8/17 Houston Dynamo 3, Seattle Sounders 1
Clint Dempsey (90’, 88 touches, 4 shots, 2 on target, 80% passing, 15 turnovers, 4 fouls against)
Dempsey’s surprise move to MLS will likely save a lot of wear and tear on his 30-year old body during this important World Cup year.
Klinsmann released him from national team duty last week so Dempsey could concentrate on getting to know his new teammates in Seattle and on settling with his family into their new digs.
Dempsey played his first full 90-minute game for the Sounders in a 3-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo. In a preview of things to come, Houston coach Dominic Kinnear designed a game plan specifically to limit Dempsey’s touches, movement and ultimately his effect on the game.
According to ASN, Klinsmann is as concerned as everyone else with whether or not Dempsey can maintain, much less raise, his level of play in MLS. With Dempsey the target of every MLS opponent’s game plan, however, Duece will learn how to be effective under tough circumstances and this can only add to his veteran repertoire.
Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson were both with the national team for Wednesday’s friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Evans started at right back while Johnson started on the left wing but shifted to forward when Klinsmann tweaked his base formation.
Johnson did open the scoring for the U.S. though it was a simple finish and otherwise he didn’t look very sharp. Johnson got 52 touches on the ball in 63 minutes and completed 85% of his passes, but he suffered eight turnovers including a howler on the edge of his own 18 that led to the first Bosnia-Herzegovina goal.
Evans had 73 touches in 87 minutes, completing 82% of his passes with seven turnovers and nine total defensive plays. Fullbacks are also supposed to deliver crosses, however, and Evans was 0 for 4 with his crossing attempts.
Evans was called upon late against Houston and successfully delivered three of his seven crosses in 28 minutes of action.