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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.
Mike B
Wednesday September 9, 2009 11:02 pm
I agree Dempsey is inconsistent, but it was good to see 'Guch play so well. He controlled the center for the most part covering for Bocanegra and even bornstein when he needed to. That kind of performance will get him on the field for Milan.
Wednesday September 9, 2009 10:26 pm
I understand the hate for Dempsey but the fact of the matter is when US soccer plays top tier opponents it is Dempsey and not Donovan who shows up. What I'm more concerned about is center mid and why in the world we continue to go with basically two holding midfielders? Also, what is the deal with left back? Just move 'Dolo over there or Specter. I know nobody likes to just move guys around but Bornstein is HORRIBLE! We need a new coach.
Wednesday September 9, 2009 10:16 pm
Poor game. Thank you Tim, Landon, Jozy and Charlie. Thank you Ricardo for the goal. Good players but the team is so poor. Call back Arena! He is not a new guy and will pick it up on fly.
Wednesday September 9, 2009 9:58 pm
OK, just what does Dempsey have to do to get Bob Bradley to take his worthless butt off the field? He had a piss poor game and still is on at the 80th minute? I'm thankful that Clark scored, but it was all Tim Howard tonight... long story short he saved our bacon tonight against the minnows of CONCACAF. Yes we got the three points tonight but only by the skin of our teeth and if we play this poorly at Honduras we'll get a very rude surprise.

Bob Bradley started Jonathan Bornstein... WHY? At least he didn't bring Kyle Beckerman along, so he didn't reward every player that had a crappy game last Saturday. But if we don't get our defense in better shape and soon we will have some real big problems. Why can't he ever play his better touch players from the start? Paco Torres didn't even get his six or seven minutes tonight, Holden should have replaced Dempsey LONG before did, I would have much rather seen Torres come on for Jozy and Donovan pushed up top... but Bradley always seems to like to go "Big" so he went with Ching and kept Charlie Davies on even though he's still not totally fit.

This is a result, but if this is the best we can do on the road... well we surely won't be finishing in first place. Remember this and the tie at the other bottom team, El Salvador are our ONLY road points... this doesn't bode well for our chances of getting a point in Honduras. And Yes I'm Not Pleased by any of this... let me be the first to say, hey Bob WTF?
Wednesday September 9, 2009 9:32 pm
I mean really... are we going to have to sweat out every single result. Clint Dempsey looked terrible! Bocanegra looked shaky. I thought Bornstein was going to get his first goal of the campaign....for T&T!!! The tactics are terrible...Bradley must go. Landon Donovan continues to carry this team. He carried them at the Confederations Cup and he is carrying us into the WC. Bring in Klinsmann for the WC. Let the players earn their spots, too many players have become too comfortable knowing they have a guaranteed spot.
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