Sunday, June 21, 2009

USA - Semifinalists... yes, that reads correctly


Well, whaddya know?!

The USMNT has pulled off a small miracle by rallying in game three to advance to the Confederations Cup semifinals by topping Egypt 3-0. Combined with Italy's 3-0 loss to Brazil, the Americans proceed from group play despite losing their first two games by a combined 6-1 tally.

All the video clips and such still to come. Catch your breaths, folks, the tourney continues with a Wednesday date against runaway world #1 Spain...






- Greg Seltzer

20 comments:

Krista said...

This is just awesome! I wish more of my friends were soccer fans cuz they just dont get why I'm soooooo excited and proud right now! :)

AdamTheRed said...

We also get a Sunday match NO MATTER WHAT!

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Krista: Sounds like you may need to throw a little midweek party, get those friends over for the game with Spain.

@ Adam: Truedat. There is a third place game. IIRC we finished third in 1999.

Alex said...

I am so happy right now. The backline looked really good, Guzan too. It will be interesting to see if they go with Howard or Guzan this week. It seemed like Onyewu won every ball this game...I'm jacked!!

Greg Seltzer said...

I thought the center backs were fantastic. However, I thought Bornstein was rather sub-par again and Spector, despite the one terrific cross and a very big late clearance, had easily his worst outing of the three.

WhereEaglesDare said...

There is a third place game at the confed cup?

Evan said...

he catches too much crap from american fans, but pearce is way too good of a player to not be starting for us.

greg, again, get him to a team in the netherlands.

i will take the advance, though i dont feel great about it.

Greg Seltzer said...

Indeed, there is.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Evan: All in good time. ;)

bhamhawker said...

Greg -

Spector and Bornstein got hung out to dry I thought. For 75% of the game, Donovan and Dempsey showed no willingness to defend out wide (regardless of their work through the middle), and we were relying on Spector and Bornstein to cover the entire flanks.

Spector is quite capable of such a feat, but Bornstein isn't even close.

I thought Bornstein and Clark were easily the two that didn't belong.

Krista said...

Wish I could but I got to work. I think I will have the 24 flu that day.

Yup I can predict those. :)

KO said...

Greg--do you think Howard is an "automatic" between on Wednesday? Think Bradley might stick with Guzan? Or was that a one-time deal for Guzan?

Greg Seltzer said...

I'll be honest, I'm not exactly sure what that was. I don't know if Timmy came up a little lame or if Bradley was giving Guzan a start figuring they were going home. I was quite surprised that Brad was named as a starter, but he did the job.

KO said...

So your opinion on who gets the start is... ;)

Greg Seltzer said...

Barring some sort of injury problem, I'd assume Howard.

KO said...

I figured the same. But it was great to see Guzan get some playing time when the pressure was on. I thought he was a little too aggressive (or maybe not as effective) on a couple of crosses at the end of the second half, but I admit that I was never overly concerned about him.

Sean Heffernan said...

I don't think ESPN is doing a replay tonight...is there anyway i can watch the game on replay besides ESPN360 which I don't get...wahaaaahaaa

WhereEaglesDare said...

I don't know of a way, would like to watch it again myself.

bhamhawker said...

Greg,

Gooch to Fenerbahce? Please tell me it's not true.

bhamhawker said...

It appears to be true, indeed.

I hope Gooch is getting a massive payday, which I expect he is.