Wednesday, June 3, 2009

USMNT v. Costa Rica Open Thread

Ian already covered all of the basics of tonight's World Cup qualifier between the U.S. and Costa Rica at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa. Here's how the US Soccer Twitter feed described the scene:



All that's left now is for you to leave your comments! Oh, but don't forget that the game was moved to ESPN2. The World Wide Leader hates you and your DVR machine.

U.S. starting lineup after the jump.

Howard, Wynne, Onyewu, Bocanegra, Beasley, Mastroeni, Bradley, Torres, Dempsey, Donovan, Altidore. Subs: Adu, Bornstein, Clark, Davies, DeMerit, Guzan, Kljestan.

Ching out with a tweaked hamstring.

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jjf3 said...

RE: ESPN - I'll put this as politely as I can:
Dear ESPN: FUCK OFF. They've treated this whole thing as if its some kind of "last-minute" change. My local newspaper (which produces a weekly "TV Guide"), no later than SATURDAY night, knew that, hmm, the WCQ would be on ESPN2 at exactly 8:30 pm local time tonight. Surprise, fucking surprise...

OK, on to the team: Ching being out kind of screws us up-top. But Wynne and Beasley in at fullback? Seriously? No Spector? Spector better be getting 90 minutes this weekend.
I love Torres on the left, though I suspect he'll slide inside at times and give Landycakes the left wing.
I can't believe the game is still more than a half hour away - I'm recording it, cause there's a real good chance I won't remember the end of it...

ü75 said...

Let's go Red Wings! Clap Clap Clapclapclap!

Oops. Wrong thread.

Spectator said...

Hey look Chris Connelly is interviewing Timmy Howard. I remember when Connelly used to be on MTV.

Spectator said...

I think someone put qualudes in Carrot-Top's drink tonight. Get some Red Bull, dude!

Spectator said...

Also, my take on the USMNT's back four... going forward they should be good, but they would likely give up a dozen goals to most top-ranked national teams. We'll see how they fare against Costa Rica.

ü75 said...

2-2.

I'm always wrong, so don't pay attention.

Teeknuts said...

How is Domenech still France's manager?

Ibracadabra said...

u75: hope you are right this time - I put my $ on a draw at + 220 odds.

ü75 said...

You do love the betting.

Ibracadabra said...

i try to emulate charles barkley in every way. personal life and professional life.

ü75 said...

Call your boss a pussy everyday then.

Spectator said...

John Harkes talks too much.

Classy by the Costa Ricans to whistle through the national anthem. C'mon don't they know we elected Obama!!

Ibracadabra said...

J Harkes just compared a CONCACAF qualifier in Costa Rica to the movie Gladiator.

I think Russell Crowe deserves a little more credit than that.

Teeknuts said...

Have you drilled a guy in the head with a tee shot yet?

Ibracadabra said...

whatever, numbnuts

Ibracadabra said...

No 15 on Costa Rica is Harold Wallace. Sounds Costa Rican.

Fun fact: Wallace is known as "El Rapero" (the raper) due to his ability with the ball and the way he runs.

Mike Georger said...

FUCK COSTA RICA!

That was halfhearted.

Mike Georger said...

Rape Ape, or possibly, Rapier Ape.

ü75 said...

Is Timmy wearing butt pads?

Teeknuts said...

Well, this is a great start.

ü75 said...

Fine start be Beas there.

And, fuck.

Teeknuts said...

Yep, great start.

Spectator said...

To answer my own question: Costa Rica will do very well against this back four. What a clusterfuck.

Ibracadabra said...

fuck. well we came from 2 behind against el salvador.

Ian said...

Fuck...

ü75 said...

Well, Torres bailed and Mastroeni fell. Great.

Teeknuts said...

He shouldn't have gotten the chance to shoot, but to his credit it was a fantastic shot.

Mike Georger said...

How badly do we need this win?

ü75 said...

We will never see an attacking lineup from Bradley again.

Steve said...

well that was poor.

Sarah said...

Well that didn't take long.

If it turns out that I woke up at 3 in the flipping morning just to watch Costa Rica win I will be mad.

ü75 said...

That was too strong. I would be highly surprised if we ever saw anything but a 4-5-1 from Bradley again.

Spectator said...

@Georger: Don't really need it. 3 of 6 teams. Fourth team has a play-in. Currently in first place. U.S. will make the WC barring something spectacular.

ü75 said...

Sorry Sarah. At least your schooling is done? Right?

Mike Georger said...

Does my stream deceive or is this astroturf? That should be illegal.

ü75 said...

'Tis fake turf.

Teeknuts said...

It has the classy Army green look of astroturf.

Spectator said...

This fieldturf sucks.

Ibracadabra said...

i hate getting those little rubber pellets in my boots.

The NY Kid said...

@Teeknuts - please don't mention Domenech, I'm still digesting my dinner

ü75 said...

This first seven minutes sucks.

ü75 said...

At least we've slowed down their scoring pace.

Steve said...

the announcers are going to bitch about the turf all night. yuck.

i say get on with it and just play.

Mike Georger said...

Nice Eurosport jerseys for CR.

And is Beasley playing leftback?

ü75 said...

NYK, you can call me a pansy if you like, but there is no way I'm wearing short sleeves on this stuff like the CR keeper.

The Fan's Attic said...

too bad USA's number 9 named torres isn't more like liverpool's number 9 named torres.

ü75 said...

Yes, Beaz is left back. Not ideal, to be sure.

Mike Georger said...

Wow.

ü75 said...

Goodnight, everyone.

Teeknuts said...

Well, this is certainly looking bad.

Steve said...

wow this sucks big time.

Ibracadabra said...

fuck. squared.

The NY Kid said...

bah, I wear short sleeves on FieldTurf all the time.

Also, our defense is complete pants.

ü75 said...

Can we blame the Confederations Cup for moving this game up? I'm gonna.

Ibracadabra said...

u75 - the 2-2 draw is still alive. have some faith.

Spectator said...

This back four is on pace to give up like 25 goals. Thank God I decided not to do a liveblog tonight.

Ian said...

Free Jay Demerit!!!

Also this team is supposed to compete with Brazil, Italy, and Egypt? LOL

phil said...

Bradley should be canned NOW. His tactics suck. His preference for his kid is silly, and the formation and team choice for tonight reflected an ignorance of both the occasion the opponent. He is clearly not the man for the job. Fire him.

ü75 said...

So, what;s the first sub? I say get DMB out of there and move Bocanegra over. I don't care who you put in, but just move to a 3-4-3.

Steve said...

yeah this does not bode well for the cup. we have zero chance. maybe against egypt. we need a new defense (obvious) and, as much as this pains me to say, mastroeni is playing like crap.

ü75 said...

Because, IIRC, BlacMouth has been playing LB in France.

Signal to Noise said...

holy crap this backline has more holes in it than we've got stars on the flag.

Howard has every right to yell at the center backs.

Spectator said...

Time to kick my "Hire Guus Hiddink" campaign into high gear.

Teeknuts said...

I can't believe I sat through poker for this

sven said...

SAT primer, kids....

Phil : Bradley
Georger : ?

ü75 said...

Spec--I had the same one in 2006. Went nowhere.

ü75 said...

Rafa! Rafa! Rafa!

Mike Georger said...

I don't get it :(

ü75 said...

I'd take the color bars right now ESPN.

Spectator said...

Okay so let's see... Essentially giving Torres and Wynne their debuts, playing Jozy and Beasley after they've been inactive for months, and playing Howard after two days rest. Oh and trotting out a 4-3-3.

Granted the team has injury issues, but well done, Bradley.

ü75 said...

Wynne's assets are his leaping and his speed. Got to get him in the box on a set piece.

ü75 said...

Wynne's been out hurt too, I think.

phil said...

@ Sven:

phil : bradley
Georger: rafa

ü75 said...

Fuck you, Landon

ü75 said...

And Gooch has been in court. What other excuses do we have?

Steve said...

@Spec i like the altidore choice, because he needs more time on the field. but beasley is a terrible one (especially at left back...you can't tell me there isn't a competent left back somewhere in the united states).

Signal to Noise said...

it's gonna be hard for me to cuss out Landon properly if the mids can't actually get him the ball.

ü75 said...

Good job, Torres.

sven said...

Nothing harsh, Georger. I just thought Phil's comment just had the same tone as one of your Rafa rants.

ü75 said...

And Jozy blows it.

Spectator said...

This is just plain brutal

Magnakai Haaskivi said...

If this were "World Soccer Manager", I'd make sure they all got the "Disappointed" team talk at halftime. Beasley may even get the "Angry" one.

Although I might spare Altidore and give him the "You Have Faith" one. It depends how the half unfolds.

ü75 said...

Whatever happened to Bornstein? He was choice #1 two years ago.

Spectator said...

Free kick 35 yards out... I'm guessing Landy kicks it into the stands.

Mike Georger said...

Ah I didn't see his post.

He needs to suggest shooting someone, then it's dead on.


(just wait, if he sells Alonso ... it's on like proverbial Diddy Kong)

ü75 said...

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO What the hell was that?

sven said...

If this were WSM, I'd have quit the game after the 13th minute.

Steve said...

@MH: I'd go for the "you're letting the team down" or "you're embarrassing yourselves" even before the "disappointed"

Spectator said...

I got it all wrong. Dempsey kicked it into the fence in front of the stands.

ü75 said...

Jozy's head is down already. He knows this sucks.

ü75 said...

Fucking Christ. Shut Up Harkes.

ü75 said...

Hey, Sammy Sosa is retiring!

phil said...

This is embarrassing. We deserve the WC like my Spurs deserve European play.

Teeknuts said...

In the words of Homer Simpson: Yes! Default! Default! Default!

Magnakai Haaskivi said...

@ MG: Do you still think Rafa's selling Alonso?

Ibracadabra said...

if this were WSM, my assistant manager would have told me, "A few players, including Beasley and Torres, still appear to be trying to belnd into the squad" and "Beasley has been quite error prone today" and "we are misplacing too many passes" and "we'd do our chances the world of good by closing down all of the little costa ricans in their red and blue lotto brand jerseys at all times."

that is all.

phil said...

We're giving a big goodbye to Sosa on the baseball blog tomorrow. Best Cubs player I've ever seen.


And you can take your steroids bullshit and shove it. They were all on it. Pitchers, hitter, everyone.

Signal to Noise said...

Georger, if Rafa sells Alonso I'll be yelling right with you.

Every DMB touch has been no better than mediocre right now. Drawing that foul has been the best thing he's done so far.

ü75 said...

DMB's balding pate makes him look about 35 years old.

Magnakai Haaskivi said...

@ Spectator: I wish I could retitle those team talks to more accurately reflect what I'd say.

sven said...

I'd never noticed Beasley's bald spot before.

ü75 said...

Almost 20 scoreless minutes on the US streak now. Let's go boys! Keep it up!

Mike Georger said...

"Do you still think Rafa's selling Alonso?"

With Barry going to City, less than I did a week ago, but you still never know. It depends on how badly he needs the money I guess. If he does though, you extort Real for no less than 30 million pounds.


I finally got a new computer and can run FM without games taking twenty minutes, I'm going to start with Tranmere and give them a fuckton of money. The Wirrals staying up!

Spectator said...

Harkes sure is ever the optimist

ü75 said...

Nor had I sven.

Mike Georger said...

Dave Matthews Band rocks!


/me from 1994-2003

Teeknuts said...

The way I see it there is no reason to sell Alonso now that Barry's off the table, he can raise most of the funds he would need through selling Babel and Dossena along with maybe some of the academy players. At least that's what I hope.

ü75 said...

Dave Matthews Band rocks!

/me never

Mike Georger said...

You can rot in hell.

Ibracadabra said...

haha DMB. I saw them at Giants Stadium in 1997 or so.

ü75 said...

Maybe eventually, but at least I'll go never having like that neo-hippie shit band.

Steve said...

great, already talking about the MLS.

Steve said...

i always thought DMB was a fratguy band?

ü75 said...

Here comes 3

Spectator said...

I bet the players on the pitch wish they were injured along with Ching

Teeknuts said...

I'll never really figure out how Red Hot Chilli Peppers were my favorite band for about a year around 2002.

Spectator said...

Dave Matthews Bland sucks!!

Ibracadabra said...

The only reason I can think of for leaving Jonathan Spector out of the lineup is that Spector is actually Philip Markoff the "Craigslist Killer" and that he is locked away somewhere in Boston. That is literally the only reason I can think of for his exclusion.

ü75 said...

Almost.

And yeah, maybe for Dave Matthews, but if you've ever been around College of Charleston, it's all the same at some schools.

Magnakai Haaskivi said...

My current WSM/FM game involved trying to get Grasshoppers to win the Champions League. It's a pain in the ass, though, because it means I have to win the Swiss league every year, and fucking FC Basel is a point ahead of me and WON'T LOSE TO ANYONE.

Actually, my pretend soccer games might be more fulfilling than the real one I'm watching...

Mike Georger said...

I can deal with people dissing Dave Matthews, I don't listen to it anymore myself. But the Peppers? Come on man, that's the most consistent American rockband over the past twenty years.

Steve said...

yeah, I suppose you're right umlaut.

sven said...

mmmmmmm College of Charleston girls....

and damn you USMNT for denegrating this Open Thread into a conversation about DMB.

*shakes fist at the sky angrily*

ü75 said...

No American band can hold a candle to CCR for greatness over a career. Just sayin'

Teeknuts said...

I'm not saying they're bad, it's just that they're not really in line with the kind of stuff I listen to now. But what the hell do I know, I love eurobeat.

Spectator said...

Thank God this half is almost over

Mike Georger said...

Any band that I haven't seen playing before The Winston at Charlotte Motor Speedway disagrees with that statement.

Steve said...

first good first touch of the night?

ü75 said...

Yes, sven, the clean ones are great. Now stay away from my sister next year.

Mike Georger said...

"I'm not saying they're bad, it's just that they're not really in line with the kind of stuff I listen to now. "

Ah, gotcha. Well I'm the same way with DMB I reckon. I never would have seen myself listening to Sigur Ros or Pelican when I was a freshman in college. I wouldn't have seen myself with Peanuts tattoos either.

ü75 said...

First half oles. Embarrassing.

phil said...

DMB sucks balls BOOOONNNNGGG.

sven said...

Umlaut, incoming freshman?

She's too far below the hard-deck.
(enter your own joke here)

We'll have to make a point of getting piss drunk when you come to visit her.

ü75 said...

Right here, 2-1. do it

ü75 said...

Yay Halftime!

Spectator said...

"You don't want to give up goals early." Thanks Harkes.

Magnakai Haaskivi said...

Oh, good. Alexia Lalas is going to take me through this game.

ü75 said...

Eh, I'll see her on holidays. That doesn't mean there aren't other reasons to get down there though.

Mike Georger said...

I've lived in Charlotte since 1994 and not once have I been to Charleston. True story.

Goat said...

Lalas, we don't need you for anything.

ü75 said...

And a scintillating one. Having lived in both, I like Charleston better than Charlotte. But I'd take Columbia over either one of them, as long as I can live near Five Points again.

Spectator said...

On the plus side, Jon Stewart is on

Mike Georger said...

Wait for it ... never been to Columbia either, BAM!

I'm kind of a homebody, I rarely leave Charlotte or Boone when I'm in NC.

Though Greer South Carolina can kiss my black ass, that's for sure.

ü75 said...

What did Greer ever do to you? That's my backwoods backyard.

Teeknuts said...

NERDY JOKE INCOMING

The USMNT came out as flat as the Wii Vitality Sensor did yesterday.

Mike Georger said...

My brother lives there, just strikes me a dumpy cow pasture of a town, not a fan of visiting. Plus I'm pretty sure I hit a turtle on 85 outside of there a few weeks back.

sven said...

@ Goat... Actually, I have a MLS team I need fucked-up.

@ Georger... I believe them kids might call refer to that as a 'FAIL'.

@ Umlaut... Having lived in both, I concur. Charleston, hands down. Especially now that Charlotte is fulfilling its destiny as Baby Atlanta.

Teeknuts said...

Did Lalas just call Randy Johnson "The Big Eunich"?

ü75 said...

Well, when you're from the big city...

Fun fact: Greer locals call their town Gurr. At least that was us civilized Greenville folks attributed to them.

Mike Georger said...

Charlotte's city population is like fifteen percent bigger than Atlanta now, and our metro area doesn't include the same area Atlanta's does.

See what happens when you don't base your economy on an airport?

(fuck Atlanta)

Goat said...

Teek, Stoner just called Nate McClouth "McClooth".

ü75 said...

But seriously, Columbia was a lot of fun for its nightlife. Great bars and a decent music scene.

Mike Georger said...

Is USC in Columbia?

See none of my friends that I'd visit went to Charleston or USC, they were all at UNC, State, and ECU. Or at least the ones that put out were at ECU.

ü75 said...

Oh, and the best Korean-Mexican restaurant in the state. Blue Cactus.

ü75 said...

Well, the sweet release of halftime is over. Let's get back to the mauling.

Spectator said...

@ussoccer Sasha Kljestan coming on for Jose Francisco Torres. He'll play right midfield with Dempsey moving left. Donovan and Altidore up top

Goat said...

u75, don't forget the zoo--great for the kids. Damn, I'm such an old fuck.

sven said...

ECU was my super-safety. If you had a pulse, they accepted you.

ü75 said...

Oh no, I agree with Harkes. Torres, once settled, played pretty well.

ü75 said...

Riverbanks is rather nice, if in need of updating. Some of those pens look pretty decrepit.

Goat said...

I don't get it, Torres, while making some mistakes seemed like the only one with any offensive competence and Kljestan has been shit lately.

Teeknuts said...

Hey, the zoo is awesome. The best wedding reception I've ever been to was at the Brookfield Zoo. It helped that there were free Dippin Dots.

Mike Georger said...

Yeah ECU is a bit of a sham, it's like that old Billy Crystal sketch on SNL where you just show up and get a diploma, under the condition you can't tell your parents there's actually no school.

Goat said...

I was just there this weekend. Zoos always depress me. Especially when the gorilla just sits with his back to you contemplating how he found himself in this shit hole.

ü75 said...

Wow. A half chance.

Goat said...

Does the US have a shot on goal yet?

Teeknuts said...

What the fuck was that Dempsy?

sven said...

While I kind of want to stay up and see the third Costa Rican goal, methinks it's sleepy-time down south.

ü75 said...

Why don't I recognize some of those subs? Of course, I would not recognize Torres either.

ü75 said...

Shut up Harkes.

ü75 said...

Bradley yellow. Fill in your bingo cards.

ü75 said...

Does that count as a shot on goal?

ü75 said...

How can a throw in, even a long one onto the box, not be anywhere close to an American player? It makes no sense. You're fucking throwing the ball.

ü75 said...

I guess everyone has taken sven's lead and gone for a lie down.

Mike Georger said...

I don't have a TV and couldn't sacrifice music for another 45 minutes to keep a stream going.

Steve said...

i'm here umlaut. just stunned into silence.

Teeknuts said...

I'm a couple minutes away from saying fuck it and playing Puzzle Quest.

Spectator said...

Yeah this game is pretty much unwatchable.

ü75 said...

30 30 30 minutes to go, I wanna be sedated.

Steve said...

might be switching over to the red headed goofy guy in a minute though. the girlfriend is getting antsy.

ü75 said...

Godammit Wynne.

Spectator said...

Marvelllll Wynne... dribbles the ball out of bounds.

ü75 said...

Understood, Steve. Believe me.

ü75 said...

Freddy! He had better Adu something good.

Spectator said...

Okay Freddy, go prove a point

ü75 said...

That's puzzling. Mastroeni off for Adu? It's like Bradley is picking sub numbers out of a hat.

Spectator said...

Ha, I like umlaut's better

ü75 said...

Did this just turn into a 4-2-4 for the US?

ü75 said...

Yeah, I could totally write tabloid headlines.

Spectator said...

The beginning of Daily Show making fun of Morning Joe was the highlight of my night.

Meanwhile, Harkes is still talking about getting a goal back.

Steve said...

maybe Bradley thinks he is playing FM? curious subs and a late game 4-2-4 to win it?

Spectator said...

How about this.... Klinsy for USMNT coach?

ü75 said...

No thanks. The man, while excitable, has no fire.

ü75 said...

Man, if DMB just had any kind of touch...

Goat said...

They're really not good at soccer.

Steve said...

who would you like to see for USMNT coach? any ideas?

Spectator said...

Where's Harkes with his "U.S. just need to score a goal to get back into this game" now?

ü75 said...

Shit motherfucking ballsacks damnpigAIDS. Walked through like three guys there.

Go watch conan or go to sleep. nOthing to see here.

Goat said...

This game doesn't deserve to have this many comments.

ü75 said...

I feel like beating my computer like the angry German kid.

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