LA, The U.S. & Iran in International Soccer Ménage à Trois
As you may have read over at TOW --TOR's California cousin-- the rumored U.S.-Iran match looks set to happen as a 2-legged affair; the talk out of Iran is that the Yanks will play the first match away in Tehran on 10.10.09 with the home match slated for LA on 11.14.09. But note that the US is already slated to play Honduras in a World Cup Qualifier on 10.10.09 so one of the two would have to move.
Obviously the game in Iran will garner the lion's share of media attention and speculation: Will Obama address it? Will Ahmadinejad be there? How many U.S. supporters will make the trip (sneaking into Cuba is one thing but going to Tehran requires an even higher level of commitment/lower fear of arrest)? The LA match also has it's fair share of story lines as both sides have significant ties to the area, particularly UCLA. Game on.