USMNT - World Cup qualifying - The Hexagonal

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  1. shagcarpetjesus

    shagcarpetjesus Well-Known Member

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    The US has their first match in the Hex next week, but there is also a friendly tonight against Canada on ESPN2. The squad tonight would probably be considered the B team (mostly MLS guys), but there will be some interesting things to watch. A good performance out of Omar Gonzalez would be huge. It would be nice to see him use January camp to vault himself into the senior squad like Cameron & Zusi did last year. Bocanegra isn't getting any younger & the US really needs Omar (or somebody else) to step up into that void.

    The defense may be patchwork against Honduras regardless as Cherundolo and Fabian Johnson both missed matches recently due to injury. Maybe Klinsmann can use the injury situation to get Chandler into camp over the weekend and get him cap tied next week. And for those who are curious, here's the schedule for the US for all of their WC qualifiers.

    Feb 6 @ Honduras
    Mar 22 Costa Rica
    Mar 26 @ Mexico
    June 7 @ Jamaica
    June 11 Panama
    June 18 Honduras
    Sept 6 @ Costa Rica
    Sept 10 Mexico
    Oct 11 Jamaica
    Oct 15 @ Panama
     
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    Watch party for the Canada friendly tonight at The Keg Stand. 8pm.

    GO GO USA!
     
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    thanks for the update... will tune in tonight
     
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    Can't wait for the hexagonal to begin! Although I don't feel real confident...
     
  6. shagcarpetjesus

    shagcarpetjesus Well-Known Member

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    It also sounds like the Brek Shea to Stoke transfer is back on. It will be interesting to see if this works out for Shea. I could see it going either way, but if Stoke is paying $4m you'd have to think this isn't just a wing-and-a-prayer move for them.

    And I just saw this on another blog...

    » The Hitman, Brian Sciaretta, took to Twitter this morning to annoucne that Nurnberg confirms that US RB Tim Chandler has accepted an invitation to play for the US next week in Honduras. Can you say “CAP-THAID!”
     
  7. MartyFine

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    Do we know in what cities they play the home games yet?
     
  8. shagcarpetjesus

    shagcarpetjesus Well-Known Member

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    Only the Costa Rica match. It's being played in Denver.
     
  9. MrOtter

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    Glad I'm not the only one that frequents TSG... :smile:
    For the uninitiated theshinguardian.com is an excellent blog for everything soccer
     
  10. ianoconnor

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    Please tell me you guys listen to The Best Soccer Show podcast. If not, go look it up on iTunes RIGHT NOW.
     
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    Also must recommend http://www.socceroverthere.com.

    They almost always have highlights/videos of goals that American players have scored overseas.
     
  12. VikesFan5

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    I'm real excited for these games to start.
     
  13. MrOtter

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    I usually go with .:: Yanks Abroad ::. but 'over there' is awesome as well.

    By the way, apparently the ref stopped the game for over 5 minutes and was going to call it off after the Den Bosch crowd made continual racist chants toward Jozy. According to some dutch newspaper I found they only finished the game because Jozy said he wanted to, then he scored not long after. Crazy that these kinds of things still happen...
     
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    From what I read, they called the match off entirely. Maybe I misinterpreted, though.
     
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    [video=youtube;gdM3xgAY7xw]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gdM3xgAY7xw[/video]
     
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    [video]http://eredivisielive.nl/video/110455-altidore-dit-is-niet-van-deze-tijd.html[/video]
     
  17. shagcarpetjesus

    shagcarpetjesus Well-Known Member

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    Starting 11 for tonight's match is:

    Wondolowski-E. Johnson
    Davis-Evans-Zusi
    Beckerman
    Morrow-Besler-Gonzalez-Beltran
    S. Johnson
     
  18. CYcoFan

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    What was Jurgen thinking? Why in the world would you start Brad Evans and Kyle Beckerman in the Center of the Park? There is absolutely no reason Benny Feilhaber and Alejandro Bedoya shouldn't have been given a run out. They haven't played for the Sr team in awhile and this is the perfect opportunity for them.

    Hopefully Feilhaber for Evans And Bedoya for Beckerman are 2nd half subs. Slide Bedoya out wide and move Davis centrally. Feilhaber plays at the top of diamond Davis more defensive and responsible. You don't need a trud Def Mid in a game like this and Davis is responsible enough to fill the role in a agame like this
     
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    The other option is to scrap the 4-4-2 diamond and move to 4-2-3-1.

    Bring Benny on for Wondolowski, bring Bedoya on for Evans.

    Leave EJ up top as the 1, Bedoya out left, Benny Central, Zusi right and Davis and Beckerman the other CM mids. Then you Beckerman defensively and Davis plays that Paul Scholes role coming in late using that lefg foot to strike from distance.

    Either way Jurgen needs to change things this is terrible
     
  20. shagcarpetjesus

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    Here are the guys that were called in for Wednesday's match...

    Goalkeepers - Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Sean Johnson

    Defenders - Matt Besler, Carlos Bocanegra, Geoff Cameron, Edgar Castillo, Timothy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, Fabian Johnson, Michael Parkhurst

    Midfielders - Michael Bradley, Brad Davis, Clint Dempsey, Maurice Edu, Brad Evans, Jermaine Jones, Sacha Kljestan, Jose Torres, Danny Williams, Graham Zusi

    Forwards - Jozy Altidore, Herculez Gomez, Eddie Johnson

    The match will be televised on beIN Sports at 3 central.
     

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