Welcome to your live thread for tonight's U.S. Men's National Team's match against Paraguay. This is the third and final group game for the Americans, with a win assuring the team of a spot in the knockout stages and a loss eliminating the hosts.
With three points from the first two games, even a tie will likely be enough to see the Americans through. However, this will be no cakewalk for the U.S. Paraguay earned a point from a draw with Costa Rica and gave the Colombians all they could handle as well in Pasadena, CA.
The U.S. will be flying high, coming off a 4-0 smack down of Costa Rica in Chicago last time out. Clint Dempsey in particular will surely be confident heading into this one. The Texan was fantastic against Costa Rica, pulling the strings in an attacking midfielder position, and was also the most dangerous American in the first game against Colombia. Expect Dempsey to lead the attack yet again for the U.S., and don't be surprised if the Seattle Sounders man gets on the score sheet as well.
The back line of DeAndre Yedlin, Geoff Cameron, John Brooks, and Fabian Johnson were tremendous on Tuesday and will have to have another big night in Philly. Look for Johnson and Yedlin to do what they know how to do and get forward up the flanks to help in the attack.
While it appears that the U.S. is in good position to get the result it needs, Paraguay will not go down quietly and has reason to be confident against the U.S. The South Americans have won the last two matches against the Yanks, including a match in the Copa America in 2007.
This is a huge game for the Americans, who expect nothing less than the quarterfinals for themselves. U.S. fans will definitely want to tune in.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Ethan Horvath (Molde IK)
DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Monterrey), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS/FORWARDS (12): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Diego Barreto (Olimpia), Anthony Silva (Cerro Porteño), Justo Villar (Colo Colo)
DEFENDERS (7): Ivan Piris (Udinese), Fabian Balbuena (Corinthians), Paulo Da Silva (Toluca), Gustavo Gomez (Lanus),Blas Riveros (Olimpia), Miguel Samudio (América), Bruno Valdez (Cerro Porteño)
MIDFIELDERS/FORWARDS (11): Miguel Almiron (Lanus), Victor Ayala (Lanus), Celso Ortiz (AZ Alkmaar), Robert Piris Da Motta (Olimpia), Rodrigo Rojas (Cerro Porteño), Oscar Romero (Racing), Edgar Benitez (Queretaro), Jorge Benitez (Cruz Azul), Derlis Gonzalez (FC Dynamo), Nelson Haedo Valdez (Seattle Sounders), Juan Iturbe (AFC Bournemouth)
How to Watch:
Match time: 7 p.m. ET
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field -- Philadelphia, PA
TV: FS1, Univision, UDN
Live stream: FOX Sports GO
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