Patience is over. Local, highly relevant soccer is back. The United States begins its warm-up for the World Cup in Brazil with a friendly against one of the most-American friendly nations on Earth. The Republic of Korea journeys to the StubHub Center to discover who will be the US right back.
Wait, no, this is preparation for them too.
Korea, like the U.S., doesn't have all of their best players, but they still have a solid team. They will be backed by a pro-Korea crowd -- LA has the biggest Korean population of any city in the world after Seoul -- and, like many American players, are playing for a spot on their country's World Cup team.
But for Seattle Sounders FC fans with Brad Evans and DeAndre Yedlin both likely to play there today the differences in style will be apparent. For Evans he remains the incumbent right back for the Yanks. He has challengers though. Cameron, 'dolo and Parkhurst all could earn that starting spot in Brazil. Yedlin's target is a bit lower - just learn and maybe get a call.
Obviously it's getting my name on the radar, kind of showing what I can do, just impressing the staff. I know this World Cup is going to be a tough one to make for me. That's just realistic. It's probably not my time. Obviously, I'll be rooting them on.
This match is about the bubble guys. Those that are in MLS without clear roles in the 23.
It is the start of the American soccer season. It starts with a friendly. It starts with two Sounders.
ESPN2 and UniMas are carrying the match at 2 PM.