Should be a fun match up to watch w/Arg getting a win this time after 2008's disappointing draw. I'm a bit disappointed w/the chilly fall weather forecast. Sucks that Tevez won't play, but looking forward to seeing Pastore play in person.
Anyone else going?
Can't wait to tailgate in good ol' Lot L again!
iOH LAS MINAS ESTARAN DE PARANDA EL SABADO!
The traffic will be pretty bad, & I wonder how the parking will be organized for this event. I've only been to Jets games so is it a free for all? I think I'm just going to go to my usual L7-L13 area and grill, grill, grill, baby!
Wish I was going, but let's go USA!
I'm going with the kids, sitting in 143 - anyone know what the deal is with parking?
Great game for the US. Well, at least in the 2nd half. Goal for the future US striker Agudelo.
It was freakin' cold. It felt like we were tailgating in December out there. We got there a little after 3pm, and tailgated until about 6:30 or so.
Crowd was 50/50 US and Argentina. That's much better than it's been in the past, I think the US/Argentina game in 2008 was more like 75/25. It's a good sign. For anyone who's interested, here are the highlights from the game.
Argentina Goal @ 1:50 (That's when play starts)
US Goal @ 2:30 (That's when play starts)
That Messi character is good at soccer. Just in case you didn't know.
Without Tim Howard, we lose 5-1. Like most of these matches, our goalkeepers are constantly under siege because defenders take bad angles and/or are constantly out of position.
Against world class teams, our defense is a atrocious, and often looks totally lost. This has been the case for decades. We either cannot groom defenders in this country, or our national team coaches keep picking guys who can't play with the top level teams.
The defense certainly had issues, but this has been a problem for a few years. It's not easy to pluck defenders from the sky. And I don't see how the National team is the issue, I think every US defender who starts in Europe was playing last night.
Chandler played well last night and Tim Ream, another 18 year old, was a great defender last year for the Red Bulls
As a nation, we have been able to consistently produce great goalkeepers and midfielders. Why has a world class scorer and tight group of defenders eluded us? We're looking at another five years of mediocrity. And what happens when Donovan, Howard and Dempsey are gone? Scary proposition.
There's no logical reason why a striker has eluded the US. I thought Altidore would be the answer, but for some reason he can't find the net. Agudelo looks great, but he's 18 and needs time to develop. I'm confident that the US will develop new players by the time Donovan, Dempsey, and Howard are gone. The US has been developing goalies for 20 years now, and Donovan and Dempsey should both have one more world cup cycle in them.
I thought they held up quite well against Argentina last night. The US National teamwill always be hamstrung by the fact that Soccer is not a dominant sport here, not a whole lot that can be done there. I think that you are far too pessimistic about the future of US Soccer. I think that the US is destined to be a 2nd tier team, a step below the Germany, Brazil, Spain, and Argentina's but a constant threat to make a run. I was pretty impressed with their performance, personally.
Altidore certainly has been disappointing as of late, but he's still very young and has the potential to get better and of course Agudelo has much promise, as you mentioned. Like you said, Ream is also a young one with potential to help on the defensive end. I certainly understand Borgo's concerns and doubts, but I'm more optimistic, like yourself.
Does anyone know if the friendly vs. Paraguay tomorrow night is televised?
Is it me or does it seem the USNT scores the ugliest goals in international soccer?