Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
2. U.S. SOCCER: Guatemala stifles USA in scoreless tie
March 29th, 2007 1:47AM



By Ridge Mahoney

A younger, less experienced U.S. team than the one that beat Ecuador, 3-1, Sunday battered futilely against a Guatemalan wall and came away with a 0-0 draw at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.

Alternately forging up the flanks and hitting long balls into the heart of the Guatemalan defense, the U.S. carved out only a few solid chances despite its large advantage in possession.

Landon Donovan darted about in search of space but often ran into clusters of opponents who scraped the ball away, and the snake-bitten Eddie Johnson labored through his 12th straight game without scoring a goal.

Crosses were either too deep or too high and the knockdowns from those long balls never dropped into a spot for a clean strike at goal.

Over-dribbling betrayed the U.S. several times and there wasn't enough movement when the Americans tried to one-touch their way through congested spaces.

Justin Mapp, playing on the left flank, ran at the Guatemalan defense repeatedly. One run ended with a cut-back ball that Johnson shot against defender Henry Medina, another time he ran onto a nice ball from Clint Dempsey and shot just wide from a sharp angle.

Mapp was much more dangerous than Dempsey, who did put a point-blank header on goal that was saved but usually ran aground when he took the ball inside.

Right back Frankie Simek overlapped several times but only once could launch a dangerous cross.

Left back Jonathan Spector pushed forward smartly to provide Mapp with support but Simek and Dempsey were rarely on the same page.

Johnson had little success contesting high balls and didn't get any favors from Mexican referee Benito Archundia. He shot low on his one clear chance and keeper Ricardo Tregueno got down well to save.

Central midfielders Michael Bradley and Benny Feilhaber worked well together keeping possession and finding teammates with passes, and the defense for the most part contained Carlos Ruiz and his teammates.

Ruiz did escape the marking of Jimmy Conrad on a free kick to slash a shot that bounced over the bar, and he also won a duel with Conrad on the edge of the penalty area but couldn't get a shot on goal.

Guatemala rarely tested his central partner, Jay DeMerit, who played solidly and confidently on his U.S. debut.

A disappointingly small crowd of 10,932 witnessed a result of the same ilk.

No comments yet.

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



Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Orlando City owner Flavio Augusto da Silva    
"Five years ago, [MLS] paid to [be on television]. In 2010, it was paid $68 million, ...
New U-17 cycle begins on cautionary note    
In past years, the Nike International Friendlies, the annual year-end tournament for the age group that ...
Report: Miami Beckham United moves on to fourth option    
David Beckham's group seeking a home for an MLS club has its maps of Miami out ...
Close call can't erase Red Bulls' sense of accomplishment    
A year that started in controversy and uproar ended with another playoff setback, but during 2015 ...
What They're Saying: Dax McCarty    
"The first thing I want to do is to apologize to our fans. They've been fantastic ...
Video Pick: Dortmund pals perform synchronized warm-up    
Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Bundesliga's leading scorer, and Marco Reus' balletic warmup (dubbed a "Bromance ...
Video Pick: Barcelona delivers a Messi & Neymar montage    
Barcelona put together a one-minute video featuring the feats of its two FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 ...
MLS: RSL's Schuler, Gil and Silva are out of contract    
Real Salt Lake re-signed defender Jamison Olave and exercised the 2016 contract options on seven players, ...
MLS: Chicago's Larentowicz eligible for free agency    
Veteran Jeff Larentowicz, who started 29 games in 2015, was among nine players the Chicago Fire ...
What They're Saying: Kei Kamara    
"There was part of me saying, there's no way they can get two goals in the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives