- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 15, 2009
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- Evening Links and Thoughts, Oguchi Onyewu
Its a US men’s national team theme tonight for the evening links and thoughts. Not that there isn’t some good MLS stuff out there right now (more on that tomorrow) but there just happened to be a couple really interesting topics surrounding the US national team that I wanted to touch base on tonight.
The first is a link that WVH writer Geoff Reid sent me earlier today from an article across the pond. The Guardian sees the US qualifying for their sixth straight World Cup as killing an old stereotype about Americans and soccer. Apparently we aren’t so far behind as the old stereotype about us would go over there.
Since the way things went last night for the US against Costa Rica others around the globe are taking notice. This isn’t the same bunch that would have probably put the game on auto-pilot last night as already having qualified for the World Cup a few days prior to last night’s match. Sure the team was driven by the events that took place the day before with their teammate and friend Charlie Davies. But more so seeing how the US came back from a pair of goals and at one point were down a man when Oguchi Onyewu went out with a knee injury, the US could have easily just given up on the game. Instead the US put together a hell of a comeback to get the draw.
The article also points out that for qualifying for a sixth straight time is something impressive to see. Soccer powerhouses like France, England and Holland can’t even say they’ve qualified for six straight.
This bunch as we’ve learned this year isn’t the same old bunch that we’ve seen play for the Stars and Stripes. While they may not have the best group of players in the world and they may not be able to win it all next summer, we do know they have what it takes to make a serious run at things.
Milan Wants USSF To Pay Up For Gooch
Most of you have seen this story today but its laughable to repeat. AC Milan is wanting the USSF to pay for damages after last night’s injury to Oguchi Onyewu. You kidding me Milan? To think they can’t pay for him for six months is flat out laughable.
Let the great debate start up now that World Cup qualifying is over. Who will be paired up with Jozy Altidore next summer now that Charlie Davies is sidelined? Has Conor Casey done enough to fill the role? What about Kenny Cooper? Brian Ching? Other names out there mentioned by the LA Times were Robbie Findley and Edson Buddle. I say no to those two but I’m still on the fence for Cooper and Casey. Though at times I do think Casey has turned into the next Eddie Johnson here so his pick is a scary one to me for that reason.
Its gonna be a big-ass debate for all folks for these next few months. Hopefully after a line of good friendlies we will be able to figure it out. And please don’t say Jeff Cunningham, Josh Wolff or guys like that who are a bit over the hill for the USMNT for my taste.
Who you would pick?