Dempsey and Twellman Make their Case in US Win
I’ve never been a big fan of Taylor Twellman. The guy scores a ton in MLS but in international play he has always looked softer than an ice cream cone. Until this year.
Twellman scored another his fourth goal in two games and assisted on two others, part of an overall solid performance in the United States 3-2 victory over Japan in San Francisco. In the process he might have booked his ticket to Germany. It pains me to say it, but he deserves a spot.
Another player who is making it hard for Bruce Arena to leave at home in Clint Dempsey. Following a breakout game against Norway, Dempsey scored the second goal of the contest against a Japan team made up largely of J-League players. Eddie Pope netted the fist goal for the US.
The US controlled the run of play in front of a pro-Japan crowd. That’s right, yet another game played on US soil where the opposing fans turn out in much larger numbers than the American supporters. A pity, since those American fans in attendance were treated to one of the better performances by a US team in the past year. Japan did manage to score two relatively meaningless second half goals after falling behind 3-0.
For the US, the real preparation for the World Cup now really begins. With the European-based players likely to be called up for the March 1 friendly against Germany, the competition for the final roster spaces will be intense. For tonight at least, Twellman and Dempsey can relax a bit. They have shown that they deserve to be in Germany.
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