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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5 Predictions [3.3.10, at Netherlands]

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.

2. Robbie Findley will finally get a chance to impress with something resembling our first team (let’s face it–we’re facing a lot of injuries). Unfortunately, he won’t see much of the ball and will walk away from this game about where he was going in.

3. Someone in the American soccer media will regard Thomas Rongen as a key component to breaking down the Dutch in the lead-up to the game. They will be wrong.

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5 Predictions [2.24.10, vs. El Salvador] (GRADED)

Well, the results are in.  Not as bad as last time, but there’s plenty of room for improvement.  Follow the link below:

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5 Predictions [1.23.10, vs. Honduras] (GRADED)

Wow.  This was embarrassingly bad.  Follow the link to see the full breakdown of my D- effort.

5 Predictions [1.23.10, vs. Honduras]

All new edition of “5 Predictions”!  See what we think will happen tonight vs. Honduras (and laugh at just how wrong we were).  Follow the link!

5 Predictions [USA vs. Honduras] Graded

1.  We will play two defensive midfielders. (A+) Too easy.

1.  Benny Feilhaber will enter the game around the 65th minute.  I’m going to guess it’s for Jozy Altidore this time.  (C-:  Jozy Altidore did not start because of illness, so this one didn’t even have the chance to happen.  But Benny Feilhaber did enter the game for a striker, albeit almost 20 minutes later than expected.)

2.  No matter the outcome, American soccer journalists will insist that getting a result was never going to be easy because of the extreme difficulty of CONCACAF road qualifiers. (A+:  This post was put together well before many soccer journalists started preemptively excusing a USA loss about a week ago.  The dialogue certainly hasn’t stopped now that the game has been won.  It is my opinion that it is time for these writers to say, “You know what, we didn’t give the US enough credit going into this match,” and leave it at that.)

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5 Predictions [USA vs. Honduras]

1.  We will play two defensive midfielders. Too easy.

1.  Benny Feilhaber will enter the game around the 65th minute.  I’m going to guess it’s for Jozy Altidore this time.

2.  No matter the outcome, American soccer journalists will insist that getting a result was never going to be easy because of the extreme difficulty of CONCACAF road qualifiers.

3.  I will be forced to watch the game at Nevada Smiths.  I will hear at least two different people call the referee a “wankerrr” (both American).  One person will try to fit “please string some passes together” into a song–he won’t be too successful. 

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