USMNT vs. South Korea: SBI Live Match Commentary



The U.S. Men’s National Team kicks off an important 2014 today with its first match of the year, a friendly against South Korea at StubHub Center (5pm, ESPN2/UniMas).

The Americans will be featuring a lineup with plenty of experience and quality against the South Koreans, with Landon Donovan spearheading the attack, and Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez anchoring the central defense.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today’s match, so please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s commentary is after the jump):




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216 Responses to USMNT vs. South Korea: SBI Live Match Commentary

  1. Griff says:

    is this crappy college basketball game gonna be over in time?

  2. EspinDOHla says:

    Hope these basketball games don’t drag out….

  3. FRANK says:


  4. Pace says:

    This game is not close to over…

  5. Pace says:

    F espn

  6. FRANK says:


  7. Good Jeremy says:

    Meh. How many chances is Davis gonna get? Ditto with Wondo.
    I do like Gonzo, Besler, and Evans playing together though, they look like locks for Brazil so you might as well get them used to playing with each other. I’m wondering if/when Yedlin comes in and where they play him. I could see him going on the wing and then falling back when Evans going forward, and vice-versa.

    • Atletico Man says:

      thinking Wondo gets at least one more after today.

      • broadsthooligans says:

        I haven”t watched him much with San Jose, but this was by far his most complete game with the national team. He played good balls, finished his opportunities and made solid runs. I didn’t want to see him because I didn’t see much skill out of him, and he looked a step behind against everyone but Guatemala and Antigua, but if he plays like this I’d say I at least understand why he’s being considered. Although I still don’t see him beating out EJ, AJ, or Jozy.

  8. espada says:

    Hey, they started the national anthems on Unimas…

  9. usaalltheway says:

    I guess I am not the only person waiting on this basketball game… :( :(

  10. lprevolution says:

    Seriously though, the drama of the last 2 mins of a NCAA basketball game are awesome. Wow. He’s at the free throw line. Wow. just wow

  11. Roy says:

    Another reason soccer is better than basketball? The running clock.

  12. NiallQuinn says:

    I had to change browsers and lost my stream bookmark:(
    Anyone got a link?

  13. Brant says:

    anyone else NOT seeing the USMNT game on ESPN3?

  14. Brew says:

    espn stinks, just when you thought soccer had come so far

  15. EspinDOHla says:


  16. John says:


  17. espada says:

    Wondo with the goal!

  18. shawn says:


  19. Darwin says:


  20. beachbum says:

    they’ve already scored and we missed it for this scheduling BS

    whatever espn

  21. Good Jeremy says:

    I literally change the channel for five seconds to see if it is on ESPN in English yet and that happens.

  22. dikranovich says:

    at least they show the usa goal by wondo

  23. Howard's Beard says:

    I love ACC b ball as much as the next guy, but this is redonkulous.

  24. FRANK says:


    • KingGoogleyEye says:


    • TomG says:

      Odd, but all I can think of when Frank starts capping off is the kid from Jerry McGuire that keep spouting non sequiturs like, “THE HUMAN HEAD WEIGHS 8 POUNDS!”

  25. shawn says:

    sick of wondo getting lucky goals, we need skilled players in brazil

    • Jacob says:

      Wondo was my high school soccer coach. I promise you he’s much more talented than you think he is. He knows exactly where to be to put the ball in the net. That’s more important than anything else. Period.

  26. usaalltheway says:

    This sucks. Seriously, I can’t the game at all.

    Being a USMNT fan is so difficult at times.

    Anyone getting the game?

  27. FRANK says:


  28. KingGoogleyEye says:

    Magee with food poisoning? Dude took a page out of the Stu Holden book.

  29. Big Red says:

    Evans can’t even cross the ball when wide open. Gonna be a long season for Seattle.

  30. usaalltheway says:

    This knocking the ball around in our own third OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN, is just terrible.

  31. Hitachi says:

    This blows. I was able to watch the Mexico game from the beginning…… In two different channels

  32. USMNT Fan says:

    Has the back line made a successful forward pass yet?

  33. shawn says:

    Mix is our best passer, maybe better than bradley.
    I would take an in-form gonzo over besler
    Wondo is useless outside of getting rebounds

  34. Matt says:

    Is the game on espn yet?

  35. usaalltheway says:

    So, are we throughly unimpressed yet?

    So far only Mix stands out. He is great.

    The rest…very meh.

  36. I'M WITH FRANK says:


  37. MLSsnob says:

    This game is screaming for Gil.

  38. hmm says:

    A 6’5 South Korean?

    well there’s 1 positive the Korean war brought

    • Ted Tran says:

      LOL not sure if racist. But since this is SBI not racist.

    • Increase says:

      It’s a wee bit racist but…

      Koreans tend to be bigger than most Asians.(I mean actually people in Asia. Because a lot of it is diet.) I feel so tall in Hong Kong and at 5’`10″ that doesn’t happen very often.

      • Dennis says:

        At 5’8.5″, South Korean men average 3.5 inches taller than North Koreans and only 1″ less than men in the USA. Genetically speaking the 2 Korean countries are the same. The Koreans north of the DMZ suffer malnutrition growing up, while S. Korea is a wealthy country with a per person GDP that is about 60% the USA’s, and 16 times that of N. Korea.

        So tall Koreans are not as rare as some might think.

        • Increase says:

          The difference in average heights between Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China are interesting. It basically displays the difference income can make in height. Hong Kong is weathy but it has a lot of immigrant from the mainland which likely bring down the average.

  39. Adams says:

    Any more give way set pieces for Korea and they will score.

  40. hmm says:

    we should have loans/transfers with the Japanese and Korean leagues. instead of trying to achieve the impossible with parity with the top 5 European leagues, why not get more of a partnership with leagues in Asia or South America. I’m sure players in Korea/Japan probably make around 200-400 K. we can afford that

    • usaalltheway says:

      The Brazilian league is pretty good.

      It’s very competitive, filled with young talent. Plus, Brazilians are mean, nasty and can be very dirty. Great way to get our players stronger, both mentality and physically.

      Your point is well taken. I like your thinking.

    • EspinDOHla says:

      I hear ya hmm.

      I lived in Japan for five years and had season tickets for two different teams (JEF United and FC Tokyo) and the J.League is definitely good. More technical/less physical than MLS (surprise!!). Doing some loans/transfer seems like it would be win/win for both sides.

  41. KingGoogleyEye says:

    This US back line is really shaky.

    • fair observer says:

      just the outside backs, really, besler and gonzo are cleaning up for the widebacks terrible defense and awful speed. NEWSFLASH jurgen: this is a friendly…… put Yedlin in the game, we all know how regular brad evans is at outside back……

      • Increase says:

        I agree. The outside backs are terrible. Brad Evans is really looking poor. Parkhurst is not paying great but he isn’t letting them just walk up to the net.

  42. Adams says:

    Brad Evans sucked on that one.

  43. Paul6 says:

    I’m not a fan of Gonzo at all. I’m scared anytime the ball comes around him.

  44. KingGoogleyEye says:

    Lalas’ commentary… WTF???

  45. FRANK says:


  46. John says:

    Alright I’ve seen enough of Evans today

  47. Brant says:

    So Altidore didn’t hop on a flight in Newcastle this morning after his game and fly straight to LA in time for kickoff? WHAT A SLACKER! 😉

  48. Adams says:

    They just give the ball to Korea out of fear to actually play with it.

  49. fair observer says:

    S Korea isnt great but isnt bad, they all have speed and close down on defense well all over the pitch, creates a frantic feel for opposition, thats why our mid fielders think they have a second to look for a pass and there’s a defender in their face in no time. we need to just move the ball around and have patience instead of dribbliing while looking for something, let the game come to us

  50. lprevolution says:

    I’m impressed with the
    Bob Bradley style

  51. Adams says:

    Why didn’t Wond shield that ball so that it would go out? Not world class player.

  52. Fan Futbol says:

    That there is any serious competition between Evans and Cameron for RB starter makes me sad. Cameron is so clearly better.

    • SBI TroII says:

      The competition should be between Chandler and Cameron, not Evans.

      • Fan Futbol says:

        Agree totally.

        • KJ says:

          But people so badly want to believe that the MLS player is better than the two starting in top flight European leagues. And everyone hates Chandler for some reason.

          • usaalltheway says:

            The man we need to have believe otherwise is JK.

            He consistently chooses Evans over Cameron for the right back spot and yet most on here think he is good coach.

            The problem is JK. He is not a good coach.

          • beachbum says:

            no no no…everyone sees what’s going on. Evans stepped in and performed admirably but there are better options

  53. Adams says:

    USA, the best team in the world…passing backwards.

  54. John says:

    Parkhurst looks like someone that is out of position and hasn’t played a match in 6 months…..

  55. Pace says:

    I always see this with the us, the defenders can never play the ball forward. I don’t know if this is on them or if there is no movement, but it is frustrating.

  56. FRANK says:


  57. shawn says:

    I dont know why yall dont trust gonzo. He is clearly the best passer/ball handler between besler and him, he hasnt made a fatal mistake in like 6 months. He can win set pieces and is a solid defender

  58. Chris says:

    Wasn’t entirely pretty, but MLS is beating a World Cup team right now.

    Where’s the dope that brought all the doom and gloom after a closed door scrimmage in Brazil?

  59. usaalltheway says:

    First half analysis

    1) S. Korea is getting too much space and liberty in the US box. Totally unacceptable. Against any team in our group, we get scored on. Perhaps several times.

    2) I get that JK wants the team to play out of the back but FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, this knocking it back and forth from midfield to winger, to midfield to winger to goalkeeper is too frustrating. It reminds of that Simpsons episode where the family goes to see a soccer match and the ball gets passed around to the same three players. You all know the one I am talking about.

    3) Our fullback situation is night-of-the-living-dead scary. Both Evans and Parkhurst have been beaten on several occasions and according to the American announcers, they both have good chances of being in the final 24 for Brazil. I hope that isn’t true.

    4) Despite being up a goal, our attacks have been poor. Is it so difficult to get a decent cross into the box?

    5) The last five minutes was better but I doubt the US wins this one.


    • shawn says:

      when gil and yedlin come on we will be better, lets just hope he doesnt play yedlin out of position

    • Javier says:

      I need a halftime snack/drink.

    • Adams says:


    • FRANK says:


    • Increase says:

      Beasley is looking excellent right now. Also Brad Davis isn’t good either. That whole left side is poor. Lordy, in some ways I’m happy Evans is playing his way off the team.

    • CroCajun1003 says:

      I think a big factor in that is Wondo’s holdup play. It’s not exactly his strength. That takes an outlet away as a pressure release. Currently, the only way forward is possession up the middle followed by a long ball in the channels.

      There was an SBI discussion this morning about the role of a forward and the value of holdup play. The back passes you’re seeing is the result of a forward not executing holdup and distribution.

      It’s also a symptom of the lack of speed on the field. Korea can press us b/c outside of LD we don’t offer a real threat to beat them on the break.

      Here’s to a more exciting 2nd half.

      • Increase says:

        Ya, Eddie does a lot more. He is a threat and wondo barely seems to be even on the field. He can shoot but… nothing else. There just like that. Ball lands near him. Shoots.

        • CroCajun1003 says:

          That’s the knock on Wondo. He is a great finisher and he makes good runs. He just doesn’t offer much else.

          Does have scary speed. Not gunna win a header in a crowd. Holdup play isn’t great. Doesn’t offer much in the buildup. Seems off the pace athletically.

          Look for Eddie’s speed and ariel presence force the Korea CBs back, thus opening more space for possession underneath.

    • GW says:

      You are over reacting to a bunch of guys who are playing their first game together.

  60. Adelai says:

    Alexi Lalas is such a clown. Who likes this kind of pretentiousness?

    Dude you sucked as a professional too.

  61. Francois says:

    Just some observations: Brad Evans shouldn’t be our RB come June, Taylor Twellman and Alexi Lalas are idiots, and some players are reitterating why they aren’t part of the A team. Mixx looks decent, but needs to not play so conservative.

  62. Adams says:

    US soccer players are being expelled from Europe do to lack of talent, desire and performance. Altidore may be next. Going back to MLS is a sign of mediocrisy.

  63. KingGoogleyEye says:

    I can”t wait for the second half to find out what else Lalas has eaten.

  64. Byrdman says:

    Twellman just said Parkhurst has played well.???

  65. Adams says:

    Ugly so far…60 min.

  66. Good Jeremy says:

    Dear Jeremy,

    Suck it.


  67. Gene says:

    Wondo doing what he does best – right spot, right time, good finish.

  68. Ted Tran says:

    And the Concacaf train continues on S. Korea….

  69. shawn says:

    i like that hes scoring but, man this guy gets lucky, or does he?

    • GW says:

      He gets lucky a lot and on a consistent basis.
      But to be perfectly cliché, I’d rather be lucky than good.

  70. Benny says:


  71. Adams says:

    Still ugly, but thanks Wondo, you are going to Brazil. Thank you for rescuing us today.

  72. John says:


  73. FRANK says:


  74. KingGoogleyEye says:

    Goodson in…but not Yedlin?

  75. Chris says:

    MLS 2 – 0 South Korea

  76. slyboy says:

    he reminds me of a poor mans inzaghi. You don’t know why, but he can score

  77. Citronomics says:

    Paraphrasing wifey… No one else is scoring for the NATS so Wondo should go to the WC.

    At this juncture, based on recent body of work… Wondo > Gomez for a spot on the WC squad. *not at all making a point about skill or quality of overall play between Herc and Wondo*

    • Nate says:

      Didn’t this SK team get completely WAXED by the Mexican “C” squad Wednesday night?

      • John says:

        What would make it there C squad? It was just as much a B squad as anyone elses.

        • Ted Tran says:

          Maybe the fact that there was players playing their first game for Mexico.

          • John says:

            Yeah and we didn’t? If that was there C squad then it was our as well.

            • Nate says:

              wasnt this pretty much the US gold cup starting squad? Also, Donovan, Besler, Zusi, and Gonzalez will likely start in Brazil. Beckerman, Parkhurst and Mix have frequently played under JK…the only 3rd team options were Wondo and Davis.

      • Citronomics says:

        SK did get spanked by Mexico. That said, I think JK values a player who is taking advantage of his opportunities and the one player standing out in this respect is Wondo. If one buys this line, then it’s likely Wondo is in the mix for the 4th striker spot.


        • Nate says:

          hes definitely in the mix. not sure this match tells you what Wondo will bring against Portugal, Germany and Ghana.

  78. Bobert says:

    How many strikers going to Brazil?


  79. Adams says:

    Where’s Yedlin?

  80. shawn says:

    FINALLY gil and yedlin

  81. usaalltheway says:

    Here come Yendlin and Gil.

    Make your marks boys.

  82. Nate says:

    Love how JK has deepened the pool…from Feilhaber, Beasley and Wondo to Gil, Yedlin and Mix, lots of dudes getting looks. Team will be much stronger for it going into Brazil.

    • KingGoogleyEye says:

      Maybe has something to do with his experience coaching Germany—you know, a team that is stacked at every position. Jurgen maybe never believed that there was “only one guy” who could play X position.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      feilhaber, beasley, and mix all played under bob bradley.

  83. Adams says:

    I just tuned in. Is Bradley back as US coach?

  84. usaalltheway says:

    Both of these American commentators have praised Parkhurst.


    If JK agrees, we are screwed in Brazil.

  85. shawn says:

    lol why does EJ suck so bad?

    • Adams says:

      lol, true

    • the elmo says:

      he keeps getting called up….why? EJ has proven on a consistent basis to be utter useless

      • John says:

        Other then scoring against Mexico and Panama in the Hex?

        • Dennis says:

          And Connor Casey and Frankie Heydude rescued the USA in WC qualifying 4 years ago against Honduras and Panama respectively. Are you saying by that logic that they should have been starters on the 2010 WC squad because of that?

          • John says:

            No and I didn’t say EJ should be a starter either. My point was just he is clearly not useless.

            Could Conor Casey made more of an impact coming off the bench in South Africa then say Gomez? I guess we’ll never know.

  86. Adelai says:

    Yeah Yedlin is being run over every time. Not at all ready for this.

  87. FRANK says:


  88. Adams says:

    Win a la Bradley

    • CroCajun1003 says:

      We absolutely dominated possession and rarely attacked with a quick counter.

      How is that similar to bunker bradley?

  89. Don the Jewler says:

    Gil and Yedlin were fun to watch in their cameo

    • shawn says:

      i know, but usa fans arent use to flair and excitment, and they will say they ran wild with no clue

      • usaalltheway says:


        I thought Yedlin did fine.

        No comment on Gil. I wasn’t paying attention to him.

      • Nate Dollars says:

        yedlin looked way out of his depth. i also don’t know what ‘flair and excitement’ you were talking about with him. he completed a couple of passes, got run around a couple times, and tried a flick to himself that went out of bounds. that’s not really what i was expecting from people’s comments about him.

  90. John says:


  91. The Garrincha says:

    Regarding on the possession knocking the ball backward etc.
    At the highest level as in most matches, the first 5 – 10 minutes of the game is hectic and frenetic. That is why it is important for a team to settle the ball, have a few touches by as many players as possible particularly the defense.
    This further allows a team to get a better feel for game conditions and the competition at hand.
    This is how top flight teams build from the beginning control and then probing and gradually moving forward into attacking mode.
    The team makes tactical analysis & adjustments on the fly.
    As the game progresses a comfort level grows being able to dictate and control to the flow
    and pace of the game.
    In the end, a good win against a K-League, B. Team. and an MLS, B+plus side.