Welcome to your open thread for send-off friendly freedom as we get set to watch the United States Men's National Team take on Guatemala in a tune-up for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The USMNT has to be feeling confident after recent road victories over the Netherlands and World Cup champion Germany, but there have been a lot of roster changes since those matches and this group will have to guard against a let-down as they prepare to try to reach the top of the CONCACAF mountain again. This match takes place just four days before the Gold Cup opener against Honduras in
Dallas Frisco, TX.
The Yanks hold a 14-4-6 edge over Guatemala in the all-time series, and are unbeaten in the last 20 meetings, going all the way back to 1988, when (if you were alive) you were probably listening to U2's The Joshua Tree, Paul Simon's Graceland or Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet. Yeah, it's been awhile.
The U.S. hasn't lost to Guatemala outside of Guatemala and only one draw in the series has come on U.S. soil. The Americans hold a commanding 14-0-1 mark against Guatemala at home. The last meeting came prior to the 2013 Gold Cup, when the Red, White & Blue drop-kicked the Central Americans to the tune of 6-0.
All that said, there is no reason for a let-down here. No mercy. Guatemala will try to tread and the U.S. mustn't let them. It's about to get real with the Gold Cup on the line, because if the U.S. wins, it qualifies for the Confederations Cup and if the Yanks lose, they'll have a one-game play-in against whoever does win for that spot. You never want to leave something like that to a must-win game.
Can the Americans find someone to score in a friendly without Bobby Wood in the lineup? Will the Yanks enter the Gold Cup on a positive note? If a pickup truck with an eagle in it delivered a hot dog and an apple pie straight to your door, would that be the most America thing ever? We'll find out the answers to two of those questions tonight.
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U.S. Men's National Team (4-4-2 diamond):
Goalkeeper: Brad Guzan
Defenders: Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, John Brooks, Fabian Johnson
Midfielders: DeAndrew Yedlin, Mix Diskerud, Michael Bradley, Graham Zusi
Forwards: Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore
Bench: Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Alejandro Bedoya, Ventura Alvarado, Greg Garza, Tim Ream, Brad Evans, Chris Wondolowski, Gyasi Zardes, William Yarbrough
How to Watch:
Match time: 6:30 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Nissan Field - Nashville, TN
TV: FOX Sports 1, UniMas, Univision Deportes
Live Stream: FOX Soccer 2GO
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