Greetings from the Stadium of Giants. The temporary grass layout looks, um, strange -- wavy strips running from sideline to sideline. ... It's as hot as Hades. ... The sports complex grounds are a mess with orange barrels, construction areas and cranes. If you have tickets, get here soon.
USA roster scratches: goalkeeper Dominic Cervi, forward Kenny Cooper and defender Drew Moor. Cooper and Moor were called in late Friday in case any of the original 19 players would not be available because of lingering injuries.
As you already know, Carlos Bocanegra and Josh Wolff are not on the roster because of family commitments. Both will be available for next weekend's World Cup qualifying opener against Barbados at Home Depot Center. Bocanegra is certain to be named, Wolff not so certain. The status of the roster for that match could be announced at anytime this week. I hope to have more details tonight.
VIPs expected to attend tonight: Drew Carey, Spike Lee, N.J. Gov. John Corzine, N.J. Sens. Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg.
D.C. United execs Kevin Payne and Dave Kasper are here, front row of the second deck, clearly preparing to sign Aguero and Messi this evening. Clearly.
Kasey Keller (not on the roster) honored before the match for earning his 100th cap last summer.
USA LINEUP: Howard; Cherundolo, Califf, Onyewu, Pearce; Dempsey, Mastroeni, Bradley, Beasley; Donovan, Johnson.
ARGENTINA ROSTER: Abbondanzieri; Heinze, G. Rodriguez, Burdisso, Zabaleta; Gago, Mascherano, M. Rodriguez, Messi, Aguero; Cruz.
You know the drill: Pregame, in-game and postgame discussion in the comments section.
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