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USMNT "after-Landon" begins tonight

US Soccer begins the post-Landon Donovan era tonight with a friendly against Azerbaijan. Jurgen Klinnsman has hinted that the line up deployed in this game could strongly resemble what we see against Ghana on June 16. Of course, Klinsmann has been known to throw a curve ball every now and then so I wouldn't be shocked if there are a few head scratchers come 9pm on ESPN2.

Blanco's last ride

Speaking of national team legends, Mexico's Cuauhtemoc Blanco has been training with El Tri ahead of what is being called a testimonial match against Israel on Wednesday night. The match will be played at Estadio Azteca and Blanco is expected to play 15-20 minutes in the game. EPSN2 will also carry this game at 8:30.

The 41 year old, former Fire forward is back in Mexico's top flight with Puebla next season.

MLS midweek action

Sporting Kansas City hosts the New York Red Bulls in a rare Tuesday night regular season match up. KC has Aurelien Collin back so I'm going to go with a win for the home side.

Filed under: 2014 World Cup

Tags: US MNT

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  • I thought the US looked a little out of sync. Bradley needed to come back and help on defense far too often. It would have been interesting to see others step in at holding mid. I did like Zusi's play. The guy has great vision. Altidore needs to attack more often rather than just holding the ball up. He has more skill than he thinks (ok maybe not). I think that the next game will be more telling.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    The attack was pretty listless for the most part as well, although we should withhold judgement until we see what it looks like with Dempsey in there.

  • Blanco was always a class act with the Fire, showed good quality, and was always up for the match. He makes every DP since look pale by comparison.

    I will be looking forward to tonight's game and hope he scores a goal.

    The guy is a legend.

    Felicitaciones, Temo!

  • I'm half surprised the interwebs didn't blow up with "US is winning the World Cup!" talk after beating a side that didn't qualify by a 2 goal margin.

    But maybe it's just my lowered expectations kicking in. :)

  • More midweek action tonight....one would think Portland will beat Chivas USA....right?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    You can't discount Chivas, but Portland does have momentum on their side.

    (And now that I look it up, I see that they did, in fact, win.)

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