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Buddle’s Brace In World Cup Tune Up, Takes Down Australia

Edson Buddle of the U.S. celebrates scoring his second goal during their friendly soccer match against Australia at the Ruimsig stadium in Roodepoort

The magic of Edson Buddle has continued out of Major League Soccer and into the US Men’s National Team. This new found confidence has given him and what we all expected out of him from his days with the Columbus Crew that started his career. Well whatever potion Buddle has drank in Los Angeles he has to spread it around with his teammates.

What a start for Buddle in the first half when he stole the ball from Australian defender Vincenzo Grella in the 4th minute and took a run. When he reached the Australian area he ripped a hard roofing shot that keeper Mark Schwarzer couldn’t reach at. His second of the match was a beauty when Steve Cherundolo was attacking down the near side and crossed a beauty of a ball towards the area & in the 31st minute Buddle headed the ball down and it bounced past Schwarzer for his second goal of the match.

Herculez Gomez converted his second National Team goal in second half stoppage time and gave the USA a three goals to one win & it was the first time in three tries the USA has defeated Australia. The amazing comeback of Edson Buddle has been a revelation to all of us who thought he was done for at the National Team level, but what he did at the start of the MLS season no one could’ve pictured this.

But at the same time no one would’ve pictured seeing Robbie Findley on this team who’s speed is a nice addition, yet experience is a bit suspect as well as confidence as he hasn’t been involved that much in International football on the senior level. We can say that he made a great pass to Landon Donovan that created the equalizer against Turkey in Philadelphia. He also had that fabulous chance of getting Schwarzer off his line and burry what should’ve been two goal to nil, but went wide of the near post.

Herculez Gomez was a good young player for both the Los Angeles Galaxy & Kansas City Wizards in MLS, but didn’t show his real potential till he moved to Puebla of the Mexican First Division. Now he has two goals under his belt for his international career, playing in his first World Cup and signed with CONCACAF Champions League Winner Pachuca joining his USA teammate Jose Francisco Torres.

There have been so many question marks with this World Cup side with a few exceptions of the usual suspects joining the roster like Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan and Tim Howard. Injuries to Oguchi Onyewu & Carlos Bocanegra & the sprained ankle of Jozy Altidore were a bit concerning, but during the friendly Rob Stone reported that Jozy’s ankle is getting better and light training is next.

How wonderful it is to see Buddle, Findley & Gomez come out of nowhere and give the boys and Bob Bradley a boost of confidence to form a solid game plan when they play their first group match against England next Saturday afternoon. Yes David Beckham was with Fabio Capello’s right hand man in the stands to scout the match and take notes, but just like any scouting staff notes won’t mean that much unless you execute the game plan properly.

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  1. doug

    June 6, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    So, I’m thinking start Altidore w/ Gomez, see how things go, but bring Buddle in either 30 minutes in (after Altidore warms up his ankle), or w/ 30 left in the 2nd half…

    Findley definitely feels like a 4th option at this point… he did net 15 goals two years ago at Real Salt Lake, so he’s not terrible, but probably best brought in w/ fresh legs in the 2nd half to run around tiring defenders if Josi is not up-to-speed…

    I’m more worried about our backs for England. I feel like we’re going to drop it 2-1 on defensive breakdowns…

  2. Charles

    June 6, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    When people talked about the World Cup bump, this is what we needed.
    A bunch of players that are only followed by blog posters winning would do MLS no good whatsoever.
    Is it just me or are the MLS players leading the team right now ?

    We knew Donovan would, but Buddle, Finley, etc are nice surprises.

    • SSReporters

      June 6, 2010 at 6:56 pm

      Hold your horses for the real thing.

      For every Donovan and Buddle you have jokes like Bornstein, Findley, and Goodson out there.

      Findley is all speed and little finish. He’s like Marvell Wynne in that he is athletic, fast, and fails at his job of defending/scoring.

      • Charles

        June 6, 2010 at 9:26 pm

        Bornstien looks awful, none of our backs look that great, but Bornstien looks awful.

        Finley can hold his own….he was the best player on the field for the Turkey game.
        Not saying I would even pick him to start, just saying he was the best player on the field for the Turkey game.

  3. Jack in TX

    June 6, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I was impressed by Buddle but Findley looks like a misguided attempt to replace Charlie Davies’ speed. Findley doesn’t have the touch, just speed.

    I would be interested in hearing if anyone else is puzzled by Altidore’s presumed inclusion in the starting lineup. Granted that presumption may have changed yesterday. But for my money, I would have Buddle and Gomez starting up top while using Altidore and Findley as tactical players to exploit a specific defensive weakness if Buddle and Gomez aren’t effective.

  4. Pete

    June 6, 2010 at 10:11 am

    You’re pointless focus on a grammatical mistake on a soccer message board is pathetic. The author is not presenting a formal thesis or even writing for a true periodical. Get a life.

    • grammaticallycorrect

      June 6, 2010 at 7:28 pm

      i think you mean “your pointless focus…” not “you’re”

  5. forweg

    June 6, 2010 at 7:38 am

    That comma in the title is terrible.

  6. man10utd

    June 5, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Buddle looked really good and is the man on form for the US. America has pace but so does England. We left Walcott home because his tremendous pace didn’t make up for his lack of finishing. Findley has the same problem. If America has an advantage I’m concerned about its that quite a few of their players compete against our players in the premier league all year. It should be a good match.

  7. erp

    June 5, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    hard not to like what our midfield and strikers did today. lots of good movement through the field. good transitions. excellent service. yeah, findley had problems finishing, but he created a lot of those chances too so his impact was overall very positive.

    defensively we are still very, very shaky. so many uncontested balls through our area. kennedy could (probably should) have scored at least three times on free balls at the back post. and the next time jay demerit tries to clear a ball from a foot of the ground with his head i’m going to scream.
    we absolutely will lose against england if our back line plays the way they did today.

  8. jose

    June 5, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    my buddle, my buddle, where ever he goes im going to go. my buddle, my buddle, my buddle and me. lol

  9. eplnfl

    June 5, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    What we saw today is something the US has that only a handful of teams in the World Cup can defend, blazing speed up front that will expose most defenses. I do not think even England at full strength in the back line can stay with the US forwards. With Donovan and the rest of our experienced midfield getting the ball into upfront players the US prospects look good for advancing.

    You have to be encouraged with the turkey game and today win over the Aussie’s.

  10. Daniel Feuerstein

    June 5, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks for the error, was trying to make it a positive about Herculez Gomez.

  11. DCM

    June 5, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    You might want clarify your paragraph regarding Hercules Gomez where you wrote “but didn’t show his real potential when he moved to Puebla of the Mexican First Division” considering he scored 10 goals and tied with two others for the scoring title. I have a feeling you were intending to say something other than how your post reads.

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