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USA vs. Argentina Friendly - Thread

What: The US hosts Argentina today in an international friendly.   

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Where: The Medowlands, New Jersey

When: 6 p.m. Spurs time.

Watch: ESPN2 and ESPN3.com

FIFA Ranks: Argentina - 4th   USA - 19th

My thoughts: This is probably a much bigger deal for the US than it is for Argentina.  The US will bring most of their best players in for this match as they prepare for the Gold Cup.  The Gold Cup is a pretty big deal for US Soccer.  The winner will get to play in the Confederations Cup and the US almost won the last Confed Cuo.  I think Argentina will mostly play not to lose like they did in the 2008 draw.

Based on the rankings this shouldn't be close. Of course the US's rank is kind of ridiculous.  I don't think that teams like Japan (15th), Norway (11th) and Greece (10th) are really that much better than the Red, White and Blue.  Based on my own reading and opinion I think the US should be ranked around 10-12.  Argentina is, of course, ranked in the top 5 and will be for a while.

The US will be sporting their new red jerseys in tonights game.  Get a preview here.

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to this game and I hope it's a good game.  Share your thoughts and join us for the game!  Be sure to watch online if you're not in the US on ESPN3.com.

Other Reading (From US perspective mostly):

Pressure on Argentina

A friendly with serious implications.

Video on the 2008 draw.

Red Bulls U-18 team trains with Argentina

Thoughts on who the US should start

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