After my writing hiatus, I thought that the US advancing through the Group Stage of the World Cup in Brazil would be a perfect time for your favorite “Americano” to return with his sharp wit and expert soccer analysis.
So you think soccer is boring? I’ve seen a few of those posts on social media and some jokes about how there’s not enough contact or excitement in the sport. Really? Suarez bit someone, the slide tackles are rough and yielding red cards, and the goals are at an all time high in this tournament. Sorry if some of my American friends don’t know the game and aren’t yet used to the extended Media coverage in the USA. Outlets like ESPN, FoxOne, and BeinSport have been quite impressive recently in changing up their coverage teams and providing incredible analysis on chats on all things futbol.
Now, back to the Yanks. I was a doubter and didn’t give the USA a chance in the group of death. I thought we’d lose all three matches by multiple goals. Ol Klinsy proved me wrong. He has got to be a master motivator. He left Landon at home and showed some savvy substitutions over the last couple weeks. Pair that with Jozy’s injury in the first match and Dempsey’s banged up nose and you’ve got to love the grit of this team.
John Brooks, Kyle Beckerman, Jermaine Jones…They aren’t flashy players or the most sound when it comes to tactics but they’re tough and resilient. I respect the team that Klinsy has built and he’s stuck to his guns and made us all believers. Even though I trashed some of my friends earlier in this post, the majority of Americans has gotten on the national team train and is providing tremendous support. They are cheering the USA on and attending events like those being held in Grant Park and Brooklyn.
The match against Portugal had something like 20 million viewers. People like Ann Coulter and other soccer haters aren’t ready for soccer to explode like it’s starting to do. Critics might say that the USA has been talking about this so-called explosion for many years but it feels ever so real now. The MLS has over 20 teams and is attracting stars like Henry, Defoe, and now Villa. Heck, even Bradley and Dempsey are turning down European teams to come back to the top MLS clubs. Our emergence out of the “group of Death” will continue to thrust soccer into the limelight.
For now, it’s time to prepare for the “Red Devils” of Belgium next Tuesday in Salvador. It’ll be a tough match, as Jurge must prepare the team to handle the likes of Hazard, Lukaku, Mertens, Fellaini, and company.
I will continue to give you great soccer analysis on la liga action for clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona as well as MLS news involving teams like the Chicago Fire and others. Lastly (in case you forgot), you’ll get in depth looks at the US National Team and Spain’s La Roja----and all from an International Yank’s perspective. Follow me on twitter @daddychiusa/@timblogssoccer0. Obrigado!