Tuesday, October 11, 2011

USA taking on Ecuador

A few hours until the U.S. take on Ecuador at RedBull Arena in New Jersey. I'm hopefully making my way down within the hour, since it is the only stadium within my area that hosts these types of games. For some reason I am really anticipating this friendly matchup. I'm very anxious to see how Klinsmann's system he's trying implement is going to show through tonight. It should provide U.S. followers with a sense of what our future holds. Ecuador is no easy team to walk over. They are on the rise in south america as a major team, and have outscored their opponents in their last two friendlies 9-2. Should be a great game.
Our defense will be tested tremendously tonight. Ecuador have many options to choose from and can combine many players, and it's always deadly. Tim Howard, the US goalkeeper, says, "They like to keep it wide open, play with four attackers, obviously their two target men but also their wingers stay high." This calls for a big game from Ream, Cherundolo, and Bocanegra. I'm hoping to see Onyewu over Spector as the fourth. We need another brute force to shut down the speedy ecuador attack.
For the overall lineup, I'm hoping it looks like this:

                                                                    Howard

      Cherundolo                      Onyewu                             Ream                     Bocanegra

                                                                    Bradley

                               Edu                             Beckerman                      Shea

                                             Altidore                                 Dempsey


Bradley is a great distributor and holder of the ball. The attack starting from the back is the best strategy for tonight in my opinion, and Mikey is the best suitor to take on that role. I have faith in the back four, especially Tim Ream. He'll be playing in front of his home fans from the RedBulls, so he'll definitely step up.
Also hoping to see Danny Williams, a German-born defensive middy to get some playing time.
Anyways, I'm hoping to see the cohesion between this group of guys, see how they build up and work off the ball. The only way we're going to find out how good certain players are is by their work ethic on and off the ball....
We'll see what happens.


FYI
IF YOU LIVE IN THE U.S. AND ARE LOOKING FOR A SUPPORTERS GROUP OF FANS 
GO TO http://www.americanoutlawssoccer.com/ 
THERE ARE CHAPTERS ALL AROUND THE U.S.
GO TO MEMBERSHIP, CHECK OUT THE DETAILS
SEE IF YOUR CITY IS ALREADY REGISTERED

Enjoy.
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7 comments:

  1. a friend of mine got me into a tailgate with them in Boston..one of the coolest parties I have been too

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  2. That's a nice lineup you got there. I'd switch places between Onyewu and Ream tho

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  3. great blog erick! don't see alot of americans so in love with soccer ;D

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  4. Missed the game, how's we do?

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  5. This is pretty informative, keep up the good work. :)

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  6. We lost 1-0 unfortunately..my next blog post will be more in depth about it

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  7. Thanks for sharing that support group link. I been looking one for awhile.

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