As to be expected, after the USA’s 2-2 comeback draw in San Salvador, fans have turned their ire to just about anything and everything related to the national team. Why? Because many USA fans are complete morons.
- Did the USA stink for 75 minutes? Yes
- Did some individual players (Pearce, Kljestan, Guzan, Beasley) play pretty badly? Yes
- Did the USA look petrified of attacking for much of the match? Yes
Does any of this really matter if we come out and beat Trinidad on Wednesday? It does not – not one bit.
The old English cliche is that the “league is a marathon, not a sprint.” Well, the 10-game final round of CONCACAF isn’t a marathon, it’s more like the 1,500-meters. You can’t completely fall on your face and then win, but a stumble or two won’t doom your chances.
I don’t know when this started, but somewhere along the way this meme developed amongst idiot USA fans that the US must never drop points in qualifying even if it’s on the road. That’s unrealistic for any country attempting to qualify in any region. Let’s review some countries that dropped points on the road this weekend.
That’s not such a bad bunch of teams, is it? And those are just from this Saturday. Other powerful road teams will struggle away at lesser opposition. It always happens. It always will happen. This is what makes international soccer different. It’s a lot harder to go into a third-world hell-hole and get three points than it is to travel to Sunderland and wait for them to collapse at your feet.
If you’re one of those people who have spend all weekend lighting up the internet screaming for Bob Bradley’s head, ask yourself this:
At this moment, is the US in the slightest danger of not qualifying for the 2010 World Cup?
The answer is, unequivocally, no.