World Cup fever!
The U.S. opens on Monday, June 12, at 11am, against the Czech Republic. It's often said that while you can't win the WC in the first game, you can lose it there, and that's very likely the case here. A loss puts the team in the difficult position of probably needing to beat both Italy (June 17, 2pm) and Ghana (June 22, 9am) to advance out of the first round. The very strong Czech squad, of course, faces the same challenge, so it should be intense. Hope for an early goal at either end to open things up for two very attractive sets of attackers; the longer it stays scoreless, the more both teams might hunker down and be willing to settle for a draw.