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Gold Cup Group C set up for a nerve-wracking final day

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By FRANCO PANIZO

TAMPA – The results in Group C began as expected, but Panama's 2-1 upset win over the U.S. men's national team on Saturday night has made Tuesday a vital day for all four top teams in the group.

Canada won in uninspiring fashion over Guadeloupe, needing a Dwayne De Rosario penalty kick to defeat a team playing with 10 men for nearly the entire game. But that result, combined with the Americans' surpise defeat, has allowed every team to still have a realistic chance of qualifying for the knockout phase of the tournament.

That the Americans are entering essentially a must-win game against Guadeloupe is nothing but surprising, and Saturday's result was just equally as disappointing.

"We've got to learn something from it, but that doesn't help us for Tuesday," said Landon Donovan following the 2-1 loss. "Tuesday we've got to turn around and make sure we're ready to play. We've got to win Tuesday, see what else happens and see where we end up. We're still fine, we've just got to make sure we learn some lessons from tonight."

Whatever lessons they may be, the United States needs a win, not only to secure qualification but also to restore some team confidence. 

Head coach Bob Bradley said following Tuesday's loss that with only two days to prepare for the match at Livestrong Sporting Park, he's going to consider changes. Some of the positions where changes might come are in central defense, central midfield and at forward.

"We just look at ourselves and see the areas where we think we need to improve in order to continue to move forward in this tournament," said Bradley.

Even if the Americans progress to the next stage of the tournament, just who they will play ranges anywhere from Costa Rica to in-form Jamaica to archrival Mexico. That will be determined via the U.S. team's result on Tuesday as well as other results throughout the tournament.

For the United States, however, no result is as important as Canada versus Panama.

The two teams will do battle on Tuesday prior to the U.S. team's game versus Guadeloupe, so the Americans will know what kind of result they'll need in order to advance, or maybe even win the group.

All that means is that the United States is in for an intense final day of the group stages, a day where its result and another will determine its future in the tournament.

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What do you think of Group C? What type of result are you expecting out of Canada-Panama? Do you still believe the Americans can win the group?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. Jozy was marking that guy on the set piece. The free kick hits the wall but rebounds right back to Panama. So, Jozy is still marking the guy. Except all he does when the ball is sent back in is raise his hand for offside and doesn’t move with the man. Wasn’t Boca’s guy.

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  2. I would just point out that two years ago Mexico was going through the exact same thing, almost bombing out of qualification. What did Mexico do? How did they change to look like the class of Concacaf? They switched coaches.

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  3. Means nothing, but bragging rights, and a confederations cup spot. The second is important, as you get a preview of what the world cup will be like, and what it will be like to play in Brazil.

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  4. Beautifully written! Some fans will want to pin the whole thing on Bob, or believe that Edson Buddle should be playing instead of Jozy, but really the options are limited. Not just the player pool is lacking, but also the fans. They scream about how we should be spending all our money on some famous ex-player turned coach without asking how we are going to pay for it when the national team draws fewer fans than the Seattle Sounders. Perhaps that money would be better spent on player development and in forging a system that unites the MLS teams and USSF in developing players.

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  5. I’d like to see Donovan and Dempsey on the bench. Give the unproven guys a shot to make a name for themselves. This tournament really doesn’t mean anything, and this is a team in transition after the world cup…

    We need some young leaders out there, guys that are willing and able to lead this team both mentally and on a skill/physical level. B/c let’s be honest, next world cup, Dempsey and Donovan are past their prime, Bocanegra is gone, Cherundolo is most likely gone, and Jones and Oneywu who knows. 3 years from now nobody is gonna remember or give a damn that we lost to Panama, but they will remember if this is the tournament that Klejstan, Adu, Ream, Bradley, Bedoya, or Agudelo really put their stamp on this team, and make it theirs

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  6. Firing Bradley is a must no matter what the results are after this GC. This whole let’s move Dempsey on top and wait for a “last minute miracle crap” is getting old. Our record after the cup has been embarrassing. The selection of players like Rogers,Sasha,Borns, and wondolousy is just ridiculous!

    BOB’s whole theory on why he didn’t play a solid team against the Champions of the world shows lack of coaching skills. Here u have the champions of the world, who by the way, were kind enough to bring a zillion dollars worth of investments to play a midocre U.S team worth about $5 million all together. So here u have a coach who thinks preparing and saving players for the bigggeeessst showdown against Canada, is much more important than getting a result against the champions of the world!!!!! This is so disturbing! If Mexicos team had a shot at playing Spain before the cup, I guarantee u all that every single starter plays, and plays for the win. You have to play every starter in your squad if you want to become a better Futbol team against the best in the world. Not take breaks because u are preparing for something more important. C’mon!!!!! Panama, Canada, and lupe???? GTFOH BOB!!!!!!

    I wish one day Alex Morgan, Rodriguez, and AMY WAM are elgible to play for our mens NT!! These bad bitches can score and keep possession better than 80% of our MNT. Bring Lopez aka Cox in too.. She a bad mofo to!

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  7. I think most of you guys need to jump off a bridge. Let’s coronate Mexico and bury the US before the Group Stage is complete.

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  8. So many problems with this.

    First, you really want to put two guys together for the very first time in a tournament that has serious ramifications?

    Really, Klinsmann? Please. And it’s funny to me that so many people seem to be privy to information that doesn’t exist (i.e. Chandler turned down Bradley). You guys are worse than gossipy teenage girls (though some of you may very well be teenage girls).

    I’m not going to even get into your player selections. But really, Mike Grella? You want to bring in a guy that sees limited playing time for a League 1 team and has not played with any of the other guys on the team at any point? You’ve ruined whatever little credibility you had with that suggestion.

    And really, you think that a Luis Aragones is going to turn us into Spain lite? Give me a break. Don’t you think that it helps just a wee bit to have over half of your starting 11 play together on a daily basis?

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  9. Guadeloupe played 80 minutes with 10 guys last match in Tampa, FL. It’s going to be tough for them to rebound. They also will be missing Jean-Luc Lambourde, who will be serving a red card suspension. He leads the team in caps with 51 and has 12 goals. He also seems like one of their top defenders.

    Guadeloupe has actually played more minutes this tournament with 10 players than with 11 players (only 42 of 180 minutes have been played with 11 men).

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  10. I would agree with you to a certain extent, but I definitely don’t think it’s a cop out to say that the talent we have isn’t as strong as people would like to believe. Just because we have players plying their trade in Europe does not automatically make us a stronger team. Lots of guys play in the EPL that I wouldn’t personally care for on the National Team. Same goes for La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, etc. There has to be more context than just the generic “player x plays for such and such in this Euro first division.” That is just as big a cop out as you claim the opposite is.

    Let me also address the player’s psyche argument, which I continually hear over and over. These people are professionals playing at literally the highest level possible. If that isn’t motivation enough then that person doesn’t deserve to be there at all. When all indications in the press and from the players themselves detail how much these guys want to play for Bradley, then how long can you use that as an argument? Once again, go back throughout our National Teams’ history, and you will find a common style, all the way back to 1994. Maybe your not old enough to remember those teams, but I am. Gritty, ugly, determined – those are the traits that we have always encompassed, whether Bradley, Arena, Sampson, or Milutinovic. Can you name a time period, ever, where the National Team did not play in this fashion? Probably not, because it has never existed. Your just going to have to accept that until we as a sports culture in America train kids from a very early age to dribble and juggle until the ball is an extension of their feet, that we will technically suffer in certain areas. But that’s OK, so long as we understand our limitations.

    People in this country seem to think that styles in soccer suddenly change overnight, when in reality trends tend to take decades or longer. Do you really think that the German national team just decided that they were going to play the attractive, attacking soccer they are now known for in a split decision? That happened over many long years, instituted from the top down to youth levels, and this is after having had literally 50 years of success playing a much different style. We still have areas of the country where soccer is derided. Do you really expect our fragmented youth system to have an all-encompassing, national approach when pockets of the country look down upon the game itself? You can’t disregard the cultural aspects.

    Now, I’m not going to disagree that a coach can affect a team, and the biggest glaring error of Bradley’s tenure has been a tendency to start slow and fall behind. But the overwhelming majority of the core players have not changed, and unless they have developed amnesia, no doubt remember all of the times that they have done this same thing. You would think then that maybe they wouldn’t need a coach to tell them, “Hey, let’s not let the other team score first!” It’s my personal opinion that National Team coaches have much less impact on a team than a club coach, specifically because of the limited amount of time together. If you’ve ever read any interviews with former National Team coaches (of any country) or with someone like Jose Mourinho, they always talk about how little impact that have upon the players, and that they have to hope that the players come in hitting the ground running.

    But I also think there is an element of arrogance at play here. I get it, I’m American too. We think that we should naturally be the best at everything. But it wouldn’t be a sport if someone didn’t lose. To think that we are going to control every team, every time out is just plain arrogant. I don’t care if we were ranked #1 in the world playing the Faroe Islands every game. Eventually they are going to play a good game, its a statistical certainty. We can strive for these kinds of unrealistic goals but it doesn’t always serve us any good while also completely disregarding the other teams desire and talent. Many times in soccer the better team doesn’t necessarily win, even for the traditional powerhouses (See Argentina 1-4 Nigeria or Italy 0-2 Ireland). Just because FIFA says they are ranked lower doesn’t automatically mean they suck and deserve your derision.

    Anyway, new coaches don’t necessarily equal better teams. And I for one don’t believe that there is some magical, European coach, steeped in tactics, who will all of a sudden change the personnel that we have into a formidable, dominating team. Eventually we’ll get a foreign head coach, who will eventually do something that pisses everyone off, and then everyone will call for his head and charge him of favoritism. It’s just the way of the world to cast blame for a team sport onto one person. But it’s worthwhile to note that no team has won a World Cup with a foreign head coach. Probably because homegrown coaches know home-based talent and psyches better.

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  11. Can’t believe I’m saying this but, i actually hope they get bowled out of the group stage. Then maybe US Soccer will finally be embarrassed enough to get a real coach, and a team psychologist! It’ll hurt but at least we can move on. I think deep down the players must know Bob doesn’t cut it.

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  12. i think we should try this lineup when everyone is healthy.

    ————-Altidore————-
    Dempsey——————–Donovan
    ———————————-
    —-Torres————-Holden—–
    ————-Bradley————–
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    Bocanegra-Demerit-Goodson-Cherundolo
    —————Howard————–

    Bench: Chandler, Agudelo, Jones, Edu, Lichaj, Guzan, and Bedoya.

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  13. The USA side just isn’t that good for many reasons. Number 30 in ranking is about right. The missing Holden, Davies, and DeMerit could make them 25 or so. Those hoping for some better results in this tournament need to look at the bigger picture. This is a team in decline no matter what place they finish at.

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  14. Your nuts to think we can compete against MEX…..only if we play
    5-3-2 & then substitute def for def player. If Bob wants Boca & Churrondolo runnin up the field to join in attack then he better have ream, goodson, & edu back to stop up the MEX att. Time to get real the only playmaker close to openin up the other team is….miguel bradley????? Better hope that Mex has a brainfart & harkens back to the “were the 2nd in CONCACAF” mentality or is that no longer bein thought by Mexico. If I were Demps I would seriously start to question my teams confidence goin ahead in the tourney….hope for the best but prepared for the worst…..

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  15. @ MW :Would not let me reply so I posted it here…

    What people don’t realize is that it is actually a direct reflection on the coaches inability to correct it. Personally, I think it’s a cop out to use the excuse about how inept we are at producing talent. We all know what our team is capable of doing from the opening whistle to the closing whistle. If we are beating good teams in the last 5 minutes of a game then it tells me that there is an attitude adjustment that needs to be made starting from the coach trickling down to the players psyche. No one is expecting a blow-out however, we do expect to control the game with a strong mental aspect from the beginning of the match to the end as well as win against teams that have not beaten you, especially in a tournament in your own country. If that coach can’t get our players to manifest his philosophy from the opening whistle, then ultimately that coach has failed to get the best out of our players. What you call “our style” is what ultimately gets a coach fired anywhere else on this planet. The exception being in our own back-yard for some reason. Thanks Sunil Gulati!

    AKA: The Great Gazu

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  16. Guadeloupe will fall apart in opening minutes of 2nd half. Their players aren’t fit enough to play 90 minutes. Let alone play 2 games in 3 days.

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  17. I was talking about the lineup for the goldcup we already have but since we’re on the subject I’ll respond. Where do I start? First off I do agree we need change but good thing you’re not in charge. That was the third time wondo touched the field hardly given repeated chances. I don’t know if you watched the january game but I wouldn’t call mix extremely creative. He hasn’t done anything at the club level, but i guess because he plays in europe hes the future, while bedoya who plays in a better league continues his good run of form. Charlie davies, demerit and feilhaber were injured or still are but its definetly bob’s fault I understand. Chandler opted out for fatigue reasons and klinsmann wanted to shift the mls schedule but the possibility of maybe helping the nt is worth jeperdizing the mls, the one thing that will improve our talent. Torres? You have to be joking. He has looked terrible for pachuca while I hate to say it but klestjan has gotten much better. As for your good young americans you must really love the creative european leagues because mike grella can’t score in englands third division and starikov is nothing worthy of a gold cup roster spot. Bunbury has been sluggish the last couple months and played his way off the roster. I’m pretty sure spain didn’t become great by playing their 2nd best players. I wouldn’t try to emulate the Argentine national team right now either.

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  18. —-Cherundolo—Boca–Goodson—Bornstein—-
    –Jones——-Bradley——edu——–Donovan—
    ————-Dempsey——Altidore——————-

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  19. Well, let’s be fair– had it not been for two of the very worst blunders in a tournament full of officiating gaffes, the USA would easily have won the group. It is difficult to show well when you’re playing 11 against 12 every game.

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  20. Actually, Wondo’s getting a bum rap. That ball was behind him — almost impossible to “bury”. He should have brought it down, and then turned and shot. It seemed to be endemic in that game, with USA players feeling the pressure and getting the stupids around the net…hurrying shots, when a patient move or pass would have produced a goal.If Arsene Wneger had coached these guys, the USA would have scored.

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  21. Yeah — Ream is going to be so much of a better player now that he has made that stupid mistake. It’s going to be a magical transformation.

    If Ream were to actually impress and land a deal with a foreign team, where he could actually learn to play the game — that would be a big deal.So far, the signs aren’t good in his favor.

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  22. The USA plays Mexico if it finishes third in the group but still qualifies, which basically means if it draws with Guadeloupe and Canada beats Panama. I think we can safely skip over the “Grenada doesn’t lose” scenarios.

    If the US beats Guadeloupe and Panama doesn’t lose to Canada, we play the Jamaica-Honduras winner. (This can also occur if the US draws with Guadeloupe and Canada fails to beat Panama or, bizarrely, if the US loses to Guadeloupe by one goal and Canada loses to Panama.)

    If the US beats Guadeloupe and Panama DOES lose to Canada, we win the group and probably play El Salvador, but could play Guatemala if they blast Grenada as thoroughly as everyone else has.

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  23. Well, if the USA did fail to advance here, you can be sure Bradley’s days are done. In fact, any other loss here to any team besides Mexico might do hte job.

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  24. Guadeloupe has a good team; I mean, obviously, it’s a tiny island country, but given that fact, they’re extremely competitive. Like Panama, they are capable of beating the US if the players mail it in.

    I told people before the Panama game that this group was by FAR the strongest of the three, and boy have I ever been proven correct. Cuba and Grenada are just godawful and have run up the goal differential of everyone in those groups (apart from Guatemala, which gets its turn tomorrow).

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  25. A few things…I agree DeMerit should be here, and I also agree that Whitbread should be there but he essentially turned down the Argentina/Paraguay call up so that kinda ended his chances of playing in the Gold Cup. Bob however should have tried to get him for the Colombia/Poland friendlies.

    Chandler hasn’t ever played on the left for the US or Nuernberg, so it is stupid to list him at left back.

    Davies was/is still working himself back from a hamstring injury.

    Grella is an English League One player. He is not deserving of a call up.

    Mix was average against Chile. Not so sure he’s ready for the big time yet.

    Starikov got called up for the January camp. Didn’t make the roster for the Chile game. Doubt this guy is deserving of a call up right now.

    Bunbury, Buddle, and/or Gomez should be here. Not Wondo.

    Torres is good but unfortunately for him CM is a deep position for the US. Bradley, Jones and Edu are all ahead of him. Feilhaber would be ahead of him if he was healthy. I would say that he’s more deserving of Kljestan, but even as someone who is a Sacha-hater like me, I have to admit the guy played pretty damn good last game.

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  26. This is the opinion that I wanted to write but could never have done so eloquently. Fire Bob, keep Bob, the difference would be minimal (unless we hire an idiot like Maradona). The emphasis of US Soccer needs to be on player development and Bradington needs to improve and there needs to be much, much more coordination and work between the MLS and the USSF.
    Mexico is an excellent case in point. Mexico realized that its days of dominance in CONCACAF were over and tightened up on the number of foreign players, five a team if I remember correctly. Mexican teams were forced to develop their own players instead of importing South Americans and now Mexico is reaping the rewards of this.

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  27. I don’t like Bradley as a coach either, but I could never hope the US loses. I also am of the opinion that Bradley will be coach no matter the outcome. He has very little pressure from the media, as some seem to have become friends with him, to get scoop on breaking stories, and interviews. I can’t say I wouldn’t do the same if I were in their shoes as well.

    Oh well go USA, please prove us doubters wrong and win this tournament.

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  28. Let’s be very candid and honest with our posts….Our problem lies in the fact that BB/US Soccer are either afraid, or too connected to certain personnel to make the the changes needed to improve our team. New eyes, vision, and mindset are needed! Players like Bornstein, Gooch, Wondowhyheevnplayski, Rogers, Bedoya, etc…are continually given opportunities, while players like Zak Whitbread (Lead his team to Premiership promotion at central defender), Mix Diskeruud (extremely creative), Charlie Davies (fast, 3rd leading scorer in MLS), Jose Torres (creative/possession player), Timothy Chandler (You think He would have turned Klinsmann down???), Benny Feilhaber (know he is injured), Jay Demerit (Who Knows what BB was thinking???) are left off the roster. Not to mention other good young Americans like Mike Grella, Teal Bunbury, and Eugene Starikov.

    Line up:

    Cherundolo–Demerit–Whitbread–Bocanegra (Chandler)

    Donovan–Jones–Torres–Bradley

    Dempsey—Davies

    Bench:

    Ream, Goodson, Lichaj, Spector, Diskeruud, Edu, Aguadelo, Altidore, Klestjan, Feilhaber (If Healthy)

    Think about all the interchanging possibilities thru the midfield and forwards with that starting eleven…not to mention the possible substitute combos!!

    People keep on saying that we “are what we are….that we will never be Spain, Argentina, or any other free-flowing team!” And they’re right, that will never happen if we have a coach who doesn’t have the tactical acumen or the cahoona’s to pick the players who can play that style!

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  29. Let’s be very candid and honest with our posts….Our problem lies in the fact that BB/US Soccer are either afraid, or too connected to certain personnel to make the the changes needed to improve our team. New eyes, vision, and mindset are needed! Players like Bornstein, Gooch, Wondowhyheevnplayski, Rogers, Bedoya, etc…are continually given opportunities, while players like Zak Whitbread (Lead his team to Premiership promotion at central defender), Mix Diskeruud (extremely creative), Charlie Davies (fast, 3rd leading scorer in MLS), Jose Torres (creative/possession player), Timothy Chandler (You think He would have turned Klinsmann down???), Benny Feilhaber (know he is injured), Jay Demerit (Who Knows what BB was thinking???) are left off the roster. Not to mention other good young Americans like Mike Grella, Teal Bunbury, and Eugene Starikov.

    Line up:

    Cherundolo–Demerit–Whitbread–Bocanegra (Chandler)

    Donovan–Jones–Torres–Bradley

    Dempsey—Davies

    Bench:

    Ream, Goodson, Lichaj, Spector, Diskeruud, Edu, Aguadelo, Altidore, Klestjan, Feilhaber (If Healthy)

    Think about all the interchanging possibilities thru the midfield and forwards with that starting eleven…not to mention the possible substitute combos!!

    People keep on saying that we “are what we are….that we will never be Spain, Argentina, or any other free-flowing team!” And they’re right, that will never happen if we have a coach who doesn’t have the tactical acumen or the cahoona’s to pick the players who can play that style!

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  30. Yeah, we are definitely second fiddle now. For the record, I’ve wanted Bradley gone since the World Cup. I know a lot of you thought winning the group was a “victory” for us, but losing in the next game made it worthless to me, and it was Bob Bradley’s decision to start Ricardo Clark for NO APPARENT REASON that put us in an early hole in that game. The last World Cup should DEFINITELY have been considered a “fail” for Bob Bradley, and he should have been replaced. His teams consistently come out flat, uninspired, and unfocused. His selections are brutally inconsistent and his tactics are ancient and slow. We gave up an early goal against England and lucked out that Rob Green flubbed a shot and Howard hit the beast switch. We went down 2-0 to a team we should have handled easily, and while we did come back, it only served to magnify how awful we were to go down 2-0 in the first place. And then we get pretty lucky after a long, ugly game, and manage a goal at the death to earn the honor of losing in the next round.

    Yeah, Bradley should have been gone A WHILE AGO. I’m almost happy to see us bombing out of this tournament if it means a swift change at the top.

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  31. Hows this
    ——Dempsey—-
    —-Donovan—-
    Sacha/adu————–Bedoya
    ——Bradley-Jones—-
    Lichaj-Goodson-Boca-Cherondolo
    I am watching the Mexico game, and if we can’t beat Guadeloupe 4-0, we might as well just back it up and go home. Hey wait, we are already home. Its all about the wing play and finding people who can score when put in the situation.(i.e not wondolowski) I would like to see our wing backs pressing the ball and dempsey and donovan putting pressure on the defensive backs of the other team. They can’t score if they are so busy defending all night.

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  32. Dude, don’t even make it sound like Bradley is doing the right thing. You go into a tournament to WIN it. If you don’t go to win than don’t go at all. Mediocrity in any tournament is not acceptable. This year is important because it’ll take the winner to the Confeds cup therefore there shouldn’t be any experimentation in the lineup.

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  33. are you sure that no other European clubs were interested or that he loves my beautiful state of cali too much to leave :p ….haha

    in all seriousness tho you’re probably right, that’s just the first name that popped into my head, and I still think even Klinsmann now would be better than sticking the cycle out with Bradley. It sucks cuz honestly I really like the guy and he kind of reminds me of my Dad with his mannerisms lol but the fact of the matter is we MUST move on…

    Convince Ancelotti not to take that year off? We could use all the revenue from that disastrous Spain outing that USSF so greedily scheduled…

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  34. Well, what is the goal of this Gold Cup? Is it to win now and worry about the future later? Does anyone believe that last year’s team was solid and will be in 2014? If this cup is to see what you have in a tournament situation, Bradley is basically doing the right thing. Switching the pieces around at this point will lose now and fail to see what might work in ’14. To be sure, the team is not very good, but that is more a function of some vets playing like rookies (step to the front, Landon), not rookies failing to play like vets.

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  35. I felt you had a good argument until you brought up Klinsmann. He’s a bum – there’s a reason that not one team in Europe has picked him up since his disastrous stint at Bayern Munich. I understand USMNT fans have this obsession with an European coach, but we can do much much better than Klinsmann.

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  36. No, nobody who understands soccer said we were gonna “demolish everyone on our way to the final.” If you go back to the Canada thread, you will see many posts throwing up the red flags, criticizing our performance.

    And I for one, will not settle to watch the US be a mediocre team when we can be a slightly better than mediocre team 😉

    seriously though, people have been calling for Bradley to go for awhile, that’s ridiculous to say it’s just from this game.

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  37. Whatever players are in that back line, and midfield line, for that matter, need to adjust to changes more quickly. We looked totally static, especially first half. The time Panama had on the ball was disgusting to me. We were organized when in possession, but we never adjusted after losing the ball – we just sat.

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  38. Great points – this is basically the kind of argument I attempt to put out whenever someone puts out the typical “BB sucks” argument.
    Now that being said, I’m not saying that perhaps after the GC has been completed, before WCQ starts, that US Soccer shouldn’t seriously re-consider their coaching decision – and this is coming from someone who has defended him.
    No coach is going to make these players world-beaters – I agree with this assessment 100%. We have a solid talent pool with a few strong players, none of them world-class. However, something does have to be said for keeping things fresh, changing the message, fresh eyes and ideas for the limited talent pool – and this is where US Soccer has dropped the ball. I think BB has done basically all anyone can do in his 4 years of service so far – but if things continue to go they way we have seen it – with making results more difficult then is needed, not utilizing the full depth of our talent pool, than US Soccer needs to re-consider.
    The question is – whom can do better right now that is realistically available.

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  39. As much as it hurts me to say it, Mexico is going to wipe the floor with us if we even make it that far. They are scary good and it pisses me off that they’re going to win this. But, if it gets Bob Bradley fired it’ll be worth it.

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  40. I think you can owe that up to that the media is afraid of losing whatever access they have to the team/managment/coaches etc if they “tee” off on someone. That, and a lot of the soccer media within the country are fairly close to the players and coaches, so they seem to lose that “objectivity” that’s essential to be a truly fair journalist.
    I don’t know if I want our media to turn into the hyper-reactionary excuse for journalism we see in England and Mexico, for instance, but I do expect something more critical than what we do see.

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  41. your actually blaming Jozy on that first goal? the guy came right out of Boca’s area, totally unmarked, inaside the box. and you want our striker to be the one who should have picked him up?

    i dont undersatnd why no announcers, or even bloggers, have not pointed out Booca’s misplayed defense on that first goal.

    Everone is blaming Ream – I think Ream is marginal at best for this level, but i odnt know who esle we have (certainly he is a better long term option the Gooch) so i am ok seeing him out there. I would sooner blame Wondo for missing that open sitter at the 5 yard line- that would be upsetting on a u14 team, no reason for a national team striker to miss that one. That turn and pass by Jozy, byt the way, was the most dangerous play of the game for the US, but no one mentions that either. (not that i think Jozy had a good game, but give credit where it is due)

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  42. On Mexico’s 4th goal… does anyone think our back line would’ve defended that combination play any better?? …. NO? … me neither!!! The thought of playing them makes my stomach hurt!!!!

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  43. At this point, I hope that if we’re going to lose, it happens to a team other than Mexico. That’s the only thing that might put pressure on Gulati to hire a top-class manager.

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