June 9, 2008

U.S. holds own against world's best

It had been a while.

Maybe since 2002.

But for 90 minutes Sunday, the U.S. men's national soccer team proved it could play.

Against the best team in the world, the Yanks didn't flinch, didn't blow it, didn't crumble -- when not many would've blamed them.

Behind the superb goalkeeping of Tim Howard (right), the U.S. played to a scoreless tie with top-ranked Argentina in front of nearly 80,000 fans at Giants Stadium.

Skeptics may wonder how good Argentina is. Well, here all the results of the last three friendlies (4-1 over Mexico, 2-0 over Egypt, 5-0 against Guatemala).

And it was exactly one year ago when Argentina destroyed the U.S. 4-1 in the Copa America.

Here are some of my thoughts:
  • That might've been one of the best goalkeeping performance I've seen. Howard is top five in the world.

  • I would've loved the see Freddy Adu start, but inspired performances by Landon Donovan, DMB and Dempsey made me forget him pretty quick.

  • That was about as exciting as 0-0 ties get.

  • Little kid (right) rushes the field. Kinda awesome.

  • Heath Pearce is slowly cementing the left back spot as his.

  • People are quick to criticize Gooch, but he might be one of the best offensive weapons we have (e.g. only the crossbar kept him from a team-leading 3rd goal this year).

  • Can some explain to me what the Mastroeni red card was for? And don't say he was confused with Edu...

  • Imagine for one second that Fernando Torres is our striker instead of EJ. Ok, that was mean.

  • I hate these guys for getting me excited about the team again. Especially after not scoring in three games.

  • Thanks to Goal! for explaining why both teams were wearing white. Argentina refused to change. Bastards.
I'll close with this quote from LanDo, "That's a damn good team we played against and it took us a while, but I think we finally figured it out in the second half," said U.S. captain Landon Donovan, who earned his 100th cap on Sunday. "We had some decent chances to win the game, but all in all you, can't be disappointed after that result."

Here's hoping disappointment isn't a World Cup away.

1 comment:

ssreporters said...

Relax dude, it's a friendly...

If this was real competition there would be some goals.