This has to be the USMNT's best chance to win in Azteca that they have had in a long time.
Before the Gold Cup win, Mexico has been struggling so far in qualifying.
The US's A-squad had the miracle run to the Confed Cup final.
The US is relatively healthy and they have a mix of players that are in-season and in pre-season.
And even adding all that up, I'll be happy with a point.
News & Notes:
- Bad news on the Marina Auto Stadium front: Rob Clark says that $1 million has to be spent to reinforce the first level of the stadium. They should have spent some of the $20 million that was wasted on plans for Ren Square on improving MAS!
- ESPN.com takes a look at Ty Harden's road back to MLS.
- You have 3 days left to register your youth team for the Soccer in the Sand tournament.
- Link of the Day #1: Pitch Invasion does a pretty cool comparison between the supporters in Seattle and Portland.
- Link of the Day #2: Bruce at du Nord has a cool banner making post up.
- Freddy Adu is about to land in Denmark's 2nd Division? Stick a fork in him if he can't get regular playing time there.
- Here is a nice article on Kyle Martino's move to the broadcast booth.
- ESPN's Press Pass has their two cents on Jozy Altidore to Hull City.
- Here are the latest pictures on the progress of Philadelphia Union's home.
- Lindsay Tarpley tore her ACL in her final training session of the 2009 WPS season.
- This is definitely on my bucket list. I think I'll go in 16 to 20 years when my boys are old enough to go as well.
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