November 17th, 2010 || Posted in Scouting Report

US v South Africa Scouting Report

BY: Chris Donahoo (get him a press pass!)

US v Republic of South Africa

11.17.2010

Cape Town, South Africa

After 2 disappointing results in friendlies against Poland and Colombia last month, the boys look to get back in the winning column against World Cup hosts South Africa.  The majority of regulars are staying with their clubs and are not making the trip to Africa.  There are six new faces that could make their national debut on Wednesday;  Gale Agbossoumonde, Juan Agudelo, Teal Bunbury, Dominic Cervi, Mikkel Diskerud, and Tim Ream.  All of which have been impressive with their respective clubs as of late.  Our highest capped player, with 35, is the one and only Jonny B.  Here’s the full roster:

GK:  Dominic Cervi, Brad Guzan,

DEF:  Jonathon Spector, Tim Ream, Eric Lichaj, Clarence Goodson, Jonathan Bornstein, Nat Borchers, Gale Agbossoumonde

MID:  Alejandro Bedoya, Brian Carroll, Mikkel Diskerud, Eddie Gaven, Logan Pause, Robbie Rogers

FOR:  Robbie Findley, Teal Bunbury, Juan Agudelo

First let me thank Bob Bradley, THANK YOU.  Let’s start at the back….. Spector needs minutes, I heard he’s become a blacksmith in East London.  Tim Ream was very impressive for NY this term, deserves a holla.  Nat Borchers is back, good season with RSL.  Gale Agbossoumbone could get the start (on his 19th bday) after quietly doing his thing with Portuguese side Estoril Praia.

In the middle, only new face is Mikkel Diskerud who plays for Stabaek in Norway.  Could have played for Norway, but chose us after some impressive displays with the U20’s.  Robbie Rogers seems to finally be fit after an injury-plagued season in Columbus.

KC Forward Teal Bunbury gave his allegiance to the yanks after much speculation that he’d follow his father into the Canada national team, where he scored 16 goals for the Canucks.  He looks like a young Robbie Findley…that can finish.  Welcome, Teal.  Juan Agudelo also gets his first call-up after some outstanding performances in Jersey.  Robbie Findley is back, odd considering he was a substitute for much of RSL’s campaign.

South Africa has named an experienced squad, similar to that from the World Cup.  Steven Pienaar will captain the squad with many unrecognizable names.  But who could forget Siphiwe Tshabalala’s stunning opening goal against Mexico in the world cup opening game?  What a goal, what a dirty opponent.

GK: Itumeleng Khune, Moeneeb Josephs

DEF: Siboniso Gaxa, Morgan Gould, Siyanda Xulu, Bevan Fransman, Keegan Ritchie, Anele Ngcongca, Siyabonga Sangweni, Tsepo Masilela

MID: Matthew Pattison, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Teko Modise, Thanduyise Khuboni, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Steven Pienaar, Andile Jali, Daylon Claasen, Kagisho Dikgacoi

FOR: Davide Somma, Bernard Parker, Sthembiso Ngcobo, Kermit Erasmus

Lunch time kick off (2:30 EST) for this one.  It will be nice to see some new players looking to make a name for themselves.

Get to your watch parties, give your AO bar some love for hosting.  Big shout to all of the chapters for their hard work and helping us build the foundation for US Soccer, you guys are heroes.

Much love
Chris

P.S. What’s all this talk about Vegas and famous people?