Definitely not a bad game for the US. 2 subs early on in the game and we were still able to see the game out. Our coach couldn't pull all the strings he wanted to because of the injuries. I think the coach would have been able to change the ball possession around if we didn't have the 2 injuries.
Aw man, I saw this thread at the top of the page and thought someone had posted about 40 seconds too early yesterday. Then I realized it was the old thread and the reality of yesterday's result vs. Portugal hit me. WTF happened?!? I mean, the US team played great for most of the game aside from that early lapse. And then, in the crucial last minutes, with the lead, they looked like they lost a step while Portugal turned it up. Geeeeez, why do they gotta do it the hard way?
Bradley was out of gas and couldn't make the play @ midfield, Portugal broke forward and Ronaldo( second best player in the world), made a perfect cross and Howard never had a chance. USA's fate is still in their own hands, if they can play Germany to a draw they are in. I love watching world cup, I was on the first youth soccer team in Whatcom county many years ago, and both my kids played though my son opted for wrestling and rugby when he reached middle school age. It's a great sport and more Americans are learning to love it.
I was at a packed bar for the game yesterday. Talk about dejected. I've never seen so many people collectively gut-punched at one time. The US isn't quite there yet as far as being a legit contender. Their passing needs to improve, so many times they seemed to hit just a little too soft or a little too hard. They have the athletes and all in all, they played pretty well. Good thing the next game is against a top 3 team in the world or anything. Might need a little Lake Placid Mojo...
I guess I understand. Back in my day, soccer hadn't come to Washington, so my knees are weak from other things. But, one of my daughters played select quite a bit and I learned to love the game. Not over the top about watching a game on TV, but it sure is fun from the sidelines. Now that I understand some of the rules and strategy, I like it. It's a long road to contention on the world stage though. And you know that EVERY other country loves to beat USA, contenders or not.