154 responses

  1. Dc
    March 6, 2014

    The west coast gets Azerbaijan. Uh….sweet.

    • EspinDOHla
      March 6, 2014

      The land of fire playing in a town along the ring of fire…could get toasty!!

      Hey, on the plus side, I never thought I’d learn something from a jersey sponsorship!!

      • argh
        March 6, 2014

        +400

    • Birgit Calhoun
      March 6, 2014

      really?

    • sony
      March 6, 2014

      Azerbaijan? WTF is this? Looks like 2006 pre-World Cup send-off series.

  2. Maykol
    March 6, 2014

    Ahh azerbaijan, hopefully this will give the guys a bit of confidence. Turkey and nigeria are good teams with good players. I saw parts of the mexico nigeria game, and both teams had plenty of fight.

    • Marco
      March 6, 2014

      Maybe we can let the European based players earn their confidence back through a hard-fought draw with Azerbaijan.

      • Sandtrout
        March 6, 2014

        What he ^^ said! :-)

      • Dave
        March 6, 2014

        +1

      • Yankeedom
        March 6, 2014

        +100

      • Fredo
        March 6, 2014

        Touché

    • AcidBurn
      March 6, 2014

      Or the USMNT can beat Azerbaijan 1-0 and we can start a similar path to the 2006 world cup, gulp.

  3. Curtis
    March 6, 2014

    Azerbaijan feels random and disappointing — wonder how many will show to see that game.

    Turkey and Nigeria are pretty good preparation for Portugal and Ghana, respectively.

    Mixed bag.

    • tga
      March 6, 2014

      all of theyAzerbaijanians west of the rockies will flock to the Rose Bowl, are you kidding me….

      • whoop-whoop
        March 6, 2014

        Which will be a bit of a shame for them as the game will be going on 400 miles north in San Francisco/Candlestick park.

  4. Josh D
    March 6, 2014

    Azerbaijan I guess for the easy win and confidence boost?

    Turkey for their wing play to prepare for Portugal, I’d guess. Turan as a poor man’s Ronaldo?

    Nigeria to play a fast paced, athletic team similar to Ghana. Why we don’t play more African teams during friendlies is beyond me. They’re our achilles heel.

    A decent line-up with a couple challenging foes.

    • user222
      March 6, 2014

      the must game for the US is Ghana… get 3 points and you’re 60% into the knockout phases.

      There is no need to play friendlies to prepare for Germany/Portugal as we can only beat/tie them in a shocker.

      The Nigeria friendly does make sense. We should play all three send-off friendlies against Nigeria or other African teams.

      • away goals
        March 6, 2014

        Do all african teams play the same style as ghana?

      • DanO
        March 6, 2014

        Please stop trying to be logical.

      • Birgit Calhoun
        March 6, 2014

        Nigeria is not nearly as strong as Ghana.

      • Sandtrout
        March 6, 2014

        But it is just as African!

      • Birgit Calhoun
        March 7, 2014

        I watched the Mexico Nigeria game they were quite good.

      • beto
        March 6, 2014

        Nigeria was solid vs Mexico last night. Their keeper from Lille i believe was really good. Victor Moses and a few others were decent in attack

      • Wilson O
        March 10, 2014

        Funny. Do you even know anything about Nigeria. FYI-Nigeria is currently the best team in Africa. They are the current African champions

      • RB
        March 7, 2014

        “the must game for the US is Ghana… get 3 points and you’re 60% into the knockout phases.”

        The calculation on that sounds interesting…

    • Brad
      March 6, 2014

      Could we all please stop referring to Ghana as “a fast paced, athletic team” and that we should play more friendlies against African teams to prepare for them. Its like the Larry Bird v Michael Jordan debate, and saying that Bird was a student of the game, and Jordan was an athlete.

      Ghana has 9 players in the champions league, and I don’t think it’s due to their athleticism.

      • away goals
        March 6, 2014

        Dont forget to mention that they lack discipline in the back and their goalkeeping is a wild card.

      • QuakerOtis
        March 6, 2014

        Or GDP, population size, infrastructure, NBA, NFL, MLB, and George Washington, since those determine who wins the WC.

      • BB
        March 6, 2014

        Yes, thank you. Its 2014 we need to get past these lazy stereotypes. These are all professional football players. Of course they are fast paced and athletic. This is not only African teams. Wouldn’t you say Cristiano Ronaldo is athletic and fast paced? What about Messi? Neymar? Donovan? Alba? etc Bottomline this type of journalism and analysis needs to go by the wayside. Its subtle racism.

      • GW
        March 6, 2014

        “Its subtle racism.”

        Nothing subtle about the racism on this site.

      • Wilson O
        March 10, 2014

        Great comment BB. Nothing sublet about it. As far as I am concerned, it is blatant racism. Funny thing is the US team is probably more athletic that most African teams. The main difference is the skill set. America players are just not as skillfull but I think that is improving and it will definitely get better

      • Reggie White
        March 6, 2014

        The African teams are actually known for being spiritual.

      • Reggie White
        March 6, 2014

        And the teams in the AFC could turn a watch into a soccer ball!

      • The Garrincha
        March 7, 2014

        Thank you Brad,
        funny how people give such flippant comparisons.
        anyway Nigeria would be considered the 3rd or 4th best team in CAF.
        Ghana, Ivory Coast, Egypt/Nigeria, throw in Senegal, Cameroon, Algeria in good years and that just about does it.

    • sony
      March 6, 2014

      Yeah, confidence boost.Jozy needs that for sure.Game against Azerbaijan is a mistake.

  5. Tomas McBooglebones
    March 6, 2014

    The only thing I can gather on that Azerbaijan game is that its a confidence boost..not really sure what else to say about playing the 93rd ranked team in the world. So needless to say pretty disappointed about that one, but I do really like the Turkey, and Nigeria games. I’m just really bummed we couldn’t get a game with a truly elite opponent. I mean Spain is already going to be here. That would’ve been great prep for how we might need to play against Germany.

    • Birgit Calhoun
      March 6, 2014

      I sure hope that this business of instilling confidence stops soon. Confidence comes with success in what the team or individual players are doing. It doesn’t come with letting them play against weak teams so they can win. The players will know and they will feel as if they are being treated like children, and subliminally it will do exactly the opposite to building confidence.

      • JH
        March 7, 2014

        It is actually a fairly common practice of world cup teams to warm up against weaker nations in May preparations. When May comes around, check out who some of the world powers will be playing against…there will be a few minnows in there. That particular game is less about the competition and more about getting the chemistry working, building up the confidence and getting into a winning rhythm.

      • Birgit Calhoun
        March 7, 2014

        That’s fine but it shouldn’t be constantly pointed out that the so-and-so’s needs to build confidence. Another thing: The team should have been selected and be secure in its being the team, and then the warm ups can be done. I bet Klinsmann waits till the last minute to stop waffling about who does and does not go.

  6. argh
    March 6, 2014

    WTF?

    what happened to Serbia or Sweden?

    Azerbaijan? Why not ARMENIA? that way it’d be in time for the Kanye West- Kim Kardashian wedding

    • JayAre
      March 6, 2014

      +1 We need to play good teams to prepare for good teams. I was hoping we got Serbia or Ecuador or Chile or France or anyone better than Azerbaijan

      • Birgit Calhoun
        March 7, 2014

        I was hoping for Sweden so we could see Ibrahimovitz.

      • RB
        March 7, 2014

        LOL—Is that Ibra’s Yiddish-speaking cousin? :-)

      • RB
        March 7, 2014

        “+1 We need to play good teams to prepare for good teams.”

        Well then I guess it’s a good thing that less than 48 hours ago, we played a top 20 team and what at least was at one point recently the highest-ranked team not to make the WC, huh?

    • Eric
      March 6, 2014

      FWIW, the LA area has a huge Armenian minority. Considering that Klinsmann is basically headquartered there, I could kinda see the USSF worrying about stacking the crowd with too many away fans (post-traumatic memories of the 2011 Gold Cup and whatnot). But that also doesn’t mean the US couldn’t have, say, Nigeria there and hosted Armenia in Jacksonville.

      I say this as an Armenian-American myself–even though I am a USA fan first, it would have been great to see Mkhitaryan and co. visit the States.

      • Joe+G
        March 6, 2014

        Well, we are playing Mexico in Phoenix, so I don’t think a hostile crowd is a big concern.

      • Drew11
        March 6, 2014

        Nigeria in FL is prep for Ghana in Brazil.

  7. Dos
    March 6, 2014

    This pics really drives home how terrible the new jerseys are.

    • QuakerOtis
      March 6, 2014

      +1

      They might as well draw a sweater over the shoulders on the WC kits.

    • AMPhibian
      March 6, 2014

      ditto

  8. argh
    March 6, 2014

    ROSE BOWL is pretty close to me. how much will the tickets be?

    • JH
      March 7, 2014

      I was hoping for the Rose Bowl, but its going to be at Candlestick Park.

  9. FELIXS9
    March 6, 2014

    Grant Wall is say the USMNT is playing in Palo Alto CA… please confirm!!!! link to soccer.si.com

    • QuakerOtis
      March 6, 2014

      Right. And I had heard Stanford as a venue leading up to this announcement. Oh well…

  10. William the Terror
    March 6, 2014

    Azerbaijan? This entire run up is turning into a circus.

    • Sandtrout
      March 6, 2014

      After Wednesday, it feels like we’re all just hoping for a miracle. Yes, we’ll be better than the team vs. Ukraine, but we need to be 10 times better, and I’m not seeing that.

  11. truthiness
    March 6, 2014

    Whatever happened to black soccer boots?

    • away goals
      March 6, 2014

      It’s these kids nowadays with their smart phones and their selfies and their rock and roll music

      • Marcelo Balboa’s Mustache
        March 6, 2014

        +10

      • bbstl
        March 7, 2014

        Get off my lawn!

  12. argh
    March 6, 2014

    if the NT flops in brazil? will that be a setback or is that just logical considering the Group of Death?

    • Umlaut
      March 6, 2014

      I’ve been thinking about that a bit lately (especially after the Ukraine game…), and I think it will really just depend how they flop. If it’s just a case of playing really good teams and not managing to pull an upset, that’s one thing. But if we don’t even compete I’ll be very disappointed.

      • AMPhibian
        March 6, 2014

        yeah, it depends on the definition of flop, which will vary person to person based on expectations.

    • Hogatroge
      March 6, 2014

      The fact is, our most realistic scenario for advancement (NOT our most realistic overall) is a win over Ghana and two draws w/ Portugal and Germany.

  13. Roundhead
    March 6, 2014

    Not comparing apples to oranges but we played Ukraine like a 93rd ranking team. Maybe we need to play Azerbaijan. I wish we were playing better ranking teams but I really hope we can get our backline woes in order and Jozy can get some points because I dont think we have any other options to start in his place.

    • Brain Guy
      March 6, 2014

      Sorry but I think Ukraine is a top-20 team, in any event the highest-ranking team not to qualify for Brazil.

      • Benny Dargle
        March 6, 2014

        I think he is pointing out that the US looked like a 93rd ranked team when it played against Ukraine, which looked to be much better than us.

  14. Matty
    March 6, 2014

    So, I know it says the last tune ups. But is it possible the play another WC team while in Brazil. I know in 2010 they played Australia in a friendly there. I think that would be best to get a better “game” feel for the conditions there. (weather, humidity, etc )

    • Good Jeremy
      March 6, 2014

      New Jersey and Florida in May should be fairly similar weather to Brasil in June.
      I am guessing that the locations were also chosen to get us used to flying cross-country for every group stage game.

  15. Gerard D.
    March 6, 2014

    Azerbaijain is probably the only team they could convince to fly to freaking California.

    • Jesse D
      March 6, 2014

      I’m shocked anyone would live east of the rockies really. With humidity, bugs, rain, slush, ice, it is pretty clear the place to be out west where we don’t have that stuff. California is where most teams want to go. There is a reason the US sets up home base out here.

      • Eric
        March 6, 2014

        ^^^

        What Jesse said.

      • Gerard D.
        March 6, 2014

        I love the state of California.

        But really though–a flight from Sweden to California is not anybody’s idea of a good time.

      • Marco
        March 6, 2014

        Enjoy your Earthquakes, fires, and droughts a bit too much? Not to mention drug gangs affiliated with other countries.

      • Sharkbait
        March 6, 2014

        Haha, you beat me to it by 1 minute!

      • Birgit Calhoun
        March 6, 2014

        After yesterday’s game I take the San Jose Earthquakes any day. They at least have synergy.

      • QuakerOtis
        March 6, 2014

        “Drug gangs affiliated with other countries.”

        “Drug gangs?” As opposed to ice cream gangs?

        But good point, because these don’t exist anywhere else in the country…

      • UclaBruinGreat
        March 6, 2014

        Drug gangs, and gangs are unique to California?? Wow, somebody has been living under a rock. Perhaps you need to read up on our nations history, or simply watch the national news more often.

      • S.T. Bear
        March 6, 2014

        Yes. We enjoy fire. 35 million pyromaniacs, that’s us.

      • Al Gore
        March 6, 2014

        The Internet? You’re welcome. I invented it at UCLA, in between earthquakes and attacks from ‘drug gangs.’

      • Sharkbait
        March 6, 2014

        Right because California doesn’t have earthquakes, mudslides, or major forest fires or anything like that. Oh wait…

      • UclaBruinGreat
        March 6, 2014

        Haha, ahh the haters. There is a reason why if you come to California, you see tons of people that aren’t originally from California living here. California is simply the best! Trust me, I am well traveled.

        “Earthquakes, mudslides and fires”… grasping at straws i see. Forest fires happen in sparsely populated areas, there is usually minimal property damage. The last major earthquake was in 1994 (20 years ago), and there wasn’t that much damage (all things considered) that came from it compared to other earthquakes around the world. The beaches, the snow, the great weather year-round, the beautiful national parks, the beautiful woman, some of the top universities in all the world (Stanford, Cal, UCLA, USC, Cal Tech), Hollywood, awesome nightlife, always something to do, always somewhere to go and something to see, job opportunities, cultural diversity, etc.

      • Increase0
        March 7, 2014

        I found LA traffic ruined most of the good bits about living there. Trying to get from Irvine to Newport Beach takes like 45 minutes sometimes. Blah
        Also the weather is only Amazing within 50 miles of the coast. Riverside is loathsome.

        I have found California a wonderful place to visit but not that great of a place to live. It’s like in Austin when everyone comes for South by Southwest and the weather is great. But they aren’t there long enough to be annoyed by UT students and the boiling sauna that is South Texas.

        What I’m really trying to say is that its like any other place. It’s great for some people but not everyone.

    • beto
      March 6, 2014

      +1, how many teams declined this before they called up the Azerbejani’s?

      Understand that Brazil bound teams would want to play in a similar time zone but there had to be other non WC nations available right?!

  16. vodkatastesbetterinthemorning
    March 6, 2014

    We are playing Azerbaijian because Berti Vogts is the manager.

    • Birgit Calhoun
      March 6, 2014

      Berti Vogts would never have chosen a team like Azerbaijian for a friendly. He also would not have chosen the defense we had yesterday. And he wouldn’t have put up with Dempsey and Altidore. One more thing, if we are assumed to not do well in the WC, why can’t we at least watch players who want to be there. The team I saw playing against Ukraine made me want to cheer for the US opponent. They need it more.

  17. Eric
    March 6, 2014

    I’m happy to see a Bay Area game since I live in San Francisco. However, facing Azerbaijan is a bit of a head-scratcher since they’re nowhere close to the quality of competition we’ll face in Brazil.

  18. bizzy
    March 6, 2014

    As easy as these games seem it is going to be a major up hill battle. After the way Dempsey and Altidore played against the Ukraine we are bound to lose one of these games (due to lack of goals) and in for a big surprise. Against Azerbaijan we’re going to have like 12+ chances with maybe a goal, Nigeria is a solid team and dismantle our nemesis Mexico (game still ended 0-0 thanks to Ochoa) so that’s going to be a game that’ll truly let us know where we are Technically, physically and Mentally, then of course Turkey convincingly beat sweden so, 93 ranked or 42 ranked, there is no need for “stronger opposition”, we have all we can handle starting May 27th (and Nigeria will be the ultimate test).

  19. JC
    March 6, 2014

    I got to say that with many countries traveling through here on the way to Brazil, this is a disappointing list of opponents. Not saying that these games will be easy wins, just saying it was a good opportunity to match up against top teams..

    • Hogatroge
      March 6, 2014

      2 of 3 will be good competition. At least Azerbaijan is the 1st of the 3 games.

  20. Godfrey Ingram
    March 6, 2014

    Sunil thanks for finally bringing the USMNT back to the bay area after many years! Oh, wait Azerbajan, no thanks.. What a joke

  21. Someone
    March 6, 2014

    How good/bad is Azerbaijan?

    • Benjamin C.
      March 6, 2014

      They beat the Philippines 1-0 yesterday in Dubai. In the last qualifying cycle, they had 1 win, 6 draws, and 3 defeats. Most of their recent callups play domestically, with a few guys in Germany, Turkey, and Russia (per Wikipedia). Looking at the WC Qualifying results, they played squads like Russia, Israel, and Northern Ireland fairly tough. Can’t tell you anything about their style of play, though, but it appears defensive in nature just going by scores.

      • sony
        March 6, 2014

        you joking right?

  22. Dan
    March 6, 2014

    And bench Jozy (out the door) Altidore. And start Aaron Johannson instead. Jozy totally sucks!!!

  23. big al
    March 6, 2014

    Ukraine exposed the following weakness.our defense,our offense, our midfield. What’s left? Oh lest l forget,GOALIE,our only knight in a shining amour TIMMY.

    • Francois
      March 6, 2014

      We played with a makeshift back line, get over it.

      • sony
        March 6, 2014

        Exactly Gooch belongs to USMNT “C” .

      • Birgit Calhoun
        March 7, 2014

        It’s always easy to say make-shift after a loss. It wasn’t thought to be make-shift before the game started.

      • RB
        March 7, 2014

        How in the world do you figure it wasn’t? No Besler, no Gonzalez, no DMB, not even Clarence Goodson. Gooch getting his first look in a while, JAB getting another early look, Castillo getting hopefully his last look…

    • Eric
      March 6, 2014

      Overreact much?

    • Marco
      March 6, 2014

      Howard’s lost a step this cycle also. Thankfully he used to be a step and a half past good so we’ll be alright, but if we lose those first two games we’re going to hand the keys over to Guzan for the third match and for going forward next cycle.

      • HoboMike
        March 6, 2014

        Ha. That was funny.

      • Claytron
        March 6, 2014

        Lost a step? He’s had a great year at Everton.

      • Dan
        March 6, 2014

        You’re right. Those three point blank saves against Ukraine didn’t show us anything about the state of Howard’s game.

  24. Chicago Josh
    March 6, 2014

    Two games before the 23-man roster is due on June 2. I’m curious if Jurgen will go with potential starters against Azerbaijan or try out some fringe players.

    • Birgit Calhoun
      March 7, 2014

      How about starting a new group from the NASL and the US Soccer League?

    • Curtis
      March 7, 2014

      IMHO, the experimentation needs to end. Pick a starting line-up and stick with it. They need to learn each others tendencies and gel as a unit.

      We need all the stability and understanding we can manufacture in the next 3 months, cause right now the number of question marks around this team are innumerable.

  25. Pep Guardiola
    March 6, 2014

    What happened to Sweeden??

    • Benjamin C.
      March 6, 2014

      It crumbled and slid into the Baltic Sea. Tragic, really.

    • beto
      March 6, 2014

      The scheduled with Belgium and Denmark

  26. blokhin
    March 6, 2014

    playing Azerbaijan in an Armenian-heavy Los Angeles? might as well play Armenia…

    • Claytron
      March 6, 2014

      Maybe the plan is to channel Armenian hatred and turn them into USMNT supporters.

  27. Benjamin C.
    March 6, 2014

    It would have been fun to play Qatar instead of Azerbaijan and stomp the daylights out of them. Maybe this can happen in the leadup to Russia 2018 after they have failed to qualify . . . again. Then FIFA will look even dumber, if that is possible.

    • beto
      March 6, 2014

      +1000000 that would be good headline stuff

  28. James H
    March 6, 2014

    So we get smacked by Ukraine, our kits look like country club golf shirts and we get Azerbaijan as a WC prep game? Not exactly a few stellar days for US soccer is it? What happens if Azerbaijan draws or wins…

    • away goals
      March 6, 2014

      I imagine we would play two more tune up games then participate in the world cup as scheduled.

      • James H
        March 7, 2014

        Don’t apply for any analyst positions my friend. Your depth of thought would shatter… well… not much.

    • AcidBurn
      March 6, 2014

      Game’s in California – so if Azerbaijan wins, the fault opens and swallows the stadium up whole.

      • QuakerOtis
        March 6, 2014

        After I leave…

    • Birgit Calhoun
      March 7, 2014

      Klinsmann could start from scratch and choose a new team that has people who can score.

  29. Birgit Calhoun
    March 6, 2014

    Considering that Nigeria just tied Mexico 0-0 I would think Nigeria is going to be a pretty good opponent. The other two look pretty weak to me. But maybe what the USMNT needs is a sense of winning. There are always illusions about winning. I am disappointed that none of the games are played at Stanford where the camp is supposed to be held.. Why aren’t any of the games played here? Is it the fan base? Or is it that the team needs to get in as much travel time as possible. I would think taking the stress of traveling away would make the stress later more tolerable..

  30. big al
    March 6, 2014

    Hey Francois, did we also play with a makeshift line in our midfield and
    with Altidore? Didn’t our MEISTER say,go to Europe, and enter the Promise land.

  31. Frank
    March 6, 2014

    Azerbaijan will be our last victory for a while. There’s no chance we’re beating anyone in Brazil. Not with Dempsey, Lazydore and a much older and slower Landon Donovan.

    • AcidBurn
      March 6, 2014

      Please listen to the first 3 minutes of Ives last podcast and come back.

      Settle down.

    • away goals
      March 6, 2014

      I mean, there’s some chance. That’s how chance works. How has nobody explained probability to you before?

  32. big al
    March 6, 2014

    Until our players are capable of starting in Europe’s Champions league, we will be a second tier nation The top players in the top countries play there.

    • AcidBurn
      March 6, 2014

      Ghana has 9 Champions League players, just saying…

      • Tiny
        March 6, 2014

        Ghana isnt second tier……just saying

      • away goals
        March 6, 2014

        Of course ghana are second tier. Second tier at best. If ghana are in the same tier as germany, spain, brazil then what’s the point of even having tiers?

        Wait are you saying ghana are like third or fourth tier?

      • Jermaine Jones
        March 6, 2014

        I was Champions League player too

    • Ian
      March 6, 2014

      I seriously think the US is closer to third rate than second rate

  33. CamRahn Bay
    March 6, 2014

    I’ll take boring, uninteresting International Soccer opponents for $400, Alex.

  34. AcidBurn
    March 6, 2014

    So the USMNT scheduled the standard “September cupcake” to get a confidence boost before starting the league season.

    • GW
      March 6, 2014

      Mr. Burn,

      Azerbaijan comes 4 days before Turkey.

      Turkey comes 11 days before Nigeria

      Nigeria comes 11 days Ghana.

      The opposition starts out comparatively weak and gets progressively stronger.

      My guess is this is what they call ramping up to Ghana.

      Azerbaijan may not be England or France but they will be very hard to break down and the USMNT can always use practice doing that.

      Turkey is a good side. Nigeria is not at Ghana’s level but they should be solid.

      As for this familiarization with African teams business, Jozy, Dempsey, Bradley, Howard, Landon ( if he makes the team) all are likely to face Ghana and they all played Ghana in South Africa in the World Cup in 2010.

      I doubt they have forgotten and I doubt Ghana’s overall approach and style will change much. And of course JJ who is also likely to participate is Boateng’s bff or so he says.
      Ghana will not surprise the USMNT.

  35. Josephnsantos, Sr.
    March 6, 2014

    Yesterday, I saw Nigeria play Mexico and our Southern neighbors got a draw they never deserved They were completely out played by Nigeria which probab ly should have won by at least 2 or 3 goals.
    JS

    • UclaBruinGreat
      March 6, 2014

      Hah! You were obviously watching that game through ‘red, white and blue’ glasses. Look, I am as huge a USMNT fan as anyone, and I hate Mexico’s national team, but I call it like I see it. Mexico was not dominated or outplayed in that game. They dominated possession against Nigeria and had plenty of scoring chances where Nigeria’s goalie came up with big saves. Nigeria also had some scoring chances where Mexico’s keeper came up with big saves. Overall, I would say Mexico looked like the slightly better team (at least last night they did).

      Unfortunately, yesterday both Nigeria and Mexico looked miles better than the United States did against Ukraine. Hopefully that changes soon. Mexico and Nigeria played fast. They get possession of the ball and immediately go forward in numbers. USA (at least lately) play very slow and deliberate. They get the ball and pass the ball backwards and sideways a lot, with most of the possession in our own half, and then one of our defenders just boots the ball forward to someone when he runs out of passing options.

      • beto
        March 6, 2014

        Game was pretty even, 2 good keepers and some good midfield play.

        Rafa Marquez looked terrible

    • Ian
      March 6, 2014

      you can say that Mexico got outplayed the first 20 minutes of the game but you need to be blind to deny that they came back and dominated Nigeria the remaining 70 minutes, I think that they could have won if Dos Santos wasn’t injured.

    • GW
      March 6, 2014

      Mexico could have won and maybe should have.

    • Samuel
      March 10, 2014

      Mexico will always be the best team in CONCACAF, and will win a World Cup before the US, who will never win one, at least not in my lifetime, which I would like, but I am not a dreamer. Having said that, we’ll continue to beat them from time to time in CONCACAF tourneys. In this particular matched they outplayed Nigeria both physically as well as technically. They will place higher that US in WC, and some of you will hate it.

  36. The Imperative Voice
    March 6, 2014

    A lot of travel for a team that will probably already be enduring a strenuous camp. I assume the first fixture is in California for camp continuity but you probably should have had either a second camp or a relatively tight cluster of games, not SF-NY-Jax. Fly all over the place for warmups and then go to Brazil and fly some more.

    Other than acclimation I’m not a fan of the Florida football stadia.

  37. iggy
    March 6, 2014

    I think someone at the fed got confused by Atletico Madrid’s shirts, and thought we’d be playing them!

  38. beto
    March 6, 2014

    First off, its in SF not LA (like everyone is saying), right? On a tuesday night in a huge (and ugly) stadium that is set for demo sometime soon.. Basically a bigger west coast RFK .. Across the continent from their next game. Idk No. Cal desirves a game but this doesnt look right. Id move this game to the Midwest along with training camp and give NorCal a real game later on when Stanford Stadium, Levi’s Stadium or the Quakes Park is open.

    RB Arena and Jacksonville will be rocking.

  39. Rob Jones
    March 6, 2014

    Rubbish teams apart from Nigeria who is good. If the USA falls flat on its face against these teams then they will get rocked in Brazil. But to be honest I expect that to happen regardless of the results in the send-off games although it would pretty much confirm it.

    • Chris
      March 6, 2014

      UGH I can’t wait for everyone to over analyze the results of these games.

    • Increase0
      March 6, 2014

      Turkey is a decent team. That there Galatasaray seems to be holding up pretty well. Oh they aren’t great but I think you are under estimating them.

      • Rob Jones
        March 6, 2014

        Not decent compared to the other teams in the USA’s group.

      • Increase0
        March 7, 2014

        Ya, that’s true. I think we need to games to work out the rough edges. Not to get smacked around.

  40. Chris
    March 6, 2014

    I hope Kilnsi doesn’t spend much time trying fringe players out in the first games (which are before the roster deadline). I don’t want to see the dead weight anymore, time to play the guys who are going to Brazil.

  41. Tamer Salama
    March 6, 2014

    This might be biased since I live in Texas but we should be playing teams in humidity and training in it to prepare for the world cup. Training in Cali makes no sense. The game in Jax def helps especially against Nigeria. The other match ups could have been better.

    • Samuel
      March 10, 2014

      They should’ve played in South America, but easier said than done.

  42. Expat4455
    March 7, 2014

    Okay, from what we have seen so far: our prospects look bleak in Brazil and the 3 WC sent-off matches will have many different line-ups trying to determine, not only our starting line-up for Brazil, but the 23 going to Brazil as well. So, all the thoughts of how bad we will do are justified, I have them as well.

    But, does anyone believe as I do about this point? Would there be any positive change in this current attitude if Julian Green declared, participated in the 3 send-off matches and went to Brazil?

    • Samuel
      March 10, 2014

      No more talk of Julian Green, this isteam USA not FC USA. I am tired of the mercenary mentality that has plagued US football. Not even with Messi switching to American citizenship will the US get out of that group.

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