Friday, March 22, 2013

The road winds through Colorado






- Greg Seltzer

61 comments:

ewocky said...

Greg, you’re Euro-based, right? Do you (or anyone else) know who owns international broadcast rights to this game? ESPN America isn’t showing it. beInSport has Mexico v Honduras now and had the first US game, but not tonight’s. Anyone showing it in Europe (I’m in France)?

Greg Seltzer said...

Sadly, no one will be broadcasting in France.

ewocky said...

Fiddlesticks! Thanks; looks like beIn will have the Mex game, at least. I’m surprised they don’t have tonight’s though since they have all the others afaict (and have 8 channels to broadcast on).

Jamie said...

When I was living in Czech Republic, I was always able to find an internet feed showing the match, either on FirstRow or MyP2P or the like. It's not always ideal, but it's not bad to fall back on.

Jay said...

Wiziwig provides lots of options, too. Good luck getting the game!

BTM said...

"Only three points separate leaders and Honduras and the national team"

Hahaha, great spin, guys.

dikranovich said...

Actually four points after Honduras picked up a point against Mexico. Mighty Mexico is on two points after two game

dikranovich said...

DMB at lb and Cameron on the right. Goodson and gonzo in the middle.

Deuce zusi jones, and junior in mid.

Jozy and Gomez up top

ewocky said...

@Jamie and Jay
"Good luck getting the game!”

Oh, I’ll definitely be watching a stream... I’d just prefer, a TV broadcast. I’d be more than willing to pay the 1.99 a month (or something like that), that ESPN America HD wants, but appears to be off the air for the evening instead... if ESPN owns the rights, that’s lame.

Myself and several stuffed harp seals (girlfriend has a collection) are already on a couch wearing various USMNT jerseys waiting for it :-).

Greg Seltzer said...

Anybody else severely concerned about the DMB/Ruiz match-up?

dikranovich said...

nope, gomez is going to be right there up ruiz ass. costa rica aint completing three passes in a row all night for gods sake.

Greg Seltzer said...

Gomez will be on the other flank. Zusi is on the left with DMB.

Greg Seltzer said...

Orrrr the graphic had it backwards...

dikranovich said...

gumby dont break

ewocky said...

LOL, and here’s why I want an HD broadcast -I can’t see anything. Did Altidore hit the post before Demspey’s rebound, or was that off the keeper? Replay was shown 25 times and I still have no idea.

dikranovich said...

credit to costa rica, because these are not easy conditions to play in. this is not your costa rica of yesteryear that would not be able to handle this weather.

todays costa rica has players in northern europe and salt lake city. still, the first ten minutes of the second half is a chance for the USA to close this game out.

jermaine jones is playing the beast role tonight to a tee at both ends. goodson is strong and so is gonzo. zusi with a marvelous touch to break into the box.

all the stuff we have been talking about the last several days, its not showing out there in this game. this team is working well and working to grind out a victory, with a very real system.

dikranovich said...

neither, rebounded off of a defender into the path of the texas marshall

Greg Seltzer said...

If you wish to say they are grinding out a result tonight (not that I necessarily agree), it would still be a reaction to playing in the snow.

dikranovich said...

nothing wrong with grinding out a 4 nil victory.

dikranovich said...

oh yeah, monica gonzalez, there is a reporter that has a grasp on asking real questions. men reporters of american soccer, please take note.

dikranovich said...

there can be little doubt who was man of the match tonight, aside from our much maligned coach.

Jolazo said...

RunDMB was MOTM today. Goodson and Jozy played well too.

dikranovich said...

come out, come out wherever you are!!!

Greg Seltzer said...

Beasley MOTM? C'mon. Deuce or Goodson, with Altidore third on my card.

Jamie said...

I thought Jones looked really solid, personally.

dikranovich said...

jones did look solid, and this game was custom made for him.

dmb was man of the match, jesus, he was clearly superior out there.

the whole backline performed well, and now we will probably get an edu, gonzo pairing for mexico, which might just make perfect sense.

Jamie said...

I guess I may have to reconsider my positive evaluation of Jones...

Jamie said...

And wait a second...on what basis could you possibly suggest that we will "probably" get a centerback pairing of Edu and Gonzalez for Mexico? Especially after saying the whole backline looked good tonight—a backline in which Edu played no part whatsoever.

dikranovich said...

jamie, why are you mad?

Alex Larsen said...

Goodson MOTM for me.

dikranovich said...

how great is it that costa rica are complaining about field conditions and their fans are crying too?

take it back to saprissa ticos, and get ready for your next game. all the best, and may you end your next game in a tie.

dikranovich said...

dmb had 29 touches more than any other player on the pitch last night. he completed 17 more passes than second place michael bradley. wow!!!

paul said...

Surprised and ecstatic how well Goodson and DMB shut down the left side.

It's good times that we get to debate from a list of 4 to 5 guys who motm was; a nice problem to have.

Bradley should be on the list too. He managed backfield pressure excellently, and it was his run in to the box that freed up Dempsey for the goal.

Jones was a beast, but the stupid elbow foul sours me a bit.

Cameron looked to weakest of the back four, and he did pretty well! WTF does he have to do to get an overlap through ball from Zusi!

For me:
1. Goodson-Bradley (I'll take a puss route and not choose)
2. Altidore
3. DMB

I will say a I am pleasantly shocked from time to time at Zusi's touch. He needs to develop that and bring it more!

paul said...

dik, DMB was a great pressure valve all night.

But Goodson's crucially timed steals and great placement all night edge him forward for me.

paul said...

where are you getting you pass completion data?

dikranovich said...

DMB had 98 touches last night, 37 in the attacking half. 58 completed passes. Courtesy of espm.

heythisisrobbie said...

Run DMB was MOTM. He was spectacular out there, and I was yelling at the lineup pregame.

If he can keep playing like that it would completely change the team. Fab J could get pushed up to midfield (you know, his ACTUAL position) and we might actually have some attacking support for once.

Who would have guessed....Run DMB?!?

Greg Seltzer said...

With all due props and respect to DMB, you guys are trippin'. He wasn't even the best on the backline last night. And none of you seem to want to remember his bad gaffe in front of net that would have led to a Ticos goal on nine of 10 nights.

As for him playing from here on out, fine... on left wing. If you guys actually think he is suddenly a high-caliber international left back because of this blizzard game, I have bridge in the Gobi to sell you.

heythisisrobbie said...

Greg,
If DMB can fill in at LB why not? It would give Fabian the opportunity to move up the field, something you haven't been shy about wanting to see.

Sometimes you have to think outside the box when you don't have Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines at LB.

dikranovich said...

greg, you are blaming dmb for a gaffe in front of goal, due to crappy conditions, yet you cant give credit for success due to a blizzard game? W...T..F. plus there is the whole predisposition thing you have.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ heythisisrobbie: Do you not remember what happened the last time he played left back when the opponents could actually touch turf? I'd absolutely love for DMB to start in Mexico - at left wing. Unless Azteca is set for six inches of snow, we will need a defender there in this next game.

@ dikanovich: I can't fault gaffes because of the condition? Can I applaud good plays due to the condition? Why not just give everyone the same grade? C'mon.

heythisisrobbie said...

Out of curiosity, what is your LB depth chart? This seems to be the only spot on the field that we completely disagree on.

dikranovich said...

no, you are faulting bad play inspite of the conditions, and not recognizing great play because of the same conditions.

i dont know if it is hypocracy, but it is a very shallow argument.

dikranovich said...

1. chandler
2. pearce
3. parkhurst
4. castillo

Greg Seltzer said...

@ heythisisrobbie: That's a really difficult puzzle considering Johnson has been playing all the left back for a year and I'd rather him be up on the wing. It's even harder considering several candidates are out injured right now. As I said, I would have put Cameron at left back last night. If it matters, I would have started DMB over the apparently unfit Shea at left wing.

@ dikranovich: Where do you imagine I'm not giving him credit for good play? Despite the gaffe and a couple times caught up, he did get an above average grade, which was numerically the third highest given. I have been clear that he was quite good. You seem to think he was the best player on the field. In my view, yours is the wild opinion here.

dikranovich said...

i dont think, i know!!!

Jay said...

"i dont think"

Another observation, old hat to the rest of us, that you've finally come around to. Thanks, dik.

dikranovich said...

jay, you unwittingly helped explain the whole problem with the recent sporting news article. so no, thank you!!!

Cathal said...

Greg, I think you're using a small sample size from four years ago to dictate whether or not DMB can help out at LB. I'm not wild about it, but he's older, with more experience. We all thought it'd be a good idea for WCQ 2010, and after a poor showing, it just didn't happen again. But it wouldn't be impossible to think that this time is different.

Yesterday's performances were an anomaly - soccer isn't played like that, so I'm just happy we got the W. I'm not expecting much out of the Azteca, and it's probably not the place to put a guy who isn't experienced at left back (doesn't Gio play on the right? Eeek!), but like you've said, we're more skilled then the rest of CONCACAF, and this is the position with the biggest question marks, so I like the idea of putting a winger at that position.

Greg Seltzer said...

A few points in reply:

1 - I am actually using a sample size of over 10 years that tells me he is at his best a winger. I want everyone at their best place, not switching people all over to plug holes (if even).

2 - I never thought it was a good idea for him to be played at left back pre-WC10.

3 - Putting a winger at left back only makes the question mark larger and last longer. How many left back games have wingers taken up over the last 7-8 years? Those were all games where our natural left backs weren't given experience.

dikranovich said...

oh brother..... bornstein and pearce have over 70 caps between them. certified left back caps.

if a natural left back is not good enough for the national team, and i hate to be harsh, but if he is not good enough, he does not need the experience.

Greg Seltzer said...

Ohhh, do you mean the Bornstein that played two solid games at World Cup 2010? Do you mean the Pearce who has the only two caps (from Camp Cupcake) between the two since Klinsi took over?

dikranovich said...

i dont know greg. you are talking about spots being taken over the last 7-8 years.

i want to talk about the article some more, because i have dug deep and figured this whole thing out, and i have to say, it was thanks to all the info you have provided.

dikranovich said...

as it turns out, anonymous sources are not as highly accepted as you might like to have everyone think, and the biggest issue is a credibility one.

Greg Seltzer said...

Bullshit. You're talking total rubbish.

dikranovich said...

Sabbatoge, that was the attempt from Straus and his non player "secret sources". I think what these guys tried to do was totally unprofessional.

Greg Seltzer said...

Riiiiight... sabotage attempt! Because we all know the US national team falls apart when the pressure is on. Cripes, he did them a blessed favor. And you clearly are intent on eluding the understanding of what constitute journalism.

Your opinion has been filed. Can we move on now?

dikranovich said...

greg, you provided the coverage. the press conference, the jimmy conrad podcast, well, really like he said, it is brian straus's podcast. but this info is all here on your site, filed away.

this story was collusion, between several unnamed sources, and there intent was to burn our national team coach at the stake.

this kind of behavior needs to be outted and those involved need to understand that this is not the way to be a successful soccer nation.

it is one thing to ask questions and demand accountability. it is an entirely different proposition when people try to undermine an effort like was the case with this article.

gosh, if the team was so fractured before the costa rica game, as the article suggest, it is strange that they are so unified now. i guess brian straus will want to take credit for the success of the USA now, but thats just how people are sometimes.

Greg Seltzer said...

What color is the sky in your world? Now, let's talk about how some people are almost all of the time...

dikranovich said...

i just think it is funny that jimmy conrad harps on this point about 24 lineups in 24 games, and he is mucking it up with brian straus on the podcast, and guess what, people out there, USA soccer fans, they harp on the 24 lineups in 24 games also, because they heard it on the jimmy conrad/ brian straus show.

and then when you tell them, hey, coach bob bradley used 24 lineups in 24 games back in 2009... its like oops.

then someone asks what color is the sky in your world.

Greg Seltzer said...

Dude, either say something new or move on. Stop domineering over threads by repeating the same nonsense over and over when you never bother to acknowledge competing points. Or, ya know, reality.