US – Argentina Thoughts

US – Argentina Thoughts

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 8, 2008
  • 6 Comments
  • Argentina, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson, Health Pearce, International Friendlies, Landon Donovan, Messi, Sasha Kljestan, Tim Howard

Even though I decided not to write recaps or thoughts to the other two friendlies that the US men’s national team played over the last couple weeks, tonight compelled me to do so. It wasn’t that the other two were disappointing, okay the England game was, but its something about facing the world’s number one and gaining a positive result that really makes you think.

Out of the three friendlies, this was by far the best game. It was like we’ve built this up over the course of the three matches. England, as mentioned before, was disappointing on all levels. Spain was a positive step forward but in the end we showed we ran out of gas. But tonight’s clash with Argentina proved to me and a lot of people that this US side will be able to handle the best sides in the world.

I won’t recap the entire game because I honestly missed a few minutes here and there for work related reasons (blame the schedule for me being on-call this weekend…).

But a few thought on the game itself:

  • Tim Howard – Easily the man of the match. So many key saves in big moments of the game. How he isn’t in discussions for one of the world’s best keepers is beyond me. That game tonight proved he is worthy of being in the discussion if he wasn’t already. Good luck to Brad Guzan or Dominic Cervi for beating this guy out for the starting role over the next few years. He has it on lock down.
  • Speaking of having a position locked down. Heath Pearce easily has the left back position on lock down now. Damn how he intrigues me. Proves yet again how the MLS fails at signing home grown talent at a good wage. This guy is really improving his game on all ends any more.
  • Eddie Johnson, again not bad but nothing great. His bar is still so low that it almost doesn’t matter what he does but his pace can be effective.
  • Clint Dempsey actually looked good in this one. After the last two matches he looked practically useless out there but tonight he was effective, making solid runs and really working hard.
  • Same goes for Michael Bradley.
  • Landon Donovan elevates this club more than we really believe. He wasn’t great tonight but his work ethic out there shows.
  • I loved the energy that the US came out with in the second half. Very promising.
  • Argentina had the bulk of chances in the game but the US probably came a little closer with a couple post-hitting shots.
  • Argentina is a completely different squad without Messi in the line up. As good as they looked all night, without him they lacked a certain element to their game.
  • How Julio Cruz missed all of those shots at point blank against Howard is still pretty amazing. I thought he would have at least nailed on in after a while but Howard had his number tonight.
  • Weird second yellow to Pablo Mastronei, who had a decent night. The yellow-to-red shouldn’t have been called but at least the US weren’t down a man for too long.
  • Nice to see Sasha Kljestan out there tonight, even in a substitute role.
  • Great crowd (78,682), too bad it was nasty rain at the end of it though. Still even as big as Giants Stadium is you can deny its a solid venue for soccer when it is full.
  • I think the US looks fit and ready for World Cup qualifying now. We should get rosters early this week for the Barbados game this coming weekend.

What else did I miss? Feel free to pipe in your own.

  • Josh Rollins

    the announcing wasn't too bad this game. It was good to see Edu get in. It was also good to see Adu get in, as well. Wouldn't mind seeing Cooper in there with Landon goes down.

  • Josh Rollins

    the announcing wasn’t too bad this game. It was good to see Edu get in. It was also good to see Adu get in, as well. Wouldn’t mind seeing Cooper in there with Landon goes down.

  • Angel

    I did enjoy this game, Finally Bradley make the right move in the second half living Donovan playing side with Freddy Adu, bringing Edu in but should of left Michael Bradley in both in the middle I like that and take out Moestreni instead. Out front I was impress with how Eddie Johnson played this game, but I think we need a big guy at front next to him. I saw a USA play with heart and still we need more adjustment. like I said before, maybe next time I can see this kind of mixed of Veteran and the youngester playing together with <br />
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    Josy Altidore &amp; Eddie Johnson<br />
    <br />
    Landon Donovan<br />
    <br />
    Marcus Beasley &amp; Freddy Adu<br />
    <br />
    Micheal Bradley<br />
    <br />
    Pearce Califf Onyewu Cherendulo<br />
    <br />
    Tim Howard

  • Angel

    I did enjoy this game, Finally Bradley make the right move in the second half living Donovan playing side with Freddy Adu, bringing Edu in but should of left Michael Bradley in both in the middle I like that and take out Moestreni instead. Out front I was impress with how Eddie Johnson played this game, but I think we need a big guy at front next to him. I saw a USA play with heart and still we need more adjustment. like I said before, maybe next time I can see this kind of mixed of Veteran and the youngester playing together with

    Josy Altidore & Eddie Johnson

    Landon Donovan

    Marcus Beasley & Freddy Adu

    Micheal Bradley

    Pearce Califf Onyewu Cherendulo

    Tim Howard

  • Steve-O

    I thought the U.S. played a really good game last night. What bothers me though is that in 3 games, they have 0 goals. I'm sure this will change against Barbados, but I would have liked to see the team get atleast one ball in the net over the course of 3 games.

  • Steve-O

    I thought the U.S. played a really good game last night. What bothers me though is that in 3 games, they have 0 goals. I’m sure this will change against Barbados, but I would have liked to see the team get atleast one ball in the net over the course of 3 games.