Selected Images: USA 3, Antigua & Barbuda 1

Matt Mathai dazzles us against with his f-stop

TSG’s game review here

9 responses to this post.

  1. jermaine jones is kind of the man


  2. Posted by Nelsonaoatl on 2012/06/09 at 12:34 AM

    is herc tebowing? jk


  3. Posted by Dave on 2012/06/09 at 1:04 AM

    Nice shot of the girl….. : – )
    I’m a little worried about the defense heading into Tuesday’s match. If Johnson isn’t healthy enough to play that will leave us with Boca on the left, Goodson & Cameron in the center, and Dolo on the Right. That’s scary for an away game against a team that is going to be hungry after their loss to Jamaica today. If Johnson isn’t healthy we may need to pull out a 4-2-3-1 and sit 2 DM’s to insure we’ve got enough cover.
    Gooch needs to be benched. He was lost out there tonight.


  4. Jk cant coach defence, his overall strategy is to tell his wingbacks to press forward up the pitch. It’s the reason I believe he has stayed with the older guys (Boca, Gouch,Edu,Dolo) in the back area and let them coach themselves. but this game put JK’s ingame tactical awareness and adjustments to the test on defence, and he failed bigtime! Torres should not be playing out of position at leftback when Cameron could use the minutes, all torres did was get injured trying to slide tackle a (A&B) winger at fullspeed coming down the leftflank. Then he moves the heart of our defence (BOCA) wide left, inserts Gouch! who has cost us 4-5 goals in the last two weeks with his big mistakes in the back; of course this leads to a breakdown and the A&B goal.

    The other thing JK is gonna have to learn is how to put players and formations on the field against the wide variety of countries the USMNT plays in CONCACAF.. Canada, A &B, parked the bus in the back and dared the US to score. Mexico can carve us up with there speedy, skillful, triangle-give n go/ interplay. the other’s; guat, hon, el sal, pan, crc.. etc are slower less skillful versions of mexico but still can impose there will on USMT at home; So I think it’s baptism by fire for JK in WC qualifying, as his 4-3-3 uptempo, possession, attacking style plan for the USMNT is going to get bogged down in latin america. What will JK’s pregame strategies, ingame tactics, and halftime speeches be then?


    • Really bring on Cameron to play outside back, after he has played midfield, and cb for most if not all his career. It’s easy to sit in front of the TV and throw darts at guys. Torres played solidly in the back, not great or even good, but find. His injury was because I guy went in studs up when he missed the ball. Look at the video. I do agree that we are going to have a hard time in the CONCACAF qualifying with our uptempo style, because we are not good at it yet. I think the idea of winning the ball back early and deep in their territory will be very helpful, but right now we are still lacking the pieces of the puzzle in the midfield, in my opinion. MB and JJ are solid, but EDU as everyone has said is hurting our ball movement. Not to mention besides Gomez, we really don’t have guys running off the ball much to create holes for others to run into. Very stagnant, and central. We talk about the wings up the field, but we don’t give them the ball when they are “bombing up the wings” we give them the ball when they are up there waiting after we have tapped it around the middle/back for 1-2 minutes.

      I’m not a football coach or anything, just a guy watching from his living room, but it appears that our movement is mediocre at best.


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2012/06/10 at 11:30 PM

        Just a note. Thought Cameron should have played LB. he played RB without any practice against a motivated Manchester United side at the All Star game last year and was dominant. Moot point though.


  5. Posted by dude on 2012/06/09 at 5:31 AM

    One of these photos is a woman being blinded by shiny heads.


  6. Posted by Turd Ferguson on 2012/06/09 at 7:20 AM

    Mr. Mathai, love, love, love your pics. Thanks for sharing.

    This is the first time I’ve followed the World Cup qualifiers closely so forgive me if this is a stupid question, but why the hell is Guyana in CONCACAF and not CONMEBOL? I’m sure their federation doesn’t mind, but that seems geographically wonky, no?

    I hope Eric Lichaj is doing something fantastically fun with his time off. Something like maxing and relaxing on a beach in Antigua rather than playing against them. If Klinsmann doesn’t want to use him he might as well.


  7. Posted by Texas 1836 on 2012/06/09 at 2:15 PM


    Hopefully he’s “getting games”, as that’s what Jurgmany said was the reason to not bring him.


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