United States vs. Guadeloupe
CONCACAF Gold Cup, Group C finale
Where: Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan.
Kickoff: Approximately 9 p.m. ET.
TV: Fox Soccer Channel, Telefutura, univisionfutbol.com
For your pregame reading enjoyment, The Post’s Box Seats blogger, Jeff Maurer, previews this oddly crucial match for the Americans (1-1-0, 3 points) against the Guada Boys (0-2-0, 0 points).
In case you were wondering about the nations’ demographics, the United States is populated by 313,000,000 humanoids. Guadeloupe: 400,000.
The top two teams in the group will play separate quarterfinals Sunday at RFK Stadium. Jamaica awaits the second-place finisher.
Six U.S. players are carrying a yellow card, and with another tonight, would miss the quarterfinal (assuming they advance): Altidore, Bedoya, Bocanegra, Bradley, Goodson, Jones.
Back soon with the USA lineup, subs and scratches.
USA LINEUP: Howard; Cherundolo, Goodson, Bocanegra, Lichaj; Dempsey, Jones, Bradley, Donovan; Altidore, Wondolowski.
Subs: Hahnemann, Onyewu, Edu, Agudelo, Bornstein, Kljestan, Bedoya.
Not in uniform: Rogers, Adu, Spector, Ream.
I will post regular updates here throughout the match. Your observations and opinions are warmly welcome in our comments section.
UPDATE: Panama (7 points) scored in stoppage time to draw with Canada, 1-1, and win Group C. With a victory or draw against Guadeloupe, the United States would finish second and secure passage to Sunday’s quarterfinals against Jamaica at RFK Stadium.
Kickoff: 9:10 p.m. ET.
2nd minute: Donovan free kick from 35 yards into the heart of the box, cleared by Guadeloupe.
3rd: Jones clumsy tackle provides free kick for Guadeloupe. Deflected set piece, corner kick. Zubar one-timer skips off Lichaj and then off the crossbar!
6th: USAset piece from 30 yards. Dempsey effort tipped over crossbar by keeper!
9th: USA with a sustained possession, probing for space, Altidore with a powerful strike from 28 yards to the near upper corner: GOAL! 1-0. Remarkable goal with sizzle and accuracy from a player who is usually more comfortable seeking the target from inside the box.
14th: USA has asserted itself and claimed the lead — an encouraging sign for a team that began so poorly against Panama and has a history of sluggish starts.
17th: Guadeloupe seeking to answer, two runs at the U.S. defense. Goodson tangled up with attacker at top of box, play continues.
19th: Guadeloupe’s Socrier correctly ruled offside before striking the crossbar.
21st: Lichaj leaves ball off for oncoming Donovan, whose one-timer is blocked by a defender.
23rd: Loval taken off with injury, leaving Guadeloupe shorthanded. Donovan crosses to Dempsey for clear header from eight yards that is shockingly off the mark. Golden opportunity to double the lead.
26th: Collet on for Loval.
30th: Wondolowski narrowly misses redirecting Cherundolo’s cross.
31st: Grandel sprawling save on Dempsey’s long-range bid.
34th: Grandel charges out of box to beat Dempsey to long ball served by Bradley.
36th: Bradley chips ball to far post, Dempsey header misses near corner. Offside anyway.
40th: Wondolowski does well to draw foul on left edge of penalty area, Donovan free kick headed out of the six-yard box.
42nd: After Grandel’s terrible giveway, keeper makes sliding save on Wondolowski deep in the box, then thwarts the same USA player with a diving stop.
HALFTIME: Quality 45 minutes for the Americans, who survived an early scare before surging into the lead on Altidore’s goal. USA making good use of the outside backs raiding the flanks. Grandel keeping Guadeloupe in the match with superb saves. 1-0 USA.
46th: Second half underway. Will the Americans improve their finishing and put away this one-sided match?
48th: Altidore nudged down from behind at edge of penalty area. Donovan free kick chips to far post for Goodson, but Guadeloupe wins the header.
54th: Altidore uses strength to claim possession deep in box but shot blocked by defender.
57th: USA finishing continues to leave outcome in balance: Donovan redirect at six-yard box flies high.
59th: Dempsey 30-yard free kick skips off the crossbar.
64th: Bedoya for Wondolowski, who, for the second straight match, couldn’t finish opportunities.
67th: Match has slowed, Guadeloupe posing minimal threat. USA needs only a draw to advance, but scoreline not very convincing. Mexico has shown how to finish in this tournament.
69th: Grandel stuffs Bedoya’s effort at the back post.
73rd: Guadeloupe showing signs of life but unable to test Howard.
76th: Bedoya crosses past keeper to Dempsey inside the six, somehow fails to put it away. Huh? Did I just see that. Too casual, allowing Ictoi to clear. Another mystifying moment for Dempsey.
78th: Kljestan for Altidore.
81st: If Chicharito played for the USA in this game, he’d have seven goals by now.
82nd: Dempsey great ball for overlapping Cherundolo making right-side run, cross into box smothered by Grandel.
85th: Final USA substitution, Edu for Bradley.
86th: Fine ball by Kljestan to Dempsey, misses badly from top of the box.
Added time: Kljestan again sets up Dempsey, who turns and misses the near corner. Of course, he did. Not a good night for the Fulham man.
FINAL: USA 1, Guadeloupe 0. It got the job done, but not in the emphatic manner expected. Build-up was sharp, but finishing was poor and Grandel made some quality saves. In knockout stages, a performance like this, particularly against Mexico, won’t cut it.
Saturday at New Meadowlands Stadium
Costa Rica vs. Honduras, 5 p.m. (Telefutura)
Mexico vs. Guatemala, 8 p.m. (Univision)
Sunday at RFK Stadium
Jamaica vs. USA, 3 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel, Univision)
Panama vs. El Salvador, 6 p.m. (Univision)
*All matches available on univisionfutbol.com