Welcome to Laminated, our weekly soccer predictions column inspired by, well, this tweet.
Investigations. Family drama. Turnover inside of U.S. Soccer. It’s been a — how should I put this — eventful few months for the U.S. men’s national team since they were eliminated from the 2022 World Cup.
But they’re finally going to be back in action next week. Sure, we saw games back in January, but that was a mostly domestic-based roster. This March international window, on the other hand, is interim manager Anthony Hudson’s first chance to bring in the USMNT’s European-based players. The core guys (with the exception of Tyler Adams, who’s out with an injury) are all in the squad. The opponents are lackluster, there’s no doubt about it: the U.S. will take on Grenada on Friday, March 24 and El Salvador on Monday, March 27. However, Hudson still called in a strong roster that presents plenty of interesting storylines ahead of a busy summer.
So, let’s dive into a set of predictions for the USMNT and some of its stars ahead of this window.