BALTIMORE - Greetings from sunny and hot M&T Bank Stadium, where a sellout crowd of 71,000 fans will pack the home of the NFL's Ravens or what should be a very entertaining doubleheader.
The United States is the favorite to win the tournament, and for good reason. Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson, Mix Diskerud and Stuart Holden - to name just a few - lead a potent American attack. El Salvador counters with Rodolfo Zelaya and Rafael Burgos, who have drawn the eye of MLS scouts with good performances in the tournament.
La Selecta will also likely have a great majority of the crowd behind it. This is their biggest game in years - and it helps to be playing in a region full of Salvadoran expats.
The second game should be the most competitive of the four quarterfinals. Honduras' Marvin Chávez, Mario Martínez and Andy Najar will go up against Costa Rica's Jairo Arrieta, Álvaro Saborío and Rodney Wallace.
I'll post the starting lineups as they are announced. All players not starting are eligible to come off the bench as substitutes.
United States vs. El Salvador
Time: 4:00 p.m. EDT
TV: Fox (Gus Johnson, Eric Wynalda and Grant Wahl)/Univision (Jorge Pérez-Navarro, Félix Fernández and Jaime Motta)
United States (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley, Clarence Goodson, Matt Besler, Michael Parkhurst
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman, José Torres; Joe Corona, Mix Diskerud, Landon Donovan
Forward: Chris Wondolowski
El Salvador (4-4-2)
Goalkeeper: Dagoberto Portillo
Defenders: Xavier Garcia, Víctor Turcios, Marcelo Posadas, Jose Henriquez
Midfielders: Richard Menjivar, Darwin Cerén, Osael Romero, Andres Flores Mejia
Forwards: Rodolfo Zelaya, Mark Blanco
Referee: Enrico Wingaarde (Suriname)
Linesmen: Marvin Torrentera (Mexico), Ricardo Louisville (Suriname)
Fourth Official: David Gantar (Canada)
Honduras vs. Costa Rica
Time: 7:00 p.m. EDT
TV: Fox Soccer Channe (John Strong and Keith Costigan)/Univision (Luis Omar Tapia, Diego Balado and Jaime Motta)
Goalkeeper: Donis Escober
Defenders: Osman Chávez, Brayan Beckeles, Juan Garcia, Nery Media
Midfielder: Andy Najar, Alexander López, Marvin Chavez, Jorge Aaron Claros, Edder Delgado
Forward: Rony Martínez
Costa Rica (4-4-2)
Goalkeeper: Patrick Pemberton
Defenders: Giancarlo Gonzalez, Juan Diego Madrigal, Junior Díaz, Roy Miller
Midfielders: Celso Borges, Kenny Cunningham, Michael Barrantes, Yeltsin Tejeda
Forwards: Álvaro Saborío, Jairo Arrieta
Referee: Courtney Campbell (Jamaica)
Linesmen: Ricardo Morgan (Jamaica), Garnet Page (Jamaica)
Fourth Official: Marco Rodriguez (Mexico)
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