It’s a long time until World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
That said, good weather is blanketing Deep Dish U.S.A. as the States look to win their first game since Landon Donovan’s Herculean effort more than two fortnights ago!
Soldier Field plays host to Yanks and kickoff is set for 5pm PDT, 8pm EDT for all you on the right coast.
First, if you haven’t stopped by our previews yet. They were well written (by me I don’t mind saying). Part I here….and Part II over there.
TV Coverage: 7pm CT, FSC and Galavision
Brian McBride PSA: Remember, if you’re attending the game, to honor Mr. Brian McBride. All about the tribute here.
• Charlie Davies is attempting to diffuse, on Twitter, an article that he was a driver in a car attempting to go the speed of sound last Saturday. The AP (story here through NY Times) is often not wrong, but it appears they weren’t through in the report to linked to in this sentence.
The USA Today has more with a quote from Charlie here.
Even if Charlie wasn’t the driver, how was he fine with being a passenger at that speed?
I’ll spare the reprimanding attitude here the next months and years will determine Charlie’s commitment and maturation. Let’s hope it goes well.
• To the game, ESPN is reporting–this is their best scoop since Jurgen Kinsmann called them up and to get everyone’s blood percolating and let them know he met with USSF–that Maurice Edu played many reps this week at centerback.
Edu as you know, played their for the Olympic squad a few years ago and more recently saw time there in the World Cup against Slovenia and Algeria I believe (I need to check both of those…but you guy will likely let me know in the comments..thanks for that.)
It’s starting to seem that Bradley is looking at Edu as his jack of all trades in the middle. Not sure that is the role that Edu wants. A few other far out possibilities? Eventually a look at a 3-man backline (not likely in the near term or long term mind you, but we’ll have some words on consideration of the 3-man next week) or Bradley looking to educate Edu more on the defensive role for other reasons.
Remember Bradley likes to move people to the middle (Bornstein, Spector) so they can’t understand how to quarterback the defense.
• The last time the U.S. played Poland it was all about the backline. A 3-0 result on March 25th, 2008 in Krakow Poland as Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu and the retiring Eddie Lewis rippled the netting.
Oddly enough on that backline, a four of the starters (Dolo, Gooch, Boca, Heath Pearce) are in this camp and, even with Pearce back with his club side in Dallas, three of the starters may be the same. Even Tim Howard was between the pipes.
Other starters of note that day? Eddie Johnson and Michael Bradley.