The United States will play for their World Cup life Wednesday June 23rd in one of the most historic soccer stadiums in South Africa against Algeria. Lotus Versfeld Stadium was built in 1906 and is a perfect setting for the United States to make their stand to stay alive in World Cup competition.
Algeria should not be taken lightly by the United States. Although Algeria has yet to score a goal in the 2010 World Cup tournament, they stifled one of the best offenses in England on their way to 0-0 draw. England has played well below their expectations and the team that beat Algeria, Slovenia, has played a little over their heads to be in contention to advance to the next round.
Coach Bob Bradley Enters World Cup Match With Algeria With Caution
United States coach Bob Bradley knows Algeria has the skill to keep his team scoreless and is working on a plan to work on an aggressive offense. If Bradley succeeds, the Untied States will win 4-0. If Bradley fails, the sky is the limit. This could be a wild match or if Algeria’s iron will wins out it could be a battle of keep away at midfield.
United States Strikers Are Key to World Cup Victory Over Algeria
The United States should have won their match over Slovenia 3-2 and if they had won, it would have been to the credit of the United States strikers. Although Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan are midfielders, they have the ability to jump up in play and become world class strikers.
On Michael Bradley’s score, the lane was open for him to score because of substitute striker Herculez Gomez. Both United States players rushed the ball as it headed to the goal and the one Slovenia defender was completely turned around attempting to defend against both strikers. The United States will need to make use of the bench especially strikers.
Goaltenders Are Another Huge Key in This World Cup Match
The goaltending edge has to go to the United States and Tim Howard but how can you argue with Algeria’s goaltender, Rais M’Bolhi. Rais M’Bolhi, in his first World Cup match made five saves and scored a clean sheet. Tim Howard suffered bruised ribs in the first World Cup match against England and appeared to struggle early in the second match against Slovenia. With five days rest Howard should be in good shape for the Algeria match.
Final Breakdown of United States vs Algeria World Cup Match
The United States should be able to overcome Algeria and win this match going away. The question will be can Algeria keep the United States off balance as they did England. The United States has the advantage of seeing how Algeria played England and that is huge advantage. Take the United States and bank on them to win this World Cup match by two goals.