Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
2. USA-GUATEMALA: Last chance for Eddie Johnson?
March 28th, 2007 2:07AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

By Ridge Mahoney

Will this be the final, last, drop-dead chance that Eddie Johnson gets to get back on the beam for the national team?

He has a good track record against Guatemala, against which he scored last year in a 4-0 rout as well as in a World Cup qualifier in 2005. The match is being played at Pizza Hut Park in Dallas, where he played a few productive, if unsettled, seasons before being shipped off to Kansas City.

(TV: USA-Guatemala, Wednesday, 9 pm ET, live on ESPN2 and Galavision.)

Yet Johnson, who played inconsistently but not horribly in his 45 minutes against Ecuador, may be left on the bench in favor of Kenny Cooper, who banged in 11 goals for FC Dallas last year and scored on his U.S. debut against Denmark.

There will be a large Cooper contingent at the match, headed by his father, former Dallas Tornado goalkeeper Ken Cooper Sr.

With Brian Ching having rejoined Houston displaying a slightly dented nose, Coach Bob Bradley faces the same dilemma he does every game, the same conundrum: Does he need Donovan more in midfield or as a forward? The pairing of Benny Feilhaber and Michael Bradley clicked nicely in the second half against the tiring Ecuadorians, and pairing Donovan with Cooper would give Bradley a long look at that combination.

Or Donovan could start in midfield, as he did against Ecuador, to give Taylor Twellman a start at forward. A reshuffled back line - Oguchi Oneywu and Carlos Bocanegra were released to their English teams - opens up opportunities for Jonathan Spector, Frank Simek and Jay DeMerit to join Jimmy Conrad. Tim Howard is also back in England, so veteran Kasey Keller has first call in goal since the 2006 World Cup.

Guatemala isn't expected to present stiff opposition, and the U.S. will face Guatemala again at the Gold Cup in June, so this game might turn out to be more of a high-paced scrimmage. Yet it's vitally important to the players, especially those without caps or a very few, to show well for Bradley.

If he retains the head coaching position, Bradley has a slew of decisions to make regarding the Gold Cup and Copa America tournaments in June and July. Approximately 40 players could be called in, and those decisions will likely be made long before the training camp in late May and June 2 friendly against China that leads into a very busy four weeks.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Sebastian Saucedo strikes twice as U.S. U-20s advance     
The USA moved into the second stage of the men's Concacaf U-20 Championship with a 4-1 ...
Roster: U.S. U-23 women head to Spain    
The U.S. U-23 women's national team will play Japan (March 2), England (March 4) and Norway ...
USWNT: No Klingenberg, no A-Rod for SheBelieves Cup    
U.S. women's national team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23-player roster for the 2017 ...
Report: UCL headed to Turner and Univision in 2018    
Turner Sports and Univision have snatched the U.S. media rights to the UEFA Champions League away ...
U.S. Soccer: U-17 and U-20 women's coaches to be replaced    
B.J. Snow is no longer U.S. U-17 girls national team coach and Michelle French is out ...
U.S. Abroad: Johnson's M'Gladbach pulls miracle comeback    
Fabian Johnson came off the bench for Borussia Moenchengladbach as it came back from 2-0 down ...
Sneak Peek: Potent Impact seeks resiliency and depth    
Last year Montreal stunned Red Bulls, 3-1, on aggregate and took a commanding lead against Toronto ...
What They're Saying: Perry Dealy    
"It's worth preserving because we don't have a lot of icons. It would save a lot ...
Sneak Peek: Vieira is convinced NYCFC will be improved    
In his first season, Patrick Vieira proved that a foreign coach unfamiliar with MLS could find ...
Sneak Peek: Timbers look as good as ever    
From MLS champion in 2015 to out of the playoffs in 2016, it was quite a ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives