Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.
» The game is at 2:30 PM Eastern on ESPN2.
» Germany is ranked #2 in both the FIFA and Elo rankings.
» Here is US Soccer’s official game notes. They also did a mini-factoid thing on RFK Stadium. Sunday will be the US’ 22nd game at the stadium, the most by any venue. I also did my own stat thing earlier this week.
The US is 2-8-0 all-time against Germany (including two games against East Germany) with a 1-3-0 record against Germany on American soil.
The US is 8-22-2 against FIFA Top 5 teams since FIFA began the rankings in 1993. The last win against a Top 5 team came against Spain, 2-0, in the 2009 Confederations Cup.
» One of the US’ wins against Germany was in 1999. Here are some highlights from the game. And here are some highlights from a random 4-3 loss to Germany from 1993.
» The Shin Guardian have their preview of the match up.
» As for some rumblings from today’s training session. Jozy Altidore had the flu earlier this week and Eddie Johnson apparently picked it up. Herculez Gomez was watching training with an ice pack on his knee. It sounds like Brad Evans will be starting at right back. Matt Besler might not be at 100% fitness, but is close. Fabian Johnson thinks he might play some midfield during these upcoming games. Edgar Castillo was working with a trainer on the side, so Joe Corona was playing some left back with the “second” unit. Some of the German-Americans (i.e. Terrence Boyd and Jermaine Jones) are ready to play Germany.
» The US released the provisional Gold Cup roster earlier this week. We enjoy some of the middle names. The rumored friendly for the Gold Cup team against Guatemala in San Diego has been confirmed by US Soccer. One of those players on that roster, Alejandro Bedoya, scored a goal and passed out an assist on Saturday. We just found out that Isaac Brizuela is a dual citizen for the US and Mexico earlier this week. Well, he is on Mexico’s provisional roster for the Gold Cup. Jon Arnold called this.
» Roger Bennett and Jeff Carlisle came up with their “Most Influential XI” for US Soccer in its history.
» The US U-20 team won their first game at the Toulon Tournament yesterday. Daniel Cuevas scored the lone goal.
As for my prediction on the game, I think Germany wins and people will freak out.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.