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World Cup Qualifying

USA vs. Costa Rica: Match Night Commentary

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The top two teams in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying square off tonight at Estadio Saprissa as the U.S. national team visits Costa Rica.

You know all the background by now. The Americans have never won at Saprissa. Costa Rica is very strong at Saprissa and a win for either team tonight would go a long way toward helping that team qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

Early word around San Jose is that tonight's atmosphere won't be as rabid at Saprissa as in year's past. There will be no alcohol sold and no coins allowed at the stadium. Any coins brought in by fans will be taken away and donated to charity. Souvenirs and food bought in the stadium must be paid for with paper money and no coin change will be given. Also, battery-operated radios won't be allowed (so there won't be any battery tossing.

Those restrictions aren't likely to stop Costa Rica's fans from making it an intimidating place to play tonight. The key will be the Americans keeping things from getting out of hand early on. In fact, you shouldn't be surprised to see the U.S. team on the attack with an offensive-minded lineup.

I will be providing commentary throughout the evening so please feel free to follow the match here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions on tonight's match in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (some interesting lineup tibits after the jump):

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FINAL– Now the U.S. team finds itself in second place in qualifying and must now take on a tough Honduras team without Michael Bradley or Sacha Kljestan. It isn't going to be easy.

 That's all for now from me. PLease share your post-game thoughts in the comments section below (And PLEASE keep it clean.).

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FINAL- Costa Rica 3, USA 1. The Costa Ricans dominated this one from start to finishing, proving that speed kills. The Americans couldn't handle the speed on the flanks, or anywhere else for that matter, while some new U.S. players failed in their attempts to earn more playing time.

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90th minute– GOAL USA!!! And it's Landon DOnovan. Just two more goals away (Kidding).

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90th minute– PENALTY. Onyewu is fouled in the area.

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88th minute– SAVE HOWARD on a Centeno free kick.

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87th minute– Adu with a weak effort from distance.

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86th minute– There is Burgos again. He's quietly had a great game, not even counting the goal.

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83rd minute– Adu found out pretty quickly that he can't spend all dayon the ball.

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82nd minute– Jeez Charlie, I was kidding.

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81st minute– Watch those elbows Charlie.

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80th minute– Charlie Davies in for Clint Dempsey, who was invisible today.

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79th minute- Dangerous USA free kick opportunity. AND it's wasted. YUCK.

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78th minute– Costa Rica fans are now chanting "Bring on Mexico." Can't say I blame them. Playing like this they can beat anybody in CONCACAF. 

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77th minute– Donovan hits a 25-yard shot a yard over, took a nice pass from Adu. No need for the rushed shot.

Alvaro Saborio is out, Carlos Hernandez is in. 

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75th minute– Costa Rica with the Oles now. This is getting embarrassing. 

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73rd minute– Marvell Wynne is going to have nightmares about Esteban Sirias when he goes to bed tonight.

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72nd minute– Here's a question. Who will start in central midfield vs. Honduras? Will we see Benny Feilhaber and Torres? 

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71st minute– Where in the world was Beasley?

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69th minute- GOAL COSTA RICA!!!!!!!!!!! Put this one in the books. Pablo Herrera just torched the U.S. defense and beat Tim Howard to make it 3-0 Costa Rica.

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68th minute– Pin-point long pass from Bradley to the flank. The talk about his turnovers is tired because he's bound to have some turnovers considering how much of the ball he gets.

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67th minute– Kljestan's yellow means he will also be out vs. Honduras.

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66th minute– Donovan draws a foul and free kick. Donovan hits the wall with the free kick.

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65th minute– Kljestan with a cynical foul on Ruiz, draws a yellow. Costa Rica's combination play is KILLING the U.S. team today.

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64th minute– A Bradley-Kljestan-Adu midfield now. Will be an interesting 25 minutes.

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63rd minute– Freddy Adu is coming on for Pablo Mastroeni. Who would have thought we'd see Adu tonight? Can he make something happen?

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60th minute–  Wow, Wynne with an awful turnover. Bradley sets him up with a great pass and he botches it.

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56th minute– Lots of good performances from Costa Rica today but I have to praise Celso Burgos. The kid has a great future ahead of him and could be the next CONCACAF star.

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55th minute– Harold Wallace is coming out, Pablo Herrera is in.

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55th minute– Bradley gets a yellow card, not sure about that call. Now Bradley will miss the Honduras match. Harsh call considering Bradley hadn't committed many fouls at all.

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54th minute– Better stuff from the U.S., a nice passing sequence leads to a corner.

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53rd minute– Rough night for Altidore, who has been starved for service tonight. He's tried to make things happen, but just can't do it alone.

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52nd minute– Costa Rica comes close yet again.

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49th minute- Klestan is a better two-way player than Torres, but he hasn't exactly been on form in MLS and Torres was passing the ball and keeping the ball well after a shaky first 10 minutes. 

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47th minute– We're back and Costa Rica hasn't lost any energy. Still trying to figure out the Torres sub. Is he hurt? Was he gassed?

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HALFTIME– Sacha Kljestan will be coming in for Torres. Not sure about that sub. Mastroeni has been awful.

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HALFTIME– Costa Rica 2, USA 0. The Costa Ricans came out flying while the Americans looked completely disjointed. Bradley will have to consider a change or two at halftime. Marvell Wynne looks like a lost cause out there, but then again, Beasley hasn't had a great game either. Bradley might want to yank Wynne or Mastroeni. 

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45th minute– One minute of stoppage.

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43rd minute– Just took a peak at the comments. Anybody saying Bradley is having a bad game is nuts. He's been one of the best Americans, if not the best, on the field.

Costa Rica is knocking it around right now, but finally turn it over.

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40th minute– The Diaz-Sirias combo on the left flank has been fun to watch tonight, well, unless yo're a U.S. fan.

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38th minute– Saborio just barely missed a side volley from close. WOW

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38th minute– Lots of miscommunication in the back, due mainly to the deafening noise here.

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36th minute– Mastroeni can't keep up with the pace of the Costa Rica midfield. There's no other way to say it.

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34th minute– Did I mention that I've liked what I've seen from Torres tonight?

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32nd minute– Marvell Wynne is having a rough day. Sirias is burning him and even when he gets on the overlap, he can't beat Junior Diaz.

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30th minute– Freddy Fernandez with the foul on Altidore and he gets a yellow. He will miss Costa Rica's next qualifier, vs. Trinidad & Tobago.

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29th minute– Great play by Ruiz to track back and break up a U.S. attack. He's a quality player who will be moving to a bigger club this summer.

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28th minute– You can definitely tell that some American players are having trouble measuring their passes on this turf.

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26th minute– Dempsey completed shanked the free kick. Awful.

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26th minute– I will say that Torres has settled down and is playing much better now. USA free kick.

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24th minute– Better sequence from the Americans but Altidore can't make the final pass. The Costa Ricans are leaving themselves exposed on the counter but the U.S. team has failed on two occasions to capitalize.

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23rd minute– Donovan has a one-on-one against Michael Umana and he can't beat his former Galaxy teammate. He's got to do better there.

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22nd minute– Beasley got caught badly on the counterattack. He needs to time his runs better and be more aware because Andy Herron looks like a man possessed tonight.

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21st minute– Good long throw from Onyewu but Navas gets to it. The Americans need to get the ball and keep it for a bit.

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19th minute– I questioned Kenton's decision to start Herron, but his move to play Herron on the right flank and have Ruiz up top with Saborio has paid off handsomely.

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18th minute– Costa Ricans are ALL OVER the USA. It's pretty stunning. Shows what team play can do. Americans are not playing like a team right now. Some players look ready, some absolutely don't.

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16th minute– Bradley forces a good turnover but Donovan shanks the subsequent shot.

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15th minute– Mastroeni, Wynne and Torres look awful early on here.

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14th minute– That play just showed that you can have al the speed in the world but if you're positioning is suspect it will cost you.

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 12th minute– The Americans haven't done it yet, but when they string passes together they can unlock the Costa Rican defense. They just need to find the final pass. 

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11th minute– Mastroeni with a professional foul on Burgos, who is one to watch in this game.

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9th minute– Michael Bradley has been one of the few composed players early on. Herron and Beasley clash a bit. A little former Fire on former Fire battle there.

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7th minute- Costa Rica putting serious pressure on the ball and the Americans look shaky right now.

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6th minute– Jose Torres not off to the best start tonight.

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5th minute– Americans have settled down and have begun knocking it around.

THIS PLACE IS INTENSE.

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3rd minute- GOAL COSTA RICA!!! Alvaro Saborio with a left-footed blast into the far corner. What a start for the Costa Ricans. 

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PRE-GAME– It's time to try and save some battery power until this issue is resolved so I'll be back just before kickoff.

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PRE-GAME– In an interview this week, Andy Herron said the key to beating the U.S. defense was getting balls into space and beating them with pace. Was it just me or did Herron looked pretty darn slow with Chicago last year?

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PRE-GAME– The teams are leaving the field and we are about 20 minutes from kickoff.

Someone just kicked tried kicking in one of the doorknobs on the locked power room and succeeded. Unfortunately the door is still locked. I won't say who it was but I'm pretty sure he was Peruvian.

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PRE-GAME– So here's to the hazards of press boxes/tribunes in foreign countries. There is no power for the media because the room with the power is locked. Steve Goff and I have tried getting the door open and failed miserably. The one trip I don't bring my burglar tools.

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PRE-GAME- Now, on to Costa Rica. With Herron and Saborio at forwards I think it's safe to say we'll see their standard 4-4-2, with Ruiz on the right and Sirias on the left. If Rodrigo Kenton decided to try and play a 4-3-3 as well, with Ruiz up top, that could make for some great action, but I have a feeling Ruiz will come in from the flanks.  

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PRE-GAME– Back to the surprising surprises (yes, I did laugh at some of the sarcasm), it isn't a coincidence that the two surprise absences were an older player with issues playing on turf and another player who has had injury woes the past two years. I think it's safe to say you will see Ching and Spector starting in Chicago against Honduras.

So who plays right back if Wynne happens to get hurt? It wouldn't shock me if Beasley switched sides and Bornstein moved in at left back in that circumstance.

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PRE-GAME– It may not sound like I'm giving Costa Rica a chance here but it needs to be pointed out that the Tico midfield is VERY good and if the Costa Ricans can get their fast possession game going early, it can keep the Americans on their heels. the key once again will be dealing with Centeno and Ruiz.

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PRE-GAME– Why the decision to attack? Costa Rica's defense is vulnerable, and having to deal with Donovan, Altidore and Dempsey will be very tough.

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PRE-GAME– I've just been told the formation will be more of a 4-3-3 than a 4-3-2-1. Something like this:

—Donovan——-Altidore———Dempsey—

——Torres——Mastroeni—–Bradley——-

Beasley—-Bocanegra—-Onyewu—–Wynne

——————-Howard———————-

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PRE-GAME– If that's the formation, then the Americans are coming here to attack and make a statement, something that has to be exciting to U.S. fans. Don't let the three midfielders in front of the back four fool you. If that's the formation they use, you will see torres and Bradley float into the attack, while also overing for Beasley and Wynne when they get forward on the overlap.

How will the Americans deal with Ruiz? Donovan, Torres, and Beasley will be on that side of the field, so Ruiz will have plenty of company over there. As for Walter Centeno, Costa Rica's playmaker? Mastroeni's task will be to stick to him all match.

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PRE-GAME- It just dawned on me that we might see the 4-3-2-1 formation I've mentioned in the past as a possibility for the United States, the same one Bradley deployed against Cuba in the second half of a qualifier last year:

——————-Altidore———————-

————Donovan—Dempsey————–

—–Torres—–Mastroeni—–Bradley——-

Beasley—-Bocanegra—-Onyewu—–Wynne

——————-Howard———————-

Interesting indeed. The U.S. team certainly has the speed on the flanks to make this work.

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PRE-GAME– I tell you what folks, we are in for an exciting game if these lineups are any indication.

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PRE-GAME– Here is the Costa Rica lineup:

————Herron—-Saborio————–

——————Centeno——————-

Sirias———————————–Ruiz

——————Borges——————–

Diaz——Fernandez—Umana——Wallace

——————-Navas———————-

BENCH- Gonzalez, Alonso, Furtado, Herrera, Hernandez, Segares, Bolanos

I got 10 of 11 starters from my projected Costa Rica squad, with the missing one being Andy Herron for Cristian Bolanos.

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PRE-GAME- Here is the formation:

————–Altidore—–Donovan

Torres—————————–Dempsey

———–Bradley—–Mastroeni———–

Beasley—-Bocanegra—Onyewu—-Wynne

——————-Howard——————-

Very athletic lineup tonight.

So why no Ching. It's probably the one move we should have seen coming. Ching is known for struggling on turf because of the wear it puts on his body. He has sat for Houston against teams on turf, and sitting him tonight should allow him to start vs. Honduras.

Whether the US deploys a 4-5-1 or 4-4-2, U.S. fans will be loving the sight of Altidore and Torres in the lineup.

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PRE-GAME– Here is the USA lineup:

 1-Tim Howard; 6-Marvell Wynne, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 4-Pablo Mastroeni, 12-Michael Bradley, 9-Jose Francisco Torres; 8-Clint Dempsey, 10-Landon Donovan, 17-Jozy Altidore

Subs: 18-Brad Guzan, 2-Ricardo Clark, 11-Freddy Adu, 13-Jonathan Bornstein, 14-Jay DeMerit, 15-Charlie Davies, 16-Sacha Kljestan

Yep, surprises.

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PRE-GAME- So why might Spector not be dressing? Good question, but I'm wondering whether Bob Bradley is choosing to go with Marvell Wynne's speed at right back to neutralize the speed Costa Rica could have on that flank, particularly if Ruiz is deployed as a left winger. There is also the turf factor. Spector has a history of injury issues and could be vulnerable playing on the awful turf here, while Marvell Wynne plays on turf for Toronto FC. Just a thought.

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PRE-GAME– I have actually seen quite a few U.S. fans in the past few minutes. A decent number, but a group that will still be drowned out by the Costa Rican fans.

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PRE-GAME– O-LE, OLE, OLE, OLE. TI-CO, TI-CO!

I'd rate the atmosphere here as more of a party atmosphere than an intimidating cauldron (at least for now).

Oh no, the main Costa Rica section is deliver loud chants using Thunder Stix of all things. Corny, but effective.

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PRE-GAME– So is the "surprising lineup moves" buzz legit or just a smokescreen? We will be finding out in a few minutes.

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PRE-GAME– The announcer here just introduced the U.S. team and a loud chorus of whistled rained down. The crowd here is ready to make some noise tonight.

It must be said that for as downtrodden as this stadium is, the atmosphere is great. Ultimately, it's the fans who make a stadium, not the concrete and steel.

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PRE-GAME– The team has arrived at the stadium and I have to say it was one of the more tame motorcades I've been a part of. No word on the U.S. lineup yet.

We are less than 90 minutes from kick and the crowd is filling in nicely. The ends are more full than the lower tiers on the wider sides of the field. Looks like the people with more expensive tickets are taking their time to get here. I've seen a few American fans sprinkled in, but the similarity in colors between the teams will make spotting them pretty tough. Then again you can still spot the clusters of American flags.

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PRE-GAME– The bus is set to depart from the team hotel. It should be an interesting ride to Saprissa. I'll provide some details of the ride once we arrive.

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PRE-GAME– The buzz I'm hearing is that the U.S. lineup tonight will be a surprising one with some unexpected selections. Just what those surprise are remains to be seen. If I were guessing I'd say that we might se Jozy Altidore and/or Jose Francisco Torres.

A source has told me that defender Jonathan Spector is not dressing for this match (not sure why). If this is true then Marvell Wynne should get the nod at right back. I just saw Spector and he didn't appear injured. I'll look to get confirmation of this ASAP.

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PRE-GAME– We are just over two hours to kickoff and the weather is still beautiful. Here's hoping it stays that way.

579 comments
  • Mike Caramba

    It was ugly, yes. End of the world? No. Keep in mind, we traditionally trade results with Costa Rica and Mexico (win/draw at home, draw/lose on the road). Of course I’d like to see more from our boys, but I think more than a few people are too quick to yell “the sky is falling!”

    This 4-3-3 business is bogus. It’s the same stunt Rongen pulled in the last U-20 WC. Let’s call it what it is: 4-5-1. It’s unlikely that Ching would have significantly altered the result, but I think combining him with Altidore at the top would have helped out some. Wynne obviously didn’t work out at RB. Should have been Spector.

    It’s difficult to get road results in any competition, in any sport…especially when you’re playing on a uniquely quick surface like the Nats did tonight. But it’d be nice to see the US control the ball a little better…to defend more effectively…to rely less heavily on the long ball over the top (which very rarely seems to work). Imposing our will on the road will always be hard to do, but showing a little more control and composure is a must.

    One more note: There are a lot of times we have time on the ball and we’re unwilling to take it. We have opportunities to hold possession and distribute more effectively, but we throw those away in favor of the long ball. Composure, composure, composure!

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  • jason

    How does Adu not start on this team…..just watching how he shifted to the middle was calm with his passes started opening up the play for us, made a few World Class passes…and was very active and was very creative(like always) and you can see just how much better we are everytime Adu is in the match, not to mention his nice move he did that allowed him to take that shot from distance……..will be shocked if Adu does not start at Supporting Striker vs Honduras.

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  • Joamiq

    The DMB hate is hilarious. Hey idiots, he hasn’t played a game in months, and this was what, his second game at LB? You can’t reach any conclusions about an experiment based on such a small sample. Bease should absolutely get more opportunities at LB.

    Mastro and Wynne are another story. Mastro is simply not quick enough to make the tackles at the international level anymore, and Wynne clearly isn’t ready yet.

    Donovan and Dempsey need to do much, much more. Together, they should be able to create chances against any CONCACAF competition. Donovan should be spearheading the attack, and Dempsey should be more assertive as well.

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  • JBeto

    ¨Reasons why the U.S. lost¨

    1. The turf

    2. Stadium looks like a prison.

    3. The fans

    4. The Ref

    5. Color of socks of USMNT

    Keep it coming guys, this is really hilarious stuff for us ticos to read.

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  • Tyler

    I swear some of you are so enamored with the name of a player. I say we are missing Ching (granted I admit that we need Frankie back more) and everyone laughs. Then Adu comes in and everyone rates him high? What game is everyone watching?

    Altidore, Bradley, and Torres were the only decent players in this game.

    Ditch the 4-3-3, I never want to see it again.

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  • Chase

    What a joke…we looked awful at our worst and disinterested in the proceedings at our best.

    This team has some severe problems, most notably at LB. I know Ives is a big proponents of Beasley at LB, but tonights game was a pretty damning indictment against this continued experiment.

    And can we pretty much close the book on Wynne being anywhere close to international ready…

    I really hope they can pick themselves up, because the game in Chicago has huge ramifications now.

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  • DC Josh

    Wow, over 500 comments. Thank you to everyone for making me laugh at 6:30 in the morning at all of the hilarious comments.

    I am embarrassed to be an American soccer fan today. I think the best SBI mafia XI could have played better than that.

    They showed no heart out there.

    I am very disappointed.

    I feel like I just walked in on my wife with another man.

    I feel like my balls have been cut off and fed to a rabbit.

    Boss Bradley shouldn’t take blame for that performance, that was solely on the shoulders of the players. If the coach has to get the players pumped up for a game like this then the players shouldn’t be on the team.

    Concrete turf should have never been allowed by FIFA. It looked exactly like Giants stadium.

    There were times when the US moved the ball extremely well, but their biggest problem was applying pressure, and getting the final pass behind the back line.

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  • LittleRockAnt

    Speed isn’t what won this game for Costa Rica. I’m not sure what you guys were seeing. It was a lack of marking and tacking. The first goal was a lack of tackling by Mastroeni. The second and third goals were a matter of sub par marking.

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  • DC Josh

    Let’s not jump to conclusions here.

    Calling for Bradley’s head is very easy to do after an embarrassment like last night. But the players couldn’t match Costa Rica’s energy. Some games are certainly the coach’s fault, and some are the players. I’d put the blame on this loss at 70% on the players, and 30% on the coaching staff.

    After South Africa, I think it’s time the U.S. feds look at possibly hiring a coaching import. We need to try something different.

    But I think Boss Bradley put the players in a position to succeed. The problem is depth and the turf. Spector not in the 18 was shocking, but I’m assuming they didn’t want to risk ANOTHER injury. Who else do they start beside Bradley? Rico Clark? *vomits in mouth* Anyone would assume Wynne could match their pace, and use his experience on turf, but looked horrible. He was caught more than a dozen times, allowing too many balls behind him.

    Bradley played a 4-5-1, don’t know why they showed it as a 4-3-3. A 4-5-1 is a defensive formation, which easily changes to a 4-3-3 offensively.

    In a perfect world I would start Ching and Jozy up top with Torres behind them. Duece and Donovan on the flanks with Bradley holding the midfield. Spector on the left, Gooch and Boca in the middle, with Hedjuk on the right.

    Also, our defense is in danger of collapsing for good. We have SERIOUS issues back there.

    If the players play like that in the Confed. Cup we are going to get shutout every game, and Timmy will be facing a shooting gallery.

    Chicago couldn’t come any sooner.

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  • sg

    I was never one to blame the coach, but I think Bradley has taken this team as far as he can.

    His choices are really poor and he clearly has not prepped the team.

    Beasley should not play, period.

    Sacha is a lazy player who is not ready for clutch games like this.

    Wynne is probably the worst choice of the night.

    Donovan needs to be replaced as the best US player, soon. He cannot move the team forward it seems, just like the LA Galaxy.

    Torres was very good, as many have mentioned.

    I feel for Howard – his defense let him down.

    Abysmal effort. Embarrassing. Bob Bradley needs to go.

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  • EA

    People will disagree, but I think subbing Torres WAS the right play.

    Kljestan offers more going forward (though less holding the ball in the midfield) and I think he showed more in the final third than Torres was.

    What I don’t understand, is why down 2-0, Bob doesn’t make the obvious offense/defense move with Adu for Mastroeni first, then make the more subtle change of Kljestan for Torres.

    Seems like a better linking/holding midfielder would have been of benefit to the offense earlier in the second half.

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  • Greg Ginn

    Is Bob gone? That has to be the worst US game, I’ve seen in a long time. No passion, no heart, and just crap. Pulled Torres out? WTF? kept Beasley in? WTF? We are going to get killed this summer, Italy and Brasil.

    Thanks Bob!

    A$$hole!

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  • MVK

    4-3-3 was simply stupid, and on top of that the wrong players were in the wrong spots for the 4-3-3…. STUPID STUPID STUPID, THIS WAS THE WORST MOVE BOB HAS EVER MADE

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  • Greg Ginn

    Is Bob gone??????? Jürgen Klinsmann is free, it’s not too late. José Pekerman is looking for a new job!!! F*CK!!! make a change now!

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  • KCB

    Alright, my thoughts.

    Forget Costa Rica, the asphalt pitch, “The Cauldron of Doom” and all that stuff. Why did the US loss so badly?

    The US Nats HAVE NO CHARACTER! Flat, boring, uninspiring football, er… soccer. This has marred the Bob Bradley era. We have 10 robots on the field every match (not counting Howard). The organization and positioning are decent, but outside of Freddy Adu and Charlie Davies last night, the Nats are anti-creative, predictable, and slow.

    I sum it up in this quote I once heard (loosely translated) “When the US learns that we’re playing football here, not soccer, then they will become a true World Cup contender.”

    Last night was the first time the US were truly exposed for this fact. We beat Mexico on a set piece and a goalkeeping gaf, we scrapped by El Salvador on a couple crosses, and trounced T&T because of their worthless defense an Jozy’s effort and well timed runs. But Costa Rica exposed the US Nats lack of character, something the US needs to find in South Africa this summer or the return trip in Summer of 2010 will be one to forget.

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  • Nats

    I think this shows that for all the talk of our team becoming better, it really isn’t.

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  • BrianK

    “IVES, I love your blog. But if you don’t ask bob…i mean really pester him and challenge him as to why he subbed Torres at half, then you lose your journalistic cred….seriously.” – John Fish

    Ives,…I second that thought! Some journo has got to pin BB down on this move. Mastroeni was abysmal,…Michael Bradley was looking sluggish and BB takes Torres out? Something stinks. To echo the sentiments of another person on this board,…I am beginning to have my doubts about BB. Someone get Klinsman number for Sunil.

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  • TimN.

    I had a bad feeling about this game going in. It was confirmed when I saw Wynne and Beasley starting at the outside backs…HORRIBLE decision. I’m not even sure why Beasley is getting call-ups any more. He’s been playing little, if any, with Rangers, and his last few outings with the MNT have been poor.

    Having said that, I think if we get the win at home against Honduras we’ll be just fine. I hate that Bradley picked up a weak yellow and will have to sit out.

    I think a 4-4-2 with Spector, Bocanegra, Oneywu, and DeMerit (Hejduk if he’s healthy) across the back, Torres, Dempsey, Donovan, and Mastroeni in the middle, and Ching (if he’s healthy) and Altidore up top might be the way to go. PLEASE BB, NO MORE BEASLEY!!! If Ching can’t go, maybe Davies or Adu up top with Jozy. We’ll see…

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  • mike ruze

    Bradley should be fired. He benches the the only guy moving the ball offensively. Then leaves in his son KNOWING that he is a yellow card away from missing a match and everyone KNOWING that if Bradley cant plays 90 without getting a card, Which he did.
    Then he puts in Sacha knowing he also is 1 away from missing a match with the game out of reach and presto!!! he also gets it. So now Bradley and Sacha are out as is Edu in a must win game sat.

    Marvell Wynne absolutely sucks at this level. He runs like Devin Hester…but plays soccer like him to. The man has NO touch and NO ball skills how can you call someone up who cant play soccer?

    Beasley still gets preferential treatment like he did under Arena out of form…no porblem not only will you start youll play a position youve never play (how did you like that Beasley at left back idea you pinned for Ives?)

    Bradley improved but too much of an idiot and cant avoid cards.

    Maestroni sucks his time is passed.

    Gooch and Boca slow all day..imagine how slow they ll be Sat with jet lag and 3 days rest.

    Dempsey played? Really didnt see him.

    Donvan, another big game another game he fails to step up except to take the PK someonelse earned.

    Without a win Sat Bradley should be on the chopping block. Hey isnt Hiddink avail?

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  • Jose A. V.

    CHARLIE DAVIES if you are going to sub him in, put him in earlier please. Every time they put him in is with 5 to 10 minutes left, and he still makes an impact. Wake up BB.

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  • Andy

    You people talk about certain players “not showing anything in the final third.” I blame not one person but the entire damn team for this loss sans Tim Howard.

    There is almost never anybody moving off the ball every time I watch the US play. I just don’t understand it. There was no hustle on offense. There was no hustle on defense. Costa Rica was allowed to play the ball all over the place and then when we finally got a touch, we were smothered by opposing players.

    The reason why nothing works in the attacking third is because NOBODY IS EVER OPEN.

    Why is nobody ever open? Because nobody tries to get open. Everyone just stands next to a ****ing defender waiting for a ball to get chipped to them. (And most of the time that is chipped over their heads.)

    The United States will never be anything special until players learn how to get open and receive a god damn pass in open space.

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  • Kizz

    Hello football fans,

    How do you say USA demolished in Costa Rica in Spanish? LMAO. Once again I’ve come to bring reality to the US fans, your team is ordinary and it was shown with their abysmal performance against Costa Rica who is sitting top of Concacrap right now, lol.

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  • ThaDeuce

    if you thought this was embarassing, can you spell confederations cup? although at least then we have an excuse, and i expect to be hearing it, oh they were sooo much better. no excuses in costa rica.

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  • ThaDeuce

    I said it once and I will say it again, the US missed Ching tonight. Compare what he does with the ball to what Jozy did and the gap is glaring. Ching draws the same fouls, but also holds up and distributes the ball well. We created zero quality chances up front and not having a target was a major reason.

    Posted by: Smacking | June 04, 2009 at 12:18 AM

    CONCUR

    we also missed hejduk’s drive and commitment in the face of adversity

    gooch and boca sucked a big one too last night, i think saturday demerit aught to get a shot at center, put boca on the left.

    i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again, no more pablo

    keep torres in the whole game, he plays well

    if you are going to have beasley on the field, at least have him in a position next to donovan so they can overlap….. otherwise no point

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  • ThaDeuce

    and i agree for all who have said the following, (and my old coach for that matter) THERE IS NEVER ANY EXCUSE FOR GETTING BEAT TO THE BALL!!!!!! they may be faster or better or whatever, but getting beat to the ball is a lack of hustle and you should be subbed out every time.

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  • ThaDeuce

    and they need to learn to make runs into open space…again, no hustle…

    Who i’d like to see start in midfield since bradley is out and so is sacha (thank goodness) is torres (no duh) and adu (why not?)
    nothing else is working anyway.

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  • kevin solano

    im costa rican but live in the us my name is kevin david solano we killed us im a great soccer player n if i become pro i have the chance to play either with costa rica or united states of america i really didnt know who but after us got beat 3-1 no doubt about who im choosing{costa rica} soy de cartago

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