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US-France, Euro ’12 roundups

Philadelphia Union

Sebastien Le Toux hopes there won’t be the same roster turnover there was last year, because it was difficult to adjust to.

U.S. – France

Recaps from yesterday’s U.S.-France match:

Player ratings:

The Fox Soccer player ratings recap is a bit innovative (if labor intensive), in that they have a photo of every player to go with a long sidebar with that player’s grade.

Juergen Klinsmann is apparently still upbeat after the latest loss, despite his 1-4-1 record since taking over as coach. It’s not unreasonable though. The U.S. showed pretty well against France, particularly Jozy Altidore. What’s clear is the lack of playmaker (sound familiar Union fans?). The absences of Landon Donovan, Stuart Holden and maybe even Jose Torres have definitely been felt.

SI’s Grant Wahl says the team still looks like Bob Bradley’s team, minus Michael Bradley, who inexplicably can’t get minutes.

ESPN.com says it was another weak day for the U.S. midfield. Shocking, really, considering the three best U.S. midfielders haven’t been playing. According to MLSsoccer.com’s look at the midfield, new U.S. midfielder Danny Williams hasn’t completed a single forward pass in three caps. Fox Soccer has plenty to say about the midfield too. Klinsmann apparently is still learning what Bob Bradley already knew: The U.S. has plenty of good defensive midfielders, but not so many midfielders who can actually attack.

For the French perspective (view them on the Google Chrome browser to get an easily translated version):

Sports.fr says France produced the bare minimum. Le Figaro says France disappointed. French manager Laurent Blanc says he’s satisfied with the performance. The match gained a 23 percent share of French TV, with 5.4 million French TVs tuned in. Loic Remy impressed quite a few.

Euro 2012

The first legs of playoffs for the Euro 2012 also took place yesterday. All of those matches, along with the US-France friendly, are available to watch on replay at ESPN3.com.  So if you don’t want the spoilers and don’t know the results yet, skip ahead in this post, because a recap is coming.

Here’s an overall roundup from The Washington Post.

Here are roundups from the AP:

Elsewhere

 Luis Suarez scored four goals for Uruguay in its friendly World Cup qualifier against Chile yesterday. Think Chile misses their old coach? Yeah.

One Comment

  1. Suarez’ four goals for Uruguay were not in a friendly but in a world cup qualifier.

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