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United States 2-4 Czech Republic – Final Chance To Prove Yourself

Czech Republic v United States

Meh. Not exactly an inspiring performance.

Honestly this game was simply a chance for players on the fringe to prove their worth to Bob Bradley, and some may have, while some certainly didn’t.

Two of those players — Edson Buddle and Eddie Johnson — partnered each other upfront to start the match and had two very different evenings. While he didn’t score Buddle was consistently involved and showed a high work rate that had to impress the coaching staff.  Johnson, on the other hand, was largely invisible and did nothing to improve his already slim hopes of grabbing a ticket to South Africa.

Puebla’s Herculez Gomez was the other striker competing for a ticket and made the ultimate argument in his favor when he turned in Clarence Goodson’s header across the goal. Goodson had somewhat of an up-and-down night when following a solid first half he collected an assist and commited an absolute howler which allowed the Czech Republic to score their third goal of the night.

While Oguchi Onyewu had a night to forget, getting embarrassed on the Czech Republic’s opening goal, I wouldn’t be shocked if he was on the 23-man roster, in fact, I’d be shocked if he wasn’t. Given his level of fitness Onyewu simply couldn’t be held to the same standards as the rest of the team tonight and when fit he is still the top defender in the player pool.

Two players that did themselves no favors are Jonathan Bornstein and Heath Pearce. Both left backs put in appalling shifts as Bradley continues to struggle to find a fit for the position. One of the two is going to wind up in South Africa and judging from tonight, Bornstein seems to be the lesser of two evils. Certainly defending will have to be a central focus of the remaining pre-World Cup camps.

Another fringe player, Maurice Edu, scored the opening goal of the night when he headed home Stuart Holden’s free kick but he also committed an error that allowed the Czechs to score their final goal of the night, though it is worth noting that he was playing out of position at this point.

Overall while the result was disappointing it did answer any remaining questions the coaching staff may have had about squad selection, and may have helped some bubble players, such as Gomez, find their way into the squad for South Africa.

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  1. MEXICANS are superior to whites

    May 26, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Mexico was undefeated in all of its sendoff games in the usa. The usa has already lost in its 1st sendoff game. Pathetic

    • james

      May 26, 2010 at 11:50 am

      And England tied Tunisia in 1990. What’s your point?

      The only reason the Mexican team won the Gold Cup is that our first team (the one that qualified in front of Mexico for the WC) was given a rest after beating the #1 team in the world in the Confederations Cup and almost beating a full strength Brazil.

      I’d be extremely worried as a Mexican fan after the showing against England, where a majority of possession led to a 3-1 defeat due to some extremely poor defending. With France and Uruguay as favorites and a South African team that surely won’t want to go out in the first round, Mexico has a very difficult group stage.

  2. jgm

    May 26, 2010 at 12:53 am

    I am not a fan of Ching, but I think he played well tonight. Maybe Bradley should keep him.Johnson and Pearce should be dropped.

  3. james

    May 26, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I thought Goodson, while creating a goal with a good header, played horribly at the back. He was caught ball watching for one of the goals when he should have tried to block the pass and flubbed what should have been a simple clearance in another. I also think Howard would have stopped two of the goals and Guzman should be a very clear third.

    Pearce was absolute garbage and I would be very surprised if he was included.

    Robbie Rogers and Stuart Holden were both stand outs, with Holden likely already having a place and Rogers making a serious case with great running, passing and shooting.

    Gomez and Ching should definitely be included while Johnson should definitely be cut and I would be very surprised if there’s room for Buddle.

    Gooch didn’t play well, but with Goodson probably displaying the best defending of the evening, it would be very surprising if he’s not included as, when fit, he’s our best defender. The real question will be if Bradley thinks he can attain a reasonable level of fitness in time for the 12th.

    • SSReporters

      May 26, 2010 at 10:51 am

      This game assured I have no confidence in our defense. My hopes on us being contenders relied on a defense anchored by a healthy Gooch. Due to our lack of depth and Gooch’s lack of health I am very concerned about our defense. It just looked awful and lost.

  4. Sam

    May 25, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Torres is lock in the middle right? I mean, there’s a good chance that Donovan will be playing in and around the middle quite often but besides him, we only really have Benny and Torres as guys who can knock the ball around a bit in the midfield with some confidence.

  5. CTBlues

    May 25, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    I’m sitting in traffic trying to leave the game and god that was a fun game watch, but geez no wonder other countries make fun of our fans we had people crying the whole time throwing stuff at us because we were standing the whole game just like everybody infront of us. If you want to sit and watch a game watch it at home or we need to start making family sections with all sitting and no alcohol.

    • Up the Chels!!! In Chicago

      May 26, 2010 at 11:58 am

      Was the crowd as quiet as it seemed on TV?? I was sitting on my couch embarassed, you could hear a pin drop at some points. Really disappointing, it sounded like a 9,000 people MLS game crowd.

      • CTBlues

        May 26, 2010 at 2:44 pm

        Yes, there was only one time when it seemed like more than just our section by the right corner flag opposite the bigscreen was cheering. The only chant was U-S-A the whole game, but we tried to start America the Beautiful and the Battle Hymn of the Republic and no one would join in.

        People need to realise if you buy tickets to a sporting event and the seats are in the endzones or the bleachers most likely people are going to stand, cheer, drink, and use profanities because those sections are considered supporters sections.

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