still exists!
U-S-A! U-S-A!! U-S-A!!!
Great run of play right there.
Headline: Estadio Azteca Crumbles in 2012
Yeah that was a terrible call by the ref.
On the verge of history. Hold on for 6 more minutes!
Shit, that was close.
I <3 Tim Howard
that stop by Howard was right at the end of the "Big 5" Can't possibly quntify the importance of that save
Finally!! Joe Benny.
Holy shit, Howard....
A BEAST!!!!!!!!!! WOW
Let's win this game!
Remember the Alamo and forget Chicharito!
OMG WE WON IN AZTECA!!!!
INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!! USA USA USA USA USA USA USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Very pretty goal, too.
Big day for the US men's soccer team
Brazil is next lol
the streaks are bound to be broken. great team win for USA!
Klinsman literally stole the words right of my mouth.
What else can you say but...
USA USA USA...
and hope this will put us on a streak of good play. Brek Shea's buildup was brilliant and luckily we smashed it home. Howard was playing like a man possessed for the last 10 minutes. Good result and always good to break a bad streak.
Why doesn't Shea start every game? He seems to really bring a spark on offense that no one else on the US team brings.
He's had a terrible year so far. Some of this is his fault (not a lot of maturity in some ways), but a lot is FC Dallas' fault--he's surrounded by terrible teammates and a whiny martinet of a coach.
Showered with beer by angry Mexican fans as USA win at Azteca for first time I think it was beer anyway.
Historic win. Great defense. Didn't think USA would pull it off and they did that was a great match to watch.
It was ugly. The USA definately did not deserve that win, but I will take it. First win at Estadio Azteca; very cool.
soccer is a sport where you can control the game, make 1 mistake, and lose.
To say that the US didn't deserve the win is ignorant and stinks of horse shit. We played great defense (especially Geoff Cameron), Tim Howard made career-highlight saves, and Brek Shea made a phenomal play on the wing that led to a goal.
We didn't control the game, but we earned that W.
Can they do something about those damn green lasers that they keep pointing in Howards eye? Or is that his inner Hulk coming out?
That was such bullshit by a bunch of putos. May they blind themselves with their own lasers. So glad we won.
I suppose FIFA could fine the Mexican soccer federation, which could put pressure on the stadium to do something.
From USSoccer.com quotes:
U.S. goalkeeper TIM HOWARD On the distractions created by the crowd:
I think it's the less you pay attention the better. If you start calling attention to it, it seems like more lasers come out. Trying to get them to stop would be futile. It's part of the game now, you hope that the stadium and FIFA do something about it, but we don't expect it and just get on with it.