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The USA Didn’t Do What Egypt Has Done. Play Up To Their Competition

Does everyone see this picture of the head coach from the land of the pyrimid’s? Does everyone see who we are comparing the USA to in Group B of the Confederations Cup. That’s right everyone the Egyptian National Team is doing the things the USA has failed to do. Actually stand up to their opposition in Brazil & Italy and actually attempt to take six points in their first two matches and so far Egypt has taken half of six. They almost stole a point from Brazil in that whacky 4-3 match but sadly were guilty of giving up a penalty inside second half stoppage time.

I must admit I didn’t watch their match against Italy, but Kartik Krishnayier did and it was a miracle one goal win. Egypt being one of the two underdogs of the group, the referee tried to hand a victory to Italy by calling every foul against them. Where was this mentality with our guys? Where was this wanting to prove to the world that things are getting better for the American player?

As much as I would love to see DaMarcus Beasly regain his form, Freddy Adu to be a strong player for the USA in the middle of the field & Jozy Altidore score at least two goals a match, there problem is a simple thing. They need minutes from their clubs either the ones who signed them, or the ones they were sent out on loan too. These players in all honesty doesn’t deserve to be in a starting eleven. I think they are dangerous coming off the substitutes bench, but not starting eleven material right now untill they get to play in consecutive matches.

There are some players who are with the National Team for the hell of it and they don’t want to show the heart, the passion, nor the desire of wearing the shirt and that is our good friend Deuce. Actually let’s call him Douch. Clint Dempsey has proven that he doesn’t want to be bothered getting called up for his National Team and he assumes he will be handed a spot for the World Cup Squad if they do quailify. It’s not just me that has been harping on the pathetic and disgusting performence of Clint Dempsey. One of US Soccer’s top writters Ives Galarcep has critisized him, John Harkes from ESPN has also critisized Dempsey as well. This man only cares about one thing & it’s definetly not National Team glory, you need club and country to show you are a world class player. Half assing it doesn’t do it for me and it shouldn’t do it for all of you that pay your hard earned money to see our National Team qualify for the World Cup and play in these official FIFA tournaments no matter how popular or not. Did you see the smugness and the arrogance of Dempsey towards the end of the Brazil match? Your down by three goals and ten men to show your flicking heel tricks and yet you can’t find a way all match long to help get the boys into a goal scoring chance. He helped Italy equalize the match by leaving Benny Feilhaber high and dry to get the ball taken off of him by Giuseppe Rossi. That’s how pathetic Clint Dempsey has become.

If all of you want to see Bob Bradley fired by now, I’m not going to stand in your way anymore. Personally I have ended my stance trying to defend him for selecting players that shouldn’t be there while others are either still in MLS or those that do get called up are not sniffing a single minute of the pitch at all who deserve to strut their stuff against the World’s best. I have had it with Bob Bradley putting in players who are either out of position or doesn’t have the will, the heart or the desire to win for the USA.

Who do I feel sorry for besides us the supporters. I feel sorry for Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, Oguchi Onyewu, Jonathan Bornstein, Jose Francisco Torres, Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore and Jonathan Spector. These are the players that wanted to prove to everyone around the world that we Americans can play this game & sadly it’s those who don’t care that are wasting our time and our support who can’t get the damned job done.

You can blame Bruce Arena all you want, but at least he tried to have his players be accountable for their actions. It all started in the friendly at Germany before the 2006 World Cup where there was desention in the ranks. Bobby Convey & DaMarcus Beasley started this and now its slowly crept into any and all camps for the Nats. This has slowly but steadily reared its ugly head and now we can see for what it really has become. It’s not a question of talent ladies and gentleman, it’s a question of wanting it. No head & no heart for the National Team and it disgusts me.

Look at the Egyptians. Look at their past two matches in Group B. They were ready to play the World Cup Champions of Italy and the five time World Cup Champions in Brazil. They didn’t need to be motivated to play these two powerhouses of World Football. Just knowing who their opponets were was enough to show the world that they wanted to challenge the best and did so. If only those players that left their passion back in the hotel room brought it with them to the stadium, who knows what really would’ve happened for the Stars & Stripes.

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  3. Daniel Feuerstein

    June 24, 2009 at 2:30 am

    S.Mahmoud & Mohamed Ali. Please take a look at my current article about the US win over your team. I’m still giving credit to Egypt and I hope if they do qualify for the World Cup, our sides will be drawn into the same group. It would be interesting to see two full strength sides going at each other.

  4. Mohamed Ali

    June 23, 2009 at 9:10 am

    greetings for mentioning their outstanding play something that Egyptian press didn`t do ! they really have the talent but continuity is required too
    its the difference between being big champ team or a small team that likes playing with big teams Egypt manged to beat cote d`ivoir 4-1 , cameroon 4-2 .1-0 , italy 1-0,well played with Brazil 4-3 but loses from Botswana,Algerie 3-1 !,zambia , US 3-0 ! such a mentality is not a professional mannar , if they managed to overcome their amature way of thinking i assure u they have the ability to compete for world cup !

  5. S.Mahmoud

    June 22, 2009 at 5:51 am

    i am an Egyptian. i congratulate the USA team and fans. a real miracle has happened, the team played whit ” passion ” this time!!. For sure i am upset that Egyptians did not do what was expected from them, i mean at least ” playing football”. i don’t know what happened to the team, but their previous 2 matches preventing me to criticize them much.

  6. Daniel Feuerstein

    June 21, 2009 at 2:16 am

    Ahmed. I’m giving Egypt credit for doing well against the two of the top three sides that are in the Confederations Cup. Yes we don’t know much about the CAF Confederation, but at least we know who to give credit to for playing better and more passionate football than what our so called US National Team players have shown.

    At the same time the ref tried to screw your National Team again against Italy and your side prevailed. Please understand our guys mailed it in from the second half of the Italy match till the end against Brazil. Your guys deserve every positive praise they get.

  7. Ahmed

    June 21, 2009 at 1:47 am

    I understand the frustration from Americans about the lack of passion from their players and coach. However, I was a little upset with the statement “Does everyone see who we are comparing the USA to in Group B of the Confederations Cup.” You might not know much about Egypt, but Egypt are not just a team that came out of the blue. They won the last 2 African Cup of Nations beating teams like Cameroon (4-2, 1-0), Ivory Coast (4-1), Senegal, etc. They have always been a force in African football and their players have impressed with their Egyptian clubs in the Club World Cup before. Honestly, it is no surprise that Egypt is doing better than the USA in this tournament. FIFA rankings don’t mean shit! Who cares if Egypt are ranked 40th in the world? I remember one time, USA was ranked like number 4! And it’s no secret that Egypt has one of the best team work in the WORLD when compared to other national teams!

  8. hany

    June 20, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    all what i know egypt will win ?? ??? ????

  9. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    June 20, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Yeah but by the same token, Ed Mexico has reached the knock out stages of each of the last 4 World Cups and the last seven Copa Americas and they are from CONCACAF. Seriously, would any African nation over time reach seven straight knock out rounds of the Copa and beat Brazil in competitive matches 6 times in 10 years?

    I get your argument about Africa. The US would no doubt struggle to qualify but it seems you write off all of CONCACAF at the same time. Again Ghana lost 3-0 to Brazil. Mexico on the other hand in the same round lost in extra time to an Argentine team that played better in that World Cup than Brazil.

  10. Ed

    June 20, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    “Does everyone see who we are comparing the USA to in Group B of the Confederations Cup”
    HAHAHAHA, Egypt won the African Cup Of Nations a record 6 times. Let’s be Honest, any top team in Africa can beat us easily (Ghana, Nigeria, Cameron). Actually I believe that if we were playing in the African World Cup Qualifiers, we would never reached the finals. How can we compare Canada and USA to Ghana, Egypt, Cameron, Nigeria, Senegal and Ivory Coast. Did anyone see the Ghana performance against Brazil in Germany 2006 or Ivory Coast against Netherlands. Please be reasonable

  11. Rex

    June 19, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Egypt did what we all wanted the US to do. You cant tell me that the US isnt capable of doing what Egypt has done. Well i guess we arent under Bradley.


  12. Ian

    June 19, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Bradley has neutered this team into conservative submission. They are a bunch of lifeless losers. Not one of them could play on some of the past US teams where they fought for the badge and the shirt.


  13. Gods own Country

    June 19, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Kartik, I dont think its the leadership for frankie and ching, its just that they dont stop playing until the final second. I’m sure there are other players with better skills on our team, but ching and frankie fight harder for their short comings and really care about their jersey.

  14. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    June 19, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Berlin and Daniel are right- without Frankie and Ching this team has ZERO leadership. The fact that both of those guys are in the their 30s says a great deal about the point I’ve been making for two years about the current generation of players in their prime.

  15. Daniel Feuerstein

    June 19, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Berlin: It’s not just Brian Ching we are missing, it’s also Frankie Hejduk. Surfer Boy always likes to joke around in the locker room.

  16. Dave

    June 19, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    almost every team i’ve seen in this confederations cup has played as one, aside from the US and New Zealand. even south africa and iraq have better communication on the pitch than the US now.

    until certain players are being challenged for their spot, i don’t think any of them are going to play their hearts out. heck, even BB acts like his job is safe. he should atleast try and show some emotion on the sideline. everytime the camera pans to him, he seems lifeless. i don’t know if he gave the yanks a good yelling at halftime against costa rica or not. i suspect it was more like “hey good job guys, we’ll get ’em in the second half”.

    even though egypt is ranked like 40th and the US 14th (lol), the US seems light years away from them, both in skill and teamwork. even our U-20 squad plays with more heart and has better teamwork than the senior squad, which is a shame.

    our youth squad has been progressing very well over the past few years. if only that could translate to the national team. maybe a new coach will add the spark and intensity that BB just doesn’t seem to have. but maybe it’s time to change how the USSF operates the youth system and the whole developmental system that flows towards the national team squad. either way, what’s in place is not working and needs to change.

    if the confederations cup was the best the US could offer, than we’ve made no progress at all.

  17. Soccer Jerseys

    June 19, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    I don’t see Bradley getting fired, it’s too late in the World Cup qualifying to get rid of a coach, plus who will we replace him with? I’m not a fan of the team right now and I don’t see a promising World Cup 2010 either.

  18. Lone Goal

    June 19, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I 100% agree with Gods own Country. Egypt played a brilliant game by fighting hard and standing up to Italy. They maintained their defensive discipline and kept up the pressure. I was also impressed with Iraq when they played Spain. At the rate, the U.S. would lose to Iraq too.

  19. Gods own Country

    June 19, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I watched the Egypt Italy game, one thing i noticed is that how much more communication there is between players and coach. They show their emotions and seems turyly passionate about why they are on the pitch.

  20. Berlin

    June 19, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Ching was holding this team together, his absence is the reason we’ve imploded. That, and the fact that Bradley is done.

  21. Mike H

    June 19, 2009 at 9:51 am

    I agree with a lot of what you say. Bradley needs to go because of his ‘tactics’ and his inability to standup to players.

    On a different note, I hope these past 4 games have given pause to all the Bring Ching haters out there. He might not be tearing up the goal scoring sheet, but I challenge anyone to name a single US or club match where he has not given everything he has.

  22. mohammed dahab

    June 19, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Setting up a civilization easier than back it up

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