Monday, May 31, 2010

10 Days Left...

In only 10 days, we will be touching down in South Africa for the 2010 World Cup.  With that, we're going to countdown the top 10 things we are looking forward to:

  1. June 12th, USA vs. England.  One of history's oldest rivalries on sport's grandest stage.  It'll be our first game of the World Cup.  A great kick off to the trip.
  2. Ivory Coast vs. Brazil: Quite possibly the game of the opening round and I will be there in attendance.
  3. Seeing the some of the top teams in the world live that everyone grows up watching: Spain, Netherlands, Brazil, Ivory Coast, and England.
  4. Staying with our South African host family.
  5. Visiting Cape Town, climbing Table Mountain, reaching the Southern most tip of Africa where there are penguins, checking out a game reserve, and for some, but not us, Shark Diving.
  6. Hopefully, finding a pick up football game in South Africa with some of the natives.
  7. Trying some of the interesting food options, such as zebra steak.
  8. Marching in with American Outlaws/Sam's Army, and then standing and singing the whole game.
  9. Meeting people from all different countries at the Fan Fest in Johannesburg. 
  10. Watching the USA progress into the knockout round :::crossing fingers:::
Check back for photos as we update from South Africa starting June 10-11th!!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Final 23 Man Roster

The 23 man roster was announce today for the 23 men headed to South Africa.  Here it is:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton, England), Tim Howard (Everton, England).

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes, France), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover, Germany), Jay DeMerit (Watford, England), Clarence Goodson (IK Start, Norway), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan, Italy), Jonathan Spector (West Ham, England).

Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach, Germany), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), Clint Dempsey (Fulham, England), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus, Denmark), Stuart Holden (Bolton, England), Jose Torres (Pachuca, Mexico).

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Hull, England), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles), Robbie Findley (Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla, Mexico).

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

30 Man Preliminary Roster Announced

Here it is:

Goalkeepers- Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnemann, Brad Guzan

Defenders- Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, Steve Cherundolo, Jonathan Spector, Jay DeMerit, Clarence Goodson, Jonathan Bornstein, Heath Pearce, Chad Marshall

Midfielders- Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Stuart Holden, Ricardo Clark, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Jose Francisco Torres, Alejandro Bedoya, DaMarcus Beasley, Sacha Kljestan, Robbie Rogers

Forwards- Jozy Altidore, Robbie Findley, Brian Ching, Edson Buddle, Eddie Johnson, Herculez Gomez

Charlie Davies was left off the roster.  Our hearts go out to him, and hopefully, we'll see him in Brazil 2014.  The other surprises include Findley, Rogers, Kljestan, and Marshall.

Personally, I'm hoping Beasley or Holden returns to form and can start on the outside so that Dempsey can move up top.  If that happens, this looks like a solid group of guys headed to SA in June.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bracket Challenge

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Also, 30 man preliminary roster for the USA is announced at 11 AM tomorrow on ESPN News.  Make sure you tune in.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

World Cup Anthem

So the World Cup Anthem was released. I don't know about you, but when I think South Africa, I think Shakira and apparently so did FIFA:

Catchy, but personally, I prefer the "unofficial" anthem by K'Naan:

Which do you like better? Vote in the poll.