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USA vs. Russia: Match Day Commentary

 

The U.S. Men’s National Team will play their final match of the year this morning in the city of Krasnodar as they take on the Russian National Team (10am, ESPN2).

Jurgen Klinsmann has called in a team that is a good mix of regular starters and new young faces to take on a dangerous Russia side that has enjoyed a strong run of form in World Cup Qualifying.

Here is the USMNT lineup for today’s match:

Howard; Chandler, Cameron, Bocanegra (c), F. Johnson; Williams, Jones, Bradley, Gatt; Gomez, Altidore

Yes, that is Josh Gatt preparing to make his U.S. Men’s National Team debut today as a starter.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today’s match so please feel free to follow along with the action here. As always, you are welcome to send us questions, as well as share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Commentary is after the jump):

170 comments
  • Leonardo

    Timmy coming up big. looks like we are limited to a quick one-touch give and go *counter-attack*

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  • A

    Michael Bradley and Jozy are not running. Flat out. They are jogging around the field.

    Michael even more so, what are their problems?

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  • Isaac

    Can Jermaine Jones just get off the field? He’s a good player, but he’s not what we need right now. This is ridiculous.

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  • MemRook

    Don’t worry gents, Edu is coming on soon. Should solve our possession and offensive issues today ;)

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    • MemRook

      If you REALLY think Jozy is our problem, I don’t know what to tell you. I’ll try I guess. Jozy is playing really well in Holland and doing good things. Showing lots of skill and improvement. Do you think that’s because he’s just a worse player for Nats? Really? Or, is it more likely the team chemistry and players around him for club and country are different? Is it anyone’s fault? Is it something solvable? Hard to say, clearly JK hasn’t figured it out yet. But to say it’s all Jozy is just, frankly, dumb.

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      • MemRook

        Nah. All the USA players are my favorite because they wear a US shirt and i support them. I don’t think it’s worth tearing them or down or constantly being a negative nancy or speaking so much hyperbole about everything. Your unrestrained bias and dramatic manner of talking is just grating. But Im sure you’ll never understand that about yourself so I don’t even know why Im responding. I guess I just feel obligated to stick up for our boys.

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      • Judging Amy

        Agreed Mem. I don’t think Jozy is playing well for the Nats, but A just comes off as an obnoxious, histrionic dbag.

        We all root for the same team.

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    • MemRook

      A says:
      November 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM
      Michael Bradley and Jozy are not running. Flat out. They are jogging around the field.

      Michael even more so, what are their problems?

      Guess that includes you too

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      • A

        I wasn’t critiquing Klins. Bradley belongs on the pitch, but he was jogging all over. Glad he redeemed himself.

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    • MemRook

      Man I tired of hearing your anti-Jozy agenda. Get over it already. Talk about doom and gloom. Jeeeesus. I don’t understand the rooting against a young attacking talent who wears a US shirt. Btw that play to JJ from Altidore just now was damn good.

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      • A

        Good for him, that doesn’t bring back the perfect goal scoring opportunity he blew or the laziness or the bad passes.

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      • Joe B NYC

        +1

        Plus. A whole bunch of US players were having a bad game today. Not just Jozy.

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      • Mc

        Exactly, not sure why the blame always falls on the strikers when they don’t convert the ONE chance they get every half.

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  • Judging Amy

    jozy not stepping up when this was a showcase game for him. some good but when he’s been put in good positions, has not taken advantage.

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  • Aaron in StL

    Goodson is such a tool. Always looks like the spoiled rich kind on the field if something doesn’t go his way. Think it’s time to move on, we can do better than him as a depth CB, but not until JK gives others a chance

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    • Mat

      He’s not that bad, but he’s not starter material. He’s still a decent option as an emergency clog. That PK call seemed pretty soft.
      Unfortunately, the US don’t have that many viable CB options right now.

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  • Mat

    Overall, a pretty good effort by a patchwork team in a hostile away game vs. a pretty decent European team. It was a pretty even game between 2 squads who are very close in strength. We made 2 blunders, and we paid for them. That’s pretty much the difference in the game.

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  • Judging Amy

    Good hit even with that fortunate deflection. Good technique and awareness. Bright future, good on Klins to get him in this game.

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  • Andy in Atlanta

    Make no mistake… while we got a 2 all result…. we were far from good….. Bradley and Howard about the only ones worth a mention…. Edu came in and did fine….I thought Jones was better than people want to give him credit for but he made a bunch of mistakes too….

    Gatt is the next Rogers but I think he can develop into something more but he must take players on when on the wing.

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    • Mat

      I think we did quite well. Coming into Russia with a makeshift team and drawing twice while only allowing goals consecutive to big blunders is a pretty good performance.

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    • Darwin

      No, we were good. We got bossed by a better team, but came away with a point. We had two well fought goals…Russia had a gifted goal and a penalty. All of the questions raised in this game are about our depth. Williams and Goodson have both had their share of poor games.

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    • 2tone

      Yeah no. It was his first cap for christ sake. He showed good movement off the ball. I don’t fault him for being a bit tentative to take players on against a good Russia team in his first cap.

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  • Falsify

    Holy (crap) I leave with 3 minutes left and we come back to tie?! I love this team and I love this country!

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    • Leonardo

      aaaaaaAAAAaaaaaa
      GOOOOOOAALLLL!!! DISKERUD DISKERUD DISKERUD! i now know who you are! we all do and we love you for it!
      *stoked*

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  • Murph

    What’s with the ‘moosestaches’? Alexi, Sasha? Someone hold them down ans shave them, please!!!

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  • Benny

    Great result by the U.S. playing on the road. The U.S. has to fix a few things up, but I think they will be fine. Give credit to the U.S. Twellman and Lalas. How about criticizing Russia for the 2 U.S. goals?

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  • Jubei

    Great goal by Bradley & Diskrued.

    I think Aguedelo should be played as an active mid role. he has great offensive instincts and passes well.

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  • Mat

    Can people finally admit how good JK’s coaching is? This isn’t the first time his in game adjustments are proven decisive, or that his controversial callups have paid off big time.

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    • Judging Amy

      Props. Some big positives today not just in winning the game but blooding some new talent in a smart way. And I remember someone saying something about how if we won this game we’d have the single year highest winning % in Nats history.

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      • Mat

        Why was it crap? Aside from the Williams blunder, we were pretty solid and not really threatened.
        And don’t forget that the sapping job done by the starters allows the subs to reap dividends, as well. So you can’t say: oh we should have started Mix since he scored. Maybe Mix scored because the players in before him wore out their Russian counterparts and allowed for his opportunity to even be possible.

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      • GW

        That is what they used to say about BB.

        Then when that got sorted they said his subs were crap.

        You just won’t give JK any credit.

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  • MemRook

    So all in all a fun way to spend a Wednesday morning and a good look at future prospects. Now it’s time to get serious. Get to business. It’s the big time next year boys, and the Hex ain’t no joke. Can’t wait.

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    • Mat

      Thank god for iPads and espn live streaming. Made my work morning much less productive but oh so enjoyable

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      • MemRook

        Im juat thankful espn “allowed” us to watch this on using watch espn and not black it out like they do sometimes for iPad users.

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      • elmatador

        I guess ESPN and DirectTV don’t have an agreement. who’s your internet provider to stream ESPN live?

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      • MemRook

        Comcast. I actually don’t have cable, just hi-speed Internet. Which is why I can’t sign in to get ll their games on watch espn. But my question is why some and not others?

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  • Mat

    On another note, if we could secure Timmy Chandler out of all this, it would do wonders for our team depth.

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  • koko

    Everyone knows Goodson is slow and physically weak. There is no way he should be anything more than a 4th or 5th string option.

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  • Andy in Atlanta

    On a side note… can we all just finally come to the agreement that Hope Solo is a media whore mixed with a little bit of white trash?

    I am sorry but you do not marry Jeremy Stevens unless you just love the limelight…he has a wrap sheet a mile long and was even a person of interest in the death of his girlfriend at the U or W…. honestly Hope… you could have done much better…

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  • elmatador

    so we tied Russia, beat Italy and Mexico all games in their home fields and next month we will drop to spot #50 and Mexico will climb to #15 in the FIFA rankings

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  • Leonardo

    PROs:
    * Never-die-attitude. in fact, seems like we play better a goal down. We got what it takes to win against anyone, even w/o our star players Deuce, Donovan, and Boca.
    * Coach Klinsmann wins again. Key subs made the difference. MAD MAX! DISKERUD! DISKERUD!
    * Young Guns shine – Agudelo, Mad Maxx lit it up!
    * USA FANS! I was so pissed when we gave up the penalty. Then we scored in the final minute! SO STOKED! that’s the best way to finish the game. We got the last laugh! Mine was delirious!

    CONs:
    * Jozy. gotta produce to play. make room for the young guns. ’nuff said.
    * we gotta attack like this (last 15) all game.
    * that horrible, terrible announcer (not the englishman). he said “USA lost” at the 89th minute. what a chump! FIRE HIM!

    ON THE FENCE:
    * Jermaine Jones. so good, then his last touch is terrible! but he can work on that.
    * Sacha. his ‘stache gave him a new look, and I gave him another chance – cept he too has an iffy last touch. still shows promise.

    Great game all around! Stoked about our team. that’s how you come back in an away game! that’s our USA! we never die! Old Ironsides mo’fo’!

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