Readers, I apologize for the absence that has taken place over the past few weekly blogs, I had made a vow to the soccer gods that I would not write again until the US advanced in a major tournament, and the soccer gods obliged! After that first game against Colombia, I thought for sure that I would never be writing these blogs again and entertaining the masses and the gods themselves. Hope was bleak and there was no momentum except for the amount of Freedom that is in the American air, filling the lungs of the US players. They knew that they needed to defend this country especially with the home court advantage that we have. Let’s face it, that 0-2 opening loss had every US fan thinking the same thing, "here we go again." But just like they tend to do, they find a way to surprise us. This brings me back to the point that this team resembles the Emilio Estevez Mighty Ducks more and more every day (see previous Blogs).
But let's dissect that opening loss a little more clearly. The match was played in Santa Clara, a relatively nice city in the Socialist Republic of California. This match may as well have been played in Colombia as the match was more of a home game for the Colombians than it was for our team. So with that in mind it seems as though we were doomed from the start.
Now let's take a look at the game against Costa Rica. The game took place on June 7th, the day after the anniversary of D-Day. The match was being played at Soldier Field. How could the US team not win this game? It had all the ingredients for a dominant performance, and that's exactly what the team did, they took down the Costa Ricans like it was nothing. With 3 first half goals and another in the 87th minute, they wanted Costa Rica to remember that you don't mess with the US.
And our last match of group play, Paraguay. This match was nothing short of a miracle victory. Paraguay had 16 shots to our 8, they had possession at 64% and we were even played a man down after the Yedlin red card in the 50th minute! The only way to explain winning this game is with one word, Liberty. This match was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the city that our freedom was declared in. How could the US team have a let down in the city where the Liberty Bell resides and where Thomas Jefferson wrote the most incredible document ever written on US soil?
Everything that happened after that Colombia match just goes to show you what freedom and liberty can do for a team. Next up we have Ecuador in Seattle, this game worries me. The People's Republic of Washington State is quite similar to California and Ecuador knows this, and they are anticipating an easy victory. This US team has a major test on their hands but I have faith that they will prevail! And to conclude, here is the quote of the week, "You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans" - Ronald Reagan