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World Cup Day 2: Streaming, TV, Times, and Open Thread

Let's get down to business.

Julian Finney

After a day that saw more pomp and circumstances than penalties and corner kicks, we get the first of several days where three games are played and you can fully break in the new couch with an arse imprint, see how that 4K television looks, and partake in various beverages that each country's team is noted for. Now let's break them all down today:

Mexico vs. Cameroon

Kickoff Time: 12:00pm EDT

Venue: Estadio das Dunas, Natal

TV/Streaming: ESPN2, Univision and WatchESPN

Cliff's Notes: Kevin McCauley provides us with a tactical preview of the festivities but in short, with Croatia taking it on the chin yesterday, this will prove to be a prime opportunity for Mexico to get both feet on the platform of getting out of Group A with a Cameroon team that boycotted playing just before getting on the plane.

Who Should I Root For?: Cameroon. Hard. And don't stop. Because Mexico, duh.

Spain vs. Netherlands

Kickoff Time: 3:00pm EDT

Venue: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador

TV/Streaming: ESPN, Univision and WatchESPN

Cliff's Notes: The SB Nation guide to the game is here, but we get an excellent matchup on the first full day, and a reprise of the 2010 World Cup Final no less. The Dutch flamed out in the 2012 Euro tournament, going winless in a group that included Germany and Portugal (related: GUH). And Spain has been...well, Spain. Save a two month span, they are coming up on FOUR YEARS as the #1 team in the World, looking to extend a streak of major international glory that includes their 2010 World Cup and 2012 Euro trophies. Not sure if a Confederations Cup is counted as international glory, but they finished second last year to the host Brazilians.

Who Should I Root For?: Spain is hard to root against. As a Liverpool fan they have Pepe Reina and Xabi Alonso, as a fellow Real Oviedo shareholder they have Santi Cazorla and Juan Mata, and as an MLS fan any sort of success David Villa may realize will be nice. One would presume that these two will be coming through on Group regardless of the Dutch finish in 2012 but we'll see.

Chile vs. Australia

Kickoff Time: 6:00pm EDT

Venue: Arena Pantamal, Cuiba

TV/Streaming: ESPN2, Univision and WatchESPN

Cliff's Notes: SB Nation's preview of the game is here, and while the two squads would presumably be on the outside of Group B, one can never say never for one thing. For another, Chile has Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez and there are rumors Juventus' Arturo Vidal may even seen some time in this game. If the latter happens, Chile would presumably appear to be trying to get points early and hold off the Dutch in the last matchday for the group.

Who Should I Root For?: I could only root in good conscience for Australia and New York Red Bull Tim Cahill if there was some sort of cosmic interest involved for the United States. As there does not appear to be, score a gajillion, los Chilenos, the world is with you.

A note on television

For Gringos, the ESPN networks and the WatchESPN have you covered for television. Univision and Univision Deportes are handling TV and streaming from the Spanish side (and on a side note, their TV feed is 3-5 seconds faster than ESPN's), but if neither are within your area of control, check out the Live Soccer site for more options.

What Are You Drinking?: I have to make the run this morning actually. Am curious to try the new Dogfish Imperial Pale Ale brewed with wasabi(?!), but the band Iron Maiden has produced and released a beer. I plan on buying and drinking some while blaring "Two Minutes to Midnight" and watching Tiki-Taka.

Enjoy folks, we've got a lot more of these on the way for you.