Despite Howard Heroics US Bow Out Of World Cup

by David

in News, Tickets, World Cup

Tim-HowardDespite a brilliant performance in goal by Tim Howard the USA’s World Cup dream ended on Tuesday as they lost 2-1 to Belgium in extra time.

After a scoreless 90 minutes substitute Romelu Lukaku turned the goal for Belgium as he laid on the first goal for Kevin De Bruyne and then scored the second himself, in a brilliant first half of extra time.

But the American’s did not give up and a fantastic ball from Michael Bradley set up newcomer Julian Green to make it 2-1 with 13 minutes to go, but the US could not find a way past Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois despite having a couple of good chances.

Overall it was a positive World Cup for then US. They showed against Portugal that they can dominate possession against good sides and against Ghana showed an opportunistic side of their game that has been lacking in recent World Cups.

But the Germany and Belgium games showed that the US is not at the level of the really good teams. By the time the final whistle blew against Belgium, Jermaine Jones and Bradley were exhausted, having to play every minute of every game. The US squad is not deep enough yet to rotate players.

We also learned that the American’s need to do a better job of keeping possession of the ball when they win it back. In three of the four games the US had less than 50% possession and against Germany and Ghana that percentage was under 40%. That has to be improve.

Finally, the good teams are able to score and grind out games when they are not playing well. The US does not have a goalscorer(s) that can do that. That was illustrated against Belgium when in the last minute of normal time Wondolowski had a chance from six yards out but put it over the bar. A goal there and the USA wins the game. It is one thing to score against Canada or Cuba. it is another to score against the big teams in the big competitions. And the US were just missing that composure in front of Brazil.

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Alejandra Gutierrez January 1, 2009 at 2:07 am

HI, CAN U LET ME KNOW ABOUT THE FEE AND WHEN IT STARTS THE SALE OF THE TICKETS FOR THE GAME US NATIONAL TEAM VERSUS MEXICO, THE GAME IS AT COLUMBUS ON FEBRUARY 11TH. THANKX A LOT I HOPE U CAN ANSWER SOON, TAKE CARE AND THANKX 4 YOUR TIME.

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lonnie January 10, 2009 at 5:19 pm

I also need to know when the US vs MEXICO tickets will be on sale. I need 15 tickets. Please can someone let me know as soon as they find out. I have gone under every aval. site.

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David Wilson January 11, 2009 at 4:47 am

Unless you are a Crew ticket holder or belong to something like Sam’s army Lonnie, it looks like a ticket reseller like StubHub is your only choice for tickets to the game

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don January 16, 2009 at 1:01 pm

crewsoccerfan2@yahoo.com

i have tickets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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David Wilson January 16, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Congrats on getting the tickets Don. Hopefully it will be a good game

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andy January 22, 2009 at 1:45 pm

can someone please tell me when are they going to post the venue for the games between usa and trinidad april 1st,and when the tickets go on sale.

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David Wilson January 22, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Andy, I would expect that announcement sometime late next month

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Dave February 12, 2009 at 8:42 am

When will the venue for USA vs Honduras be decided and announced and when will tickets go on sale? What a win vs Mexico! It was great to see so many foreign based players! Our defense looked a bit suspect however. Hopefully that will improve with time, otherwise things will be same-ole-same-ole come cup time!

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David Wilson February 12, 2009 at 9:43 am

Hi Dave. The U.S. will play Honduras on June 6 at Soldier Field in Chicago. I would expect tickets to go on sale in early May.

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Debby March 13, 2013 at 9:23 am

Just announced – The US will play Honduras June 18 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah

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mario February 13, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Hi congrats to the US team they play great against Mexico i hope the US keeps on the supremacy against Mexico for years to came, but I’m from Honduras and i hope that we do a lot more than Mexico to take a least one point home, but if not i would just like to see national team for the first time here in Chicago.

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Richard Marnoch December 6, 2009 at 11:42 am

Can anyone tell me the schedule and venues for the Mexico national teams warm up games in the US in 2010.

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David Wilson December 6, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Mexico’ s schedule has not yet been released. When it is released we will let you know

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Milly Concha April 5, 2011 at 10:01 am

Please let me know when tickets go for sale.Thank you very much!

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David Wilson April 6, 2011 at 9:17 am

Expect them to go on sale sometime in April, but waiting to get the official date from US Soccer

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Jake garrison April 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm

It would be awesome to see US take on Spain in Massachusetts

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K. Everett June 3, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I have two tickets to the USA v. Spain game for Saturday June 4th. The tickets are for the Club section, section 34, row19, seats 19 and20. The tickets values are 495.00 each and a five dollar handling fee. This is face value for the tickets. Club seating gives you great seats, waitstaff, extra wide leather seating, all indoors, on a hot day nothing like a cold beer in controlled air! Tickets available until game time! Game time is four thirty.

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Jose L Rodriguez August 10, 2011 at 9:50 am

I have 2 tickets ofr tonight game at the Lincoln financial field between Mexico and USA for sale.
Section 128, row # 2 seat # 1 and # 2. Asking $ 70.00 each. I can send them by email

You acn cal me at 609-802-7126 if interested

Let me knoe if you are interested

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