With an 11:45 AM start for the NBC Sports Network broadcast your United States National Team fix probably fits into an extended lunch hour perfectly. After an unexciting match against Scotland today's game against Austria will be one of the last attempts for some players to solidify their spots in the roster for World Cup 2014.
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For the two Seattle Sounders players they don't have to worry about their spot on the roster. Their time in this series of friendlies does two things. It solidifies their probable starting roles with Jurgen Klinsmann. The other thing it does is continue to drive up their price as there are questions about the club status of Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans.
Continuing good form for Johnson could drive up the trade price for the forward who is reportedly being shopped. As he continues to perform on the grander stage of international play interest around MLS can only increase.
Evans is a free at the end of the season, but all indications from the end of season conference call are that he's seen as the future leadership core of Sounders FC. At one point he indicated interest in playing in Belgium. The better he does, the better for his wallet and a little worse for Seattle's cap hit.
Like most friendlies this one is not about wins and losses, but instead it is about some training time together, squad refinement and a good show. Seattle's Michael Gspurning predicted a 2-2 draw.
How I'm Watching
Scarf: USA v Panama
Kit: 2010 World Cup USA Blue
Where I'm Watching: on Twitter while working
PS. If someone could be so kind as to add lineups and benches to the comments that would be great. I'm not taking a long lunch.