Thursday, March 24, 2016

Busy International Break For Rapids

For the first time maybe ever there are 7 Rapids in action over this international break.  That doesn't even include Tim Howard (who is not yet a Rapid) or Jermaine Jones (who can't play for the Nats while suspended for referee abuse).  Not only that but with the increased coverage international fixtures get many of their games can be seen now in the u.S.  So here's a list of games they'll play and what TV/stream (if any) there is for them.

(All times MDT)

Dillon Serna,  Eric Miller - U.S. U-23s
The U-23s play a head-to-head against Colombia for the final Olympic spot in Rio.  I would expect both players to at least get some playing time.

USA @ Colombia - Friday Mar 25th, 3pm - Fox Sports 1

USA vs Colombia - Tuesday Mar 29th, 7:30pm - ESPN2

Marco Pappa - Guatemala
Guatemala plays a home and home against the U.S. in World Cup Qualifying.  I would expect Pappa to start both games.  We'll also likely see Tim Howard in at least one of the games but Jurgen Klinsmann is playing his cards close to the vest on that one.

Guatemala vs USA - Friday Mar 25th, 8pm - beIn Sport

Guatemala @ USA - Tuesday Mar 29th, 5pm - ESPN2

Mekeil Williams - Trindad & Tobago
T&T also has a pair of World Cup Qualifiers against St. Vincent & the Grenadines, these are the other two teams in the U.S.'s group.  Williams should start both matches.

T&T @ St. Vincent - Friday Mar. 29th. 1:30pm - beIn Sport

T&T vs. St. Vincent - Tuesday Mar 29th, 6pm (No U.S. TV)

Kevin Doyle - Ireland
Ireland is playing a pair of warm-up friendlies for Euro 2016 in June.  Doyle has been in the eighteen for the last few friendlies but has mostly ridden the bench, I expect that to continue.

Ireland vs. Switzerland - Friday Mar. 29th. 1:45pm (No U.S. TV)

Ireland vs. Slovakia - Tuesday Mar 29th, 12:45pm (No U.S. TV)

Shkelzen Gashi - Albania
Albania is also playing a pair of warm-up friendlies for Euro 2016.  I'd expect Gashi to feature in both games.

Albania @ Austria - Saturday Mar. 26th, 10:30am - ESPN3/WatchESPN

Albania @ Luxembourg - Tuesday Mar. 29th, 12:15pm (No U.S. TV)

Micheal Azira - Uganda
Uganda has a pair of African Cup of NAtions qualifiers against Burkina Faso.  This is Azira's first ever call-up so his expected playing time is unknown.

Uganda @ Burkina Faso - Saturday Mar. 26th, 12pm - (No U.S. TV)

Uganda v.s Burkina Faso - Tuesday Mar. 29th, 10am (No U.S. TV)

So half the games will be available somewhere on U.S. TV/streams and we can see everyone but Doyle and Azira at least once.

1 comment:

Aunt Joan said...

Thanks for the summary!