The USMNT is now in Nashville getting ready for tomorrow’s game against Paraguay at LP Field. US Soccer has a good pre-game primer right here. The US is 2-1-2 all-time against Paraguay, losing the last meeting, 3-1, at the 2007 Copa America. But who can forget the US’ 3-0 victory over Paraguay in the 1930 World Cup?!
Steve Davis of SI.com thinks we will see some lineup changes tomorrow.
Edson Buddle probably won’t be one of those lineup changes since Ingolstadt has requested him back, so he was released from the US roster. Also, Benny Feilhaber did not dress on Saturday because of hamstring tightness, but it also looks like he picked up an ankle injury in his last game with AGF Aarhus and probably won’t play on Tuesday.
The Shin Guardian has its official preview up and some good tidbits from Sunil Gulati’s “fan forum” prior to the Argentina game. Once again, I will give the man credit for opening up to the fans like this.
Paul Pabst of SI.com met up with The American Outlaws prior to Saturday’s game and wrote about his adventures right here. If you are a US Soccer fan, you should really look into joining them, they are doing good things.
In some other rumors about the USMNT, it looks like Seattle was nixed as a possible location for the US-Spain friendly for June. These “bigger” countries apparently want no part of the West Coast (unless it is LA?).
Bolton Wanderers’ website talked to Stuart Holden about his recent surgery and the support that he has received from fans since his injury.
Roger Bennett of ESPN Soccernet has a couple questions about the end of the English Premier League season and he wonders if Michael Bradley is the odd man out in Villa’s midfield.
Finally, the US U-20 team arrived in Guatemala City, Guatemala this weekend and will have its first game of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Tuesday as well. They play Suriname at 8 PM Eastern with the game on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com. The US just needs to finish in the top two of their three-team group to advance to the knockout stage, where they will need to win one more game to earn one of the four spots for the U-20 World Cup.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.