American soccer does not have a national stadium — and in a country this large, it shouldn’t. But if any venue fits the description (nation’s capital, history of major events, ancient but soulful structure), it is RFK Stadium.
So it’s only appropriate the U.S. men’s national team will celebrate the federation’s centennial on East Capitol Street — a location hosting the American squad for a record 22nd time. RFK is creaky and cranky and rusty. But it’s ours. And when the old building is jam-packed, like it will be today with more than 46,000 for a friendly against Germany, the atmosphere is unmatched in this country. (Sorry, Seattle.)
The women’s team, a huge part of American soccer history, is also playing today — relegated to Toronto and ESPNews at 4:30 p.m. ET. (I addressed that USSF misstep back in April and won’t belabor the point.)
To commemorate the centennial, the USSF this fall will release “100 Years of Soccer in America,” a 288-page, hardcover coffee-table keepsake. It’s packed with photos, stories and history.
Kickoff at RFK: Just after 2:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN2, UniMas.
Referee: Paul Delgadillo (Mexico).
USA record vs. Germany: 2 victories, 6 defeats, 0 draws. USA has lost three straight by a combined 9-3. Both triumphs came in 1999: 3-0 in a friendly in Jacksonville, 2-0 in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Guadalajara.
Back later with lineups and subs…..
USA: Howard; Evans, Gonzalez, Besler, Beasley; Jones, Bradley; Zusi, Dempsey, F. Johnson; Altidore. Subs: Guzan, Parkhurst, Cameron, Goodson, Castillo, Williams, Davis, Holden, E. Johnson, Kljestan, Boyd, Gomez.
Germany: ter Stegen; Hoewedes, Mertesacker, Jansen; Reinartz, Draxler, Schuerrle, L. Bender, S. Bender, Podolski; Klose. Subs: Adler, Zieler, Westermann, Aogo, N. Mueller, Hunt, Sam, Kruse, Neustaedter.
Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome in our comments section.