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September 08, 2005

For English football fans

_40776078_davidhealy203.jpg After losing 1-0 to Northern Ireland, what are your chances against football powers like Austria and Poland? Football365 says fans were chanting "are you Scotland in disguise", which would be funny except for the fact they won 2-0 vs Norway.

I guess all that debate about playing a 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 was meaningless. Now it's time to discuss Sven - should he stay or should he go? Here is the lineup the US used to beat Mexico and qualify for the World Cup. Just in case you need someone to support next year in Germany.

18-Kasey Keller
2-Frankie Hejduk
22-Oguchi Onyewu
3-Gregg Berhalter
7-Eddie Lewis
19-Steve Ralston (23-Santino Quaranta, 81)
10-Claudio Reyna (capt.)
14-Chris Armas
17-DaMarcus Beasley
21-Landon Donovan (25-Pablo Mastroeni, 74)
20-Brian McBride (11-Jeff Cunningham, 90+)
Head Coach: Bruce Arena

0908 003.jpg By the way, Japan came from 0-2 down to beat Honduras 5-4 in their friendly. There were so many goals, my head was spinning! Or was that the football? It was good anyway. Here is one of the girls at the bar and her Japan-supporting dog. The US plays its meaningless WC qualifier in a few hours. Coach Arena has sent many of the regulars back to their teams and will field newcomers to give them some match experience. What a luxury.

Posted by Kirk on September 8, 2005 08:21 AM