OT: US Soccer will be Very Busy Wednesday

Submitted by I Bleed Maize N Blue on February 28th, 2012 at 9:06 PM

The USMNT has a friendly in Genoa against Italy @ 2:30 PM ET on ESPN2, ESPN3 & Galavision.  Italy is #8, US #31 in the 2/15 FIFA Ranking.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)

Shea was training with the U-23, but was called up with Kljestan because these withdrawals:  Tim Chandler (left hamstring strain); Landon Donovan (bronchitis); Jose Torres (right hamstring strain).


The U-23 Men are hosting Mexico in FC Dallas Stadium @ 10 PM ET on Univision.  A friendly tune-up before Olympic qualifying starts on 3/22 in Nashville.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (7): Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Ike Opara (San Jose Earthquakes), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact), Jorge Villafaña (Chivas USA)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Gent), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union), Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (7): Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Tony Taylor (Estoril Praia)


The USWNT is in the Algarve Cup pursuing their ninth crown.  Denmark is up first at 12 PM ET. 

None of the games will be televised - there will be MatchTrackers on USSoccer.com.  Next opponent is Norway on F 3/2 @ 10 AM ET, then Japan on M 3/5 @ 9:10 AM ET.  W 3/7 opponent TBD.

GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Hope Solo, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 21-Ashlyn Harris
DEFENDERS (9): 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 14-Stephanie Cox, 19-Rachel Buehler, 22-Whitney Engen, 23-Meghan Klingenberg
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Lori Lindsey, 17-Tobin Heath
FORWARDS (4): 11-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Cheney, 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach

Go USA!!!


swan flu

February 28th, 2012 at 9:21 PM ^

excuse me while I go EEEEEEEEEE all day tomorrow.


I'm excited to see where Dempsey fits into Klinsman's style. Personally I'd like to see him as a 10, similar to where Fullham plays him.


February 28th, 2012 at 9:37 PM ^

Dempsey is most effective the further forward he is in the formation. Italy will be extremely difficult to score on, even if Donovan was playing. They didn't allow a single goal at home during Euro qualifying.

General Chaos

February 28th, 2012 at 10:06 PM ^

Definately looking forward to the game. The Italian defense will be tough to crack. It would have been nice to see Dempsey and Donovan on the same field for the first time in a while. However, Italy has injury issues of their own with Rossi and Cassano out.


February 28th, 2012 at 10:22 PM ^

Italy will be a great test for the Yanks.   

Additionally, hard to believe that Freddy Adu is still under 23.  At that age, it seems like he should still be starting his career.


February 29th, 2012 at 12:08 AM ^

- Any guesses on what the Starting XI will look like?







In a 4-4-2 type formation. The no natural wingers thing paid off against Slovenia, and I'd be shocked if Klinsmann didn't continue it.

- That U-23 has some real talent with Hamid, Adu, Agudelo, Diskerud, and McInerney.

It'd be that tune-up was on a different day so Klinsmann could catch some of the youngsters in action. Building for the future and all that.

- Also, what the hell is that Algarve Cup? That sounds made-up.

swan flu

February 29th, 2012 at 6:52 AM ^

Klinsman likes his 4-3-3/4-2-3-1...








That's who I think will start.  I would LIKE Fabian Johnson to start in stead of Maurice Edu.


February 29th, 2012 at 7:37 AM ^

How has Jozy been doing in Turkey?  Really surprised he wasn't able to find a slot somewhere else in Europe...

More of a Premier League fan, so am very familiar with Dempsey's exploits for Fulham.  Curious to see if he finds himself on a bigger-name team next year; he won't get a sniff at the UCL if he stays at Fulham.


February 29th, 2012 at 11:43 AM ^

Too bad Donovan couldn't make it. He had a very good stint with Everton. Also unfortunate that Onyewu got hurt again.

Some great names on the under-23 team. A midfield of Joe Corona, Mix Diskerud, Dilly Duka, and Amobi Okugo would be too cool.


February 29th, 2012 at 2:18 PM ^

Usa is my #2 team


Italy #1 


so for today Forza Azzurri


then i can go back to rooting for the USA in soccer


also, i hope Germany kicks the crap out of France


I hate France


by the ways , went to my first Serie A match in january in Milan


Wow, what an atmosphere