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Prime Time
06-05-2004, 09:01 PM
Here is the breakdown. For everyone who follows US soccer, or soccer in general and watches the games, should post their predictions and who will score and any other stats they want to put up. Then If you want you could post during the game. Also, at the end you post your game summaries and discuss the game just like on the Fins Forum.

Here is the USA's roster, but Coach Arena is going to cut one man on the day of the game.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Kasey Keller , Jonny Walker

DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra , Steve Cherundolo, Bobby Convey , Cory Gibbs, Frankie Hejduk, Eddie Pope, Tony Sanneh, Greg Vanney

MIDFIELDERS (6): Chris Armas , DaMarcus Beasley, Landon Donovan,
Eddie Lewis, Claudio Reyna, Earnie Stewart

FORWARDS (3): Conor Casey, Jovan Kirovski, Brian McBride

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I see Vanney being the player cut off on kickoff day. I'd prefer it to be Cherundolo or Kirovski, but Chrerundolo did very well vs Honduras and Kirovski is our only backup forward.

I predict a 5-0 victory. Goals by Donovan, McBride, Beasley, Reyna (2x).

USA!!!!

Prime Time
06-08-2004, 03:42 PM
Noone else wants to respond

Prime Time
06-10-2004, 10:49 PM
Breaking news from Soccernet.com. Sanneh will be out of Sunday's game due to a minor injury. So now, Arena will not need to cut anyone on game day as Sanneh just made the decision for him with this injury.

iceblizzard69
06-11-2004, 09:31 AM
We have almost all of our best players at defender so we should be fine. However, Sanneh getting hurt is definitely a concern because it could be bad.

Here is what I think our lineup will be:

Keller
Gibbs Pope Bocanegra Convey
Beasley Reyna Armas Lewis
Donovan McBride

Convey is usually a midfielder but I think Arena will start Armas and will use Lewis on the left side and Beasley on the right, so I think Arena will use Convey as the leftback. He has played the position before for the national team. Donovan is listed as a midfielder but he will definitely start up front with McBride.

Prime Time
06-11-2004, 12:43 PM
I am not sure about that. The other day during a media session a reporter asked McBride on how he felt about Conor Cassey. McBride responded with nothing but positives and said he could not wait until the game on Sunday. So I think maybe Conor might get the nod. As for Beasley starting at right mid? No way. He is a lefty, and should be on the left. No way does he play on the right. This is my prediction for the formation.

----------------Keller---------------
--Hejduk-----Pope-----Bocanegra-----Cherundolo-----
-------------Armas---Reyna----Lewis-------
--Donovan-----------------------------
-------Casey------------McBride------

iceblizzard69
06-13-2004, 10:41 AM
USA will win 6-0

Goals: Donovan (2), McBride (2), Beasley, Casey (off the bench)

Prime Time
06-13-2004, 12:48 PM
USA will win 6-0

Goals: Donovan (2), McBride (2), Beasley, Casey (off the bench)

I still don't know how you don't have Hejduk as a starter. Stop hatin' on the man. :shakeno:

TerryTate
06-13-2004, 04:50 PM
I actually watched some of the game from my bed, I was confined to it cause I wasnt feeling well, and I fell asleep before they scored their first goal and apparently they won 3-0....go USA

Prime Time
06-13-2004, 06:23 PM
You seem to be sleeping alot during sports events lately. :lol: Yeah USA scored a goal right before half time. A beautiful cross by Reyna to Beasley for the header and the goal. I'll do a game summary when I get back home.

TerryTate
06-13-2004, 06:48 PM
yea its not healthy, being that i dont have a recliner in my tiny apartment room and just a bed thats really comfortable, i pass the hell out since im watching on it....it actually is good that I have just a bed, cause where else is a woman gonna sit to watch movies in my room ;) it has its benefits

iceblizzard69
06-13-2004, 08:31 PM
I can't believe we only scored 3. :shakeno: We had a hell of a lot more shots than they did.

Well, Grenada still won't be able to come back. They have no chance of getting past us but I knew that before today. :)

Prime Time
06-14-2004, 03:02 PM
Game Summary...

We came out attacking and attacking. Maybe a little too much as we almost gave up a couple of goals on two quick counter attacks. Keller made a nice save on the one that was headered in the 1st half. USA did what it needed it to, and that was go for goal. Unfortunately, all those shots and etc. did not work as the majority were saved. The GK for Grenada did a great job, and he is 6'5. I think he could find a job in the MLS or in Europe instead of carrying boxes at the port of Grenada. Reyna's cross to Beasley for the first goal was awesome. Right on the money, but do not forget he had a lot of time to do it too. The second goal was a great play by Donovan, that Beasley just finished off. The third goal...well it was a rocket by Vanney after a shakeout on the defender marking him. Ice I thought you said he sucked?? The GK managed to get a hand on it, but it was hit too hard. The team as a whole played well, we just didn't finish as well as we should have. Final score should have been 6-0. Also, Casey got hurt, I do not know for how long, but it does not look good. Josh Wolff is going to start next week with McBride up top. Kirovski did impress me with some trick plays he created. Bocanegra and Pope did well in the back, and Cherundolo and Vanney played solid, but Cherundolo dissapeared at times. Armas did some nice things, nothing expectacular. Donovan was okay, not his greatst game, not his worst either. Beasley and Reyna both had some good games. They each should have had a goal. Reyna had a shot wide open, but he hit it wide. As for Beasley, that breakaway he had that he hit passed the keeper but the keeper nipped with his foot. McBride had a solid game, but he should have finished better on several occasions. As for our subs, I already mentioned Kiovski, but Lewis did a decent job, nothing expectacular and Stewart came in for 5 secs and then the ref blew the whistle. All in all, a decent game, but we got the win so it doesn't matter.

Man of the Match (for me)
DaMarcus Beasley

iceblizzard69
06-15-2004, 12:11 PM
Yeah, Grenada's keeper wasn't bad. He's probably good enough to play soccer as a full-time job. :lol:

I don't think we will play as strong a squad for the second match. We pretty much have this thing locked up and I think he will give some guys a rest.

Prime Time
06-15-2004, 02:20 PM
Yeah, Grenada's keeper wasn't bad. He's probably good enough to play soccer as a full-time job. :lol:

I don't think we will play as strong a squad for the second match. We pretty much have this thing locked up and I think he will give some guys a rest.

:lol: It made me sad to hear that, but lets hope he can get a job soon. The man has skills. I know we won't have Pope and Lewis for Game 2 because of the yellow cards they received, and we will not have Casey, but besides that the rest of the team is going to be back according to Arena. He has called up Wolff, Mastroeni, and Zavagnin. I expect Stewart to get his 100th cap in the next match. Speaking of 100 caps, I want Meola to get one more cap so he can achieve it and become the first GK with 100 caps, he is one game away.

Prime Time
06-19-2004, 03:51 PM
USA is going to try to score more goals tommorow in Grenada.

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/feature?id=303414&cc=5901

We play Jamaica or Haiti If we get passed (which we will) Grenada. I am hoping for a big upset tonight. Dominica please, please beat the Mexicans. :up: If that where to happen, La Volpe would lose his job for sure.

Prime Time
06-19-2004, 06:17 PM
I predict a 4-0 tommorow. Goals by Wolff (2x), Donovan, Stewart. My prediction for the starters tommorow

--------Keller--------
---Hejduk----Bocanegra----Gibbs-----Vanney
------------Mastroeni--------------
-------------------------------Reyna-----Beasley
--------Donovan--------------------------
---------Wolff----------McBride---------

We are going to go with our usual 4-4-2.

Mastroeni will take Armas' spot and play a Defensive mid, but I think he will put his presence on the offense as well. Donovan will be like a 3rd FW/attacking midfield. Should be interesting.

iceblizzard69
06-20-2004, 06:01 PM
US won 3-2. We advance.

Prime Time
06-20-2004, 10:30 PM
US won 3-2. We advance.

The PK was a soft one. The foul that is. Mastroeni just pushed him but I agree you can't have that, so therefore it was a PK. How about you give props to my boy Josh Wolff? :cooldude: He was solid today for the most part in that puddle. That goal was lefty too. It was a nice game by Donovan today as well. One part in the 2nd half, where he should have just taken a shot, but he cut back and hit it with his left and boomed it over the goal. It was 2nd guessing that cost him a goal there. Good game, although it was close on paper. We dominated for the most part. On to play Jamaica or Haiti.

iceblizzard69
06-20-2004, 11:28 PM
Jamaica advanced and we will play them next.

The finishing by the US was bad today. Wolff did score his first goal in ages though.

The stadium was crap but it was packed. 15,000 showed up, and considering that Grenada is a nation of 90,000, that is amazing. It's pathetic that more people showed up in Grenada than at the match in Columbus. :shakeno:

Prime Time
06-21-2004, 12:51 PM
It is but US needs a soccer stadium down here in South Florida. A lot of latin people here who die for soccer. I would go to see the United States play like I did last year.

iceblizzard69
06-21-2004, 03:06 PM
It is but US needs a soccer stadium down here in South Florida. A lot of latin people here who die for soccer. I would go to see the United States play like I did last year.

The US should never play a qualifing game in South Florida. If the US plays there, the majority of fans will probably support the other side. :shakeno:

When you have a qualifing game, you need to have the home field advantage. Friendlies are for money making, which is why when the US plays Mexico in a friendly, they play in Los Angeles or Texas. However, when they play each other in Qualifying, they play in Columbus because they know that the majority of fans there will support the USA.

Prime Time
06-21-2004, 03:50 PM
The US should never play a qualifing game in South Florida. If the US plays there, the majority of fans will probably support the other side. :shakeno:

When you have a qualifing game, you need to have the home field advantage. Friendlies are for money making, which is why when the US plays Mexico in a friendly, they play in Los Angeles or Texas. However, when they play each other in Qualifying, they play in Columbus because they know that the majority of fans there will support the USA.

:lol: I know. I think USA's home is officially up in Foxboro. That is where they get the most support.

iceblizzard69
06-21-2004, 09:43 PM
:lol: I know. I think USA's home is officially up in Foxboro. That is where they get the most support.

Foxboro is up there with Columbus, but if the USA played Portugal in Foxboro, the crowd would be pro-Portugal. In Columbus, the crowd will always be pro-USA. In Foxboro, the crowd will usually be pro-USA, but a lot of the time you will see a good amount of support for the other team (an example being the USA-Honduras game, it wasn't necessarily pro-Honduras but there were quite a few people there supporting Honduras)

Prime Time
06-22-2004, 01:49 PM
Foxboro is up there with Columbus, but if the USA played Portugal in Foxboro, the crowd would be pro-Portugal. In Columbus, the crowd will always be pro-USA. In Foxboro, the crowd will usually be pro-USA, but a lot of the time you will see a good amount of support for the other team (an example being the USA-Honduras game, it wasn't necessarily pro-Honduras but there were quite a few people there supporting Honduras)

True. I said that because that was one of the first colonies. You are right though, Columbus is the real USA Soccer city. They go crazy for US soccer there. I forgot though, what is the name of the stadium in Columbus?

iceblizzard69
06-22-2004, 03:33 PM
True. I said that because that was one of the first colonies. You are right though, Columbus is the real USA Soccer city. They go crazy for US soccer there. I forgot though, what is the name of the stadium in Columbus?

Crew Stadium

They don't go crazy for US soccer, but at least when we play there, the people who show up are pro-USA.

Prime Time
06-22-2004, 09:53 PM
Crew Stadium

They don't go crazy for US soccer, but at least when we play there, the people who show up are pro-USA.

I disagree. I think the fans there are CRAZY for US Soccer. Have you seen the merchandise etc. around the stadium, It is PRO US to the max.

iceblizzard69
06-22-2004, 10:56 PM
I disagree. I think the fans there are CRAZY for US Soccer. Have you seen the merchandise etc. around the stadium, It is PRO US to the max.

If they were crazy about it, they would get more than 9,000 for a qualifier. :rolleyes2

The crowds there are pro-US, but it isn't like they sell out Crew Stadium for US games or anything.

Prime Time
06-23-2004, 12:00 AM
If they were crazy about it, they would get more than 9,000 for a qualifier. :rolleyes2

The crowds there are pro-US, but it isn't like they sell out Crew Stadium for US games or anything.

No Pro-US stadium sells more than 9,000 for a qualifier. Not even Foxboro.

iceblizzard69
06-23-2004, 10:37 AM
No Pro-US stadium sells more than 9,000 for a qualifier. Not even Foxboro.

Then no place in the country is "crazy" about US soccer. :rolleyes2

If they were "crazy" about it in Columbus, they could fill more than 1/3 of the stadium.

Prime Time
06-23-2004, 01:27 PM
Then no place in the country is "crazy" about US soccer. :rolleyes2

If they were "crazy" about it in Columbus, they could fill more than 1/3 of the stadium.

I haven't really looked at the numbers but which city do more people attend the games?