It's rare for us to play a caribbean nation that we know very very little about. We'll get to do this about once every four years and normally the games are interesting. Grenada was certainly fun to watch in '04. Here's what's come of my research of the Barbados National Team. It is about impossible to figure out their Outside backs and such. They almost all play domestically so we'll have to conceed that these defenders are most likely to be the starters and they will be near to one another in terms of ability. Here's what I know: Rouse will be the starting keeper. He is playing at Galway United in Ireland. I don't think he's starting for his club but I could be wrong. The four defenders James, Neblett, Rivier Williams, Brathwaite and maybe Straker all play domestically. Forte is an outside mid but I don't know which side he players on. He's known for his speed but doesn't seem to be an incredible scoring threat. He just has a few goals for his club Scunthorpe. Someone who follows the championship might be able to add more here. Nurse is typically a striker or right mid. I wouldn't be suprised to see him at A-mid centrally in this match but he's probably going to end up being one of the strikers or possibly a lone striker. Forde is the captain. Captains in most cases are center mids. He has experience with the national team but players domestically. He's likely to be a center midfielder and may be the source of their attack. He might be a pivot man but in any case he is likely to be stronger than other domestic players on the pitch. Defrietas by elimination is either a Left mid or will be filling in there unless Forte is the left sided winger. He players domestically. Rishad Williams is a striker, Players domestically as well. Romelle Burgess may feature. He plays in the Premier Developement League if that information isn't out of date. Stanford scored their goal in the last one I think he's probably their third striker and I would be suprised to see him in the match. Players to watch for: Boyce from Wigan will be tough to deal with. He will feature defensively and probably centrally and as weak as our strikers have been we may need an Altidore to really put a body on him, draw his attention to open holes for Donovan, Dempsey, Adu, Ching?. Watch for Forte to be their transition man. They are planning to counter attack on us. He's likely to be the one to carry the ball forward. Defense to Forte or Forde to Nurse to goal is the likely plan on a counter. Nurse is their primary striker. he players for Dagenham & Redbridge. Confrense National Champs from last year now in League two. Anyone who players in an english professional league is someone we need to worry about. Forde - I'm guessing but being a captain and a midfielder probably indicates he's a ball mover. I expect he'll recieve it and lay it off quickly and help to transition the team quickly. His targets would be Nurse and Forte I'm sure. Harvey plays for a team in a league lower than the Confrence National. But it is English and he's likely to be physical. I expect he'll be the target man striker with Nurse dropping into the midfield and withdrawing a bit more. They are likely to pack it in a bit and having a premier league quality defender fastening things down in the middle is likely to make it very tough on them. Our saving grace is that he's been capped just once. He cannot have formed a relationship or communicated much with his fellow defenders so miscommunication with defenders and the goalkeeper is likely to result in a US goal. Throwing Boyce off his game and attacking the wings is how we'll break them down. I hope Beasley is back by then. My guess at their lineup: Rouse James, Neblett, Boyce, Brathwaite Forte, Forde (C), Vaughan, Defreitas Nurse, Harvey ------------------------------------------------------------------------ I've never seen them play. I'm researching their lineup and if you read through what I'm writing I'm guessing. These are educated guesses but I could be right or I could be miles off. Part of doing this is to educate myself and other US fans about our strange opponent. The other part is that breaking down the Barbados team is really quite a bit of fun. I enjoy making these predictions and seeing whether I'm right or not. We'll see how it goes, but either way. I'm not a source of fact. I'm a speculator. Can you lend a hand figuring these guys out?