Good evening from Lincoln Financial Field, where Jurgen Klinsmann will make his debut as head coach of the U.S. national team against its most bitter rival, Mexico.
Klinsmann’s vision for the direction of the program begins tonight with a roster that has some newer faces and some old, and one that also had to take into consideration the beginning of the club season in Europe and the status of some players with those teams.
Tonight, though, will be worth watching what differences are evident on the field, from wears the captain’s armband, to the formation and style of play.
After the Americans last performance against Mexico, a 4-2 loss in the Gold Cup final in which it gave up a two-goal lead, the U.S. team is looking for a positive result against a Mexican team that is making a strong case to be considered the region’s top team.
Here in Philadelphia the weather has been cooperative. Not too hot, a nice breeze early in the evening. It should be about 79 degrees at kickoff.
We’re not sure what the attendance will be tonight. As of yesterday afternoon, more than 25,000 tickets had been sold, relatively meh, but with a late Wednesday night kickoff there’s no solid prediction on what kind of walk-up crowd will show.
Kickoff: 9:13 p.m.
TV: ESPN2, Univision, ESPN3.com, univisionfutbol.com
We’ll have lineups for you in about an hour.
USA LINEUP: Howard; Cherundolo, Orozco Fiscal, Bocanegra (capt.), Castillo; Jones, Beckerman; Donovan, Bradley, Torres; Buddle.
Subs: Hamid, Loyd, Pearce, Clark, Rogers, Shea, Agudelo.
Not in uniform: Adu, Ream, Beasley.
MEXICO LINEUP: Ochoa; Salcido, Marquez, Moreno, Juarez; Torrado, Castro, Naelson, Torrado, Guardado; Peralta.
I’ll be doing a live blog on a new post on Soccer Insider with live updates from Philadelphia at kickoff. Until then, this is your place for pregame commentary.