RECAP: TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 0-1 USA
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RICH FIDLER - Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The United States went to Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday night and escaped with a one goal victory and the full three points thanks to a spectacular second half strike from Ricardo Clark.

Head coach Bob Bradley only made two changes from the starting eleven that beat El Salvador 2-1 on Saturday evening. Defender Oguchi Onyewu returned from his yellow card suspension to replace Chad Marshall while Aarhus' Benny Feilhaber was replaced in the midfield by Clark.

The home team nearly put the first goal on the score board in the 27th minute but goalkeeper Tim Howard came up with the save after Kenwyne Jones powerful header over Gooch was stopped on the doorstop.

San Jose Earthquake striker Cornell Glenn chipped Howard two minutes later after turning captain Carlos Bocanegra but his shot bounced off the crossbar.

Trinidad continued to push forward with the better opportunities, and Howard once again had to come to the rescue in the 37th minute. A free-kick from Trent Noel cleared the wall and forced Howard to dive to his right to save the shot destined for the back of the net, though the free kick would not have counted since it was indirect.

The US nearly scored in stoppage time when Jozy Altidore and Landon Donovan played a fantastic "one-two" before Donovan's left-footed strike from inside the penalty area was saved by 'keeper Clayton Ince.

The US would score in the 62nd minute when Donovan played a ball to Clark 25 yards from goal. The Houston Dynamo midfielder took one touch to the top of the arc and slammed the ball past Ince with the outside of his right foot.

Immediately after the goal Bradley went to the bench and brought in Feilhaber for Altidore, pushing Clint Dempsey up top with Charlie Davies. Just 13 minutes later Brian Ching would replace Davies for the second change of the evening at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Stuart Holden would join his two other Houston Dynamo teammates, Clark and Ching, in the 81st minute was the Americans' final substitute replacing Dempsey.

The late sub played a cross to Donovan just minutes before the full-time whistle that Donovan just skipped high of Ince's goal, in what would have been the visitors' second goal.

The Americans will convene for the final two games of the hexagonal at Honduras on Saturday, October 10th before finishing the qualification round at home on October 13th against Costa Rica with a birth to South Africa on the line.
ICEMANofALFRED
Friday September 11, 2009 6:22 pm
Bob Bradley was brought in to act as a interim coach while US Soccer tried to cajole a "Big Name" coach to take over the program. When Jurgen Klinsmann passed on the deal, they promoted Bob to the Full Time Head Coach and that is how he got the job. He's taken the team just about as far as can be realistically expected, but now it's time to complete the deal and find that "Big Name" coach. I fear that if we stick with Bradley once we've qualified, we will be heading for a repeat of what happened at the end of the Steve Sampson years... the omens are there and their not good.
We have the money, with Jones and Castillo soon on board, it would seem we have the players. NOW IT'S TIME TO GO FIND THE COACH.
Jose
Friday September 11, 2009 5:23 pm
well your name talk for you ,, learn more about futbol and them put your post
jerky
Friday September 11, 2009 3:03 pm
If you're not bright enough to realize a 1-0 result against T&T is a win then you don't need to talk about a tactical game. What planet are you from?
Jose
Friday September 11, 2009 8:49 am
probably insane but not blind,,, win???/ agains T&T, 1-0,,please ,,mexico 1-2 el salvador 2-2 costa rica 0-3,,gold cup 0-5 mexico ,,with this coach at the WC is going to be 3 and out ,,we are in first place because of the individualism of some players ,,we don't have any tactical game
jerky
Thursday September 10, 2009 11:19 pm
Are you all insane? We are in 1st place and 4 pts clear off the 4th team and you want to fire BB? We won all the games we're supposed to win. You take Germany over here and let them play at Azteca and feel the urine bags flying down from the fans and see how theY do.
Jose
Thursday September 10, 2009 10:23 pm
Thank you Asanji,, now whatever you put here fax it BB should go ,our player have a lot of talent ,,don't wasted with a coach like BB

Fax (312)8081301,,, U S SOCCER FEDERATION
Chris
Thursday September 10, 2009 10:09 pm
Agree with everyone who's disappointed with the result. If a team expects to compete at a high level and in the World Cup you can't be struggling through 1-0 wins against teams like T & T.

When Spector, Onyewu, Bocanegra, and DeMerit are healthy and playing together our defense is solid. If any of them are out our chances of beating good teams go way down. Bernstein and Marshall are good MLS players but that's all they'll ever be. Cherundolo is okay but let's be honest, he was crap against Mexico when they showed faith in him and played him in the big game.

CLINT DEMPSEY- everyone agrees he's lazy, ridiculously inconsistent and looks absolutely terrible 75% of the time. But, he has a nose for the net and can score some big goals. That's the perfect description of a SUBSTITUTE. They should leave Dempsey on the bench and if we're tied or losing he'll be the first substitute. He can come on and play up front or as an attacking midfielder. And he can put all his energy into playing a solid 20 minutes instead of being lazy for 90.

Michael Bradley- terrible lately. Not playing to his potential. BUT, give me another midfielder as well rounded as he is right now. We don't have one. Clark is a defender, Feilhaber isn't as good, Torres doesn't have the experience. I know Bradley has been bad lately but I honestly think if he wasn't suspended for the Brazil game that would have been a different second half. He's our best center midfielder let's just hope he starts playing better.
asanji
Thursday September 10, 2009 9:49 pm
U.S. Soccer Federation

1801 S. Prairie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616

Phone: (312) 808-1300
Fax: (312) 808-1301

there you have it, send all your quaries about the BB dude to USSF. we could send a petititon from the members of this forum to them on a daily basis until someone somewhere will listen to us. we could also write to the media and from there someone will be forced to listen. we demand the best. we are americans
lawless
Thursday September 10, 2009 7:48 pm
who cares what bob bradley chooses to wear , wtf are you the fashion police ?? we got 3 point and timmy howard is still the only world class player we have ( great strike from ricky clark btw )
Byrdman
Thursday September 10, 2009 5:36 pm
It starts with a lack of professionalism with BB. As others have said, sweat pants at a WC qualifier is totally inappropriate.

Secondly, BB playing his son all the time for the last year wreaks of favoritism. I don't believe I have ever seen him subbed off. I have coached my son in high school, and I understand that you tend to have more confidence in your own because you always see the good plays he makes. The tendency is to overlook the small mistakes and remember the solid ones. It appears that MB's coach in Germany does not suffer from the same malady. He's sitting because he does not recognize his mistakes and grow from them.

Thirdly, the comment about the players not playing hard for him, due to a lack of respect, is an insightful one. The guys who play for good coaches abroad understand just how deep over his head BB is.

It's very sad that apart from some complete aberration we are destined to waste this World Cup cycle due to BB's and Sunil's combined incompetence. Just my opinion.
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