My most loyal readers know that I rarely get emotional. They know that I look at games in terms of match-ups, in terms of tactics, strategy and formations. Today, I can not, and will not do this. The match between the USA and the England is just too important, and too emotional.
Thankfully Richard Farley wrote this kick ass preview here. He hasn't updated it yet, but Jozy Altidore will START. There are still questions as to who is paired up top, but Dempsey and Donovan will be on the flanks.
Jeremiah worked his graphics magic and put together team cards for every team. Print these out and hand them to your neophyte friends who will be watching today.
A little inside Sounder at Heart knowledge - Jeremiah and I are both Americans. Graham is an Englishman. Carlos is Brasilian. Kirsten (who you will see popping up here on occaission) is an American who roots for England (check her Villa Blog out to see why).
At half time I will be on KJRAM Seattle talking about the game with Fish (Jeff Aaron). That's 950 AM in case you didn't know which sports talk radio station actually cares. They had an awesome two hour preview show yesterday with Keller for an hour of it. Best moment was when Gas asked "What should Sounders fans want for Switzerland and Blaise Nkufo?"
"That he stays healthy. Sure we want him to do well, but healthy."
Many of us will be scattered around the Sound today, at bars, at homes, but today is the biggest day in US soccer history. It is so much more important than USA v Brazil in the Confederation Cup, as this one will have the eyes of the entire world, and is essentially for the biggest prize - RESPECT.
Today, the IMPOSSIBLE is my expectation, my heart and my hope.
Consider this your open thread for the match.