I really don’t want to write this because I’m still frustrated about the second half of that game. The Americans seem to either play brilliantly (see, Spain and Egypt) or fall flat on their faces (see, Costa Rice, Brazil, Italy). Today, they managed to do both.
The first half was spectacular. The US hung with Brazil in even aspect of the game. They looked great. They carried a 2-0 lead into the half and were poised to win their first FIFA sanctioned tournament.
Instead, the wheels fell off and Brazil scored three unanswered goals (should have been four) and sent the US to a second place finish.
I would like a shred of consistency from this team.
If we’re taking the glass is half full approach, we can say that the USA reached the finals of a major tournament for the first time ever. We can look at the shock 2-0 result in the semifinals over the best team in the world Spain. Heck, we can just look at the competition and be proud that we made the second round. But there’s always that other side of the coin.
That side will say that we went 2-3 in the tournament. We gave up three goals in all three losses, not a a good thing. We were given three straight red cards over the course of the tournament.
As far as I’m concerned, in a tournament where the US played five games, they played five good halves of soccer and and five terrible halves. So regardless of the results, they need to look at this as an average performance. However American fans decide to look at this tournament, they all need to view this as a building block. Take this series of games and learn from them. The competition was the best in the world and you made it as far as you did. Now play better in the World Cup.