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US vs. South Korea Highlights
   February 1, 2014 (4:37 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

The US begins 2014 with a 2-0 win over South Korea.  Chris Wondolowski supplied both goals and he now has just as many multi-goal games for the US as Clint Dempsey does in his career (both have three) and Wondo has only scored in four US games.  Here are the highlights.

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4 Responses to “US vs. South Korea Highlights”

  1. Gregory says:

    Parkhurst handled the ball better then Bessler and Evans.

    It’s fun to watch Nick Rimando play keeper.

  2. CP says:

    Both Zusi and Wondo were strong yesterday. Donovan, Parkhurst, and Rimando were decent. Everyone else was marginal to me.

    I’d be lying if I said the lack of shots didn’t concern me. Further, our CD was way too shaky, especially if they are supposed to be our WC starters! Finally, Evans should be removed from consideration as a starter now. He got beat way too many times and when you compare his play vs. Cameron’s against the way better talent of Manchester United yesterday, it’s not even close…

  3. Gregory says:

    I cut Gonzo and Bessler some slack, Gonzo was marking a 6’6 Target man that made Gonzo look small. Nick Rimando looked like a munchkin next to Gonzo guarding Kim Shin-Wook. Gonzo had to mark Shin-Wook on corners keeping in mind the keeper can’t reach higher then their heads.

    Beckermens dreads are TV friendly and he can handle & make nice passes. He is junk but has a solid skill-set, that helps keep possession.

    Parkhurst supplied some nice passing on moves at LB. He he made some big plays to keep possession.

    I hate to say it but Yeldin is not a blue-chip prospect. He played solid but his game is based off his speed and strength rather then ball skill.

    Gil looked solid enough to play small-euro level clubs.

    Mix looked solid. Couple times he advanced the ball, but Michael Bradley is another level.

  4. bird says:

    First thing to note here – This was Korea’s C team. They had a total of 5 players (1 GK) on the roster with 10+ caps at the start of their camp. This is by far younger than the US, Mexico and Costa Rica teams they played. Also to note the Asian Cup U22 qualifying was going on during this national team camp, so most of their good young talent was not on the full roster for these matches. Most notable Yun Il Lok who killed it for the U22 team. The most experienced Korean players were Kim Shin Wook and Lee Keun ho (who plays in the 2nd division of the domestic Korean league due to his military service)

    With all that said I thought the US team looked horrible, especially given the fact they had trained for 2.5 weeks prior to this match. The defense in particular was weak and disorganized. I cut Parkhurst slack as he was playing LB and came into camp late. Beckerman was too slow, though did have a few nice passes, Brad Davis should have been sent off for his over-aggressive late tackles and Rimando couldnt hold onto the ball to save his life – IMO that was a goal for Korea. The only players I really thought looked composed were LD, Mixx, and Zusi had a few moments. The subs were no better, Yedlin gave the ball away on his first 4 touches and was constantly out of position where he was burnt, speed doesnt help you as much at this level. EJ was wasteful. Alexander and Feilhaber were too weak. I thought Gil did well to show strength on the ball. Overall I feel the people who benefitted here most were Timmy Chandler and Daniel Williams. The backpasses and square passes were extremely frustrating to watch, as was the lack of technical ability to turn with the ball in tight spaces.

    Korean players that looked good – Kim Shin Wook, Lee Keun Ho, Kim win woo and Kim Tae Hwan.

    This is just my 2 cents, I will watch a replay of the match to check again….

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