Jonny Watch: England Preview
Seth Rubinroit, intern for cdchivasusa.com, will be sharing his opinions on the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the play of Chivas USA's Jonathan Bornstein and the rest of the U.S. Men's National Team as they strive for glory in South Africa. If you have opinions of your own that you would like to share, make sure to comment on the Chivas USA Official Facebook page - we want to hear what you have to say!
When Chivas USA’s Jonathan Bornstein and the United States’ defense lines up against England on Saturday, they will be facing a very formidable challenge. The United States will attempt to stop an offense that has scored eight goals in England’s three previous international friendlies.
England’s offense is led by temperamental Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. In 32 Premier League matches last year, Rooney scored 26 goals, earning the PFA Players’ Player of the Year Award. When he controls his emotions, he is widely considered one of the best forwards in the world.
Forward Peter Crouch will create plenty of mismatches. At 6’7”, he has seven inches on United States defender Carlos Bocanegra, ten inches on Jonathan Bornstein, and thirteen inches on Steve Cherundolo. Crouch scored three goals in his last two international friendlies.
England also has talented midfielders in Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard and Chelsea’s Frank Lampard.
On defense, England is paced by Chelsea teammates John Terry and Ashley Cole. It remains to be seen how much Ledley King will be hampered by his chronic knee injuries.
USA coach Bob Bradley is not tipping his hand as to how he will use Bornstein against England. In the international friendly against Australia on June 5, Bradley substituted Bornstein into the game for Carlos Bocanegra in the fifty-fifth minute.
In his World Cup diary on ESPNLosAngeles.com, Bornstein expressed his excitement for the match-up against England.
“We're really looking forward to the game,” Bornstein wrote. “I think our chance for success is to play our style of soccer, to be very compact in the back and not give them many opportunities. We've done a lot of scouting on them, so we have a sense of what to expect, and now it's just a matter of stepping on the field and performing.”
Who do you think will give Bornstein and the United States’ defense the most problems on Saturday? Make your opinions heard by responding on the Chivas USA Facebook fan page.