Antigua & Barbuda vs. USA: Match Night Commentary

The U.S. Men’s National Team has traveled to the Caribbean for a crucial World Cup Qualifying encounter vs. underdog Antigua & Barbuda in a match the Americans need to win to stay on track for passage to the Hexagonal Round of CONCACAF qualifying (7pm, beIN Sport).

The Americans are currently in a three-way tie in Group A, with Guatemala and Jamaica, and can take control of their fate with a win against an Antigua & Barbuda side currently sitting at the bottom of the group table.

The U.S. will be fielding a short-handed lineup tonight, with injuries ravaging the roster. Landon Donovan, Fabian Johnson, Edgar Castillo and Brek Shea are all out for tonight’s match, which has led Jurgen Klinsmann to turn to Carlos Bocanegra to start at left back.

Eddie Johnson is in the starting lineup as the Americans trot out a 4-3-3 that will try to break down an Antigua & Barbuda side

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

Enjoy the action (Tonight’s comment is after the jump):

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191 Responses to Antigua & Barbuda vs. USA: Match Night Commentary

  1. Adrian says:

    This is hands down the worst pitch I’ve ever seen for a professional game. And there is no way Thia meets any standards. I don’t care what they claim it measures–i have eyes.

  2. Jayboy says:

    Any streams for those of us without stupid BeIn?

  3. Primoone says:

    Somewhere in the Netherlands…Josi continues to kick rocks.

  4. Francois says:


  5. Brent McD says:

    Eddie Johnson is a GAM

  6. Hopper says:

    EJ! Man, I’m so happy for that guy.

  7. jidax says:

    here u go people

  8. Luc says:

    Goodson blows…Why is he starting again?

  9. Adrian says:

    And the city park quality sh*t pitch costs us a goal.

  10. Francois says:

    Wow. Carlos, Cameron, and Goodson all get beat on the play. Horrible, horrific defending.

  11. Jason Harris says:

    Goodson falls over far too much for me liking.

    • biff says:

      Why did Goodson start in this key match? He did not have a good game Sept. 7 in Kingston and he was so bad in June against Guatemala was pulled out at half-time. Jermaine Jones should be on the field also. He is better than Williams. Not happy with the starting line-up. Yes, we got the goal, but Dempsey has hardly touched the ball. Zusi looking good though.

  12. John says:

    Goodson fell down and the USA went boom

  13. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic, That was horrible. We can win 6-1 and the stink of that goal will still linger

  14. meowmix says:

    very uncharacteristic of johnson on that second header. normally buries that

  15. TomG says:

    Zusi looks sooooo good. He’s reading and connecting incredibly well with MB and with EJ. Could Zusi really be the wide answer we’ve been looking for so long? Why has he never gotten his due before now? He wasn’t even ever in the youth team mix, was he?

  16. TomG says:

    MB has looked dangerous from range tonight.

  17. TomG says:

    USA looking very shaky on the counter.

  18. meowmix says:

    I think i’m about to have a heart attack

  19. Darwin says:

    USA playing a little too academically. I think that Klinsmann has put too much in their heads. They receive a pass and then it’s lateral lateral lateral and then you can see a little smoke coming out of their ears. A/B is more pedestrian of course, so they receive the ball and run run run!!

    Make it happen USA!!

  20. smokeminside says:

    yeah, how did that corner kick roll through the ENTIRE box? I see a lot of USMNT members just standing around.

    • TomG says:

      Yes, USA defense looks VERY slow but possibly due to caution re: their footing on the treacherous surface?

  21. Bryan says:

    This is terrible. Completely embarrassed right now…

  22. Anfield Road says:

    Lil Mikey lolly gaggin around all nite again, just like he always does….

  23. andrew in Tally says:

    Gomez’s name has not been called all night. Altidore anyone? we need to move up EJ so he can trouble the defense. It’s a waste to have him in midfield. Clint has been way off. His passing percentage looks about 50 percent. I am nervous about this result.

  24. Spank says:

    I haven’t been able to watch any of the game but I think this is like the Red Sox thing. Its simple… The US teammates just don’t believe in JK and his philosophy. He seems to have lost them or never had em. It was time for Bob to go but Jk it seems wasn’t the right replacement.

    • Amru says:

      +1 I can’t put my finger on it, but for some reason the players always seem to be lost, as if they don’t know the game plan. At first I thought it was just adjusting to a new system, but now it seems to be more than that.

      • TomG says:

        I agree that they seem a bit lost. It seems like every match, Klinsi employs a new formation, a new lineup, with players in new roles, and playing a different style. I’m all for creativity, but there’s also something to be said for consistency and cohesiveness.

    • Tony in Quakeland says:

      The only thing I disagree with in your statement is that JK has a philosophy to disagree with. He is not consistent enough to disagree with.

  25. YO says:

    Pathetic! JK and Vazquez are completly lost. Dempsey crap, Gomez crap, Williams crap. One pass forward and three back. Not deserving!

  26. Darwin says:

    USA playing a little too academically. I think that Klinsmann has put too much in their heads. They receive the ball and then it’s lateral lateral lateral and then you can see a little smoke coming out of their ears. A/B is more pedestrian of course, so they receive the ball and run run run!!

    Make it happen USA!!

    • Darwin says:

      Ives, this new gig is not allowing posts if your post has certain keywords in them. If I type p_ss the ball, it gets kicked out. If I type as_ociation it will do the same.

      How about ramping it down to PG-13?

  27. iheartscotch says:

    Sharpening my pitchfork and getting the gas needed for my torch to join anyone calling for Klins head. How many games in a row will we look like mummies out there? I am officially off the Klinnsman bandwagon and joining the many others walking on the streets. This is a freaking semi-pro team for god-sake. AHHHHHHHSkjdfaskjldbfkjadslfsdljfkhv

  28. Marc says:

    This defense is crappy

  29. Brett says:

    We need a formation change. The field is too narrow to play with fullbacks. Tell Bocanegra to stay put and let Cameron play ahead of him and Goodson in a holding role. You only need one area of width, so put Corona in and let Dempsey and Zusi patrol the wings from the midfield. Corona and Bradley can pull the strings in the midfield and let Eddie and Herc put pressure on the backline. We need to crowd the midfield and play long and diagonal from those tight angles to open up wider channels. Unfortunately this is the point where Klinsmann’s ridiculous selections come back to haunt us.

  30. biff says:

    After Johnson’s goal I thought, although not pretty, was going to be a cakewalk. Either Herc or Eddie Johnson need to be pulled out at half time for another midfielder, Corona, Kljestan or Jones. Goodson has got to go before he screws up again. I would say bring in Parkhurst and move Boca to center. Then at some point Williams has to go. But that will have to wait until later in the second half. I cannot believe Klinsmann started him ahead of Jones, Edu or Beckerman. A big mistake, I think.

  31. TomG says:

    So difficult to make any judgement given the game conditions, but I have to wonder if Klinsmann’s constant messing with formations, personnel and roles has undermined the team’s cohesiveness. There seem to be a lot of guys out of position on the A&B counters. The advantage of the consistent 4-4-2 we’ve played over the last couple decades meant that everyone knew their roles and positioning in all circumstances. I wish Klinsi would find a formation/ style and stick to it. Or at least find two or three and stick to them. It seems that every match we are playing a completely different style, a different formation, with guys in different roles. I like to see creativity from my manager, but there’s also something to be said for consistency and clear expectations.

  32. Darwin says:

    A/B keeper is a drama queen

  33. gotim says:

    Molvin stop being such a weasel. He can’t be hurt falling on his plus-size rear end

  34. Dave in San Jose says:

    Who’s on the bench? You know who thrives on crap fields with chippy opposition?

  35. Tony in Quakeland says:

    This is a nightmare

  36. TomG says:

    Come on Herc!! Make a different run. You’re making the same run right behind Deuce. Spacing!

  37. Pedro says:

    Why is Griffith in his boxers…shameful

  38. US Soccer Tailspin says:

    This team sucks! Worst US team I have seen in years. I’m sick of hearing about those stupid friendly wins vs. Italy and Mexico. Who cares?

  39. US Soccer Tailspin says:

    Gomez sucks!!

  40. TomG says:

    HERC!!! COME ON!!!

  41. jjraines says:

    Nice touch, Gomez. Scrub.

  42. iheartscotch says:

    Would be nice to have an altidore to put in right about now…..

  43. Monty says:

    7 yellows in the last 11 games for Jermaine Jones

  44. TomG says:

    Jones puts on a USMNT kit and immediately becomes useless.

  45. Amru says:

    Ok I love herc and his work ethic and all that jazz, but can anyone tell me Jozy wouldn’t have finished either one of those chances

  46. Jeff says:

    I know Jones brings “bite” and “grit” to the midfield, but what use is he if he’s accumulating yellows like they’re going out of style.

  47. TomG says:

    This is driving me crazy. My heart is beating through my chest. I can’t believe this is happening!!

  48. Jeff Fulton says:

    This is our best team? f*ck!

  49. gotim says:

    Molvin is so out of shape. I’m not sure he can get down to stop a shot. SHOOOOOOT and let’s find out.

  50. Beto says:

    I feel like im watching a high school game

  51. Jeff Fulton says:

    Alan Gordon …Face Palm!

  52. TomG says:

    Oh my God, we need a goal. This is disastrous.

  53. Petaluman says:

    Jermaine Jones = Liability

  54. iheartscotch says:

    Well almost time to go to a random bar and cry in the corner.

  55. TomG says:

    Jones very lucky not to get a 2nd yellow there. Get him out. Put in Kljestan.

  56. gotim says:

    On a lighter note…. A&B’s shorts seem to be getting shorter as the game goes on.

  57. TomG says:

    Noooo!!!! Take JONES out for Kljestan. What are you DOING???

  58. Jeff Fulton says:

    USA, please prove all of the things I have been yelling at my computer wrong, please!!!!

  59. oh really says:

    Does this mean the U.S. fails to qualify for the Hex?

  60. TomG says:

    Sacha DOES have a good shot from distance.

  61. Jeff says:

    for what is US Soccer paying 2.5 million? after hearing manny schellscheidt mentioned by the commentators – he’s available and could at least get this squad qualified.

  62. US Soccer Tailspin says:

    We should be pelting the goal with shots!!

  63. Jeff Fulton says:

    Just shoot on goal. The A&B keeping is terrible. There has to be a rebound that someone can tap in…please?

  64. US Soccer Tailspin says:

    I hate this team!!

  65. TomG says:

    This A&B keeper looks sooo bad. I can’t believe we can’t pump in some shots against him!!

  66. TomG says:


  67. Jeff Fulton says:

    NOT A FOUL? Joke.

  68. TomG says:


  69. Jeff Fulton says:

    COME THE F*CK ON. It doesn’t even look like they were trying on the 2nd corner. Bradley had a good shot on the first one though.

    Here comes another corner,,,NOTHING. Awful.

    Offside…Jesus, just fooking stay on side. IT’S NOT THAT HARD!

  70. Petaluman says:

    EJ = Savior

  71. TomG says:

    YEEEESSSS!! EJ!!!!

  72. Jeff Fulton says:

    YESSSSSSSSS! I take back all of those posts!



  73. Jacko says:

    So that’s why Gordon is on the field…Klinsy is genius!

  74. Francois says:

    Alan Gordon and Eddie Johnson? WE. ALL. EAT. CROW.

  75. bbstl says:


  76. Amru says:

    Eddie Johnson!!!!!!!!!! I take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about you. I love you

  77. Jeff Fulton says:


  78. Patrick says:


  79. Brian says:


  80. Petaluman says:

    The highly regarded and feared Gordon to EJ connection!

  81. Hopper says:

    I’m not eating any crow. I was all for the EJ call up.

  82. Jeff Fulton says:


    = Eaten!!!!! Yum yum crow. As long as we win, I’ll eat it all night long.

  83. TomG says:

    And Gordon with a fantastic cross. I don’t know whether to laud Klinsi for bringing those two in or lambaste him for coming in with a lousy game plan.

  84. natsalways says:

    To those who questioned the Eddie Johnson callup…

    I am so glad you were wrong.

    It would be so good to have Johnson back as a producing forward in the US pool.

    Go U.S.A.!

  85. primoone says:

    and Josi….still kicking rockls

  86. gotim says:

    how much stoppage time…… ?

  87. Jurgen says:

    Wow…Gordon was truly awful with the Galaxy just a few seasons ago. What has gotten into him?

  88. Jeff Fulton says:

    Thank god no phantom penalty from this “ref”

  89. Jeff Fulton says:

    Crow eaten.
    Great job Eddie and Alan Gordon.

    Oh my god, I just said that.

  90. Shane S says:

    Klinsmann should get down and clean EJs boots with his tongue tonight.

  91. TomG says:

    Good lord, that was way more difficult and nervewracking than it should have been. What a cross by Gordon, though. Props.

  92. meowmix says:


  93. jeery84 says:

    horrible coach is JK horrible no more words

  94. Tim F. says:

    Way to go EJ!!!!

  95. Brad says:

    I have longer boxer-briefs than the shorts #11 for A&B was wearing.

  96. iheartscotch says:

    Wow that was a horrifically disgusting game so about the usual for us apparently.

  97. Jeff Fulton says:

    Just wish there was some way for both Guatemala and Jamaica to lose tonight =)

    • primoone says:

      1 point for each is good enough…

    • bottlcaps says:

      If they tie, they will both drop two points. Now that the US has got three, this would be the best outcome for the US. The next would be for Jamaica to win.

      • away goals says:

        We want a lopsided jamaica victory tonight. Then we’d still go through with a close loss to guatemala tuesday.

        If jamaica and guatemala draw, we’d almost certainly be out with any loss.

        Not that I think we’ll lose, but it would buy us some insurance…

      • iheartscotch says:

        The best scenario is for Janaica to win like 3-0 or more so then we would just not have to lose to Guatemela by the same margin.

  98. meowmix says:

    Also great cross by Gordon

  99. ANM says:

    Wham, bam, thank you GAM.

  100. primoone says:

    Way to go with the annoying money grab advertisements SBI.

  101. Jason Harris says:

    I never thought I’d say thank goodness for Eddie Johnson, but thank goodness for Eddie Johnson. Great assist by Gordon. Everyone else played like S-H-I-T.

  102. meowmix says:

    Been callin for EJ to have a look for a while. He’s flat out dangerous

  103. bottlcaps says:

    As I (smugly) pointed out before; Alan Gordon brings a can-do blue-collar attitude to any game he is in. He gets the winning assist and (hopefully) more respect from the punters on this board lol. Good job Eddie!! Jozy Who??

    • d says:

      Yep! Looks like brought the Goonie attitude to the game- the never say never and never say die attitude. Hopefully the EuroYanks will learn a thing or two from the MLSers!

  104. ACS says:

    With the way Gomez played, I’d keep Gordon in next match.

  105. gotim says:

    Well nothing positive to take from this game except the 3 points. But those 3 points are a HUGE consolation prize :)

  106. Kosh says:

    3 points brought to you by MLS.

    Probably uglier than warts on a warthog, but 3 points just the same.

  107. primoone says:

    OH…and the crow I’m eating aint that bad…little salt…salsa…and tortillas.

    • Kosh says:


      Bet you that bad boy never tasted any better, huh? Kudos for stepping up and eating that crow!!

  108. Dave says:

    A good night for MLS I guess.

  109. andrewfroboy says:

    Don’t think you can draw too many conclusions from that game, pitch was absurdly small, i’ll take the 3 points and run.

  110. Ted in MN says:

    Great: EJ
    Good: Dolo, Howard, Alan Gordon, Bradley and Kjelstan
    Meh: Goodson, Cameron, Zusi, Bocanegra, Williams
    Bad: Dempsey, Gomez
    Terrible: Jones
    Thank God he’s out for Guatemala. He’d probably get a second yellow by the 20th for dissent.

    • meowmix says:

      I agree with this

    • Ted in MN says:

      Also, what the heck was up with Dempsey? He declined multiple times to pick up a ball and move forward. Several of those times the ball just flat out rolled OB and even more times it went straight to A&B. Come on man.

  111. divers suck says:

    All you Eddie Johnson haters can suck the big FAT one!!! In a match we should have won 4 or 5 nil he bailed us out in a fashion that Altidore hasn’t done since the Confederations Cup against Spain!!!!

  112. David M says:

    Take a look at the USL PRO standings. link to

    Antigua Barracuda FC is in last place. 5 wins, 18 loses, 1 tie. The US national team barely manages to beat it on a last minute goal. Klinsmann got to go. We may make it out of this group (and I’m not at all sure of that), but with this coach stuff we’re not going to Brazil.

    • Darwin says:

      You know, you’re overreacting.
      …but you do have a point.

    • Jason Harris says:

      What makes you think Klinsmann being sacked is going to change the crap passing and poor finishing they’ve always had?

    • Kosh says:

      Yeah, and that’s one way to look at things…

      But how about JK having the guts to call in guys who made it happen? Funny how EJ tucks not ONE but TWO goals in on a night when many regulars had an off night. It’s WC qualifying, away in not so decent conditions (I am only going by what others say because I did not watch the match).

    • EnzoHernandez says:

      Some of the reactions are baffling to me. We looked pretty bad, sometimes awful, for the vast majority of the night. Yes, it’s great that EJ scored two goals (although neither was a great goal or anything), but the generally poor play is the far more important takeaway from the match.

      We *should* be beating A&B a lot more easily than we did tonight.

  113. Jordan says:

    Guys the pitch….they might as well had been playing on a tiny gravel basketball court…

  114. Eddie Johnson says:

    Attn: Eddie Johnson h8ters. How do you like me now?

  115. Swiss says:

    Wow, looks like making it out of the hexagonal will be a dog fight , having to face Costa Rica,Honduras, Mexico etc…

  116. Jason Harris says:

    I never thought I’d say thank goodness for Eddie Johnson, but thank goodness for Eddie Johnson. Great assist by Gordon. Everyone else played like G-A-R-B-A-G-E

  117. Todd Marsch says:

    Well, I guess we should have known (as Klinsmann apparently did) that nobody scores goals on crappy CONCACAF teams like Eddie Johnson.

    I’m still baffled by the lack of a sense of urgency from the US in these games. I’m not sure how much that is on Klinsmann, either. It seems like any 11 American players from MLS should have been able to win this game, if they played hard, regardless of coaching.

    • Darwin says:

      The approach that he has instilled in our team is sometimes too academic.

    • Ted in MN says:

      So much agreed. They never just open up the engines and run at the defense.

    • jb says:

      Agreed, the lack of urgency I dont understand. At first I chalked it up to field, which looked as poor as any I’ve ever seen. Like they were afraid of slipping, getting hurt. But then Antigua didnt seem to have the same issue…

  118. 2tone says:

    Good god this team has some problems. Yet again the build-up was slow, uncreative, and they never has a sense of urgency until minute 85. But that pitch was horrible and the weather made it even worse.

    Here are my ratings

    Howard= 3
    Dolo= 3.5
    Cameron= 2,5
    Goodson= 2.5
    Boca= 2.5
    Williams= 2.5
    Bradley= 3.5
    Zusi= 2.5
    Dempsey= 2.5
    EJ= 4
    Gomez= 2
    Kljestan= 3
    Jones= 2
    Gordon= 3.5

    Dempsey was atrocious. he hampered the offense more than helping.

    Overall the USMNT was average on a night that they needed to be more than that. Klinsmann better call in at least one more player. Someon that has a tad bit more creativity.
    Is Corona not producing in training because his call-up seems like a rather pointless roster spot selection.

  119. Brad says:

    Instead of the players’ performances being ranked from 1-10 like normal, they should be ranked from “ugh” to “bleh”.

  120. Corey says:

    Terrible performance 2-1 really….We have to do better going forward…..Pretty sad when other countries games are showed live while others are shown on tape delay during when our game should be shown live. Flipping through the stations on Comcast I saw live college soccer and live HS football and tape delayed soccer games from Europe. What are our options to watch are national team?? Hmmmm, we have to search online looking for a feed. What the heck?

  121. Jordan says:

    If we were playing on the pitch that England got to play San Marino on today….we probably would have won 4 or 5 nil…

    • David M says:

      Yeah, and in Tampa it was the rain, and in Kingston it was the bad pitch again, and in Columbus it was the wind… and remind me, what was it in Guatemala?

  122. robbo says:

    I guess the blind mice found the cheese. Klinsman needs to go. He is not a tactical technician. He fielded a lousy team. We got lucky.

  123. Beto says:

    On the positive side; neither MB, Zusi or Edu (did not play) picked up cards. Jones is really working hard to lose his spot, not going to miss him. I was worried Bradley was going get in trouble

  124. Beto says:

    On the positive side; neither MB, Zusi or Edu (did not play) picked up cards. Jones is really working hard to lose his spot, not going to miss him. I was worried Bradley was going get in trouble

  125. Jordan says:

    Normally I would agree with you…but go back and watch the game… the passes were literally ALL jacked up by the pitch and the weather…..I am telling you judging our guys on this is unfair…

  126. Fredo says:

    Martin Vasquez must die.