Monday, June 12, 2006

Heaven's Gate meeting tonight

Man, that sucked. "Completely justfied," as FIFA's analysis says, but still a jolt nonetheless. They were just so much better tactically. The first touches of our guys were horrible. We still have far to go, as it says on the sidebar of this blog. Of course I was going to be optimistic and pick the USA to win. I can't help it. Although I do find that even though I've waited four years for this, the loss doesn't hurt as much as I thought it would. Possibly because matching our achievements of 2002 was always going to be near impossible.

So who actually had a good game? Johnson obviously, and I thought Onyewu did a decent job. Reyna and Donovan showed some sparks as well. McBride never really got a chance to show anything, and the long balls obviously weren't working. So it was a good decision to bring on Wolff and his speed. But nothing we did was going to work.

The Italy game now is a must win slash death march. I expect we'll see a much different lineup, as Bruce might as well roll the dice. O'Brien will probably get the nod over Mastroeni, while neither Convey nor Beasley really impressed. There aren't really better options on defense, unless you want to give somebody else a shot at left back. Johnson and Dempsey could at least provide some spark, and I think every fan wants to see them in the lineup now. Dempsey has played on the left side of midfield for the USA a couple times, why not give it a shot. Up top, again there's no sense replacing McBride. Here's what I would go with:

Keller, Bocanegra, Onyewu, Pope, Cherundolo, Dempsey, O'Brien, Reyna, Donovan, Johnson, McBride

Comments on "Heaven's Gate meeting tonight"


Blogger Kali said ... (9:56 AM, June 13, 2006) : 

I'll bring the purple shrouds if you make the reservations at Marie Callendar's...


Anonymous Bill said ... (11:57 PM, June 13, 2006) : 

Are you nuts? Gooch was awful!!! It was Mexico City all over again! A yellow in the 4th minute, and he was at least partly to blame for all 3 goals. The first goal, he lost his man, who then scored. The second one came right off a bad clearance by Gooch. The third one was from a pass neatly slotted behind Gooch by Nedved.

Gooch chokes in the big time games. He choked at Azteca and he choked in the World Cup.

Johnson was about the only one who did any good. DMB was playing the wrong position. He should either ride pine or be played on the left where he is best. Let Dempsey have the right wing.


Blogger scaryice said ... (5:00 AM, June 14, 2006) : 

I'll have to watch it again, but it's ridiculous to mention the clearance on the second goal. Unreal goal by Rosicky.

Bruce mentioned Onyewu as one of the few players who played well.


Blogger incendiarymind said ... (1:14 PM, June 14, 2006) : 

As soon as the 4-5-1 formation was announced on World Cup Live, I should have gone back to sleep. That result was inevitable. You play to draw and score one on the counter and you lose unless you're Chelsea. Though if Reyna shot hadn't hit the post and instead went in, we'd be talking a different result. We would have hunkered down on a 1-1 draw and people around the world would be congratulating us for sneaking a point.


Blogger scaryice said ... (8:22 PM, June 14, 2006) : 

A lot of teams are using the 4-5-1. I don't think that had much to do with it. The team that was put out there was pretty much the general consensus of our best XI.


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