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USA-Argentina!

It's a done deal:

USA-Argentina
June 8, 7:30 p.m.
Giants Stadium
ESPN Classic, Galavision

So in the weeks leading up to the Americans' World Cup qualifying opener vs. Barbados on June 15 at Home Depot Center, they will play:

*England, May 28 at Wembley
*Spain, June 4 in Santander
*Argentina, June 8 in the Meadowlands

Sunil Gulati has some international connections, doesn't he?

By Steve Goff  |  March 27, 2008; 5:29 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

First... and that's AWESOME news.

Posted by: Eric in Baltimore | March 27, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm quick to rip Gulati for many things, but he's learned a lesson from the weak scheduling in the run up to the 2006 WC. A great set of games to get the team ready for WC qualifying. Well done.

Posted by: tmc | March 27, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

will the game be played on grass?

Posted by: bruce | March 27, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Bummer it's on ESPN classic since I don't get that channle, but I do get Galavision so it's not a total loss. Good set of matches coming our way. Finally, a string of world class opponents!

Posted by: quakes fan | March 27, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully the match will be played on GRASS and not that fieldturf stuff.

Posted by: Scott | March 27, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Bummer it's on ESPN classic since I don't get that channle, but I do get Galavision so it's not a total loss. Good set of matches coming our way. Finally, a string of world class opponents!

Posted by: quakes fan | March 27, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

While I'm happy we're scheduling matches against top-shelf opponents, why on earth would you schedule a game like that for a Sunday night? Kinda kills any travel plans.

Posted by: Matt Mathai | March 27, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

This idiot interviewing Goff just called it MSL.

Where is Russ?

Goff's hair is getting long.

Posted by: Dave | March 27, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

How did the USA Brazil game make it onto ESPN proper and USA Argentina did not, what the f--k

Posted by: Adam | March 27, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

MSL?

Posted by: The Jim | March 27, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Loved the laugh at the mention of the Nationals' stadium...knew that was coming, didn't you?

And yeah, what's with the "MSL" we have going on here?

By the way, good job correctly pronouncing Niell. I hope Miles was watching.

Posted by: Catherine-Lucia | March 27, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Can someone tell me if I get Galavision?

Posted by: Terp | March 27, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Is there a gala on ur tv?

Posted by: pigman sweet | March 27, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

ESPN really needs to get this on ESPN2HD

Posted by: Wes | March 27, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

this is great news

playing 3 international world powers, 2 of which are in warm up for a major international tournament, is a great way to play against better competition and hopefully improve.

Hopefully we will see the mostly international US players and few from MLS, unless they show they deserve to be aong the squad at that time.

Posted by: Zero | March 27, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Will Euro-based players generally be available for all three matches (four, including Barbados)? Would MLS clubs be asked to release any given player for more than one of the three friendlies? It sounds as if Bradley could use a pool of 25 to 30 players to get through this period.

Posted by: tri-village | March 27, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

How long before the match do tickets usually go on sale? This will be my first national team match. Argentina is my favorite other than the USA. This is going to be awesome!

Posted by: peridigm | March 27, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

this is awesome, but perhaps very unnescesary since we are only playing barbados. that game should be a rout.

Posted by: wow | March 27, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

What do ticket prices look like for the game @ giant stadium?
I'd maybe dig heading up there.
Who may be selling dem john's?

Posted by: Dadryan | March 27, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

what point in the wplive broadcast did Goff come on?
Found the link but I really don't want to hear another thing about the Wizards. No offense.

Posted by: madryan | March 27, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

this is awesome, but perhaps very unnescesary since we are only playing barbados. that game should be a rout.

Posted by: wow | March 27, 2008 06:38 PM
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Actually, Barbados gave the Yanks a scare in qualifying for '02. Here's a link I posted on another thread:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/world/2002/world_cup/countdown/news/2000/11/15/us_barbados/

Posted by: tri-village | March 27, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Could you please share that link?

Posted by: Glaucon | March 27, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Barbados won't know what hit them after we've played 3 top 20 teams as "preparation."

Posted by: delantero | March 27, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Yeah... this will be a bit of a letdown to play Barbados after those other teams!

Posted by: jake | March 27, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

yeah, i call bunker with everything you have and not conceding for 63 minutes a real and true scare.

and, for good measure, this whole congratulatory nonsense about correct pronunciations for the "i am better than you since i can roll my "r"s on the front as opposed to the back of my tongue nazis out there... well, i've lived here my whole life, have a 5 letter last name with an aspirated syllable, and yet, somehow, i don't have a conniption fit w/ everyone i've never met mispronouncing my name. wow. whoda thunk it from a self proclaimed bigot. bollocks.

Posted by: chris | March 27, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Not quite Morocco, Venezuela, and Latvia, but I'll take it. I still think that was the biggest mistake from the disastrous year that was 2006. It's funny how we prepare for Barbados as oppose to a WORLD CUP!!! I know U.S. soccer wants their fancy send-off series before a World Cup, but that weak set of friendlies better not happen in 2010. The problem is no World Cup team would travel to the U.S. and then to South Africa, but if you have road friendlies before the tournament some of the excitement and a lot of money would be lost. Still, playing teams involved in the actual tournament needs to happen the next time around.

Another point is that MLS will probably suffer from these friendlies. Will Landon Donovan be in all three friendlies and then the qualifiers? The MLSers need these tough games, but that is a lot of time away from their clubs. I'm anxious to see how the rosters are handled for these games.

Posted by: M | March 27, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

@Chris:

"i don't have a conniption fit w/ everyone i've never met mispronouncing my name."

Must be because you're a saint.

Seriously, though, someone mispronouncing your name isn't the point. The point is that these ostensibly professional broadcasters can't take the time to do a little preparation for their broadcasts. It's unprofessional, and makes their broadcasts sound like amateur hour.

Posted by: Matt Mathai | March 27, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Does US Soccer Federation pay Argentina to appear?

Posted by: Jeff | March 27, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Santander? SANTANDER!?! Are the Spanish actually trying to prevent US fans from coming? What's wrong with Madrid?

(short aside for rational discourse: anyone attending the London match can take an easy ferry ride from England's southern ports to Bilbao, just up the road from Santander. the previously scheduled rant shall now recommence.)

Who are they kidding? It is going to be cheaper and easier for me to fly to London for the England match than to get to Santander in the country right next door! It will probably be cheaper and easier to fly to New Jersey to see the Argentina game. Santander.... Man, I am not liking the Spanish football federation about now. First they kill the Catalunya match in Barcelona, now they do this.

whine, whine, whine. alas. woe is me.

Posted by: troy | March 28, 2008 5:25 AM | Report abuse

No, Sunil is an idiot. I have told you this many times and I also have read it on BigSoccer.

Posted by: King Bruce | March 28, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

No, Sunil is an idiot. I have told you this many times and I also have read it on BigSoccer.

Posted by: King Bruce | March 28, 2008 07:59 AM
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No, Sunil is an economist. He knows that all those Argies who earn Euros and Pounds will be eager to come to New York and spend their money in the stores, bars, and clubs. They'll be hungover at game time and we will walk all over them, thereby increasing media hype of the MNT and sales of the Anthracite jersey.

I read this on BigEconomics.com

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | March 28, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Well, we've got the world class opponents we've been asking for. Now lets hope the guys don't fall flat on their faces.

I for one am hopeful of some decent results from these matches.

Posted by: Matte | March 28, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I'll admit, I'm a little ignorant when it comes to international friendlies. So if this question comes across as stupid, then let me have it.

Does 3 games in the span of basically 10 days seem like a little much to anyone else? Especially when one takes into account the amount of travel.

Posted by: Fly the Coop | March 28, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

this could all backfire. After three morale sapping defeats at the hands of superior opponents, an aura of defeatism could envelop the team..who then go on to a shoking defeat against the banjan rockets of barbados! better to set some muppet opposition.

Posted by: etienne | March 28, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Fly the Coop:
It's a stupid question only because you forgot to include the trans-Atlantic flight in your fatigue calculations :-) And it's 4 in 18 with a trans-continental flight if you include the Barbados match.

It is a lot of games but no more than one would expect in a World Cup. I would guess that Bradley will let some of the Euro based players rest after the Spain match and bring in some MLSers for Argentina and Barbados (Hello Brian Ching and Taylor Twellman).

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | March 28, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

this could all backfire. After three morale sapping defeats at the hands of superior opponents, an aura of defeatism could envelop the team..who then go on to a shoking defeat against the banjan rockets of barbados! better to set some muppet opposition.

Posted by: etienne | March 28, 2008 09:40 AM

******************************

Etienne, you couldn't be more wrong. My fear is that after BEATING 3 of the top teams in the world in quick succession the US players will get overconfident and complacent, eat too many flying fish sandwiches, and get knocked out of the WC in a shocker!

Posted by: garbaggio | March 28, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Sunday afternoon game? I might make the trip from D.C.

Sunday evening game? Forget it.

Oh well - there's always T&T or Guatemala this fall.

Posted by: Fear of the NJ Turnpike | March 28, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

yeah, i call bunker with everything you have and not conceding for 63 minutes a real and true scare.
=========================================

I watched the game on TV, and it was worse than that. Barbados came very close to going ahead, most notably when what would have been an own goal by Llamosa hit the woodwork. Believe me, if you had been watching that game, you would have been more than a little nervous, although it all worked out in the end.

Posted by: tri-village | March 28, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Just curious - is there a large Argentine population in northern NJ /NYC? it is a strange time for a match given the broader draw from Philly/DC/BOston if it was earlier... any guesses on attendance?

Posted by: DC to NY | March 28, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The 1999 game at RFK drew a crowd of just over 40,000. Although there was a significant Argentine presence, I got the impression that most of the attendees were just regular old local soccer fans who were drawn by the top-drawer competition. I would like to believe that the Meadowlands will attract at least as large a crowd, albeit with a bigger admixture of different ethnicities from the greater NYC area.

Posted by: tri-village | March 28, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

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