world cup minuteSo Germany lost to Italy, and France is set to play Portugal soon. I think its time to review what we've all seen, not so much in highligts but through emotions. I came into this world cup following the U.S. squad like I never have before. If you head over to soccernet.com and go to the U.S. section they can keep you daily up to speed. Well, to say the U.S. was disappointing is an understatement, but I think I damned myself ahead of time because I was too optimistic about the situation.
With that said the game of the tournament for me was Trinidad & Tobago vs. Sweeden. Shaka Hislop was a freakin beast in goal. Other good games were Germany's 3-0 routing of Costa Rica, Australia's comeback win, and of course Argentina vs. Mexico.
As a U.S. fan all we really have is Brian McBride playing bloddy versus Italy, and Clint Dempsey drilling the ball into Ghana's net. More memorable though were Kohler's early strike, Claudio sending one off the side post, Eddie Johnson sitting on the bench against Italy, Bruce Arena holding up his arms for the millionth time to contest a bad call, Cladio giving up the ball like a kid in a U-8 league in suburban Indiana, and Landon Donovan not taking the wide open lane and shooting in the final minutes of Ghana.
In four more years I'll be glued to the TV again, and hopefully the U.S. will show up in South Africa. For the moment lets just hope Portugal can win it all, and become the first team outside of the powerhouses to do so.