Lakenheath Old Boys

We are all former students at Lakenheath High School and other public schools in East Anglia. We were in school in the 70s and 80s and drank deeply from the well of British culture of those decades - the pints, the telly, and of course the footie!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

US vs. Jamaica Live!

Clint Dempsey and co. meet up with the Reggae Boyz tonight in the semi-final of the Gold Cup in Atlanta. Okay, maybe not the biggest match of the year, but it's July 22nd - what do you lot want? I'll be watching and I hope that you'll join me from 6pm onward. Cheers!

88 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Way hay - the pre-match coverage is starting on FS1. I have missed it!

5:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It may not seem it but there's a lot at stake in this one. Another Gold Cup win would assure the US a spot at next summer's Confederation's Cup.

5:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Reggae Boyz will be distinct underdogs today in Hot-lanta, as they squeaked into this one on the basis of a dodgy penalty win over Costa Rica. I'm crying crocodile tears for the Ticos.

5:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams for tonight:

Howard, Evans, Brooks, Alvarado, Johnson, Beckermann, Bradley, Zardes, Dempsey, Johansson

Thompson, Morgan, Hector, Lawrence, McClearly, Austin, Mariappa, McAnuff, Watson, Barnes, Mattocks,

5:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sorry, it's Brad Guzan in for Timmy tonight. My error.

5:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The players are emerging from the tunnel. USA all in white, Jamaica in green jerseys with yellow shorts. It’s hot. A lot of sweating going on during the anthems.

6:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

92F in the stadium now - bit cooked, Bruces?

6:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're underway in Atlanta.

6:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

John Strong and Brad Friedel on the mic tonight.

6:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Early corner opportunity for the US now. Bedoya lofts in and its cleared out by LUFC's own Rudy Austin.

6:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The surface looks a bit bobbly, almost like turf. Is it turf?

6:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bedoya tries to find Johannson in the area - cleared out.

6:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shot of Winfried Schaefer on the bench, looking, with his long white hair and steel-rimmed spectacles, like the eccentric chief executive of a Silicon Valley behemoth.

6:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Dicey - Beckermann upends Austin just outside the box. And Austin can hit them from this range, as the US knows all too well.

6:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lawrence strikes the wall with the free kick and then Guzan is fouled for the rebound.

6:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jamaica are knocking on the door here though Mariappa.

6:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Watson with a daisy cutter through traffic. Well wide.

6:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Dempsey has a chance but blasts well over.

6:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another corner chance for the Reggae Boyz now - cleared out.

6:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Can we talk about Jürgen Klinsmann’s fleece jacket? It’s punishingly unstylish. And it's 92 bloody degrees out. The underarms make it looks like he's sweating buckets - which he probably is. What would Heidi Klum think, Jurgen?

6:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Zardes has struggled to get involved so far, and he can’t link up with Dempsey.

6:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Decent attack there just broken up by a slight hesitation by Bedoya.

6:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Johansson nearly found Dempsey with a clever cut back. US knocking on the door now.

6:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Zardes had another chance there as Bradley burst through. Got under the ball.

6:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The pressure’s building. Zardes tries to find Bradley but it's cut out.

6:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Johansson closes down Thompson and nearly toes home the first for the US.

6:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jamaica have really retreated: Barnes and Mattocks are so isolated. But that’s a huge chance for Giles Barnes!

6:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now Thompson makes amends: that’s a very good save from Fabian Johnson’s right-footer from the left. Bradley’s corner is headed wide by Dempsey. USA on top here!

6:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! And it's Jamaica who take the lead!!!

Long throw in to Mattocks who nodded a looping header past Guzan!

6:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That one really came out of nowhere. I'll say it again. Professional players should never be bamboozled by a long throw.

And now Beckman picks up a yellow card for a reckless challenge. It's all gone pear shaped.

6:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! The Reggae Boyz are incredibly 0-2 up! What is happening?!~

6:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Excellent free kick there from Giles Barnes. Guzan didn't get close to it.

6:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A long way back for the US boys now - what will Jurgen tell them at half time.

6:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The US look a bit frantic now - they really need to settle down to the task.

6:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Guzan has had a bit of a 'mare tonight. Bring back Timmy!

6:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

USA need half-time. They’re really struggling. McCleary goes down the right again, but that’s a good tackle from Beckerman, and USA come away with it.

6:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Dempsey with a big chance but Thompson came up big.

6:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time - well, that was entirely unexpected. The US had the upper hand for much of that first half but Jamaica took their chances like a well-schooled Wimbledon.

6:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hello mate.I can't Adam and Eve it. What an upset in the making.

7:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I caught the last couple of minutes .

7:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway.

7:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Goal!!! Mike Bradley scores off a fumble from Ryan Thompson.

7:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The U.S. have a free Kick. Another fumble by Ryan Thompson then Johansson heads over.

7:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The US really needed a quick goal in this second half and they got one!

Great turn and shot by Johansson and it was cleaned up by Bradley.

1-2!

7:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This one looks absolutely wide open in this half.

7:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mariappa clears for a corner. Ryan Thompson tips the corner on to the bar then somehow catches the rebound.

7:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - big miss by Johansson. The free kick by Fab Johnson was bobbled out by Thompson and the big Scando put his header over the top.

7:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now Jamaica attack, and Barnes goes down the left, but the resulting corner is well caught by Guzan. It’s end to end stuff now.

7:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Evening, MUR - I didn't see you coming on at half time as we were busy having a quick bite to it. Welcome!

How was the Chinese?

7:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Bradley with a nice drive that Thompson bobbled off the post.

7:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bradley is running these Jamaican midfielders ragged right about now.

7:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A swerving shot from Bradley that Thompson fumbls on to the post then Clint vollleys inches wide off a throw.

7:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The restaurant was a bittersweet experience. A great meal ,but we go t a call that Elisabeth's grandmother passed away in the hospital. My mother in law is beside herself.

7:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - I'm so sorry to hear that; please pass my condolences onto Elisabeth.

7:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's only a matter of time before the US equalize IMHO; Jamaica look really dodgy at the back.

7:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice - Mix Diskerud is coming on - good change from Jurgen.

7:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice - Mix Diskerud is coming on - good change from Jurgen.

7:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Barnes went down in the box, giving the ref something to think about. Nothing doing.

7:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I sure will . Thanks mate.

7:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great block by Mariappa there - somehow it's a goal kick, though.

Diskerud on for Beckermann.

7:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Bishop is forcing his way in

7:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wow - great header by John Brooks. Saved by Thompson.

7:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Alan Gordon on for Johansson Clint wins a corner off of Hector

7:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not sure about that move, mate. Johansson looked really lively.

7:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The US have about fifteen minutes to dig this one out.

7:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Just wide by Bradley.

7:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I haven't been pleased with Zardes - I'd have him off rather than Bedoya. Yedlin to come on shortly.

7:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Butterfingers saves from Alan Gordon.

7:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yedliin plays like Yeltsin.

7:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kate thinks Jurgen looks like a young Harrison Ford. I think she rather fancies him.

7:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Dempsey in again and Thompson concedes another corner. This one has to go in.

7:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

End to end stuff now.

7:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Five minutes and change left - not sure now.

7:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Five minutes plus stoppage time remaining. Getting ready to have birthday cake.

7:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gordon is a big lump up front. Useless.

7:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What kind of cake for the Sweet 16?

7:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That was a Yeltsin move in the back from Yedlin.

7:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jamaica corner flagging it now, as you would.

7:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Into three minutes of stoppage time now. Last chance saloon.

7:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bloody hell - Alan Gordon with a reckless high foot giving the ball away again.

7:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The U.S. is about to be yanked from the tournament.

7:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And a time wasting substitution now for Jamaica.

7:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Winny is livid on the bench with the time ticking away.

7:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it - a historic win for the Reggae Boyz. Despair for Jurgen and co. Back to the drawing board.

7:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it for me tonight, mate. We're still trying to get back on the right sleep pattern but the jet lag has been really tough. Cheerio!

7:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

What a result for the Reggae Boyz.

7:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The cake is a picture of Melanie with her camp friends.

7:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. Great chatting with you.

7:59 PM  

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