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Hello and welcome to game day!
The United States Men’s National once again finds themselves in control of their destiny and needing a good showing in the final group stage game of tournament.
Today it’s Livestrong Park, the opponent is Guadeloupe and the States have something to prove.
Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. CT.
Live Commentary: Right here at TSG!
• Flashback: A little more than a year ago, the US kicked off it’s World Cup 2010 campaign. A tactical breakdown by our friends at Zonal Marking.
• Jon Arnold, USA10Kit on moving past Panama.
• The Sporting News’ Brian Straus authors 3 Things The US Must Fix.
• John Levy, The Yanks Are Coming is paging Landon Donovan in his preview.
American Outlaws members gather here.
We have a parking update? Yes, yes we do. That and more at one of the best local soccer blogs, The Full 90.
AO KC (cough) Does Not Stop (AOkcdoesnotstop) adds: Good news! Lot opens at 2:30! Come get some food and beer!
Did someone say beer?
Sporting KC digital strategist Kyle Rogers participated–along with the Free Beer Movement, Alexi Lalas and others–in TSG’s now infamous: What’s Your Yankee Brew series.
His suggestion for drinking in KC this evening.
Kyle, Sporting KC: Not Tonight Honey Porter – Describes the attitude of both USA and Kansas City fans going into the game. USA fans will feel it’s not the night Guadeloupe gets a big Gold Cup upset, while KC fans will be telling Stephane Auvray that they can’t root for him, tonight.
NEXT! This ain’t Kansas. Well actually it is. (Actually just learned last evening that Livestrong Park is in Kansas City, Kansas, not Missouri. First US game in Kansas ever.)
If you really need to get your water sliding on, here’s your location.
It’s Kansas City, no surf…you need a BBQ forecast. Here’s our realtime on-demand suggestions:
Charles Gooch, fantastic soccer blogger at the The Full 90: Oklahoma Joe’s. Thinking of making a stop out there this afternoon.
Justin Klemsz, Twitter: Oklahoma Joe’s in a gas station in KC, KS.
More on the opponent Guadeloupe:
Ligue Guadeloupéenne de Football
Founded: 1961 (Joined CONCACAF in 1964)
Head Coach: Roger Salnot
Best World Cup Finish: Not affiliated with FIFA
Best CONCACAF Gold Cup Finish: Fourth Place (2007)
Key Players: Stephane Auvray, David Fleurival, Brice Jovial, Therry Racon
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- The U.S. is facing Guadeloupe for the first time. Guadeloupe participated in its first CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2007 and made it to the semifinals that year. They advanced to the quarterfinals in 2009.
- The U.S. will be making its first appearance in Kansas on Tuesday night.
- The U.S. has played once in Kansas City, Mo.: a FIFA World Cup qualifying win against Costa Rica on April 25, 2001, when Josh Wolff scored the lone goal before a crowd of 37,319 fans.
- The U.S. lost for the first time in group play when they fell to Panama and now has a 24-1-2 record in group play.
- The U.S. has won its group in each of the 10 previous tournaments. The closest the U.S. has come to finishing second was in 2005 when the U.S. and Costa Rica were tied with seven points, with the U.S. collecting a better goal differential to clinch first place.
- The U.S. is 3-0-2 in the third game of group play. From 1996-2003, the Gold Cup was played with groups of three teams, so the group stage only included two games per team.
- The U.S. is seeking its fifth Gold Cup title, with prior championships coming in 1991, 2002, 2005 and 2007.
- Winning the 2011 version of the confederation championship has a massive bonus attached to it – the right to play in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil just one year prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
- With his start against Panama, Landon Donovan played in his CONCACAF record-setting 24th career match in the Gold Cup.
- The U.S. has a 4-1-0 record under Bob Bradley when coming off a loss to a CONCACAF opponent.
- Eight U.S. players have made their Gold Cup debut in 2011. Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Maurice Edu, Jermaine Jones, Sacha Kljestan, Tim Ream and Chris Wondolowski debuted against Canada. Alejandro Bedoya debuted against Panama.
- Eric Lichaj is the one player with the U.S. team in Kansas City yet to make a career Gold Cup appearance.
- Agudelo is the first U.S. player to appear in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match prior to his 19th birthday, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Agudelo (18 years, 196 days) broke the mark held by DaMarcus Beasley in 2002 (19 years, 240 days).
- Saturday’s match in Tampa was the 51st for the U.S. in the Gold Cup, a CONCACAF record. The U.S. also has the CONCACAF record for wins, holding a 39-6-6 record.
- Agudelo is the only player to appear in all six games in 2011.
- Ream leads the team with 450 minutes played.
- Ream and Altidore are the only players to have started five games in 2011.