Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Historic Win for U.S. Soccer Team

The U.S. men's soccer team had a lackluster Confederations Cup going until it pulled a near miracle 3 goal performance against Egypt to advance to the semi-final game against world powerhouse Spain. Going in to the game Spain was ranked #1 in the world, the U.S. team is something like #14 right now.

The U.S. team beat the Spaniards 2-0 in a very well played match which is already being dubbed the biggest soccer win for the U.S. team ever.

The U.S. men's national team has been inconsistent throughout the ongoing World Cup qualifying matches and in to this Confederations Cup. They can be frustrating to watch at times, but for this past week they seem to have found some chemistry and put together two stellar wins.

What bodes well for U.S. soccer is the player contribution the relatively young American professional soccer league (Major League Soccer). The best U.S. players have historically left the States to play in Europe, but the trend is waning. The U.S. roster that just beat Spain has 23 players. 13 of those players are current MLS players or have recent MLS experience. MLS is still not considered a premiere league but it is definitely rising in stock by its improving quality and growing number of players making their mark on the U.S. National Team.

This victory against Spain isn't quite on the level of the 1980 Olympics U.S. hockey team over the Soviets, but it's close.


Rick Calohan said...

Congrats to team USA victory over Spain it only seems fitting since last Saturday, our son John just one week shy of 16 months and nearing 30 pounds (13.6 kg) is not only picking up and throwing the soccer ball but is now actually kicking the soccer ball. Call it Divine Providence that John is a member of Redeemer where the Pastor, Associate Pastor and Youth Pastor seem to know a thing or two about this not so foreign anymore sport.

Frontier Forest said...

Speaking of “that game!” I watched that historic hockey game feeling like a home boy! It was interesting, I was working for Long Bell lumber at that time and we had been in Waroad, Mn all week long touring and training at the Marvin Window factory. The last day we were there the Marvin folks took us on a tour of their local hockey stick factory and it was then we learned that half of Waroad’s population was playing on that famous team! Came home that same Friday and watch the game that evening, cheering the local boys from Waroad.