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US Faces Depleted Danish Side


It’s a tough situation Bob Bradley finds himself in. With very few friendly dates left before South Africa to test our best against quality opposition, today’s game against Denmark appears to be a dud. The US is without its two most recognizable field players, Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey, while the Danes basically have a “B” side at their disposal which excludes such recognizable names as Daniel Agger and Niklas Bendtner.

So Bradley finds himself, much like his opposite number Morton Olsen trying to figure out spots 16 thru 23 for his World Cup selection today. Following the 1-0 defeat to Slovakia, where few players not already on the plane to South Africa stood out, Bradley will use this as an occasion to ascertain the value of new players.

One such player Edgar Castillo of Tigres was a disappointment for me this Primera Division Apertura campaign. But his previous friendly performances for Mexico were adequate, creating a strong presence on the left side of defense and pushing forward with timely runs and outstanding crosses.
Another such player, Dax McCarty could be a key to providing depth off the bench in South Africa. McCarty may not have the build of some of his counterparts in the player pool, but his record at the youth level in critical matches speaks for itself.

With the last day of World Cup qualifying going on simultaneously with this friendly and a match here in Miami involving CONCACAF qualifier Honduras tonight (they face Peru), I likely will not provide the usual post match coverage until tomorrow. But feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section

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  1. tony

    November 18, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Kartik knows the UEFA scene well and it seems this post was almost a way of saying if the US beat this Danish team it was illegit.

    I wonder what he thinks of them losing to this Danish team badly! Bye, bye Bob.

  2. Angel

    November 18, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I’m tired of this Bob Bradley Supporter he needs to go and I’m with you Rafael his poor of selection of players, Putting players where they don’t belong, Holding all the Sub until the 75min of the game. no tactics knowledge and I’m tired of him playing so safe and going with his regular players. Sorry but the MLS doesn’t have too many players that can play at the international levels. This game was to bring on or three MLS player and the rest who are in Europe & the Mexican League to see what they can do. If you are going to try player you put then from the beginning not as a Sub. Now MR. Gulati has the chance to bring a new Coach and setup more friendly game until the World Cup. Believe me if they are not European you can still make friendly games with Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala or other country so the New Coach can get settle. I think anyone that come to coach the USA has an Idea of who are the main players are and who they can bring to this team. Guus Hiddink is available and believe me he doesn’t need 4yrs to get this team in track he did in less with Chelsea and can do it with the USA.

  3. Rafael

    November 18, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Once again Bradley got outcoached in the second half. It happens time and time again. Bradley cannot and will never learn how to make tactical changes during a game and how to sub.

    His player selection is terrible. Hejduk is too old to play at the WC. Spector is no CB. He should only play RB. Robbie Rogers is not a right sided player. Eddie Johnson does not belong anywhere near the National Team.

    Fire Bob Bradley. Guus Hiddink is available! Hinddink is not going to the WC. Some team should pick him up. Guus Hiddink would be a steal and is the type of coach we need right now.

  4. World Cup Fan

    November 18, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I’m a soccer fan from Denmark, and I just watched the danish team kick your soccer ass 😛

    Seriously, the U.S team looked to be quite on top of the game in the first half, but you lost it all again in the first 10 minutes of the second half. It would be fun, if our two teams could meet again in the World Cup tournament in either the group play or later on.

    Oh, and it’s Morten Olsen, not Morton 😉

  5. short passes

    November 18, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Playing teams such as Slovakia and Denmark (in their current status) is admittedly not the best prep for the WC. It is even more problematic when Bradley uses these games to “look at” known entities sucj as Dempsey,
    Cherundulo, Hahneman, Conrad, etc. I don’t know what startling, new data we will gain from seeing them again.
    I continue to be a fan of Bob Bradley but I’m beginning to be concerned that Bradley has become infected with a fatal case of World Cup timidity. More and more he is relying on the old war horses and ignoring the development of young, skilled players — Feilhaber, Castillo, Torres. He has tolerated less than stellar performances by Beasley (especially) and Demsey but one less than outstanding showing by these new players relegates them to the back of the line.
    Let’s get realistic — unless we get the draw mentioned in your previous blog, the chances of getting out of the first round are slim and none. Soooo let’s play for the future with players of the future.

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