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The US Asserts Regional Supremacy

With Mexico’s loss in Kingston tonight, The United States has a clear claim as the best team in CONCACAF in this moment in time. A resounding 6-1 victory over Cuba was the right tonic for a team that seemed to be underperforming against inferior competition in CONCACAF. Bob Bradley did everything right tonight. Starting his most seasoned starting XI, getting DaMarcus Beasley’s confidence back up, and incorporating the three most exciting young American players in world cup qualifying.Jose Francisco Torres looked more comfortable than I had thought he would so early on with the US, and Freddy Adu combined with Jozy Altidore to score a goal. The future is now for the US.

For all of Coach Bradley’s critics, and I have been one of them, it is tough to argue with success. Mexico the great rival of the US is facing a struggle to the death to even make the Hexagaonal. With two matches remaining on the road, based on tonight’s flat effort, Honduras has the leg up on El Tri in Group two and Canada proved they could give EL Tri a match in Chiapas last month. Should Jamaica win its two remaining matches and Mexico only get a point in its final two it could come down to goal difference.

The United States along with Costa Rica have advanced to the hexagonal. The Ticos don’t have a full time coach yet and will present little challenge in the next round based on their current squad. The greatest challenge will come from the two teams that advance from Group 2, but right now the US looks stronger than all of them, thanks to Bob Bradley.

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  1. Phillip

    October 12, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Ching’s pass led to the assist that led to the goal.

    For instance… Donovan’s goal.

    Ching held the ball up for a couple of seconds and turned to feed it to Pearce.

    Dempsey made a near post dummy run.

    Pearce crossed it in to Donovan who was open and finished it.

  2. derrickinSF

    October 12, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    I don’t know what a secondary assist is but if the arguement now is that Ching is now the playmaker I just have to laugh.

    His negatives are:
    He’s slow
    doesn’t shoot from distance
    can’t create his own space
    Can’t take defenders on.
    Doesn’t have close control of the ball when dribbling or in tight spaces.
    look at the types of goals he scores. They are all tap ins, deflected shots. Do you really want that in your strikers or ones that give you signigicantly more tools.

    I don’t think any good team (and no I don’t include Cuba) remotely fears him as a goal threat.

    There is a very good reason why nobody is trying to buy Ching. He doesn’t have the tools needed at the higher levels.

    I’m sure he’s a nice guy but I don’t think he’s good enough to play anywhere but in MLS.

    Regardless i wouldn’t get carried away with Concacaf competition.

  3. Phillip

    October 12, 2008 at 11:08 am

    For all of those criticizing Ching, go back and watch the match. Yes, Ching is not the quickest player out there, however if you go by an old MLS stat he probably had two or three secondary assists.

  4. eplnfl

    October 12, 2008 at 11:01 am


    I think it’s time we reflect on the predictions for the US team going into this round. A few well known experts had the US as doubtful to advance. As we now know the US was hardly pushed in the semi-fianl round and can use the remainder of the round as a test bed for young players. Well done to Bob Bradley.

    It has been my observation and much of it in person that the US team under Bradley wins when it’s important. The team leadership took the far sighted view to participate in some events that they were not going to win but could gain valuable playing time for young players. On the other hand we have seen Canada and Mexico head in the wrong direction. While we should not expect a win over a full strength Brazil, Spain, or Germany, a semi-final appearance in South Africa in 2010 does not seem a dream.

    Pround to be a USMNT supporter!

  5. Ryan

    October 12, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Who knew Brian Ching was leading Genghis Khan style raids across the country killing peoples’ families. That’s the only way I can see how so many people can be so down on him.

    Everyone does realize he’s having the best year of his career right? His goals/minute is comparable or better than everyone in MLS not named Landon Donovan, and his strike rate is superb.

    As for the young guys, Adu and Altidore are 19 and 18 years old respectively. I can’t imagine calling them in to camp 2 years ago, that would’ve been a very bad decision. Also, two years ago it was “readily apparent” that Gooch was not the best and a lot of people were clamoring for him off the team. It’s great that those people were wrong because he’s the anchor of our backline now.

    People can and will always find something to complain about, but this is uncharted territory in the development and skill of the US National team. It’s nice to see a team show this kind of skill.

  6. derrickinSF

    October 12, 2008 at 5:01 am

    Well i’m a massive Bradley critic. You say the future is now. They got the three points, the team played well overall. Still Bradley chose some dead weight players like Ching again. Dempsey keeps starting for some reason. I wouldn’t get carried away.

    you can say you can’t argue with success but Arena did the same thing. Don’t get carried away. Adu and Altidore should have been in the team long ago and several other stand out players. We are behind because we’ve wasted the past years when it was readily apparent these players were not the best.

    Don’t fall into the trap of thinking success in concacaf is, one, new, or two, substantive proof that the program is on the right track. Last I checked we finished ahead of Mexico last qualifying and they did better then us in both the World Cup and Copa America.

    If you seriously think you’re going to get proof that everything is fine by any game against any opponent in Concacaf you don’t know this game. And that includes Mexico. We’ve beaten every team in Concacaf and still looked horrible when it mattered.

    It’s simplistic thinking. The same simplistic thinking that makes people think that because Brian Ching get’s a tap in he’s the second best striker in America.

  7. Soccertes

    October 12, 2008 at 2:42 am

    Tonight, the glass is half full.

  8. Phillip

    October 12, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Kartik, why doesn’t Landon shoot more?


    He has a fantastic right foot, and he’s too unselfish on top of the box. He should be blasting some of those into the back of the net.

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