The US men's soccer team opens group play Thursday against Japan. (Justine Hunt / Globe File Photo)
Freddy Adu (AP)
It's Day 2 of the Olympic Games and, without further adu (Get it? Like Freddy Adu, left), men's soccer steps to the forefront as the only action of the day. Check out our daily Olympic snapshot below for all the details and TV listings:
STAR ATTRACTION: After not qualifying for competition in Athens, the US men's soccer team takes the field to open group play against Japan. "I know a lot of people aren't giving us much of a chance to get out of the group, and we know that," said midfielder Freddy Adu. "But people have said that about American teams in the past and we've been able to prove them wrong." As John Powers wrote in Wednesday's editions of the Globe: "The 2000 squad, which featured the likes of Brad Friedel, Jeff Agoos, John O'Brien, and Frankie Hejduk, made it to the semifinals before losing to silver medalist Spain and ended up a respectable fourth. But after failing to qualify for the first time in 28 years in 2004, the Olympic team fell off the radar." The road to redemption beings Thursday.
4:30-7 a.m. -- Men's Soccer, USA vs. Japan (LIVE); Telemundo, 4:30-7 a.m. -- Men's Soccer, Honduras vs. Italy (LIVE); 7:30-10 a.m. -- Men's Soccer, Ivory Coast vs. Argentina (LIVE); Universal HD, 4:30-7 a.m. -- Men's Soccer, USA vs. Japan (Simulcast); NBC Olympic Soccer Channel
5 a.m.-5 p.m. -- Men's games