June 26, 2010

USA v. Ghana recap

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Preview of the USA vs. Ghana match
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The same score. The same team, not entirely the same situation, but the in the second clash between the CONCACAF kings and the CAF kings, Ghana prevails after extra time to hold off the United States, 2-1.


The same score. The same team, not entirely the same situation, but the in the second clash between the CONCACAF kings and the CAF kings, Ghana prevails after extra time to hold off the United States, 2-1. Just like 2006.

Landon Donovan continued his scoring spree with a PK against Ghana. Made it 1-1. His 3rd of the World Cup. His 45th overall international goal.

It seemed like classy American-style soccer being played, as the USA fell behind in only the fifth minute from a result of poor, subpar defending from the US' defense. Not that that's much of a shock to me...or to anyone.
I don't really have an entire deal of things to recap, because I feel that a good deal of you watched the game, and know what to make of it. Hopefully you know by now that the United States men's national soccer team is not  awful, not bad, but actually...pretty decent.
It goes without saying that they're nothing on the level of world-class, and people get tired of hearing how one day they'll be world class, but hey it's true. Each year we claim more European players, and I feel that come the 2014 cycle we wont only have players in Europe...but stars in Europe, though after seeing Italy and France bow out embaressingly, not sure if that's all for the better.
Who nows, and now here's an array of video you all might enjoy.



Now that was the game simulated yesterday. Was it exactly like that...well no only the first five minutes, with Prince's early goal.



This was the actual goal, YouTube now has the lovely option for (the casual sports fan) to turn off the vuvuzela noise. Don't get it, I enjoy it. Part of the culture...here's the first goal:


Now for Donovan's goal:


And to seal it away for Ghana...


This game though didn't give me a heart-attack, as did the other games. It gave me a sore throat and a migraine. Frustration, frustration. Unfortunately, there's still going to be the inane people who think the USA are a crappy team, when really a collective majority of American now realize that we have a good soccer team.

I feel though that everything else that had to have been said, has been said by other analysts. Watch the game, you decide how the USA did.

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