Orange Slices is our game day, catch-all post that we update during the day before the match
Welcome to game day!
The USA “A” Team led by Bob Bradley and Carlos BocaJuniors headed northward Thursday from their Cary, NC training grounds to take on FIFA and CONMEBOL powerhouse Argentina in a friendly at the New Meadowlands, today, in front of 60,000 fans.
Kickoff is set for 4p.m Best Coast and 7 p.m. ET.
For TSG’s “Playing Mourinho” game planning column click here.
English TV Broadcast: ESPN2
(Note, no ESPN pre- or post-game–being replaced with women’s World Cup promos)
Spanish TV Broadcast: Univision
Al Gore: ESPN3.com
Live Commentary: Right here at TSG, courtesy Shaun Webb
If you’re outside of the States, we’ll try and locate a good stream for you.
Pleasant…if you live in Novo Scotia in February. Just above freezing at kick-off. I can already hear Angel DiMaria’s teeth chattering.
C’mon…not this time buddy. Asbury Park, your closest break.
Don’t Tread On Red: As we confirmed in January, the men’s team will debut some snazzy new red kits. ‘Bout time.
History 101: The U.S. has played Argentina nine times in their history, holding a lifetime record of 2-6-1 against the Artists Formerly Vice-Gripped by Maradona.
The last time? A 0-0 draw on June 8, 2008 at the same site as today.
Dog Years: Average Caps, USA vs. Chile? 1.1 …. Average Caps, USA vs. Argentina: 30.5
Bald is beautiful: With a cap in this game, Landon Donovan passes Marcelo Balboa for 3rd place outright on the US caps list.
The Ricardo Clark Butterfly Effect:
In a role reminiscent of one that Rico Clark played during qualifying, Maurice Edu is rumored–via a Grant Wahl tweet–to be pushed up the field as an advanced central midfielder. He would be backended by Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones.
Mistake. Not a Balboa haircut mistake, but not far from it.
German Americans David Yelldell and Timothy Chandler got their first camp invites. Chandler should make the 18.
More coming throughout the day–add to the commentary any news and we’ll move it up here in the body of the post…