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England 1 - 1 USA

June 12th, 2010 (10:11 pm)

current mood: discontent

Well, that was... disappointing.

To mis-quote a famous Kevin Keegan saying, we flipping murdered them one-all.

Lampard was fairly anonymous, Lennon didn't make as many runs into the box as he should have, and Crouch should have come on for Heskey ten minutes earlier. I am deliberately not talking about Green (though I am glad he did do that one save later).


Posted by: Anne (norwegianne)
Posted at: June 12th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)

Here's what I didn't get - why the hell did England not keep the pressure from the first couple of minutes on until they had at least a couple of goals? After the first one, it seemed they pretty much let the US team have moderately free reign of the game, and mostly stayed back to defend their goal.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: June 12th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)

Well, to be fair, the first twenty minutes or so were in my opinion mainly American pressure. We started bad, got a goal against the run of play and just held on for a while. But yeah, not getting that second goal set us up for the sucker punch just before half-time.

Posted by: HJ (hjcallipygian)
Posted at: June 15th, 2010 12:49 pm (UTC)

Most of the US defenders are just now getting healthy enough to play (especially Oguchi Onyewu), so they were pretty disorganized in the beginning. Howard spent most of the first twenty minutes screaming at them to get them into position. Once they got in the swing of things, though, they were able to tighten up.

Seriously, watch the goal -- Onyewu got spun around the wrong way and the other back was waiting for him to mark the guy who scored. With him finally coming along and playing well (he's our top defender) and Howard playing so well, plus how we marked the hell out of Rooney and put all scoring pressure on Heskey and the mid-fielders, I think it took England out of their game.

"I think" being the key phrase, of course. =)

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