The post below is outdated because I actually forgot to publish it. Maybe it has something to do with writing it in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Anyway, the US subsequently lost to Brazil (3-2) in the worst way possible (if you ask me). More to come on that.
The USA’s defeat of Spain (2-0) in football is being heralded by some as the greatest win even for US football. All over blogsphere there is commentary on “what next”, the uphill battle and Alexi Lalas is getting interviewed left and right.
I concur that this was a good (maybe big) win for the US, but even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes. In the game of football, there is always a chance that the “other” team can win. Look at how South Africa was able to hold Brazil till the 88th minute of their game. Does anyone really think that if the US played Spain 7 times, they’d win 2 games? Let’s put some perspective to this.
Respect is earned. How about the US consistently win some more big games? Dominate CONCACAF? Win some U17, U20 tournaments? Advance to the quarter-finals of a couple of World Cups? The US will get all the respect it needs at that point. Trust me.
Now don’t go lay an egg against Brazil today. That would be completely humiliating!
In the span of 45 minutes, the “respect” the US got from beating the Pharaoh’s of Egypt – a team that is dealing interesting news – and Spain, had been lost. No elite team concedes 3 goals in the 2nd half when up by 2 at that level. It just doesn’t happen. The events of the 2nd half were even more unlikely than the US defeat of Spain (if you can believe that).
Anyway, progress for the country’s football program but how about we let some consistent results eventually speak for themselves?