I’m nervous. I expect England to beat the USA 4-2. Not necessarily because Tim Howard’s a bad goalkeeper, but he’s going to get blitzed by England’s attack because the American defense is very suspect. Here are the projected starting lineups for the big match:
England (4-4-2): Robert Green (GK) — Glen Johnson, John Terry, Ledley King, Ashley Cole — Aaron Lennon, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, James Milner — Wayne Rooney, Emile Heskey
USA (4-4-2): Tim Howard (GK) – Steve Cherundolo, Oguchi Onyewu, Jay DeMerit, Carlos Bocanegra — Ricardo Clark, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan — Jozy Altidore, Robbie Findley
Either the US gets one of their biggest wins in their history, gets a respectable draw, or ends up losing the game and possibly find themselves chasing 2nd heading into the Slovenia match.
Don’t be a troll and I’ll return with the commentary at 11:30.
11:17 – CBC has better studio coverage than ESPN. The four-letter solved the commentary but Mike Tirico is totally out of place as a host.
11:27 – John Helm commentating on the CBC. It’s either the Dick Stockton of soccer or John Harkes. I’m torn.
11:30 – Underway in Rustenburg!
2nd min – Offside on the US. Nervous, tense start.
4th min – GOAL for England. Steven Gerrard just moves right in and scores. You’ve got to be joking.
7th min – Shocker. Ricardo Clark was responsible for that blown goal. Heskey nodded the ball down and England got the killer pass.
10th min – Steven Gerrard’s corner finds an unmarked Glen Johnson but he blows the control and is called for a handball. Then the US come back with a header from Dempsey but it’s tame and saved by Robert Green.
13th min – Donovan with the corner and it’s headed over the bar by Ledley King. Another corner next. Headed away by Gerrard. Another corner. Cherundolo received the short corner and his cross inexplicable reached no US player. He had acres of space. What a waste.
17th min – Do we have any attacking creativity? Long ball over and over again.
19th min – Donovan’s cross finds an open Altidore who heads it just wide!
20th min – Aaron Lennon just had a free path to goal and crossed instead of shot. US clears.
23rd min – At least the US has stopped Rooney. So far.
26th min – James Milner booked for a harsh challenge. Onyewu flashes a header just wide on the ensuing free kick.
29th min – $%$#$@#@#!!!! Tim Howard is hurt.
30th min – Shaun Wright-Phillips is on for James Milner. Howard is still down.
34th min – US defending for their lives now. Only a matter of time before it’s 2-0.
37th min – MARK SOMEBODY!!! COME ON! Wright-Phillips fires wide.
38th min – Good hit by Donovan just goes inches wide. Then Steve Cherundolo is booked for a stupid challenge.
39th min – GOAL FOR USA!! DEMPSEY WITH THE SHOT AND ROBERT GREEN FUMBLED IT IN THE NET!!!
40th min – And the US nearly conceded instantly.
45th +2 – I’m still laughing. One of the most incredibly bad goals to concede in international football.
Halftime: USA 1 (Dempsey 40) England 1 (Gerrard 4)
Who needs offense when Rob Green does it for you?
46th min – England will get the first free kick of the half. And they waste it. No subs for either side to start the 2nd.
48th min – Lennon makes a beautiful run down the flank and his cutting pass …misses everyone. Jay DeMerirt was booked earlier for a handball.
51st min – Emile Heskey is clear through the defense and only the GK to beat. And he shot right at him. Hahahaha.
53rd min – Heskey is offside. They need someone else.
55th min – My mistake. Jamie Carragher is on for Ledley King.
57th min – Jamie Carragher with a hard tackle on Robbie Findley. Yellow card given. Shortly, Steven Gerrard was given a yellow when he landed a knee to the body on Clint Dempsey.
62nd min – Frank Lampard tries his luck from 25 yards and Tim Howard tips it away for a corner.
64th min – WHAT A SAVE BY ROBERT GREEN! Jozy Altidore muscled past the England defender and had a great chance but Green made a remarkable stop.
67th min – Heskey is fouled by Onyewu. Free kick for England. Great game.
71st min – England looking to make a substitution. USA? Not so much.
72nd min – How unmarked can Wayne Rooney get? Luckily the cross was a wee bit too high and the header went well wide.
73rd min – Another yellow card. Robbie Findley’s turn.
75th min – The free kick is taken quickly. Wayne Rooney is given a chance to shoot and nearly curled in. Rooney turned supplier for SHaun Wright-Phillips but Howard comes up big again.
77th min – Great cross by Steven Gerrard. Surprise surprise….Heskey blows it.
79th min – Edson Buddle is on for Robbie Findley. Meanwhile Peter Crouch is on for Heskey, who should’ve been off 20 minutes ago.
82nd min – Tense moments. Forgive me if I don’t type for the next few minutes.
86th min – Stuart Holden is coming on. Altidore’s day is done.
89th min – Donovan sends one into the night sky.
90th min – Corner for the US.
4 minutes of stoppage time. Draw looks likely now.
94th min – Dempsey off. Herculez Gomez on. Doesn’t matter.
FULLTIME: England 1 USA 1
Thank you, Robert Green. Good result for the US. Slovenia next. Altidore could’ve won it if not for the GK and the post.