USA Makes Final Roster Cuts

I meant to do this yesterday but I was busy.  It happens.  Anyway, Bob Bradley made his final cuts from the provisional squad down to the 23 man team that will be representing the US in South Africa.  For the most part, I think he did a fine job.  One pick in particular confused me a bit, but we’ll get into that later.  First, let’s take a look at the team:

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USA Beats Top-Ranked Spain

Clint Dempsey scores for the US

Clint Dempsey scores for the US

What’s up with this team?  First they make a mockery of the game with their play in the losses to Costa Rica, Italy, and Brazil.  Then they dominate Egypt and qualify for the semifinals of the Confederations Cup.  Today, they took on the best team in the world, Spain, and came out victorious.  I think Bob Bradley has found his lineup for the rest of the qualification process.

This win is the second for the Americans against the world’s number one team.  The last came in the 1998 Gold Cup against Brazil.  In my opinion, this win ranks right up with the Portugal game in the 2002 World Cup, the 1989 World Cup Qualifier that sent the team to the 1990 World Cup, and the 1950 upset of England.  This win couldn’t have come at a better time for American team and fans after the previously mentioned games.

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USA 2, Mexico 0

Last night in Columbus, The United States opened their final round of World Cup Qualifying with a 2-0 victory over bitter rival, Mexico.

The US ran their record to 9-0-2 against the Mexicans on US soil this decade.  Michael Bradley netted both goals, one in each half.

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USA-T&T

Tonight, the US Men’s National Team continued their march toward South Africa with a convincing 3-0 trouncing of Trinidad and Tobago.  That gives USA 9 points and commanding lead in Group 1.  If my addition is correct, and it very well may not be, if we beat Cuba on October 11th in Washington DC, we will be through to the final stage of qualification.

Tonight’s game, played at Toyota Park in Illinois, was total domination for the Americans.  They started early when Michael Bradley flicked home a wonderful cross from a set piece in the 9th minute.  Nine minutes later, Clint Dempsey finished off a wonderful give-and-go to make it 2-0.  In the 57th minute, Brian Ching knocked home a ball after a set piece and a scramble in the box to put the game away.

T&T never really looked like scoring, though Heath Pearce did clear a ball off the line after a corner kick.  Even then, I wasn’t worried, USA really just controlled the entire match.

After three games, including two in hostile road environments, USA has taken full points and has yet to be scored upon.  I can’t really find any negatives to speak of right now.  What else can you ask for?  More goals, I guess, but when a team is on the road, the three points are all that matters, regardless of how pretty it is.

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