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A Saturday Night Special or A Special Saturday Night – Open Thread

Written by on June 25, 2011 | 13 Comments »
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So I’ve completed my warm up with Spain beating Switzerland in the UEFA under 21s final and watching Canada and Rwanda play to a scoreless draw at the FIFA under 17s in Mexico.

Now to the evening schedule. I’m stating with Los Angeles Galaxy at San Jose against the Earthquakes. Then follows the Gold Cup Final with the two favourites Mexico and USA heading straight for each other at the Rosebowl in Pasadena.

While that is going on the DVR is going to be recording Toronto FC at Real Salt Lake and the Vancouver Whitecaps away to Sporting Kansas City.

Taped delay viewing will be but on hold at around 11:35 EST when I will be on talking about the Gold Cup Final on Fox Sports Radio.

Here’s hoping there are lots of positives tonight and let’s read your thoughts and views.

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13 responses to “A Saturday Night Special or A Special Saturday Night – Open Thread”

  1. Soccerlogical says:

    While channel surfing, I caught that dolt Lalas predict a dominant 2-0 Mexico win over the US.

    I have never seen a former NT player of any country predict a destruction of their national team in a final cup game and with home field advantage… EVER! Especially with the attacking talent at US disposal yet Lalas’ constant criticism of Dempsey and Lando.

  2. Gus Keri says:

    I will be watching The US U-17 vs New Zealand before the gold cup final.

    The US need to avoid 4th palce to go on to the round of 16. A draw is enough for them. A loss will do too if the other game between Uzbekistan and Czech Rep didnt’ end up in a tie.

  3. Gus Keri says:

    An interesting situation for the US and New Zealand. They are tied on very tie-breaker (points, goal diff and goal scored). If they drew, there will be a coin toss to decide which team above the other.

  4. Gus Keri says:

    What is happening over in San Jose?
    Did I see Mike Magee as a goalkeeper?
    Where have all the keepers gone?

  5. Gus Keri says:

    U-17 group D result:

    USA – New Zealand: 0-0
    Uzbekistan – Czech Rep: 2-1

    Uzbekistan (6 points) won the group in a major surprise and will play Argentina in the round of 16.

    USA and New Zealand are tied on 4 points with all the tie breakers are the same. Coin toss to take place to decide which 2nd and 3rd of the two. They both qualified.

    Czech Rep was eliminated. A huge upset.

  6. Gus Keri says:

    Freddy and Donovan in the starting line up. Another surprise for the day. Is this the biggest gamble of Bob Bradley’s life or what?

  7. Terry143 says:

    Agudelo correctly not starting.

  8. This is one for the readers who were around in 2007 when I wrote for Fox Soccer.Com

    Anyone remember an animated discussion that I started when I said that Marvell Wynne and Jonathan Bornstein would never be international calibre full backs?

    Wynne fell by the wayside a couple of seasons ago and Bornstein should have at the same time.

    It is all very well looking good going forward but job one for a full back still is to defend well and much of that comes down simply to reading the game and positioning yourself.

  9. Boris says:

    I am tired of seeing Spain winning everything at both the international as well as the club level (Champions Cup).
    Time for some change. I have a feeling that Germany will dethrone Spain at next year’s Euro Cup.

  10. Soccerlogical says:

    If I learned anything NEW from this tournie it’s that Maurice Edu needs to start in a DMC role…. preferably along kid Bradley. Jones takes too many chances and can’t hold onto the ball in tight situations. We already knew USA’s defense was the achille’s heel against team’s possessing a proper scoring threat.

  11. US need a pace transplant

  12. J says:

    For those of you who prematurely popped the corks and bid Mr. Bornstein farewell, I empathize. No hiding him tonight on defense, and to make matters worse, he bumped the better-crossing Lichaj out on the right. It’s easy now to wonder what might have happened had Bradley picked a different poison – moved Bocanegra outside and brought in Edu or…well, anyone.

    Welcome back, Adu. Fine game for Michael Bradley, also.

    The better team won. Great entertainment. Mexico have a lot to look forward to.

  13. Freddy Adu definitely needs more playing time but may not have the speed the States needs for those swings to the right.

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