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Live Blogging USA vs TnT: Young’uns Lead the Charge

October 15, 2008

TnT 2 USA 1

There you have it.  Check back tomorrow for a little recap action.

91st minute – FULL TIME. TnT beat the USA. Hmmmm.

90th minute – I wish Szetela had come on sooner (even though as I’m typing this he plays a disastrous long ball).

87th minute – Rolfe on for Pearce.  I think we’re losing this one.

86th minute – Looks like Rolfe is coming on.  Time to kill myself. Will it be for a defender or for Jozy?

85th minute – Lazy play from Hejduk. US just looks tired at this point.  Edu has had a very poor game.

83rd minute – Yikes, near miss for US on a Beasley set piece.  Altidore should’ve done better there. Now Torres off, Szetela on.

82nd minute – Szetela is coming on for the last 8 minutes… Why?

TnT 2 USA 1

79th minute – GOAL TnT. Trinidad pull one back through a calm penalty from Dwight Yorke.  Do the young US players have anything else left?

79th minute – PENALTY to TnT. Jozy concedes a penalty, yanking on Hislops jersey on a TnT corner kick. Lame. That play shows us Jozy’s fatigue.

75th minute – The goal was great work from Altidore, but it was ONE touch away from being bad play from Altidore. You know what I mean? Jozy almost took too long on the ball, but it squirted out in his favor.

TnT 1 USA 1

74th minute – GOAL USA. Charlie Davies puts it in just like he does at Hammarby, by making sure his positioning is spot on.

68h minute – Davies in and right away he frees up some space with a nice run off the ball.  Too bad Jozy falls over before the ball gets to him.

67th minute – Davies gets ready to come on, and it seems it’ll be for Adu.  Looks like we’ll see a little more of a 4-4-2 from here out.

TnT 1 USA 0

60th minute – TnT GOAL. That’ll mix things up. Latapy volleys in off the post.  He is 40 years old.

58th minute – Pearce getting involved on the flank in this half, and he looks much better on offense than Hejduk.  US is still lacking that final quality though.

55th minute – Altidore looks tired.  When does Davies come on?

47th minute – Ball movement already looks better, but still too soon to tell.

HALFTIME – A rough half for the USMNT with not alot of positives to take away.  Hopefully a little coaching from BB in the locker room will get the boys back on track, because we aren’t lacking talent and skill.  Rather, we just need some direction.  If there WERE to be any changes at this point, I would expect Szetela to come into midfield for Edu or Torres (I’d pull Edu if it were my decision).  I don’t think Edu is getting it done. What do you guys think at this point?

42nd minute – A little bit of crowding between Adu and Altidore.  They don’t seem to be on the same page so far tonight.  We’ve fallen into the trap of “hit it forward and let Jozy run,” but Jozy is so much more than that.  We don’t need to play as if Jozy is EJ.

40th minute – Hard work from Hejduk up and down the right flank, but his crossing is not up to par.  That’s the same story we all know.

35th minute – Still lacking some direction and focus in attack.  We’ve started to possess a bit more, which is good, but we still can’t figure out how to create effective chances.

28th minute – Maurice Edu is definitely one of the leading offenders when it’s coming to “poor touches.” He’s given it away a number of times when he really should’ve done better.

25th minute – Maybe its the field, maybe it’s the heat, maybe its just the lack of all our starters, but we just don’t look that great.  Alot of poor first touches in the midfield, and it seems that we aren’t quite sure how we want to orchestrate our attack.

17th minute – Still some suspect defending from the US, especially on corner kicks.  We narrowly escape going down after a Soca Warrior whiffs a finish at the top of the 6.

13th minute – There we go, some strong passing from Torres and a nice dummy run from Adu opens up some space and Hejduk wins a corner.

11th minute – Adu draws a foul in the offensive third and Kljestan takes the freekick poorly.

8th minute – Trinidad is getting forward strongly here.  The US looks a little jittery, trying to force too much too early. I think we’re surprised at TnT’s start and are on our heels a bit.

4th minute – snap save from Guzan and cleared off the line by Torres. Yikes guys, lets get under control.

5:05 pm – Anthems and team formalities…  Let’s get to it! Any predictions before we start? I’m gonna be a cynic and say we only win by 1 or 2 goals… but buried deep in my heart I have dreams of a Jozy hat trick.

4:15pm – We’ve got a starting lineup!  I wasn’t too far off in my earlier predictions, here is how we’ll start off tonight:

Guzan

Hejduk Orozco Califf Pearce

Beasley Torres Edu Kljestan

Adu

Altidore

Oh boy, this is gonna be a fun one!!

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2 comments

  1. If rolfe ever gets another phone call from Bob Bradley, Bob should be jobless.


  2. kevin i would not feel strongly that way about rolfe. i don’t know rolfe. any soccer player should know that players have their moments in the field. about maurice edu, i know he is one of the most american talented european style midfielders/defenders in mls. look at the performance he put in china. who could match that. please don’t describe him as horrible; he just had a bad start but did well at the end. soccer is a team sports if the team doesnt understand themselves, the team is bound to fall. if some players take it too personal for personal glory, the team will lose. please don’t ever use the word horrible on any player. who are you to decide that bradley should be
    be fired if he calls rolfe back? if you want to kill yourself because rolfe is called back you can do so. thats your choice but be nice to players and the coaches please.don’t go that far with decision. we are all human subject to mistake. if you think bradley should not call back rolfe, say so without getting into his career.



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