That being said, as soon as I saw the lineup I, like many of you, saw the bifocal issue. No width, no creativity. It's hard enough to play through the middle when a turnstile like Jose Torres is lost in his mind, floating off to an enchanted land of dinosaur-sized gillyflowers and marmalade-covered fruit bats. It's even harder when that jezebel isn't there at all and you've got a duo of destructive midfielders and Jermaine Jones, who seems to have lost his ability to sing and has decided to croak out one-liners that lose something in the translation.
Must win? Of course it is. If the US loses here tonight, Jurgen Klinsmann will become the most puzzling figure to ever coach the USMNT. To go from lavished with praise for a historic win in Mexico to reviled for a pitifully out-maneuvered four-day stretch in the span of a month would be a reversal too juicy, too immensely unforeseen to codify. Let's hope we don't have to worry about it.
In any case, I will be watching this one and chronicling the proceedings for The Shin Guardian. It'll be the same format as the live log I wrote for TSG for the Mexico game back in August. That is to say, I expect to be Brekkanizing The Fiscal tonight. Big time. Or else you're in for a meltdown in virtual ink. Grab the popcorn.
- Rebound. Just rebound.
- High stakes tonight. The boys know that of course
- Klinsanity does the analysis thing on Friday night
- Just don't die on me
- Will Parchman