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It is a light day on the soccer calendar, but the kickoff of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup serves as the day's headlining event for American soccer fans looking for some soccer to watch.

Mexico takes on El Salvador tonight, while Costa Rica opens the tournament against Cuba in the Gold Cup's first set of matches. The international soccer offerings don't end there. Poland is taking on Argentina this morning, while the U.S. women's national team is taking on Mexico in a final pre-World Cup friendly.

If you will be watching any of today's action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today's TV Schedule is after the jump):

TODAY'S SOCCER ON TV

11 a.m. - ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes - Poland vs. Argentina (Friendly)

1 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Deportes - Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich (Corazon Classic club friendly)

2 p.m. - ESPN2/ESPN3.com/Univision - U.S. women's national team vs. Mexico (Friendly)

3 p.m. - GOLTV - Flamengo vs. Corinthians

6 p.m. - Univision - Costa Rica vs. Cuba (Gold Cup)

6 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Boston Breakers vs. MagicJack

8 p.m. - Univision - Mexico vs. El Salvador (Gold Cup)

 

Comments

  1. You are an IDIOT! It was an amazing game with a spirited performance by both teams and three world class goals. The atmosphere was electric, and the reason their fans treated our fans like they did is because of stupid guys like you who after the 5-0 thrashing at the Gold Cup opened their big mouths and kept saying over and over how the US A team, meaning not the C-1/2 from the Gold Cup, wa going to literally destroy Mexico at Azteca for the first time. It was repeated over and over again. When your little dream didin’t come true Mexicans took revenge.That’s the way it really was!
    Don’t look for excuses with the ref. Today’s reffing was completely biased vs MEX in the first half. The yellow for ChiCharito was a JOKE! This is a man’s game go cry to mommy somewhere else.

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  2. “”and our midfield with Bradley, Donovan and Demspey is one of the better ones in the world””

    Have you people lost your mind on this board? I’ve had enough of this, what I call reverse trolling, just gushing Mikey love like this.

    I’m done with SBI til after the Gold Cup, won’t be reading the posts from the WUMs on this board, this is Whitehartlane over and out!

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  3. Funny guy…you knew what I was saying..nice dodge though…

    Googled those game reports yet??…:)

    You are the guy who said Mexico ws the best in the region…not according to FIFA…liek ti or not…

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  4. It has helped the USA against Mexico…that is a fact…as it did England in 2010 against Mexico….

    I’ve played the game for many years im the USA and England so I understand what its all about…

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  5. Oh and as I recall the Swiss coach talked about how he used Bob Bradley’s game plan against the Spanish in the World Cup…worked pretty well as I recall…:)

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  6. I agree height does provide SOME advantages in soccer. But it’s not that it makes a hugely important difference, like it does in other sports. Look at the greatest soccer players in history–height was not a factor. It’s for a reason it’s called FOOTball.

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  7. As an Adu critic who is honestly rooting for him to make a comeback, I understand the frustration of not seeing him as an attacking midfielder, but I also see the dilemma that it presents. If Adu is a #9 or a #10 what would that lineup look like? with Adu on the bench behind Dempsey and LD.

    Adu has a better chance of playing if he can show some versatility. He doesn’t need to be a heels on the sideline winger, but if it gets him on the pitch with LD and Dempsey whatever. Holden would often start as a winger and drift inside.

    Either way if he is lighting up practices that should translate to some match minutes, but not until after Canada and not until we get a result.

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  8. Yeah I know…my niece is married to a Chicano and my nephew Manuel graduates tomorrow from High School…:) He is 5’5″….I’m 5’11″…we have fun with that…but he is a USA fan..:) 🙂 Good young man and a credit to his parents..:)

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  9. I disagree…you better go back and watch that game again and read the reports from the world press…we won that games in all aspects…I can google you some game reports if you would like…go ahead I dare you…google the game reports…

    You sound like the Spanish who were poor sports after the game and whined about it…

    That game was no fluke we won it hands down…then again you just said Mexico was the best team in the region…I rest my case..:)

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  10. We did not beat Spain in all aspects of the game. They had 11 shots to our 4. They had 9 corners to our 3. We won because we defended well, because of Tim Howard, because of Jozy’s one (only) moment of brilliance, and because Sergio Ramos forgot how to use his feet to clear a ball. It has been a long time since we have run a team off the pitch in a similar manner that Mexico did today. We are a good side, we should make the final of this tournament, but when we finally play Mexico, it will be a challenge.

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  11. He was sick with the swine flu…and you may recall that ref was scared for his life and called a horrible game…as I remember Feilhaber was brabbed by the throat by Tarrido on the ground he got away with it…

    That game was a travisty…the fix was in with that ref from the start…go watch it agin…there is a reason no wants to play Mexico in Azteca…very hostile fans…go look at the videos on You Tube as to how they treated American fans and the refs are scared to officiate their…

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  12. You guys overanalize everything soooo much!

    Bottom line is Mexico has a knowledgable no frills coach, who was obviously not happy with the first half. That’s what impressed me most, whatever he went over in the locker room it certainly helped. The defense is only “weak” as some say because they don’t park nine players to defend as the US does, and that is the truth. chicharito is WORLD CLASS, De Nigris is big and good and Giovani is small and very god!

    Now the US idsvery good too, and I think that if both teams maek it to the final it will be a toss of a coin. But one thing’s for sure…if anyone doubts that De la Torre has studied every single aspect of how to play us so that a 2-0 never happens then you are selling the man short!

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  13. It’s a Latino cultural think to bang on each other. Mexicans do it to Guaetemelans. The Spanish bag on Mexicans, Mexicans bag on Chicanos (Mexican-Americans) for being pochos, etc. I’ve called El Salvadorians Enanos since my brother had a teacher who bagged on everything in Mexican culture, saying it was second rate compared to, ‘Espana.’ P.S. I am 5’6 enano as well… 🙂

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  14. Won in all aspects of the game?

    We were dominated in every single possible category except goals scored.

    That game was a fluke.

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  15. Mexico is no Argentina and thats a fact and the height advantage has helped us a great deal against Mexico over the past decade and England used Crouch to beat them… I recall we have played Argentina pretty damn well in two consecutive draws over the past few years..

    Quite a few small guys have done well in basketball…:)

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  16. Wait, wasn’t Landon the one who got beat by Dos Santos at Azteca in 2009, leading to the game winning goal? I mean I love Landon, but don’t make him sound like someone who is unstoppable against El Tri. And I really hope you’re right, but size and athleticism can only go so far (This means you Jozy and Gooch)

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  17. I recall we beat Spain in the Confed Cup and won in all aspects of the game and gave Brazil all they could handle and did okay in the World Cup too…

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  18. Totally agree. While Mexico did look dangerous on the finishing third, ‘Memo has, I like to call them ‘Gomes moments’ alot more than people will care to admit, and the Mexican backline can be broken.

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  19. No, no reason for concern. Why? Mexico defeated an inferior team today who played their hearts out in the first half. Or should they be concerned because they lost to Spain with an inexperienced squad? No. Give me a break. Everyone was saying the same thing in 2007. What a joke!!!!!! Can Mexico beat the U.S.? Yes. Can the U.S. beat Mexico? Yes.Right now I put my money on the U.S. If the U.S.limps into the finals, then their might be some reason for concern.

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  20. Lets be honest the average height of the Mexican team is around 5’7′ or so…and yes they have a tall guy or two…the USA team will be around 6’….height disadvantge has always hurt the Mexican’s….and no he is not a troll..nor are you…:)

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  21. +1 When was the last time the USMNT had a dominant performance? The 3-0 in the home qualifier in 2009 against T+T? Against Egypt in the Confed Cup? And even these are stretches. As much as I admire the determination, and the way they’ve grinded out results the last few years, it would be nice to see them play somebody off the field one day. Maybe Tuesday we’ll see it, but probably not.

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  22. Funny guy…last I looked Mexico is ranked below the USA to boot…so no they are not the best team…and as i recall we finished top for WC qualification too…

    We will see how Mexico responds to our height, athletic, physical and speed advantage…

    FWIW Canada is a better team than El Salvador…

    Once Donavan spots a Mexican jersey he ups his game 100%…and lets be honest the Mexicans have not faired well in the USA over the past decade or so…the 2009 game saw our ‘B’ team make the final…and yeah they lost…but this time the ‘A’ doesnt’ lose…

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  23. I don’t know what happened to El Salvador. They held their own in the first half, but in the second they completely fell apart.

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  24. Funny a Chicano calling others midgets, learn what chicano means maybe you won’t look like an idiot.

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  25. I’m glad Mexico is getting hyped up right now. Let them. They beat a CONCACAF minnow who had enanos (midgets) defending and a piss poor finishing third that even my first year club of fat kids playing Hyper-Catenaccio defense could finish better….

    El Landito/Mexicutioner sits in a dimly light room staring at a Mexican flag waiting for June 25th….

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  26. So are Dempsey and Donovan against a not so good Mexican defense and a goalie who can be a headcase…should be fun…I liek our chances allot…and Howard knows Chicharito so that is a + too…

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  27. Mexico just sent notice across CONCACAF that they are still the best team.

    What an incredible second half performance.

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  28. come one man, i get what you are saying, but no need to be a eurosnob. European qualifying has taken place on turf on several occasions, Europe is not perfect either

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  29. Q pasa?

    Kid didn’t miss a step from United to Mexico. In fact, looks like he stepped up his runs and overall play.

    Scary.

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