Meh dont really like em. Im sure this had prob been asked but does anyone know a legit site I can get a usmnt Dempsey jersey?
what great website design
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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya was given permission to remain with Sweden's Orebro for Monday's match before reporting the following day to U.S. training camp ahead of the World Cup.
Players began arriving Saturday, and many went to Philadelphia on Sunday to take physicals.
Midfielder Benny Feilhaber was to head to Princeton after entering as a substitute Sunday for AGF Aarhus in a 3-0 loss to Odense. The defeat ensured relegation for Aarhus after 65 consecutive seasons in Denmark's top league.
Defender Clarence Goodson also was due in Monday after playing the whole game Sunday for Norway's IK Start.
The U.S. Soccer Federation said that after forward Eddie Johnson arrived, he had an MRI that determined he had a grade one hamstring strain sustained Wednesday while playing for Aris in the Greek playoffs. Grade one is considered minor. Johnson's progress will be monitored daily, team spokesman Michael Kammarman said.
Workouts begin Monday. The U.S. must cut from 30 players to 23 by June 1.
Two days have passed since U.S. coach Bob Bradley released his preliminary 30-man World Cup squad. With the shock of Charlie Davies' exclusion from that list somewhat digested, it's come time to think about Bradley's tactical options.
Bradley is expected to have the U.S. play much the same way it has in the past half-dozen or so qualifiers and friendlies. His selection of the regulars from those games for the preliminary roster gives absolutely no rise to the notion that how his team ought to play has changed.
More likely than not, assuming everyone stays fit and Oguchi Onyewu regains an acceptable physical condition, Bradley will start the following lineup:
Tim Howard Jonathan Spector Jay DeMerit Oguchi Onyewu Carlos Bocanegra
Michael Bradley Maurice Edu Stuart Holden Landon Donovan
Clint Dempsey Jozy Altidore
However, all-purpose tactics are a luxury a team like the U.S. can probably not afford. Every now and then, tactics will have to be adjusted.
Here are three suggestions for alternative tactics and what would and wouldn't work about them:
Against a defensive, park-the-bus kind of opponent -- can anyone say group-opponent Slovenia? -- the U.S. will have to get more creativity onto the field to break down its adversaries. The 4-4-2 standard, as illustrated above, is designed as much as anything to shield the defense. So why not employ a 4-3-3 in such a scenario?
Pros: In the below setup, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan slide forward and are relieved of any defensive duties. While one striker and a holding midfielder disappear, spots for José Torres and Benny Feilhaber open up, injecting the team with as many creative players who are strong on the ball as possible, facilitating service and keeping the possession necessary to break down its opponents. Nevertheless, Michael Bradley remains as a stopper with license to inch forward, providing a first line of defense against the counterattacks defensive teams speculate on.
Cons: On defense, a 4-3-3 ordinarily becomes a 4-5-1, as wingers drop back to help on defense. In the tactic drawn up here, they wouldn't. For that reason it isn't likely to be embraced by Bradley, who puts a premium on defense.
Tim Howard Jonathan Spector Jay DeMerit Oguchi Onyewu Carlos Bocanegra Benny Feilhaber Michael Bradley Jose Torres
Clint Dempsey Jozy Altidore Landon Donovan
Against an opponent that is particularly strong in midfield -- like England, another first-round opponent -- it might be sensible to again withdraw a forward and play him in a central midfield role, just in front of the holding midfielders. This will help protect the midfield from being overrun while also giving players like Dempsey and Donovan a good launch pad to initiate their runs from when the U.S. transitions into offense after winning the ball.
Pros: As seen below, the U.S. would play with two wingers, potentially with DaMarcus Beasley on the left, who demonstrated against the Netherlands in March that he still has the attacking fortitude to be dangerous on the breakaways. With very offensive-minded wingers like England has, gaps would most likely emerge on the flanks in quick counterattacks, creating room for the wingers.
Cons: The 4-5-1 was tried in qualifying and in previous tournaments but didn't catch on. Jozy Altidore isn't considered strong enough on the ball to hold it up by himself. Beasley and Dempsey also have a tendency to cut inside, an instinct that would have to be suppressed for this tactic to work.
Tim Howard Jonathan Spector Jay DeMerit Oguchi Onyewu Carlos Bocanegra
Michael Bradley Maurice Edu
Dempsey/Holden Dempsey/Donovan Donovan/Beasley
It's been advocated that the U.S. play in a 3-5-2 from the start of the game. Such a setup could be imprudent, as most modern teams play with wingers, which would leave the U.S. with just one defender to handle both an advanced striker and a deep one. However, late in games, when the U.S. is in dire need of goals, 3-5-2 could make sense, removing, essentially, right back Jonathan Spector and inserting in his stead an extra winger, with, as illustrated below, Donovan moving up top or behind the striker and Dempsey taking up the spot not occupied by Donovan.
Pros: This would leave intact the line of holding midfielders, hopefully sustaining the advantage in the midfield while creating service from the wings and runs and shots from distance from behind a pair of strikers, inevitably splitting the defense one way or another and creating chances. This attacking overload is heavily dependent on maintaining possession, meaning that the linchpins would be Bradley and Edu, who essentially can't let any balls get behind them.
Cons: Not all U.S. defenders are good distributors from the back. Their service would be important in the process of building attacks and could be lacking.
Tim Howard Jay DeMerit Oguchi Onyewu Carlos Bocanegra
Michael Bradley Maurice Edu Stuart Holden DaMarcus Beasley
Dempsey/Donovan Jozy Altidore
So what would all this mean for Bradley's final roster of 23 players he is due to anoint by June 1?
Fourteen players would have a starting role in one of the above tactics. Seven others -- Marcus Hahnemann, Brad Guzan, Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson, Ricardo Clark and Brian Ching -- already appear to be locks as backups.
That would leave two spots, one in midfield and one up front, to be divided among Alejandro Bedoya, Sacha Kljestan and Robbie Rogers in midfield, and Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley, Herculez Gomez and Eddie Johnson up front. Defenders Heath Pearce and Chad Marshall would most likely get cut.
The above is just food for thought. But any success at the World Cup will depend on the tactical savvy to get the most out of what Bradley has available. To advance far into the tournament, or even make it out of the group, really -- considering how different the U.S. opponents are -- he'll have to put his thinking cap on.
Leander Schaerlaeckens is a soccer writer for ESPN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Gomez reaps benefits of a career season
May, 17, 2010
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By Luke Cyphers and Doug McIntyre
PRINCETON, N.J. -- For Herculez Gomez, the first day at the U.S. pre-World Cup training camp was, in his words, "kinda surreal."
The hot striker was back in a U.S. camp for the first time in three years, after earning his only two career caps at the 2007 Copa America. He admitted he hadn't expected to be here back when he started his club season for Puebla in Mexico's first division.
A longtime MLS player with Los Angeles, Colorado and Kansas City, Gomez expected to take advantage of the Mexican league schedule, which offered him his first summer off from soccer in six years. "I had a European vacation planned," he says. "I was going over there with my girlfriend."
But Gomez's incredible hot streak with Puebla altered his itinerary. The Las Vegas product began scoring, and kept scoring; soon he was leading the Mexican league in goals, en route to becoming the first Yank ever to win a foreign scoring title, finding the net 10 times.
After goal No. 5, he says, was approximately when the buzz started. Maybe the 5-foot-10 poacher with the quick first step could help fill the hole left by U.S. striker Charlie Davies, who suffered multiple injuries in an October car accident and sent U.S. coach Bob Bradley hunting for forwards.
The buzz kept growing as Gomez kept going. Not only was he the first American to win the scoring crown in Mexico, he was only the second player in the history of his club to do it.
He became a national sensation in Mexico, surrounded by media after every match. "It was a huge deal," he says. "They really took to me and treated me as one of their own. I was never treated like an outsider."
But he refused to get caught up in it. Gomez has always shown a nose for the goal, but injuries -- especially an ACL tear in September 2007 -- seemed to have derailed his national team dreams. He never spoke with anyone at U.S. Soccer during his streak, and kept his head down until he got official word of the call to camp. "I still didn't believe it until I heard I was actually going to be in this camp; even then I had some doubts," he says. "I think the whole world found out before I did. Inside I was like, 'Wow,' and then it was the same mentality: Back to work."
He's not going to make any predictions about whether he'll make the trip to South Africa, and he's not going to discuss his future beyond the national team camp, even though he's a free agent. "It's the first time in my life I've ever been a free agent," he says.
Asked if he knew of any offers for his services, he said, "Yes, I do." Then he laughed, and left it at that. "My only goal right now, my biggest goal is this camp … doing as much as I can to take advantage of this great opportunity that life's presented me."
Part of that opportunity is a chance to be with a U.S. team that's welcomed him wholeheartedly. "It's been unbelievable," he says. "I've been having a great time. It's been a while, and just being out here with these guys, I'm just trying to soak it in. More than anything, soccer's just fun right now."
As Gomez spoke some more about his unexpected chance, Yank star Clint Dempsey walked past Gomez and said, loud enough for the media to hear, "Si, se pueda."
Yes, you can.
Spector----Boca------ Gooch----- Demerit
switch DeMerit & Boca, put Holden out wide for Torres imo
i like the idea of having Demps and Jozy up front instead of Clint playing in midfield...he seems to play his best there anyway
will be interesting to see what lineups Bradley will go with in the warm up matches