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U.S. vs. Spain preview

Updated: June 3, 2011, 7:56 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

The U.S. national team's summer couldn't start any harder.

After a friendly tuneup Saturday against Spain (4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN3), it will face Canada, Panama and Guadeloupe (in that order) in Gold Cup group play. But while this rather backward buildup of opponents is kind of like going to a Michelin three-star restaurant to prepare your palate for a trip to McDonald's, it should make for a compelling showdown.

To state the very obvious, Spain is not Canada, Panama ...

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