[TSG: We will be adding news and notes in this post until game time, so check back throughout the day for updates. The Starting XI will be posted just before game time and then Shaun kicks off his live blog of the action. We'll also have analysis at half and soon after the final whistle. All followed by our thorough game review.]
Opponent: Trinidad & Tobago (Soca Warriors)
Location: Halsey Crawford Stadium (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago)
Game Time: 7:00pm Eastern (coverage begins at 6:30pm)
Coverage: ESPN Classic (tv), ESPN360.com (web)
- Remember, if you’re watching online at ESPN you need to make sure your internet service provider supports ESPN360. Also, log on early. ESPN keeps their stream free of nasty buffering by delaying the game slightly the more folks that log on. So if you’re early, you’ll be delayed by 1-5 seconds–if you’re late, you may be delayed by as much as 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Don’t look for anything too creative in the back four today. Allegedly, Bradley let on after yesterday’s practice that the “two primary possibilities” are 1) Gooch and Marshall in the middle with Boca on the left and 2) Gooch and Boca in the middle with Bornstein on the left. (No mention of RB in the post.)
- Charlies Davies fully participated in the 45-minute practice session yesterday. Unless he is really sore today, we expect him to start, but it’s doubtful Davies goes the full 90.
- For all the talk about elevation at Azteca and Rio Tinto the US plays this game basically at sea level. So, no excuses for tiring down the stretch if the US considers fitness a strength, right? (FYI: The weather forecast for game time is 80 degrees with a 30% chance of rain.)
- Do you think US Soccer wonders how U.S. Open tennis can get 25 hours of coverage a day on ESPN while the USMNT is relegated to ESPN Classic (again) for a crucial qualifier to the biggest single-sport tournament in the solar system?
- TSG wants a full-on rip from beyond the 18′ for a US goal today. We’ve seen counters, headers, and goalmouth scrambles from the US senior team–how about Stu-Holden-in-Foxboro bomb today?
- One thing I try to do before games is find news written from the other side about the forthcoming match. This one was a gem this morning, specifically because apparently the way the US scores goals is “our barging play through centre field.” Now, I don’t know what that means, but I don’t think it’s the US style.
- Fool’s Day highlights….should have included these earlier. I can watch that first goal over and over again (and let’s remember Ching’s flick-on header as the catalyst)
Anything to add?