Monday, June 15, 2009

Let's Not Forget About Soccer Today

I know you've been loving the World Cup Qualifiers as much as I have (except for the tough U.S. loss to Costa Rica last week), and I wanted you all to be aware that more great international soccer is one the way. Before South Africa hosts the World Cup next year, they are preparing by hosting the Confederations Cup, in which champions of soccer tournaments from all around the globe take part in this international competition.

The participants are as follows: South Africa (2010 World Cup host), Italy (2006 World Cup winner), Brazil (2007 Copa America winner), Iraq (2007 AFC Asian Cup winner), Egypt (2008 African Cup of Nations winner), Spain (UEFA 2008 winner), New Zealand (2008 OFC Nations Cup winner), and of course, the good old US of A (2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup winner). There will be two groups of four and the teams will square off in round robin action, followed by the top four teams advancing to the semifinals. It's kind of a like a mini-World Cup, to put it more simply.

Since I know all of you love soccer, you'll have plenty of chances to watch all the games on either ESPN or ESPN2. The full television schedule can be found here. But if you're only interested in Uncle Sam, here are the times and dates when you can catch them (all times are Wisconsin Central Time).

Monday, June 15th (TODAY!!!)
1:25pm - vs. Italy - ESPN

Thursday, June 18th
8:55am - vs. Brazil - ESPN2

Sunday, June 21st
1:25pm - vs. Egypt - ESPN2

It's going to be a tough road for the United States for sure. You'd think they could get in with a win and a draw, so hopefully we can be Egypt and tie one of the powerhouses. The United States is going to need all the support they can get, so make sure you are watching every single minute of every single game!


Walk On Boy said...

Just watched Altidore bone a solid chance. And then Clark get red carded. Let's just turn this into the 10-9 debacle from three years ago.

Yes, watching the US play soccer against Italy in South Africa via a Swedish feed. Self from five years is absolutely blown away.

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