Could there have been a more disappointing result from the World Cup? After watching the boys make it through the tough qualifying rounds, followed by the sinking feeling when we drew the Death Group, we were treated to a media blitz that sought to reassure us that Arena & Co. would be satisfied with nothing less than the Cup. With a chip on our shoulders, team USA would approach each match with aggression, toughness, and spirit.
UK Geoff showed us how to watch a match. Kyle, Matt, and Peter gave us more perspective. People I know that won’t take a day off for the birth of a child were sheepishly not available when the USA match was aired. All for naught.
It has been said that Rugby is a thug’s game played by gentlemen, and that soccer (football) is a gentleman’s game played by thugs. Our lads looked like neither. It has also been said that the USA should produce world class players because of our size, speed, and athleticism. We looked to have none of those attributes yesterday.
So, yet again, we find ourselves in a desperate spot.
From the BBC:
Former international goalkeeper Brad Friedel believes his compatriots now need a "miracle" if they are to qualify.
"There’s been a lot of hype based on the last performance in the 2002 World Cup, but we’ve now a lot of guys who we didn’t know what was going to come from them," the Blackburn stopper told Five Live Sport.
"The Czech Republic did their homework on DaMarcus Beasley and Landon Donovan and they didn’t really touch the ball. Overall we were second best in every department.
"I thought from the get go that to get out of the group they would have needed a draw in the first game to set themselves up with some confidence and get off to a good start.
"They didn’t do that and it would be a bit of a miracle now if they got through this group."
We need to dig very, very deep and somehow find a way to beat Italy. Stay tuned.