The United States looks for another victory today to cement its lead atop Group A in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The USMNT plays Haiti at Gillette Stadium, in Massachusetts. While the U.S. is coming off a 2-1 victory against Honduras, that win was far from convincing and the team will look to improve its play.
A victory today against Haiti would almost guarantee the U.S. a place in the knockout rounds. Anything less then a win would be shocking. Haiti did manage to secure an impressive tie against Panama, but it's still considered the weakest team in the group.
It will be interesting to see if Jurgen Klinsmann rests any expected starters, as for veterans like Clint Dempsey playing games with only a few days rest must be challenging. The lineup could be different from the Honduras game depending on the fitness of Jozy Altidore and Alejandro Bedoya.
Klinsmann said Altidore is still working to be match fit, after suffering a hamstring injury in May. While Bedoya wasn't fit for the game against Honduras, it is possible he makes his 2015 Gold Cup debut tonight.
The U.S. should win this game. Before the tournament began many predicted this game would be a blowout. However, after watching the U.S. and Haiti's last matches I expect a close game.
USA v. Haiti
When: 8:30 p.m., Friday, July 10th
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
TV: Fox Sports 1, Unimas, Univision Deportes, Sportsnet World (Canada)
Online: Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer 2Go, Univision Deportes en vivo, Sportsnet World Now (Canada)