Today's an important day for U.S. soccer. The United States men's national soccer team (USMNT) plays Guatemala in a World Cup qualifying match, while the under-23 men's national soccer team (U-23 MNT) plays Colombia in an Olympic qualifier.
Both games are, in effect, must wins if we expect to see blind-drunk yanks in the stands cheering on U.S. soccer at the next World Cup and Olympics. If the USMNT loses to
Guatemala today, they'll drop to third in their group
, which could leave them shit out of luck considering only the top two teams move on to the next round. A victory would put them back in second place, and in prime position to continue their uninspired World Cup qualifying run. As for the Olympics, which is restricted to players under 23 years old, 15 of 16 berths are already spoken for
, leaving the U-23 MNT and Colombia to duke it out for the last spot. The teams play two games against each other, with the combined score determining the winner. The first of those games already happened, a 1-1 draw
this past Friday, which obviously makes today do or die time for the U-23 MNT. Tune in tonight to watch the USMNT at 7pm and the
U-23 MNT at 9:20pm on ESPN2 (ET). If you're a patriot, you'll do it.
It would be nice if these boys could get their shit together and start acting like women. The United States women's national soccer team (USWNT) has already qualified for the Olympics, and are favored to win the whole damn thing (they've won gold the last three Olympics in a row).