England vs United States

In Uncategorized on June 12, 2010 at 12:03 am

The day has finally arrived. June 12, 2010, the United States and England will face off against each other for the tenth time in history. Unfortunately for the Americans, England holds a 2-7 lead but this game tomorrow could be the biggest in history. The United States enters this game as the clear underdogs but not hopeless. After a stunning performance in the Confederation Cup, the U.S. has shown the world that it can play with the big boys of the soccer world. That is all this squad needs is to get other teams back on its heals as their style of play is very typical American like, aggressive and fast pace. They Yanks will be looking to catch this English squad out-of-place to make their attacks. Unlike most opponents the Americans have faced recently, England comes loaded at all position except for the maybe the most important one the goalie. Even with that hole, England is much more talent and can handle the ball and pass the ball more efficiently than the American squad. The U.S. relies more on its stars rather than its overall depth per game. Overall though, their depth isn’t terrible if they can make it further into the tournament.

The main stars to watch for England’s Wayne Rooney and John Terry. Rooney, who many consider one of the top 3 players in the world will give this mediocre American defensive line fits all game. If the U.S. cannot maintain its defensive pressure and allows a single gap, Rooney will exploit it and most likely put the ball in the back of the net. John Terry is basically the backbone of the England’s defensive. One of the toughest players to maneuver around and seems to always be in the right place at the right time. The one knock on Terry is he is sometimes caught out of position from deep passes which would fit perfectly for the Americans two stars in Donovan and Dempsey. Donovan is basically Team USA. Without his presence, this squad wouldn’t have much to lean on. He can create chances, shoot and even is very

shifty off the ball. He has 42 international career goals for US which is the most out of any player and the most caps. Clint Dempsey, who is a mid fielder is also a scoring threat for the USA. As of lately, he has been one of the main stars on this squad with his smart play and ability to read and slice through defenses.

Sadly for the Americans, most of the action I believe will be down toward Tim Howard. He will definitely have his work cut out for him all day and will need be sharp from the starting whistle to the ending whistle. If the U.S. can steal a ball while England is not set, they have the speed and ball control to move down field in a hurry. The U.S. defense doesn’t need to try to do anything fancy and just get the ball out of their area as much as possible. Rooney will find holes regardless how many players are in the box. I honestly think the U.S. is well prepared for this battle and the final score will end in a draw, 2-2.

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