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USA v. Algeria – Pre-Game Post

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OK, one more post before the game.  If you haven’t yet seen the lineups:

————–Altidore——-Gomez

Donovan—–Edu—-Bradley—–Dempsey

Bornstein—Boca—-DeMerit—-Cherundolo

Four quick thoughts before we kick off:

1. Bob Bradley has some cojones.  Many managers would simply have stuck an unfit Onyewu out there and hoped for the best.  Bornstein isn’t the greatest option, but it makes sense.  Key question: part of the problem in central defense has been communication–can Boca and DeMerit solve that?

2. Donovan moving to the left wing seems like a defensive move, to give cover to Bornstein.  While Lando will need to get back well, let’s hope (for some reasons listed in the previous post) that he pushes forward early.  The US needs to be aggressive.

3. I’m anxious to see Gomez get a full run out, though I’m still curious–if it’s Borstein, who needs cover, why not go with Dempsey up top, keep Landon on the right, and insert Beasley at LW?

4. Karim Ziani looks to be lined up on the left side of a five-man Algerian midfield (it’s listed as 4-5-1), though Belhadj is listed as the LB, when really he’ll slide up onto the wing, leaving Algeria with a three-man back line.  My point is, even though Ziani is the left wing, look for him to switch to the right and play quite far up the pitch, and early.  Watch that Algeria shape–it will move from a 4-5-1 at the whistle to something resembling more of a 3-5-2, and if they need a goal, a 3-4-3.

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Written by Pete Kavanaugh

June 23, 2010 at 9:31 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Oh my gosh YES!!!!

    Dan

    June 23, 2010 at 11:58 am


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