Tag:World Cup
Posted on: June 26, 2010 2:02 pm
Edited on: June 26, 2010 5:01 pm
 

U.S. vs. Ghana Live Blog

Welcome to the live blog for this World Cup round of 16 game between the United States and Ghana. My name is Ross Devonport, and I'll be your guide for this crucial clash in Rustenburg. Refresh often for the latest updates.

FULL TIME - And the dream is over for the U.S. as they fall 2-1 to Ghana for a second straight World Cup. They had some late chances and Kingson made a couple of crucial punches, but it just wasn't to be. Thanks for joining us here at CBSSports.com for our World Cup blogs.

113' - Ghana, who are doing everything possible to give their players a rest, including flopping ridiculously bring on Sulley Muntari for Inkoom.

109' - Bornstein earns a free kick just outside the top corner of the box, but Donovan's ball from the left is punched away by Kingson.

105' - The whistle blows for the end of the first 15 minutes ot extra time, and Ghana were knocking it around nicely following their goal. The U.S. looks tired and will have to dig deep if they're going to produce another miracle.

98' - The U.S. get a corner and take it short. Cherundolo puts in a great cross from the right and Edu beats Kingson to the ball, but it squeaks agonizingly wide.

93' - GOAL GHANA!! A long, hopeful ball is collected by Asamoah on the run just outside the U.S. box. He shakes off a strong upper-body challenge from Bocanegra and rifles a left-footed shot over Howard and into the net. A great run by Asamoah as he showed off superb strength to shake off Bocanegra. Luckily the U.S. still have 27 minutes to get a goal back. Ghana 2, United States 1

90' - Bradley makes a risky move by using his final sub to bring off Altidore, who looked tired, and bring on Herculez Gomez. Hopefully no one gets hurt in extra time.

90+4' - Ghana gets a late corner, but a deep ball can only be headed over and the final whistle goes. Two 15-minute halves coming up, followed by a penalty shootout if necessary. Ghana 1, United States 1

90+2' - Ayew receives a very harsh yellow card as Altidore sprints off down the left before triipping over his own feet. Hard to imagine a pro athlete doing that, but replays seem to show he did.

87' - This game has got tight over the last 10 minutes, with neither team wanting to make that mistake that could turn into a massive goal. This one looks headed to extra time.

81' - Altidore latches onto a monster ball from the back and battles Mensah in the box. The two fall to the ground as Altidore barely gets a shot off, and despite penalty claims, replays show that Altidore was the one who initialized the contact.

78' - Stephen Appiah comes on for goal scorer Boateng, who took a knock on his thigh.

76' - Bradley latches on to what initially looked like an offside pass, but the replay shows he was fine. His one-on-one effort vs. Kingson is weak, though, and we remain tied.

73' - Ghana makes their first change, with Lee Addy coming on for Sarpei.

70' - Since the addition of Feilhaber at the half, the U.S. have looked like a team possessed. Sometimes the simplest of personnel and/or formation change can have a massive impact.

66' - Man, I should have technical difficulties more often! In the 62nd minute, Dempsey is absolutely clattered in the box by Mensah, and a penalty is awarded. Donovan steps up, and puts the ball onto Kingson's left-hand post, but the ball just catches enough of the inside of the upright and goes in. All tied up 1-1!!

50' - By the way, those who watched the earlier game today will have seen a field that was cutting up badly. In contrast, this field in Rustenburg has looked superb in this match.

47' - So much for Feilhaber sitting back! He almost makes the best impact a sub can make as the U.S. make moves down the right, before Altidore finds Feilhaber on the left-hand side of the box. But, it's Kingson to the rescue again as comes out to make a superb stop and keep the score 1-0.

46' - Benny Feilhaber is on for the U.S., with Findley coming off. Expect Dempsey and Donovan to push up more as this half progresses, with Feilhaber helping out behind them.

HALF - And that's it for the first half, and what a disappointing 45 minutes it was for the U.S. There might be just a one-goal difference at the moment, but it's been all Ghana in Rustenberg. Still, we know what the U.S. is capable of when they wake up in the second half of games, so things are far from decided yet.

40' - Bradley tries a nice little deft chip over the defense that was intended for a streaking Donovan, but the ball was just a bit too far.

37' - Some awful defending by Demerit is almost punished by Ghana, but Howard shows his class to deny Asamoah. Superb save.

35' - What a golden chance for Findley! After a Ghana turnover, he's played through beautifully by Dempsey into the box, but his shot is well saved by an onrushing Kingson with his left foot. Definitely the best chance for the U.S. so far.

34' - Ghana has taken its foot off the pedal a little in the last 5-10 minutes, but the U.S. hasn't managed to take advantage.

31' - And that's it for Clark, who gave away the ball that led to the goal and then picked up a yellow card a minute late. Edu is in the game. Clark gets a half-hug and a word in his ear from coach Bob Bradley, but it likely won't make Clark feel any better.

29' - A Boateng shot from 30 yards is low and easily gathered by Howard.

26' - The U.S. is being ouclassed here. Bradley has to make an important headed interception from a cross. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.

23' - Bradley finds plenty of space on the left and whips in a low, threatening cross, but Kingson comes diving out to claim well. That could have been a very dangerous ball.

22' - Cherundolo makes a nice run down the right and earns a free kick in a dangerous spot. Donovan's cross isn't great though, and Ghana clear easily.

18' - Cherundolo gives the ball away in his own half and then clips a Ghanaian from behind. That's his second yellow of the tournament, and Cherundolo will miss the quarterfinal against Uruguay if the U.S. somehow comes back here. The resulting free kick is punched away well by Howard under little pressure.

19' - Findley shows great anticipation and almost latches on to a poor header back to Kingson, but the ball is just far enough away from Findley's path that Kingson has time to collect.

14' - Boateng, who played last year for Portsmouth in England, will be doing his bank account a lot of good here, as he isn't likely to return to newly-relegated Pompey in 2010-11.

12' - Altidore picks up a loose ball 25 yards out with some space. but his shot is scuffed well wide of Kingson's right-hand post.

11' - Ghana are knocking the ball about with ease here. As expected, this early goal has given them the confidence to push forward even more.

7' - First yellow of the game goes to Clark for a senseless tackle from behind 10 yards into the Ghana half.

5' - GOAL GHANA!! And the U.S. are down early again. A turnover by Clark in the midfield is picked up by Boateng, who surges through the middle before firing a low shot to Howard's right and into the back of the net. Another awful start for the Yanks.

5' - Dempsey lets rip from distance, but the ball is right at Kingson, who makes the easy grab.

4' - Inkoom sends a similar ball to Donovan in from the right, and the result is the same.

2' - Donovan plays a ball through the top of the six-yard box, but there's no one home.

1' - Ghana are in all red with vertical yellow stripes, while the U.S. are in all white.

2:30 pm ET - And we're under way as the vuvuzelas sound!

2:28 pm ET - The home fans will surely be cheering for Ghana in this one, as they are Africa's lone hope remaining in this tournament.

2:24 pm ET - Master of the obvious, John Harkes, is you color man on TV today, with Ian Darke doing play-by-play. The teams are out, and it's time for the anthems. As per usual, half the U.S. team -- including Donovan and Dempsey -- are not singing. TV shows a shot of former president Bill Clinton in the crowd looking OLD.

2:23 pm ET - Celebrities already reported to be in attendance include Kobe Bryant and British boxing champ Amir Khan.

2:19 pm ET - If you're expecting an offensive explosion in this game today, you might be sorely disappointed. The U.S. have yet to score a goal from the forward position, while Ghana's two goals in group play came from the penalty spot.

2:17 pm ET - For those remotely interested, my prediction for this match is a goal late in each half for the U.S. and a 2-0 victory.

2:14 pm ET - The winner of this match will face Uruguay in the quarterfinals on Friday at 10 a.m. ET, after the South Americans edged South Korea 2-1 earlier today thanks to two goals from Ajax star Luis Suarez.

2:11 pm ET - Reports from Rustenburg suggest there are a lot of England fans in the stands, as they probably expected their team to be in this game. But, the U.S. won the group, and England will face Germany tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET.

2:09 pm ET - Only change for Ghana is Samuel Inkoom starting starting at the back instead of Prince Tagoe.

2:06 pm ET - Big change for the U.S. is the return of Ricardo Clark to the starting lineup in place of Maurice Edu. Robbie Findley also returns after his one-match ban.

2:04 pm ET -- Here are your lineups and referee:

United States: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 15-Jay DeMerit, 12-Jonathan Bornstein, 3-Carlos Bocanegra; 10-Landon Donovan, 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Ricardo Clark, 8-Clint Dempsey; 17-Jozy Altidore, 20-Robbie Findley.

Ghana: 22-Richard Kingson; 4-John Pantsil, 8-Jonathan Mensah, 5-John Mensah, 2-Hans Sarpei; 6-Anthony Annan, 7-Samuel Inkoom, 23-Kevin-Prince Boateng, 13-Dede Ayew; 21-Kwadwo Asamoah, 3-Asamoah Gyan.

Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary).



Category: Soccer
Posted on: June 23, 2010 9:30 am
Edited on: June 23, 2010 1:48 pm
 

U.S. vs. Algeria Live Blog

Welcome to the live blog for today's Group C game between the U.S. and Algeria. My name is Sergio Gonzalez, and I'll be your guide through the 90 mins of action that starts at 10 a.m. ET from Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Tshwane/Pretoria. Just refresh this page often for all the updates.

94' -- IT'S OVER: The U.S. has moved on!!! Donovan's dramatic late finish has not only propelled the Americans into the next round, they have won the group and will face the second place team of Group D (Germany, Serbia, Australia, Ghana).

Congratulations to Bob Bradley and his team. They deserved the win and have made a negative situation forced upon them by bad officiating into a resilliant, positive moment for U.S. Soccer.




93' -- A red card for Algeria captain Yahia in a confusing scene where several Algerian players argued a foul called on them in front of the referee. The captain had a yellow already and received a second, sending him off. England and Slovenia are done with the score 1-0. This reult would send the U.S. through as the winners of the group.

92' -- THE U.S. HAVE DONE IT! An Algerian chance in the U.S. box resulted in a fast-attacking counter led by Donovan. A four-on-three chance resulted in a shot by Dempsey that was stopped, but the rebound found Donovan with a clear goal to shoot at and he finshed it! A deserved finish for the Americans who still need to hold on for two minutes.

90' -- Four minutes added on by the referee.

89' -- It's Hail Mary time for the U.S. and Algeria. A long drive by Howard from box to box found Buddle with a chance, but he did poorly with it and his pass backward to try to find Altidore had little chance of finding him. He had posession of the ball in the Algeria box, but did not finish well at all.

88' -- The Algerians take their first shot in what seems like forever from the top of the box, but it goes way high and wide.

87' -- Both sides are far from goal now, which benefits nobody but the English and Slovenians.

85' -- Matmour off for Algeria. Striker Rafik Sifi on. That's a striker for a striker.

83' -- Mehdi Lacen "takes out" a streaking Altidore for a profressional foul that stopped a promising U.S. chance. His second card of the first round would result in him missing the next match. It was a strong, but smart foul as Altidore was streaking into the box. Dempsey's free kick was poor and high.

82' -- Dempsey comes off the field to get some medical attention after being elbowed in the mouth by an Algerian defender. Nobody saw it in live action, but the stray elbow could have resulted in a red card for the Algerian. Dempsey was bloodied up on the play.

80' -- DeMarcus Beasley comes on for the U.S. in place of Bornstein. The U.S. will try to use Beasley's speed up the wing to try to get some crosses in to Altidore and Co.

77' -- Dempsey was fouled in a promising for a free-kick about 25-yards out. The U.S. tried an indirect chance with two touches on it before Bradley drove a line drive that was pushed aside by the Algerian keeper. A strong shot by Bradley, but with little direction.

76' -- Algeria's captain Antar Yahia was carded for an aggresive challenge on Altidore. Altidore stayed down a moment, but was able to get up and play on. 

75' -- Kadir fouled Altidore just outside the Algeria box for a promising free kick. Donovan did not fire on goal with the ball too far out wide to the left of the box, but the cross was good. It was headed too high and the game remains 0-0.

73' -- Hassan Yebda found room to dribble up the middle in the U.S. zone, but decided to rip one from about 40 yards out that sailed away harmlessly.

72' -- A FIFA graphic just showed that the U.S. is leading the shot count 7-2. It's still 0-0 where it counts, though.

71' -- Algeria suffered a scare as a foot-finding cross from the right side glanced off the foot of defender Madjid  Bougherra and looked dangerous before going over the goal for a corner. The corner resulted in nothing for the U.S.

68' -- A bad goal kick by Algeria created a good chance for the U.S. a cross from Cherundolo to Buddle nearly resulted in a goal, but a point-blank save made up for the Algerian keeper. Algeria came right back and had a decent chance of their own, but a shot up the right side of the U.S. penalty box was low and well wide.

66' -- A good dribbling chance by Feilhaber down the right side of the Algeria box created a good chance, but the shot was pushed aside for a corner. Algeria made a change to bring on a striker (Abdelkader Ghezzal) as they'll look to become more aggressive up front.

65' -- Bob Bradley makes his first sub of the game for the U.S. Edson Buddle on and Maurice Edu came off. Edu was not nearly as influential in this game as he was against Slovenia, but it was a good effort.

63' -- Bocanegra cleared a dangerous cross that nearly found a streaking Djebbour just in front of Howard's goal. That could have been very dangerous had Bocanegra not gotten a foot on it.

62' -- Altdore got a little antsy and fouled Rafik Halliche in the attacking zone. He was carded for it, but it did not look to be a card-worthy foul.

60' -- The game is starting to open up at both ends, but the U.S. is controling what their is of midfield play. Their chances are coming, but the finishing will have to improve. So far, everybody that has gotten close has looked tense and uneasy.

57' -- The U.S. hit the post! Should have been 1-0 (or 2-0 if you count the offside goal that should have counted). A strong defensive recovery by Bradley started a counter for the U.S. The attack came down the left side, but the ball found Dempsey alone up the middle of the Algeria box without a defender. He hesitated a bit on his finish, but put a good shot on net to the right post. It bounced off and back to him, but his second attempt was nervy and went high and wide. That should have been a goal.

55' -- Algeria has been picking their spots to attack in the second half, but when they do they have been able to get deep into the U.S. zone with dribbles up either side. So far, no real chances.

53' -- In the second half so far, the roles have switched. It is Algeria that is compact and content to sit back in their own zone and the U.S. with the posession, but nowhere to go really.

52' -- Algeria earned their fifth corner of the match. The Americans have just one to this point. Despite allowing two headers by Algeria in their own box, the U.S. escape without a serious shot on goal.

50' -- The U.S. is pushing up the field early in the half, but Algeria has looked somewhat dangerous on a couple of counterattack chances. The latest resulted in a corner kick for Algeria. Algerian defender Rafik Halliche had a good header chance, but he was impeded by good defense by DeMerit.

48' -- The U.S. had a free kick from about 40 yards out. Instead of trying a straight shot or cross, they tried a designed touch and cross to the top of the box. It beared no results.

47' -- Matmour got free down the left side again. His finish went awry and he was offside, but Cherundolo's constant attacking up the right side for the U.S. has created gaps in the back on that side that Algeria has tried to take advantage of.

46' -- The second half is underway. Bornstein streaked down the left side and put up a nice cross, but nobody was on the other end of it.

HALFTIME -- Here is an update on what the group looks like at the half:

England - 5 points, +1 goal difference
Slovenia - 4 points, 0 goal difference
United States - 3 points, 0 goal difference
Algeria - 2 points, -1 goal difference

As it stands, England and Slovenia would go through. The U.S. would own a tiebreaker against the English if they are both even in points and goal difference as the U.S. have more goals (to this point). The U.S. has scored three goals. The English have two, so far.


HALFTIME -- The ref blows the whistle for halftime just after a deep cross by Algeria goes just beyond the reach of a header by Djebbour. The two sides go back to their locker rooms tied at 0-0, needing a win to move on if the England score (1-0) holds. Both teams had good chances. The Algerians hit a volley off the cross bar and the U.S. had a goal disallowed that looked to be onside. Should be a heck of a finish.

45' -- The fourth official has shown 1' of added time.

43' -- Karim Ziani showed some nice individual effort to create a chance out of nothing for Algeria. He dribbled from the left side all the way up the middle and decided to rip a shot from about 35 yards out. It sailed high and wide, however.

41' -- Cherundolo has been able to get free down the right side often. His latest chance saw a cross that was too deep into the Algeria penalty box and was easily intercepted.

40' -- After the U.S. saw two great chances just moments apart, the game has settled down a bit. Algeria still has a bit more of the posession than the U.S. 

37' -- An excellent give-and-go by Donovan and Bradley created an excellent chance for the U.S. into the six-yard box, but Altidore's heavy shot blew a golden opportunity. The ball bounced in between Donovan and Altidore, but the aggressive striker chose to take the shot and went with power over placement. That could have been the lead for the U.S., who desparately need it.

36' -- Donovan feeds a nice ball down the left side into Algeria's penalty box, but Dempsey's shot was saved.

35' -- The right side of the U.S. defense continues to be the focus of Algeria's attacks. Most of their promising chances have come down that side.

33' -- Cherundolo creates a promising situation for the U.S. by getting free down the right side and centering a cross to the top of the box. Dempsey's header went off the back of a U.S. player. The resulting rebound was haplessly fired high by Donovan on a tough half volley attempt.

31' -- A promising cross by Algeria down the right side was headed away by DeMerit. Algeria had not attacked much down the right side of the field before this.

27' -- In case you are wondering, this is what the group looks like right now. England (5 points), Slovenia (4 points), United States (3 points), Algeria (2 points). So both Algeria and the U.S. need to attack. Nobody can sit back here.

26' -- The U.S. got another tough break. A foul on Dempsey was called at midfield, but Altidore had a break on that would have been a bit dangerous at the least. He was unhappy with the lack of advantage given by the ref.

23' -- To rehash, these two results as they stand, would eliminate the U.S. Still plenty of time to go. And remember, this game could be 1-0 for the U.S. if that goal weren't disallowed. To be fair, it was a tough call to make live. It took a second replay for me to see he was on.

22' ENGLAND GOAL IN PORT ELIZABETH. England leads 1-0 on a goal by Jermaine Defoe. A SECOND replay of the disallowed U.S. goal, however, actually showed Dempsey was onside. That goal should have counted, folks! Not again for the U.S. with these refs.

21' -- The U.S. nearly made it 1-0. A good run by Altidore and Bradley up the middle created a rebound for Gomez down the right side of the Algeria box. He crossed a shot/foot-finder across goal that found Dempsey for an easy finish. Before the U.S. could start celebrating, though, the play was whisteled dead for offside. The replay showed it was the right call, but it was by a hair.

20' -- The U.S. seem alright with letting Algeria control the posession early on. There is no pressing by U.S. forwards until after Algeria crosses the halfway line.

17' -- The U.S. is enjoying their best little run of the match so far. Donovan let one rip from around 35 yards out, but the Jabulani took off on him like it has on so many others.

16' -- Gomez attempted a half volley on a cross that went from the right wing all the way to the other side of the Algeria penalty box. It was a nice effort, but the end result was a shot that went well high of the net.

13' -- Yebda was too iptimistic, taking a shot from about 40 yards out that never got off the ground and rolled harmlessly out of play. Algeria is enjoying more play in the U.S. zone than vice-versa, however.

15' -- A cross by Altidore looked promising off his foot, but Algeria's keeper came far off his line to intercept it.

12' -- Corner for Algeria. Good defending by the U.S. on set pieces so far. On the ensuing break chance for the U.S., Yebda fouled Altidore and received the first yellow of the game. He was one of the Algerian's on suspension watch and would miss the team's next match.

9' -- The U.S. defense is letting Djebbour run too freely. He got free down the left wing this time and fired a shot that went just wide. That will have to be corrected soon.

9' -- Clint Dempsey's free kick from about 40 yards sails way over the net. Outside of a Korea free kick goal on Tuesday, free kicks have been horrible at this World Cup.

7' -- The U.S. answered Algeria's salvo quickly. Gomez fired a shot from about 35 yards out that was pushed aside by the keeper.

6' -- First big chance of the game goes to Algeria. Rafik Djebbour was clear and free in the U.S. box at around the penalty spot. His volley attempt got by Howard, but it crashed on the cross bar. First scare for the U.S.

5' -- Maurice Edu intercepted a bad pass by Algeria in their own half, but a quick three-on-three chance for the U.S. did not evolve into much.

3' -- Algeria had a free kick about 40 yards out and loaded the U.S. penalty box with attackers, but a bad service cross resulted in no threat at all.

1' -- Quick up-and-down action early on. Landon Donovan streaks down the right wing and puts in a nice cross, but it was intercepted by the Algerian keeper.

1' -- Karim Matmour attempts a half volley from about 10 yards outside of the box. It sailed harmlessly over Tim Howard's net.

1' -- Belgian referee Frank De Bleekere blows his whistle and we're off. The U.S. in all white left to right on your blog screen. Algeria is in all green.

9:57 am -- Algerian players sang the anthem with arms around each other's shoulders. The formalities are out of the way, it's time for game action in Pretoria. England and Slovenia are getting ready to get under way in Port Elizabeth.

9:55 am -- U.S. players sang the anthem, left hand on their hearts, right hands on the shoulder of the player in front of them.

9:53 am -- The teams are out of the tunnel to the sound of vuvuzelas. It's anthem time in Pretoria.

9:51 am -- Former president Bill Clinton is in attendance tonight. He wasn't even there to present Brazil the World Cup in 1994 (Al Gore made the presentation). Just another sign of how big this game is for the U.S.

9:34 am -- Suspension watch: Robbie Findley is serving his mandated one-game suspension today for having received two yellow cards in the first two games. Steve Cherundolo and Jay DeMerit are on yellow cards as well for the U.S. Mehdi Lacen and Hassan Yebda are on yellows for Algeria.

BREAKING NEWS: I've just been informed that the U.S. will be making a change in the back, with Oguchi Onyewu not in today's starting lineup -- likely do to a lack of match fitness that was evident in the first two group games.  Jonathan Bornstein will take his place. Two other changes: Hercules Gomez will replace suspended striker Robbie Findley and Maurice Edu will replace Jose Torres in the midfield.

Here are today's lineups:

UNITED STATES: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 15-Jay DeMerit, 12-Jonathan Bornstein, 3-Carlos Bocanegra; 10-Landon Donovan, 4-Michael Bradley, 19-Maurice Edu, 8-Clint Dempsey; 17-Jozy Altidore, 9-Hercules Gomez.

ALGERIA: 23-Rais Ouheb Mbouli; 2-Majid Bougherra, 5-Rafik Halliche, 4-Antar Yahia, 3-Nader Belhadj, 21-Fouad Kadir, 19-Hassan Yebda, 8-Medhi Lacen, 15-Karim Ziani, 11-Rafik Djebbour, 13-Karim Matmour.

Category: Soccer
Posted on: June 18, 2010 9:33 am
Edited on: June 18, 2010 12:01 pm
 

U.S. vs. Slovenia Live Blog

Welcome to the live blog for today's Group C game between the U.S. and Slovenia. My name is Ross Devonport, and I'll be your guide through the 90 mins of action that starts at 10 a.m. ET from Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Just refresh this page often for all the updates.

FULL TIME -- That's all folks, as Altidore chases after the referee to try and complain about the goal that was disallowed. He's restrained by his teammates, and thank goodness, as the young lad was a little fired up. Who wouldn't be after what was undoubtedly the best game of this World Cup so far.

Post-game, Bradley tells Jeremy Schapp that he still doesn't know what Edu's goal was called back for. Shame, but the USA will just need to beat Algeria in their final game to move on, so things could be a lot worse. Overall, it was a much better second-half performance that will give everyone confidence heading into the final round of group games.

Thanks for tuning in today and don't forget to watch today's final game between England and Algeria at 2:30 pm ET. A draw would be the perfect result for the U.S., but England are by far the heavy favorites, and will want to establish themselves at the top of Group C with a convincing victory.

90+3 -- Dempsey steps on the ball and falls over, his face slamming into the turf. Somehow, he was still clamoring for a foul. This one's almost in the books, and what a game it's been.

90+1' -- Torres gets half a chance, but his shot is high and wide and the referee blows the whistle for a foul anyway.

89' -- Howard is livid as his defenders fail to close down and he has to punch away a long-range shot. I bet Bob Bradley wishes he could bring Onyewu back on.

88' - Phew! Ljubijankic gets open for a header, but his effort is right at Howard, and the goalie holds on as the U.S. fans breathe a huge sigh of relief.

85' -- Edu puts the ball in the back of the net off a Donovan free kick, but the referee blows his whistle and denies the goal. Not sure what the call was there, but replays showed nothing conclusive. This ref hasn't had his finest evening, that's for sure. Just ask Findley.

82' -- BRADLEY DOES IT!! 2-2!! A long ball into the box is headed down by Altidore and right into the path of Bradley, who pokes the ball high past Handanovic and into the back of the net. The U.S. fans in the stands are crying with joy as they've clawed their way back into this game. Unbelievable!

80' -- The Yanks are throwing their final card on the table here as striker Herkules Gomez comes on for defender Onyewu. Going to be a 3-4-3 for the rest of this one. Bradley then has a nice look from 25 yards, but it's an easy save for Handanovic in the end.

75' -- Jokic is the next Slovene in the book as he recklessly crashes into Donovan in the air from behind. 15 mins for the U.S. to produce something here.

72' -- Cherundolo beats Kirm to a ball in midfield and the Slovenian slides in

69' -- Altidore has Suler beat, but is clumsily clipped just inches outside of the box and Suler is handed the yellow. Donovan's low free kick is low and blocked, Dempsey appears to be fouled, and then the ball falls to Altidore. His drive from 16 yards is right into Handanovic's gut, though. Good chance, there.

63' - Only explanation I can find online is that the mountains in Slovenia are green, and also because both Serbia and Croatia wear red and white, they didn't want to be associated with their neighbors.

60' -- Trying to figure out why the Slovenian flag is red, white and blue, but the soccer team is white, green and yellow.

58' -- Altidore breaks away, but a solid tackle from Suler snuffs out the opportunity.

55' -- Those of you who were complaining about how boring the first round of group games were have to be impressed by these second-round contests. This is what the World Cup should look like!!

51' -- It's almost 2-2 as a Donovan free kick flicks off the top of Dempsey's head, and Onyewu is just inches away from finishing at the far post.

48' -- DONOVAN!! WHAT A GOAL!! Cherundolo hits a superb ball over the top that a sliding Slovenia defender can't get to, and that sends Donovan sprinting down the right. He cuts in unmolested and rockets an unstoppable shot from a tight angle past Handanovic. The ball almost took the goalie's head off! 2-1 Slovenia

46' -- We're back under way, and the U.S. have made two changes. Maurice Edu and Benny Feilhaber are on for Findley and Torres. Looks like Dempsey will push up front to replace Findley.

Halftime -- You can't deny Slovenia deserves the lead with the way the U.S. has played, but the 2-0 scoreline is a little flattering. But, it is what it is, and the U.S. better sort themselves out in the second half, otherwise they will have just one point from two games in South Africa.

42' -- GOAL! Just as it looks like the U.S. is starting to really get back into this one, Slovenia hits on the counterattack and Ljubijankic makes it 2-0 with a quality low finish past Howard. There was a hint of offside on the play, but it was way too close to call. Slovenia is now 48 minutes from becoming the first team to qualify for the round of 16. Amazing.

41' -- Here come the Yanks! Findley gets the ball on the right, and lays it off to a streaking Dempsey. His low cross through the six-yard box heads towards a waiting Donovan, but a Slovenian defender gets his foot in at the last moment to deny Donovan an easy goal.

39' -- A defensive mistake by Slovenia is almost punished by the U.S., but Findley's low pass from the left side of the box is cleared away for a corner. From the kick, a scramble in front of goal can't be put away, and the whistle blows for a free kick. Findley is called for a phantom handball and is inexplicably given a yellow card. He will now miss the Algeria game.

35' -- Altidore jinks past one defender on the right wing, but then Cesar kicks the forward, giving the U.S. a free kick in a dangerous position. Torres then whips in a nasty left-footed shot on goal from the set piece, but the aptly-named Handanovic dives to his left and palms the ball away. That was going to sneak inside the near post if he hadn't got to it. Good save.

33' -- This game has been pretty poor over the last 10 minutes, as both teams are struggling to get any kind of rhythm going.

31' -- Did you know that Donald Trump's wife, Melania Knauss, is from Slovenia? I didn't.

29' -- U.S. really hasn't threatened yet against this solid Slovenia defensive unit that gave up only four goals in qualifying.

26' -- Slovenia get a disputed corner, as the ball doesn't appear to actually cross the line, but the kick from the set piece is awful and the U.S. clears easily.

23' -- A looping Donovan cross from the left results in a little game of header volleyball in the Slovenian box, but the U.S. can't get the ball under control.

22' -- This game features the smallest and largest countries in the World Cup, population-wise.

18' -- Unlike Birsa, Bradley has trouble keeping the ball down and blasts a speculative effort over the bar from about 30 yards. U.S. fans shouldn't get worried yet, but this is another poor start.

13' -- GOAL!! Oh dear, 1-0 Slovenia. Birsa, from about 25 yards, gets too much space and cracks a wicked left-footed shot past a flat-footed Howard, who couldn't do much about that one.

9' -- For those interested, I'm told by my girlfriend, Andrea, that headache in Slovenian is 'glavobol'.

7' -- After a foul by Torres, Slovenia gets a dangerous free kick from their left wings, but Ljubijankic can only header it harmlessly high and away to the left of Howard's goal.

5' -- Findley goes streaking down the left and earns the U.S. their first corner of the game, but nothing comes of it. By the way, just like the first game, the U.S. are in navy blue with the diagonal white stripe. Like England were, Slovenia are in all white.

4' -- Donovan is playing on the left for now, but he often moves around all over the place. Speed kills, no matter where you put it.

1' -- Only a few seconds in and we have our first stoppage of the game as the bearded Dempsey uses his elbow to smack Ljubijankic on the left side of the temple going up for an aerial challenge. I'm not sure how to say 'headache' in Slovenian, but Ljubijankic surely has one at the moment.

1' -- And we're under way!

9:59 am -- The U.S. players with yellow cards are Cherundolo, Findley and Demerit. Another yellow today for any of those guys, and they're out for the final Algeria group game.

9:58 am -- Today's officials are all from Africa, with the referee hailing from Mali.

9:55 am -- Time for the anthems. Slovenia's colors are very Australian-like. Only maybe a quarter of the American team are singing their anthem, which is disappointing. Already have our first 'Dempsey looking surly' shot of the day. Some great Elvis impersonators in the crowd.

9:54 am -- While I can't tell you what the score will be today, I can guarantee I'll see the following during the contest: a vuvuzela, at least one shot blasted far over the bar, Clint Dempsey looking surly, Landon Donovan running fast, Oguchi Onyewu being physical and John Harkes saying something stupendously obvious.

9:50 am -- A win for the U.S. today wouldn't put them through, but would leave them likely needing only a tie in the final round of games to put into the knockout stage. Interestingly, with Germany's loss today, there's no guarantee that the second-place team in Group C will face the Germans in the round of 16. If Ghana beats Australia tomorrow, they'll be in the driver's seat for the Group D title.

9:46 am -- Here are your full lineups (have fun pronouncing these Slovenian names!)

Slovenia: 1-Samir Handanovic; 2-Miso Brecko, 4-Marko Suler, 5-Bostjan Cesar, 13-Bojan Jokic, 10-Valter Birsa, 8-Robert Koren, 18-Aleksandar Radosavljevic, 17-Andraz Kirm, 9-Zlatan Ljubijankic, 11-Milivoje Novakovic.

United States: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 15-Jay DeMerit, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra; 10-Landon Donovan, 4-Michael Bradley, 16-Jose Torres, 8-Clint Dempsey; 17-Jozy Altidore, 20-Robbie Findley.

9:45 am -- Zlatan Ljubijankic will get the start for Slovenia after playing well in his team's opening 1-0 win over Algeria. A win here for the European side would put them through into the last 16 and leave England and the U.S. to fight it out for the final qualifying spot in Wednesday's third group games.

9:40 am -- Tim Howard's ribs might be a little sore today, but he's going to give it a go after taking a nasty knock from Emile Heskey in the England game. Howard will likely play another big part if the U.S. is going to pull out a victory.

9:34 am -- The only change for the U.S. side is Jose Torres in midfield for Ricardo Clark.











Category: Soccer
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 1:36 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2010 1:38 pm
 

USA team

Here's the USA team:

Goalkeeper: Howard
Defenders: Cherundolo, DeMerit, Onyewu, Bocanegra
Midfielders: Donovan, Bradley, Clark, Dempsey
Forwards: Altidore, Findley


We should be in for a great match, although a loss shouldn't kill either team, as with the other two teams in Group C (Algeria and Slovenia) being relatively weak, both USA and England are expected to qualify for the Round of 16.

Category: Soccer
Tags: USA, World Cup
 
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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