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United States v Costa Rica Friendly - Gamethread

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ESPN has the game at 8PM Pacific Time as long as the tennis match ends when it is supposed to do so. Today's friendly result doesn't matter but for the United States it is round two of the Jurgen Klinsmen experiment as he continues to test out new players in the field, particularly looking for a forward that can have a break out performance and become the future.

If you had the impression that this is a young set of call-ups, that is because it is. Even without Freddy Adu, the selection list features 6 players who could be in next years London Olympics, and most of the youth is from MLS. The forward set (this includes Landon Donovan who will likely be a CAM though) averages merely 22.25 years old. Remove the Galaxy leader and it is only 20. The midfield is 25 with Brek Shea potentially both a senior and Olympian. Like most rosters around the world the defense (26.375) and the keepers (26) are older, but both also have potential U-23s for 2012.

So yes, part of this is about Jurgen Klinsman and the current Senior team, but another part of it is discovering who is going to be ready in 3 years for the real deal, and probably coming up through the Olympics, World Cup Qualifying and the next Gold Cup all together. Brazil 2014 will be a new era and not just because of the coach.

This is your gamethread for the USA v Costa Rica at the Home Depot Center.