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US-Trinidad and Tobago analysis

While Mexico struggles to get out of the semifinal round of CONCACAF Qualifying, the US clinched a birth in the final round with two games to spare. This gave Bob Bradley the opportunity to try a new lineup against a side that qualified for the 2006 World Cup on the road: in other words Bradley was able to blood let many of the potential World Cup 2010 starters in the toughest game the US will play in this round.

The loss to a desperate Trinidad and Tobago team that needed a result to continue pursuit of qualifying for a second consecutive World Cup means nothing. The performance with inexperienced players in a hostile environment was quite frankly better than many of the wins the US has achieved recently against inferior opposition with no hope of ever reaching a World Cup.

Here is what I liked from yesterday:

  • Charlie Davies made an instant impact after coming on as a late sub scoring a goal.
  • Jose Francisco Torres started slowly but really settled in late in the first half and was outstanding the rest of the way. If the US is to advance out of the first round in South Africa, Torres will be a key figure.
  • Jozy Altidore had a very good game despite missing an easy chance and committing the silly foul that gave up the PK to Dwight Yorke.
  • Michael Orozco was excellent in the middle cleaning up attacks that were created by the mistakes of others.
  • Danny Szetela’s short stint was a notice of intent: Szetela was impressive on the ball and hustled off the ball in his limited time.

What I did not like:

  • Frankie Hejduk has had it. Time for Marvell Wynne
  • Mo Edu was downright awful for much of the match.
  • Heath Pearce is really hit or miss. I thought he was spectacular in the friendlies I witnessed in person against Brazil and England, but has been the single worst American player in our road qualifiers.
  • Freddy Adu is still not being used properly. A world class talent who the US coaches seem clueless as to how to get the most out of.

Going forward the core of yesterday’s lineup has to be the core of the national team heading towards 2010. Players like Jozy Altidore, Freddy Adu, Jose Francisco Torres, and Sacha Kljestan should be part of every US selection from here on out. Michael Orozco, Charlie Davies and Danny Szetela also stated their case loudly last night.

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  2. Larry

    October 17, 2008 at 7:33 am

    So Dancing Did, you are ready to stick with the players who were embarrassed by England, Spain and Argentina this summer. A team that probably put one shot on goal in three games?

    T&T is substantially better than Guatemala and Cuba both of whom the older guys struggled against on the road.

  3. Larry

    October 17, 2008 at 7:32 am

    Sorry buddy but the lineup we saw against Cuba will not do anything in the Hexagonal.

    Anyone who really believes Brian Ching should play over Jozy Altidore does not understand this game. Seriously, I mean how can you even compare the two, Bob Bradley?

  4. Larry

    October 17, 2008 at 7:23 am

    While it is somewhat over the top to call this performance outstanding let's review the facts.

    Guatemala who many hailed as a big victory including yourself has 1 player on a European club team.

    Cuba has not a single player playing outside the Cuban domestic league

    T&T has 17 players based in Europe including, Dwight Yorke whose been a star on a champions league winner.

    Anybody who claims that the kids didn't get the toughest game in the group, on the road to the most experienced and talented team we face is a total fool.

  5. faircomment

    October 17, 2008 at 5:35 am

    “hostile environment” huh …. you North Americas are so full of shit….. Gone are the days of non bias journalism (sad).

  6. eplnfl

    October 16, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    It appears to me that the line-up we saw against Cuba on October 11 is the one that the Bradley will take into the next round and beyond. I believe that Bradley thinks it is better to go with a team of players experienced in playing together rather then the most talented 11. So, should we expect to see more of Adu, Altidore, and Wynne. No. Is it the right decision, maybe so. Would England be better off with a team that plays well together? Yes.

  7. The Dancing Did

    October 16, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    If those players are going to form the core of the USMNT for 2010, then they won't even qualify for it.

    Freddy Adu is a world class talent? How come then that he can't cut it against T&T? What a joke.

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