Wednesday's USA v Algeria match will take place at the same time as the England v Slovenia match. ESPN will air the USA match at 8:30 am while ESPN2 carries the Brits. We'll know the fate of Group C by 10:30 on Wednesday....I'm counting the minutes.
It seems Bob Bradey is contemplating moving Clint Dempsey up top in lieu of Robbie Findley's suspension for two yellow cards in the first two matches. Although it's not publicized as much due to the glaring botch up of a call on the Maurice Edu goal, the yellow card call against Findley for a handball earlier in the Slovenia match was a horrendous call by Koman Coulibaly. Replays showed the ball hit Findley in the face and not in the hand.
The officiating in general throughout the first week and half of the tournament has been horrendous. One Chicago Now writer thinks FIFA should address it immediately or it will damage the 2010 World Cup permanently.
Kader Keita, the Ivory Coast defender whose ridiculous dive and acting job after a bump from Kaka resulted in the Brazilian's second yellow and subsequent ejection, should be fined and suspended for the shameful display he put on. Garbage like this only blackens soccer's reputation and fuels the soccer hating mouth breathers nonsense. ESPN's Jeff Carlisle writes about the officiating in this game as well.
Defender Ryan Nelson, a starter for New Zealand during their 1-1 upset draw against Italy is a former DC United player. Nelson played for United from 2001 to 2005.
Tomorrow's schedule of three matches is the last day of three match competition. Beginning Tuesday, four matches will be played each day before the Group stage concludes on Friday. The only bad thing about that is that the first matches of each day will be played concurrently so junkies won't be able to watch each game in full while they're being played live. On Tuesday at 8:30 am Mexico will take on Uruguay while France takes on South Africa to close out Group A.
The French side has been a disgrace while underperforming and bickering amongst themselves. The entire French squad decided to boycott training yesterday after a dispute which lead to the resignation of the team's director. Nicholas Anelka was sent home earlier after some sort of dispute with clueless manager Raymond Domenech. Anelka reportedly told Domenech to go "F himself". Personally I like seeing the French embarass themselves. To qoute the great mastermind Diego Maradona on Wednesday, "We all know how the French are, and Platini is French and he believes that he is better than the rest." Hilarious.
CONCACAF neighbors Honduras will play Spain tomorrow at 1 pm.
I'd probably rather keep Dempsey where he is and start Edson Buddle in Findley's spot. Bradley's dilemna is that he does not have another forward with Findley's pace to play the "Charlie Davies" role in the line up.