A big week lies ahead for soccer teams across the globe as many of the 32 World Cup-bound teams take the field with significant roster decisions hanging in the balance.
The United States, of course, has two dates this week: Tuesday in East Hartford against the Czech Republic (8 p.m.) and Saturday in Philadelphia against Turkey (2 p.m.). We'll be blogging the first game here on the Equalizer and in attendance in Philly for this weekend's game, which will feature the finalized 23-man roster for the first time.
Across the pond, first-round foe England will host Mexico Monday at Wembley and Japan on Sunday in Austria. Monday's game is televised on FSC at 3 p.m., so check back for a recap. Also of note, Group C opponent Algeria visits Ireland Friday.
Here's a look at the schedule through Friday:
MONDAY (home teams listed first; times in EST)
Australia vs. New Zealand, 4 a.m.
Japan vs. South Korea, 6:20 a.m.
Portugal vs. Cape Verde Islands, 2:30 p.m.
South Africa vs. Bulgaria, 2:35 p.m.
England vs. Mexico, 3 p.m.
Argentina vs. Canada, 3:30 p.m.
Nigeria vs. Saudi Arabia, TBA
Georgia vs. Cameroon, noon
Greece vs. North Korea, 2 p.m.
Ireland vs. Paraguay, 3 p.m.
United States vs. Czech Republic, 8 p.m.
Netherlands vs. Mexico, 2 p.m.
France vs. Costa Rica, 3 p.m.
Chile vs. Zambia, 7 p.m.
Belarus vs. Honduras, 12:30 p.m.
Denmark vs. Senegal, 2:15 p.m.
South Africa vs. Colombia, 2:35 p.m.
Ireland vs. Algeria, 3 p.m.