US vs. Spain -- Confederations Cup Semis

US Mens National Team Starting Eleven

The U.S. Men's National team takes on Spain later on today in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup. The match is no doubt one of the biggest matches for the 'Nats in recent memory.

Spain comes into the match riding a 35-game unbeaten streak and is (right now) the definitive best team in the world.

I'm really looking forward to the match today (it kicks off at 1:25 on ESPN) and it should be a great test to see how the U.S. stacks up against the best in the world. As far as a prediction goes, I think that Spain will walk away with the win, but that it will be a hard fought match. I'm saying a score of 1-0 with Xavi putting it into the back of the net.

For a full match preview written by Soccernet's Jen Chang click [here](http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4279908&name=chang_jen). Feel free to share any thoughts you have on the match below.

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Tags: Confederations Cup, Spain, US MNT

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  • Feel free to share any thoughts you have on the match below.
    Wow! A real miracle!

    Spain did not play bad, per se, but EVERY bounce went the way of the US.

    Muchos props to the US defense! Onyewu, Spector and Howard were phenomenal.

    Jozy showed some real promise with his goal--imagine how good this kid will be if he gets some experience playing in a top league!

    US played with a lot of heart.

    Whether the combo of luck, heart, and impenetrable defense can hold up against [likely] Brazil is a different question.

    Even if they get beat in the final, this result augurs well for the team--I'd like to see it as a confidence builder that might allow them to go into Azteca in August clearly unintimidated.

  • Wow, what a match. It definitely left me with some chills. Here are a few quick thoughts I had on it:

    As Roti2000 said above, the defense was crazy good. Onyewu and DeMerit were spectacular as was Timmy Howard. It was also great to see Captain Carlos Bocanegra back in there and I liked what I saw from him at left back. Oh, and Arlington Heights native Jonathan Spector played very well too, shutting down Spain's left flank.

    I thought Landon Donovan really showed up against Spain. He has been criticized in the past for disappearing in big games, but he did wonderfully. He was all over the place and his defensive effort along with his attacking influence played a big role.

    That red card on Michael Bradley (formerly of Palatine, my hometown!) was garbage. I mean come on ref.

    Overall, awesome day for US Soccer. I'm proud to be a fan of those guys, they really did a great job.

  • i hated the horns, but im not a fan of our drums either. they keep me watching from home where i dont have to listen to the bang,bang,bang.

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