Just in case you’d momentarily forgotten that Clint Dempsey is indeed a badass, a little reminder:
Deuce will be leading the U.S. against a nearly full-strength Spain tomorrow (ESPN, 4:30 ET) in a rematch of the 2009 Confederations Cup semifinal. The U.S. won that game 2-0, ending Spain’s 35-match unbeaten streak, so you can bet Iniesta and Co. will be looking to make amends.
Sleepy Friday here, but we’re going to post some Gold Cup nuggets a little later. That tournament, CONCACAF’s most important event, kicks off on Sunday in Dallas with matches between Costa Rica and Cuba and Mexico and El Salvador.
We imagine there will be some kind of opening ceremony. Given the confederation’s recent difficulties, who will show up to cut the ribbon on this tournament? Who’s really in charge of the confederation right now? And is Cowboys Stadium big enough for both Lisle Austin and Chuck Blazer?
We are in uncharted territory here.