Thursday, June 22, 2006

What in the world happened to USA Soccer ?

OK it is obvious to say that the men's USA squad fell a wee bit short of expectations. Granted we are not on par with the Brazilians and the Germans (to name a few) yet in football..sorry soccer. But I watched each team in the USA's bracket and all the US could manage was ONE goal on their own?

What happened to the team that was being hyped constantly by Nike? Note to Nike, perhaps hyping should occur next AFTER the team actually does something. Perhaps I am not seeing the bigger picture...thats right it occurred to me following todays loss to Ghana that in a brilliant marketing move Nike is now poised to mass-market a football...sorry soccer shoes that give the wearer actual super powers! Thats right choose either the Air Donovan or the Air Beasely and instantly you have the power to be invisible !!

In all honesty I am enjoying the world cup...Argentina looks amazing and it should be quite a battle for the title. But The world cup is just a tune up for me, I was really looking forward to the upcoming English Premiership season until Michael Owen broke my heart ( and every other Toon fans) when he tore his ACL a few days ago. Win or lose I'll cheer on my Magpies (yeah a guy from Seattle falls for Newcastle United without ever setting foot in England)...please just don't spend a nickel transfer fee on either Donovan or Beasely !

Howay The Lads !

6 Comments:

At 1:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed! Up until the last match, Zaccardo was the U.S.'s best scorer! Mamma mia. Argentina and Brasil are a blast to watch, Saxo is bummed that his team isn´t doing better. "Allons enfants de la patrie..." Still in progress, so we´ll see. Fun to see it in 'real' time. Enjoy.

 
At 2:12 AM, Blogger William A. Smith said...

The U.S. managed a whopping FOUR shots on goal their whole 2006 World Cup...brutal. It was sad/comical to listen to the whining from the coach, from the time they were seeded into the "pool of death" I think they spent more time finding reasons why they would make it to the knockout round.

The World Cup is awesome but the officiating at times is out and out ridiculous...The match between Portugal and The Netherlands was laughable...Where was Ruud? I'm also tired of the diving ...Greg Louganis would be proud to have some of those dives.

I'm really pulling for the Aussies to pull of the stunner of the cup...probably not going to happen though.

 
At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We want Italy to at least make it through some more so we can go to a bar in Italy and really whoop it up next week. They really go wild. Belgium doesn´t even have a team there, big surprise, there´s a lot of things Belgium doesn´t have. Ha. Enjoy!

 
At 10:34 AM, Blogger William A. Smith said...

I'm just hoping when the Italians get knocked out it happens on a really really cheap call or on a fluke play ...they are the kings of diving and get more bogus calls than any team out there. Generally I'm loving watching the WC, but I'm quickly starting to hate Italy's team.

 
At 12:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Italians are masters of smoke and mirrors, but you end up loving them in the end. It´s a state of being, la dolce vita...

 
At 10:42 PM, Anonymous Margy said...

I have never cried at a sporting event until my beloved France lost at the World Cup.

 

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