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Hello and welcome to game day!
Wait, weren’t we just here?
The United States finds themselves in
Pasadena, CA Philadelphia, PA today against, again, Mexico.
Kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field is set for 9 p.m. ET.
Just a few weeks ago the US looked strong in the Gold Cup Final, up 2-0 and in the driver’s seat to rip open the invitation to the Confederation Cup in 2013. Mexico stormed back, the US faltered, and that invite–along with Bob Bradley as manager–became history.
Today starts the become just another chapter in the bitter Yanks vs. El Tri rivarly and the first chapter for new US coxswain Jurgen Klinsmann installed as USMNT “boss” a little less than two weeks ago.
Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. PT. Pre-game starts at 5:30
English TV Broadcast: ESPN2
Spanish TV Broadcast: Univision, Web: ESPN3
As always, if you have a “more processed” stream for our expats please gently drop it in the commentary.
Live Commentary: Right here at TSG!
The Last Time At The Linc: Tactical “Breakdowns”: USA vs. Turkey
Around The Web:
American Outlaws members gather here.
Weather? Well you know what they say about Philadelphia, right? 80s predicted for the daily high, 70 or so around game time. (BTW, Philadelphia? One of my favorite cities. Really nice people. No joke.)
Update: Will Chivas say Adu?: A report from Ives Galarcep that Freddy Adu may be headed to Chivas as a DP. Interesting…developing… (Note: We are actually slated to speak with Adu’s agent today. Let see if we can gain anything.)
Update: The new Bonanza!: MLS reaching agreement with NBC and NBC Networks on a 3-year TV deal including 6 games a year to broadcast on NBC. Smart move; excellent move.
A little bit of “whew…”: A reminder, no Chicharito this time out.
Talking a little Turkey: The last time at the Linc, the US backline got blitzed by Arda Turan who Colin Kazim-Richards would find leaking out on the left wing. It was the only score on Turkey for the day, but it highlighted Turan’s nastiness.
Want to took about an absolute steal of this transfer season? Galatasaray is set to sell Turan to Atletico Madrid (you swindlers!) for a mere $12M price tag. Heist!
The light of day: Three World Cup veterans Ricardo Clark, Jose Torres and DaMarcus Beasley are making their first appearances–in over a year–for the USMNT since the World Cup.
Mexerman?: Nine of the 22 players play in either the Bundesliga or the Primera. Wow.
It won’t be “Morgan”: Cue the debate over who becomes captain. Will be interesting to see the interactions of the veterans with the absence of Coach Sweats.
Hey, that’s me!: Looking for possible surprise starters? We’ll go with Beckerman in the midfield (possible) or Shea at leftback (I’ve got an itch!)
20-8-6 and 25-9-9: Jurgen Klinsmann’s records with the German National Team (the former) and Bayern Munich (the latter), his two head coaching stints. Not too shabby.
YouTubing: Speaking of Klinsmania…
Not to be outdone, Thomas Dooley, guest assistant head coach on Jorge Campos no less!:
More to come. It’s game day!