USA Takes on England

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 29 : Clint Dempsey #8 of the United States celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal during a pre-World Cup warm-up match against Turkey at Lincoln Financial Field on May 29, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Usually the end of the season has a bit of a sense of disappointment to it. Not a small part of that disappointment is the reflection on the fact that the Kings failed to perform for the entire regular season, and I had been tortured by having to watch other teams as they made their respective playoff runs. This season it was actually not as painful. I mean sure, the loss to Vancouver in round 1 hurt, but the team made some huge strides, and as long as they continue to move forward, it’s a good thing.

Helping me to get over the end of the season (and before the true buzz about the draft, free agency and into training camps begins) is the fact that the World Cup has arrived. Now I know this isn’t a soccer (or ‘football’ blog), and if you want my more recent hockey only thoughts, you should feel free to check them out over on Too Many Men On The Site.

For the rest of you, I feel like we should do a very brief look at perhaps the most highly anticipated soccer match, possibly ever. At least in this country. The United States is going up against England tomorrow at 11:30AM PST on ABC. With the English captain out of the tournament with an injury, and mediocre and largely aging talent on the squad this is the best chance the States will have for a win in quite some time. And make no mistake, the Americans can certainly pull out a victory in the match, but things will have to go very well. They’ll need Onyewu and DeMerit to be rocks in the back, and Dempsey, Donovan and Bradley providing legit distribution from the center. And heck, if Altidore is on his game it wouldn’t hurt much either.

One thing is sure, this is going to be one hell of a game. Are you going to be watching? If so, where?

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