Sunday, August 10, 2008

U.S. v Netherlands running blog

Red-White-n-Blue goes up against Le Oranje. Predictions, people. Get 'em in the comments before kickoff.
Holland:
Vermeer, Zuiverloon, Marcellis, Jaliens, De Guzman, Emanuelson, Maduro, Drenthe, Bakkal, Babel, Beerens
U.S.
Guzan, Wynne, Edu, Parkhurst, Orozco, Rogers, Bradley, Kljestan, Holden, Adu, McBride

Coach Peter Nowak is growing some facial scruff - a VanDyke I guess. For luck? I don't know whether to hope the team loses so he loses it. It's just coming in.
Kickoff!
1- Rogers on the attack from the start.
3 - The Dutch quickly find their feet and start pressuring the U.S. goal.
4 - Guzan stretches to reach a high cross, then tumbles, but hangs on to the ball.
5 - The u.S. is having trouble working the ball out of the back. They barely cross the centerline before the Dutch claim the ball and attack again.
6 - Balboa rightly notes that Holland, playing a 3-5-2, outnumbers the U.S. in the midfield and this is causing the Americans problems. But so is Kljestan making passes to the Dutch defenders, like he did just now.
8 - Granted, it's raining and conditions are crappy and slippery.
9 - Yay, better from Sach - nice run and move to force a foul there. Yellow card, too, on Marcellis.
10 - Decent FK, but Vermeer catches. The U.S. regain the ball and counter - Adu cross to Bradley, but he hits his volley awkwardly and wide.
13 - U.S. FK - goes to the Dutch immediately, but the U.S. plays some nice D to get the ball again and rogers takes off on the wing, then biffs the cross out.
15 - Better midfield play from the U.S. - They give up a header to the Dutch, though, but it's high and wide.
17 - GOAL! As soon as I praise the U.S. midfield, they then look crappy, giving up a nice long stretch of possession to the Dutch. The cross finally comes in to Babel, who snaps a header that Guzan blocks, but the ball pops right back to Babel while the defenders stand in amazement. Babel promptly slams the ball into the underside of the net. 1-0. Netherlands.
20 - Pointless possession ends with a long ball over the top that Vermeer claims easily.
22 - Even Balboa is calling for Jozy to start. i wonder if Joz might be injured. He had a bit of an ankle thing before he left NY.
25 - Dutch look supremely confident now. They ping the ball around, making good connections even on long passes. Orozco fouls, but it seems to be mostly a calculated drink break for the Dutch.
27 - Freddy! He makes an amazing run, refuses to give the ball up, beats three guys, gets in the box and - puts his shot high. Get that on frame, Fred.
28 - Maybe Nowak is inspired by Wynne, whose Van Dyke is looking snazzy.
29 - As opposed to Wynne's first touch right there - which was quite horrid. He got to the pass, of course with his speed, and then basically kicked the ball out accidently.
31 - Drenthe's outside shot deflects for a corner. Guzan catches it.
33 - Freddy goes down. He's not getting that call. Rogers on the run, shot gets deflected for a throw.
35 - This time Freddy gets the call - he was on a sweet run right into the box. The FK is just outside the line. Fred isn't taking the FK? Why? Bradley steps up.
36 - Hits the wall, U.S. corner. Vermeer misses the service, but the ball goes over the line for a GK.
37 - Freddy draws another foul, but this one is spotted far out. Holden stands on it, serves it into the box - Orozco! misses, but was closeish.
40 - Nice play by the U.S. culminates in a Holden shot. Freddy backheeds to Wynne, whose cross is poor, but the U.S. manages to retain the ball and Holden slams a shot that forces a Vermeer save. Rogers follows up from distance, but Vermeer catches.
41 - More pressure from the U.S. The Dutch look a bit rattled - mistakes are made.
43 - Rogers fouls and the Dutch take their time with the FK - wanting to go in to the half with the lead.
45 - Rogers receives a nice through pass on the wing, but his pass to mcBride doesn't have much of a chance and is easily cut off.
45 + Guzan claims a cross and starts the counter. Freddy is on the run, surrounded by orange shirts and coughs up the ball.
Halftime
Well, the U.S. are a bit unlucky, perhaps, but the bottom line is that the Netherlands made good on their chance and the U.S. didn't. That's skill beyond the obvious technical advantage the Dutch have. It's competitive coolness under pressure.
46 - We're back. The Dutch seem to have their second wind. They're making canny passes and waiting for chances, making the U.S. chase.
48 - Edu foul gives up deep FK on the right side. service across the box, header! Outside side netting. Lucky U.S.
49 - How is that not a U.S. corner? Rogers is also disgusted by the poor call.
50 - The U.S. get a FK here. holden to McBride! He finally gets a ball he can get his head on and he sends it straight towards goal. Vermeer leaps to punch ball over the bar.
52 - The U.S. maintain the attack, but Vermeer is ready to pounce on a loose ball in the box.
53 - Guzan punches the ball, not quite to safety, but the U.S. get out on the counter, actually passing well through the midfield until Holden is shielded from a chip pass in the box.
55 - Edu can't control his momentum - bangs into Vermeer. Gets yellow.
58 - Mucky battle in midfield. It's hard to be precise with passes when there are chunks of mud holding up the ball.
59 - Wynne on the run! freddy's pass blocked.
60 - Orozco moving forward - gets fouled by Marcellis. Yellow.
61 - Service into the box, Vermeer comes out against the wave of traffic to punch ball clear.
62 - "I like it" is Balboa's catchphrase today. He sounds like Mikey of Life cereal. It was McBride's shot on goal that Balboa liked. Vermeer caught it.
64 - Balboa also likes Orozco getting forward, but the Dutch counter. Wynne has to race back and cover.
65 - GOAL! Sach! Freddy Adu nutmegs a defender, creating a throughball on a counter and Sach is off to the races, cutting back once in the box and shooting past Vermeer. Nice. 1-1.
66 - Jozy is in for Rogers, too.
67 - Bradley is arguing something. Cool, boy. Keep coolly cool, boy.
FK for Holland. Guzan arranges the wall. No need. DeGuzman skies the shot.
69 - Jozy hasn't touched the ball yet. Oh, there he goes, weird pass to Freddy.
70 - Jozy is the only U.S. player on the field who had his 2005 U17 World Cup dream end to the Dutch in the quarters.
71 - of course Freddy can just pass into space Wynne will get there. His cross is blocked out for a throw. Wynne is good at those - better than his crossing, sure.
72 - GOAL! Wynne's throw is deep and discombobulates the Dutch defense. They can't clear as the u.S. keep scrapping for it. Orozco hits a hard cross that basically bounces off big guy Jozy and into the goal! yay for Jozy's positioning! 2-1 U.S.
73 - Jozy is so cute - he celebrates like he actually took a shot.
75 - M'kay - here comes Makaay. The Dutch are getting serious here.
77 - Jozy in the box - hard shot, while holding off his defender, but Vermeer blocks it.
78 - Freddy gets a yellow for dangerous play against the goalkeeper. He's out of the next match, because of the even more stupid yellow he got against Japan. Freddy! Why?
80 - Guzan smothers a Sibon shot. Freddy comes out for Benny Feilhaber.
81 - The next ten minutes will be wild. Orange bodies will fly everywhere.
82 - It's Dance of the Headers in the box for a while as the ball keeps popping up, bu the U.S. finally get a foot on the ball to clear it.
84 - For such a skillful team, the Dutch lack creativity right now. They must be tired.
85 - Guzan punches a ball clear.
86 - Better attacks from the Netherlands, but the final header pops over the bar. Guzan goal kick, but he doesn't take too long, because he already has a yellow card.
87 - Makaay takes a quick short corner, but Feilhaber steals the ball before the pass comes to the box.
88 - Netherlands pinging the ball foward.
89 - Holden breaks the press, pushes forward, shoots wide, ignores an open Kljestan.
90 - Guzan makes me nervous with his basket catches. Players could challenge those.
90+ Kljestan is down. He takes his time getting up and Makaay gets pissy.
Bradley gets another stupid timewasting yellow card. I hate those. I'm sorry, I never think those are a good idea. Just play.
Jozy nice defensive play but the Dutch come right back and Holden gets a yellow for a foul - came in just a bit late. Dangerous freaking free kick, right outside the arc.
GOAL! It's hard and low and gets in under the wall as the wall jumps and Guzan's dive is late. 2-2
Final whistle
Well, well, the U.S. blew the full points at the end. A tie wouldn't have been a horrible result, but with the lead and only seconds left? It stings, big time.
Freddy played well, but I'm still bitter about his petulant yellow in the Japan game. Bradley is out on cards as well. So by default, I suppose we'll see Feilhaber and Jozy start the next match.



68 comments:

ryebreadraz said...

Can someone please explain to me what stage of obsession I must be in to be awake at 4:45 am to watch this match?

ryebreadraz said...

I was sure Jozy would get a start and McBride would be off with such a quick turnaround in such brutal heat and humidity. Also, I wish Sasha didn't start considering his tendency to turn the ball over and our opponent's deadly counterattack.

Anonymous said...

where is the game being shown? I stayed up to see the Argentina game and it wasn't shown on either MSNBC, USA or Telemundo. I was thinking that maybe the game had been pushed back because of the rain, but I just found out that that game has ended already. What gives?

What channel are you watching the US game on? I don't want to miss that game too.

ryebreadraz said...

The match is on USA

ryebreadraz said...

The grey socks from our alternate kits sure look strange with the white tops.

A.C. said...

Yeah, I'm surprised Jozy didn't get the start, either.

Anonymous said...

Thanks!

Why don't they have announcers at the stadium? Weak.

ryebreadraz said...

a.c., what's the yellow card suspension rules for this tournament in the group stages?

L.B. said...

Okay, the game just started but I wanted to get my prediction in.

US 2, Netherlands 1.

ryebreadraz said...

My pick:

1-1

ryebreadraz said...

The pitch looks awful.

Anonymous said...

So Honduras lost again ... I wonder if Sanchez and Mexico feel shame right now? They should. El Tri should have been in China.

As for my prediction, I'll say Ned 3, USA 0.

ryebreadraz said...

Sasha with a positive play! I was beginning to think he was being paid to throw the games.

ryebreadraz said...

That defending in the box could only be desribed as terrible on a good day.

James said...

TV Update:

MSNBC is showing the Italy-South Korea game (Rossi just scored, right about the same time Holland score)

And...

Telemundo is showing Argentina-Australia

starinyourfire said...

tough break on the goal.

L.B. said...

Gotta clean that up, fellas. Brad Guzan and Maurice Edu were each right there.

L.B. said...

I like Chelo's commentary: "Not the start the US wanted."

Has any team ever wanted to start a game by giving up an early goal?

ryebreadraz said...

We have this kid named Freddy Adu and he's considered the orchestrator of our offense. We may want to get him a touch or two.

Anonymous said...

It feels as if the entire game has been played on the US's side. They need keep possession better and they need to do better in the midfield. Holland is crossing the ball over with little or no opposition (like right there! Geez!!! Play some D!)

Anonymous said...

Holanda Perdona! Perdona!

ryebreadraz said...

Holland clearly saw the tape of the Japan match. 75% of the Oranje attacks are coming dow the right flank. Oh Jonathan Spector and Nathan Sturgis, where art thou?

L.B. said...

Freddy! Gotta get that shot down.

starinyourfire said...

adu needs make runs when possible, maybe that possession could have used a pass but it's a sign of something so far.

ryebreadraz said...

Disappointing finish (or lack thereof) from Freddy, but encouraging to see him get involved. The Dutch defend positionally and don't pressure much so if Freddy can get the ball facing goal he can thrive in this match.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Nice run by Freddy

ryebreadraz said...

The Dutch have outnumbered us in the midfield, but defensively they're not pressuring us. With the space they leave in the back by playing 3 in the back and the time we could have Feilhaber could be very dangerous should he get in.

L.B. said...

Freddy's done well twice now to dribble into danger but I think he needs to look to pass more.

starinyourfire said...

freddy might be the difference maker in this game or maybe jozy can help bring pressure with his pace if Novak subs in him with time to actually do some damage

ryebreadraz said...

Watching a match on this pitch makes me long for matches on the HDC patches.

starinyourfire said...

orozco was close, i didn't see the last game but it's good to see him getting forward.

Anonymous said...

The US is getting close. if they keep playing like this it'll only be a matter of time before one goes in.

Anonymous said...

If the US does comeback to tie the game, I think Adu should get the credit for brining them back. Even though he doesn't have the armband, Adu has been acting like the captain the last 20 minutes or so.

L.B. said...

Freddy with a nice pass out wide but the service was poor from then on. Maybe Freddy shouldn't pass...

ryebreadraz said...

I hate to keep piling on the guy, but Sasha has given Novak no reason in the past 3 halves to leave him in for the 2nd half.

Anonymous said...

Balboa hit the nail on the head. "Service was not good. Not good."

Anonymous said...

US is lucky to only be down 1-0. it could have been 3-0.

Among many things, the team is lacking speed up top, someone to compliment Adu. Here's hoping Altidore starts the second half.

L.B. said...

Yeah, I think you take Sacha out and bring in Altidore. Let Freddy and Jozy work their magic together.

Anonymous said...

LB, you think?

More of Freddy and less of everyone else is a good thing.

Anonymous said...

^^^^

Above comment was in reference to your "maybe Freddy shouldn't pass" comment.

L.B. said...

Yeah, I thought he should be incorporating his teammates more but then his teammates have shown nothing to merit the ball. Wynne had McBride open in the box and couldn't get the ball and then was it Rogers who botched a cross from the left.

L.B. said...

Um, don't see Jozy out there. I'm guessing Nowak's rationale is that the US created a lot of chances with this lineup so give them more time to finish the job. Lame, but that's probably what he's thinking. Either that or Jozy's hurt.

L.B. said...

US got lucky that didn't go in. That had 2-0, game over, written all over it.

Anonymous said...

Perdono!!!

Anonymous said...

Chemistry? Someone should tell Marcelo that skill and experience have a lot to do with why Holland looks to be better than the US.

And, of course, as soon as I say that the US almost scores. Great header by B-Mc.

L.B. said...

Edu has had a pretty awful game.

L.B. said...

Where's Jozy?

L.B. said...

Sacha!! Yeah, that was me who said they should have taken him out.

starinyourfire said...

that was a great set up for the goal.

L.B. said...

There's Jozy!

starinyourfire said...

hmm robbie rogers out for jozy interesting move.

starinyourfire said...

unfortunate deflection, looks like that sub was a good sub

L.B. said...

Josmer!!! What a pass from Orozco!

L.B. said...

Now the defense has to stop Roy Makaay and Co. to make my prediction come true.

starinyourfire said...

two forwards in for the dutch, desparation is setting in. i like USA's confidence right now.

Rudy said...

Ugh Holden, gotta drop that off.

Anonymous said...

Holden should have passed it up just now. It should be 3-1.

AC or LB, can we get player ratings?

Anonymous said...

The longest 3 minutes is US soccer history?

L.B. said...

Talk about a buzz kill.

Anonymous said...

Sacha, Sacha, Sacha ... what were you thinking? Why did you turn the ball over?

And Holden, why did you do that?

I think it was obvious Holland was going to tie after those two BONEHEADED plays.

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L.B. said...

So in one minute they went from going through to now needing a win to get to the quarters. Not sure what the tiebreaker is with Nigeria. If it's goal differential they are both even. If it's total goals the US has 3 to Nigeria's 1. So maybe they just need a draw. Now they'll have to do it without Michael Bradley and Freddy Adu.

ryebreadraz said...

Holden played a great first 75 minutes, but blew it with two HORRIBLE plays at the end. First he didn't play the ball across to Jozy or Sacha which would have iced the match, then he commits a stupid foul that allows Holland to tie it.

Anonymous said...

One word: Disappointing.

Too bad the US couldn't close the show there at the end. They would have sent a message if they had held on for the win.

ryebreadraz said...

First tiebreaker is goal differential, then it goes to goals scored so a draw puts the US through.

Anonymous said...

It happens??? WTF!?!

Where's Eric Wynalda when you need him. Don't be afraid to call it like you see it, Marcelo.

Geez.

Here's my dilemma now, should I stay up for the US-China basketball game or should I go to sleep and wake up for that game?

John said...

Why didn't Nowak use his last sub? That could have killed nearly a minute off the clock.

Malachite said...

Sacha's goal is so brilliant!=)

Anonymous said...

if holland does not win then the result with nigeria doesn't matter