The World Cup starts Friday, but most American soccer fans are eagerly anticipating Saturday afternoon, when the United States will face England in this country's most anticipated World Cup match since the Yanks faced Brazil on U.S. soil on July 4, 1994.

The World Cup starts Friday, but most American soccer fans are eagerly anticipating Saturday afternoon, when the United States will face England in this country's most anticipated World Cup match since the Yanks faced Brazil on U.S. soil on July 4, 1994.

Subplots abound - Revolutionary War, duh - so these are only a few of many key figures to keep an eye on and some of the best places to do it.

Who to Watch:

U.S.

Edson Buddle, F - The former Crew forward came out of nowhere to lead MLS with nine goals for the L.A. Galaxy and earn a spot on the World Cup roster. Buddle continued his surprising tear with two scores Saturday against Australia - his first career international goals. If he doesn't start Saturday, he's a lock to appear as a sub.

Herculez Gomez, F - Another striker who got hot at the right time, Mexico-based Gomez ought to play the "super-sub" role for the U.S.

Tim Howard, G - Defense is the Americans' weakest link, so they'll probably be relying on their world-class goalkeeper for some bravura saves.

ENGLAND

Wayne Rooney, F - The Manchester United striker is among the world's top five players. Don't be fooled by his short, stout, balding physique - he boasts a seemingly unstoppable combination of skill, strength and style.

Ledley King, D - With captain Rio Ferdinand injured, the relatively untested King will line up at central defense instead. He's risking a lifelong disability by playing through an injury of his own.

Steven Gerrard, M - Neutralizing the Liverpool veteran in the center of the park will be among the Americans' most mind-boggling tasks.

Where to Watch:

Crew Stadium

1 Black and Gold Blvd., North Side

Since 2002, America's first soccer-specific stadium has been a gathering place for wall-to-wall World Cup action. Once again every minute of the tournament will be shown in the Stadium Club tent west of the stadium.

Claddagh Irish Pub

585 S. Front St., Brewery District

Claddagh will set up a 10-by-14-foot screen in the courtyard Saturday, with outdoor beer sales benefiting the Crew Foundation. Doors open at 5:30 a.m., after which the OSU alumni band will warm up the crowd with patriotic tunes.

Studio 35

3055 Indianola Ave., Clintonville

The longstanding indie theater will continue its recent soccer support by screening Saturday's match for free.