The United States will finally get to start their qualifying campaign for the 2012 Olympics tonight. The excitement for the U-23 team has been building for months now with training camps and friendlies supposedly showing off how good they are. That is all well and good, but what matters is what they do starting tonight. Nothing they have done before tonight matters. It was all to build for today and if they bomb out then they have a problem. That is assuming that people continue to believe that Olympic soccer matters, of course.
Head coach Caleb Porter is going with an expect lineup. His defense is what most believe is his first choice back line and the same is true of the midfield and forwards, with the exception of maybe Joe Gyau. Many people are very high on Gyau and you can bet you will see him extensively throughout the tournament, even if he isn't starting.
Their opponents for tonight are Cuba. Unsurprisingly, there are no lineups available for the Cubans and it is not as if it would matter if they did anyways because nobody knows a thing about the Cuban players. Such is the case with an insulated country.