Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.
» The game is at 5 PM Eastern on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas.
» South Korea is ranked #53 by FIFA and #39 by Elo, while the US is #14 by FIFA and #13 by Elo.
» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer. As for some random stats/facts:
The US is 1-3-2 all-time against South Korea, including a 1-1-1 mark on American soil.
DaMarcus Beasley scored his first international goal against South Korea in a 2-1 win on January 19, 2002.
After setting a USMNT record for most goals per game in a calendar year in 2013, the US is looking to avoid going scoreless in three straight games for the first time since a three-game streak in 2008.
» The usual suspects, The Shin Guardian and The Yanks Are Coming, have some game previews up for you.
» Don’t forget that you have until kickoff to enter our Pick the US-South Korea score contest.
» Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to the press after training on Friday. You “might” see Michael Parkhurst at left back. And he was pleased with Jermaine Jones’ transfer to Turkey. ESPN’s Doug McIntyre wrote some more about that here.
» Some other USMNT-related stories from the week: Jon Arnold wonders if Landon Donovan might become a coach once he hangs up the boots. Mike Magee is hoping to take advantage of this opportunity with the USMNT. Jeff Carlisle gives us 10 names to keep an eye on for 2018.
» As for some non-USMNT-related links, it looks like Thomas Dooley has been named head coach of the Philippines national team. And a US investment group is giving a lot of money to Hertha Berlin to try and help solve its financial problems.
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