Ukraine vs USMNT, England vs Denmark, Spain vs Italy and Other International Friendlies: Open Thread

Today’s a soccer fan’s dream, especially if you live in the United States, with a lucky 13 matches shown live on US television and/or Internet during this mini-international break.

The schedule for viewers in the US is:

South Africa vs Brazil, Noon, beIN SPORTS and DishWorld
Colombia vs Tunisia, 1pm, beIN SPORTS Espanol and DishWorld
Ukraine vs USA, 2pm, ESPN2 and
Romania vs Argentina, 2pm, ESPN Deportes and
Austria vs Uruguay, 2:30pm, beIN SPORTS and DishWorld
Germany vs Chile, 2:45pm,
Ireland vs Serbia, 2:45pm, GolTV
England vs Denmark, 3pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer 2Go
France vs Netherlands, 3pm,
Ecuador vs Australia, 3pm, beIN SPORTS Espanol and DishWorld
Portugal vs Cameroon, 3:45pm,
Spain vs Italy, 4pm, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and
Mexico vs Nigeria, 8:30pm, ESPNEWS, UniMas and

Starting line-ups:

USA: Howard; Cameron, Onyewu, Brooks, Castillo; Jones, Kljestan; Bedoya, Dempsey(c), Johnson; Altidore

Before, during or after any of the matches today, join in the conversation in the comments section below regarding the games — any interesting observations or questions, etc.   Plus if you’re watching a match that you think we should all tune into, let us know since there are so many matches to choose from today that we may miss some of the action.

30 thoughts on “Ukraine vs USMNT, England vs Denmark, Spain vs Italy and Other International Friendlies: Open Thread”

  1. England start with five Liverpool players, Johnson, Gerrard, Henderson, Sturridge and Sterling. Should be interesting. I think because they have been good for their club and also they will probably play most of the game as they don’t have a game this weekend. Sturridge against his teammate Agger should be interesting too.

    1. This US back line pairing definitely is not the answer. Atrocious. I was really hoping we could get Fabian an left back..

  2. That may be the worst half performance since the 1st WC qualifier. Howard was the only one on the field that wasn’t below average for the stars and stripes.

  3. It’s a shame that the stadium in Cyprus is practically empty. That’s part of the appeal for an away team, playing in front of an intimidating atmosphere. The USMNT is missing that today.

  4. England is looking really strong so far against Denmark. Sterling almost scored, and Sturridge went close.

  5. my directv signal has gone because of “interference from the sun”???
    What? Am I in the middle of that Bruce Willis/Liv Tyler movie?

  6. The only thing more disappointing than England’s performance is the USA’s. Wilshire is to England what Tom Cleverly is to Man Utd. When your right back (Johnson) has been the better player on the pitch, it’s a bad sign.

    1. Jack Wilshere is way too overrated. When he’s on, he’s on. And he’s off his game and invisible in matches far too often.

      Denmark is looking a lot more dangerous in the second half.

  7. Schmeichel’s foot saves Denmark yet again — that’s twice this game where England did everything right, but Denmark’s outreached leg has prevented a goal.

  8. What is Roy thinking playing Sturridge out wide and Wellbeck in the middle? Sturridge can’t stop scoring and is wasted out wide, While Wellbeck has just picked up the ball from the right back position leaving no one upfront.

  9. Very disappointed with the US today. Some of my worst fears have been proven true. Michael Bradley is such an important player that he is sorely missed when out of the lineup. Altidore and Dempsey are bringing their poor club form into the National Team. The back line has no continuity.

    The only bright side is that Ghana lost, Chile were having their way with Germany for large parts of the second half, and Portugal conceded to Cameroon.

    Also, the Mexico friendly in April looks like a real positive for the MLS based players.

  10. It’s all coming together nicely for England. We will have a decent squad for Brazil with a nice mix of youth and experience. The players look like they enjoy playing for Hodgson. We look organized and confident. Well done Roy, keep up the good work.

        1. I don’t understand why the English are down on their squad. I think England has a great pool of talent to choose from. Have to see the final team, but I think England can be a dark horse to make a run. I’ll be in their corner. :)

  11. The commentators seemed awfully critical of Diego Costa in the Spain / Italy game. Saying that may be the only shot he has for the making the trip to Brazil. I think it was a pretty sever over the top reaction, and I don’t see Soldado or Torres taking a spot over him. Negredo should be there, but they definitely have room for both. I would think Negredo, Llorente, and Costa. Any thoughts?

    1. Ithink theyl take Torres. He seems to be a mainstay in the squad. Likely because he is a good player if not a good goalscorer, and Spain, like Chelsea, arent overly reliant on goals scored by the striker.

  12. USMNT will go 0/3 they were awful today against a side that might or might not have a country.BELGIUM 14! I know they drew today but they will shock the world.

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