International Friendly: USA vs. Czech Republic Live Stream (Free Online Video)
USA vs. Czech Republic Live Stream: The United States men’s national soccer team takes on the stars of Czech Republic this evening at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Connecticut, in what will be coach Bob Bradley’s final chance to fine tune his roster for next month’s World Cup in South Africa.
Tonight’s friendly is the first of three pre-World Cup matches for Team USA, along with this Saturday’s encounter with Turkey and a meeting on June 5 against Australia. This game will pretty much decide on just who will get a seat on the plane to Johannesburg, and who will be left watching from home.
Seven of the 30 camp participants are expected to depart, leaving the remaining group of 23 with the title: the 2010 U.S. World Cup squad. Bradley told reporters Monday that “17 to 19” spots had been secured for football’s grandest event.
If we go simply by the FIFA world rankings, then the Americans have a clear advantage in this contest. Landon Donovan and Co. are currently ranked 14th in the world, with the Czechs ranked 29th overall. Both teams played two times against each other, at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney (2-2) and at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where Náaodni tym won 3-0. Missing through retirement or injury will be a number of the most visible Czech stars – Pavel Nedved, Jan Koller, Tomas Rosicky and Milan Baros.
The match kicks-off at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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