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Who is ready for Rocky IV 2.0? More importantly, who will win this massively important match?
The United States heads into Krasnodar on Wednesday morning for a friendly that, to be completely honest, is meaningless. The U.S. has not called in some of their best players and are going up against a nearly full strength Russia side so it will be a test and then some. The problem is that is doesn't appear as if Jurgen Klinsmann is going for the win above all else, which is a fine approach, but it will keep us (and this is us being selfish) from seeing how he goes up against a 4-3-3 like Russia's and a manager like Fabio Capello.
Stil, they will play the match and both teams will try to win because YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME. A Rocky Balboa appearance would be better than a win, though. Anyways, to the predictions:
Ryan: Cold War, yadda, yadda, yadda. Star Wars, yadda, yadda, yadda. Other things, yadda, yadda, yadda. In the end, this is a meaningless friendly that the Jurgen Klinsmann's U.S. has proven to be really good in, but Russia is still the better team. In fact, they're a really damn good team right now and Fabio Capello is the perfect manager for them. The Commies win 2-1, Ronald Reagan will be angry.
Kevin: I like America. 5-0 America.
Zach: MURICAH VERSUS RUSSIA. WEDNESDAY! WEDNESDAY! WEDNESDAY! They told you the Cold War was over, THEY LIED. It's the battle between two geopolitical juggernauts in a titanic struggle for world domination. It reminds me of the heady days of Sputnik and Yuri Gagarin when the world trembled at the sound of our rockets. Now they will tremble again - at the sound of our silence…is there even going to be a crowd at this one? Yes it's a meaningless friendly, but it should benefit some of the younger players on the US roster at least in terms of situational experience. Beyond that, it's a 10 a.m. kickoff in the middle of the work week. So set your DVR and watch the US win 1-0, because Klinsmann is the BOMB at these "big" friendly matches, yo!
So what say you? Who wins (or is it a draw) in Rocky IV 2.0?