Recent Posts



Matt's Twitter Account

Howie's Twitter Account

Will's Twitter Account

John's Twitter Account

Roderick's Twitter Account

RJ's Twitter Account



Archive for the ‘Nick Rimando’ Category

Here is your US-Ireland pre-game primer
   November 18, 2014 (12:51 AM) by Matt Benson

Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.

» The game is at 2:45 PM Eastern on ESPN2.

» Ireland is ranked #61 by FIFA and #36 by Elo, while the US is #23 by FIFA and #17 by Elo.

» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer.  As for some random stats/facts:

The US is 2-4-2 all-time against Ireland, including a 0-4-0 mark in Dublin.

The US has scored exactly one goal in five straight games, the longest such streak in USMNT history.

Ireland is hosting a team from CONCACAF for the first time since beating Jamaica, 1-0, on June 2, 2004.

Nick Rimando has made 16 appearances for the USMNT, going 10-0-1 in his 11 decisions, including four shutouts.

The Colombia match was the first time that the US has lost when Jozy Altidore has scored (15-1-4).  Hat tip to Grant Wahl on that one.

» As expected, Jurgen Klinsmann sent home Jermaine Jones, Lee Nguyen and DeAndre Yedlin due to the MLS playoffs.  He also sent home DaMarcus Beasley so he could deal with some personal matters in Mexico.  And on Ireland’s side, Robbie Keane was sent back to the LA Galaxy due to the MLS playoffs.

» US Soccer’s website has a bunch of photo galleries up from the last couple of days:  Being tourists in London, the game against Colombia and traveling/training in Dublin.  They also have a small interview up with Rubio Rubin.

» Speaking of Rubin, he missed Monday’s training due to illness.  Steve Cherundolo is in Ireland helping out/observing from the coaching side.  The Mayor of Hannover is close to completing his UEFA A license.  Klinsi suggested that Jordan Morris could make his debut.  It also sounds like Nick Rimando will get the start between the sticks.  Klinsi also talked about possibly playing in South America in the future.

» Some other USMNT tidbits from across the interwebs.  DeAndre Yedlin’s passport Latvian situation is still up in the air.  Mexico manager Miguel Herrera recently made some comments that a US-Mexico friendly could be taking place in April.  The Guardian recently ranked the US-Mexico rivalry as the #8 greatest in international soccer.  It looks like Graham Zusi is not taking part of this camp due to a foot injury.  Based on your voting, Tim Howard would win 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year.  And here is an interesting read on what goes into scheduling friendlies with the USMNT.

» The Shin Guardian has a “mini-preview” for you.

» As for my prediction, I am saying a 2-1 win by the US.  Goals by Jozy Altidore and Alejandro Bedoya.

Categories: DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Graham Zusi, Jermaine Jones, Jordan Morris, Jozy Altidore, Lee Nguyen, Nick Rimando, Rubio Rubin, Steve Cherundolo, US Men's National Team

Here is your US-Ecuador pre-game primer
   October 10, 2014 (12:43 AM) by Matt Benson

Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.

» The game is at 7 PM Eastern on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas.

» Ecuador is ranked #21 by FIFA and #17 by Elo, while the US is #17 by FIFA and #15 by Elo.

» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer.  As for some random stats/facts:

The US is 2-5-4 all-time against Ecuador, failing to score a goal in eight of the 11 games.

The US is 7-3-1 all-time in the state of Connecticut, including a 3-1-0 mark at Rentschler Field.  All three wins at Rentschler Field have come by the score of 1-0.

Landon Donovan enters Friday’s game as the USMNT’s all-time leader in goals (57), assists (58), games started (141) and minutes played (12,813), while his 156 caps are second to Cobi Jones (164).

Brad Guzan is one shutout shy of becoming the sixth goalkeeper in USMNT history with 10+ shutouts.

Landon Donovan will look to become the first USMNT player with 15+ career goals to score in his final game with the US.

» While this game is all about Landon Donovan for the most part, The Yanks Are Coming have you covered with a game preview.

» As for the last bit of news to come out of the camp yesterday, 33,000 tickets have been sold so far.  Jurgen Klinsmann doesn’t think Jozy Altidore’s situation at Sunderland is great right now.  Klinsi also thinks John Brooks will return to Hertha Berlin’s first team after the international break.  Brad Guzan will start Friday’s game, while Nick Rimando will start Tuesday against Honduras.  Bill Hamid will return to DC after Friday’s game and will be replaced by Sean Johnson.  Julian Green was sent back to Hamburg due to his rib injury.  While he is not with the camp (and has been MIA for a while). Juan Agudelo is headed to England to trial with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

» But this game is all about Landon. has a fun little interactive with all 57 of his US goals.  And here is some more Lando fun.

Categories: Brad Guzan, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Nick Rimando, Sean Johnson, US Men's National Team
No Comments

This international break seems really long links
   September 9, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

Only having one game this international break is making this week seem really long and boring (damn you, Colombia).  Here are a few links.

Julian Green is now at Hamburg and training (photo).  Greg Seltzer got a couple quotes from Green about the move before he headed into the USMNT camp last week.  Seltzer also looks at the playing time situation at Hamburg for Green.

Jurgen Klinsmann wants competition between Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando for the #1 goalkeeper spot.  OT resident goalkeeper guru Will has a couple words on Guzan/Rimando (plus a lot other information on everything US goalkeepers).

Aron Johannsson is hoping to return to the field in October.  And he answered some questions and went kayaking recently.

Jonathan Bornstein has a new teammate at Queretaro.  You might have heard about him before.

The 824234 guys at Tijuana have a new manager in Daniel Guzman.

Brian Sciaretta has talked to Jordan Morris and Andrew Jacobson recently.

Eric Lichaj is ready for the Ryder Cup.

Baltimore is in talks with CONCACAF to host some Gold Cup games next summer.  We should know the final stadiums/locations in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The US U-20 team takes on the Argentina U-20 team later today.  They are 2-0-0 on their trip so far with wins over Racing Club Reserves and Defensa y Justicia Reserves.  Bradford Jamieson IV has the best name ever.  I want him to make it to the USMNT so I can get his jersey someday.

While none of the big boys played this weekend, a lot of the smaller leagues still played and we had goals by Jake Keegan, Irvin Raul Parra, Matt Taylor and Royal-Dominique Fennell.  A couple other guys scored this weekend that I haven’t found highlights of yet, but check out our goal tracker for more information.

Categories: Andrew Jacobson, Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Bradford Jamieson IV, Eric Lichaj, Irvin Raul Parra, Jake Keegan, Jonathan Bornstein, Jordan Morris, Julian Green, Matt Taylor, Nick Rimando, Royal-Dominique Fennell, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
No Comments

Here is your US-Czech Republic pre-game primer
   September 3, 2014 (12:25 AM) by Matt Benson

Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.

» The game is at 2:15 PM Eastern on NBC Sports Network and UniMas.

» Czech Republic is ranked #35 by FIFA and #31 by Elo, while the US is #18 by FIFA and #17 by Elo.

» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer.  As for some random stats/facts:

The US is is 0-3-0 all-time against the Czech Republic/Czechoslovakia.

Nine players on the 2014 World Cup roster are in this squad, while five players are looking for their first USMNT cap.

The US has lost its last two games and is looking to avoid its first three-game losing streak since a three-game streak between 2009-10.

» Brian Sciaretta is in Prague and tweeted out a bunch of tidbits from yesterday’s training.  Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando will each get a half between the sticks.  Jozy Altidore will get the arm band tomorrow.  Rubio Rubin was initially called up for the U-20 team, but Utrecht declined so Klini decided to call him up for the senior team.  Here is Sciaretta’s guess at the starting lineup based on training.  Klinsmann is in “casual” contact with Shawn & Devante Parker.  As of today, Gedion Zelalem still doesn’t have US citizenship.  Klinsmann also spoke about Landon Donovan’s farewell game and Julian Green’s loan to Hamburg.

» Howie also has you covered with some other good reads from yesterday, including a photo of what numbers the guys will wear today.

I am not going to make a prediction other than this will be a disjointed game with a lot of subs.

Categories: Brad Guzan, Devante Parker, Gedion Zelalem, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Nick Rimando, Rubio Rubin, Shawn Parker, US Men's National Team
No Comments

Nick Rimando vs. Mexico (04.02.14)
   April 4, 2014 (1:41 PM) by Will Reno

Wow did that feel like the 2011 Gold Cup final to anyone else?

Nick Rimando started for the US while Sean Johnson and Bill Hamid watched from the bench. It is almost certain that Rimando will be the third string for the World Cup as Klinsmann isn’t splitting halves anymore. For this review, I’m going to include the US’s goals against Mexican goalkeeper Moisés Muñoz just so this post will have a little more depth.

15′ – Michael Bradley goal (1-0 US)

Before Bradley gets anywhere near the ball, Muñoz is trying to draw a foul by running into Omar Gonzalez and then getting stuck on Chris Wondolowski.

This is pretty dumb. And I’m not just saying that because he’s the opposition as I’m clearly an American fan. I’m saying that because he has removed himself from the play and his defense for stopping the goal is hoping for a call from the ref. Omar Gonzalez actually starts moving away from Muñoz when he makes contact on him. Good no call by referee Roberto Moreno. Muñoz needs to focus on saving the ball here.

28′ – Chris Wondolowski goal (2-0 US)

Muñoz does a good job of recognizing the danger and unfortunately for Mexico the ball drops in an excellent place for Wondolowski. Check out Muñoz’s head check.

It’s easy to get tunnel vision on the upcoming cross but Muñoz picks a good time to peek to the middle as it’s a couple bounces until Beltran whips it in.

49′ – Rafael Marquez goal (2-1 US)

Déjà vu? Poor marking leads to another goal in the Battle of the Rio Grande (patent pending). At first glance, Rimando makes little effort to save the shot but look how far it is from Rimando.

As the ball is crossing the line

As the ball is crossing the line

Of course we’d always like to see the effort but Rimando would need to know where that shot is going ahead of time to make that save. So we’re going to give Rimando a pass there.

53′ – Nick Rimando tip over

Tip overs look cool because the goalkeeper goes from stationary to a full extension save but I wouldn’t go as far to praise him as Ian Darke did, “a very, very fine save”

Yeah, that’s just him doing his job. Nothing to glorify.

61′ – Nick Rimando save

A low shot from distance on a counter.

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 2.19.29 PM.png

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 2.20.02 PM.png

Rimando once again doing his job but slightly more challenging than the previous tip over. He gets low to push it out. But if he were taller…

67′ – Alan Pulido goal (Tied 2-2)

A colossal failure on the defense’s part. Julian Green heads the ball to Mexico to set up a counter…

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 2.24.38 PM.png

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 2.24.42 PM.png

Kyle Beckerman doesn’t follow his man and Nick Rimando makes little or no communication about the transition…

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 2.24.48 PM.png

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 2.24.53 PM.png

 Clarence Goodson gets ‘megged on the shot…

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 2.25.13 PM.png

Rimando’s stance is too wide to shuffle then dive…

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 2.26.52 PM.png

…and Omar Gonzalez isn’t paying attention back post. Gonzalez is the easy goat here but I’d blame any of those previous four over Gonzalez.

But since we’re focusing on goalkeepers, let’s look at Rimando’s footwork. His jump set has his feet far too wide to be able to move to the ball. He has the time to shuffle and then dive but his wide stance removes that opportunity. It’s tough to do but that’s what needs to be done to get a fingertip on the ball.

Rimando is a good third string goalkeeper for the World Cup and Americans should be excited about his addition in Brazil, even though it is unlikely he’ll see the field. This game doesn’t exactly highlight his strengths but he is deserving of the spot.

Article republished from Everybody Soccer with consent. Everybody Soccer is a site focused on American goalkeepers and goalkeeping stats.

Categories: Nick Rimando, US Men's National Team
1 Comment

Guzan v. Panama 10.15.13
   October 17, 2013 (9:00 AM) by Will Reno

For those that missed the intro on the last one, Will likes goalkeepers and does a pretty good of doing in-depth reviews of goalie performances on his site  Will is also going to review USMNT goalkeeper performances for us as well.  You can also follow Will on Twitter at @letskillrobots.


Howard departed after the US’s 2-0 win over Jamaica. Guzan last played in the 4-2 loss to Belgium, coming on in the second half and conceding three goals, but did well against Mexico, holding them to a 0-0 tie at Azteca. So maybe this game would shed some light on how good this Brad Guzan guy really is.

Starter: Brad Guzan
Bench: Nick Rimando
Not in 18: Sean Johnson

Johnson, who looks like a strong candidate for 2018 bench at this point, fills the void. Guzan comes out in the worst USMNT goalkeeper kit I have ever seen. All mustard yellow (including gloves and sock) and neon yellow cleats.

Four minutes in and Guzan collects a skyscrapper of a header then punts the ball down to a man cleverly disguised as a target striker but for whatever reason never wins a 50-50 ball.

Seventh minute and we get a really good example of the difference between Guzan and Howard.

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 9.49.26 PM

Kljestan takes care of the header as Guzan stays home. Howard goes for that ball every time. Who is right? Well in this occasion it’s Howard. However, a goalkeeper who typically protects the line versus one that imitates a wrecking ball can be equally as effective, you just have to know how to play them appropriately. There’s a lot of to consider (relationship with the defense, aerial strength of the opponents, type of service, etc.) before you just pick stay or go. (I went into length about this last time on Howard v. Jamaica.)

I don’t know who has the longer throw but Guzan dishes out a nice javelin at 0:25.

(There are a lot of looped balls sent in and various no-shot skirmishes in front of the goal because that’s what Panama is good at.)

Thirteen minute, Guzan gets a stressful encounter. A ball slices through the eighteen towards the corner flag. Guzan moves to it, then backs away (either because of the striker or slick bounce). The Panamian tracks it down, breakdances,

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 11.01.14 PM

They’re break dance fighting!

…and sends a hard ball in front of the goalmouth. Guzan goes down to collect it (as he should) but the giraffe is too thin to box out his man. I don’t know if Guzan does this on purpose or not but he kicks his right leg up in the air as if to block the goal when he realizes he’s lost the angle on the play.

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 11.03.10 PM

If it’s on purpose, smart play to try to avoid the chip; if not, well he still looks awful in yellow.

Guzan pops back up and Goodson proves to not be completely two-deminsional and stomachs the ball from getting on frame.

Alright who watched the first goal and thought “Wha-Guzan? What happened?” then proceeded to watch eight awful camera angles that didn’t clarify anything? (Comment below about your experience.) Well I think I figured out some factors that contributed to Guzan’s wiff. First, there is a nice mud patch that Guzan is trying to avoid.

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 9.45.56 PM

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 11.14.40 PM

He ends up being a little out of position because of this. Secondly, his feet are a bit out of sorts. His pre-shot jump is too high and he does a weird circle motion with his right foot (again, maybe because of the mud pit) that slows him down and kills his reach. The shot is in the side netting but this is something Guzan can get if he gets his mechanics sorted out. (I slowed it down at 1:48 to get a good look.)

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 11.18.44 PM

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 11.19.02 PM

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 11.19.05 PM

Notice his right foot kicks in about eight inches from the last picture.

A minute later he gets a similar shot on goal that Perez can’t get off the ground.

Later, Guzan does his best flying squirrel impression two minutes before the half.

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 11.24.40 PM

Second half, Guzan comes out in a new kit. I bet Frank Borghi didn’t have that luxury.

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 11.25.59 PM

No Mud McGee

Guzan and Castillo team up in the fifty-fourth minute to awkwardly bat a ball back into the center of the park. I think Guzan would have gotten this one on his second attempt. He misses with his foot but his swinging arm should arrive in time.

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 11.28.02 PM

Guzan makes his best save of the match at around the 66th minute. Just a deft southpaw but a needed one. The play goes somewhat unnoticed because it happens so fast but it’s a six yard 1v1 blast and Guzan gets back up after the save just as fast as he made it. The slowed replay from behind the goal still makes the shot look fast.

I added a shot that goes wide from the seventy-ninth minute because I loved Guzan’s footwork. Constantly on his toes. Great stuff.

83rd minute and Guzan gets thrown in a similar situation that Howard faced with the in-swinging cross from Jamaica. There’s the original shot that’s not going in the goal but if Guzan leaves it he runs the risk of a easy shot on goal from the backside. He stretches out but can only fingertip it back to the guy that both Beckerman and Goodson have combined to stop marking. (The old adage “If you get your fingertips on it you need to catch it” does not apply here or for goalies at all btw.) There’s another crashing striker in the play that makes things even more difficult for Guzan.

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 11.41.27 PM

What could he have done differently? Officially, I’m going to say nothing because any critique is going to be so minute it’s not actually helpful. But in the margin I’m making a note that you want to parry the ball out on a line and not pop it up, which Guzan kiiinda does (5:03).

Two bounces into the bread baskets later, Guzan gets a hockey assist to make it 3-2.

The biggest thing I got out of the game is not knowing who the better goalkeeper is between Howard or Guzan, it’s deciphering the little things between the two. From first glance, they’re both bald. They’re both athletic. Both are good communicators. Both can kick and throw well and they are playing in the EPL. But they two have distinct playing styles. Howard is definitely more aggressive on crosses and 1v1s. Guzan likes to stay back. Howard’s stance is a lot wider while Guzan’s footwork is constant changing. Overall, I think the biggest difference in the game is that Guzan takes a calmer approach to the game and Howard is like that giant circular dog on a chain from Mario.


Look, I’m Woody. Howdy, howdy, howdy.

The good thing about this is that there’s no obvious better goalkeeper at the moment so everyone still has something to discuss on BigSoccer.

two goals: -2

5′ catch: +.02
7′ no catch: -.01
7′ catch: +.02
10′ catch: +.01
13′ positioning: +.10
17′ catch: +.01
18′ goal: +.82
19′ catch: +.05
40′ catch: +.01
66′ save: +.17
83′ save: +.06
83′ goal: +1

Total: +.27

Categories: Brad Guzan, Nick Rimando, Sean Johnson, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
No Comments

Howard v. Jamaica – WCQ – 10.11.13
   October 16, 2013 (7:30 AM) by Will Reno

[A note from Matt:  As we continue to add new content to the site, I would like to introduce Will.  Will likes goalkeepers and does a pretty good of doing in-depth reviews of goalie performances on his site  Will is also going to review USMNT goalkeeper performances for us as well.  He also wrote this review of Howard’s game against Jamaica before yesterday’s game, but I was unable to put it up on the site until today.  He should have something up on Guzan’s game against Panama later this week.  You can also follow Will on Twitter at @letskillrobots.]


I’m not as big of an antihowardite as some fans are but if you’ve been paying attention to the Howard v. Guzan goalkeeper battle this past year you are probably elbowing your buddy in the ribs “I wouldn’t have a problem with Guzan starting in goal.” Admittedly, Guzan has looked very sharp recently but Klinsmann brushed off any idea of Guzan topping Howard back in April. So while Howard is “undoubtedly” number one, if his play drops Klinsmann will characteristically look at the number two. I wouldn’t be surprised with either goalkeeper starting in Brazil but the best goalkeeper needs to start next summer. If there’s a tie, I’d lean towards the incumbent.


Howard’s every non-boring touch from Friday:

Starter: Tim Howard
Bench: Brad Guzan
Not in 18: Nick Rimando

I naturally assumed that Guzan would start this game after defeating Mexico because there’s not a huge drop off between the two goalies. However Klinsmann went with the familiar Howguzando (in that order).

More than most USMNT games that I can recall, Howard had to clear more backpasses early on. Jamaica was pressing high as they needed a win badly to stay in the running so getting an early goal would be huge for them. Howard didn’t have any bad clearances and given the circumstances of the pressure and bounciness of the ball, he actually did quite well with them.

In the seventh minute Jamaica sends five Jamaicans and an in-swinger into the box from 30 yards out. Howard isn’t too worried about the shot (as the shooter isn’t hiding his hand) but he’s played Jamaica enough to know that they can score off of set pieces, both directly and in-directly.

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 2.38.42 PM

The cross is sent in perfectly so that Howard has to deal with both a bounce that could go in the goal (if left untouched) and a redirected header that could slip past him. Here is a picture I pulled off of ESPN’s site:


Howard steps up to his six, looking to punch the ball before it reaches a Jamaican. The cross dips right over Cameron and his man (not sure who) then passes an on-rushing Darren Mattocks. Maybe the ball is going wide, maybe it’s not but Howard drops his right leg to make a collapse save. Evans proves his brain’s worth by being in the right place to clear the ball while Howard watches from eight inches off the ground. Typically I would critique Howard but instead let me explain why this is one of toughest plays in soccer to deal with as a goalkeeper. Today I introduce my alter ego Phil Bagels. Phil occasionally watches soccer and all his goalkeeper knowledge is based off of what he hears a commentator say about goalkeepers.

PB: Howard needs to come out and punch that ball away.
BV: Well it’s not that easy. The ball is sent in low, is bending towards the goal (which makes it easy to over run), annnd there are several people crashing the goal. If he’s lucky enough to seep through the crowd, the punch still isn’t guaranteed. If he does punch it cleanly then there’s always the chance of a rebound from outside the 18 to lob over a goalkeeper who is now 8-10 yards from the goal.
PB: Then he needs just stay on his line and make the save.
BV: Also easier said than done! Like the picture I’ve shown you from ESPN, Howard has multiple shots to deal with from the cross and a variety of players that can head the ball. So he’s looking at up to four different shots from different heights, angles, speeds all within a second. It’s not like a normal shot where he only has to worry about one shooter.
PB: But he’s caught out in “no man’s land!” (I learned that cool phrase from TV.) He doesn’t need to be there. He needs to make a decision!
BV: Yes that’s ideal but he has an attacking mindset to punch the ball but realizes he can’t get it so he gets in the best position he can and ultimately makes a save on the ball.
PB: Well it’s his job. He needs to do better.
BV: What’s your job?
PB: I don’t exist aaaaahhhh!!! *ceases to exist*

Getting caught six yards from goal with your feet on the ground isn’t ideal for a goalkeeper but given the circumstances you’d be surprised how often that happens. Another thing that happens way way way too much that does not happen here is a goalkeeper with spaghetti legs who falls when he guesses for a shot. So ultimately Howard does an excellent job on this play. If you took 100 professional goalkeepers 80ish would fail on this occasion.

If I were to knock Howard for something, which I wouldn’t do in this situation because it is extremely tough, I would point out how small he makes himself (first picture below) and (gosh I really do hate to say this) I think he could catch it. He reads the ball really well to know Mattocks isn’t going to be in play but his left hand overtakes the shot-stopping responsibilities and deflects it when the two hands could cradle the ball. I know this opens a chance for a soft rebound but in this play a soft rebound is the same as a deflect back into the box. I wouldn’t always recommend trying to make the save when you are more comfortable deflecting but either result in pushing the ball back into play.

>Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 3.24.01 PM

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 3.24.10 PM

Still, if you watch the on-field highlights, it happens so fast. So all-in-all, Howard does well on this play. Was it perfect? No. Could it have been better? Eh. Perhaps. Could it have been worse? Most definitely. We shouldn’t discredit the free kick as it truly was threatening and Howard does a lot better than other goalkeepers.

23rd minute, Howard races front post to gobble up another ball that (because nothing happens) doesn’t look dangerous. But imagine if Howard stays on his line, the ball surprises him, bounces back out and..?? All of those realistic hypotheticals get tossed out with his command on the play. And wow who doesn’t love a good Howard throw?

Not a full minute later, Howard makes his biggest mistake in the match. A shot from twenty yards out to a step of his right. He can either hop high to basket catch it or knock it straight down and pick up the bounce. The ball has some movement but you can see how low Howard has to scrunch his torso to push this ball out. (Couldn’t find a better picture, sorry dudes.)

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 3.34.14 PM

In the video at the top (2:18), Howard patiently waits for the ball to trickle in the makes a clever bowl out right behind the Jamaican striker. I really enjoyed that.

38th minute, Howard is on top of a free kick that sneaks wide. If he it goes in then wow what a shot. Howard is screaming about something while holding up four fingers (I assume about the four men in the wall). The only thing I can think of is not jumping to head the ball out.

Stoppage time of the first half, soft hands hold a low shot that lead them into half time. You’ll notice the twisting of Howard’s body signaling this was not directly at him (or he just tripped for some reason). He stops a potential corner kick before the whistle there.

Ninety seconds into the first half Diskerud lazily bounces a ball back to Howard who punts it into the stratosphere with his weak foot. Not a great ball from Diskerud but Howard deals with it like a true professional.

You may have to watch 3:13 a couple times to catch it but a cleared ball finds Howard atop the 18. He picks it up and feigns a bowl to Jones in the middle of the field and skips it out to Besler on left. It’s just a small thing but I love this. A smart opponent is always looking trends to take advantage of. Howard is one step ahead of them here.

52nd minute Howard collects a loose ball, rolls it out, only to face a 1v1 twenty seconds later. It’s a sharp angle but it’s not like Cameron is sprinting to cover the goalmouth so we need a save. Howard doesn’t drop to the ground as soon as one might expect because Deshorn Brown still has the option of turning away from the goal and shoot with his left foot. Howard sees this, stays up, and then Brown fires it into Howard.

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 4.09.43 PM

After a replay of the ALL-STATE GOOD HANDS SAVE OF THE GAME Twellman compliments Howard with making a 93′ save in a similar spot that he stopped the 1v1 half an hour ago. The shot a foot right of his head and bounces out and off of Besler’s knees. Howard can technically pick this up as it’s not an intentional pass nor does it come off of Besler’s foot but just in case the referee is dying to help Jamaica score, he boots it from the box. Whistle blows and that’s it!

It’s easy to forget about a non-goal. Howard gets pressure early and had it not been for the ALL-STATE GOOD HANDS SAVE OF THE GAME we would have forgotten about it. Justin Bryant, a retired American goalkeeper, writes about how a mistake can really mess up the psyche of a goalkeeper.

Part of the problem for goalkeepers is that you have time to think about what you’ve done in a game during that same game. That’s fine if you save a penalty or make an extraordinary save, but not so great when you drop a clanger. An outfield player won’t have time to dwell on it. The game is swirling all around him and he has to stay involved. Thinking about a mistake during a game tends to commit it to memory; it’s still in your head as you lie awake that night, and likely still there when the next game kicks off. I think this is where the elite goalkeepers differentiate themselves from the rest of us: they can truly forget mistakes and move on.

(The interview is great, btw. Bryant has a really good mind for the game and doesn’t write puff statements.)

Howard could have easily been shaken from the play but stays composed for the full 90 and can sit comfortably on the flight back.

7′ save: +.20
23′ catch: +.04
24′ save: +.05
24′ no hold: -.10
45 + 1′ catch: +.07
47′ clear: +.01
52′ catch: +.02
52′ save: +.09
53′ catch: +.05
68′ catch: +.04
75′ catch: +.07
90 + 3′ save: +.07

Game GSAR: +.61

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 4.40.45 PM

Categories: Brad Guzan, Nick Rimando, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
1 Comment

The latest from US Soccer’s “How They” series
   July 24, 2013 (7:30 AM) by Matt Benson

In this edition of How They Scored, take a look back on the MNT’s 5-1 win against El Salvador in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Joe Corona, Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan break down their goals in M&T Bank Stadium on July 21.

Nick Rimando talks about his big double save during the USA’s 5-1 win against El Salvador in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals. Rimando’s save preserved a 1-0 lead for the USA at the time.

Categories: Eddie Johnson, Joe Corona, Landon Donovan, Nick Rimando, US Men's National Team
No Comments