US vs. Guatemala

The U.S. friendly against Guatemala is just underway from Frisco, TX. U.S. is going with a younger lineup and troublesome Eddie Johnson up top with Landon Donovan. I'm looking for good things from the Feilhaber/Bradley combination in midfield.

Halftime - 0-0 at the half. Neither side has looked particularly impressive in the first 45 minutes. Eddie Johnson showed signs of life towards the end of the first half and Justin Mapp has been a bright spot on the left flank.

Eric Wynalda called out the Red Bull New York management and FIFA chief Sepp Blatter during his Yellow Card/Red Card segment. His only praise went to Landon Donovan, who is about to pass Wynalda on the all-time scoring list for the MNT.

Final - Game ends in a disappointing 0-0 draw. Neither team looked good offensively - it was an ugly game to watch. Respectable showings from Justin Mapp and the young back line. Didn't see anything good from Clint Dempsey in this one, and though Eddie Johnson got better as the game went along, he's not where the team needs him to be in his development as a player. Landon Donovan was almost completely shut down, so kudos to Guatemala for keeping Landy Cakes quiet for the first time this year.

These two teams will meet again in the Gold Cup this June.


Anonymous said...

regarding wynalda's comments on EJ i totally agree . . . the coach's for the USMNT need to realize these games should not be viewed as tryouts. EJ needs to prove he is worthy in the MLS, and then get called up to the USMNT squad. when is the last time EJ did anything in the MLS?

Anonymous said...

Some of the other comments Wynalda made were about the strategy that USA was using. It seemed to me that the only strategy they employed was over the top to Landon or Eddie. Guatamala did weel to shut that down and the USA never made adjustments. If Bradley only wants to see USA crashing down the middle then perhaps he isn't the right man for the job. Corner cross is world recognized strategy.