The Wall Street Journal on what an awesome but crushing loss USA vs. Brazil turned out to be.
(Via Tim, via Facebook)
We won! We won! No seriously, we won. The US scored a huge upset today by defeating the #1 team in the world, ESPANA! The win (thanks to goals from Jozy Altidore & Clint Dempsey) means our guys advance to the finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup where they’ll face either Brazil or host country South Africa.
Last week, the US need a stars-and-moons-aligned miracle just to get out of the group stage and now they’re playing in the finals. Man, I love soccer.
US 3-Egypt 0. Brazil 3-Italy 0. And the place goes nuts, only problem is no one here seems to care. It was without a doubt one of the most unexpected wins in the history of the national team. Sure if they only had to score a goal or try for a tie, then the possibility of the team advancing would not have been too implausible. But you had to win by three and hope, hope mind you that Brazil thumps the current world champions by three. In other words you needed everything that could go right to go right, and anything less than that and Bob Bradley is in the unemployment line. And how confident was the Brad Man? He started Brad Guzan in the net, benching Tim Howard for the game.
I’ve said this before, Bradley needs to create some serious waves for him to keep his job. And while beating Egypt may not be akin to beating Spain, the circumstances the team faced may be the spark the team and coach need to make a strong statement for next year’s World Cup.
Somewhere in between fighting pirates and watching the world crumble through a window in the Oval Office, Barack Obama found the time this week to reach across one cold, choppy aisle, and try to bring some more footy into our lives.
That’s right, everyone’s favorite superhero president sent a letter to FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter requesting that ugly Americans be given another chance to view the beautiful game on their home soil. Preferably in 2018 or 2022.
For the record this is 100% what I too would be doing if I couldn’t solve the financial crisis.
“First this Brazilian soccer phenom goes on television, lies and retracts it, and now Eric’s secretary is in a coma.”
Well, not exactly, but at a private function in Sao Paulo, the legendary Pele apparently did call fellow Brazilian footballers Ronaldo and Robinho uhhh…coke heads. But now the former New York Cosmos forward denies the incident ever occurred.
Very sneaky, Pele, very sneaky (God, I have to stop with the Adam Sandler movie references).
Here’s the full story from ESPN.com