USMNT vs. Azerbaijan: SBI Live Match Commentary



SAN FRANCISCO- The U.S. Men’s National Team begins their run to the 2014 World Cup with a friendly against Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park (10pm, ESPN2).

Jurgen Klinsmann will trot out his team for the first time since selection his 23-man World Cup roster. There aren’t any real surprises in his starting lineup, with Geoff Cameron partnering in central defense with Matt Besler and Alejandro Bedoya and Graham Zusi manning the wings, while Clint Dempsey joins Jozy Altidore up top in a 4-4-2.

Join SBI as we provide live commentary on tonight’s match. If you will be watching tonight’s match, please feel 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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356 Responses to USMNT vs. Azerbaijan: SBI Live Match Commentary

  1. Chewp says:

    Also please no one speak Landon Donovans name tonight.. its over. Focus on getting out of the group.

  2. Jockstrap says:

    Julian Green will get into the game as a sub at the 85th minute.

  3. Joe says:

    Still not as mature as Mike Magee.

  4. Dan says:

    US starting lineup out: 4-4-2 diamond (as predicted)


    I suggested we might see this on an earlier thread (though I had Chandler instead of Beasley) and several posters told me to shut up and that I didn’t know what I’m talking about. We gave it a go in our last friendly without our first choice #6 (Jones)…why wouldn’t we do it again?

    I always thought Bradley should be in the playmaker role and that Jones needs to sit back and play the destoyer role. It infuriates me when Jones drifts too far forward and forces Bradley to track back.

  5. 1776croatswede says:

    link to

    line up, 4-4-2 diamond

  6. Jompo says:


  7. Jockstrap says:

    30 minutes to go. I hope we all can admit that today Donovan is better than Pele and Gert too.

  8. Brew says:

    Watching the KC vs. Red Bulls game right now. Whenever I think about how far MLS has come. I just watch Chris Penso ref a game and think hmmmm still room to improve .

  9. Jompo says:

    I would like to read a weekly guest column on SBI featuring FRANK. How do I make that happen?

  10. Ali Dia says:

    Okay let’s face it. I am terribly excited. THANK GOD ITS TIME FOR SOCCER AGAIN!


  11. Tim S. says:

    For those expecting a route tonight, look at the Japan-Cyprus result. Cyprus ranked 130 (Azerbaijan ranked 85) and Japan only beat them 1-0. Here is hoping for a good result and for the team to look solid.

  12. MG says:

    Will this game be on Unimas?

  13. allouez86 says:

    anyone know of any links showing this online? i don’t have espn, or any channels for that matter.

  14. start Wondo says:

    my wish has been granted

  15. Jack says:

    Wondo in Dempsey out

  16. Dan says:

    uhhhhhhhhhhh Dempsey pulled his groin in warmups and Wondowlowski is starting. I’m not even kidding. That. Just. Happened.

  17. Chris says:


    • Lorenzo says:

      Not funny. I am adamant Donovan should be on this team, but would suck if it was Dempsey he replaced. Those two should roll into this WC together.

      • don Lamb says:

        groin soreness, haha. wondo gets his game in front of the home crowd — he’ll score a hattrick tonight.

  18. AMP says:

    We need comment boards that auto-refresh.

  19. Jompo says:


  20. Matt says:

    Candlestick Park? Really?! We have soccer-specific stadiums.

    • slowleftarm says:

      I agree, it looks absolutely terrible.

    • Jim says:

      Yeah, it looks bad with it being 2/3 empty. Lame

    • Diego's Maradoughnuts says:

      San Francisco… go sit next to Cleveland in the corner and think about what you’ve done. We’ll be back in 10 years and you’d better have a good answer!!!

      • jefpal says:

        Not sure what they charge at other venues, but these were pricey. The cheapest were $35.

        • Diego's Maradoughnuts says:

          I will never belittle a person for lacking money. If they can’t afford to go see our team, they can’t afford to go. Which benefits nobody Problem I’d love to see solved– we are at the point that there is actually no reason our team should ever play a national team game in front of a less-than sold out crowd.

          But $35 is in fact dirt cheap these days. If I am not mistaken, San Francisco is not East St. Louis. It is my understanding that there is a pretty decent if not unbelievably large population of young single people with six figure incomes there,. And I know for sure you don’t need a six figure income to come up with 35 bucks. I guess US soccer isn’t their thing?

          I just can’t find a reason we should ever go back to a place that doesn’t sell out. Too many places that do. A rocking full house beats slightly larger crowd in a deserted mausoleum every time.

    • UclaBruinGreat says:

      They screwed up the Donovan tribute that they themselves planned for the ten-minute mark. Lame.

  21. Bac says:

    Luckily it doesn’t look windy…should be a nice cleanly played game

  22. Watcher says:

    Painful opening singing. Foreshadow?

    • Chris says:

      That was embarrassing.

      So is this crowd/stadium. Not much of send off.

      Like the spelling mowed into the field though.

    • soundersdude says:

      haha yea that was rough. If i heard correctly the band stopped midway and let the off beat crowd finish it off

    • Good Jeremy says:

      It seemed like they were singing much slower than the loudspeaker was going. I think if it were slowed down they would have sounded alright.

  23. Good Jeremy says:

    I’m not trying to start an argument, but does anyone know why Jozy doesn’t put his hand over his heart during the national anthem?

    • Diego's Maradoughnuts says:

      The real Jozy Altidore was killed in transit from Holland to England late last Summer. The robot replacement is taking longer than thought to get the kinks out.

    • MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

      Cuz he is haitian

  24. Diego's Maradoughnuts says:

    You kidding me Wondo.

  25. Citronomics says:

    Woooo. Wondo with a Jozy (at Sunderland) moment missing a sitter on that wide open header. I jest, kinda.

    • Nate says:

      Never seen Lalas and Twellman so satisfied with a wide open header hit straight at the keeper…I thought Wondo was supposed to convert those and Jozy was supposed to miss them?

  26. Jockstrap says:

    Pretty poor so far.

  27. Chris says:

    Someone feed Javanov

  28. user222 says:

    wow!!! first 6 minutes… Wondo, Lazy, Besler…..suck!

  29. JoefromElPaso says:

    Is it just me, or is the Taylor Twellman / Jon Champion combo not quite gelling.

  30. soundersdude says:

    is it just me or are these jerseys too red?? give us some blue or white socks or shorts right?

    • Good Jeremy says:

      Stream of consciousness:

      Wondo looks like the best player on the field.
      Besler is sloppy passing today
      Beasley has been worse than I hoped
      Altidore is way too big to get outphysicalled the way he does
      Jones hasn’t been caught out of position yet
      Bradley is sharp passing but doesn’t have his defensive bite that far up the field

  31. Jockstrap says:

    I hope it gets better, but it is very sad so far.

  32. UclaBruinGreat says:

    Haha.. wow. SF Outlaws aren’t very good compared to others. The stadium has many empty seats and is very quiet. They screwed up the Donovan tribute at the 10 minute mark. Sad.

    • start Wondo says:

      to be fair:

      the SF Giants game started a few minutes after the USMNT, maybe that’s part of the reason it’s so bare in the stands?

      Best team (record-wise) in the majors as of now, and they usually sell out at home

  33. Jack says:

    Come on Wondo

  34. Matt says:

    Altidore… back pass, argh. Come on. Also please stay on your feet. Makes good things happen.

  35. Jockstrap says:

    Time for subs.

  36. Nandez says:

    This US team is playing uninspired and and the defense is in shambles. Tim Howard if you play like this in Brazil.Yikes!

  37. O'Neal says:

    Wow… looks like a Sunday pickup game at the local park.

  38. Jompo says:

    Beckerman is a better passer than Jones. I think that is pretty clear.

  39. Mikey K says:

    That jersey makes the players look weird I hate the cut. And why did we not wear white? (The world will never know).

  40. Captain Obvious says:

    Y Landon Donovan papa?

  41. Colt says:

    Has to be said: EJ would have netted both of those chances that Wondo had. He’s dynamite I the air. And the in form Boyd would have to. God help us if Wondo or Davis see the field in Brazil. #where’sLandon

    • Good Jeremy says:

      Debatable. Wondo put both on frame and one required an outstanding save. They also require outstanding positioning and jostling that a lot of players don’t possess.

      • Matt says:

        You have to score the first one. Think it’s easy to score? Well, there aren’t so many chances. It’s still scoreless after 35 mins. Who can score? Gonzo know how:)

      • Nate says:

        Replace Wondo with Jozy and is anyone debating whether it was a “sitter”?

  42. Ga1actic0 says:

    Bedoya out there thinking he’s playing American football

  43. soundersdude says:

    No one else thinks that shoulda been a penalty??

  44. Jompo says:

    Its hopeless. We’re terrible. Pack it in now.

  45. Ga1actic0 says:

    Off night for Altidore?

    • Citronomics says:

      Definitely not controlling balls that get played to him. His touch has been heavy so far.

      • Citronomics says:

        Then Jozy does a great job controlling and laying off to MB90 to spring the attacking sequence. That’s the strong and composed play we need to see from him.

    • O'Neal says:

      An off night for Jozy means he scored

    • matt says:

      aren’t they all

    • Duracell says:

      I thought he had a good first half. Certainly one of our best players. He and Bradley are the only ones showing creativity with Dempsey out.

  46. Jackson says:

    God, Altidore’s touch is terrible. Bench him forever.

    • Ga1actic0 says:

      Agreed. Can’t have this going into the WC. Wondo on the other hand maybe our hope.

  47. Hannibal4467 says:

    Very poor. Well,at least we’re playing against the 85th ranked team. We could be playing against teams like Ghana…or Portugal…or Germany…ummm, wait…this is the world cup team?

    • Diego's Maradoughnuts says:

      Jesus. Terrible. You know Portugal played this team in qualifying right? Go check the halftime scores for those two games.

      Notice any similarity? Yup.

      Good job with the FIFA rankings though. Always a credible stat.

  48. Ga1actic0 says:

    Jones will be the next Ricardo Clark …. Remember against Ghana??

    • Hannibal4467 says:

      I hope you’re wrong

    • Jack says:

      Oh but he played in Champions league remember? Who cares if he’s never very good.

    • matt says:

      Jones hasn’t done a thing wrong. I have no clue what your even talking about Jones has been solid. Besler has not

      • Jackson says:

        Except for like 3 horrific passes to no one.

      • JayAre says:

        This is the SBI comment section most of the people here just don’t like Jones. He’s been really solid to me. He’s play D-Mid and we haven’t conceded a goal. They way the comments are looking you’d think we were down 2-0

        • Nate says:

          Jones has been pretty good tonight. Wondo is on the team to convert the chances he missed, not get credit for “getting the best chances”; Zusi and Bedoya are really worrying me right now…they should be balling on these guys…doesn’t bode well for Brazil. MB90 solid again, as well as Jozy.

  49. Baptista says:

    Zusi is horrible.

  50. ChiTown says:

    This team is horrid. Need LD.

  51. Bac says:

    This shindig comes around once every four years..
    We got 3 send off games to get ready
    We’re headed to the heat and humidity, on fields of proper FIFA dimensions

    So we schedule one of the 3 on an old narrow green concrete field in San Francisco..
    Ok gotcha..

  52. Baptista says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha great Klnsmann.

  53. Jockstrap says:

    Really bad first half. Time to put the first team in.

  54. Baptista says:

    Who told Twellman that we want a coach who doesn’t have to win Gold Cup?

  55. JayAre says:

    Azerbaijan is just the kid of team the US needed to play. They’re really organized and we need to learn to break down teams like this without relying on the counter.

  56. chrisitan rosales says:

    Defense has not been tested at all, would like to see Beckerman coming in for Crazy J Jones, Fabian Johnson going left and Chandler or Yedlin at RB, Green for Bedoya, AJ for Wondo, Mixx for Zusi

  57. Hush says:

    Yikes! .. Garbage for the most part. We need to play better Futbol, be more collective. Our group will eat us alive if we continue to play H.S lame Futbol

  58. Jackson says:

    Jozy is bad. I wish we could put a soccer player in his body.

  59. JayAre says:

    Why is everyone head hunting for every little mistake. It’s the first friendly we’ve had a few good chance and I’m pretty impressed so far even thou it could be better.

    • Ali Dia says:

      Yeah wish it surprised me. And why have we never heard of many of them? Meh who cares. Trolls gonna troll.

      Honestly there is no cause for panic about any of this. So far, so good. Clean sheet. Opportunities. A little fine tuning, and there are goals to be had.

      • Increase says:

        There seem to be ever more people just out to cause trouble on the site. There could have been 2 penalties, 2 wondo goals, and Jozy did rather well while playing very very wide.

        I don’t know where all these people who do nothing but troll have come from.

    • B says:

      Agreed. People here are looking for reasons to complain. It wasn’t the best half, but it was solid in many ways. They’re unlucky not to be up by a goal of two. Jozy should have had that penalty call.

    • shockedandawed says:

      Good to see some rational people on this thread. Usa dominated the first half just a little unlucky near goal

  60. Adam M. says:

    Zusi and Bedoya too similar. Both mediocre wing players. Neither has the goal scoring bite or speed. Look for Green to provide that.

    • iggy says:

      Zusi does quite well on the ball though, making good passes, and rarely loses possession. Bedoya is a bit more of a lose cannon.

    • Ali Dia says:

      They are quite similar. And anybody who wanted to make the argument that one of them is unknowingly holding a spot for Green might be able to make a decent argument (given the latitude we all take in building circumstantial cases) based on what you have identified.

      As for today, Zusi had a pretty good outing, I thought. Bedoya was very much anonymous. But there have been matches that went the other way. Would reserve judgement maybe for another match.

      Also, I thought the left-channel attack was weird from the start. F. Johnson is too valuable to be wasted out on the right flank at the back. Beasley-Bedoya — I give them credit for aggressiveness and effort, but that tandem may well create nothing in attack in Group G– did it seem that way to you?

  61. shockedandawed says:

    I don’t understand the hate. Azerbaijan was never close to threatening other than the free kick. Relax people. Its windy and the ball is doing funny things. USA will be fine. Zusi looks good on the dead balls, Jones and Bradley aren’t half as bad as this thread insists and we could be up by a couple.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      the problem is that azerbaijan isn’t trying to be threatening. they’re just trying to keep us from scoring, and they’re succeeding.

      • shockedandawed says:

        Wondo with two wide open headers in the box. Another day and Azerbaijan’s master plan doesn’t work out.

        • Nate Dollars says:

          “almost goals” don’t mean sh!t.

          anyway, i thought we looked a lot better in the second half.

          • away goals says:

            “Almost goals” actually mean quite a bit from a predictive and evaluative standpoint.

            • Nate Dollars says:

              well, i guess they can mean whatever the observer wants them to mean.

              when you start speculating that something positive “could have been”, you also have to speculate about all the counter “could have been”s.

              • away goals says:

                Not speculating about “what could have been.” Stating that wondo will score a healthy percent of the opportunities he positions himself for. That’s why he has nine goals over the last twelve games.

                Obviously from a narrative/results standpoint, the difference between scoring and not scoring is binary.

                From an analysis standpoint though, the difference between wondo’s second header and johann’s header is mostly luck.

                Any conclusion drawn about wondo vs johann from those two plays is unfounded.

  62. Duracell says:

    Bradley and Altidore were our two best players this half. They need one more guy to link up with and Wondo is just not that guy.

  63. Jockstrap says:

    Okay, the diamond didn’t work. maybe it’s because the players stink, but we should end this nonsense.

  64. Baptista says:

    Wondolonski is not WC material as has been demonstrated already. Right at the goalkeeper.

    • Chicago Josh says:

      The announcers seemed afraid to say that, even though it was so painfully obvious.

  65. shockedandawed says:

    Is alexi lalas sick or something? He seems very toned down to me.

  66. Curtis says:

    Wow. Klinsi has this team looking sharp. Good personnel decisions and the team looks really coherent and free-flowing.

    Let’s lock him up through 2022! Or perhaps we can pry Berti Vogts away from Azerbaijan?

    Hope by then we can have 11 German-Americans on the squad. They bring so much more quality to the USMNT than the American players do.

    • AMP says:

      I know you are being sarcastic, but he does have them playing really well. Coherent and free-flowing are good words for it. I think FJ makes this attack so interesting.

  67. AMP says:

    First off, I know we are playing AZE.

    Still doe, as far as the first half went, trying to consider only this game…

    Our team has played really fluid and unselfish, with good hustle, and have covered each other very well on defense. My worry is that this lineup doesn’t have many aerial threats for set pieces. I’m know Wondo has done better, and maybe it’s the wind, but he needs to aim those headers down. He always gets to the smart spots, but besides his missed chances, he doesn’t seem as fluid with the offense as everybody else, and has had by far the most TO’s. I give him a break, since Dempsey has probably been getting the first team reps. Jozy has played very well IMO, he is holding the ball up and dishing it off, or drawing FK’s.

    As far as the midfield goes, I love Zusi’s service off set pieces, and he seems to be playing pretty good, though it hasn’t all come together yet. Bradley seems like he still needs a little more time in that CAM position, but I really like it, and think the blend of smart, generous attackers that we get with this set up is great. Bedoya has been a great combo of slickness and beast mode, and his style of play stands out to me as the most unique. Although, judging his reactions, he seems to be pretty hot-headed. Jones needs to work on his acting after he fouls somebody, but honestly he’s played well, and filled his role.

    The defense is close than I thought. Beas and Cam both look pretty composed, maybe the most out of any of the field players. Beas was the best of the half to me. Cam looks like he still needs to work out a few things with Besler. There was some late communication, and awkward passes between them. Besler has looked a little nervous or something, with a few really dumb passes, but still he has had some quality moments.

  68. Colt says:

    First half assessment:
    Jozy-Solid in his hold up play. No service yet
    Wondo-should have 2 goals. Touch is horrible
    Jones-Solid in midfield so far. Played pretty disciplined
    Besler-looks nervous. Not a good first half
    Zusi and Bedoya-not the impact you want from your wingers when a team bunkers down

    As much as I know people don’t want to hear it, we are a counter attacking team, and will be this summer in the Group of Death. Landon is needed in this group for that purpose especially. Every counter attack in the first half has been fruitless. Speed if play and decision makin has been horrible on the break.

    • Curtis says:


      The two areas in which Donovan excels — speed of play and decision-making.

      • Matt says:

        True, we look so slow. Our WC opponents will play at a faster pace, and I’m not talking about breakaways but the build up in midfield. Watch Fabian Johnson. He understands.

  69. Chris says:

    Wondo has to score at least 1 of those 2 wide open headers if not both. Wont be good enough in wc with our limited opportunities we will get.

  70. Colt says:

    Brad Davis! Wow! Unbelievable!

  71. Bearusky says:

    We suck! Who is aze? We will get murdered! Oh wow Davis is coming in we are SAVED!

  72. Jockstrap says:

    What the &%$/, when is our first team going to play.

  73. Good Jeremy says:

    Do we lead the world in tattoos?

  74. Nate says:

    Bedoya with another bad decision. Can we get LD back, please? Davis? set up on a platter by Altidore and winds up on his back? Argghhh!

  75. Curtis says:

    We are at home against Azerbaijan, and they have absolutely nothing to play for — and we are deadlocked in the 55th minute. Pathetic.

    This is where we are 3 weeks out. Aimless. Wandering. Players out of position and unsure of the system they are being asked to play.

    In a word: Klinsi.

  76. Ga1actic0 says:

    Davis & chandler …..horrible.

    • JayAre says:

      How? They’ve been on the field for less than 15 mins. Let them at least get a rhythm first sheesh

  77. Bearusky says:

    Wow. So close to the WC and we look crappy. Oh yeah. These guys look far ahead of LD.

    • Curtis says:

      Azerbaijan holding their own, and we have no difference-makers on the field.

      Is LD in the stands?

  78. Nandez says:

    Brad Davis is already tired.

  79. Bearusky says:

    Pitch forks and torches ready?!

  80. Matt says:

    Brad Davis, don’t give a hand to help up the other team. You should have won that ball.

  81. Curtis says:


    Even Bradley looks unsure of himself in this system — and that is rare indeed from MB90.

  82. steve says:

    It’s as if Jurgen told ’em, “Ok, now get out there and do it to it, but don’t show Ghana, Portugal and Germany your best stuff.”

  83. Nate says:

    Chander is looking unimpressive. Looking forward to AJ; Wondo completely invisible 2nd half.

  84. Matt says:

    Sorry, gotta chill I know, but who likes to score on the US team?

  85. Jackson says:


  86. Curtis says:

    First shot by Jozy!! (minute 64)

  87. Nate says:

    Twellman is Wondo’s biggest cheerleader. How is Twellman going to criticize Jozy for turning and blasting over (which is what Bradley did 5 minutes earlier) yet not get on Wondo for missing a point blank header?

  88. MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

    We look tired. Heavy legs

  89. Captain Obvious says:


  90. Curtis says:

    Put in Donovan!

    Bring in Shea!

    Hell, are Salinas or Justin Mapp available?

  91. Bearusky says:

    Nah. We don’t need the all time leading scorer. Nope uh nah!

  92. Curtis says:

    EJ is where we need to draw the line! :)

    PLease, no EJ.

  93. quitetheschemer says:

    wow usa really not showing international quality right now

  94. matt says:

    Jozy is like EJ without the aerial ability

  95. Curtis says:


  96. Nandez says:

    The Mix fanboys just got excited

  97. Jack says:

    So we’re not even going to see Green?

  98. steve says:

    The US guys know they’re playing in Candlestick Park, which is why they’re hitting so many field goals.

  99. Ga1actic0 says:

    Yedlin thinking he’s playing American football

  100. Curtis says:

    Mixx fanboy.

  101. Seriously says:

    Brad Davis’ lack of a right foot is painful to watch. He’s found some decent positions and should have won a PK, but he has to use his right foot. Anybody with a brain can see he basically refuses to use it even without the scouting that will take place during the WC.

  102. JayAre says:

    Great hustle goal

  103. Mikey K says:


  104. ZTom says:

    FYI, Mr. Mix Diskerud (wiki) was born abroad, in Norway. Reading his bio, he doesn’t live in the US nor has he ever done that. This makes (at least) 6 of the 20 outfield players of foreign nationality. This a record by a mile for the USMNT.

    What a disgrace, Mr. Klinsman. You don’t think much of US players, so what the heck do you want coaching our NT?????

    • Diego's Maradoughnuts says:

      Ah yes. “ZTom” I suppose “Ted Tran” can’t be far behind.

      EFF off back to 4th grade. Why do you even watch USA games?

      • Curtis says:

        Support for US players on the USMNT is not childish or immature. Most of us watch USMNT games to support soccer in this country and the continued development of the American soccer player, IMHO.

        • Diego's Maradoughnuts says:

          I ageree with this sentiment. I will assume you don’t know what I’m referring to.

          ZTom shows up almost exclusively during games. Strictly to be negative.

          I love USMNT fans. I don’t count him or his fake siblings among them.

          He used to be a decent fan. Under a different name

    • Curtis says:

      I like Mix a lot — but totally agree with your second point.

      In any other country there would be a military coup and Klinsi would be dragged through the streets. How many other Germans will he naturalize in time for Brazil?

    • Good Jeremy says:

      Look at the 94 and 98 teams. Tons of guys born abroad. Many of our best players too.

      Also, the world is a complicated place. A lot of these guys have American fathers who they feel extremely connected to, and a handful of them have American flag tattoos as well.

      • ZTom says:

        Not tons, document your claims. Ernie Stewart and Marcello Balboa at USA 94 were the only foreign players. The whole talk at the time was that the formation of MLS would stop this trend and lead to a USA born team.

        Funny that was.

        • Curtis says:



        • Good Jeremy says:

          Hugo Perez
          Tab Ramos
          Roy Wegerle
          Frank Klopas

          Fun Fact: Al Gore invented the internet in the 1990’s, giving people instant access to the entirely of human knowledge at their fingertips, allowing them to research claims before using a condescending tone while stating incorrect information.

          • Increase says:

            I almost touched Al Gore once. I was like… 1.5 feet away and almost shook his hand. Then a friend ninjaed his hand from me.

        • GW says:

          “ZTom says:
          “Not tons, document your claims. Ernie Stewart and Marcello Balboa at USA 94 were the only foreign players. “

          Stewart and Balboa were Americans. But I assume you are talking about foreign born guys in which case:
          Frank Klopas, Tom Dooley, Hugo Perez, Tab Ramos, Roy Wegerle, Fernando Clavijo, were all born abroad. .

      • Good Jeremy says:


    • AMP says:

      I can rarely tell the difference between who is being sarcastic, trolling, or drunk.

      You inherit the nationality of your mother, your father, your parents. legally or otherwise, that nation and it’s culture are a part of your identity.

    • Seriously says:

      Did you hear that interview with Mix just now? Sounds just as American as can be and he talked about representing the crest on the front and not the name on his back. How much more American could he possibly be?

      • GW says:

        Is that how you determine who is American?

        Did you ever listen to Benjamin Netanyahu?

        In case you were wondering he is the President of Israel.

        And Mix has a definite eurotrash accent.

    • rick says:

      Johannson and Green were born in the United States. So yes they are American citizens. If you don’t like the law you should attempt to change the constitution. As for Chandler, Johnson, and Jones, they are sons of American military fathers. I would say they are far more American than you are.

      • Seriously says:


        • sean357 says:

          Amen indeed, please people realize how offensive it is to question the Americenness (new word) of natural born citizens of this country. Our constitution decides that and not you. As a natural born American neither born not raised in this country it makes me want to throw you off a cliff.

  105. Matt says:

    No. 10 scores – I like it!!

  106. Mike Magee says:

    Brad Davis looks like Gollum

  107. Nate says:

    Did Twellman just say Brad Davis changed the game? Are you kidding me??????

    • sean357 says:

      Are you not watching or did you just have a large glass of haterade? Say its’ just Azerbaijan if you want but he did.

  108. nk says:

    Is it just me, or is the crowd chanting “Landon Donovan”?

  109. Nate says:

    Anybody feel like we miss Dempsey? Or am I alone here? Nobody seems to be talking about it…

    • Diego's Maradoughnuts says:

      Jesus can’t you wait? Do you worry about getting your potential kid iinto a decent preschool during sex? We have days to overspeculate about that

    • Seriously says:

      Because there is no controversy there, Demps is only out due to a knock. Of course we aren’t quite the same without him.

      • Nate says:

        Tell that to the rest of the posters projecting doom and gloom over this performance…

  110. JayAre says:

    Ok Johannson over Wondo….. All he did was miss sitter

  111. Mikey K says:

    GOALOSOOOO!!!!!! ICEMAN J!!!!!!!!

  112. JayAre says:

    Brad Davis the specialist like we said!!!

  113. Bomb Pop says:

    Landon Could have done that and has done that

  114. Andrew says:

    is twelman sleeping with wondo?

  115. ZTom says:

    Aron Johannsson:

    Born to Icelandic parents in Mobile, Alabama, United States, Jóhannsson moved to Iceland with his family at the age of three.[1] Growing up, he spent most his life living in Iceland while occasionally visiting the United States…

    He really ain’t American either, grew-up abroad. So, 7 foreign players omg.

    • Seriously says:

      He was born in the USA, he’s American.

      • Duracell says:

        So was Green.

        • Seriously says:

          They are all American according to our laws, one style isn’t better than the other imo, I was just making a point about the guy he was talking down about here. We still have a ton of MLS based “All-American” players on this squad so these xenophobic guys are really tired in their arguments.

      • ZTom says:

        Seriously, don’t care what you say. If you can’t see a blatant anti-USA bias in this Klinsmann fiasco then I really can’t help ya.

      • Baptista says:

        You will never be able to buy a WC.

    • JayAre says:

      He was born in The USA. He can be President. Thats as American as you can get.

      • Diego's Maradoughnuts says:

        +1 And you know what else was thinking on Memorial Day yesterday? I was thinking about how offensive and ridiculous it is that we allow the children of our American servicemen abroad to represent the US at sports. I mean, GET SERIOUS. Am I right?

    • AMP says:

      You obviously don’t get what America is about. Whatever reaction you are trying to get, for whatever reason, I’m sorry. If you are just speaking your truth, hit me up privately to talk about it, for real. What percentage of US soldiers do you think there are who have one or two parents from another country? I know this is anecdotal evidence, but I know a bunch of them, including myself.

  116. Seriously says:

    Wow, Azerbaijan are worse on set piece defending that Gonzo v Mexico… How do you leave strikers that open on corners? Both Wondo and Johansson left free on corners this game.

    • GW says:

      On Johannsson’s goal the US setup perfectly and drew most of the Az defense onto and around the goalmouth leaving a space for AJ to run into.

      Watch the replay.

  117. Lu says:

    The US shouldn’t feel happy about this result. They’re horrible

  118. Joe says:

    So, it seems as though whomever is endowed with the #10 jersey will undoubtedly score. I wonder, though, if in order to wear the #13 one must be of mixed-afro race, have dreadlocks, and the last name of Jones? There go my chances :).

  119. Dancy says:

    Michael Bradley really trying to play himself out of the starting line-up. By far the worst US player and one of the worst central midfield performances for the US since Ricardo Clark in the World Cup. It will be interesting to see if Ives and others blame it on players not getting open for for him, Jones not defending enough to cover for him/or getting in his way, Klinsmann giving him too many offensive responsibilities for his holding mid skill set, or Juergen requiring him to defend to much so he couldn’t show off his clearly ideal playmaker/attacking mid skills.

  120. Andrew says:

    I still like chandler. would prefer him on the right and FJ on left.

  121. Nate says:

    OK, Twellman is the new John Harkes. He’s lobbying for his favorite players (Davis, Wondo) and against the ones he doesn’t like (Chandler). Cut this dude’s mike, please…

    • Nandez says:

      Twellman loves him some brad davis

    • Curtis says:

      I think I’m an outlier, but I would take Harkes over Twellman any day of the week.

      (As a commentator, I mean — well actually, as a player or a commentator.)

      • GW says:

        Harkes was unquestionably a better player than Twellman.

        As a commentator it is a matter of style. I’ve tried to forget him but Harkes was mostly about giving you the impression he would have dome better. don’t know Harkes but he came across as a huge d++k.

        Twellman is mostly inexperienced and is actually getting better but he still needs some developing. He is being tainted by working at ESPN where it’s all about “personality” basically acting like a pr++ck..

        • Ali Dia says:

          Well said on the ESPN bit. The title of “Best USMNT alum” among TV persnalities is vacant due to a lack of qualifying candidates. Mostly it’s anger, criticism, and phrases like “he has to do better” and “just not good enough”, McBride is so wooden and boring I usually cringe and change the channel until I’m confident its over for the poor guy.

          Marcelo Balboa’s efforts are thankfully few in number and recently limited to a couple of early BeIN sports broacasts, but he is truly special. This dude would outbid Brandi Chastain or Uncle Rico for any time machine Doc Brown could build to get him back to 1994.

  122. Nate says:

    I like that Jozy seems to be finding some confidence and rhythm…he would never have taken his 2nd half shots during the latter part of his Sunderland stay…

    • Jackson says:

      What game were you watching?

    • Curtis says:

      But zero shots on goal in 90 minutes, unless I missed something through the haze of my Miller High Life?

      Don’t think we have an alternative, but I would like him to get some real confidence and rhythm — i.e., goals!

      • Nate says:

        He’s got to shoot to score… Even the Sunderland fans were observing that his confidence was so shot, he wouldn’t even look for chances to shoot. The two opportunities he took in the second half were not obvious goal scoring opportunities, but he attempted to make the shot for himself. That’s a good sign, right?

  123. Baptista says:

    He got the result, and that’s all that matters.

    • Matt says:

      Absolutely not. This is a boneheaded argument to make. Going into the WC the way the team played is all that mattered. We wont stand a chance against any 1 of our 3 opponents playing this way

      • Baptista says:

        The result is all that matters, really.

      • GW says:

        This is a new team and there is something to be learned from getting a result even when you are not playing your best.

        Because really they need to understand what it takes to win, to get a result.

        They could have launched wave after wave of precision attacks on this defense and still wound up with a goalless draw. Instead they scraped two goals out of it. And yes everyone knows there are only two weeks or so left but you have to start somewhere. Better late than never I say

        It’s a positive result.

  124. Ga1actic0 says:

    Mix is so humble said he’s just borrowing no. 10 till him and Lando play again

  125. Curtis says:

    Shocking marking by Azeris on set-pieces.

    Absolutely shocking.

    • Nandez says:

      This! Davis got lucky and the US got a break from this game. The US played uninspired and ugly.

  126. Nandez says:

    All I know is that Brad Davis’s crosses won’t work against Turkey.

    • H-town says:

      Across this across is across. Too many people are butt hurt on this website about Davis being included and can’t even admit that he actually played well tonight.

      • H-town says:

        *a cross

        • Captain Obvious says:

          Davis didn’t play well tonight. He was flopping on to the floor and giving the ball away to the other team. Not to mention being out run.

      • Seriously says:

        Define “played well”.

        He served in a good ball, which we expect. Aside from that he popped up in a good place or two but didn’t do much with it because he basically has a peg for a right foot and refuses to use it. Against better opposition this flaw will become even more apparent because he isn’t Arjen Robben…

    • Baptista says:

      He got the result. The result is all that matters.

      • Nandez says:

        This guy hahaha. Brad Davis looked like Sh i t e tonight even if he did get a ssist. The result? The result shows that the US can barely beat a really bad team. Our defence was exposed the mid looked sloppy and our forwards can barely finish. It also showed that tim howard is bad at long distance shots. The US shouldn’t be happy about this result nor proud. Worst performance in a long time. Heck I think we looked better against ukraine.

        • Diego's Maradoughnuts says:

          Yawn. Portugal result at home to Azerbaijan in WCQ. Remind me again?

          Are you related to ThatAdultNandez? He was okay.

  127. Pete says:

    I think the wind played a part in how we looked, not something that is easy to get used to and judge how the ball will be affected.

  128. Chicago Josh says:

    Why wouldn’t any of the commentators criticize Wondo for missing that wide-open header?

    • Baptista says:

      Because they love FC USA.

    • JayAre says:

      They have favorites. The last few days absolutely confirmed that. People complained about Jozy losing the ball but complimented Wondo for being open and playing the ball into the keepers hand, they complain about Zusi’s wing play but forget that he would have had 2 assist if Wondo put the ball in the net. good game still

      • Increase says:

        Wondo just can’t lay off a ball. Jozy had some really nice touches and set ups. He also had a few bad ones but Wondo was clearly playing central striker.

        Wondo will be useful. People keep saying that Ghana won’t defend deep but thats not true. If they are a goal up with 10 min left, they will totally defend just like this.

        • Nate says:

          Wondo had no hold up or linking plays. When outside the 6 with the ball at his feet, he’s more likely to give it away rather than do something constructive with it.

          Altidore on the other hand kept possession of the ball far more often tonight than he lost it, and put the ball and his teammates into dangerous positions. Even though he didn’t score, that’s the reason he continued to see minutes at sunderland even as a sub.

        • Thank you. Teams will bunker to kill a game.

      • GW says:


        “They have favorites.” and you don’t?

        I think Twellman did not rag on Wondo too much about the headers because as a former striker and noted header of the ball himself, he knows that Wondo did a good job just to get to those balls and he put them on target, with some power which is all you can do.

        It’s not like Wondo, as he was getting to those balls could have noted exactly where the keeper was moving and then adjusted the header low,high, left or right. That’s not how it works. On those kind of crosses its great just to get them on target.

  129. Captain Obvious says:

    May I remind everyone that the majority Azerbaijan players play in their domestic league. The Us played awful if even they did manage the win

    • Baptista says:

      He got the result. The result is all that matters.

    • Curtis says:

      I do feel it was an uninspired performance.

      How long do we give Klinsi the benefit of the doubt? Until we go three-and-out?

      How long does the tinkering and experimentation continue?

      How many Germans can you fit on a coaching staff and team that isn’t Germany? This may be the true experiment! :)

    • JayAre says:

      We didn’t ‘manage’ a win. We out played them for the whole game and scored 2 in the second half. This isn’t the first time this had happened in soccer.

      • Curtis says:

        Been watching soccer for 40 years.

        Been watching Klinsi’s side for the past (circa) 3 years.

        I am not impressed.

        • JayAre says:

          Thats good for you old man. Want a treat now?

          • ZTom says:

            “”Thats good for you old man. Want a treat now?””

            Yo Jayare, us “old” guys leave before the juice boxes and orange slices. Leaving them for you, now back to your mother’s basement and don’t forget your blankie.

  130. USA#1 says:

    Not sure why no one is talking about the field conditions. Hard surface and a swirling wind. It’s not a complete excuse for the US’s somewhat lackluster performance, but it was certainly a factor.

    • Curtis says:

      Both teams dealing with same conditions?

      • USA#1 says:

        Try to be serious. Azerbaijan looked good? And the conditions would obviously have more of an effect on the team trying to dictate play than the team largely content to put eleven players behind the ball.

    • Baptista says:

      It made FC USA look better.

  131. NASL TO EL PASO TX 915 says:

    Am i the only american fan looking forward to russia 2018.
    I don’t want to sound negative but the only way usa wins in brazil, is by putting bradley, diskereud, johansson, dempsey and altidore up front.
    Those 5 need to get used to each other asap and play green and bedoya ob the wings. Honestly zusi sucks and bradley needs help. The backline make simple decisions and howard can put a word too.
    If usa plays an offensive lineup n strong backline, then usa will surprise all their opponents due to lack of offense from usa.
    By the way espn sucks doing, they will never learn.

    • Baptista says:

      Surprising does not translate to winning. Once they catch up to that stupid trick, FC USA is dead meat.

      • NASL TO EL PASO TX 915 says:

        Another thing, klinsman is not really a coach and has no tactics or creativity. USA loves him just like me because he’s changing soccer in the states, and his real shot will be in 2018 if he makes it.
        Klinsman is more of a gulati, a top chair person overlooking at operations and he’s perfect for that in America.
        He wants to fix the American soccer pyramid from high school to to MLS but he can’t do both at the same time.
        MLS needs to get some balls and make an MLS2, NASL needs to be given a reality check and uslpro has a never ending story.
        USA needs a coach and hopefully the American soccer pyramid is fix in time for 2018.