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Jeff Maurer's Soccer Blog
Saturday, 29 May 2010
USA vs. Turkey Preview
Topic: US National Team

Here's what I'm hoping to see when the US plays Turkey tomorrow.

1. No injuries. Duh.

2. Holding the ball in the midfield. We're more of a counterattacking side - we don't do this extremely well. I'm not saying we need to be Mexico or Argentina, but I'd like to see us establish a rhythm and take some pressure off the defense.

3. Creativity in attack/ability to break down a compact defense.Turkey are coached by Gus Hiddink, so you know they'll be well-organized. In 2006, we showed a disturbing inability to break down Morocco and Latvia in the send-off series, which carried over to the World Cup. When we needed two goals in the second half against Ghana, we weren't able to break through.

4. Beasley: all in or fold. I don't think he'll start (see below), but I think he'll see significant minutes. I hope he either plays well enough to make me believe that the old (and I mean OLD...like 2004) Damarcus Beasley is back, or he plays poorly enough that Bradley leaves him out of the 11 during the Cup. I am a Beasley pessimist - it's been a long, long time since he showed good form for any significant amount of time.

Which brings us to...

My preferred lineup:

-----------------Altidore---------Dempsey-------------- 

Donovan----------Edu---------Bradley---------Holden 

Bocanegra-------Gooch-------Demerit------Cherundolo

---------------------------Howard------------------------

 The lineup I think we'll see: 

-----------------Altidore---------Gomez-------------- 

Dempsey----------Edu---------Bradley---------Donovan 

Bocanegra---------Gooch--------Demerit--------Spector

---------------------------Howard------------------------ 


Posted by jeffmaurer1980 at 12:44 AM EDT
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