World Cup Champions Spain face the United States at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, as the Gold Cup kicks off.
Spain, who remains the best team in the world, might have revenge on their mind.
After a great winning streak in 2009, the United States defeated Spain in the Confederations Cup in South Africa, 2-0. It was thought at the time, that Spain would breeze into the Finals to face Brazil, who eventually won the tournament.
The U.S. goes into the Gold Cup with some non-mainstay players. Forwards Chris Wondolowksi and Juan Agudelo have been impressive in MLS, and defender Tim Ream has also made strides.
Head coach Bob Bradley is also tinkering with a 4-5-1 adaptation to his usual 4-4-2. Though this match has no World Cup implication, the U.S. wants to win this game in front of a big crowd in Boston, so a formation change will be interesting against an international power like Spain.
The U.S. will be without Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, and Carlos Bocanegra. Tim Howard, however, will be in goal, and will serve as captain.
Spain will be playing with a very different lineup that defeated the Netherlands last summer. The Spaniards will not have some of their star midfielders who were the main force behind their great success in the past three years, when the Spain really hit their stride.
Still, this Spain club will be competitive today, and even their non stars are world class compared to most countries.
This the lineup for Spain:
D: Arbeloa, Albiol, Pique, Ramos
M: Cazorla, Busquets, Alonso
F: Villa, Negredo, Silva
This the lineup for the US
D: Lichaj, Ream, Onyewu, Spector
M: Edu, Jones, Kljestan, Rogers
F: Agudelo, Altidore