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Confederations Cup Dreams Are Dead For The USA


Brazil's Miranda, left, vies for the ball with USA's Conor Casey, right, as Brazil's Andre Santos, center, looks on, during their Confederations Cup Group B soccer match at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, June 18, 2009.

Well it looks like those of us who thought there would be something positive coming in this version of the Confederations Cup we’re just wishful thinking. If you thought there would be at least, maybe three points in the first two matches then I would say that I was thinking the same thing. Sadly it never happened and if you want to point towards tactics, we can discuss tactics. Can we point the finger of blame at some of the players? You bet we can and as we sharpen our fingers of blame, the one player on the field who didn’t wear the keeper gloves was showing his heart for the shirt was #10 on your program Landon Donovan.

Everything Donovan tried to do was working & sadly at times wasn’t working, but he gave 100% effort to get the USA on the scoreboard or earning a helper for a teammate to score for the USA to get one in the net. Yet once again Bob Bradley choosing players who are not fit, not in form or who just doesn’t care are being played and at the same time the future of the program like Jose Francisco Torres & Freddy Adu are sitting on the bench and keeping it warm for no reason what so ever.

Jozy Altidore who I enjoyed watching when he was here in MLS playing for the Red Bulls showed why he is our striker of the future for the National Team & had a great U-20 World Cup in Canada. His transfer to Villarreal in La Liga hasn’t been great. He was barely being used as a sub and at the time the Yellow Submarine originally said he was going to get loaned out, but that idea came late and when Xerez said they would accept the loan, the head coach said no & refused to use him. While I love to see Jozy start for the Nats I can say he doesn’t derserve it. You can see he doesn’t have the fitness nor his sharpness to sustain a full ninety and while he did create the penalty chance for the USA against Italy, those goal scoring chances he had that’s where his sharpness is lost when your club side fails to play you consistantly off the bench and you start to question why Villarreal paid a Ten Million Transfer Fee to bring him to Spain. The same goes to DaMarcus Beasley when he was injured at Rangers and Walter Smith stopped using him in the starting eleven. Apperently Beasley has developed an attitude that is negative and riding the pine at Ibrox is not an ideal thing, yet he is used while not getting any minutes.

Once again Clint Dempsey has shown that he thinks he is already a lock for the USA Squad if they qualify for the World Cup next year. Trick plays, half hearted attacks down the flank, coughing up the ball to opponents and putting his teammates in certain positions that forces them to lose the ball for no reason and helping the other side score a goal, like the Guisseppe Rossi Goal that leveled the match against Italy when Dempsey put Benny Feilhaber in a bad position in the midfield.

Now we have our sights set for the head coach. For the first time I have to say that Bob Bradley has been coaching scared since the start of the second half of the Italy match. Even though they were down a man and up a goal he foolishly went after that second goal in the second half. When Italy was making offensive subs, Bradley should’ve made defensive subs right away. And while they were getting destroyed by Brazil where was Torres? Why was he sitting on the bench and forced to twiddle his thumbs for no reason. Jose Francisco Torres who gets regular minutes for Pachuca of the Mexican league gets no minutes at all for the two big powerhouses of World Football. Is Bradley that scared he will get overwhelmed? This kid has enough confidence to take on Mexico’s best and then some, yet he’s being forced to watch these matches instead of being on the field for them.

The combination of players not being fit, those who are but don’t give a damn, playing scared against Brazil, not pulling out of tackles that lead to red cards and the coach who doesn’t know when to change things up sadly is a recipe for disaster. Forget about the Gold Cup in July right now the most important matches remaining are the five World Cup Qualifiers from August 12th till October 14th. If Bradley can’t earn at least four to seven points then it’s time to let him go, at the same time if US Soccer does decide to end it after this month I won’t lose sleep over it. But the only concern I have if Bradley does get sacked, who is going to take over the Nats? I don’t know who at the moment but these things need to be fixed quickly.

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  1. MD

    June 18, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Daniel, I couldn’t agree with you more. WTF is the USSF doing? It’s honestly not the players that are the problem; it’s the coach. The USMNT HAS talent. Bradley clearly isn’t capable of nurturing it or putting the right combination on the field. By only playing “his guys,” he’s created a situation in which there is a lack of competition for playing time. So no one is working on getting better nor is anyone being pushed to get better. They’re complacent.

    Also, I think we’ve all been super critical of Landon Donovan in the past, and rightly so. But he’s played his balls off the past 4 or 5 games (WC qualifying included) and he deserves some credit.

    What I don’t understand is why the USSF doesn’t dump Bradley now and hire Kliensmann or some other prestigious manager? Sell them on the fact that if you bring the US anywhere close to competing in the WC, you will be immensely popular in one of the most popular countries on the planet (I couldn’t think of a better way to describe the US but hopefully you get my drift). It’s like winning a NBA championship with the LA Clippers.

  2. bill

    June 18, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Freddy Adu Please! We desparately need a playmaker and this guy fits the bill.

  3. Rafael

    June 18, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Torres played bad the first 10-20 minutes against Costa Rica, but settled down after that. The first goal was not his fault, but Beasleys. He was the best player and passer of the ball at then end of the first half. He deserved to stay in. He should have started the last three games.

    Dempsey needs to sit on the bench in favor of Adu. He is way too comfortable, smug, lazy in his postion and stance on the team. Needs to stop trying to play tricks with the ball, be fancy, and hold the ball forever. His stunts have led to turnovers and goals.

  4. Eric

    June 18, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I’ve always thought Dempsey played with a huge chip on his shoulder. He can be a dangerous player and is a hard worker, but he needs to grow up and quit the bullshitting.

    Donovan is the enigma. In my mind he is the most talented US player ever. But not the best. Bradley and Arena wanted – needed him to be a leader but so many times, in so many crucial games he disappeared. Great penalty taker though. In the last two games he’s worked so hard for so little pay off. I have to wonder how much longer he’ll be able to sustain this effort.

    I thought Torres played like a total chicken-head against Costa Rica. Maybe he was nervous. I don’t know. But I was happy to see him subbed out.

    Beasley is another hugely talented player who underperformed for a long time and is now sucking hugely. He’s no where near as dangerous as he was in 2002.

    I believe Tim Howard is the only player on the whole team who is on form. He’s regularly let down by swiss cheese D, but he also regularly stuffs 4 or 5 real goal-scoring chances per game.

  5. Rafael

    June 18, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Line-up for next game:




    It’s time Klinsmann gets seroius consideration to replace Bradley.
    Hiddink would be great, but he is taking Russia to the WC.

  6. Angel

    June 18, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    If Mexico can hire a coach at this moment of qualifying why not the USA, We are at least on verge of qualifying and has a chance to get to the world cup with or without Bradley. So if a new coach comes in has a time to scout new talent either in Europe, MLS or in our youth System Development. Javier is a good coach but we can hire someone like him that been there and done that. we need to change the face of this wonderful country and get the right players to represent us in the World cup. Bradley had almost 3yrs to get this team ready and he is not showing anything. So please Mr. Sunil Gulati you better get your act together and hire a new coach or else you too have to go.

    I think is time to see a different team, I don’t care if we loose at least it will show us a new face and different attitude. What there is to loose since we already out of this tournament. Is time to give the other a shot.




    I don’t care who play left on defense and who is the goal keeper but is time to get new blood in there. at least you owe us that Bob Bradley.

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