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US-Guatemala Post Game Thoughts

Scratch my half time comment on Gooch. His poor form for Newcastle returned in the two bonehead plays he made to be sent off.

The US players need to become mentally tougher. Guatemala now has twice in three months given CONCACAF countries a blueprint for beating the US. Cheap shots and rough play are part of the game and without an enforcer like Pablo Mastroeni in the US midfield, Guatemala was able to really dictate second half play.

Landon Donovan showed some great spirit out there tonight playing on the right side.

Bocanegra and Onyewu cannot continue to play together on the back line when both are often so poorly positioned.

Eddie Johnson contributed nothing to the US attack. After a great attacking first half which lacked proper finishing, Johnson’s entry to the game killed the US attack because he so badly mistimed his runs and played about as timidly as one can in an international football match.

Jay Demerit upon his entrance understood the physical nature of the game and unlike Onyewu he knew how to push and shove without being called for a foul or being booked. Perhaps that’s why he has been successful in England unlike Gooch.

DeMarcus Beasley made some nice runs and created the few chances the US had in the second half but having someone so small and physically weak in the match is a major liability in a match like this.

Steve Ralston gave a nice effort after being forced to play right back. His positioning was good and he picked the proper times to go forward.

The US will not win the Gold Cup if they play like they did tonight.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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2 Responses to US-Guatemala Post Game Thoughts

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think you are being too negative saying we won’t win the Gold Cup if we play tonight but I agree on most of your player assesments. Boca makes so many foolish mistakes as you mentioned and lest we forget his decision to play the ball into his own box cost us the Ghana game last year. Johnson couldn’t make an impact in fairness because of the red card and the need to change tactics.

    Knowing Beasley physical limitations, Guatemala was fouling him and Bornstein more than anyone else and yet they both held up well so he passed the test.

  2. Soccer Guru says:

    Our guys too easily lost their composure down the stretch, but Demerit’s entry stabilized the back line and Howard was never close to being beaten.

    You haven’t mentioned it yet but our finishing with the exception of the goal was terrible. Cristopher Sullivan mentioned during the broadcast that Twellman played well of the ball which maybe the case, but as has always been the case with him, his natural finishing touch from MLS does not translate to international action.

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