Monday, September 7, 2015

Oct 9th Rose Bowl Yanks v Aztecs

This is the clash of the titans in CONCACAF. Usually there is more hype that interest in this match. This game however - results will propel the winner to represent CONCACAF. The winner will represent the best of our region to the rest of the football world.

The winner will be playing the other winners of the other confederations. The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup  is a dress rehearsal for the FIFA 2018 World Cup. The USA badly wants to participate in this event to provide badly needed practice for the World Cup. The coach wants it so he can play more games and fine tune the national team. The president of USA soccer wants it since it provides more exposure to the national team and can be viewed as a measuring stick as to how far the USA has progressed in the sport.

The fans want it since it provides a tournament the USA badly needs. The European teams have Euro 2016 qualification and then the Euro 2016 tournament in between the World Cup. The USA doesnt have to qualify for the Gold Cup and even though they lost in the semi finials does provide the dept of quality teams game after game.

That being said this game will almost be as big as a GOLD CUP title match against Mexico. The game is on home soil however there will probably be more Mexican fans in LA than USA fans. Sam's Army and the other nationsl fans have really exploded in vocalization and membership. They were great in the last Gold Cup and it was great to see.

Klinsmann is still tinkering with his line up but you can bet he will put out a few veterans. Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley will be slotted in the middle. I see Dempsey and Altidore up front. 

The defense will have some youngsters but so it goes....

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