Orange Slices: US vs. Guadeloupe

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Orange Slices! USA vs. Guadeloupe

Hello and welcome to game day!

The United States Men’s National once again finds themselves in control of their destiny and needing a good showing in the final group stage game of tournament.

Today it’s Livestrong Park, the opponent is Guadeloupe and the States have something to prove.


Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. CT.

English TV Broadcast: Fox Soccer (Kyle Martino with analysis) —  Spanish TV Broadcast: Telefutura, Web: or

Live Commentary: Right here at TSG!

Livestrong Or Die: TSG’s Official USA vs. Guadeloupe Preview


Supporting Material:

• Flashback: A little more than a year ago, the US kicked off it’s World Cup 2010 campaign. A tactical breakdown by our friends at Zonal Marking.

• Jon Arnold, USA10Kit on moving past Panama.

• The Sporting News’ Brian Straus authors 3 Things The US Must Fix.

•  John Levy, The Yanks Are Coming is paging Landon Donovan in his preview.


American Outlaws members gather here.

Weather forecast:

Hot? Yes. Wet? Not likely.

Parking update:

We have a parking update? Yes, yes we do. That and more at one of the best local soccer blogs, The Full 90.

AO KC (cough) Does Not Stop (AOkcdoesnotstop) adds: Good news! Lot opens at 2:30! Come get some food and beer!


Did someone say beer?

Sporting KC digital strategist Kyle Rogers participated–along with the Free Beer Movement, Alexi Lalas and others–in TSG’s now infamous: What’s Your Yankee Brew series.

Sporting KC's Kyle Rogers will be drinking...this.

His suggestion for drinking in KC this evening.

Kyle, Sporting KC: Not Tonight Honey Porter – Describes the attitude of both USA and Kansas City fans going into the game. USA fans will feel it’s not the night Guadeloupe gets a big Gold Cup upset, while KC fans will be telling Stephane Auvray that they can’t root for him, tonight.

Read more here.

Surf forecast:

NEXT! This ain’t Kansas. Well actually it is. (Actually just learned last evening that Livestrong Park is in Kansas City, Kansas, not Missouri. First US game in Kansas ever.)

If you really need to get your water sliding on, here’s your location.

BBQ forecast:


Doesn't Tim Howard deserve a good meal?

It’s Kansas City, no surf…you need a BBQ forecast. Here’s our realtime on-demand suggestions:

Tim Hadachek on Twitter: Oklahoma Joe’s. There is also an Arthur Bryant’s location directly across the street from the stadium, if that is relevant.

Adam Brown on Twitter: Arthur Bryants, Gates, Oklahoma Joe’s

Thew on TwitterOklahoma Joe’s for the win, but there’s an Arthur Bryant’s very close to LIVESTRONG

Charles Gooch, fantastic soccer blogger at the The Full 90Oklahoma Joe’s. Thinking of making a stop out there this afternoon.

Chad Reynolds, Twitter: Really can’t go wrong with any of the big places. Gates and Bryants are legendary. Jack Stack’s
is fantastic. Oklahoma Joe’s also

Lea Bales, Twitter: My top 3 in order: Oklahoma Joe’s, Jack Stack’s, Arthur Bryant’s.

Jack Connor, Twitter: Oldschool: Gates/Bryants, New: Okie Joes, Best Food: @jackstackbbq


Justin Klemsz, Twitter: Oklahoma Joe’s in a gas station in KC, KS.

More coming..

More on the opponent Guadeloupe:

Les Gwada Boys...

Ligue Guadeloupéenne de Football
Founded: 1961 (Joined CONCACAF in 1964)
Head Coach: Roger Salnot
Best World Cup Finish: Not affiliated with FIFA
Best CONCACAF Gold Cup Finish: Fourth Place (2007)
Key Players: Stephane Auvray, David Fleurival, Brice Jovial, Therry Racon

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  • The U.S. is facing Guadeloupe for the first time. Guadeloupe participated in its first CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2007 and made it to the semifinals that year. They advanced to the quarterfinals in 2009.
  • The U.S. will be making its first appearance in Kansas on Tuesday night.
  • The U.S. has played once in Kansas City, Mo.: a FIFA World Cup qualifying win against Costa Rica on April 25, 2001, when Josh Wolff scored the lone goal before a crowd of 37,319 fans.
  • The U.S. lost for the first time in group play when they fell to Panama and now has a 24-1-2 record in group play.
  • The U.S. has won its group in each of the 10 previous tournaments. The closest the U.S. has come to finishing second was in 2005 when the U.S. and Costa Rica were tied with seven points, with the U.S. collecting a better goal differential to clinch first place.
  • The U.S. is 3-0-2 in the third game of group play. From 1996-2003, the Gold Cup was played with groups of three teams, so the group stage only included two games per team.
  • The U.S. is seeking its fifth Gold Cup title, with prior championships coming in 1991, 2002, 2005 and 2007.
  • Winning the 2011 version of the confederation championship has a massive bonus attached to it – the right to play in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil just one year prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • With his start against Panama, Landon Donovan played in his CONCACAF record-setting 24th career match in the Gold Cup.
  • The U.S. has a 4-1-0 record under Bob Bradley when coming off a loss to a CONCACAF opponent.
  • Eight U.S. players have made their Gold Cup debut in 2011. Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Maurice Edu, Jermaine Jones, Sacha Kljestan, Tim Ream and Chris Wondolowski debuted against Canada. Alejandro Bedoya debuted against Panama.
  • Eric Lichaj is the one player with the U.S. team in Kansas City yet to make a career Gold Cup appearance.
  • Agudelo is the first U.S. player to appear in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match prior to his 19th birthday, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Agudelo (18 years, 196 days) broke the mark held by DaMarcus Beasley in 2002 (19 years, 240 days).
  • Saturday’s match in Tampa was the 51st for the U.S. in the Gold Cup, a CONCACAF record. The U.S. also has the CONCACAF record for wins, holding a 39-6-6 record.
  • Agudelo is the only player to appear in all six games in 2011.
  • Ream leads the team with 450 minutes played.
  • Ream and Altidore are the only players to have started five games in 2011.

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Colin on 2011/06/14 at 10:24 AM

    Just a little perspective…After 2 group stage matches in the 2009 confederations cup, the USA had 0 points and only 2 teams could move on from the group.

    Panama loss aside, they are sitting in a much better position now than they were in that tournament


    • Posted by dth on 2011/06/14 at 10:31 AM

      Of course, those two matches were Brazil and Italy, and instead of being at home they were in South Africa.


  2. Posted by jonbruns on 2011/06/14 at 10:52 AM

    according to kickoff is 9pm


  3. Posted by thebostinian on 2011/06/14 at 12:55 PM

    I don’t know if it was just my crappy internet connection, but Concacaf’s feed was absolute trash on Saturday. Univision’s wasn’t any better, but either way I’m gonna be grouchy if my computer can’t handle it this time around.


    • Posted by Jared on 2011/06/14 at 1:20 PM

      I had no issues with Univision’s but Concacaf’s was poor. I guess Warner took too much money out of the streaming budget so they have very low bandwidth.


  4. Posted by Kevin on 2011/06/14 at 11:22 PM

    So my biggest question is when did you decide to change this from orange wedges to orange slices? Maybe I’m the only one who noticed but was there any reason behind that?


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