Nice quick start. Right place right time.
Nice quick start. Right place right time.
Hat trick in the 41st minute. Fun game to watch thus far.
If he gets back to where he was pre-injury, I really wonder about playing Bradley/Holden and having Jermaine Jones as a sub. I know Jones is really good, but it seems like Bradley and Jones have trouble operating together, and I feel like Bradley drives the US team better in this stage.
I'm guessing Holden starts the 2nd game but only plays 60 minutes or so (as long as the US has 2 goal lead vs. Cuba) then goes the distance against CR.
this thread in the "Yanks Abroad" section on a soccer board.
He started answering questions in his own thread and still comments quite often.
The guy has 250 posts in the thread.
I like his game a lot, as well. Who knows if he'll make the WC squad, but a solid player in the pipeline nevertheless.
Your thoughts on Jozy to Sunderland? I like it a lot. Hopefully one day he moves on to a top tier club, but he's a big and physical player and I think this is a great opportunity for him to continue develop in a physical, much more competitive league.
I think about 10-12 goals would be a good first season back in Premier Leagued for Altidore, but I'm not sure if it'll be enough is Sunderland struggles. The last rumor I heard was between 9M and 10M Pounds (Around $15M), that's a pretty good sum. It will be interesting to see how he does as opposed to Bony for Swansea, Bony led the Dutch league in scoring and got 14M Pounds, and he's a year older than Altidore.
I see people who reference Altidore's first season in the Premier League as a reason he could fail, but I don't see it. Hull was a terrible team, none of those guys went on to any success after leaving. Also, he was 19, Even Gareth Bale struggled at 19 with about the same number of starts, and he was on a far better team with far better service (And no... I'm not comparing Altidore to Bale, Altidore isn't in the same galaxy, but a player not succeeding on a bad team in Premier League at 19 doesn't really mean he'll never succeed).
Strange game tonight... US looked disjointed today, Donovan missed a golden opportunity, Costa Rica got away with a BLATENT red (Goalie clearly handled a shot... arguably somewhat empty net... outside the box), Wondo looked terrible after a few great games... The goal gets scored on some bad defense and great goalkeeping (It's nice to see US goalkeepers under 30 play well).
The counter that led to the goal was beautiful, reminded me of the Algeria goal, beautiful pass from Corona, perfect pass from Donovan, and a nice finish by Shea. They got the result they wanted, but a little ugly overall.
Game was boring, but still fun and exciting to attend. Sat with the American Outlaws for the first time. They lack creativity with their chants and get quite repititive, but the energy and atmosphere was very good. Will be in Baltimore Sunday against El Salvador. I hear there's supposed to be a huge El Salvador presence in the building.
It reminds me that while the US always hosts the Gold Cup, it's so unusual because they don't always have home field advantage. I would love to see other countries host the Gold Cup, or have it split among the Caribbean/Central American nations.
I'm not as angry as others with Donovan, dude has been the focal point of the US team for a dozen years. Assuming the US beats El Salvador, he'll be the first player in history with 150 caps, 50 goals, 50 assists (THough, misleading to some degree, assists weren't tracked before the 1980s), it can't be understated how important Donovan has been. Also, while he did miss some early WC Qualifiers, overall he hasn't missed much.
Curious if it does end up being US/Mexico, Mexico, for all it's talent, has been a mess in 2013. Beating them now would be a nice setup for the qualifiers in the fall.
That was a fun and wild game to attend. That was an away game for us and it wasn't even close. I'd say we were outnumbered 4 to 1. It was basically our 2 and a half to 3 sections of US fans behind the net, then the other nearly 70,000 almost entirely El Salvador fans booming down on us. Wish it wasn't like that for these games on the East Coast, but a cool experience nonetheless.
Landon continues to dominate tonight. USA has clearly been the best team in this tournament and you have to feel confident heading into Sunday, regardless of the outcome of this game. USA!