South Korea rolls, Argentina edges Nigeria ... now the main event
In case you were wondering, there were other games today.
South Korea put forth an impressive performance in a 2-0 win over Greece, which many picked to finish second in Group B behind Argentina. Lee Jung-Soo and Park Ji-Sung -- the Manchester United star -- each scored for South Korea. Park scored in his third World Cup -- a South Korean record.
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Argentina picked up an expected three points against Nigeria, but it wasn't so easy. Nigeria played well and Argentina -- Leo Messi in particular -- couldn't convert numerous chances. Gabriel Heinze scored off a gorgeous header in 6th minute. Head coach Diego Maradona wore a suit -- which was a highlight within itself.
Now .. on to the main event. U.S.-England begins in less than two hours. I'm in our nation's capital right now and a few blocks from Dupont Circle, where the've set up two big-screens for a mini Fan Fest. It's pretty rowdy down there. England has its own thing going on.
Like many Americans, I'm eager to see who Bob Bradley chooses for his starting lineup. Who will pair with Jozy Altidore? Is Ricardo Clark his guy? What role will Landon Donovan play?
For England, a good friend of mine and soccer aficionado, said Peter Crouch has the edge over Emile Hesky to start up front with Wayne Rooney -- despite my earlier post. The rest is pretty much as expected with a midfield of Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Aaron Lennon on the right. Robert Green is likely to get the nod in goal, with Ashley Cole, John Terry, Ledley King and Glen Johnson in front of him.
On with the show ...