This is it for the United States. It is either win tonight against El Salvador and move on to a decisive match for Olympics qualification (likely against Mexico) or close up shop and head home for a summer of Olympic-less soccer.
It will be interesting to see how both teams handle the fatigue of playing their fifth match in three days. That will be especially true for the Americans, who made only two changes from their first match to their second and don't have any obvious changes to make in hopes of providing fresh legs or a change. That means that the likes of Brek Shea, Freddy Adu, Mikkel Diskerud and the rest will be leaned upon, heavy legs or not.
Just because the U.S. are getting the majority of the press because they were the favorites in Group A and lost to Canada doesn't mean that they are the only ones with someone on the line tonight. Like the U.S., if El Salvador win, they are through to the semifinals with a chance to qualify for the Olympics, but unlike the U.S., a draw also puts El Salvador through so they are in an advantageous position.
You would expect such a big match for Olympic qualification (and American LOVE their Olympics, even if it is just a U-23 competition in soccer) would justify some quality TV coverage, but instead it is being tucked away on Universal Sports Network and Mun2. For those of you lucky enough to have DirecTV, they are offering a free preview of the channel so you can watch the match on channel 625. The rest of you, pray that you get the channel
United States vs. El Salvador
Game Date/Time: Monday, March 26, 9:00 p.m. ET
Venue: LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee
TV: Universal Sports Network (English), Mun2 (Spanish), CONCACAF.com