Did we actually beat Spain yesterday or was it merely a flu and fever induced hallucination I suffered while shivering despite 90 degree temperatures outside?
We did beat Spain? I actually watched it?
Holy ********ing shit wow!
So where on earth does that leave the US now? Where does that leave the Fire Bradley movement now? Where does that leave the future of human existence now?
While I can’t answer that final question, here’s what I think I learned yesterday.
- Can we now safely say that the biggest problem with this generation of USMNT players is a mental one? I have never seen a team made up of pros be capable of a larger range of performance just based on their own self-confidence. I’ve seen high school teams behave like this, but never grown adults. How does a team go from being terrified against Brazil to darn-near brilliant against Spain. Was it really the criticism? Did it really take the entirety of the American soccer community pointing and screaming “wussies!” at them to build their confidence? I know that lots of folks scoffed at Michael Bradley when he played the “no one believed in us” card after the Egypt match, but what if it was exactly that?
- Onyewu, Howard and Donovan had the matches of their lives yesterday with Demerit not far behind. Donovan was outstanding, with his biggest mistake, cutting the ball back rather than shooting, leading directly to the second goal. Gooch was outstanding, minimizing players getting behind him and rarely making mistakes in terms of clearances or positioning.
- So maybe I have been a bit harsh about Adu not seeing enough playing time, but allow me to begin flying the flag for Feilhaber to start any and every match the US plays. The run he made that led to the second goal was simply outstanding.
- Archer is right (I know, I know) that this match provides a bit of vindication for everyone (except for Beasley himself) and really turns Sunday’s final most likely against Brazil into a match where the US has very little to lose (they’ve already beaten Spain) and have a score to settle (Brazil embarrassed them already). That’s a very dangerous combination.
- Anything other than a 10-0 loss in the final sends this group of players into the Mexico City qualifier feeling quite literally on top of the world.
- Wasn’t it amazing yesterday to see the US finally get some luck and some bounces with the usual exception of the undeserved red card? How often has it felt like the US never benefited from those kind of bounces against non-Concacaf teams?
- Anyone else hear Harksie giggling into the mic after the second goal went in?
I’ll have more after I watch the replay.