U.S. vs Algeria: WHO YOU GOT?

Here’s the USA lineup for today’s match vs Algeria’s Desert Foxes:

Howard; Cherundolo, DeMerit, Bocanegra (c), Bornstein; Donovan, Bradley, Edu, Dempsey; Gomez, Altidore

And here’s the ALG lineup: Mbolhi; Bougherra, Halliche, Yahia (c); Kadir, Yebda, Lacen, Belhadj; Matmour, Djebbour, Ziani.

All in all, an attacking lineup. Missing from it: Oguchi Onyewu, who, frankly, has had a rollercoaster World Cup performance. The eyebrow raiser? Jonathan Bornstein, who’s been much maligned for his poor play.

I’m picking the U.S. to beat Algeria 2-0 in what should be a tense, taut game. Algeria’s actually had a decent World Cup; they’re one goalkeeper howler (by Chaouchi, who’s been replaced) from having back-to-back clean sheets. It’s vital that we don’t give up an early, easy gimme goal. If we win, and England & Slovenia draw, we win Group C, which means we should have a marginally easier opponent in the next round.

Leave your pick in the comments.

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One Comment

  1. Matt Browner Hamlin
    Posted June 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    US did beat Algeria 2-0, well predicted Raf. Except, yet again, a completely clean American goal was stolen by a referee on a bogus offsides call. Add in Dempsey getting punched in the face inside Algeria’s box in the late second half, which should have produced a penalty shot and red card, and this was yet another poorly officiated game. What may have saved us is that it was a very clean game, barring the last 10 minutes, and the ref didn’t have to be a factor in it much at all.

    Fortunately, Donovan’s heroics saved American papers from printing this headline tomorrow: “USA goes 2-0-1, wins group, fails to advance.”

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