So that didn’t go as planned. Canada walks away the 2-0 winners and are in the lead of the group, while the US needs to win against El Salvador on Monday to advance to the semifinals (and likely face Mexico).
I did not see this game, but it sounded bad.
Canada was the better team. They outplayed the US, particularly in the midfield and central defense.
Win or go home for the team. Win or get fired for Caleb Porter.
My prediction: they beat El Salvador but lose to Mexico in the semis, and fail to qualify.
I lost all hope with this team after watching the second half. They played with no heart and it was a truly sad performance in general, especially for the defense. I wouldn’t be surprised if El Salvador beats them easily.
utterly disgusting game. they couldnt break down the defense of canada at all.
I hate to say it–but I think Steve is right. We beat ElSalv but lose in the Semi and fail to qualify. That’d be a shame.
The defense was always the weak spot–Hamid looked lost too. Still, though you’d expect Corona, Mix, Adu, Brek, and company to give the defense some help on the scoreline.
The US lost to Canada at the U-23 level for the first time since 1992.
The US lost by 2+ goals to someone other than Mexico at the U-23 level for the first time since a 3-1 loss to Spain in the semifinals of the 2000 Olympics.
Opara literally fell over every time he touched the ball, as if he still had that broken foot, Hamid wasnt as bad as everyone thought, had the Canadian gk been in that same position, he would have conceded those goals. The main problem is that we got outcoached and outnumbered in the midfield, plus Bunbury was a no go
Theyll bounce back fine. Just had a hangover from that route of Cuba. Us will still qualify.
Michael I hope you are right… Because it will be a shame not to have the US qualify.. I Watched the game and Ike Looked terrible, Villafana never threaten and Bunburry looked lost… Now we have to beat everyone and judging from this last game is going to be difficult. I think Agudelo was missed but I think Caleb has his replacement on the bench with Tony Taylor, hopefully he plays him.
I actually thought Villafana looked alright. Had some good runs down the left flank and played some decent balls in. Both goals definitely not his fault. I definitely agree that Ike Opara is a weak link on this team. Every time the ball goes near him I shudder.
I also agree that Tony Taylor deserves a look.
Starting lineup for tomorrow
Valentin Sarkodie Kitchen Villafana
I feel like part of the problem against canada was tiredness, a lot of the same players as the group vs cuba, while canada made 7 changes. Also brek shea could be a hug super sub late in this game.
They US will beat El Salvador but not play against Mexico in the semi finals. Why you must say? I think Mexico will lose their last game on purpose just so they would avoid the US in the semi’s. I think this because why would Mexico want to play a difficult game and risk not qualifying for the Olympics?? Everyone’s primary focus is to qualify so why not take an easier route or at least that’s what I think Mexico would be thinking. Just saying…
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