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Heart & Passion Finally Came Back To Advance Into The Semis

This is what I have been screaming about for a good while now. It’s not just tactics, formations and who’s favorite players get to start the match all of the time. It’s about showing your pride for playing World Class Football against some of the top nations and showing your pride in the shield on the shirt as well as the flag for your country. From the start of the second half against Italy all the way to the end of the match against Brazil the majority of our boys looked un-inspired and didn’t feel like going out on the pitch and perform. Well with a couple of replacements and giving some other players that we have been screaming for to start and get a chance we have to give credit where credit is due.

Finally Charlie Davies who has been playing his club football in Sweden and how many times we have been screaming for him to play either with the Olympic team or the National Team he showed why he is considered a threat up top when given a chance. That 21st minute goal he toe poked shows that he didn’t give up on the play at all. He was determined to get that goal not just for himself, but for the USA. A solid effort all match long for him being a terror to the Egyptions till he was subbed out. At this point in time I think he should be starting up top instead of Altidore till he gets regular minutes with Villarreal.

As most of you know I have been a heavy critic of Clint Dempsey as of late and I have my reasons. But I think we have finally seen the re-birth of Deuce and he showed slowly at the start of the match up to the 71st minute when he scored that goal that the fire has returned. It felt pretty good to see him bring that emotion back. That is the Clint Dempsey we know and love. That is the Clint Dempsey that we should all expect once he puts on the shirt for the USA.

Brad Guzan looked strong and stellar in the net to give Tim Howard a break and he is showing that he can be a strong #2 as well as challenge Timmy as the #1. But once again Aston Villa of the Premiership has to give him some consistant minutes so he can have that sharpness for the National Team when he gets called up.

Michael Bradley got a fabulous ball from Landon Donovan to place it past the keeper of Egypt and I have to say that it was a great Father’s Day present for Bob who for the first time we have seen him show some emotion on the bench which is pretty hard to do, but I guess with your backs against the wall for a must needed victory along with scoring three goals it can make you gallop down the line and doing the Jose Mourinho happy dance is just fine by me.

Does all of this mean that everything is forgiven? No. This was a solid match that honestly should’ve showed up against Brazil and the start of the second half against Italy. They got some much needed help from the other Group B match where five time World Cup champions Brazil tore down the Blue Azzurri wall. Let’s also give credit where credit is due once again. We know that were unable to have the visual abillity to see the African Cup of Nations Tournament or are aware of how some of the players from the African Confederation performs outside of MLS. Egypt came to play and they came guns-a-blazing against Brazil & Italy, but at the end of the day they did run out of gas. If Egypt does qualify for the World Cup and they face the USA. I would love to see how these two sides would really handle the challenge. But now we have another match against another top ten power in European Cup Champions Spain. It really doesn’t matter now about the result of the match, formations or tactics anymore ladies and gentleman it’s about having the heart & passion to step on that field and give it your all. I don’t want them to feel defeated as soon as they step on the pitch. That will be there downfall before they can get there formations and tactics straightened out.

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  1. Stearling

    June 22, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Let’s be honest, Dempsey was a lazy SOB all game and I was beyond pissed that BB didn’t sub his ass at half. The goal does not make up for his jog-a-thon! I want a reality check on this, either he’s beat up and exhausted from the EPL season or he’s just that cocky, either way, what a waste of effort…good on us making it through with help, but we need boys that want to be there…Donovan made me smile all morning with his desire, thank you for that Landon…

  2. Eric

    June 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Angel & Dave, thanks!

  3. Daniel Feuerstein

    June 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    eplnfl: It is a great opportunity to advance into the final four. I’m happy they did, but let’s hope they don’t have another mental meltdown when they face Spain.

    I think Timmy gets the nod. He’s played more than Guzan in the EPL right now and all Bradley did was give him a break.

  4. Dave

    June 22, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    eric, espn 360 has replays if you can access it.

    i really like the onyewu-demerit tandem in the back and spector has been solid at RG. hopefully when bocanegra comes back, BB will have the balls to play him at LB.


    that seems like a very good defense imo

  5. Angel

    June 22, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Eric if you have internet you can See it on they have the replay

  6. Eric

    June 22, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    The one day I’m working and don’t get to see the game is the day we actually play like we know we can. Does anyone know where I can watch a replay of the game?

  7. Mitch

    June 22, 2009 at 11:48 am

    As far as our performance against Italy and Brazil, show me, beyond the top 5 in the world, another other team that can get a result playing the greater majority of the match with a man down. That is a tough mountain to climb, and it shows we can be pretty competitive when we have a full strengh squad on the pitch.

    LD once again played with a class above all other red white and blues. Gooch was OUTSTANDING, and I feel Feilhaber was pretty good as well. I like the back line alot better with bocanegra on the bench. Just my $.02

  8. Mitch

    June 22, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I saw something COMPLETELY different with Deuce. He was lazy, he didnt track back,, he turned over the ball way too easily, his passes were off target, he jogged most of the match, left his defense in precarious poistions at least 4 times….then he moved forward and got the goal and fist pumped. Sorry I dont see that as having the fire re-ignited. I am not certain why bradley didnt yank him, but as a USMNT fan I am happy he scored.

  9. Robert

    June 22, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Most of what I read before the Confed. Cup had the USA finishing behind Italy and Brazil. So getting to the semifinal has to be considered an upset. I was so proud of the team for their efforts against Egypt, and hope they come out with that same energy on Wednesday. Win or lose, they have at the very least washed away some of that bad taste from last week’s performances.

    Once again, I don’t expect us to beat the top Euro and S.A. teams every time out. Show me a competitive spirit and desire to be on the same field as those teams, and I’ll be a happy USA fan.

  10. Dave

    June 22, 2009 at 9:49 am

    i don’t know about you guys but i get nervous every time teams take a long distance shot with howard in goal lately.

    hopefully guzan can get more PT with aston villa cause he’s got potential to be a great ‘keeper.

    here’s just hoping BB doesn’t stick with the egypt lineup against spain just cause it worked.

  11. eplnfl

    June 22, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Do we start Guzan or Howard against Spain? We all knew the USA had the ability to play like they did on Sunday. Why they haven’t until the Egypt game is the issue.

    Advacning to the final four is a great oppprtuniy for the program. At least one more win before they come home would make this a memorable event in US Soccer history.

    Lets leave the doom and gloom behind. We stepped up on Sunday and others did not. Many a team in many an event should be eliminated early but somehow survives to reach the finals. Stranger things have happened then another US win.

  12. bill

    June 22, 2009 at 8:15 am

    I hope you were drunk when you wrote this..

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