DUSTIN BECK - Wednesday, June 15, 2011
After a ninth minute strike from Jozy Altidore, the United States held on for 81 minutes to defeat Guadeloupe and advance to the knockout stages of the 2011 Gold Cup.

The Yanks came out with only two lineup changes in what unexpectedly became an absolute must win for the team.

Chris Wondolowski started up top replacing the youngster Juan Agudelo. For Wondolowski, it was his first start in the tournament after appearing as a substitute in the loss to Panama over the weekend.

The second change to the lineup was moving team captain Carlos Bocanegra to centerback in place of the struggling Tim Ream. Bradley then inserted Eric Lichaj into the left back position which he played extensively at Leeds United.

The rest of the lineup remained the same with Jozy Altidore being the other striker, Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey on the wings with Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones in the central midfield. The backline saw rock solid Steve Cherundolo at right back with Clarence Goodson making his third consecutive start in central defense.

The Stars and Stripes got the result they needed even though it was once again a less than impressive outing. The only goal of the match came in the ninth minute when Altidore took a pass from Bradley, made a couple of dribbles and ripped a bomb from 32 yards out into the top right corner.

While the Nats were seemingly always in control partially because of the inability of Guadeloupe to move forward, the Americans were never able to get the second goal they needed to seal things up.

The US produced plenty of chances with Clint Dempsey missing several key opportunities. The Fulham star missed chance after chance to finish things off and after his final shot was pushed wide right in the late stages of the game all he could do was give a half-hearted grin as he knew it just wasn't his night.

Tim Howard was rarely forced into action playing in goal and seemed to have his defense well-organized with the addition of Lichaj and team captain Bocanegra now in the middle. Both moves looked like positive changes from Bob Bradley.

There were no cards in the match and all players will begin the next stage on a clean slate as card accumulations will not carry over to the knockout stages.

The Stars and Stripes will face Jamaica on Sunday at 3:00 EST. The Reggae Boyz have been blistering through the tournament both winning their group and going undefeated. In the first three games, they have scored seven goals and have yet to concede one.
Saturday June 18, 2011 9:20 am
I'm no fan of adu, but I think he should have played against Guadalupe. This team clearly needs an offensive spark and some creativity Freddy fits the bill. Yeah yeah, he was overhyped and a huge letdown to the fans and himself, but hebhas talent and can finish. As mentioned, nonwY he misses chances like wondo did. People forget, adu has played well for the nats. He had a fantastic olympics and was player of the match in the tie against the Dutch. He also had some greAt tournaments for u20s and u17s. Regardless, this team is stinking up the pitch. It's definTely the most heartless uninspired effort in years. What's depressing is thT it's our A team more or less. I'm with some others here.... Bradley has to go. He shouldn't have been resigned after the WC. this team clearly needs new leadership. Guliati can go too. USNT needs a new vision.
Friday June 17, 2011 1:54 pm
Just a thought here. It's been a long season for some of these U.S. guys playing in Europe. They're mentally and physically exhausted. The Gold Cup cuts into their offseason. Bradley, the media, & fans probably see more value in playing in the Gold Cup and Confederations Cup than the players. In my estimation, we have a lot of players that believe they can play any country and any player heads up at any time. Whether they can or not is irrelevant. It's called professional confidence and/or arrogance. Every professional player in the world has some. From the European-based player offseason perspective: 2011-Gold Cup, 2012-WCQ, 2013-WCQ/Confed. Cup, and 2014-World Cup. Not much time for the beach. Yes, players should always give it their best when they wear the MNT shirt but they're obviously not at this moment.
Paulo D
Friday June 17, 2011 10:27 am
Donovan and a few others look has to ask why? saw the same happen to the US team shortly before Bruce Arena left. National Team Coaches that stick around for a while, tend to stick with the same core of players and same old same old, routines, preparation and tactics. Change alone can motivate players to perform for a new coach. Dempsey is a better player because he has done this every year for the past 4 at Fulham. On lack of scoring...Wodo and Budle scored left and right last year, the US coach needs to figure out why and how to make that happen when they play for the US.
Paulo D
Friday June 17, 2011 10:13 am
@muchadu and Dave
I like what you both have to say, good points. Yeah, the US team right now is playing some of the worst I've seen from a US team, which makes no sense. These players are more talented than our players were 10 years ago, maybe what they lack is what the US always had, a lot of heart and determination, the never give up attitude. A coach can inspire a team, so can a captain. Maybe some changes are needed, change alone sometimes makes a difference. Bob B. has been a great coach, considering that the US doesn't have top players. But maybe he has setled in a litle too much.
Thursday June 16, 2011 6:45 pm
@Paulo D:

Im really not sure what you meant by Freddy maybe having a poor attitude or having a big mouth. Unless you regularly read the greek or turkish sports news which is where he has been the last 2 years? Wouldnt you say right about now our USMT lacks tactical awarness?? I would.
Thursday June 16, 2011 6:33 pm
@Dave and Paulo D:

Look guys the bottom line is our offense is just plain bad. It does not have an offensive playmaker who can run at defenses with the ball, make accurate passes on the run and put the ball in the back of the net against TOP TEN NATIONAL teams. Great we cant even do this with third rate Concacaf teams, how are we ever going to improve our program if we cant set up or score goals?!!! Freddy alone isnt the answer but Im tired of all these urban myths about Freddy Adu. If he was not the right player for this team why the hell did we pick him?! Again he is a dangerous threat on offense. Donovan has not been in this tourney. Neither has Rogers, Bedoya, Bradley or even Jones who I think will eventually really help this team. Wondo is another failed effort at forward, but Agudelo has potential. Jozy is Jozy and Dempsey although he had a rough last outing probably our best offensive player. Adu will impress if just given the same chance as all the other players on this team. Dave I do "GET" your post, but Bradley knew the pre game match ups before he picked the team and Adu is in form from playing regularly so whats the problem. Coach Bradley certainly is super top secret about so much we never know whats going on as fans??!!!
Thursday June 16, 2011 3:55 pm
@ Muchadu

If you took the time to read what I wrote and take into account that I didn't select the team you might not have assumed that I meant Freddy Adu is not a good player. Bradley's "REASON" for not playing Adu has to lie in something that he's seeing every day in training, the pre-game matchups, or the timing of the Panama loss. Read what I wrote and what I didn't write. Now that I'm on the subject, let me say that Freddy Adu is NOT a good player at the international level. He never will be. He is a marginal player at the European club level. His participation in the remainder of this tournament will almost certainly have no positive effect on the team. Why Bob Bradley took Adu along, I don't know, but I can understand why he hasn't played. If I'm wrong and Adu gets into a game and does something special you can tell me I'm wrong and call me an idiot. But I bet you I'm right.
Paulo D.
Thursday June 16, 2011 2:12 pm
much adu, there is definately no doubt that Freddy is talented, i have seen him play over the years, even when he comes in as a sub for 10 mins, he's good. So one has to ask, what is his problem? Team after team, coach after coach, just seem to fall out of favor with him. No doubt he is talented, some say he lack team effort and tactical awareness...I don't really believe that's true. It's got to be something else...I think it's poor attitude, maybe his mouth his too big, maybe he needs to shut it and just play the game and listen to the coaching staff, captain and team mates. Maybe he needs to take a good look in the mirror and figure out what he is doing wrong, instead of blaming everyone else.
Mark WNY
Wednesday June 15, 2011 9:16 pm
Another positive sign from the Guada game was the fact that for the first time in a long time you have a packed stadium supporting Team USA. Its not going to be the same at RFK or at the final, but big ups to the KS sportings for showing up.
Wednesday June 15, 2011 7:22 pm

This Freddy Adu has not played for a reason comment is BS. There cant be a reason because he has not even suited up! If its because he is not good enough, then why pick him on the team instead of Bedoya?? Do people honestly think that Adu could miss point blank a number of times like Wondolowski, miss even more times at again point blank range like demps last night, provide mediocre service to the forwards like all our mids have and not test the opposing goalee on set pieces like Donovan?! Gimme a break....He is getting screwed out of his chance and its really hurting this team. We need a spark quickly or we will get destroyed by El Tri and not get a chance to go to Brazil for the Confeds Cup. Its not too late and without further adu........lets see Freddy!
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