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Looking at Antigua and Barbuda, Friday’s U.S. opponent

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TAMPA, Florida – Things you’ll learn from Brian Straus’ look at Antigua and Barbuda that went up yesterday at the Sporting News’ site.

  • The two-island speck on the CONCACAF map has a population that could fit inside Raymond James Stadium, site of Friday’s match against the United States.
  • Nickname: Benna Boys
  • The A&B players field a team in USL Pro, the third tier of American soccer. (They currently are just 2-6-0 in league play, but Friday’s version will be reinforced with several men from leagues beyond.)
  • The last time the United States played a country with a population under 100,000: in 1993 the Americans defeated the Cayman Islands, 8-1.
  • Antigua and Barbuda coach Tom Curtis, a 39-year-old Englander, played for Chesterfield in 1997, when the third-division club stunned the land by advancing all the way into the FA Cup semifinals. So, he knows something of remarkable underdog success.

He’ll sure need to. Check out the story. It’s a fun read.