Eye of the Hurricane

February 27, 2010

USA Looks To Smoke the Dutch

Filed under: Uncategorized — caghorbi @ 5:33 pm

On Wednesday morning, the United States Men’s National Team will once again test the waters against a world power when they take on the Netherlands in Amsterdam.  Ranked #3 in the FIFA World Rankings behind only Spain and Brazil, the Netherlands have a fantastic chance of capturing the most coveted trophy in all of sports this summer in South Africa.  The United States, meanwhile, is fielding a line-up without Confederation Cup starters Clint Dempsey, Oguchi Onyewu, Charlie Davies, Steve Cherundolo and Ricardo Clark due to injuries.

While the game is only a friendly, the United States certainly will be looking to dominate play in Amsterdam like they were able to accomplish against Spain in the Confederations Cup semi-final and for the first half of the gold medal match against Brazil.  With a severely banged up line-up, however, things will be much more difficult for Coach Bob Bradley.  Given the injuries, the head coach’s selection of players for the upcoming match was an intriguing combination to say the least.  Many longshots will be given another opportunity to showcase their stuff in hopes of booking a plane ticket to South Africa (Eddie Johnson, Robbie Findlay) while others are looking to prove they’re still worthy of a starting spot after recent injuries (DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu).  Other selections are simply mainstays that will unquestionably be starting in South Africa in 2010, barring any disaster.

A potential starting line-up for Wednesday morning’s showdown:

————Altidore———–Johnson————

Donovan————————————Holden

—————-Bradley—–Edu———————

Bornstein—–Bocanegra—DeMerit—–Spector

———————–Howard———————-

Depending on the health status of Charlie Davies, who recently tweeted that he has two more weeks of training before he’s back on the pitch with French club Sochaux FC, it would be interesting to see Landon Donovan placed up top. Donovan has world-class offensive abilities that could be well utilized in a pairing with young Jozy Altidore.  Just how Bob arranges his squad for Wednesday’s match-up remains to be seen, but the 11:30 AM kickoff on ESPN2 is must watch television for any soccer fan interested in seeing the USA do battle in South Africa this summer.

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