Great Moments in US Soccer Hair #3: Clint Mathis

More than anything, the World Cup is a showcase for crazy hair. Players from across the globe break out the new dos for the sporting world’s biggest event. Whether it’s Ronaldo in 2002, Beckham at any of the last three tournaments, or the entire Romanian team in 1998, it always makes for interesting viewing.

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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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Stuart Holden suffers broken leg

Turns out Nigel De Jong’s studs-up challenge was as bad as it looked on TV.

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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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Landon Donovan #50 on ESPN list

ESPN placed Soccernet’s list of the top 50 players in the World Cup on their front page this morning.  Landon Donovan came in at #50.

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Bradley’s Babes: 23 for 2010 [February]

In this monthly segment, we attempt to answer the question, “Who should we take to South Africa?” Rather than taking the standard approach (doing our best to guess who Bob will take to South Africa), we focus on who we think Bradley should take.

Another month. Another friendly. Another less-than-stellar performance. The good news is this time around, unlike our game against Honduras, a few players stepped up to the occasion and made their cases for roster inclusion. Who saw their stock rise? Brian Ching and Heath Pearce were the obvious winners, and were rightly taken off the fringe and into the roster in this month’s edition. As bad as Sacha Kljestan was for most of the game, he had a strong finish. It was no surprise that this coincided with move to the left wing and a more attacking role (where he should be played) from central defensive mid (where Bradley likes to play him). No, he hasn’t done enough to be included in the roster, but considering our dearth of good wing options and Robbie Rogers’ drop in form, we’ve put him onto the fringe. Clarence Goodson also looked decent out there, which only solidifies his place on this roster.

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Nike officially unveils new USA World Cup kit

I know we’ve been posting a lot about the USA jerseys…but seeing as it has been a popular topic here, I thought I should note that the uniforms have been officially unveiled now.

For more images, see our earlier post.
via Football Shirt Culture.