It's time. The biggest game for the U.S. national team (possibly ever) starts in less than an hour.
Win and they advance to the place most USA soccer fans believe they should reach every tournament (in the process validating the long qualification process and the faith of many in this country).
Lose and they head back into the wilderness.
Losing... isn't really an option is it?
Some scattered thoughts:
Former Wizard Herculez Gomez will get his first start of the Cup, replacing the suspended Robbie Findlay. ... I haven't been this nervous for a game in a long time. ... Oguchi Onyewu is headed to the bench for this game, with Carlos Bocanegra moving inside and Honduran national hero Jonathan Bornstein gets the start at left back. ... This team must absolutely come out with the same fire they did in the second half against Slovenia. ... Algeria needs to score to have any chance of moving on, and that will leave a lot of space for the USA counterattack. ... Help us Clint Dempsey, you're our best hope!. ... I expect a packed house here in Johnny's Tavern. And, for what it's worth, several Wizards players are going to be out in the KC Live! Living Room this morning too. ... If you're not pumped for this game, why don't you move to Communist Russia?