Greetings from New Meadowlands Stadium, where the U.S. is set to kickoff with world power Argentina. It’s a bit chilly here in New Jersey, but should be a great setting with more than 67,000 pre-sold tickets and a decent walk-up crowd expected.
I saw a decent amount of Argentina jerseys in the parking lot, and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of support the visitors have. Certainly whether you’re wearing a blue and white kit or the red, white and blue you’re likely excited to see Lionel Messi play live.
On that note, U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan was asked about playing the Argentina and Barcelona star. He was effusive in his praise.
“There’s no element of fear,” Donovan said. “There’s very few players in the world that can do what he does and maybe only one. And for us we play a lot of high-level games, we play against a lot of very good players but in my opinion he’s in a different class and that makes it challenging, for sure, but I think we enjoy it. And the reality is there’s no defender on our team, there’s likely no defender in the world that can defend him one-on-one and we have to make sure that collectively we’re making it difficult out there.”
David Yelldell, Eric Lichaj, Benny Feilhaber and Mix Diskerud are not dressing.
USA vs. Argentina
Where: New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Kickoff: 7:11 p.m.
TV: ESPN2, Univision
U.S. Lineup: Howard; Spector, DeMerit, Onyewu, Bocanegra; Jones, Bradley, Edu; Dempsey, Donovan; Altidore. SUBS: Hahnemann, Bornstein, Chandler, Ream, Kljestan, Agudelo, Buddle
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