Friday, February 10, 2006
First half thoughts ...
Thoughts from the first 36 or so minutes of the U.S. - Japan friendly.

  • Not as much of a pro-Japanese crowd as I would have thought.

  • After suriving a blitz in the first 6 or so minutes, the Fighting Gazelles have really taken it to the Japanese.

  • Clint M'f'in Dempsey. Who knew he had a left foot!?! How is he not starting for us on the right in Germany? I don't know the answer to that question.

  • Eddie Pope looks like he's 22, not 32. Really well done for the pride of Greensboro, North Carolina, to come back from his dismal performance last year against Germany England to where he is now.

  • Taylor Twellman with two assists in the first half ... does that book his ticket to Deutchland? I think he's well on his way.

  • I'm really impressed with our tenacity. After the first six minutes, the U.S. has really done an excellent job of taking it to Japan and, in general, being more fired up than Japan.

  • The Japanese goalkeeper is the only thing standing between the U.S. and a 4-0 lead.

  • I'm hoping Eddie Johnson gets in for Josh Wolff in the second half. I want to see how EJ is progressing this year.

  • Todd Dunivant. Okay, so I know it's the Norwegian Beer-Gutted U-23's and Japan but, well, he gives us a natural left-sided defender in a place where we've lacked depth.

  • Twellman reminds me of Steve Woje Wojo that Duke guard who was a real pest Wojciechowski. A real pest, a hard worker, a gnat, as we'd call them with the higest praise in Georgia ... someone who pisses off a defense so much but is really effective and makes things happen.

    Blogger D said...

    Yeah, the C-Team did well, and I agree on Eddie Pope's resurgance (so far...). The first Nippon goal was not his fault, as he had his man completley marked out of the play. The second one only saw the slimmest of blame attached to him. If he can keep his level of play up against the tougher opponents (I imagine we'll see that tested in the Germany friendly) than my fear of our backline liabilities will be reduced. Not eliminated, but at least diminished.

    Mr. Klein on the other hand...

    9:54 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    When it comes to the National team, Twellman scores in friendlies, not when it counts (qualifiers, etc). The Bruce knows this and will leave him home this summer.

    12:05 AM  

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