That's it, a terrible ref, but a much better effort from the US. it would have been fun to see this game actually played 11 on 11. So be it - everyone shares the spoils and the Azzurri are still leading the group. A single point secures the second round, but we need a win to secure first. A US win and Italy win would see the US make it through.
90 - nobody deserves to come out of this game with no points....just a crazy game I want over...
86 -Ping Pong in the American box - nothing
77 - extra space, alot of extra running - subs can make the difference with the fresh legs.
72 - Beware of the wee man - Del Piero great pressure with help from Pirlo....Keller is there.
70 - Yellow card Zamrotta - they are running at full speed!!!!!!!! crazy ref.
67 - Zambrotta cuts inside and unleashes a nice shot - just wide right.
64 - What happend?!?!? Keeper interference..actually the right call.. wholly molley...Beasley showing what he would've been doing for 64 other minutes.
62 - Great build up from Landon - McBride shoots wide...good effort - US has some wheels now.
62 - Beasley in FINALLY - Arena is an ass....
61 - Iaquinta in for Big Toni - straight switch up front. For the record it's Ya-Keenta.
53 - Forza Alex, Del Piero in - but wow for Zaccardo a forward for a defender...Perrotta will drop eeper, I hope! Kudos to Lippi for going for the throat with the man advantage, with Pirlo, Perrotta and Gattusso the D should still be stiff enough.
51 - If anyone knows anything about Conrad feel free to let me know....
46 - This is just crazy - killin the game - Eddie Pope is off with his second yellow....a damn shame. FIFA has to figure out these terrible refs...
No Italy changes in the second half....USA nothing either.
Alexi just stole my thunder....calling for Beasley.
Wow - what a crazy half...Great goal from Italy off the free kick, Zaccardo whiffs and own goals the US corner...THEN De Rossi acts like a child and cracks McBride in the melon with a wicked elbow..even a bleeder..straight red. Then out of nowhere the completely sketchy ref from Uruguay sends off Pablo for a late challenge that was nothing more than a legit yellow. 10 on 10 in the second half. The team that opts for speed in the second half should have their way in the open space of 2 less men. For Italy look for Del Piero to replace Gila or Toni, maybe Camo for Perrotta. As for the US they need the 3 points, if you're Arena you HAVE to bring on Johnson AND Beasley...wheels man, it's all about the wheels in the second half.
44 - ADIOS PABLO - Straight Red - crappy call, that's a yellow...but a red? Anyway 10 on 10 in second half. Look for Beasley to come on in the second - more wheels. But Arena will replace with defense most likely. Second half is gonna be good!
41 - Good shot from Pablo - with this crazy ball if you have an open look good to take a crack or two.
39 - look for Del Piero to join in the second half. We need more possession out of the forwards. Gila and Toni are simply point men.
35 - Thriller joins the blogcast...welcome...sorta
34 - Substitution Italy - Totti out, Gattusso in. Totti with yellow can't take the chance. The Pitbull is here.
28 - RED CARD - ITALY- De Rossi, for no reason elbows the crap out of McBride. Straight red and deserved. Killin me...
27 - GOALLLLL USA - 1-1 Zaccardo own goal...unbelievable.
22- GOALLLL AZZURRI - 1-0 Italy. The Maestro...free kick...where is the US D? Gooch was mugging Big Toni and no one marked the Gila man, glancing header beats a helpless Keller. 1-0 Italy.
20 - Eddie P gets the yellow - pass interference....
18 - Italy is not willing to put in the hard work in the midfield right now. De Rossi and Perrotta are invisible...
14- Big free kick for the US...Convey off the wall...corner.
13 - Totti free kick from Zambrotta run - offsides, the emotion of the US still carrying play. Italy slowly regaining control.
9 - Not sure if the ref is ready for this one...quick on the Totti card and lettin Gooch mug Big Toni.
GAME TIME - only line-up note is in Italy - Zaccardo replaces Grosso - thought big Fabio would stay, but oK. No Johnson, O'Brien or Beasley for the US - crazy.....btw I like Dempsey in.
Georgio in the ABC studio is hilarious today - killing the US team and Arena. I would be more boisterous about him, except he thought that the Czechs were gonna crush Ghana....ooops.
Lineups are starting to trickle in: Sounds like Dempsey and Bocanegra are new faces in with Mastroeni staying put. Not sure who is on the outside looking in. Here they are:
Mastroeni De Rossi
Dempsey Big Toni