(Soccer haters to the left, please. We'll see you later in the center of the page to talk baseball.)
Six months after being drawn in the same group, the most anticipated soccer match in the History of the Universe is upon us: England! United States! For all the marbles! Or at least 1 or 3 points. The last time these two faced off in the World Cup, John Wooden was only 39 years old, Jamie Moyer was just starting high school, and the Giants still played in New York.
Now, the expectations for the US against the Three Lions are quite a bit higher than in 1950, when Joe Gaetjens and the Americans shocked the world on the pitch at Belo Horiztone. Can our porous defense contain Wayne Rooney? Can Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey create goals? Are Jozy Altidore and Gooch Onyewu healthy enough to make a difference today? If Bruce Bochy was coaching and Buster Posey was a goalkeeper, would he start him at striker? These and other questions will be answered by 2pm today.
Have it, McCoven soccer nerds. Should be a fun match, regardless.
Howard, Cherundolo, DeMerit, Onyewu, Bocanegra, Donovan, Bradley, Clark, Dempsey, Altidore, Findley.
Green, Johnson, King, Terry, A Cole, Lennon, Lampard, Gerrard, Milner, Heskey, Rooney.