DEF: Chandler, DeMerit, Ream, Bornstein
MID: Donovan, Bradley, Edu, Dempsey
STR: Agudelo, Altidore
The need for SPEED.
Update: No Benny Feilhaber, Oguchi Onyewu (rumored hip issue) or Tim Howard tonight. Surprising on Howard, but we shall see. All but guarantees Boca and/or DeMerit are in the line-up.
Orange Slices is our game day, catch-all post that we update during the day before the match
Welcome to game day!
The United States Men’s National team led by Bob Bradley and Landon Dominator, don the red and blues today for their 2nd consecutive CONMEBOL opponent in World Cup quarter-finalist Paraguay.
Will they Mix it up?
Will Reams come true?
Isn’t it Sacha a good opportunity to introduce new players?
The ear-piercing puns end there; the play begins here!
Kickoff is set for 5p.m Best Coast and 8 p.m. ET.
Haven’t got your fix: TSG’s Official USA vs. Paraguay Preview
English TV Broadcast: Fox Soccer (Wynalda and Sullivan at 4:30, Dellacamera and Martino at 5pm.)
Spanish TV Broadcast: Telefutura
Live at the stadium: TSG’s Jay Bell
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.
Not a cloud in the sky…BZZZZZZ! Wrong answer. Sidelines shots will likely see more than a few scattered fans in garbage bags. Not exactly galoshes weather, but the skies are supposed to cry around 6pm local time. 60º otherwise
Inland, March, c’mon! Although the National Park Service has instructions on how to approach the wildlife in the nearby Smokey Mountains.
JOLAZO!: Last time in da House, one Big Jeezy Jozy Altidore lit it up bagging all three goals as the US made the Soca Warriors of Trinidad & Tobago look like fools back on April 1st, 2009.
The line-up backing Jozy at L.P. Field that day: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 8-Clint Dempsey (16-Sacha Kljestan, 84), 12-Michael Bradley, 4-Pablo Mastroeni, 10-Landon Donovan, 11-Brian Ching (6- José Torres, 81), 17-Jozy Altidore
Where have you gone Pablo Mastroeni…and José Torres too for that matter.
That said, as this excellent piece points out today, echoes some of the concerns that have been wafting through TSG’s home office about the young American striker current in Turkey. Thanks to Charles Gooch at the Kansas City Star for the link.
Captain America: Who’s the third leading scorer currently on the US roster for this encounter? That would be Captain Carlos Bocanegra. A haul of 12 goals in his national team career (just seven short of Dempsey mind you) and with his play-on header against Argentina, the Californian collected his 8th assist.
Supporting cast: Marketing, what marketing…two critical acknowledgements today and US Soccer should acknowledge as well.
A great effort to promote and create interest for this game was done by @soccerinTN on Twitter–relentless on promotion and if the US split the haul that the account helped generate for the game, well, easily a shiny new HDTV.
And the American Outlaws, profiled here by SI yesterday.
Pressed: This morning’s pre-match press conference: