BRIAN SCIARETTA - Sunday, March 25, 2012
The United States U-23 team was stunned on Saturday night by a well organized Canadian team to put their Olympic hopes in jeopardy.

The United States came out with a very similar lineup to the one that defeated Cuba on Thursday night. The only changes were Zarek Valentin moved from left back to right back with Jorge Villafana moving into the starting lineup.

Also prior to the game, the US learned that starting forward Juan Agudelo suffered a torn meniscus and will miss the remainder of the tournament. US coach Caleb Porter elected to replace Agudelo with Teal Bunbury.

The United States came out strong and controlled the possession but were not able to execute in the final third of the field. The only two chances in the first half were shots from Freddy Adu and Joe Corona but both were saved by Canadian keeper Michal Misiewicz.

In the second half, the Canadian team came out with more confidence and they took the lead in the 58th minute. On the play Philippe Davies took a corner kick and Canada forward Doneil Henry out-jumped a poorly positioned US goalkeeper Bill Hamid and was able to head it home for a shocking 1-0 lead.

The US team failed to make effective adjustments throughout the game and Porter had the team continue with their usual 4-3-3 throughout the entire match. In the end it never looked close to penetrating Canada's defensive 4-3-2-1 formation that clogged the middle of the field.

The best US chance came in the in the 65th minute, when Villafana found Adu in the box. Adu unleashed a powerful shot but was saved by Misiewicz who prevented the equalizer.

In the 83rd minute Canada took advantage of poor set piece defending when Russell Teibert took a short corner kick to Philippe Davies. Davies then swung in a cross that found Lucas Cavallini open in the six yard box for a header. Cavallini made no mistake and sent it past Hamid to give the Canadians a 2-0 lead.

The United States now has far more questions to answer as it sits in third place in their group. The United States must defeat an El Salvadorian team on Monday who outplayed Canada in a 0-0 draw in their opening win.

If Canada defeats a very poor Cuban team on Monday as expected, the United States will not be able to win the group. If Mexico wins Group B, the best the US can hope for is a do-or-die semifinal game against the powerful Mexicans.

The United States will finish group play on Monday against El Salvador.
Monday March 26, 2012 4:46 pm
Burnbury have no place in this team.
Gyau, Boyd and Shea
why keep in the bench the best players?
Porter is not ready for this team , change the coach before is to late ,if is not to late ,, even if we go to the Olympics, Porter should go, to much talent for him,, remember Bradley , dont make the same mistake again,
you can't compare College soccer with word class soccer
Monday March 26, 2012 3:29 pm
Well there goes Team USA in the olmypics. Going to need a win against a far superior Mexican team.

Then again at least it avoids us losing to Gabon or Belarus in the real thing...
Monday March 26, 2012 2:50 pm
The U20's should of qualified for the WC, but they didnt, the coach was fired, rightfully so. Sorry to say it...bye bye Caleb Porter.
Monday March 26, 2012 2:38 pm
WOW! All I can say, is how disapointed that I am and so are many of the fans. The U23 team and Caleb let us down and more important let themselves down. Wish I could offer positive support, but can't. Even if they get pass El Salvador (unlikely), they'll never get pass Mexico. Unless the Mexican celebrate early and drink a lot of tequila. What a roster...damn shame. Cuba must really suck, to make the US look so good in the first game. I really though this was the team that would play great...damn, I'm so disgusted.
Monday March 26, 2012 1:18 pm
Porter got that game all wrong. Why play a 4-3-3 and cross balls in to a striker who can't finish or win head balls by himself? Boyd and Gyau need to start tonight.
The center backs have been awful at marking and distribution. Kitchen and hamid had poor games and look inexperienced which surprises me.
I was also really disappointed in diskerund and Rogers, I keep reading about how talented they are but they look overmatched this week.
Porter needs to start a 4-4-2 tonight and play to our strengths.

No excuse not to get to Olympics.
Monday March 26, 2012 12:45 pm
One more thing you know the coach is bad when he can't change his formation to adapt to the other teams formation... He says they used a 4-3-2-1, than why not switch the formation around?! Or add another attacking midfielder, or holding forward to control the game...and do not substitute corona!!! Especially if he is on fire just to leave Burnbury playing! And now we have to play Mexico! But first we have to beat El Salvador! If we lose it would be the biggest embarrassment since the U-20 world cup failure....
Monday March 26, 2012 12:33 pm
@Ben C. There is talent. The U20's should of qualified but they didnt, the coach was fired, rightfully so.

I agree with obewan. There is a conflict of interest. A college coach should not be allowed to coach the U-23s, he will have an unfair recruiting advantage.
Mark WNY
Monday March 26, 2012 12:22 pm
I agree with the coments about Coach Caleb. Teal was a non factor and has been a no show for a while. Why keep him in? Why was a starter? Caleb only made changes when the team was down. Too bad for Agudelo
Monday March 26, 2012 11:35 am
Where was the attacking soccer????????????

Thats why a team needs to play TOTAL Football!!!!!! because its easy to break up an attacking team. How old is this coach 23? He seems to think that he's coaching a high school team.

Either way he aint ready for this role. As far as the players go. They need to turn off any hype that they have heard of themselves and work hard at being the best that they can be.Right now they all SUCK!
Monday March 26, 2012 11:21 am
As a follower if college soccer (though not an Akron fan), I think Porter is one of the best young coaches in the US...if not the best. What concerns me about him, though, is his failure to step down as the head coach of Akron. He appears to favor his former players (sometimes deservedly so - i.e. Kitchen). What I fear is that he will use the U-23 position to make his Akron teams better and not fully focus on the job as coach of the U-23s. He may not see it, but these are conflicting interests, to some degree. At this level, it's difficult to do two things well...much less be great at both. IMO, Porter should step down from one job or the other.

PS - please don't bring Coach K to the table as an example of doing both. Pro teams pick themselves to a large degree and require little in the way of talent evaluation and player development.
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