National TV Listings:
Three Big Storylines:
- Jurgen Klinsmann has called in a strange set of players for this international break. It is a mix of very young players (Jordan Morris and 18 year old Beaverton native Rubio Rubin), players assumed to be called in for every competitive match (Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron, Brad Guzan) and veteran mentors (DaMarcus Beasley, Chris Wondolowski). The lineup to start the game will be interesting.
- James Rodriguez will feature for Colombia. While that is more of a statement than an actual "Big Storyline", James was the breakout player of this summer's World Cup and used that performance as a springboard to move from Monaco to Real Madrid in the fourth most expensive transfer in history. James (yes, he goes by one name) has yet to fully settle in at Madrid but did just score what will likely be the goal of the year in La Liga just last weekend. James and Colombia are very entertaining, even if they were not playing the USMNT they are still destination viewing at this point.
- Talk about burying the lead, this is a Sounders focused site. DeAndre Yedlin is very likely to play in the match and according to the ten projected lineups I researched leading up to the match, Yedlin has a 60% chance to start. Four of those ten have Yedlin starting as a right midfielder. As usual, the different ways Yedlin is utilized for the Sounders versus the USMNT is fascinating in many respects.
- Jordan Morris. How do Three Big Storylines become Four Big Storylines? When a Sounders academy graduate is called in from his sophomore year at Stanford to play for the USMNT is how. Morris is making his second camp with the full national team and will be hoping to earn his first cap. Morris was called in for the single friendly in Prague against the Czech Republic, but did not feature in the 1-0 win.
From a Sounders point of view there is actually quite a bit going on this weekend. Yedlin and Morris might play. We would like Yedlin to play well, but stay healthy. Morris is trickier. As a Sounders fan you want him to do very well. But not so well that a big European club decides to throw a lot of money his way. (Jurgen Klinsmann whispering to his contacts in Europe makes me more nervous about this than I probably should be.)
The Sounders next opponents have two players playing in International competition. Robbie Keane should feature for Ireland who are playing at Scotland in a European Qualifier at the same time as the USMNT. And A. J. DeLaGarza will be playing for Guam in the EAFF East Asian Cup on Sunday against North Korea and Wednesday against Hong Kong. Both matches are in Taiwan.
Interestingly enough, in their promotional material and roster information release for the game US Soccer listed ESPN2 as the broadcast partner. But through my own research (I checked the guide on my TV and scrolled to Friday at 11:45 AM) I can independently confirm that the game is in fact on ESPN and not ESPN2. While a small distinction, ESPN is definitely the flagship and will garner a larger audience.
Here is the official roster, via US Soccer:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
And the gamenotes from US Soccer for all the anecdotes you will ever want, including the erroneous ESPN2 listing mentioned above.