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USA surprisingly gripped in World Cup fever

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

So I have to admit that originally I was just a casual fan towards this year’s World Cup Football Tournament being played out in South Africa, as the whole thing seems a bit drawn out to me, as the round robin play of the Group matches commenced for fifteen days, before proceeding to Round Two’s select sixteen.

And even though we missed out on the LA Galaxy Dust-up between teammates Landon Donovan and David Beckham, you’d have to say that the whole of Britain was mightily let down by the 1-1 draw in the Group C match between England and USA.

Oh, in case you haven’t guessed by now, I’m talking about what us Yanks call Soccer on this side of the Atlantic, and not that Pigskin game known as National League Football.

Yet, after having expected USA to lose to England, I managed to tune-in for Game 2 of USA vs. Slovenia just prior to Michael Bradley’s tying Goal at 2-2 after being behind 2-0 in the first half. And I assume everybody knows by now how the USA was robbed of its go-ahead third Goal.

So I found myself going to a sleepy little Sportsbar at 6AM in order to get seats for the final Group C match between USA and Algeria, which was an epic duel before Donovan scored the game winner of a shocking last gasp One-Nil victory in the 91st minute of play, one minute into the four minutes of stoppage time added…

Then one day after Team USA’s great win, 12 of the 16 Nations advancing to the round (Round 2) of Sixteen had been determined with Argentina, England, Ghana, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Paraguay, Slovakia, South Korea, Uruguay and USA having all survived the opening round robin Group matches, while Brazil, Chile, Portugal and Spain all clinched their Round 2 berths on Friday, the final day of Group play.

Yet its been a very interesting Tournament with many twists and turns along the way, as the defending (2006) Champions Italy were sent packing after the Group play, while the French made a mockery of themselves with uninspired play, a player F-Bombing his Coach during Halftime and the Team refusing to practice the following day… Definitely the disgrace of the World Cup Tournament, as at least England got its shenanigans out of the way prior to the World Cup commencing.

And there was North Korea allowing its country a rare chanced to watch their Team play live on television before being drubbed 7-0, having the telecast turned off and telling everybody to get back to wirk! As rival’s South Korea advanced to the round of sixteen…

Not to mention Switzerland’s stunner of defeating Spain 1-0 on apparently what was set-up by the Seattle Sounders FC’s newest player Blaise N’Kufo.

Thus it was off to another Pub early Saturday morning to catch what was to be another devastating defeat for Team USA vs. Ghana, who won 2-1 after scoring early in the first half of the 30 minutes Overtime. As ironically it was the very same African Team who knocked us out by the very same score four years ago, with Round Two’s most “Hyped” match-up surely being England vs. Germany. While the Japanese lost heartbreakingly in the Tourney’s first Sudden Death shootout 5-4 after playing 120 scoreless minutes against Paraguay.

The following teams have advanced to the Quarter Finals with Argentina, Brazil, Ghana, Germany, Netherlands, Paraguay, Spain and Uruguay playing this weekend in hopes of advancing to the Semi-finals…

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