Thursday, August 7, 2008

US beats Japan 1-0 in Olympic Opener

TIANJIN, China (August 7, 2008) — The U.S. Men’s Olympic Team got off to a fine start in the 2008 Olympic Games by earning a 1-0 victory against Japan before 37,177 fans at the Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium. Stuart Holden fired home the game’s only goal in the 47th minute to hand the U.S. three points and the top spot in Group B following the 0-0 draw between Netherlands and Nigeria.

Michael Parkhurst started and went the full 90 minutes.

Read the full story at USSoccer.com.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Fulltime: US 1 - 0 Barbados

After what was a fairly uneventful first half, the US lead Barbados 1-0 (9-0 on aggregate) thanks to an Eddie Lewis goal. Barbados has had a few opportunities, but the US defense has been able to prevent Barbados from testing 'keeper Brad Guzan. The second half was much of the same, though Barbados managed a few shots, both sides didn't cause many problems for their opponent's keeper.

The US took the lead in the 22nd minute, when a deflected pass from from Freddy Adu found the run of Eddie Lewis. The Derby County winger ran into the box and slotted the ball through the legs of 'keeper Alvin Rouse for his 10th international goal.

Left back Heath Pearce made a run into the offense and picked up a great pass from Adu in the 37th minute. At the top of the box, Pearce sent a right footed shot just wide of the target.

DaMarcus Beasley had an opportunity two minutes before the half after Eddie Lewis sprung him free down the right flank with a great cross. Beasley, alone in on goal, was incorrectly ruled offsides.

Barbados finally threatened in the 58th minute when Emerson Boyce received the ball from Mark McCammon in the box. Boyce beat Guzan, but saw his shot bounce off the crossbar and back into play.

The US rarely threatened throughout the rest of the match, while Barbados went forward a bit more, but never forced Guzan into a save.

The US next travels to Guatemala on August 20th for the first match of the next round.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Final: US 8 - Barbados 0

The final scoring summary, in what turned out to be the US' largest victory ever was as follows:
Scoring:
USA – Clint Dempsey (Carlos Bocanegra) 1st minute.
USA – Michael Bradley 12.
USA – Brian Ching (Pablo Mastroeni) 20.
USA – Landon Donovan (free kick) 59.
USA – Clint Dempsey 63.
USA – Eddie Johnson (Heath Pearce) 82.
USA – Own goal (Daryl Ferguson) 86.
USA – Brian Ching (Steve Cherundolo) 89.

New England's Matt Reis never entered the match.

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Halftime update: US 3 - Barbados 0

A first minute goal by Clint Dempsey off a Carlos Bocanegra pass put the US on top and it has been all USA since. Michael Bradley doubled the lead in the 12th minute after a flurry in the box, and Pablo Mastroeni deflected a long shot off Brian Ching's back in the 20th minute for the final goal of the half.

Freddy Adu came in for an injured Mastroeni in the 26th minute.

Tune in to Revolution Recap on WNRI AM1380 at 7:05PM (or at RevolutionRecap.com) after the match for post-game analysis on this match and the Revs - Houston match from Thursday as well as looking forward to the Revs - New York match on Wednesday.

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US line-up out for World Cup Qualifier vs. Barbados

Tim Howard is out injured, so Brad Guzan gets the start. Apparently Bob Bradley wasn't confident enough in Dominic Cervi as the Revs' Matt Reis is on the bench.

The US starting line-up is as follows:
USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra, 15-Heath Pearce; 10-Landon Donovan, 12-Michael Bradley, 4-Pablo Mastroeni, 17-DaMarcus Beasley; 11-Brian Ching, 8-Clint Dempsey

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

US draws 0-0 with Argentina

The United States Men's National Team finished their preparation for World Cup Qualifying with a scoreless draw with Argentina, the number 1 ranked team in the world. In front of over 78,000 fans at Giants Stadium, the US put on their best performance of the past month, but still couldn't find the back of the net. Landon Donovan started and played the entire match for his 100th international appearance. The 26-year-old become the fourth youngest player in the world to get his 100th cap.

Tim Howard started in goal and came up with some big saves, especially in the first half. Heath Pearce looked very good at left back and Clint Dempsey and DaMarcus Beasley both put in solid performances.

Pablo Mastroeni was ejected in the 72nd minute for his second yellow card on what looked like a non-existent foul. Argentina's Javier Mascherano also saw red for bad tackle on Donovan in the 87th minute.

The US begins World Cup qualifying against Barbados next Sunday.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

US fall 1-0 in Spain

The US Men's National Team fell 1-0 today against the Spanish National Team at Estadio El Sardinero in Santander, Spain. It was clearly a better performance from the US than last week's loss to England with Eddie Johnson and Freddy Adu looking better up top in the first half than Josh Wolff paired with Johnson had. All-time leading scorer and assister Landon Donovan again missed out with an injury.

Johnson had a couple of good chances in the first half, including a header from the 6-yard box off an Eddie Lewis cross that he should have done better with, but headed just wide of the net. Johnson was played through on goal earlier with a nice pass from Adu and finished past Real Madrid 'keeper Iker Casillas, but was ruled offsides. Adu, however, came off injured at half time and DaMarcus Beasley came in to play on the right flank with Clint Dempsey moving up top before Wolff eventually subbed into the match. The US proved less dangerous in the second half without Adu on the field.

Xavi Hernandez scored the lone goal of the match in the 79th minute after Sergio Ramos and Cesc Fabregas were defended well and kept wide on the right flank. Fabregas, however, found Xavi near the top of the box and a flat-footed US defense failed to react. Oguchi Onyewi and Carlos Bocanegra were both beaten and barely put up an effort as the Barcelona midfielder dribbled into the box and slotted a shot past Chivas USA 'keeper Brad Guzan to give Spain the 1-0 lead.

The US had a chance to equalize in the 90th minute, with Michael Bradley getting wide open (though appearing offsides on replay) for a Frankie Hejduk cross, but the 20 year old midfielder sent his header weakly wide of the target.

The defense, with the exception of the first few minutes of the first half, kept Spain from testing starting goalkeeper Tim Howard. Throughout the second half they looked a bit more shaky, but Guzan played well despite giving up the goal, and again likely will attract the attention of some European clubs this summer with his recent performances.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

US falls 2-0 to England at Wembley Stadium in London

The US Men's National Team fell 2-0 to England today on goals by John Terry and Steven Gerrard in front of over 71,000. Terry's goal came in the 38th minute when he headed home a David Beckham free kick past Tim Howard. Gerrard scored in the 59th minute when he got on the end of a perfectly placed through ball from substitute Gareth Barry and finished past substitute 'keeper Brad Guzan with a nice shot to the far post.

The US never really threatened England and goalkeeper David James until the last ten minutes when substitute Eddie Lewis beat his defender and put in a dangerous cross in the 81st minute. James barely managed to tip it out for a corner kick with two US players lurking at the far post. Freddy Adu, also a late substitute, forced James into a diving save with a right footed shot from the top of the box in the 88th minute.

Guzan and Lewis were probably the two most impressive players for the US with the Chivas US 'keeper making a couple of nice early saves and Lewis looking dangerous beating his man down the left wing and sending in quality set pieces that were lacking earlier in the match before he came off the bench. Heath Pearce also looked good, particularly in the second half, making a few key tackles at left back and causing problems the few times he ventured forwards.

The US next travels to Santander, Spain where they will face the Spanish National Team on Wednesday, June 4th. That match can be seen live on ESPN360.com at 4PM, or delayed at 5:30 on ESPN2.

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