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USA 2-0 Spain

Most of you reading this probably couldn't care less, but Team USA Soccer just shut out Spain in the FIFA Confederations Cup semifinal. Ever since being in England during the '06 World Cup, I've fallen in love with international soccer.

There are many reasons why this win by the US was huge:
1. After showing a total lack of heart in opening losses to Italy (3-1) and Brazil (3-0), the US needed a miracle just to make the semis. They defeated the African champions Egypt (3-0) while Brazil shut-out Italy by the same score for the US to advance having scored more goals than Italy (you can argue that the tie-breaking process is lame, but it is what it is)

2. Spain is the #1 ranked team in the world. The USA has only won one other match in history against a top-ranked team was 1998 against Brazil. This game ended some huge streaks for Spain: 35-game unbeaten streak (ties a world record), 15-game winning streak (set a new world record), had not given up a goal in the first 3 games of the tournament.

3. USA was out-shot 11-4 by a talented Spanish squad, but made good on its only 2 shots on goal while keeper Tim Howard made 6 spectacular saves for the shut-out, despite being under heavy fire the entire 90 minutes.

Awesome, simply awesome. Team USA advances to its first final in a FIFA tournament ever against the winner of South Africa/Brazil.




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Jun. 24th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
Let's take out Brazil next!

I'm counting down to the World Cup!
Jun. 24th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
I watched the 2nd half. I couldn't believe it. I believe this is just a lucky result. Team USA has never been good in the international stage (Nearly every world cup they have been pathectic, 2002 they beat mexico in the round of 16 but then lost to the mighty Germans). They were lucky to even get to the semis - They looked terrible against Brazil and Italy.

They will be crushed by Brazil in the final. Again.
Jun. 24th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
I disagree, Brazil was helped immensely by poor refereeing (the first goal off a phantom foul) and an old/slow DaMarcus Beasley (terrible turnover directly leading to second goal, and just all-around awful play) that put the US on its heels the whole game.

The US overcame some questionable calls to beat Spain, and Beasley has taken his rightful place on the bench. I don't think the US will win (just like I didn't think they'd win today), but it will be a lot closer.
Jun. 25th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
I rarely watch soccer, though apparently it can be fun when my team's doing well. I'm sad I missed this game, and I hope I remember to watch the finals.
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