Great game but big picture...What is up with Gooch?
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=685567&sec=us&cc=5901Out 3-4 months. Not good.
No injury is ever good, but I think when it first happened everyone had visions of another 6-12 months in healing and rehab. 3-4 months of recovery and rehab will put him ready by Feburary/March. Still enough time to get Gooch match fit.Fingers crossed. On the bright side, maybe Gooch and CD will share a room for a bit?
This will be a game I will always remember. From the emotion coming from the fans/players because of Charlie, to the gasps all my friends and I took when Gooch went down (Thankfully for only 3 months or so and not a year), and finally to the joy and euphoria when JB scored....it was crazy, the neighbors above called in a noise complaint. But F it...We'll gladly pay the 35 dollar fee.
Looking on the bright side of things, the US pulled it out. The last 3rd of the game, we attacked Costa Rica relentlessly and got the equalizer. Costa Rica looks like a good team and should be able to make it through to S. Africa.
Jozy after the game talking to Bob Ley.http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4560944I know everyone says it, but Jozy is one of the most well spoken athletes I have ever seen. Jozy certainly worked his butt off today.
gooch isnt match-fit right now, forget about after a major knee surgery. he and bornstein were horrendous last night, although bornstein found it in him to redeem himself late in the game. gooch was constantly beaten and out of position. he was constantly playing catch up to the smaller, shiftier rican forwards. he desperately needs to be playing week in and week out - even if it is in belgium - because sitting the bench in italy WILL NOT get him ready for the world cup. that is a fact
Cheech, you are on the money. Gooch has not been the same since signing with AC Milan. I only hope they send him out on a rehab loan somewhere starting in January so he can play regularly from Feb-May. Otherwise, he will be a huge liability in South Africa.
the writing has been on the wall for a while - any time usa plays against "finesse" players he needs to be on the bench. he should be more of a tactical player/sub based on who is playing (i do understand the whole concept of game planning in advance but as much as possible) because against certain guys he is simply a liability. and this has little to do with AC Milan - it's been the case for a while, but everybody was too busy loving him for his heading ability. his passing is sub-par (at best) so he just looks to clear the ball long and has very poor lateral movement to keep up with the tricky, pacy playershopefully the time on the sidelines gives him an opportunity to evaluate the game and himself tactically and he'll come back a DIFFERENT (read: better) player next year
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