Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Howard expects more of the same from Guadeloupe

Michael Lewis writes about what Tim Howard would do if he was the manager of Guadeloupe in their match against the US tonight in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

If he was the coach of the Guadeloupe National Team, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard would duplicate the strategy that Panama used in the 2-1 win over the Americans on Saturday.

It certainly makes sense.

Panama bunkered in early on and used counterattacks to break up the U.S. as the hosts had their 26-game unbeaten streak snapped in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The Americans (1-1-0, three) play Guadeloupe in a must-win situation at Livestrong Sporting Park on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.

"Most teams are going to sit in against us, barring a few," Howard said after training at the stadium on Monday. "What you ended up seeing in the Panama game is that we wanted to win the game in the first five minutes. They sat back and they move it side to side and they kept it tight.

"We wanted to score the goals and win the game five-10 minutes in and it takes time to probe and break teams down. To their credit, they counterattacked very well. They counterattacked quickly and got themselves forward. In those type of situations we just have to be more patient. In the opening game we were a bit more patient."

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