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Here is your US-Antigua & Barbuda pre-game primer
   June 8, 2012 (12:29 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Here is quick rundown on things you might want to look at before today’s game.

» The game is at 7 PM Eastern on ESPN, ESPN3 and Galavision.

» US Soccer gives us their game notes with their usual stats and facts.  The US has never faced Antigua & Barbuda before.

» Want to know which current USMNTers have the most qualifying experience?  The official MNT blog has you covered.

» This will be Antigua & Barbuda’s first game since beating St. Vincent / Grenadines, 2-1, on April 1.  Not quite a warm-up friendly against Brazil.

» It looks like we won’t have Fabian Johnson or Edgar Castillo available to play due to injuries.  Does Gooch and Goodson start at center back and Bocanegra shifts over to left back or do you start Parkhurst or Cameron at left back?

» About 20,000 tickets have been sold so far.  Yesterday’s opening training session was also canceled due to rain.

» In club news about one USMNTer, Rapid Vienna’s coach still wants Terrence Boyd, but no deal has been completed yet.

» I am also going to talk about the U-20 team real quick, but Omar Salgado is now out 2-3 months with a broken foot that he injured in the U-20’s recent loss to Uruguay.

» And in the “this has nothing to do with the USMNT” department, Frank Simek has been asked by Carlisle United to confirm whether he wants to stay with the club or not.

» And finally, congrats to Clint Dempsey for being named Fulham’s Player of the Year.  This link also has a video with all 23 goals from this past season (although I am still shaking my head at the orange jerseys).

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3 Responses to “Here is your US-Antigua & Barbuda pre-game primer”

  1. Ian says:

    I’d put Parkhurst at LB and pair Cameron with Goodson or Bocanegra (though to be perfectly honest I think this game’s in the bag no matter which starting XI we put on the field).

  2. Trent Hill says:

    Shift Parkhurst to LB and put Goodson and Boca. Or, vice versa, shift Boca out to LB and put Parkhurst in the middle.

    Either way.

  3. Piaggio says:

    I just hope the US goes out into the field tonight to crush A&B. They can’t let down their guard for a second, a 1-0 win like the one against Guadaloupe would be a fucking disgrace. I’m even afraid they will become overconfident and pull a New Zealand and lose :S

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