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Primer for USA-Brazil friendly at Meadowlands

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View of grass field set over artificial turf at new Meadowlands stadium

Kickoff: 8:11 p.m. ET.
TV: ESPN2, Univision.
Internet: ESPN3.com, Univisionfutbol.com

Weather outlook at kickoff: 84 degrees, 60 percent humidity, 30 percent chance of rain. (a pleasant environment compared to what is happening in Moscow.)

Attendance: Ticket sales exceeded 65,000 on Monday. Capacity is around 75,000, but additional commitments to private suites could increase the total.

Rules: Vuvuzelas are not permitted.

Traffic/parking: It's a new stadium with uncompleted work around the venue. It's also a normal workday with the usual rush hour in a massive metropolitan area. So if you're attending the match, it almost goes without saying: Get here very early. Parking lots open at 3 p.m., stadium access at 6:30.

Bob Bradley's status: Read my formal story and check the British bookmakers' odds on Bradley getting the Aston Villa job.

FIFA rankings: Brazil #3, USA #13.

Other key friendly: Italy vs. Ivory Coast at Upton Park in London, 2:45 p.m. ET.

By Steve Goff  |  August 10, 2010; 9:52 AM ET
Categories:  Brazil , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: USA-Brazil  
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Comments

Lineups? Here's my prediction:

Howard
Cherundolo, Goodson, Bocanegra, Bornstein
Donovan, Bradley, Edu, Kljestan
Jozy, Buddle

Posted by: soccerman | August 10, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I can't help but wonder if the oddsmakers know something we don't, or if the American-American connection is just compelling in the absence of any other obvious choice.

Posted by: cray | August 10, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I hope the surface performs better than it looks.

Posted by: DCU_Rick | August 10, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Goffer's coming on Talksport to talk about Bradley!

http://www1.talksport.net/talksport-liveUK_LL.asx

My world's are colliding

Posted by: Kev29 | August 10, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

8:11 kickoff? I'm going to hold them to that with the NIST atomic clock.

No Vuvuzelas? They were good for drowning out Harkes.

Line-up?
Guzan
Bornstein-Bornstein-Bornstein-Bornstein
Clark-Clark
Kljestan-Kljestan-Kljestan
Findley-Findley

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 10, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

The field looks like 22206No1's bamboo kitchen floor in his eco-friendly house.

Tonight's menu while watching the game: cheesesteak, fries, cold adult beverage.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | August 10, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

The first thing the FIFA folks will be told when they see the pitch will be: "Obviously, for a World Cup the pitch will be COMPLEEEETELY different. Would you like another martini? Perhaps a donation to your three-year-old son's charitable beanbag foundation?"

Posted by: Juan-John1 | August 10, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Can't they buy all their turf swaths from the same farm? Looks like they shopped for remnants.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 10, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Why on earth don't the Meadowlands people just put down a fresh batch of sod every spring? That way it'll set through the spring months before the lucrative summer friendly period. They have to put it in anyway, might as well do it early so that it'll develop into a good pitch. Then rip it out in August for football field turf season and start over again in March.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 10, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Nice work on your radio appearance, Steve. Good sense of humor re: the phone delay.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 10, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

At least Kevin Payne can say he has a better pitch at RFK than that place!

Posted by: mbyrd28 | August 10, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

why is the italy game being played in england?

Posted by: happyneko | August 10, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Kevin Payne doesn't own a pitch.

Posted by: Reignking | August 10, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

happy -- even dumber, they trained in Florence.

Posted by: Reignking | August 10, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Kev,

Bill Parcells wouldn't let them put grass on the field. He only relented when he heard about the vuvuzela ban.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | August 10, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

That grass is going to be distracting tonight. I know there were many positives to staging the game in NY but the patchwork pitch is a real downer.

Posted by: FrancoNiell | August 10, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Nothing worse than the Arg-USA game up there when you couldn't tell the difference between the two jerseys.

Posted by: Reignking | August 10, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I was at that game, and there was something worse. The ref not being able to tell the difference between Edu and Pablo.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 10, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I don't get a brand new stadium with artificial turf. Why not put in real grass? I am sure that's what the players from all sports would prefer. Granted it might wear out a bit over the course of an NFL season, but those guys have deep pockets full of cash. Do the Jets still have their own new stadium on the way?

Posted by: fedssocr | August 10, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

One does not have to do much to distract FIFA from that pitch, just show them the people in the seats. It will be like those Saturday morning cartoons where Silvester the Cat sees nothing but Tweety birds on a platter, except in FIFA's case it would be dollar bill signs for people.

Posted by: Kosh2 | August 10, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

fedssocr, no, they do not. The teams are joint tenants in this one, with each team paying half the costs. The stadium is designed grey for impartiality, and every light that is red/blue has a green one right next to it. Even the merchandise store displays are on wheels to just simply spin them around when it's the other teams day.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 10, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

why is the italy game being played in england?

Posted by: happyneko | August 10, 2010 11:26 AM

It's not about Italy as much as Ivory Coast. African nations prefer to play their friendlies in Western Europe, close to their players clubs. London is certainly cosmopolitan enough to support a lot of national sides.

Serie A doesn't start this weekend, so their FA was probably game for the trip - since they'll probably get a bigger crowd in London than they would in Italy. Higher ticket prices as well. Win-win.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 10, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't get a brand new stadium with artificial turf. Why not put in real grass?

Posted by: fedssocr | August 10, 2010 1:13 PM

With 20+ home football games between August and January, they probably don't think the grass will hold up. So in that regard, field turf is much, much cheaper.

I just think they should put the grass level over the turf in the spring for their limited soccer friendly season - then strip it off in August.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 10, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm in NJ! Can't wait for kickoff! Even Findley can't dampen my mood!

Posted by: UnitedDemon | August 10, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Don't mention grass around DadRyan, Poopy McPoop, and bonghits4gomez.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 10, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Or Doritos

Posted by: Kev29 | August 10, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

It seems rather dangerous to open the gates only 1.5 hour before the kickoff. That's a lot of people who have to pass through the gates in a short amount of time.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | August 10, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse


Since Brazil has some youngsters and a new coach who will take them through the Olympics, at least, they are playing just like they were dropped into a slot that existed with skills already in place.

Hey, most international games Brazil plays are on free TV in Brazil but this game is on premium or pay-per-view.


Posted by: mortified469 | August 10, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

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