Friday, June 29, 2007
Copa America: US Falls to Argentina 4-1
After a really long travel day yesterday, I stayed up to watch the Copa America, US v Argentina game which we had DVR'd. At 2 AM CDT, the final score was 4-1 Argentina. It is a shame that we did not take our full squad to this tournament. We had Argentina 1-1 a decent portion into the second and lacked any depth to finish the last 30 minutes. Some quick thoughts on the game:
1. Depth - like I said, we had none. We subbed in Eddie Gaven and their left flank ate our lunch. It was the turning point of the game.
2. Ben Olsen - awesome game. I've always liked Ben even though he is sometimes a dirty player.
3. Benny Feilhaber - A number of great passes but just not visible enough in the second half.
4. Bornstein - Did a great job on Messi in the first half, which is a tribute to the talent JB has. Messi switched sides in the second half.
5. Keller - Weak off of his line all game. Has he lost his edge?
6. Messi - Looked on the verge of a game changing moment every time he touched the ball. This guy is so fun to watch...when he is not playing us.
7. Eddie Johnson - Continued to receive great passes from our midfield and then seem poised to be on a race to the net...but always followed by him mysteriously slowing down. He must lack confidence. I certainly have no confidence in him.
8. Twellman - No material impact on the game. So far he has been unable to steup up to this level. I do like his work rate and determination though. At least with him you know he is trying. If I had to pick either him or EJ for future squads, I would take Twellman.
9. Our new subscription to the Spanish channel package on Cox - Love it. For $3/month, we now get even more soccer. The only channel we don't get at this point is GolTV, which would require us to switch to Dish...hmmm...