Costa Rica vs. USA: Live Commentary

Line-ups shortly. No more to say on this one.

....but this time Deuce has to balance the captaincy also. USA vs. Costa Rica. Now.

….but this time Deuce has to balance the captaincy also. USA vs. Costa Rica. Now.

48 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by K.L. on 2013/03/22 at 6:04 PM

    Copied and pasted from the national teams twitter account.

    #USMNT Lineup tonight for #USAvCRC: Guzan; Cameron, Gonzalez, Goodson, Beasley; Jones, Bradley; Zusi, Dempsey (c), Gomez; Altidore

    And discuss!


  2. Posted by Ufficio on 2013/03/22 at 6:08 PM

    Guzan; Cameron, Gonzalez, Goodson, Beasley; Jones, Bradley; Zusi, Dempsey (c), Gomez; Altidore

    Return of Beasley the left back!


  3. Posted by Ufficio on 2013/03/22 at 6:08 PM

    Goodson hasn’t been playing much, has he?


    • Posted by Ufficio on 2013/03/22 at 6:12 PM

      Nevermind, I guess he has.


    • Posted by K.L. on 2013/03/22 at 6:12 PM

      I don’t think anyone saw that coming. Personally, I don’t think there’s anyway he should be starting.


      • Posted by K.L. on 2013/03/22 at 9:09 PM

        I stand corrected and apologize profusely to Clarence Goodson.


        • Posted by schmutzdeck on 2013/03/23 at 10:16 AM

          Yeah, it seems Goodson gave the US what they were missing in Honduras.


          • Posted by matthewsf on 2013/03/23 at 10:22 AM

            It was the right fit for Goodson who is enormous in the air and was going to have to follow quick passing sequences. I’m willing to bet that either Goodson or Gonzalez (likely Gonzo now) gives way to Cameron or Edu in the middle against Chicharito.

            No way you do Gonzo-Goodson against Chicharito.


  4. Posted by twewlife on 2013/03/22 at 6:55 PM

    why Goodson. why oh why Goodson.


  5. Posted by FellainisFro on 2013/03/22 at 6:59 PM

    Line up per Grant Wahl on Twitter.
    USA lineup: Guzan; Cameron, González, Goodson, Beasley; Jones, Bradley; Zusi, Dempsey, Gomez; Altidore.

    Should be wild with the snow blowing sideways.

    Considering Mexico tied again maybe we end up with 1 more point after two games than El Tri.


  6. I like these kits. Simple and effective. If Nike could just take that crest and make it look a little more modern, I would suggest we just use these as the default home kits.


  7. Posted by Surfndave on 2013/03/22 at 7:29 PM



  8. Posted by dth on 2013/03/22 at 7:34 PM

    If anyone’s ever doubted the value of a hold-up forward who can pass, watch Altidore’s first twenty minutes … and reconsider.


  9. Posted by Ufficio on 2013/03/22 at 7:38 PM

    Are they really going to be able to finish this game?


  10. Posted by Ufficio on 2013/03/22 at 8:03 PM

    Twellman should adopt “Dr. Octagon” as his personal theme song. “Keep it simple!”


  11. Posted by dth on 2013/03/22 at 8:42 PM

    Hey, Jermaine. Stop being such a f***ing idiot.


    • Posted by Ufficio on 2013/03/22 at 8:43 PM

      First really stupid thing he’s done in a US uniform. Bound to happen sooner or later.


    • Posted by Alex on 2013/03/23 at 12:23 AM

      Considering what we’re used to from him, I’d say that was one if his best matches in a US kit


  12. Posted by Ufficio on 2013/03/22 at 8:42 PM

    Costa Rica dominating this half. We’ll be very lucky to take the three.


  13. Posted by Ufficio on 2013/03/22 at 8:47 PM

    More good news from Kingston, though. If every non-US match ends in a draw, we should have a good chance of qualifying.


  14. Posted by dth on 2013/03/22 at 8:50 PM

    Considering the issues with visibility and grip, this has to be one of the more impressive performances from a goalkeeper in U.S. history.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2013/03/22 at 9:55 PM

      Didn’t see the same thing. Was hardly challenged. Tim Howard against Spain surmounts it.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2013/03/22 at 10:14 PM

        He coped well, and it was difficult conditions.

        Re. Howard vs. Spain, I’d say Keller vs. Brazil tops that!


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2013/03/22 at 10:18 PM

          And BTW, it’s not easy for me to give an ex-Millwall player proper recognition!


        • Posted by matthewsf on 2013/03/22 at 10:18 PM

          Yup, certainly does.

          Don’t get me wrong. It was a terrific terrific effort by Guzan and he did what a goalie had to but we wasn’t standing on his head blocking shots–he did have to insure he controlled the ball.


          • And there were several times on set pieces where he did not get to the ball – the one cross he missed the punch on, Bradley (I think it was Bradley – couldn’t see through the snow) cleared a ball off the goal line…it all happened in the same two minutes of attacking, but Guzan definitely didn’t have a full 90 minutes of top notch quality. He did well, but the chances were there on a few occasions for CR to take.


          • Posted by schmutzdeck on 2013/03/23 at 10:23 AM


            He did not stand on his head. Too few CR shots for that, but I’ve seen keepers do that and lose 1-0.

            What he did do, and this was no small thing under the conditions, was command his area and provide a calming presence. Again a big deal given the environment. It looked to me like he was having fun out there.

            Had he been fumbling around with the ball, been less sure handed, that transmits instantly to the defense.

            He built up a comfort level with this back four and that should carry over to Azteca.


            • Posted by matthewsf on 2013/03/23 at 10:26 AM

              No doubt. Solid game. I’m just not typically given to amazing hyperbole (using that word softly). I think it’s overused it sport.

              Impressive for me?

              Espinoza against the US last game
              Bradley’s passing against Brazil
              Geoff Cameron Mexico friendly defending in the air.

              That’s all.

              And not picking on you. Just saying that often in sports we tend to oscillate to either side of the equation. Awful or Unreal and I think it makes it that much harder then to really describe an effort.

              Diatribe done.

              “Bees Bees There Everywhere!”

            • Posted by schmutzdeck on 2013/03/23 at 10:48 AM


              Agree with you 100%.

              That’s why I prefer Guzan to Howard.

              In a keeper solid, steady, boring and routine is often a really good thing.

              Howard’s spectacular plays have often covered some basic flaw in his positioning or in his concentration.

              I would not have played Guzan over Howard had Timmy been healthy simply because of the continuity factor and the fact that Howard mostly makes up for his fundamental flaws, though not always.

              However, Guzan has now shown that he is a viable alternative to Howard.
              Plus, when Timmy comes back he is less likely to lose his concentration as he often has, since he is now being seriously pushed for his job.

              This is all to the good.

  15. Posted by mbw on 2013/03/22 at 9:23 PM

    Seemingly wing-nut decision by JK to play out-of-form, not-that-good-at-the-best-of-times Clay Goodson pays off big time. Elements favored his skill set, plus someone had to be in charge back there.


    • Posted by Jared on 2013/03/23 at 3:51 AM

      It did pay off. Let’s hope Klinsmann doesn’t make too much of that performance by starting him against Chicharito and Gio Dos Santos. He’ll get abused by their quickness and movement.


      • Posted by schmutzdeck on 2013/03/23 at 10:36 AM

        In bad environments like snow, the advantage is with the offense since they know where they want to go ahead of time and the defense has to react, hard to do with everything so slippery.

        So Goodson’s performance last night meant he was “reading” the game very well, beating his guy to a spot.

        This is how you defend a faster, quicker guy by using your head, your experience.

        If matching speed with speed was the answer Marvell Wynne would be starting the game in Azteca.


        • Posted by mbw on 2013/03/23 at 11:41 AM

          Obviously I recognize there are problems with playing Goodson against Mexico, but I still think you have to do it. Partly because I agree with Schmutzdeck that defending a crafty player like Chicharito is as much a mental as a physical task. (It’s really on the corners where speed and quickness are absolute necessities against Mexico.) But the main thing is, the US back line needs a reliable general in Boca’s absence.

          The crucial change is to insert a dedicated #6. Otherwise Dos Santos will wreak havoc between the lines, pull the CBs out of position, etc. Zusi out, Mo in, Jones pushed out to the right. (In other words, use last August’s game as a template.)


  16. Posted by cps on 2013/03/22 at 9:26 PM

    DMB was huge. Looked super comfortable at LB. USMNT is back. The Azteca awaits.


  17. Wow. How do you even comment on this game with any rationality considering the conditions.

    Jozy looking good and I like that there was finally some supporting width for him. Though he’s not back to the basket, he is an effective distributor and with surrounding options he keeps the attack fluid.

    Gonzalez looked real good to me, commanding in the air. I like Cameron at RB despite the fact that he doesn’t give much going forward. He just gives the backline so much toughness out wide and he is one of the best one on one tacklers I’ve seen. Very precise, which is great for stifling wide attacks. Just need to find G a partner now.

    Beasley was good, but would still like to see Johnson there.

    Good god, why does Jones insist on doing stupid sh#t every game. We get it, you’ve got attitude, but don’t show it in mundane under control situations that put the game at risk.

    Ultimately, I think if you have Shea and Donovan playing wide for Gomez and Zusi, with a healthy Holden in for Jones this team would be really solid. I think this game, at the very least, puts to rest the need for the 3 DM line-up. Let Bradley and Jones/whoever take read the game in order to give us more attacking options and be able to press/up the tempo.


  18. Posted by s44 on 2013/03/22 at 10:03 PM

    OMG that was hilarious.


  19. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2013/03/22 at 10:06 PM

    Do people still think it was a good decision by USSF to chose Denver for this game considering the atrocious conditions?
    I know the US won, but it was only just. US scored from a very fortunate deflection. And there was an extremely sloppy defensive moment that CR should have scored – US got away with that one. On the other hand, should Dempsey have been awarded a penalty? I thought so for sure, but he never even appealed…


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2013/03/22 at 10:19 PM

      I don’t think you can really bet on blizzard like conditions in the end of March. Cold? Yes. Snow? Maybe. Blizzard on the night? Can’t be on it.

      Thought the game locale was a great call.


    • Yeah, I have to say that no one could have predicted what happened weather wise tonight–this was once in a lifetime type of weather. Things particularly strange with climate change…lots of seasonal variability occurring across the country.

      I think, ultimately, training and playing at altitude for a week was a good decision prior to traveling to Mexico.


      • My buddy and I were wondering about that too. In reality, playing in 2 inches of snow probably didn’t help us all that much. Cold weather? Sure. But it’s 30 degrees in Pittsburgh right now…Denver, I would have assumed, was chosen more for the altitude for training than anything else.


    • Posted by Alex on 2013/03/23 at 12:25 AM

      If the stadium sells out just hours after the tickets were released, then it’s a great idea to have a game there


  20. Posted by crow on 2013/03/22 at 10:17 PM

    That was so epic and cold. So hard to see during the game because the snow was blowing in our eyes the entire game. Will want to watch on ESPN. Really impressed with Cameron and Beasley and not so much with zusi but hard to judge considering conditions.


  21. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2013/03/22 at 10:28 PM

    So, with one US win and a Mexican draw, it changes the complexion – not the doom and gloom. Who would have thought you’d be in 2nd place after losing the first game? Still, 24 points to play for with half of those at home. And some key players to return. Nice.


  22. Posted by Fellaini'sFro on 2013/03/23 at 8:56 AM

    I am not sure the word adversity applies here, as it is often an over used word that is applied to what in reality is just a abnormal or somewhat difficult situation. But I thought the team did very well last night against a tough opponent in a difficult situation with many distractions throughout the week. The one thing I can take from all the media brouhaha this week is that America apparently cares what is happening with it’s USMNT. Too often they have been relegated to the back pages and minute long segments on TV until the World Cup comes along and then they get their 15 minutes until the next World Cup. I read some great soccer analysis and poor as well, but at least there were dozens of articles and TV segments leading up to last nights game and we are a whole year and half away from Brazil. Lastly I thought Michael Bradley stepping up this week to crush the media speculation on team dissent this week was one of his finer moments. He has team leader written all over him. There was nothing that he said I could disagree with as a former player and also as a current coach. JK’s replying to and taking on the media storm surrounding the SPN article and getting in front of it was absolutely the right thing to do versus hiding or ignoring it.

    CONCACAF is not the cakewalk it used to be and you just can’t automatically pencil in EL TRI and the USA into every World Cup. Looking at the standings and the results of the all the games to date and there is not one dominant opponent out there. It wasn’t pretty but I will take 3 points over style every time. The adage win at home and draw on the road will be just fine with me. So f we would all just KEEP CALM AND CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR TEAM. I think we all will be alright.


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