Saturday, June 12, 2010

ATH: USA v UK Live Blog

Tim Howard for player of the game imho . . . thouhg lots of fine performances -- Gerrard, Johnson, Rooney for a half, Altidore, Donovan, Cherundolo . . .

happier the more i think about it . . .

GAME 1-1 -- well i hoped for more, but it's a good result, we should be proud

ET: England playing content to leave with draw

Gomez can't get in before time called

0:89 CK US

Donovan trying to make it last play as we go to extra


showing 18-12 shots UK

0:88 shot Donovan

someone ringing the doorbell, no way i'm answering the door with 2 minutes left!!

0:85 slowing it down

Holden in for Altidore

0:83 how we escaped that 4 on 2 i don't know, they're killing us at that end . . .

0:81 about ten minutes left with extra time

0:78 that little run shows something important -- England is so dominant right now that they could be complacent and one good break might be all it takes for us . . .

England uses last sub, Crouch in . . . the big guy, and Rooney goes to him immediately . . . not enough that they have us on ups, but they got this NBA guy in the middle now . . .

0:78 Oguchi looks tired . . .

0:77 YES Buddle for Findley, good move . . . we need Findley out to regain composure, and Buddle for fresh legs . . . dangerous legs at that . . .

0:76 another shot England . . . tons of pressure right now, we have to play defense!

0:75 Rooney to a completely unmarked Wright-Phillips -- Howard saves

Rooney shot on the restart, another Howard save . . . Howard is pretty much player of the game right now . .

0:74 Rooney is alive now that we're tiring . . . wide, but Howard was there . . .

0:73 England in the box again

Findley is getting frustrated now, Yellow Card . . . have we got a sub for him, maybe now's the time for fresh blood . . .

0:71 worse yet, we didn't know Rooney was there . . .

say we get out of group, how will we ever deal with a Spain or Brazil or even Italy?

0:70 England is putting six in the box . . .

Roonery wide!

0:68 dang that Altidore shot was much closer to going in than i realized . . . they're having trouble getting replays in becaus the game is so fast . . .

Lampard wastes one

0:67 oooh he finally calls one off the back . . .

0:66 i shouldn't have drunk all that tea . . .

0:65 it may be important that England has only one sub left, and the US has all three . . .

0:64 What a game by the way . . .

0:63 crap that's two guys left open, two great chances by UK, one saved, one wasted . . . BUT we can't let those guys go unmarked


ALTIDORE!!!! Green with his first major save of the game . . .

0:62 Howard!!!!

0:61 is Green scary or what?

0:60 interesting dangerous foul on Dempsey, card? DK from left

0:58 Oguchi can be so solid some times

yellow card Carragher, deserved for a nasty foul . . .

0:57 nice run, looking for long throw . . . nope

Findley seems rather silent . . .

0:55 interesting FK and just as interesting waste out by UK

0:54 Cherundolo right now is playing as good defense as anyone we have

0:53 off the back again . . . tempers will flare before long i fear

0:51 fine hard shot save by Howard !!!!! wide open breakaway too, and wasted bby UK . . . oh their tabloids are going to go nuts on them tomorrow

and Green way out of place at the other end just before

0:50 ref has been good overall, but he's letting them play on the back a lot

great defensive save on Roonery, offside though

0:48 ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh another inside miss by UK , they have to be going crazy over those missed opps

and we have to stop letting them happen

again!!!!

0:47 crap, yellow card for Demerit . . . what was that for? cussing?

HT: well, some few thoughts . . .

Gerrard and Johnson are putting UK in the game, i like too what Terry is accomplishing . . . Gerrard shoud be knighted if they get out of this game with points . . . i was concerned about what taking Milner out might do to them, but Wright-Phillips is just plain dangerous, if a bit flighty . . . they are giving up the wing alot, but the result is Altidore playing more inside and that could cost them . . . the clogged middle has been a bit of a problem for us, but Donovan is still taking advantage of the holes . . . and so is Dempsey . . . am saying i told you so for the seoncd time today . . . Bocanegra's contribution? his coolness is allowing us to make the most of our transitions, and he's the closest thing we have right now to stability in the back . . . well, even subtracting te mishandled goal, Green to me is shaky, and i think that goal took something out of him . . . Howard on the other hand i think is clearly the best keeper on the field, even disregarding Green's mistake . . . Howard and Gerrard right now are my picks for player of the first half . . .

keys? for UK they have to unbottle Rooney offensively, and defensively keep the US top guns out of the middle; for the US, they have to get some kind of communication and collective strategy on the back line, offensively not much needs to be different, shoot, shoot, shoot against a shaken keeper . . .

and where is Spector? is he injured? did i miss something? or just on the bench . . .

well here we go . . .


HT: only three minutes of extra time? hmmmm . . .

1-1 and we'll take it . . . sometimes ugly is really pretty . . .


0:45 well it should have been solved before this, but i hope there's some focus on unscrambling our defense at halftime

0:43 more UK sportsmanship . . . thank you!!

042 Don't forget there should be a TON of injury time this half . . . . cards, Howard, goals

and it looks like Johnson is down, hope he's okay . . . he's been major for them this half . . .

0:40 and a quick turnabout . . .

HOLY SMOKES THOUGH 1-1!!!!!!!!!!!!!

0:39 YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!


i can legititmately say i told you so . . . and less than a minute ago

I LOVE YOU CLINT DEMPSEY!!!!

0:38 i like it when Landon shoots!

crap, yellow card Cherundolo, good call though

Green is a bit scary . . . u hope we take advantage of that . . .

0:35 UK has the ups over the US

0:34 dangerous

0:32 Howard was sharp there

0:32 chance . . . saved

0:31 Wright-Phillips in for Milner UK . . . nice sportsmanship on the restart, thank you UK . . .

0:30 looks like we get Hahnemann? Howard up but not looking sharp . . .

0:27 wasted UK chance, but i don't like that it was unhandled across the box . . .

now BEAUTIFUL save by Howard -- but he's hurt and that i s NOT a good thing, though Hahneman is a fine keeper . . .

0:26 sweet . . . pressure up baby

0:26 good call, yellow Milner -- Donovan opportunity

0:23 Altdore nice serve, Bradley created a couple of nice chances . . . Roonery finally coming to life, he's been quiet, really calm work by both Dempsey and Bocanegra

0:21 US is applying much more pressure than i expected and i like that . . .

0:19 Beautiful defensive save on the breakaway . . . who was that? Onyewu?

0:18 ALMOST ALTIDORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a play in . . . so close

Donovan trying to do a Gerrard, but spending too much time on the ground

0:16 Gerrard is evvvvvverywhere, they're not missing Ferdinand right now . . . and did i miss something? where's Spector . . . does anyone else feel like we're missing his two-ended play?

i like the way everyone looked around to see if the ref was looking on that hand ball . . . just play on as though nothing happened . . .

0:13 looks like we're not communicating intent up front

0:12 serving it up into a crowd is not effective

corner again

0:11 US mids are playing some excellent defense . . . unfortunately the defenders need to also

corner US

0:11 Johnson is dangerous

0:10 Dempsey!!!

0:09 wasted chance by UK . . . going to be the expected very physical game . . .

that was an ugly move in the box on the corner, ref obscured i think

0:06 good call, later on something like that is going to cost a card, but it's too early . . .

0:05 not slowing down

0:03 OMG Goal Gerrard . . . holy crap . . . well it was a very fast first three minutes, it wasn't going to be long for someone . . . replays: he was poorly marked after the dish . . . US defense . . .

0:02 nice place into pressure by Altidore . . . wasting no time serving notice that we'll be dangerous

0:01 immediate block on a Roonery through ball . . . everybody's antennas are up

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GAME TIME!!

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ENTRY!!! my legs are doing that uncontrollable bouncy thing . . . that's what i get for being add-ocd . . . or maybe it's the half gallon of tex i just drank . . .

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teams are warming up, i'm already warm coach, let's go . . .

Univision loves Landon . . . that he speaks excellent Spanish likely plays a part . . .

gotta get in two hours worth of ads now . . .

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Okay so i have a history in this that dates before most of you were born . . . and have been through a lot of thrills and heartaches, seen a lot of great players move through, but i believe this is the strongest overall we've ever been, especially offensively . . . if our defense just holds up against the wealth of scoring talent out there, we'll be fine . . . and England is no slouch . . . even missing Ferdinand, they are dangerous . . . but i love our chances . . . besides Altidore and Donovan, i look for Bradley and Dempsey to be game changers . . . and Howard is our best keeper ever imho . . . and i'm tired of waiting, nothing gets my blood going like this, nothing . . . come on game time

Jose Torres, Stuart Holden & Clint Dempsey -- Texas!!

sorry, but Jay Demerit reminds me of Ron Howard . . .

memories suddenly of 1974 . . . Mexico 1 US 0 in that one . . . still get chills . . . was the largest crowd to ever watch a soccer game in Texas until the World Cup came to Dallas a couple decades later . . . forgive my sentimentality . . . excitement too . . .

official US Soccer site pretty lame on the Cup, National Team Players ite superior . . . just sayin'

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Not that anyone's listening, but i'm going to live blog my thoughts on the US v England starting at about 12:45 . . .

for now, Argentina v Nigeria is a fun game to watch, no one is sitting back in this one . . . it's 1-0 Arg with about 20 minutes to go, and Argentina is threatening, but Messi seems a little bit off in aim, and Nigeria is making quite a bit of its counterattacks . . .

Ichimura -- best ref so far, gutsy . . . and correct

games watched so far:
Uruguay 0 France 0 (better game than the bloggers would have you believe, more physical than defensive)
Argentina 1 Nigeria 0 (really fine game, Argentina a bit stronger, but Nigeria was worthy of a tie)


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