Friday, July 5, 2013

What would I like to see vs. Guatemala?

It won't happen, but I thought to share before heading off for a pregame nap (kickoff arrives at 5 a.m. here).









- Greg Seltzer

31 comments:

Jolazo said...

Invert Castillo/Beasley and maybe sub in Corona/Bedoya for Mix and that'll be the lineup.

dikranovich said...

Castillo in midfield, dmb in the back.... lol. Beckerman and torres with Castillo corona and Donovan, and gomez up top. parkhurst on the right, and heighth in the middle.

dikranovich said...

Castillo has to be coming off at halftime

dikranovich said...

so Donovan makes an errant lateral pass in the first minute, gives away possession and goes into a shell for the next thirty minutes. then coach klinsmann moves him to center forward. he might be lucky not to get subbed at halftime.

dmb looks capable as captain, and has shown the extra gear that Donovan has not. had a nice cross that should have been finished.

Castillo, if he had 20 touches, he had 18 giveaways. passed to torres , who lobbed into the box, the ball bounces and gomez pounces.

one nil at halftime. not pretty. now, with the usa team, I look for errant passes that end up still going to a usa player. we are seeing none of that tonight. its a narrow field.

mix, holden and bedoya on, Castillo, torres and Donovan off.

dikranovich said...

well, whay actually happened at halftime was coach swapped out d-mids and Donovan scored a pk in the first ten minutes of the second half. usa is controlling the game now with holden and mix on the field.

dikranovich said...

60th minutes 4-4-2, with the rooster in the house.

Greg Seltzer said...

Gosh... thank goodness we removed Donovan at halftime.

dikranovich said...

3 nil mix to Donovan and wondo follows up, now four nil. mix keeps a play alive, holden with a gorgeous cross and Donovan with a finish that was identicical to the one he missed in the first half. he did not make the mistake this time.

rimando reminds me of the old mexico keeper campos, only fatter.

it has to be said that coach klinsmann is becoming the puppet master with his players.

Alex Larsen said...

boy oh boy. stuart holden??

paul said...

yar. exactly what I came to say...

go stu go! play makin from deepish.

dikranovich said...

30coach klinsmann showed a nice sense with his halftime adjustment, which was probably planned all along.

mix and holden locked it down tonight. I think holden has learned that he has to pick and choose his spots, and he will play more in control of his body.

mix was really a dynamo tonight. his best overall performance in a usa uniform. we get this cap out of the way next week and this young man has a great future. i do believe he has some regret about not signing with Portland.

gooch, has added some foot skill to his game, which you figure he had to do if he was going to play in Italy and spains top leagues.

parhurst is a composed player and looked good, but he is just "a little" in danger of being beat by a speedy player. good team player though.

Guatemala looked a little fat to me tonight, so im not sure how good a measuring stick this is. the gold cup is however going to be great for this squad.

Greg Seltzer said...

If you actually think Mix has this regret, you just don't understand him.

And ummm, Gooch's improved foot skills? Italy and Spain, huh? Really?

Freegle said...

Hey Greg... are you paying dik for his unbiased/objective play-by-play? If you are... get your money back.

Best thing about this game was the professionalism of the players. It shows an improving depth in our pool. They put their collective foot on the jugular of a lesser team in a way that past iterations of our USMNT have (could?) not...See Haiti, 2009 GC; Guadeloupe, 2011 GC; Canada, 2012

Also, In the interest of starting an argument, it would appear that playing in the Eastern Hemisphere (Mix, Holden, Bedoya, Shea) translates to the international game better than playing in the Western Hemisphere (Castillo, Corona, Torres, Beckerman)

dikranovich said...

greg, I can take the hate from freegle. he thinks ryan guy should be on the national team, oh, when he played in Ireland, not now.

I happen to know for a fact, as I know em, that mix was steered away from Portland because his father had cold feet about him being reunited with porter. sr. disk did not have a real understanding of soccer in America, but we just have to give him more time, and help him along the way.

id like to see gooch paired with besler. that could be a real dynamic duo.

Greg Seltzer said...

You know for a fact, huh? Hilarious.

dikranovich said...

its like the jozy situation. earnie says we rejected the first offer, lyle says, we are in deep discussions. they can both be right, but each statement implies something different.

Greg Seltzer said...

Yes... the main thing they imply as that one happened days before the other, making them both fully true.

Freegle said...

Hate is such a strong word.. it's more like pity, with a dash of bemusement. Like the time you got into an MLS vs Europe argument and you claimed that a team of Americans playing in MLS could challenge for a World Cup trophy. It just makes me feel sad for you that you get repeatedly embarrassed in public like this. However, I do admire your persistence to return for another beating over and over (on the boards that haven't blocked you)

dikranovich said...

for the record, only one board has banned me, and for some reason, they keep wanting me to come back and give them real commentary, instead of the gibberish that litters the ridiculous posts over there.

we are talking about a board that insisted that Michael Bradley was second rate. now they kiss his ass like its the blarney stone.

I was also ejected by the e-chang, but I don't count that one considering his past troubles. freegle, you were one of Jennifer changs lackeys too, weren't you?

Freegle said...

See Greg there's precedent. Do yourself a favor.

If, by lackey, you mean someone who read and enjoyed Chang's work as a journalist/writer, then sure I plead guilty on that. I hope you're not suggesting that means I agree with how he handled that Liverpool fan/blogger.

dikranovich said...

this is what you call pity freegle? are you sure its not envy?

Freegle said...

Quite positive.

Bernardinho said...

The bitchiness of this and other threads indicates, to me, a situation of boredom with the sport this blog is allegedly dedicated to.

There are so many things to be said about soccer, and they haven't all been said yet.

dikranovich said...

there is a new and interesting little twist with this summers gold cup. the winner of this addition does not have to resign itself to being the usual every other gold cup 'B' team.

2017 confederations cup CONCACAF representative will be chosen in a playoff game between the winners of this and the 2015 edition.

hopefully the USA can win the next two editions and play with themselves in a playoff free for all.

Timmy said...

Looks as though Fiorentina decided they'd prefer Gomez to Altidore. At least that's how I would explain their lack of a bid for Jozy.

Greg Seltzer said...

Perhaps, there are many reasons why an interest doesn't become an offer. But they dropped away before some of the others, I don't think they were there near the end.

From what I know (and have reported), there were no official offers between the Russian/Ukrainian bids and Sunderland - which, yeah, I do find kinda weird.

Timmy said...

Greg-
Thanks for the response. I'm just confused about why there weren't more offers. Since the end of the season, Jozy's obviously shown really well for the Nats. And he's 23!

On a related note, Bony's move to Swansea looks to be close. Who would have guessed that two of the top scorers in the Eredivisie would go to Swansea and Sunderland?

Greg Seltzer said...

I know most people don't believe this, but international play doesn't have much effect unless you're a no-name guy who goes ballistic at a World Cup or something.

But yeah, you never know in the wacky window.

Timmy said...

I meant more the context of searching for reasons that more people didn't show up to bid on Jozy. Theoretically, I could see poor international form as a red flag for some (despite the 31 goals on the season). At least that would have been something I could use to rationalize how this went down.

Greg Seltzer said...

Well... let's put it this way. For every player a club buys, they've probably checked out and called up about six or eight or 10. Sometimes they just get a bigger crush, sometimes the player is valued beyond their budgetary limit for him, etc etc.

Chevis Ryder said...

"unless you're a no-name guy who goes ballistic at a World Cup or something."

Frankie has a very nice house somewhere thanks to that :)