View Full Version : FIFA U-20 World Cup - USA v. Germany
09-26-2009, 07:21 AM
US STARTING XI
Not too sure what the formation actually is here. Ownby is listed in midfield, but plays forward in college. Shea is listed as a forward, but plays all along the left side of the pitch for FC Dallas. This might be a 4-5-1 with Taylor alone up front.
UPDATE: Its being called a 4-3-3, but that's a loose title
D - Mayen-Opara-Gale-Davies
M - Diskerrud-Jeffrey-powers
F - Ownby-Taylor-Shea
Its been a lot of Shea on the left flank in midfield though.
09-26-2009, 08:03 AM
The US are wearing their white uniforms today, so zee Germans are in red and black. I like the red German shirt, but its weird to see them.
Commentators talking early about the injuries for the Germans. One of the Benders is out and the other is starting in central defense.
First shot of the match comes in from Jeffery from distance. No threat as it went well over the goal.
09-26-2009, 08:05 AM
And a quick turnaround for the Germans as Sukutu-Pasu (RSP) takes a long pass and gets a shot, that Perk saved well.
And shortly after the US with a poor give away and RSP ends up with the ball an the shot goes wide.
09-26-2009, 08:06 AM
USA earns a corner as Kopplin sends Brek Shea's cross out. It was a dangerous one with Taylor coming in on goal.
Jeffery takes the corner, sends it low and the Germans clear it out.
09-26-2009, 08:07 AM
Things aren't looking good early for the US defense. Not good as that was supposed to be a strength with a fairly anonymous attack.
09-26-2009, 08:09 AM
US is going backwards a lot. Particularly with Shea on the left. Ike Opara looks comfortable on the ball.
And as I am typing that, Ownby with a poor give away on the right and missed clearance by Opara and the ball goes through to RSP. Perk charges out and RSP sends it over the goal. Another great chance by the Germans.
09-26-2009, 08:10 AM
Germany with a corner now. First goes short and USA clears for a second corner, which goes long and gets sent out for a Germany throw.
Kopplin for the Germans can launch the ball on the throws and this could be a dangerous attacking point for the Germans all morning.
09-26-2009, 08:12 AM
Another corner for the Germans. Third of the match in the early going. Perk goes for it and gets fouled in the process.
09-26-2009, 08:14 AM
Vrancic with a fairly dirty foul on Gale. Just cleared him out with no attempt for the ball while Gale was going for a header.
09-26-2009, 08:15 AM
The US have not found any possession thus far. It really looks like the Germans have trotted 15 players out on the pitch. They're everywhere.
09-26-2009, 08:17 AM
Brian Ownby nearly had a shot on goal after a long throw through the box. He wasn't able to get a foot on it though and the Germans are back in the US half with possession.
Brek Shea breaks up the German possession and gets the US going forward, but that slows down and fizzles out quickly.
09-26-2009, 08:21 AM
US with a good couple minutes of possession now. Just not making a lot of progress though.
The commentators are mentioning the heat, which apparently is oppressive, as one would assume when you're in Suez and its sunny. Looks like play will be in spurts with some breaks to just kick it around so players don't pass out.
09-26-2009, 08:23 AM
USA with a solid attacking chance as the ball gets played through low by Taylor looking for Ownby. It goes through however, but Zeiler takes Ownby to the face. Doesn't look to be in terrible shape, but he is bleeding from the mouth. He'll stay in.
09-26-2009, 08:24 AM
This leads to some hilarity as the German backup keeper was all ready and excited to get in and now looks like he is going to cry on the bench.
09-26-2009, 08:26 AM
USA just had 9 players behind the ball on an attacking throw. All but Taylor.
USA counters after breaking up the throw. The ball was sent through by Taylor, looking for Shea. Shea was offside, but has been looking dangerous thus far.
Still waiting for Diskerrud to do something. Don't think I have heard his name aside from when the commentator was referencing him as one of the two Europe based players.
09-26-2009, 08:29 AM
Germany gets a dangerous free kick after a questionable call on Opara. He was going shoulder to shoulder with RSP and appeared to get a lot of the ball and not much of the man. USA cleared the free kick.
RSP still looks dangerous, but hasn't been too threatening since the very early going. Regardless, he's a very big, strong, and skilled forward who will cause problems for Opara and Gale.
09-26-2009, 08:31 AM
Uhoh. Ownby takes Kopplin down in the box and the Germans get a penalty. Ownby gets a yellow.
And the Germans go up 1-0. Semih Aydilek takes it and sends it in low and to Perk's right. Perk went left.
09-26-2009, 08:33 AM
More danger from the Germans. A player was coming down the right uncontested and sent a low cross through the box. Ownby cleared for a corner.
The corner went through and ended up with Florian Jungwirth who sent a powerful shot past Perk.
09-26-2009, 08:37 AM
Two in two minutes for the Germans and the US still can't retain possession. Germany is just too organized and constantly have players on the ball and ready to move forward.
More bad news for the US as Taylor gets fouled, but Kyle Davies goes down away from the play and has to come off the pitch. Jorge Flores looks like he'll be coming in to play leftback. Not sure what happened to Davies, but its a blow for the US as their captain is out.
09-26-2009, 08:39 AM
Free kick taken MLS style. Poor and low. Cleared by the Germans and Holtby breaks away. His shot is deflected out for another German corner.
The US eventually clear it out.
Brek Shea goes on a short break with a bit of a run. The ball ends up centrally and Taylor just tries to run through a German defender. Didn't work as the Germans had four there ready to break down the attack.
09-26-2009, 08:42 AM
Another poor turnover in the US midfield is destroyed by Opara. Semih Aydilek thought he would be able to get through and Opara got all ball and sent the German flying.
Opara and Gale have looked solid in central defense after that early accident that sent RSP through. That might be the lone bright spot thus far.
09-26-2009, 08:43 AM
Since Flores entered, Shea and Ownby have switched with Shea going out right. Not sure why. Shea plays leftback very well, while Flores is more of an attacking player for Chivas USA.
09-26-2009, 08:47 AM
Interesting moment here pointed out by the commentator. The crowd is cheering the US. Probably just hoping for a competitive match.
The US look poor. Ownby has been pathetic, even without the penalty he gave up. The US don't have a ball winner in the midfield. I'm hoping for Arguez or Duka it come in early in the second half. There are some decent attacking players out there, but there is no link for them and no one to hold possession while they set up.
09-26-2009, 08:49 AM
Germany sets up the attack down the right and Sebastian Jung slams a shot over the goal. Had a lot of players available for the cross, but chose not to take it.
09-26-2009, 08:51 AM
And that's the half. Probably the best news the US has gotten since the match started.
Germany is up 2-0. The US needs possession and needs someone who can win the ball in midfield. Gale and Opara have been solid in central defense, but there's nothing there for them once they win the ball.
09-26-2009, 09:11 AM
Game is back. But ESPN360 isn't. Arguez is in for Powers.
09-26-2009, 09:15 AM
In the 57th and I just found a stream. From various twitter feeds and Ives, Arguez seems to have made some difference, but there isn't enough for the US.
09-26-2009, 09:16 AM
Ownby gets the ball out wide in the 58th and sends in a horrific cross. I'm wondering why exactly he is still in there. Put it anyone else, please.
09-26-2009, 09:21 AM
Gale slams in on Jungwirth and he is down and not loving life at the moment. It was two-footed and studs up by Gale. Gale caught the ball with his left foot and the German with his right. Jungwirth is hobbling off now.
09-26-2009, 09:22 AM
Jungwirth gets the magic spray (does that stuff cure cancer too?) and is ready to come back in.
Moments before, RSP gets sprung in on goal with a nice through ball, but was offside. He took the shot anyway, and sent it wide.
09-26-2009, 09:23 AM
Shea gets the ball on the left and rocks a cross in looking for Ownby. It gets sent out by the Germans though. Second corner for the US.
Jeffrey finds Shea who deflects it for Opara who only sends it straight down. Nothing there as it goes back to Jeffrey.
A new attack for the US and Shea with a nice move, but the cross gets blocked before he sends it in.
09-26-2009, 09:28 AM
Brian Ownby with another horrific cross from the right. Why is he still in the match? Or in Egypt?
Taylor and Shea were ready in the box. Ownby has been one of the best defenders Germany has had today.
09-26-2009, 09:32 AM
First real chance for the US and its Diskerrud taking a pass from a charging Arguez. Zieler comes out and squashes Diskerrud's shot with his knee.
Took a while, but at least we got one real shot on goal.
09-26-2009, 09:33 AM
Taylor earns a free kick taking a hard challenge from Jungwirth. Yellow for Jungwirth. Germany makes a sub and its Kemper off for Schaffler. Looks like a 4-4-2 for Germany now.
Jeffrey takes the free kick, but sends it a few feet two high. Nice curve on it, but nothing else of note.
09-26-2009, 09:36 AM
And a rocket shot from Jeffrey that goes flying off the cross bar. Second real chance for the US. Shea set that one up by holding the ball up top.
Just realized that the ESPN360 feed is about seven minutes behind the USSoccer twitter page.
09-26-2009, 09:51 AM
Been a while for an update. Kaptan entered and almost immediately set up Schaeffler, the previous sub, for a goal. Germany goes up 3-0.
Jeffrey had another dangerous free kick, but sent it slightly off frame.
Dilly Duka entered for Diskerrud, who only recently starting to get in the game. Brian Ownby for some reason is still on the pitch.
Jorge Flores appears to not know that he has a right foot and that he is permitted to use it.
09-26-2009, 09:56 AM
I'm giving up on this match. Time for lunch and then rugby.
Highlights for the match are Gale and Opara in defense. Despite giving up three, none were really their fault and they played well. RSP always looked threatening for the Germans, but he did not get much done centrally after breaking through the defense. Brek Shea was strong and active in the attack, but was not able to link up with Taylor or Diskerrud.
Here's the lineup I'm hoping for in the next match:
GK - Perk
DF - Mayen - Opara - Gale - Flores
MC - Arguez - Jeffrey
AM - Diskerrud - Duka - Shea
FW - Taylor
And here's a roster analysis from duNord's twitter:
"They only brought five defenders and now two are hurt. Who picked this team? They only brought two forwards as well. So that means they have 11 midfielders on the roster."
Final score is 3-0 to the Germans. US plays again Tuesday against Cameroon.
09-26-2009, 12:01 PM
Germany u-20 have 2 Bosnians on their squad. If they do good I won't be surprised if Ciro gives them a call up to the senior team.
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