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
USA lacks sharpness in loss to Slovakia [VIDEO]
by Paul Kennedy, November 14th, 2009 12PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[SLOVAKIA-USA] Marek Hamsik's penalty kick in the 26th minute gave Slovakia a 1-0 win over the USA in their friendly in Bratislava's Tehelne Pole. The Americans couldn't convert their huge edge in possession before and after the Slovakian goal into enough dangerous chances to trouble keeper John Mucha.

Slovakia-USA Highlights:


The only surprise in the U.S. lineup was Jonathan Spector's placement in the middle of the backline next to Carlos Bocanegra.

The Slovakians gave the USA room to attack down the wings with Steve Cherundolo and Robbie Rogers on the right side and Jonathan Bornstein on the left, but Jozy Altidore and Casey Casey were given little room to operate up front.

Slovakia's goal came when the elusive Vladimir Weiss, the teenage son of the Slovakia coach of the same name, was played a ball into the edge of box by Robert Vittek and went down after Bornstein grabbed him.

"I thought we had a good start in the match in the first 25 minutes," said U.S. coach Bob Bradley. "The penalty and going down 1-0 changed the game. Slovakia is a very well organized team and has a lot of people behind the ball. We were not sharp enough with our ability in the attacking third to make a play and get through the defense."

The USA continues preparations for the 2010 World Cup, traveling on Sunday to face another 2010 qualifier, Denmark, on Wednesday in Aarhus.

The match against Denmark will kick off on ESPN Classic live at 2:30 p.m. ET and then will switch over to ESPN2 immediately following the conclusion of the World Cup 2010 qualifying playoff match between Ukraine and Greece.

Nov. 14 in Bratislava
Slovakia 1 USA 0. Goal: Hamsik (pen.) 26.
USA -- Guzan, Cherundolo, Spector, Bocanegra (Goodson, 72), Bornstein, Rogers (Kljestan, 82),  Feilhaber, 4 Bradley, Dempsey (McCarty, 72), Altidore (Cunningham, 82), Casey (Johnson, 46)
Slovakia -- Mucha, Zabavnik, Skrtel, Durica, Cech (Pekarik, 90+2), Weiss (Kucka, 82), Karhan (Kozak, 90+1) Hamsik (Strba, 90+1), Stoch (Sestak, 61), Vittek (Svento, 68), Jendrisek.
Referee: Stefan Messner (AUT)
Att.: 7,200


No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Road to Vancouver: Ticas take three U.S. collegians    
Penn State's Rachel Rodriguez and Shirley Cruz of UEFA Women's Champions League runner-up Paris St. Germain ...
Road to Vancouver: Mexico takes 14 U.S. players    
Mexico will take 14 players who were born or raised in the United States, including late ...
What They're Saying: Robbie Keane    
"The problem is I think with people in Europe -- and this won't be Stevie's case ...
What They're Saying: Alex Morgan    
"I have experienced sexism multiple times, and I'm sure I will a lot more. I feel ...
What They're Saying: France U-17 coach Jean-Claude Giuntini    
"He was determined to take the penalty. There was no way I could refuse him." -- ...
Friday: Shared interests foster Beckham's Miami meeting    
Friday could be a decisive day as David Beckham seeks to get the ball rolling on ...
What They're Saying: Luis Figo    
"I have seen with my own eyes federation presidents who, after one day comparing FIFA leaders ...
NWSL Roundup: Reign has plenty to counter China    
Seattle Reign FC has another bye week in the NWSL, but it will use it to ...
TV Report: Top 15 U.S. EPL markets    
NBCUniversal, which concludes its second year of English Premier League coverage with "Championship Sunday" at 9 ...
ICYMI | MLS: Wondo takes century chase to big stage    
A fast start to the 2015 season has Chris Wondolowski one goal away from reaching the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives