Live Commentary: USA vs. Antigua and Barbuda

Who’s on the ball as qualifying starts?

Everything that you want to know about the Antigua & Barbuda side here in our preview.

Also–we had two corrections–but interesting comparisons of the average age of Euro 2012 starters to USMNT current projected starters here. Check it out.

Starting line-ups shortly.

» Will Geoff Cameron–adept  at turning to his outside shoulder and in possession–be the cover on the left?

» Does Klinsmann use these games to cap-tie Terrence Boyd, Danny Williams and Joe Corona; do any of those players start?

» Does the rain have any impact?

» Does Klinsmann use this game to prepare for Guatemala and will we see a change in formation?

Enjoy the match…

56 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jolazo on 2012/06/08 at 1:49 PM

    Danny Williams isn’t even on the roster.


  2. Posted by Ufficio on 2012/06/08 at 2:52 PM

    I didn’t think Williams made the final cut.


  3. Posted by Jawaad on 2012/06/08 at 3:14 PM

    Is the starting XI announced yet? Hoping to see a 4-3-3 today with
    Cherundolo-Boca-Goodson-(anyone to keep spot warm for Fab)
    Edu playing holding defensive mid
    Bradley and Torres attacking mid
    Donovan, Gomez, Dempsey


  4. Posted by Ufficio on 2012/06/08 at 3:20 PM

    Torres left back? Did not see that one coming.

    #USMNT Starting XI for #USAvATG- Howard; Cherundolo, Goodson, Bocanegra (capt.), Torres; Edu, Bradley, Jones; Donovan, Dempsey, Gomez


  5. Posted by Alex on 2012/06/08 at 3:36 PM

    Like Klinsy said, this game is super super serial. We obviously need a left footed center mid at left back… Obviously


    • Posted by Enloe on 2012/06/08 at 4:24 PM

      I’ve found that midfielders often fill in better at fullback than center backs, particularly when they’re supposed to push on and support the attack. Center backs tend not to be mobile enough to run up and down the line and track wingers. We’ll see how it works out. I’ll give it a chance as a one-off.


    • Midfielders tend to fill in at fullback better than center backs, who at least in my experience aren’t mobile enough to track wingers or get up the line to support the attack. I’ll give it a chance as a one-off.


  6. Posted by narkid on 2012/06/08 at 4:10 PM

    the start of the rainy season in florida this year was june 6th, which is a little later than normal. somebody at ussf should really have a better handle on this kind of stuff. lets help out Aand B every chance we can. wow!!!


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2012/06/08 at 4:46 PM

      US is in easy street tonight but putting Tirres at LB is extremely poor. He’s a terrible defender and he won’t lineup there ever against a critical component. Pointless to waste a game rep there in my opinion. Pointless.


      • So on the one hand you’re saying it doesn’t matter, but you’re also making a point of saying it’s “extremely poor?” What? It’s a one-off against a team that probably won’t be attacking much. Who cares?


        • Posted by dth on 2012/06/08 at 5:08 PM

          Because the opportunity to build experience with the rest of the team could have been given to someone likely to play in important games in the future.

          In the grand scheme of things, probably not incredibly significant. But still a highly questionable decision.


          • “Because the opportunity to build experience with the rest of the team could have been given to someone likely to play in important games in the future.”

            Like who? Castillo and Johnson are injured. Saying it’s simultaneously “probably not incredibly significant” and “a highly questionable decision” sounds like you’re really looking to pick holes in the team selection.


      • Posted by CJ on 2012/06/08 at 5:24 PM

        I’m wondering if by putting Torres at LB Klinsmann is helping him to see the game from a more defensive standpoint so that when he plays in bigger games he will have this experience to remember. If nothing else it will help him to realize that when he is playing LM if he doesn’t cover back or makes a sloppy play that LB is left on an island at times or at least pressed to make a decision.


    • Posted by JC on 2012/06/08 at 4:49 PM

      Really, there is only like 2 months you can avoid rain in Florida. It’s been raining here (s.fla.) for a good month or two. Plus, same time last year they played Panama in Tampa, didn’t rain.


  7. Posted by scweeb on 2012/06/08 at 5:00 PM

    Our out side fulls need to start making those out side curling runs for the slot pass


  8. Posted by twewlife on 2012/06/08 at 5:15 PM

    anyone know why castillo didn’t get the start at left back?


  9. Posted by Ufficio on 2012/06/08 at 5:21 PM

    I want me some Altidore.


  10. Posted by Nelsonaoatl on 2012/06/08 at 5:26 PM

    I’m more excited for JFT at LB than Castillo there


  11. Posted by Jawaad on 2012/06/08 at 5:36 PM

    I’m having issues with Jermaine Jones throughout this game. Does he not understand of the two (him and Bradley) he should be playing further back and allowing Bradley to push up and be a creator?


    • Box-to-box midfielder in going forward shocker!


      • Posted by Jawaad on 2012/06/08 at 6:01 PM

        Woah there easy guy… for most of the first 75 minutes he seemed to be a dead end when it comes to offensive ball movement. I appreciate his toughness and defense but at the same time, can you really deny that Bradley’s prowess up front could not have aided in maybe some better offensive possession?


  12. Posted by Nelsonaoatl on 2012/06/08 at 5:51 PM

    ouch gooch


  13. Posted by Ufficio on 2012/06/08 at 5:52 PM

    Panic time?


  14. Posted by Phil on 2012/06/08 at 6:09 PM

    we have got to pick it up


  15. Posted by Andrew M. on 2012/06/08 at 6:12 PM

    Good on Klinsmann to get Boyd capped. Not that I believe he or Danny Williams would pull a Chandler.

    On a side note Molvin James has looked pretty for a USL-Pro player. Very Impressed.


  16. Q: What does everybody think of Glenn Davis as a commentator with an American voice? I know some people want to make a big deal about having an American commentator, and he’s easily one of my favorites. However, I do recognize that my appreciation of him might just be the result of him being the commentator for the Dynamo, so I want to know what others think of him as a commeator (and as an extension to that question: Who do you rank as the best American commentator.?)


    • Posted by Andrew M. on 2012/06/08 at 6:52 PM

      I thought he was terrible. Every time he said “skill masters”, which he did often, I cringed. He said Canadian left back David Edgar’s name like DA-veed, that irked me pretty badly. That’s just a few examples. He wasn’t Harkes or anything, but it was pretty bad.

      I don’t mean to sound like a dick either, friend. I just don’t know how to criticize someone (Davis) on the internet while still maintaining a friendly tone.


      • Yeah he definitely has a tendency to use some strange adjectives, but as far as the pronunciation of David that is how it would correctly be pronounced in Spanish speaking countries. Have no clue about Antigua (don’t even know what the primary language is)


        • Posted by Andrew M. on 2012/06/08 at 8:12 PM

          It would have been ok if he was talking about david ferreira.

          To put it into perspective it would have been saying Da-veed Beckham. Just weird.


          • Hence my statement about not being aware of Antigua’s primary language. Do they speak English?


            • Posted by Andrew M. on 2012/06/08 at 10:17 PM

              The speak english According to Wikipedia. And David Edgar is Canadian, not Antiguan by the way.

              Just curious. What was it that you liked about Davis?

    • Posted by Nate on 2012/06/08 at 10:04 PM

      New drinking game – “Moment of Truth”


  17. Posted by Alex on 2012/06/08 at 6:19 PM

    That was a crap game. We did not look sharp this 2nd half


  18. Posted by Ufficio on 2012/06/08 at 6:19 PM

    Moral defeat.


  19. What has happened to Steve C. Have the tactics change, or can he not get up and down the right anymore???
    On another note, I like that JK wants to attack. But we are really bad at it. Hopefully we grow into the system. There was more one and two touch soccer but, it really didn’t amount to a lot of chances.


  20. Posted by Ufficio on 2012/06/08 at 6:28 PM

    Well, the Mexico-Guyana scoreline is currently 3-1 as well. So, we got that going for us.


    • Posted by Rafael on 2012/06/08 at 6:58 PM

      However, Guyana is a much stronger team than Antigua & Barbuda. U.S. should have scored 5-7 goals on Antigua & Barbuda.


      • Posted by dth on 2012/06/08 at 7:25 PM

        Not that much stronger. Guyana is 115 by ELO rankings and Antigua and Barbuda are 134. The gap is smaller than it appears here, as it’s pretty easy to move up a bunch of spots with a flukey result.

        It looks like the Antiguan/Barbudans have players stationed as better clubs, though this is pretty subjective.

        If they’re significantly different, it’s hard to tell. I imagine both results are unsatisfactory to their respective fans, though with Mexico’s run of form I’ll imagine the fans in green aren’t too broken up about it.


  21. Posted by Andrew M. on 2012/06/08 at 6:56 PM

    Did anyone else finding themselves screaming at Donovan to pull the trigger?


    • Posted by Dylan on 2012/06/08 at 8:00 PM

      Yes, of course. But that Was is role, to score. I think he understands more than anybody, that if the US is going to succeed, it can’t be him pushing the ball down the wing and scoring against Antigua. Those balls he puts in the middle, someone needs to be on. Landon has done amazing things for US soccer, but he trying to pass the torch and someone needs to step up. We were poor tonight. I hope JK’s plan has taken into account this part of our play.

      Side note. Gooch was my favorite Yank when I began following the team. But he is done now. Obviously has many physical gifts but an Elite CB he will never be for us again. I hope he is at 2012, backing up someone younger.


      • Posted by Dylan on 2012/06/08 at 8:00 PM

        Let me clarify, I meant ‘Was is role’ as in past tense, not his role any longer.


  22. Posted by dth on 2012/06/08 at 7:16 PM

    We need some aggression and hunger. Could’ve used Gatt or Agudelo. Hell, Corona could’ve made the bench.


  23. Posted by narkid on 2012/06/08 at 7:37 PM

    you might think that after the olympic qualifying troubles, a usa team would not get caught looking ahead, but lord knows that is just what happened tonight. all in all though, usa did hit some nice benchmarks, such as picking up an early goal, as well as getting a second before halftime. of course everyone knows that a two goal lead is the most dangerous in soccer and usa had to go and make things interesting in the second half, but were in fact able to for a second time extend to a two goal lead.

    what is with our boy mo edu? he has become to negative of a player. all of his hand signals are directing the flow of play in reverse. at what point does superior range become userped by superior talent? mo cant be to blame for the finishing, or lack of effort in said department, and edu did have one nice ball into the attack, so it was not all negative on his part.

    this team had to be looking ahead, because you know steve cherundolo wants another shot at guatemala and that is all he was thinking about today. so usa has the three points in the pocket and if it has six in the pocket come this wed., that will be real nice, and after tonight, maybe guatemala is not sure of what to expect from this team.

    we just have to make sure jermaine jones is wearing his dog collar and is held on a tight leash by captain boca. think lord humongous from road warrior.


  24. Posted by KickinNames... on 2012/06/08 at 8:46 PM

    Boy that did not look like a team confident in its abilities or tactics tonight at all. Except for Bradley and Gomez most everyone else looked like they either didn’t want to be there or just wanted to do whatever they wanted.

    I thought for all the hysteria about Torres starting at LB that he did a decent job and was an outlet on the wing as the game went along.

    Mike continues to impress when allowed to press forward. Need more of that please.

    Seeing that little bit of Altidore makes Gomez’ intangibles jump right out at you. Chases every ball to its conclusion and just wants it more than his marker most of the time. Hope Jozy is watching because Herc is filling that role exactly like Klins wants,

    Gooch is so done at this level. No one around him trusted him to mark his man or play the ball with his feet. You could not have played that goal any worse IMO, His position and just game sense is just so poor. He could have simply stopped 5 yds away and contained with little or no danger and instead as the last defender tries to jump the play. Just poor…

    Liking Goodson more and more back there. He seems much smoother in marking and possession/distribution.

    The commentators kept mentioning it and I think it has some merit…this squad just looks gassed.


  25. Posted by Nate on 2012/06/08 at 10:10 PM

    Was overall very tough to watch the game tonight. There is no way A&B is better than Scotland – yet we played them *much worse*. That first 30 min of action against Scotland must have been all of the energy the team had, because they have looked lethargic since. Way too much back-passing tonight, and people content to make the hospital pass and then (with the exception of Gomez) let the other team chase the ball and get it.

    Where was the urgency?


  26. Posted by Owen Coyle on 2012/06/09 at 6:18 AM

    Quick observations:

    1. Sooooo Slooowwww tooo move the friggen ball and to switch fields. Did Nike introduce new concrete boots?
    2. Paco will be sore. Horrible win loss record when he starts….jus sayin. Wonder if he had to googlle the term “defense” before his run out?
    3. Gooch needs to bring his neck pillow from here on out, as he should never leave the bench again…..that also includes warm up and hitting the tunnel at halftime.
    4. Edu, see point number 1.
    5. Odd that Gomez has such a high voive even tho he showed the biggest bollocks!


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