5 Predictions [3.3.10, at Netherlands] (GRADED)

1. Heath Pearce’s performance against El Salvador won’t be enough to surpass Jonathan Bornstein. Bornstein will get the start, and despite looking lost out there for 65 minutes before getting replaced, he will still be widely regarded as our first-choice left back.

I pretty much nailed this one. Bornstein did get the start and looked completely lost out there (unless you have another word for giving up an unnecessary penalty and handling the ball in the box). Pearce came on in the 70th minute and looked far superior in his few touches. The only thing I missed here was Bornstein’s move to center back (after which he managed to deflect a ball into his own net). Good start. GRADE: A

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