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Spain vs Ireland, Mexico vs Costa Rica and USA vs Panama: Open Thread

Several national soccer teams are in action tonight as Spain plays Ireland in a friendly at Yankee Stadium (8pm ET, beIN SPORT Play), while Mexico faces Costa Rica (8pm ET, ESPN and and USA battles Panama (10pm ET, ESPN and in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches.

In addition to those three games, Venezuela plays Uruguay (8pm ET, beIN SPORT), Chile faces Bolivia (8:30pm ET, beIN SPORT en Espanol) and Honduras battles Jamaica (9pm ET, beIN SPORT Play).

Spain starting XI: Valdés, Piqué, Iniesta, Villa, Xavi (C), Pedro, Ramos, Busquets, Arbeloa, Silva.

Ireland starting XI: Forde, Coleman, St. Ledger, McCarthy, Sammon, Keane (C), Kelly, O’Dea, McShane, Hendrick, Keogh

Before, during or after tonight’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with soccer fans from around the country.

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  1. Huw Roma

    June 11, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Is there any purpose to Fox Soccer right now? Is anyone feasting on repeats of those Europa League classics like Athletico vs Victoria Plzen?

    • Charles Boyer

      June 12, 2013 at 5:46 am

      That’s typical summer fare on FSC. Only difference is that it will not end with PL matches in the middle of August.

  2. jtm371

    June 11, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I hope Jurgen will hld strong and tell l donovan to pound sand and not recall him.

    • jtm371

      June 11, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      hold not hld

    • Charles Boyer

      June 12, 2013 at 5:48 am

      I think Donovan may yet have an important role to play on the USMNT. We’ll see but right now, they are looking pretty good without him.

      • nicc

        June 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

        isn’t Donovan supposed to be in the upcoming Gold Cup squad?

  3. trickybrkn

    June 11, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I’m not following the new format… are you only covering teams you like to watch or world football? Ireland Spain is a side show. There are real WC qualifiers today… But we get TV listings and line ups for a useless friendly. What am I missing in this new format?

    • The Gaffer

      June 11, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      The two main games tonight, for readers in North America, are highlighted in this open thread. Spain-Ireland is a high-profile friendly on US soil featuring the current World Cup and European champion. It’s hardly a side-show. Other World Cup qualifier games are mentioned in the article too. All the major games tonight are covered.

      The reason the line-ups are listed for Spain-Ireland was because that was the early friendly (and the article went live around 7.30pm ET tonight, way before the US game).

      The Gaffer

  4. jtm371

    June 11, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    way to be classy mexican fans.bush league.

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