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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Thoughts on U.S. Soccer

I just finished watching the US/ Ghana game, and as we bowed out of this World Cup, I cannot help but feel adoration for the Yanks. We battled past early concede goals and phantom calls to make it to the round of 16. The team showed a fighting spirit that is lacking in most other teams. As others rile on the ground from knicks or constantly complain to the ref, our team bounced up from adversity. They, nor the country, should feel disappointed in our performance. Rather, we collectively can look to the future to something brighter.
Being a soccer fan, I know how most US sports fans view soccer: It's a sorry excuse for a sport. I even read someone naming it "the lowest common denominator in sports." However, the US team's performance in the World Cup in South Africa drastically altered the country's view point. Yes, there were teams that acted more than played, but the US team's approach to the game is very American. There were no instances where a United States player took a dive, or pretended injury. Andy pointed out the reason for this revolves around the American concept of toughness. When a player is taken to the ground, he or she pops right back up. It's a form of intimidation. While the United States wasn't always the best team on the pitch, they certainly were the more psychologically fit. I believe novice American fans picked up on this, and it spread across the nation.
I'm looking forward to the future of the US soccer programs. I see more of our players becoming exposed in European leagues, as well as the establishment of better youth academies here in the States. I say the future looks bright for American soccer. What are your thoughts on the Yanks' performance in South Africa?

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