June 7th, 2011 || Posted in Scouting Report

US v Canada – Pre-Game Hype/Scouting Report

US v Canada


Detroit, MI

A 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Spain was surely not the way Bob Bradley had envisioned entering the Gold Cup this summer.  Sure, the game probably shouldn’t have been scheduled, especially considering we play our toughest group play opponent 4 days later, but the performance was not that of a confident team.  We lacked any creativity going forward, and our backline had more problems than Sven Goran Eriksson had as Mexico boss (BAAZING).  Nonetheless, Spain is an unreal team, and we must take our hats off to those who execute the beautiful game.

On to the Detroit…facing our neighbors to the North at Ford Field, Tuesday should be a good test as to how prepared the boys are for this tournament.  We definitely didn’t field our best squad against the Spaniards, but expect that to change on Tuesday.  The Canadians will surely want to erase the sour taste in their mouths after a shocking offsides call against the US in 2007 knocked them out of the tournament.  The equalizing goal had been  unjustly disallowed in the 94th minute, causing the players to nearly attack the referee following the final whistle. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ani9Wkx-TE).

Canada has some recognizable names included in their roster, many of which play in the MLS.  Notable names include Dwayne De Rosario, Will Johnson, Rob Friend and Julian de Guzman.  De Rosario hasn’t been at his best since his days in Houston, but we’ve seen his ability to change a game from nothing.  Rob Friend is a striker who plays in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin, and can score goals with his pace.  Obviously Canada doesn’t have the World Class talent or depth that we have, but they have some great players who get behind their coach Stephen Hart.  Here is the complete roster:

GK – Lars Hischfeld, Milan Borjan, Haidar Al-Shaibani.

DEF – Kevin McKenna, Dejan Jakovic, Andre Hainault, Jaime Peters, Nik Ledgerwood, Mike Klukowski.

MID – Dwayne De Rosario, Julian de Guzman, Terry Dunfield, Will Johnson, Atiba Hutchinson , Pedro Pacheco, Josh Simpson, Tosaint Ricketts, Marcel de Jong, Jonathan Bealieu-Bourgault, Issey Nakajima-Farran.

FOR – Simeon Jackson, Rob Friend, Ali Gerba

Not quite the caliber of Spain, but a respectable team nonetheless.  Canada is expected to have a good showing of fans at this game, so leave it up to the boys in AO Detroit and all the surrounding fans coming in for the game to make the atmosphere rowdy.

The US has the same squad that played Spain on Saturday:

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)

It will be nice to get Landy-cakes back from illness, as it was reported that he will play in this game.  Bringing on Deuce, Mikey, and Steve C. into the game at halftime on Saturday definitely injected a little more life into the game for the US, and we’ll be looking to see a continuation of that tomorrow.  Jozy and Agudelo showed little evidence of imagination on Saturday, so it would be nice to see a goal from these 2.

Incredible scenes from the supporters’ section in Boston. Well done everybody who was there.  We enjoy seeing the passion that you all bring to the table, and it radiates among those around you.  Please keep in mind that respectful, classy and intelligent enthusiasm is what we want.  We want to continue to grow and unite US fans, and in doing so, create a family of fans, so help us do that.

Get to your watch parties, night-before bars, and sing along with the songs.  We love you.