MNT vs. Grenada – June 20, 4 p.m. ET
[LIVE on ESPN2, Telemundo and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker]
A stern reminder about an upcoming U.S. Soccer-related event, whether you plan to check it out live and in person, on the “telly” or that wacky world wide web.
Admit it. You thought the Men’s National Team would roll over Grenada in the home leg of the two-game preliminary round qualifying series. We’d score early and often and cruise to a six or seven-goal win. Shoot, even THEIR supporters and reporters were expecting a lopsided line score like that out of the first match.
All just wishful thinking. When the match was still scoreless just minutes before halftime, the pre-game “No problem, mon!” vibe of the Columbus faithful had quickly morphed into “Houston, we have a problem” anxiety.
So we ended up pulling out a well-deserved 3-0 win, but it wasn’t easy. And it ain’t over yet. We still have to travel down near the equator for a match in front of some 15,000 frenzied fans on a bumpy field and protect what I think we all hoped would be a much bigger lead in order to take the series on aggregate goals.
Continue feeding your U.S. World Cup Qualifying fever at 4 p.m. ET live on ESPN2 and Telemundo or at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.