March 25, 2007

USA v. Ecuador Recap

The new uniforms look terrible. I'd like to see us stick with white jerseys to begin with, but the pin stripes are really the worst. The ugly jerseys are paired with blue shorts and blue socks. The end result is a uniform that doesn't look distinctly American (the only red is the border around the numbers) and is very ugly. You can't tell from the image, but the collar looks even worse from behind.

I'm with Michael Davies, US Soccer needs a new logo.

Landon Donovan is phenomenal. I don't know where this guy was during the World Cup, but he was clearly the best player on the field all day. He ended up with a hat trick, and Ecuador had no answer at all for him. There's discussion as to whether or not he'll stay with the national team through their next tournaments (Gold Cup and Copa America). We need him to be a superstar for us to compete against the best teams in the world.

Ecuador didn't bring much to the table, but their fans definitely provide some much- appreciated talent in the stands.

The game stayed tied 1-1 for far too long. The US side had a ton of opportunities to score and just couldn't capitalize. Against a better team, that's going to cause problems.

Bruce Arena was the third announcer for the match (along with Dave O'Brien and Eric Wynalda). I thought it was going to be weird hearing him talk about a team that he coached last year, but he did a good job. He had a lot of insights into the team that any other announcer wouldn't be able to provide.

I really wish I had Fox Soccer Channel, I definitely don't get to watch enough soccer these days. I just can't see paying the $5 a month that Comcast wants for it. Maybe this year I'll watch more MLS.

1 Responses:

J-Red said...

Take off the U.S. shield and I'd have thought that was the new French jersey.