GUADALAJARA, MEXICO - OCTOBER 24: Merrill Moses #1 of the USA misses a shot during a water polo match against Brasil during Day Ten of the XVI Pan American Games at the Scotiabank Aquatics Center on October 24, 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
The men's United States water polo team begins their quest for their second consecutive medal as they play Montenegro at 1:10 p.m. ET and can be seen online or on NBC at 2:40 p.m. ET/PT or 1:40 p.m. CT/MT, so check those all important local listings.
With the men's bracket so wide open they need to get off to a good start with a win or at worst a tie, and that will not come easy against Montenegro who is likely just on the outside of earning a medal but they are always a challenge.
Being the first game both teams will have nerves and the best way to combat that is to play solid defense, and luckily the United States is great at that while be anchored by Merrill Moses in the cage. Power play is important for the United States, because when they do good at that they are tough to beat.
Also, Tony Azevedo is always key on offense, and if he can get three goals then the United States should win.
This little preview was rushed and does not have a lot of insight, but I had other things going on. Better stuff will come once games are underway.
Come join us for a chat during the live online stream or the tape delay, and as for a prediction I believe the United States wins by three goals.
United States (36 votes)
Montenegro (12 votes)
48 total votes