USA Beats Top-Ranked Spain

Clint Dempsey scores for the US

Clint Dempsey scores for the US

What’s up with this team?  First they make a mockery of the game with their play in the losses to Costa Rica, Italy, and Brazil.  Then they dominate Egypt and qualify for the semifinals of the Confederations Cup.  Today, they took on the best team in the world, Spain, and came out victorious.  I think Bob Bradley has found his lineup for the rest of the qualification process.

This win is the second for the Americans against the world’s number one team.  The last came in the 1998 Gold Cup against Brazil.  In my opinion, this win ranks right up with the Portugal game in the 2002 World Cup, the 1989 World Cup Qualifier that sent the team to the 1990 World Cup, and the 1950 upset of England.  This win couldn’t have come at a better time for American team and fans after the previously mentioned games.

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USA Sucks Again

South Africa US Brazil Confed Cup SoccerI watched the Americans’ second game in the Confederations Cup from work this morning.  I’ve had several hours to let the debacle sink in.  I’ve decided that I can accept losing.  What I cannot accept is not giving effort.  For the last four US games they have shown absolutely no effort what so ever.  They’ve been blown out by Costa Rica, scraped by an inferior Honduras team, got slaughtered by the Italians and have now been plastered by the Brazilians.  In those four games, we’ve been outscored 10-4.  Three of our goals have come from the penalty spot.  The other came from a corner kick.  That means we have not scored a goal during the run of play in over four games.  That’s pathetic.

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