The US will absolutely dominate England, without question.

That's the sort of prediction you're not likely to read about next week's game, unless someone was trying to troll England supporters. I've seen better England rosters, but the US team isn't anything to write sonnets about, either.

Seeing players listed as "Out of Contract" takes me back fifteen years ago, watching a tape-delayed game out of old Foxboro Stadium, where Tony Meola proved that he was the greatest goalkeeper in the least, that day. Technically, most of the guys on the US roster were contracted to the USSF, but equally technically most of the guys contracted to the USSF couldn't get a contract if their lives depended on it. Those were the glory days of US national team players having more caps than First Division appearances. It was also maybe the worst England squad in the history of the game, but we in America either didn't know or didn't care.

Beating England was the most important thing in the world back then. Today...well, I'm sitting here pouting that Landon Donovan is playing a friendly instead of starting for a club that was three years from existing back in 1993. The idea that any American fan would be club over country back then would have been met with the blankest of stares. (Not that it's totally defensible now - Donovan's a Nike player, and it's not yet possible to argue that even the post-Beckham Galaxy is as big a deal as the national team. This isn't Europe, MLS isn't the G-14.) (However, the Galaxy are a bigger deal than Olympic soccer. So is USL, though.)

I can't imagine England fans caring about this game any more than they did in 1993, barring another embarrassing loss, of course. The Skinny Blue Lions are marking time until World Cup qualifying, so I assume most of the interest will be to see how England shapes up for future games. That, and the amusement of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry in the same backline less than a hundred hours (EDIT - more like a week - I need to lie down) later. If Onyewu or Bocanegra give up a penalty, I hope beyond hope that some youngster has the nectarines to hand the ball to Terry.

I think it's a bad England squad, but I also think the only place the US has the advantage is in goal. Even if Cervi starts. I don't know how much of the "first team" Capello plans to trot out, and England was shaky at forward even before Owen went down. Sadly for the United States, even an England desperate enough to call up David Beckham for Trinidad still overmatches the US in midfield - unless Beasley is all the way back and then some, Donovan finally adjusts to the right, Feilhaber rediscovers his Gold Cup form, and Michael Bradley makes Wembley his own personal Eredivisie. This looks like Limes 2, Apple Pie 0 to me, and it also looks like it could be a ponderous, tedious, ugly cup of garbage. I think the LA-KC game will be more exciting, so if that makes me an MLS snob, so be it.