Posted on: June 12, 2010 2:00 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2010 4:30 pm

U.S. vs. England Live Blog

By Ross Devonport

OK guys, this is the blog entry to refresh for all updates regarding this Group C clash between the U.S. and England. Previous pre-game entries can be found by clicking 'Blog Home' above.

FULL TIME - It's all over in Rustenburg as it finishes 1-1 in this first Group C encounter. England won the possession battle, but the U.S. defense played superbly, Howard made solid, timely saves and Green made what will go down as one of the biggest mistakes in this World Cup. Luckily for him, as it was only a group game, it might not be remembered in overall World Cup history, especially if England move on to the round of 16. Also helping his cause is that he made that superb second-half save on Altidore to preserve the tie.

All eyes will now move to Sunday's Slovenia/Algeria encounter, which both the U.S. and England will hoping also ends in a draw so that no team has a real advantage moving into the second set of games. England's next match is against Algeria later that day.

Thanks for checking in to this World Cup blog on CBSSports.com and we'll see you again on Friday for the United States' next match against Slovenia at 10 a.m. ET.

90+1' - The U.S. wins a corner. Donovan takes it, but it's poor and short. There will be four minutes of added time.

89' - Donovan has a go from distance, but the shot flies harmlessly over the bar. This one looks headed for a draw.

86' - Altidore departs as Bradley brings on midfielder Stuart Holden, who was actually born in Scotland.

84' - England come forward with an odd-man rush, but Lampard just can't get enough of a touch of a touch on a cut-back pass from Lennon. Onyewu did well, to be honest, to put Lampard off.

83' - The referee has done a nice job today, I must say.

81' - Crouch gets his first touch as Rooney finds him with a cross. Crouch's header is a weak, looping one, though.

79' - Peter Crouch, the lanky striker, comes on for England. This comes a couple of minutes after Edson Buddle came on for Findley.

78' - Another corner for England as Oneywu has to make a lunging clearance, but Gerrard's kick is a poor one.

77' - A Gerrard cross is met by a rising Heskey, but he can't keep his header down and the ball flies onto the track surrounding this staidum in Rustenburg.

76' - Rooney factors again as he lays a ball off to Wright-Phillips streaking down the left, but his shot is right at Howard, who didn't have to do much except stand there and look big. Rooney has another look from an angle following the corner, but his low cross attempt is snagged by Howard. England are putting on the pressure now.

75' - England take the quick free kick and Rooney has his best moment of the match as his drive from distance goes just past Howard' left-hand post.

74' - Yellow for Findley, who comes in on the side of Gerrard's lower leg with cleats up.

71' - Gerrard finds Rooney wide open at the far post, but the cross is too high and a leaping Rooney can only get the top of his head to the ball as it goes out for a goal kick.

69' - We finally get a replay of the Altidore chance, and it indeed was a superb save from Green as he got a right-hand on Altidore's shot to send the ball onto the post and away. Green didn't quite redeem himself there, but he certainly made a little bit of amends.

65' - Altidore turns on the gas and comes in from Green's right side before unleashing a low shot. Green makes what looks like a great save, but it might have also hit the post. No replay yet to confirm, but certainly was a great chance for Altidore.

63' - Lampard, who has been as quiet as Rooney, smacks a left-foot shot from 25 yards, and Howard parries the ball over the top. From the resulting corner, Johnson is unmarked at the back post, but his shot goes wide.

61' - Another yellow, this time for Gerrard, as he comes in high on Dempsey and catches him in the knee with the bottom of his cleats. The resulting free kick from just outside the left-hand side of the box is served in beautifully by Donovan again, but Bocanegra's header is wide.

59' - Carragher gets the third yellow card of the game as he rashley challenges Findlay with his cleats up. That one could have been nasty.

57' - Rooney is having an absolute nightmare, as he gives the ball away under pretty much no pressure. You have to give the U.S. credit for limiting the striker.

55' - Cherundolo stops a Wright-Phillips run down the left as the American defender continues to have a solid game so far. It's probably between him or Howard for man-of-the-match right now, although Green might get some votes, too.

52' - Heskey is sent through the middle by a great Lennon pass, but Heskey's low effort is straight into Howard's gut. The goalie holds on as England fans hold their heads in their hands again.

49' - Lennon gets to the byline and sends a screaming low ball across the box, but no one gets a sniff of it.

48' - Demerit picks up a silly yellow card as he purposely smacks the ball with his hand while involved in an aerial challenge.

46' - England make a second change as Jamie Carragher comes on for King at the half. King's knee injury must be giving him trouble.

HALF - Well, we're through 45 minutes, and the story here is Green's catastrophe letting the U.S. right back into this game after England dominated for long spells of action. England will have felt they should have at least doubled their lead before the gaffe, but they didn't and the U.S. will have the clear momentum going into the second half. How England deals with this situation will be interesting to see.

45' - Add that Green gaffe to the list of mistakes by England goalkeepers over recent years. David Seaman in 2002 vs. Brazil and Paul Robinson vs. Russia in European qualifying for the 2008 champs.

40' - GOAL!! And the England goalkeeping issue comes to fruitition as Dempsey puts what seems like a tame left-footed shot on goal from a good 7 yards outside the box and Green can't handle the low ball as it slips through his hands and over the line. An embarrassing moment for Green with what might be his last game of this tournament if he doesn't make up for that horrendous error in the remaining 50 minutes of this one. U.S. 1, ENGLAND 1

39' - Donovan rips one from 25 yards across the face of goal. The ball seemed to surprise Green a bit, who went sprawling to his right before watching the ball go wide. Cherundolo is then shown the yellow for a reckless challenge.

38' - Wright-Phillips takes a dig from 25 yards, but his effort is well wide of Howard's left-hand post. England is dominating possession at the moment.

35' - Rooney sneaks in behind the defense and tries to cut the ball back, but it's well snuffed out by the U.S. defense. That could have been 2-0 very easily.

33' - Altidore lets it fly from distance, but Green isn't troubled. Donovan has now switched wings with Dempsey to try and get something going for the U.S.

32' - SUBSTITUTION - England pull off Milner, who clearly isn't over the illness that he's been dealing with recently. On come Shaun Wright-Phillips.

29' - Great cross from a wide-open Johnson down the right is flicked away bravely by Howard at top of the six-yard box, but he pays the price as a sliding Heskey smashes right into the goalie's midsection. Howard stays down for a good couple of minutes before finally getting to his feet.

28' - Heskey breaks free with pace down the left wing, but his ball across the top of the six-yard bos is too far ahead of Rooney.

26' - Cherundolo gets clipped by Milner again, and that's enough for a yellow card to be produced by the referee. Milner hasn't had the best of starts here. The resulting free kick is flicked wide off the top off Onyewu's head. Donovan's service into the box has been stellar so far.

24' - Wayne Rooney has seen little of the ball so far, and Bob Bradley would love things to stay that way. The Manchester United striker is coming off his best offensive club season.

22' - For those wondering, the vuvuzela horns are definitely winning the noise battle so far in this one.

20' - Lennon is set free down the right and, instead of shooting from a decent angle, he tries to feed the ball across goal. Cherundolo makes a superb recovery to intercept the ball and clear.

19' - Altidore with the best U.S. chance of the game by a mile, but his header from a Donovan cross is only glanced agonizingly wide. Should have done a lot better with that one.

16' - Neither team has shown much of anything since the goal. While the first four games of this World Cup saw teams sitting back a little too much, both squads today seem a little more interested in getting forward.

14' - The U.S. get three straight corners in the space of a minute, but nothing comes of them. The third one is taken short to a wide-open Cherundolo, but he just smashes the ball through the top of the box to absolutely no one.

11' - The first attempt on goal by the U.S. comes from the head of Dempsey after a floated cross, but there was really no threat for Green.

10' - A Lampard free kick is deflected behind for a corner by Donovan, but only a handball by Johnson comes from the set piece.

7' - Cherundolo is clattered by Milner along the far sideline. The England midfielder was lucky to escape without a yellow card there

4' - GOAL!! And the first blood is drawn by England as captain Steven Gerrard is fed through the middle by Emile Heskey and Gerrard pokes the ball past an oncoming Howard with the outside of his right foot from about 12 yards. Poor defending there by the U.S. as they seemed to fall asleep at a a throw-in. England 1, U.S. 0

3' - First offside is against the U.S.

1' - Both teams are in the standard 4-4-2 formations from all early indications.

2:31 p.m. ET -- And we're under way from Rustenburg. The U.S. are moving from right to left on your computer. Officials are from Brazil, by the way.

2:27 p.m. ET -- England are in the all-white uniforms today, with a couple of players wearing long-sleeve shirts underneath their jerseys. Looks like the U.S. will be in all blue, although they're still in their warmup whites while the anthems are being played.

2:23 p.m. ET -- The teams appear in the tunnel and I get my first real goosebumps today. To be totally honest with you, I was born in England, but have lived in the U.S. since 1992. I'm certainly supporting my country of birth today, but a U.S. victory won't be the end of the world!

2:19 p.m. ET -- Funny opening preview piece on the broadcast featuring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Russell Brand. Ferrell heads a ball then feigns a head injury, while Brand calls this the 'real football', not the other football where you pick it up with your hands. If you haven't seen 'Get Him To The Greek', I highly recommend it, but only for those not easily offended.

2:15 p.m. ET -- While the pressure is certainly on England a little more in this game, it is just the first match for both teams in the group, so there will still be plenty of time to make up points if one team ends up on the losing end today. A tie would help the other two teams in this group, Algeria and Slovenia.

2:08 p.m. ET -- If you missed the two earlier games today, South Korea scored twice to beat a Greece team who didn't look like they belonged in South Africa. Also, Argentina dominated Nigeria possession-wise, but only managed a 1-0 victory thanks to a superb long-range header from defender Gabriel Heinze. Super Eagles goalie Vincent Enyeama might have earned himself a big payday come the fall with a superb peformance to keep Lionel Messi from putting the ball in the net.

2:03 p.m. ET -- For those who are watching their first 2010 World Cup game this afternoon, you shoujld know that the low-level droning you'll hear during the game isn't a swarm of bees. Rather, it's the vuvuzela horns that will be a fixture in the crowd throughout the tournament. One thing that will be interesting to see today is whether the numerous England fans can drown out the horns. No team's fans --except for maybe Argentina -- have managed it yet.

2 p.m. ET -- Defender Oguchi Onyewu is the major injury concern for the USA, as he's been dealing with a knee problem that limited him to just two club games during the 2009-10 season. While his knee might be an issue, his quality beard isn't. He's certainly got more hair on his chin than he does on his head.

Category: Soccer
Posted on: June 12, 2010 1:47 pm

England's concerns

While Bradley is concerned about set pieces, England will likely be most concerned about USA's pace up front and the knees of Ledley King, who is in the lineup because captain Rio Ferdinand hurt his own knee in pre-tournament practice. King dealt with knee trouble all year while playing a starring role in Tottenham Hotspur's run to a Champions League spot.

There will also be a slight worry about goalkeeper Robert Green, who has only 10 caps for England, despite being 30 years old.
Category: Soccer
Posted on: June 12, 2010 1:40 pm

Bradley concerned about England's set pieces

USA coach Bob Bradley, when asked about his concerns coming into this game: "With England, it's set pieces. We've worked on it a lot, but that's one of their strengths".

In their last warmup game against an international team before the World Cup, England scored twice off set pieces.
Category: Soccer
Posted on: June 12, 2010 1:31 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2010 1:33 pm

USA vs. England pre-game

Hi there! My name is Ross Devonport, and I will be your blogger for today's Group C clash between the United States and England.

The England team has been announced, with the only real surprise being Robert Green named in goal ahead of David James, who was dealing with a slight knee issue earlier this week:

Goalkeeper: Green
Defenders: Cole, King, Terry, Johnson
Midfielders: Gerrard, Lennon, Lampard, Milner
Forwards: Heskey, Rooney

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