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    USA vs Czech Republic

    Who do you guys have winning tonight? Games at 8 EST on ESPN i believe.



    United States (USA) v Czech Republic Preview and Odds
    The United States will be needing several players to prove their fitness after several injuries in the last few months. The biggest doubt is Oguchi Onyewu, who has not played a match since last fall, and is projected to be one of the starting centerbacks. Another doubt in the defense is Carlos Bocanegra, who underwent a sports hernia in early May, and is likely to start at left back or partnered with Onyewu in the middle.
    Outside of the injuries, the friendly is a chance for a few players to show they should be included on the final 23 man roster. Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley, Herculez Gomez, and Eddie Johnson are all fighting for 1-2 forward spots. All of them could get playing time on Tuesday to prove their case. Buddle and Gomez have been in the best form and one of them is likely to start up top with Altidore.
    The Czech Republic didnít qualify for the 2010 World Cup as they placed third in their UEFA qualifying group. They have a lot of players from European leagues including Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech. They recently played Turkey a few days ago and lost 1-2. They are not considered one of the top sides in Europe but did defeat the United States in the 2006 World Cup group stage by a score of 3-0.
    Itís a match that has much more importance for the USA than the Czechs. Manager Bob Bradley will need to see that Onyewu is healthy and that one of the second tier forwards can step up to earn a spot. With the home crowd and players like Dempsey and Donovan in great form, the American should get a comfortable victory.
    Betting Odds
    United States win Ė 10/11 (William Hill), 4/5 (SkyBet)
    Draw Ė 9/4 (William Hill), 9/4 (SkyBet)
    Czech Republic Ė 12/5 (William Hill), 3/1 (SkyBet)
    United States (USA) v Czech Republic Prediction
    The United States will win the match 3-1.

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    Re: USA vs Czech Republic

    The Czechs weren't one of the better teams in Europe this go around, but 4 years ago they were. In fact, even though USA/Italy/Czech Republic/Ghana was the group of death, it was a much bigger surprise that the Czech Republic didn't make it out as opposed to USA. Most thought Czech Republic and the winner of USA-Italy would make it out of the group - not Italy winning the group and Ghana pretty much owning Czech Republic and USA...


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    Re: USA vs Czech Republic

    Finally some soccer!! I am so pumped for the WC



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    Re: USA vs Czech Republic

    me too!

    I love international competition- You better believe I was shouting and dancing when we tied the gm round of hockey against the cans... I am hoping for another spain match in this wc!



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    Re: USA vs Czech Republic

    I really think we should advance, but I don't even care if we lose to Slovenia and Algeria as long as we beat England. That's all i want



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    Re: USA vs Czech Republic

    It's weird to say it because the US qualified for the Cup and the Czechs didn't, but most of the US players actually have more to play for here. As long as the guys fighting for roster spots don't press and force the action, I think the US should walk away with a nice 2-0 or 2-1 win.


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    Re: USA vs Czech Republic

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneike001 View Post
    I really think we should advance, but I don't even care if we lose to Slovenia and Algeria as long as we beat England. That's all i want
    We've got to make it out of our group. It would be great to beat England, but I would definitely settle for a draw and then two wins over Algeria & Slovenia.


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    Re: USA vs Czech Republic

    Quote Originally Posted by CylentButDeadly View Post
    We've got to make it out of our group. It would be great to beat England, but I wouldn't definitely settle for a draw and then two wins over Algeria & Slovenia.
    Yeah I know, but I just can't stand England. It's the rivalry that gets the best of me



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    Re: USA vs Czech Republic

    How great would it be to beat England though?



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    Re: USA vs Czech Republic

    Quote Originally Posted by CyForPresident View Post
    How great would it be to beat England though?
    I actually like the way this cup is setting up for the US. We'll probably wind up 2nd in our group, setting up a knockout match against Germany (most likely). Germany is of course going to be without Michael Ballack, so we potentially would have a very good shot at making the quarters.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CylentButDeadly View Post
    I actually like the way this cup is setting up for the US. We'll probably wind up 2nd in our group, setting up a knockout match against Germany (most likely). Germany is of course going to be without Michael Ballack, so we potentially would have a very good shot at making the quarters.
    Oh man how I can't stand Michael Ballack, glad he is gone for this WC



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    Re: USA vs Czech Republic

    Kind of a B team out there, but they've started well.



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    Re: USA vs Czech Republic

    Quote Originally Posted by tim_redd View Post
    Kind of a B team out there, but they've started well.
    yeah i wonder why we arn't playing the starters..

    anybody else have directv and it's freezing/blacking out?



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    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneBBallMan View Post
    yeah i wonder why we arn't playing the starters..

    anybody else have directv and it's freezing/blacking out?
    I think this game is being used to make the final decision on the 23 out of 30 players.



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    Re: USA vs Czech Republic

    GOOOOOOOAL



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