USA vs. Mexico: SBI Live Commentary



GLENDALE, Ariz.– The U.S. Men’s National Team take on a familiar foe tonight when arch-rival Mexico comes to University of Phoenix Stadium for a friendly that is taking on a different sort of important than past USA-Mexico matches.

Jurgen Klinsmann will be trotting out an entirely MLS-based side, with stars Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley leading the charge. Mexico is also fielding a domestic-based squad as well, with enough attacking firepower to provide a tough test for the American defense.

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

Enjoy the action (Tonight’s commentary is after the jump);


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461 Responses to USA vs. Mexico: SBI Live Commentary

  1. Horsewhistle says:

    Match predictions? Without seeing the lineup yet:
    3-1, US

    • USMNT Fan says:

      The results isn’t important. Especially against this Mexican team. I’d much prefer a friendly against Ukraine in the states. We need competition against European teams since we’ll be up against Portugal and Germany.

  2. byrdman says:

    2-0 Of course :)

  3. bryan says:

    Anyone else having issues loading it?

  4. tc says:

    Yup, something isn’t right.

  5. Eric120 says:

    It won’t load for me either.

    US 2-1 Mexico

  6. John says:

    If anyone gets the lineup please share

  7. Juan from L.A. says:

    ESPN Deportes has prenup to the game if anyone interested…they are live they just showed the US team arriving…

  8. andrew says:

    why is LD not starting? lineup out on twitter

    • blokhin says:

      um because he took a sabbatical-no wait that was last year….because he’s old-no wait, so is Dempsey…because he’s not that good-no wait, he’s better than Davis or Zusi…because Klinsmann likes to tinker and hates, HATES, just fielding a sensical line up?

      either that, or, Donovan is already on the plane and in the starting line-up in Brazil, and this is really a chance to see if Davis has any merit to bring in to challenge Bedoya, Zusi, FJ, etc… as a wing option in May…

      • Etranger says:


      • andrew says:

        LMAO!! you must admit, LD usually “shows up” against Mexico. Oh well, we will see what Davis does (does not) offer!

      • malkin says:

        And with Shea in the dog house, maybe this is Davis’ chance to take that last spot

      • SBI TroII says:

        I’d rather go for chemistry. When is the last time Donovan, Dempsey, and Bradley all played together and well? It’s been over a year. And how many times have LD and CD played together in the JK era? I can count them on one hand. Just my take two months from Brazil.

    • Rory says:

      Uhm, maybe Klinsy will put Donovan on with Green. Might give us a better idea of what Green can do if he has some talent on with him.

    • danny says:

      I think Klinsman might want Landon as the withdrawn forward/attacking mid, in which case he is really competing with Dempsey rather than Davis for a spot. I actually think this is the best position for Donovan, especially especially as he gets older. I don’t think he rates Davis better than Donovan on the wing.

  9. fastrightleg says:

    Yedlin not starting….wow.

  10. John says:

    Dempsey Wondo
    Davis Bradley Beckerman Zusi
    Parkhurst Besler Gonzo Beltran

    • KingGoogleyEye says:

      Twitter feed calling that a 4-4-2, but the way Deuce likes to sit in the pocket and MB likes to play defense, I’m going to view that as a 4-2-3-1:


      I’m not happy about LD being left off. I’m okay with Beltran over Yedlin (would be fine either way).

    • Vic says:

      Glad Yedlin not starting. Has potential but he scares me, not ready yet.

  11. andrew says:

    give me some GREEN tonight baby!!!!!!

  12. Jack Del says:

    Looks like Klinsmann is giving a lot of guys a chance to make a case for themselves. Will they do it?

  13. bryan says:

    Awful!!!! Yedlin out and LD out?! Beltran and Davis in?!?!?

  14. Abe says:

    No LD is just stupid

  15. John says:

    How many times will we say is this the last chance for Wondo and Davis?

  16. SBI TroII says:

    Davis over Donovan?! Jürgen has straight up lost his mind.

    Not surprised over Yedlin… He’s really raw for serious national team duties. But Beltran isn’t much better.

    • Chris says:

      This is, of course, a friendly. I don’t think he has lost his mind…

      • SBI TroII says:

        Brad Davis isn’t going to Brazil, giving him a start is a waste. If you’re gonna bench Donovan at least put in someone who has a chance to.

        Now if LD has a knock or illness that he can’t go 90, I understand.

      • Chris says:

        I feel ya on that. And I do always love watching Landon play against Mexico.

  17. Arkie says:

    And we get burned in the first half only for LD to save us in possibly his last game against Mexico?

  18. fastrightleg says:

    Biggest surprise?
    Donovan out?
    Yedlin out?
    Wondo In?

    • bryan says:

      LD out…by far

      • fastrightleg says:

        I would say it is the inclusion of Wondo. What does that mean for Eddie Johnson? He has been lackluster for a while now.

        • bryan says:

          Good point, I’ll say,”Davis in,” as mine then. We have FJ, LD, And Beasley at LM for the WC. Davis shouldn’t be taking up a spot and so his inclusion tonight is lame, IMO.

        • John says:

          If EJ’s been lackluster for awhile I’d hate to see what you’d call Dempsey’s form.

          • fastrightleg says:

            I goal in his last game played. Plus, he seems pissed off — which can be a good thing.

        • bryan says:

          You could argue that Wondo is just getting one last chance…same as Davis.

        • John says:

          I hope Klinsmann handles the substitutions better then he did against Ukraine. Where he just kept bringing on strikers and I don’t know if we even were playing in a formation at all. Dempsey I think was even playing as a center midfielder before it was over.

    • John says:

      Donovan out, even more so because it’s Davis in

  19. Bac says:

    When I predicted to “expect the unexpected” with JKs selections…. I didn’t have Davis and Beltran in mind….

  20. fastrightleg says:

    With Davis, Zusi, Wondo, Bradley and Beckerman, you know that the US is not going to run past anyone. No speed…

    • SBI TroII says:

      Parkhurst and Dempsey aren’t fast either. Besler is probably our fastest starter.

      • fastrightleg says:

        Hopefully, Besler can make some runs down the middle of the pitch. Otherwise, we should hope for set pieces.

  21. Dikranovich says:

    Some serious firepower coming off the bench in the second half. I think USA is looking to give Mexico a big drubbing tonight.

  22. Jack Del says:

    It’s a friendly for fringe players people. Chill. Donovan is going to Brazil. This match isn’t for him.

  23. FRANK says:


  24. blokhin says:

    I have bad memories watching Beltran in U-20s seven years ago… I specifically remember thinking that I hope that the senior USMNT would never have rely on him at any point-oh well…

  25. John says:

    This line up is about as boring as Klinsmann could have made it.

  26. squirt-lover says:

    Maybe we will see LD and Green come in together at half…that would be OK.

  27. Razak Pinpong says:

    According to ESPN deportes Mexico is still not at the stadium as of 10:23 pm est.Theyre saying the game is gonna start at 12:00 am est.

    • AMPhibian says:

      that sucks. thanks for the info.

    • fastrightleg says:

      As I sit my futon in NC, I ponder to myself: “What the ***k US Soccer?!”

      Although, I cannot blame them. The South does not have respect for the beautiful game like most areas do. Only specific nooks in certain cities follow the game as intensely as most average supporters on the west coast. That is probably a mouthful to read, but hopefully, you understand the point.

    • Phillthy says:

      They stopped off for some Taco Bell . . .

    • Lu says:

      They were late cause of traffic according to Univision

  28. Ryan says:

    So many different ways to look at this lineup. It certainly seems like last chance saloon for Davis and Wondo. It’s hard to believe they project as starters so that has to be the explanation. Also, given that consideration, you figure both had to get some time. Davis is not an impact sub so maybe the thought was to get him his time early. LD to give us an injection of creativity and pace in the second half, perhaps as second striker? Green to sub in at left wing? So many things to scratch your head about. If only I could get in JK’s head for 5 mins . . .

  29. Jordan Millidge says:

    No Donovan in the lineup and a 4-4-2. Very interesting…

  30. Texas Jew says:


    Goal by Dempsey, maybe two.
    Goal by Zusi

  31. John says:

    I think what minute Green comes in will be pretty telling of Klinsmanns plans for him. half time to 70th, good chance he’s going to the World Cup, 70th to 85th we’ll see, and 85th on perhaps its doubtful.

    • Jordan Millidge says:

      Didn’t even think of it like that. That could be true but you never know with Klinsmann.

  32. fastrightleg says:

    Here is a good question for everyone?

    If Davis, Wondo and Beckerman are fringe players what do they have to do tonight to secure a spot on the roster for Brasil?

    For me, Wondo must score once or have a decent assist with great movement throughout his shift. Davis must demonstrate that he actually has ball skills aside from swinging in a free-kick. Beckerman has the easiest job, of sorts. A clean sheet is a must, I think.

    • Bac says:

      Good questions…
      – Wondow has to strike while the iron is hot, if he can show good movement off the ball, crisp passing, and don’t choke if he gets a shot to put one away
      But for Wondo it may have just as much to do with what EJ doesn’t do
      – Beckerman is in
      – Davis is fighting for a spot in the 30 hoping for multiple injuries

      • Razak Pinpong says:

        Imagine Ronaldo and Gotze jogging past Beckerman while Beckerman himself is sprinting.Just based off physical abilty i would take both Edu and Williams over Beckerdeads any day

    • Jack Del says:

      Beckerman is going to Brazil regardless of what happens tonight.

      • Ali Dia says:

        Hmmm… Not saying I violently disagree or anything — I like Beckerman’s chances too. My only thought would be… If I’m Maurice Edu, I’m aware that the only way I’m getting on the plane is by taking somebody’s seat. Seems like the only MF he could possibly displace would be Beckerman.
        Would the answer to this question be that Edu is more likely to displace a CB? Or maybe just that Edu ain’t displacing anybody at this point? Or maybe something else.

        Just curious– not challenging you on it so much as hoping to see how you are thinking about this area of the field. In my view, Beckerman needs to do what he has been doing under JK for another hour or so here and he will sleep very well tonight.

  33. Stiggity says:

    Anyone got a live feed for the game

  34. Jordan Millidge says:

    The game is on ESPN right?

  35. einar says:

    Live feed anyone?

  36. SD says:

    why does espy always put a live event on just before the USMNT plays?????????? how annoying! and they are supposedly supportive of soccer….puh-lease!!

  37. reignman says:

    Starting Beltran over Yedlin? booooooo

  38. Dikranovich says:

    The game is on espn, but after the mcdonalds all star game. It’s high school basketball usurping our national team, but at least it is not a consolation little league World Series game.

  39. gabe says:

    those of you sweating about who is starting, this lineup looks like a sort dual-line sequence. i bet each unit gets 45min

  40. Colt says:

    Wow, with LD, Bradley and Deuce not playing together in a long time, absolutely no excuse for them not being in the line up together. Brad Davis isn’t World Cup caliber, and will not be in the 23. He should not even be in the 18 tonight.

    Do not understand why Beltran over Yedlin. Beltran will never be a first choice RB for us, and will not be going to Brazil with options like Parkhurst, Cameron, Chandler, FJ at RB. Throw Yedlin to the fire, give him 90 minutes in a big environment against our rival, and see how he responds. Yedlin is loaded with potential, and could be our first choice RB in 2018. Absolutely no harm in seeing how he handles the moment. He could surprise, and even make a case for Brazil depending on the form/health of our other RB options.

    We have seen all Beckerman can do for us. I was hoping Edu would be given a real opportunity to play his way in to the discussion tonight.

    I don’t understand JK’s line of thinking with this lineup tonight. I hope it works out, but I think we all continue to question our manager’s decisions only a few months from Brazil. I hope at halftime, we see wholesale changes and give Green, Edu, LD, Yedlin an opportunity.

  41. Bac says:

    Bob Ley said on the pregame that JK said LD didn’t look good in training, that’s why Wondo got the start in the 4-4-2

  42. lprevolution says:

    Wait. High School Basketball? Really?

  43. Brian S. says:

    Why does basketball stop play so freaking much? It makes a game unbearable to watch.

  44. espada says:

    It’s really sad that high school basketball takes precedence over the national team. Found a Spanish stream on nowwatchtvlive if anyone’s interested…

  45. Sargent Shultz says:

    Yup, that new kit does suck

    • SilverRey says:

      Where’s the US game – This is Russia against Mexico!!! I thought the US was playing tonight?!

      I really hope Nike surprises us with a third kit next week. Either that or Klinsy makes an executive decision to wear the hoops as our away kit!

  46. RB says:

    “Coming up next: international friendly between the men’s soccer team and Mexico.”

    The men’s soccer team.

    What an embarrassment.

  47. fastrightleg says:

    Beltran loses the ball!

    Why not Yedlin!?

  48. John says:

    Great start for Beltran there

  49. fastrightleg says:

    Davis and Parkhurst look awful so far. Beltran’s only touch was a turnover.

  50. AMPhibian says:

    the uni’s would be good to me, if they were the proper colors, and maybe had fifty little white stars randomly placed on the blue section, and if that blue section didn’t stop at the shoulder in the back, but instead went all the way around.

    • Ali Dia says:

      Doesn’t exactly look like the finished product, does it? And yeah the rocket pop thing is looking less like snarky criticism than a very intentional inspiration/homage to totally decent popsicle.

      But whatever, They could put a leopard accents and detachable hoods on those things at this point and I’d still be into it. Compared to how we have been playing in recent months, that 45 minutes was satisfying and borderline sexual. Watching this magic gangster Bradley peeling out and doing donuts in our bionic ice cream truck — all over the poor Mexicans’ front lawn– well it’s just excellent isn’t it?

  51. RB says:

    Julian green jersey number: 10

  52. Colt says:

    ESPN feed is terrible, seems shaky. Just mine, or anyone else’s too?

  53. Fair Observer says:

    i may be late to the party but im very happy about two things:

    1- we’re starting with 2 STs
    2- Bradley is playing CAM, I’ve always thought he’s actually our best CAM just he has to play CDM because he’s our best CDM too, but he has the offensive skills to really control the middle and set people up.

    • Michael says:

      1.5 strikers, really: one of them is Wondo

      • Fair Observer says:

        touché….. you are correct. but if this is a preview of WC14…. im happy, Dempsey (maybe Aron) and Jozy? Bradley as CAM, donovan and zusi out wide , jones or beckerman in the middle, could work IMHO, bradley seems to be checking back a good amount tho so we’re not just playin like 3 STs, when dempsey plays in the CAM he’s basically CF, Bradley is like a CM instead of CAM today tho, i like that

        • Michael says:

          Haha, in the 28th minute, I see perhaps I spoke too soon about Wondo – but despite the goal, I’m still not convinced that he belongs on the roster this summer.

    • SilverRey says:

      Say what you will about Beckerman, but the main benefit to having him out there instead of JJ is that Bradley is free to be who he needs to be. Jones is always trying to run up to be the creator, but I really would much rather have MB up there!

  54. fastrightleg says:

    Beltran seems too nervous. Passing is horrible so far.

  55. Bomb Pop says:

    Hey Zusi are guys are red not green!

  56. Jack Del says:

    Brilliant free kick from Brad Davis. That’s why he’s playing.

  57. Jack Del says:


  58. The Garrincha says:

    MB90 Baby!

  59. Fair Observer says:

    Zuis not having the greatest start

    • Jack Del says:

      You feel dumb, don’t you?

      • Fair Observer says:

        not at all, in the field of play he still looks a lil lost and his touch isn’t on the spot yet, he put a corner to the far post….. cool.. i could do that. the reason we scored wasnt because of where the ball was, it was because we had a designed play to confuse the GK by overloading his spot, then play the ball in the back wide open like it was…..

    • The Resurgence says:

      Zusi is Garbage

      • Fair Observer says:

        naw, he’s just had a lil slow start, he’s warming up now, maybe a lil nervous to start

        • Gaetjens says:

          Your mad Zusi is like wondo hes only good against mediocre concacaf teams!

          • ThatKidNandez says:

            Well Wondo just scored bud, but I agree with you on Zusi partially. Hes good for the MlS but not made out for the stars and stripes

  60. gabe says:

    I have to say that we are holding possession extremely well. Michael Bradley is the best CM in CONCACAF by far

  61. Fair Observer says:

    SEE!!!! Bradley can be up there as CAM, when he’s CDM he wouldnt make that run that deep into box!

  62. Citronomics says:

    MB90 pounces in the box!

  63. Flagermunsen says:

    Brutal marking by Mexico #17. Thanks for the goal.

  64. Jordan Millidge says:


  65. Bomb Pop says:

    Hey Zusi Geico called they want their caveman back. Bring on Landon the Mexicutioner!!!!

  66. The Garrincha says:

    See Green on the bench,
    Ice cold killer, only one intently watching the match. seeing how to break them down etc.

  67. Dirk McQuigley says:

    Mexico’s problems w/ set pieces continue.

  68. TomG says:

    MB so strong on the ball. I love that he can dribble it up the gut of the Mexico defense, stop 15 yards outside the box and calmly look for his options without even being troubled. Of course, you can’t get away with that against Germany, but it’s still cool to watch against El Tri.

  69. Dirk McQuigley says:

    Wondo just booked his spot if he stays healthy.

  70. ThatKidNandez says:

    Dos A CERO

  71. Shawn says:

    holy hell bradley is a beast

  72. The Garrincha says:

    WonderWow, he is a true poacher, always need one.

  73. Jordan Millidge says:


  74. Citronomics says:

    And Wondo does what he does… and bags one against good competition.

  75. Jack Del says:

    Wondo is Inzaghi. It’s amazing.

  76. fastrightleg says:

    SEE! Moving to the MLS has ruined Michael Bradley!

  77. TomG says:

    Wow wow Wondowow!! What a sequence! Gorgeous passing! What an assist from MB and fantastic buildup by Deuce and Zusi or, as I will now dub them, Dusi.

  78. Fair Observer says:

    nice ball by beltran, great flick by bradley, sadly the credit will go to Wondo for another “right place, right time”
    not to take away from wondo there but the two plays before were crucial. again i still think bradely higher up the pitch like this game is what we need. he’s a field general, but we need to use that offensively instead of defensively, with JJ, its jones that usually pushes up, but THIS game shows MB needs to push up

    • Jack Del says:

      Shut up.

      Seriously. Just shut up.

      • Fair Observer says:

        um ok….. u mad bro?

        • Jack Del says:

          You’re the worst kind of commenter. You have irrational love of a player (Bradley) and it’s so disgusting that you’re tearing down Wondolowski to appear like you know what you’re talking about, but really you’re just trying to make everything about Bradley.

          • Michael says:

            Actually, the worst kind of commenter writes 5-year-old-ish things like “Just shut up.”

            • Fair Observer says:

              haha, exactly, michael.

              @Jack…. im simply watching the game and commenting…… on a soccer blog….. i BELIEVE bradley does well in an attacking role….. he’s scored and has an assist in that role tonight so far. i’m not gushing about him, just pointing out that it’s showing tonight.

          • beachbum says:

            Bradley is dominating this game Jack…whether someone loves him or not. He and Beckerman dominating

    • Tyrone says:

      How many times have we seen US strikers NOT in the right place, NOT in the right time? It’s easier said than done. Your inability to give Wondo any credit shows your bias, “fair” observer.

      • Fair Observer says:

        “not to take away from wondo there but the two plays before were crucial.”

        how does that not show you that im not taking anything away from his goal……??? relax guys, im not hating on wondo, in any way….. my only point was that the cross was a good service, bradley made a great flick and there was a tap in goal. credit goes to all three, i only meant that most would ONLY give credit to the goal scorer when it was the whole sequence. relax guys…. we’re on the same team, and we’re winning……..

        • Jack Del says:

          Derp Derp

          You think saying “not to take away” suddenly obsolves you of what you say next? You said it and then took everything away from him.

          You’re so transparent.

          • Fair Observer says:

            false, i said “not to take away” and then simply sais the two touches before were crucial to the goal being scored, thats a simple fact, regardless of who scored or passed etc. if three players are involved in a goal like that the cause of the goal is attributed to 3 good touches, not solely the goal. i never said anything bad about Wondo, i think you’re reading too much into my words, please Re-read and try again, friend.

            to clarify, redundantly, Wondo scored a good goal, that was set up by a good cross and really good heading flick………… that’s all…..

            • Michael says:

              I think it’s time to stop feeding the Jack Del troll.

              • Jack Del says:

                Grow up, kid.

              • Fair Observer says:

                mike, you’re probably right, I just find it odd when people (Jack) become so intensely upset after nothing. for the record, i never said anything negative about Wondo, just said that the credit should be SHARED by all three touches, not solely the scorer. how is that hard to understand Jack? was bradley’s flick not important? was the initial cross not a good bending cross/lob? Jack, put the Jack Daniels down perhaps?

              • Gerard D. says:

                Been reading your comments for weeks. You troll every US player that isn’t Bradley. Consistently.

                It’s sad.

        • Tyrone says:

          “…sadly the credit will go to Wondo for another “right place, right time.”

          That statement alone takes credit away from Wondow. But yes, you are right, we’re on the same team, and we’re winning…

          • Fair Observer says:

            you’re reading too much into the word sadly and making it personal, like i said, regardless of who scored, when plays like that happen, the credit goes to the scorer when it was a great sequence that was all equally important to the goal. just because Wondo gets picked on for only scoring poaching goals was NOT my point…….

            • Gerard D. says:

              Take responsibility for your words, kid.

              • Fair Observer says:

                above, were you saying that I troll US players?…. please explain if so?

                why did my comment create such a rouse? perhaps i left out the word “solely” in my sentence about wondo getting the credit but that was the intent. it’s not like im the first person to say that about a sequence like that. a good pass, a good flick, a good one touch goal….. “good goal, the credit goes to all three for a great sequence”.

                again i think people think i’m jumping on Wondo for not gushing but, yea he had a nice goal…. from a nice flick….. from a nice cross… THAT WAS MY ONLY POINT, GET OVER IT FRIENDS.

                PS- WE’RE WINNING

                (sorry for the caps, FRANK)

              • AMPhibian says:

                I have to agree with the dissenters. Why not just give credit to all three? It sounded kind of bitter towards praise of Wondo’s poaching. When you have to say something like, “not to take away from wondo there but”, it means you understand you are saying something which could easily be heard as taking something away from him. It doesn’t change the following statement. Anyway, I think your initial presumption was deeply flawed, which is why I get why people might consider you trolling. Nobody would say that Wondo deserves all the credit on that goal, it was set up wonderfully.

              • Fair Observer says:

                amphibian, that was my point, it was a good play by all 3.

                if i were only say “the touches by bradley and beltran were the most important part of that goal” then THAT would be taking away from the goal scorer…. i didnt say that. i said ” not to take away” to thus show that wondo’s credit was a given, BUT the other players were an equal part of the goal. that’s the exact time to use the phrase “not to take anything away” i do agree that it is commonly used in a hypocritical sense when people do follow it up with something negating the statement, however, i did not. i added to his credit by showing the additional credit.

            • Tyrone says:

              I am not arguing your point. I am only pointing to what you said. Your original post, regardless of your intended point, implied that you were taking some credit away from Wondo, regardless of your attempt to preface by saying “not taking away from”. It’s like saying, “no disrespect, but”. It’s a useless preface if you don’t back it up.

              • Fair Observer says:

                false, if my statement after “not taking away” was something like “that wasnt a great goal” that would be taking away but the words after actually just added to the shared credit. “the two touches before the goal were crucial” which they were crucial. the goal was crucial too….. but the whole play was great touches….. how is that hard to see?

              • Fair Observer says:

                like i get the point you’re making, im just saying, i didnt do that. i didnt follow up “not to take anything away” with ANYTHING that took away from wondo. i spoke on the previous players who helped create the goal and said the importance of them AS WELL…

                if wondo had took the ball all the way up the pitch and juked a guy and scored, then i couldn’t say the two players that touched it leading up to the goal were crucial, because they wouldn’t’ve been…. thats my only point, the sequence was a good sequence together. it wasn’t a solo goal only created by Wondo….. seriously how is this hard to get through?

              • Tyrone says:

                I am talking about your statement before you said “not taking away”, how is THAT hard to see? Looks like this one is coming down to a last word in type deal, so go ahead Fair Observer, make the last comment; I’m going to go watch the match.

              • Fair Observer says:

                Tyrone, you’re missing the point. the “not taking anything away” in itself doesnt take anything away from wondo…… if i were to then say something negative AFTER that phrase then i would be hypocritical, the fact that i then went on to say something on the other players and their additional importance to the goal does in no way take anything away from Wondo. i used the phrase correctly and never took anything away from wondo. just tried to show the full scope of 3 players creating a goal rather than just one. nothing still has been taken away from wondo’s goal….

        • Gerard D. says:

          “…sadly the credit will go to Wondo for another “right place, right time.”


          You’re an idiot, kid. We know what you were trying to do. “Sadly?” Why is sad a USA striker gets credit for making a great run and finishing well?

        • GW says:

          Tap in?

          That was no tap in by Wondo..

          I’ve seen better players screw up that sort of half chance many times. Or more to the point not be there for it.

          • Fair Observer says:

            true, tap in was a bad choice of words,

            still, as much as wondo did, the bradley flick deseves a fair share of credit, tough to place that ball back post any better from a cross, let alone with a glancing header, thus the cross, too, deserves some credit IN ADDITION to the wondo finish….. and the bradley flicking header………… “not to take away from wondo’s goal”…….

      • fastrightleg says:


    • Michael says:

      +1. Bradley looks really strong in the attack.

    • The Garrincha says:

      FO, You know a good deal, so I assume you know what a poacher is?

      • Nate says:

        FO, dont sweat it. You made a fair point.

        • Fair Observer says:

          man, why am i still trying to explain my simple point to these guys…. haha. i never once said anything negative about wondo. i can see the confusion due to the common misuse of the phrase “not to take away”, albeit, i used it correctly. implied that wondo gets the credit and added that two others deserve recognition as well.. pretty simple for smart people like me, you and the garrincha, im sure TomG agrees with me. haha

  79. ThatKidNandez says:

    Parkhurst is a better Lb than Rb

    • Dirk McQuigley says:


      He’s had all kinds of space on the overlap. It took the entire Gold Cup for him to get comfortable doing the same on the right side.

      • ThatKidNandez says:

        I like parkhurst as a cb. I hate him as Rb he scares/ gives me heartattacks haha.I like him on the left though he looks like a new player

  80. atd says:

    Would love to get some halftime analysis from that guy who was on here telling everyone how much better Marco Fabian is than Michael Bradley.

  81. Citronomics says:

    Agree 100%. MB needs a midfield partner who stays in the hole above the backline. Jones has great qualities but think the NATS play better when Mikey is able be the primary box-to-box central mid.

    • Citronomics says:

      Meant as a reply to @Fair Observer about MB “pushing up”

    • TomG says:

      I would like to see MB forward more as well but it’s not going to happen. I doubt Klinsi will bench JJ. That’s his guy.

      • Fair Observer says:

        why cant JJ be the stay at home CDM? just dialoguing…

        • John says:

          Jones is awful at dropping back to pick the ball up off the back line. He seems to have no since of when he is being pressed from behind. So Bradley has to drop back and take care of that making him play deeper.

      • John says:

        That was true when he was on a top 5 Bundesliga team in champions league. Klinsmann seemed a little frustrated that Jones was on the bench in Turkey recently.

  82. Dirk McQuigley says:

    And the frustration fouls begin. Watch out Marquez.

  83. Michael says:

    It’s really nice to have a chance to root for Rimando. Most of the time he’s breaking my heart by saving point-blank shots from Donovan or Keane.

  84. AMPhibian says:

    1/3 of the way in. These guys are playing intense, and sharp, and I think JK has to get a lot of credit for that. This squad plays really well with each other, at least in this formation. What beautiful goals! Bradley and Wondo both with great moves to beat their mark, with soft-footed, classy finishes.

    • AMPhibian says:

      And of course, brilliant service on both goals.

      Bradley is tearing up the center of the pitch, playing CAM and CDM, taking full advantage of that 3 man midfield for Mexico.

  85. Shawn says:

    will green, or gil come on?

  86. gabe says:

    Kyle Beckerman is a pest out there. Love the way he is sitting back and breaking up attacks

    • AMPhibian says:

      +1 Playing his role to perfection. Although, when the offense sets up in the final third, he has made 3 intercepted passes. It shows his attacking limitations, but in reality, we haven’t set up our offense very much, and probably won’t get much of a chance to do so in our WC group games, so I’m not sure how important it is, especially if our backs are getting involved.

  87. Jack Del says:

    Beckerman is blowing people up all over the field.

  88. ThatKidNandez says:

    The US is manhandling Zavala

  89. TomG says:

    I think Wondo is deadly against a team that isn’t perfectly organized in the back. He takes advantage of any weakness and any minute lapse in concentration. I don’t think he’d be particularly effective against Germany but I could definitely see him scoring a late goal against Ghana or Portugal.

  90. beachbum says:

    Beckerman-Bradley beasting it up out there

    • Citronomics says:

      Yup. I would not be surprised if Berkerman-Bradley is the first choice pairing in Brazil.

      • beachbum says:

        could be, especially if they can keep this up. probably depends on the matchups game to game, I think JJ will be primed for the Germany game for example, but this is great to see those two out there playing this well together

  91. Dirk McQuigley says:

    Not only did the lads play very well for 45 minutes, they made Mexico look absolutely terrible — like a second tier CONCACAF team. Nice Power Ranger unis BTW (rolls eyes).

  92. Griff says:

    Hell of a half I gotta say.

    Wondo’s finish was pretty

  93. JayAre says:

    The sweet sweet joy of owning you rival and knowing that it kills them inside

  94. Brett says:

    Our MLS players look way more comfortable with each other than our Euro players. I love Bradley’s work rate in midfield, too.

    • beachbum says:

      MLS looking good thru all of this so far. Michael and Kyle seem non the worse for wear

    • TomG says:

      Definitely true. I think MB is a big part of that. Everything runs through him. You’re also facing a free flowing opponent that plays attacking soccer, though, versus a Euro opponent who is organized and playing defensively sound.

  95. fastrightleg says:

    After watching that half, I will make a few predections:

    – Wondo is going to Brasil.
    – Beckerman is going to Brasil.
    – Parkhurst is going to Brasil.
    – Davis will make the 30, but not make it to Brasil.

  96. Jordan Millidge says:

    Who do you all think is man of the first half? For me its Bradley

  97. Gerard D. says:

    Mexico complaining about traffic makes me laugh so much. Little children.

    • Arggy says:

      Not like our police escorts are ever slow in Mexico. Nah, they’ve never done that do us…

  98. Arggy says:

    My god, Beckerman! Get a freakin haircut! Looks like kudzu that’s gotten completely out of control!

  99. Amru says:

    Really hope Davis gets subbed off at half, he looks out of his depth at this level

  100. atleticodemadridfan says:

    Now that’s what ahmm talkin’ ’bout!!!
    So far the US is delivering up an old fashioned a** wuppin’.
    Strong work gentlemen, strong work!
    Love the way Bradley TOTALLY transforms this team from the midfield out – but it isn’t just him – there is a situational and tactical awareness, a willingness to circulate the sphere and find the open man that has been really rare on this team. Good, good first half – stuff to work on, but overall really positive play.
    The Hispanic commentators on Univision are saying that Herrera is blowing smoke and lightning out of his ears and looking like he is lost in deep waters. They are saying that the US has totally bossed Mexico all over the pitch for most of the first half. And as well, so far, that not a single Mexican player has made a case for himself as far as getting on the plane to Brazil.

  101. Bomb Pop that says:

    Take Zusi off and bring on Julian

  102. beachbum says:

    Gonzo playing that high line and attacking everything, not looking to possess everything but instead just winning balls forward. He can be great like this imo

  103. Shawn says:

    god dammit can someone tell me what klinsman said, missed it

    • Arggy says:

      Interviewer asked why Mexico can’t score against Klinsy’s team. He deflected and gave credit to players. Then he responded to question about subs by giving all their names in advance, Green, Donovan, ? missed it. Said they would come in in 15 minutes if all goes well.

  104. Arggy says:

    Wow. Klinsy giving subs names in advance.

  105. RB says:

    When you stop and think about it, how difficult and boggling this whole situation must be for a teenager. How many people at such a young age are really prepared to make a no-going-back decision like this? And then to suddenly find yourself in another hemisphere, playing with new teammates, the pressure of the media on you, your very first appearance in a big rivalry like this…

    I mean, it’s not easy, being Green.

  106. Razak Pinpong says:

    Being on the east coast I’m so drunk I can’t even tell what’s going on on my 50 inch I have to work tomorrow at 7 am

  107. Jordan Millidge says:


  108. Gerard D. says:

    Omar Gonzalez is quickly becoming a complete joke for club and country.

    He doesn’t pay attention. He loses focus.

  109. JayAre says:

    Omar can’t keep daydreaming like this

  110. petaluman says:

    It hurts just a little bit more when Marquez scores. Game on…

  111. The Garrincha says:

    What’s up with Gonzo, get’s picked and quits?

  112. TomG says:

    Poor communication on the corner, there.

  113. SilverRey says:

    Efffin RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!! OG what were you doing!!!

  114. Gerard D. says:

    And here we go.

    The cheap shots. The diving. The standing 3 feet in front of a free kick forever.

  115. Shawn says:

    woooooooooooooooo JULIAN!!!!!!

  116. Nate says:

    Julian Green!!!

  117. Brett says:

    When Julian steps onto the grass, world hunger will be solved forever.

  118. SLOWLEFTFRANK says:


    • MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

      Ok this got old.

      • fatfreb says:

        haha ill admit it was me. no love for combining the two most polarizing figures on this site? (all caps frank and all hatred towards dual internationals sloleftarm)?

  119. Shawn says:

    i want to see gil play

  120. Jordan Millidge says:


  121. Nate says:


  122. Jack Del says:

    If this kid scores, the world will explode.

  123. beachbum says:

    symbolic bring both LD and Julian on together

  124. Jack Del says:

    The referee has just stopped calling fouls against Mexico.

    Oh, Green, welcome to CONCACAF refereeing. You tap the ball to the side and your legs are kicked out. No foul for you.

  125. The Garrincha says:

    Man Gonzo is slow to react and does no utilize his physical advantage.
    for example with his size he should have just rammed through that pick.

    • user222 says:

      exactly… I believe Mexicans practiced it all the time…bad ref/linesman… shouldve been a foul, the guy throwing the pick (a 5’8” tall) stayed still and even put his hands on Omar’s chest to slow/stop the 6’5″ giant… Beckerman bad too as he didn’t recognize the pick knowing that Gonzo was being held and Marquez was freeing up…

      Omar has always been bad… as dual citizen, when he was first capped with the US team the goal was to avoid Omar committing to Mexico… he definitely would give the US trouble.

  126. Jack Del says:

    Green looking really calm on the ball already. First touch is great. Movement is good. Smart passing.

    Just outran Dempsey too.

  127. fatfreb says:

    disappointed not to see yedlin. oh well. here comes johnson (yes i am a Sounders fan)

  128. AMPhibian says:

    Goodson and Gonzo?

    My fingie nails aren’t long enough for all this biting.

    • Citronomics says:

      Hope you didn’t bite your finger off on that one.

      • AMPhibian says:

        Goodson should not be on the plane; too often victimized, falling down far too often for a CB. I wish it could have been Besler and Killa Cam, but I think we have committed to playing Bes-Gonz in the WC.

  129. Nate says:

    twellman…just shut up…

  130. Jack Del says:

    Thug tackles coming in from Mexico left and right now.

  131. Gerard D. says:

    Green has looked great already. His touch and pace are refreshing.

  132. Brett says:

    Julian Green with the great header to set up the attack for Mexico. Bayern has made this kid a stud.

  133. Gerard D. says:



  134. FRANK says:


  135. Jack Del says:


    Take Gonzalez off the field or I’m going to stop watching. This guy is literally bad.

    • Fair Observer says:

      yea, did i mention how good michael bradley was?

      • Citronomics says:

        I selectively recall your half-hearted support for Wondo on his goal. :-)

        • Fair Observer says:

          haha, here i was just prodding at Jack….. thought it was obvious.

          again, good job by wondo on the goal….. TO ADD, good job on beltran and bradley to set up the goal, not to take anything away from wondo’s goal but the two prior touches were crucial to the goal, AS WELL as the touch by wondo…. am i clear now fellas? hahaha geez…….

  136. Brett says:

    Klinsmann still can not put together a back 5. None of these players (Beckerman, Goodson/Gonzalez, Parkhurst, Beltran) deserve to be in a world cup.

  137. TomG says:

    Ok. That one was DEFINITELY OG’s fault.

  138. TomG says:

    Julian Greene looking like a 4th division German player so far.

    • Jack Del says:

      No, he really isn’t. He’s looked quite good.

      • Brett says:

        Twice he’s run nowhere and lost the ball. He set up Dempsey with a nice exchange. Other than that he’s been unremarkable.

      • TomG says:

        We are watching different games then. I’ve seen him turn the ball over three times and make two absolutely awful first touches where he literally sprayed the ball ten yards away.

        • TomG says:

          Early yet. Not going to judge him on a few touches, but not impressing yet IMO.

          • Fair Observer says:

            i feel ya but to take a page outta Tyrone and Jack’s book, TECHNICALLY you ARE judging him by saying he’s not impressing yet….. haha, THAT’s hypocritical. unlike my earlier comment.

            TomG im just messing around, i know what you mean, but surprising that people didnt jump on you for a hypocritical statment like they did on me.

            • TomG says:

              Judging his PERFORMANCE, reserving judgement on him as a player. Lots of very good players can look very bad for stretches. He’s also shown some nice flashes since then.

              • Fair Observer says:

                haha, yea man, i agree, was just messing around. but if i were to overly analyze the syntax of your statement like jack or tyrone id call it hypocritical. but i know what u meant. he had some good moments, some bad moments, and a FK stolen away from him

    • Landy Cakes says:

      How can Julian Green have so much hype when no one had heard of him in 2013?

    • fatfreb says:

      Oh yea, hes just looked totally worse than all these players who play in first division. (sarcasm)

      • Horsewhistle says:

        He’s playing with Bayern’s first team next year. There was some errant passes, but he ran at the defense with a non-call outside the box. LD proved tonight he can’t run at 35yr old Marquez, so it’s good to see Green can take on his defender.

  139. Shawn says:

    The YEDLIN. still wanted to see gil

    • SilverRey says:

      Gil for 2018. No time to work him in now. Def want to see him wear the badge though.

  140. Brett says:

    I do have to say I like how Klinsmann is going for broke with the selections.

  141. The Garrincha says:

    Think Gooch in next camp, Gonzo is not hungry, no urgency, nothing.

    • Dman says:

      If Gooch is in Brasil, We have problems, Maybe we should try to find someone good at soccer for our next CB instead of searching for another enormous slow clumsy Giant?

      • Horsewhistle says:

        After seeing 2nd hslf struggles against a 4-4-2, our seams are clearly visible. I think Bocanegra for defensive vision and positioning needs to at least be considered. Especially if we bring up Gooch.

  142. Landy Cakes says:

    Also Dempsey has been useless.

  143. Brett says:

    Dempsey kills another attack by playing a ball to the useless Parkhurst.

  144. JayAre says:

    Mexico just keeps exposing how weak Parkhurst is with his left and he’s not the best crosser either.

    • Brett says:

      I can’t figure out what he does well. He’s just a body.

      • JayAre says:

        I refuse to blindly fall in love with Parkhurst and Wondo till the full 30 is presented. These guys aren’t the answer for Ronaldo or a German defense

  145. The Garrincha says:

    Alright Edu, doing your best Makelele.

  146. Shawn says:

    thats what yedlin can do

  147. fatfreb says:

    already yedlin looks to add to the attack. sorry he didnt get more time in this game to try to prove himself

  148. Jamestony says:

    Nick roman do is horrendous at distribution . Defenders need to stop passing passing the ball back to him .

    • Paul6 says:

      That’s a ridiculous statement. Go watch Timmy distribute out of the back if you want to see horrendous. Rimando is a great distributor.

      • Bklyn says:

        *Head explodes*
        Paul, you do realize that Howard is considered among the top distributors in the Premier League, if not the best? He had a hockey assist last week to allow Everton to save the game.

        Rimando did not distribute well tonight.

  149. Brett says:

    Unlucky from Deuce after the flick. Promising chance.

  150. Shawn says:

    EJ freakin sucks

  151. Landy Cakes says:

    EEEEEEJJJJJJJJJJJJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dribbles out of bounds

    • JayAre says:

      I was thinking the same thing like how do you not push the ball just far enough. I must watch Ronaldo and Bale play too much because every time they try that move it’s gold and at least leads to a shot on goal

  152. Brett says:

    Why hasn’t Julian Green scored yet? This guy plays for BAYERN MUNICH (the best team in the world). THREE MINUTES in Champions League.

  153. Brett says:

    We broke the Talisman. FC Bayern will ship him off after the season.

  154. Nate says:

    Twellman…we get it. Wondo has scored in some recent friendlies…lets not start to play the John Harkes favoritism game again….

  155. Yournamehere says:

    Why is Omar Gonzales still in the game let alone in the national team. He’s MLS material not WC.

  156. Steven says:

    Green out!

  157. Shawn says:


  158. TomG says:

    GREAT through ball by Deuce to Greene.

  159. Fair Observer says:

    wooooowwwwwwwwwww i need to see that replay, not sure he was offside

  160. Jack Del says:

    And we have a clearly onside goal taken from us.

    Not even a close call. What a joke.

  161. JayAre says:

    We got screwed that was a good goal

  162. Jack Del says:




  163. Jordan Millidge says:

    how does he not call that foul on green?!?!?!

  164. JayAre says:

    What the fuck come on !!! Penalty

  165. TomG says:

    ANOTHER great through by Deuce to EJ for the goal. That did NOT look offsides. that’s a goal.

  166. Brett says:

    Refs want Mexico to win.

  167. Shawn says:


  168. espada says:

    Wow. Now ref’s sucking now.

  169. Gerard D. says:


  170. AMPhibian says:

    JG immediately pointed at the ref, big mistake, he should have writhed in pain for a minute or two.

  171. The Garrincha says:

    What up with the officiating?, EJ onside for sure and green got fouled no doubt.

  172. TomG says:

    Great move by Greene!

  173. JayAre says:

    What the F*uck that a fu*cking penalty blind refs !!!

  174. Fair Observer says:

    4-2 USA in my book…….. not that it matters but that’s terrible refereeing….

  175. Yournamehere says:

    Put me in coach!!!

  176. TomG says:

    By “caught up in the moment” Twellman means biased and/ or paid off.

  177. Brett says:

    Julian with giveaways on back to back touches in the attacking third.

    • Gerard D. says:

      Hey, we noticed your xenophobic *ss didn’t comment about the great run or taking players on and earning a dangerous foul.

  178. Shawn says:

    i see good in green. just give him time

  179. Gerard D. says:

    I mean that is a joke.

    Fire that referee. Embarrassing. Clearly a foul. Hacked him so hard.

  180. JayAre says:

    Twellmans voice is starting to get on my nerves forget logic that’s a penalty

  181. Brett says:

    PK would have been harsh, but at least a FK on the edge.

  182. Jordan Millidge says:

    This ref is almost as bad as the one during the Slovenia world cup game

  183. Fair Observer says:

    dempsey…. put a head on that….

  184. Paul6 says:

    Julian Green looks nervous. You can see it. But you can also see what pep sees in him. Im loving the way he’s going at the Mexican defenders. Trying to make something happen. He’s not trying to do too much. He’s playing it safe and it’s leading to silly turnovers that I’m sure he doesn’t usually commit. Jozy, johannson, Agudelo, and green. Oh man. Hurry up 2018.

    • Brett says:

      He looked like a guy who plays in a 4th division most of the time. Lazy passes, slow thoughts. He had one chance to get a shot on goal and didn’t pull the trigger. Chances come much faster at this level.

      This Mexico team is nowhere near any of the teams in our WC group.

      • Fair Observer says:

        “This Mexico team is nowhere near any of the teams in our WC group.”

        curious? what would the score between this mexico team and ghana?

  185. Brett says:

    Donovan has been a dud for me. Giveaway after giveaway.

  186. Brett says:

    If Donovan isn’t the fastest player on the field, he isn’t a best 11 guy for me. He has lost a step or two.

  187. Gerard D. says:

    Green showed exactly why Guardiola is so high on him.

    He came on as Mexico was surging and just started taking players on, burning a couple.

  188. Yournamehere says:

    What did we learn today? GONZO OUT!!!

  189. Brett says:

    Dempsey tops off a lackluster shift with a horrid FK.

    This feels like a loss after being up 2-0. Terrible set piece defending, bad marking, no true wide play. We got the dream start and let it slip away. A performance like this won’t work in the World Cup.

    Julian isn’t on the plane for me based on this performance. He needs to show something in the lead ups.

    • Yournamehere says:

      Green will play more. First cap lets not rush things. We already did that with Agudelo and I haven’t heard of him since he left MLS.

    • Paul6 says:

      This line up wasn’t designed to have wing play. It’s designed to boss the middle which it did in the first half. That goal have Mexico the belief to keep pushing forward and it overwhelmed us. A lot more positives then negatives.

    • Arggy says:

      Deuce is burned out. Needs to take a vacation like Donovan did.

      • Gary Page says:

        Dempsey made some great passes in the final third and should have had an assist on the EJ goal.

    • TomG says:

      Completely disagree on Deuce. Great game for him. Huge play on the buildup for the second goal and two awesome through balls, one of which assisted on EJ’s goal.

  190. TomG says:

    Good 3-2 win by USA.

  191. Arggy says:

    Nice 3-2 win for the Yanks. Too bad the linesman was either paid off or a completely incompetant f*cktard.

  192. ThatKidNandez says:

    Yedlin I wanna see more and Green has promise! EJ i feel you we were robbed

    • atleticodemadridfan says:

      EJ – wuz robbed.
      Refereeing was shambolic and kind of biased.
      Typical CONCACAF BS.
      2-0 – the most dangerous lead. We sat back too much in the 2nd half and let Mexico get their rhythm back.
      Still many lessons to be learned before we take on Ghana.
      The US team that comes out of the next 69 days will be interesting, very interesting.

  193. Nate says:

    wow. worried about Landon. He’s lost all of his pace. Clint looks tired. Green? out of his depth. Honestly, I was more impressed by the 2002 versions of Donovan and Beasley than Green’s showing tonight.

  194. espada says:

    Green is… still green, but promising that he’s not afraid to take on players like that. But Gonzo does not need to be on the plane to Brazil.

  195. Scott e Dio93 says:

    Dempsey needs to be bench!! Dempsey isn’t a forward and very lazy now!

    Gonzalez sucks in defensive corners!!!

    Green is still green, but Yedellin has a future.

  196. Gerard D. says:


    What are people watching? You people see what you want to see. Green made great runs. His first touch was nice and he showed good pace in space and beat defenders on the dribble.

    Fit in immediately. Need to learn how the other guys move, but that’ll come.

    • Jack Del says:

      Thought he played exceptionally well for a first cap against Mexico. He showed no signs of nervousness and his first involvement was a nice control and move out of trouble to make a safe pass. His pace and confidence are evident. He’ll be a real asset when he gets a better understanding with the other players.

    • Bob's Burgers says:

      Thought he showed exactly why Guardiola is high on him. His first touch was class and he showed complete confidence on the ball. The moment the ball hit his foot he was off at players. We have nobody that can do that anymore with any technical ability.

    • Nate says:

      he looked tentative. 2002 Donovan and Beasley were straight taking it to people, full sprint. Green was waiting to see how the defender would react, rather than picking a direction, going, throwing a move to get the defender off balance and then beating the defender.

      on a separate note, I’m thinking wondo may get a spot on the plane. He’s behind ej for me, but ahead of boyd and agudelo….

      • GW says:

        Do you know why Green was waiting to see how the defender would react?

        Because he’s quick enough to then beat them. He’s pretty clearly already the best one on one threat the US has.

  197. Shawn says:

    yedlin did good, green looks promising needs more PT with team, and i see Gonzo is still the scapegoat

  198. ElMetrofan says:

    The ref is gonna hear it Simon Borg.

  199. Yournamehere says:

    As far as the Mexican team the ref looked great out there. Best player of the night.

  200. Luke says:

    I don’t know what the Mexican coach said the ref at halftime, but whatever it was it worked. First half they the let the players play. The 2nd, every time an American was near Mexican, foul! While the Americans were hacked to pieces and almost no calls. EJ was onside and Green was hacked down at the edge of the box. I’ll just take a wild guess and say the refs are from some Caribbean nation.

    Green looked terrible. Not ready for Brazil.

    Donovan was a turnover machine.

    Dempsey needs to quit his antics and just play.

  201. JayAre says:

    Twellman and his logical unbiased commentary f*ck that dude. This is the king of night that I wanted to hear a one sided guy like lalas.

  202. Luis Esco says:

    I was more impressed w/ Yedlin and looked solid. Green on the other hand made too many mistakes.

    • Nate says:

      yes! Yedlin did look good tonight. I thought Edu looked solid as well. Younger and stronger legs than beckerman (who i like).

  203. ThatKidNandez says:

    Fab J ——Gonzo/Besler/Brooks——-Cameron——Chandler/Yedlin
    Parkurst is a better LB than at RB. Thoughts?

    • JayAre says:

      Parkhurst can’t cross, he kills the attack, he doesn’t support the attack well and he’s only good on his right he kept switching to it

    • Fair Observer says:

      FJ must start at LB, Besler must start at LCB

      RCB- who knows after this showing by gonzo

      RB- should be cameron unless he’s CB, then i’m happy with Yedlin, he’s got the speed to recover more than any other RB, cameron just has better confidence in positioning but is slower

      • Luke says:

        Yeldin looked good for his 30 mins against a Mexico B side. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves and anoint the next coming. No way he’s earned a trip Brazil, let alone a starting XI spot. Evans is the RB right now unless he blows in the lead up to the WC. LB is FJ or Beasley and CB is Belser and Gonzo/Cameron/Goodeson.

        • GW says:

          Yedlin looked good but the game had become a wide open end to end thing when he got on, which suits him.

          I don’t think you’ll see a lot of that in Brazil.

          • Fair Observer says:

            Luke- you’d really like evans chance at covering a fast winger over FJ, Yedlin or even Cameron? I’d almost give Yedlin a bigger chance CONSIDERING the speed we’re gonna face. but say we start Beasley(LB) and FJ(RB), you wouldnt want Yedlin coming in for beasley, and switchin FJ over to LB?

            GW- you’re right in the first part of your comment. I do think Yedlin suits the second half in a ghana matchup (more likely to become end to end wide open as you say), even possibly a portugal match up.

    • Paul6 says:

      I don’t think chandler will be ready by then. And I’m
      Not ready to give yedlin the spot. Cameron has to start their and hope that gonzo plays absolutely perfect every second of the World Cup. That’s the only hope we have for the back line. Scary thought, isn’t it?

      • ThatKidNandez says:

        According to reports Chandler is making really great progress and should be back at the end of april. I like cameron at CB his distribution is better than beslers and marks his man well. Yedlin and Chandler are the only ones who can keep up with CR7

  204. JayAre says:

    One thing we can’t deny Dempsey played better with Donovan on the field

  205. Mo says:

    Panamanian refs,right? Guess they still bummed about the Hex

  206. Sargent Shultz says:

    my take:

    Bradley had a good game but is not a creative mid. We created little from the run of play
    Did Dempsey play? oh yeah, saw some dives and sock fixing
    Donovan has lost a step, tried to do too much… hurt his chances
    Beltran makes Evans look good he is not anywhere near ready
    Omar made his usual mistakes and cost us goals
    Beckerman was mostly good though lost his man on goal 2
    Zusi – did he play?
    Wondo – he goes I think… has a nack of just scoring
    Green – first outing so I’ll be gentile. He gets more chances but I didnt see that much… I think Juan is better than him at this point and unless he comes on strong, misses the cut
    Parkhurst – solid game, helped his chances
    Davis – not his best.. game seemed too fast for him

    Im still concerned about the central defense. This was not a good team and we lost a two goal lead


    • Fair Observer says:

      gentile is a noun meaning a person who is not Jewish…….. but thanks for sharing that you’re not Jewish…..

  207. Scott e Dio93 says:

    Not bashing Green but Green needs more caps vs C or B teams.

  208. Bklyn says:

    I was definitely in the camp that said Michael Bradley should not play every minute of every game when his dad was the coach. Clearly, I was wrong. MB by far the best player in the team. Did anybody see that casual rainbow sometime toward the end of the first half? Somewhere in midfield? I tend to agree with the Dempsey jitters; holy ßhit, Clint, enough with the flopping! Beckerman, also, I get it now. I much prefer the Torres/Feilhaber type of player, who sees the impossible hypotenuse pass, but Beckerman is built for this team: Back-pass all you want, trustafarian. Omar is slow and not intimidating; is that really the best we have? Jozy will do well with this team. Sunderland is terrible and doesn’t play to his strength. And he’s terrified of letting Kevin Bacon on the team.
    I like our chances to get out of the group.

  209. Ga1atic0 says:

    Impressive first half. Second half we looked lost. Why we believe in Gonzales I don’t know. If you look at his marking its terrible. Yedlin looked great I see him in a lower EPL team or European division soon.

  210. JJ says:

    Yedlin >>> Parkhurst
    When did Donovan become so slow?
    Beckerman and Bradley paired well.
    Green’s touch was nice.
    We are STACKED at GK.
    EJ was miserable, except for the goal.
    I’m finally a Wondo fan.

  211. ThatKidNandez says:

    Zusi go back to SKC. Dempsey, Dempsey baby you’ve lost your way man.

  212. Scott e Dio93 says:

    Beckerman was amazing only first half, in second half fade it.

    Edu looked good and gave our boys life.

  213. Shimmzy says:

    I think we can all pretty much agree that Julian Green looked better than Berk Shea although that really isn’t saying much.

    • Paul6 says:

      Can we tho? Last two times that Brek came off the bench against Mexico he created Robbie Rogers tying goal in Klinsi’s first game and created michael Orozco’s goal for our first win in Mexico. Not saying J. Green isn’t better but he did show he’s not anywhere close to a finished project. I like what I saw from him tho.

      • John says:

        Came in scored the winner against Costa Rica in the Gold Cup, Also came in against Scotland and created the best chance for the US, and actually look better then a lot of players against Ukraine. It almost makes no logical since but Shea for some reason brings something off the bench.

  214. Joe A says:

    Comments are too harsh on dempsey and too gentile on green. Not surprised.

    • GW says:

      Joe A.

      It’s interesting that none of you want to give Mexico any credit for the tactical changes at half time that obviously put the US on the back foot. Or for any skill and fire.

      It’s also interesting that you choose to focus on the individual failures of various USMNT players rather than seeing that the team as a whole let down in the second half.

      Mexico are a good team playing a home game and were embarrassed in the first half .
      Did you really think they were just going to roll over and die in front of their home crowd?

      This was a good game for the US. They played Mexico off the field in the first half and then withstood a ferocious second half rally where Mexico had every possibility of doing the exact same thing to the US or even more. Instead the US held them and came back to beat them 3-2 with a perfectly good very well taken goal that was not offside.
      EJ is much despised and looks like garbage half the time but seems to have a knack for scoring well timed goals. I take that over a pretty boy every single time.

      The lesson of this game is that the US needs keep their shape and keep the pressure on , keep moving, keep taking it to the enemy, because once they slow down and lose their shape, they are an easy target.

  215. byrdman says:

    Bradley and Beckerman great first half, but once Mexico came with a different attack, they never adjusted. Mex consistently found space by putting someone on both sides of Beckerman, offsetting the diamond midfield. While it was super effective in the first half, it was just as ineffective in the second half. I think Beckerman is great to have as cover, but his athletic limitations scare me against Germany and Ghana. I love JJ’s hunger, athleticism and willingness to do what it takes. But he does turn the ball over a lot. I agree with Lalas, never thought i would ever say that, that the diamond won’t work n Brazil.

    Good night to see different guys. Green, for an 18 year old entering in the middle of a heated rivalry for his first cap, was amazingly composed. Still made mistakes, but DEFINITELY NOT OUT OF HIS DEPTH. I Expect he will be remarkable in next few caps.

    • beachbum says:

      could have adjusted and had MB and Kyle play a flat 4 4 2, and then continue to read and react all second half in and out of the diamond (kind of like a 4 1 3 2) and the flat 4 4 2

      great first half

  216. ThatKidNandez says:

    This was greens first game, Dempseys millionth

    • JJ says:

      True. And they both looked good. Merica ftw.

      • beachbum says:

        Green had his rough moments but also seemed to settle in and make plays. he makes smart runs, darting runs. easy to see why people are excited about him. just my first time seeing him, can’t wait to see him again

  217. beachbum says:

    almost 500 comments :)