USMNT v Guatemala
Date: March 28, 2016
Time: 7pm ET
TV: ESPN2 (with U23 game to follow at 9:30pm ET)
Location: MAPRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
A 2-0 loss on Friday in Guatemala (our first in almost 30 years) leaves the USMNT in a less-than-ideal position in this semi-final round of World Cup Qualifying for Russia in two years. The boys currently sit on four points and 3rdvplace after three matches, behind T&T and Guatemala who have seven and six points respectively. Anything other than a win on Tuesday will leave Jurgen Klinsmann in a disastrous position in Group 3, and they will be reliant on other results to somehow qualify for the Hex.
Friday was a catastrophe from front to back. Defensive mishaps, lack of continuity, little desire. Yes, we had our chances. But points are given tothose who take their chances, and we didn’t. Tuesday will be different, it HAS to be better.
Here is your lineup:
: David Bingham, Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, William Yarbrough
Ventura Alvarado, Steve Birnbaum, John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Edgar Castillo, Omar Gonzalez, Michael Orozco, DeAndre Yedlin
: Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud, Ethan Finlay, Fabian Johnson, Darlington Nagbe, Lee Nguyen, Graham Zusi, Christian Pulisic
: Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Chris Wondolowski, Bobby Wood, Gyasi Zardes
Here’s the other team:
: Jose Carlos Garcia (Coban Imperial), Paulo Motta (Municipal), Ricardo Jerez (Alianza Petrolera; COL)
: Carlos Castrillo (Comunicaciones), Stefano Cincotta (Chemnitzer FC; GER) Luis Cardona (Comunicaciones), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas; USA), Cristian Jimenez
(Municipal), Hamilton Lopez (Xelaju), Jonathan Lopez (Marquense), Rafael Morales (Comunicaciones)
: Gerardo Arias (Municipal), Jose Contreras (Comunicaciones), Jean Marquez (Comunicaciones), Marco Pappa (Colorado Rapids; USA), Marco Rivas (Municipal), Rodrigo Saravia (Columbus Crew SC; USA)
: Kevin Arriola (Xelaju), Edi Danilo Guerra (Guastatoya), Mafre Icute (Coban Imperial), Luis Martinez (Xelaju), Carlos Ruiz (Municipal), Gerson Tinoco (Coban Imperial)
Regardless of which eleven that JK names, only one result is acceptable. Three points is a must for us. We don’t want to be in this position. We demand improvement.
“What can we do?” you may ask. The answer is simple - what we do best.
Sing loud, sing with pride, sing together.
This is our opportunity and job as AO to lift our team when they need it most. They need it now more than ever.
Let’s do this.
LOVE, 3 POINTS, HAPPINESS, PUPPIES,
PS If you cannot sing in the stadium, let them here you from home. Here are your local watch parties!