Jonny Watch: USA vs. Australia
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!
The United States defeated Australia on Saturday, 3-1, in the USA’s final international friendly before their World Cup opener against England.
Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein came in for Carlos Bocanegra early in the second half. Soon after entering the game, Bornstein did a good job stopping several attacks by the Australian offense, including making a very athletic play to clear the ball from in front of the goal in the sixty-third minute.
I was very impressed with the United States’ offense, especially early in the game. Edson Bubble scored in the fourth minute after stealing the ball from Australian midfielder Vincenzo Grella. In the fifteenth minute, Robbie Findley beat an offside trap and was in an excellent position to score the United States’ second goal but missed wide.
Buddle scored his second goal of the game in the thirty-first minute, a header off a cross from Steve Cherundolo. Buddle made the most of his opportunity with Jozy Altidore injured and I believe has proved to coach Bob Bradley that he could be a valuable weapon for the United States, even if Altidore ends up being healthy for World Cup competition.
Australia scored their only goal on a corner kick when Tim Cahill found himself completely unmarked. Corner kick coverage seemed to be the biggest weakness for the United States, providing Australia with several opportunities to score. Much has been made about the unpredictable flight pattern of the new World Cup ball, but the United States’ defense needs to become much more comfortable with the ball before their first match in the group stage. The talented English offense will have no problem scoring if the United States does not improve it's coverage on corner kicks.
Throughout the game, the 6,000 fans used vuvuzela soccer horns to make a constant buzzing sound, similar to the noise made by a fly. However, the noise level was nothing compared what the United States will face in their World Cup opener in Royal Bafokeng Stadium, which can hold more than 44,000 fans.
The United States begins World Cup competition on June 12 against England at 11:30 a.m. PT.
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