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Feb
09

USA/Mexico battle in WC Qualifier

Bored Fans

It’s that time of year again friends. The time of year when everyone is in a sports slump. Football has just ended. Baseball is still some time away. Hockey and basketball still have half a season until the real excitement of the playoffs begin and March Madness isn’t until, well, March.

But for those of us who are, shall I say, well-rounded, this time this year means one thing, World Cup Qualifiers! Yes, it is time to start the 10-match journey to see who will be represented in the 2010 World Cup. Tonight is the first battle for team USA.

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Tonight showcases a match-up between two tough  squads that have played fairly well in the last two WC Qualifiers: Team USA and Team Mexico.

The big question about the U.S. squad —  at least by those who do more than casually follow soccer — is, why no Fredua Koranteng Adu? (Also known as Freddy)

Freddy Adu

The 19-year-old midfielder is currently on loan to AS Monaco from S.L. Benfica, but more importantly, is NOT on coach Bob Bradley’s national squad. Adu, along with Jozy Altidore, were starting to showcase their talent for Bradley’s team during exhibitions late 2008. Yet Bradley left Adu off the 20-man squad for tonight’s contest, though Altidore was awarded a spot.

Landon Donovan is still the star attraction of the national team and will be competing in the match tonight, but Adu’s pure talent continues to beg the question as to why he is not featured right away. Perhaps Adu’s presence will be felt during the other WC Qualifiers, but for now, he will remain off the team.

Check back in tonight for a game recap. The game begins at 7:30 pm EST on ESPN 2.

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