bigsoccer: He may have made 85% of his passes, but those passes were backwards
to his defense or keeper. I have seen him play so much better at RSL and with
the MNT. The times he advanced the ball, he frequently made very poor passes,
poor timing and touch for a player of his and Bradleys quality. Defensively he
was stellar though.
I am surprised the Des News didn't have a story on Beckerman. He played an
awesome game of defense. The AP has close up shots of his game.
TO: PavalovaSurfers Paradise, AUI have to disagree on
the passing game of Beckerman, he completed 85% of his passes, and that is
actual stats, and he broke up a lot of plays on defense.
Yep, nothing pretty about this match, but many predicted (including Klinsmann)
it would be a rough grind it out game. Portugal is a better matchup for the US
IMO. They don't attack constantly and put the kind of pressure on you that
Ghana does. Bradley played the worst I've ever seen him play against Ghana.
If he and Beckerman can improve their game and Dempsey recovers from his broken
nose we stand a decent chance. Also Johanssen has to play better. Maybe now that
he knows he might be starting against the Portuguese he will be more mentally
prepared. Good luck USA!
It was a very sloppy game and a gut wrencher. SOOOO glad we won.
Agreed! Bradley was really off his game at times. We can definitely play better.
Bradley was easily the best player on the field in the last World Cup warm-up
match. What happened? He was missing passes that our grandmother's would
make. I hope he shows up for the next match.Beckerman played very
Glad the US won. Horrible passing game by both beckerman and bradley. They
could have controlled the midfield so much better. Very poor game for
possession and control. Johansen was hopeless as the fill-in for Altidore as
well. Hopefully we can put up a good showing against a very hungry
Portugal team after getting drubbed by Germany.