June 3rd, 2011 || Posted in Scouting Report

AO US v Spain Pre-Game Hype/Scouting Report

US v Spain

6.4.2011

Foxborough, MA

After breaking their 34 game unbeaten streak in 2009, few US fans can forget the feeling of going to a FIFA final after beating the Spaniards 2-0 in the Confederation Cup semi-final.  This was the pinnacle of a truly rollercoaster tournament in South Africa two years ago.  Some have called it their best day as a US supporter; I cannot disagree.

A few years later, after a little thing called the World Cup in their trophy case, Spain rumbles into Boston to face a US team in its’ final preparation before the Gold Cup.  The winner of the tournament qualifies for-you guessed it-the Confederation Cup in 2013 in Brazil.  Vicente del Bosque certainly did not name a squad lacking depth or talent for this game:

GK: Casillas (Real Madrid), Valdes (Barcelona), Reina (Liverpool)
DEF: Sergio Ramos, Arbeloa, Albiol (all Real Madrid), Pique (Barcelona), Capdevila, Marchena (both Villarreal), Iraola (Athletic Bilbao)
MID: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta (all Barcelona), Cazorla, Bruno, Borja Valero (all Villarreal)
FOR: Pedro, David Villa (both Barcelona), Manu del Moral, Negredo (both
Sevilla), Silva (Valencia), Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Fernando Torres (Chelsea)

Noticeable absentees include Xavi and Carlos Puyol, who only a week ago held the Champions League Winner’s Trophy in London.  Quite remarkable to see the number of players who won the CL and WC in less than a year.  Also missing is Cesc Fabregas, who struggled with injury in the 2010/2011 premier league campaign with Arsenal.

On the other end of the touchline, Bob Bradley has named a highly-criticized squad for this game, along with the Gold Cup.  Left out completely were Timmy Chandler, Jay Demerit, and Teal Bunbury.  Alejandro Bedoya was a late addition due to the injury of Benny Feilhaber (I heart you Benny), but originally was left out after an excellent season in Sweden.  Very few expected to see Freddy Adu in the team, as his life in club limbo continues.  Much has been made of his inclusion/exclusions, but only Bob really knows the reasons for selection.  Bottom line: Regardless of the team, we should be able to win the Gold Cup and compete with Spain . Here’s the complete roster:

GK: Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEF: Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Bornstein (UANL Tigres), Cherundolo (Hannover), Goodson (Brondby), Lichaj (Leeds), Onyewu (FC Twente), Ream (New York Red Bulls), Spector (West Ham United)
MID: Adu (Rizespor), Bradley (Aston Villa), Dempsey (Fulham), Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Edu (Rangers), Bedoya (Örebro), Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Kljestan (Anderlecht), Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FOR: Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Altidore (Bursaspor), Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Bottom line:  Regardless of the team, we should be able to win the Gold Cup and compete with Spain…..  It will undoubtedly be an entertaining game.  A true test of our ability to defend against a possession-based attack, and the best players as well.

It will be fantastic scenes from the AO section from the Tifo to the GBA Campaign, along with the massive tailgate and night-before festivities.  Much Kudos to AO Boston, as well as Providence and the other chapters in the Northeast.  Get to the tailgate early to get your 1 of a kind AO Nike “Indivisible” shirt.  For those who cannot make it to Boston, get to your watch parties.  Bring a friend, buy them a beer (FBM Forever).  Chapters have been doing a fantastic job lately of being proactive and getting building an empire of US fans.  Let’s keep the momentum rolling into the Gold Cup.  We love all our members and US fans.

Sing it with me “We bring the noise, we bring the ruckus, U.S.A ain’t nothing to F….

Love, Chris@theamericanoutlaws.com – (P.S. AO KC DOES NOT STOP)