World Cup 2006: Least we forget

Least we forget, the USA did a great job in getting to the World Cup in 2006. Making the finals is not an easy task - there are plenty of countries which would have loved to had the chance to win against Ghana.

The pass from Beasley to Dempsey was brilliant. I was expecting him to shoot and the texture he got on that ball was amazing.

By the way, my son is starting to learn to root against the teams which win it all the time. He wants Brazil to loose it all - the last game of the pool and the first game in the knockout phase. Now if I can get him to root against the Yankees!.


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If you consider Panama, Guatemala, Trinidad or Canada major soccer powers, then yes, qualifying for the world cup is hard for the US. Compare this to Europe where several big soccer countries did not make it: Turkey, Norway, Belgium among them. The continental qualification set up will not give you the best nations at the world cup, yet, a world wide sampling. Nevertheless, I was of the opinion the US would make the quarter finals. The only mistake they made was the lack of confidence in game 1.

Posted by Jan on June 22, 2006 at 04:35 PM CDT #

The US mindset is such that unless they win the World Cup, the general populace is not going to care.

While your point about soccer powers is valid, I think the real battle the US faces is not the external pressures, but the internal ones. It is soccer and not football. You have generations of parents brought up on other sports. They call soccer Kommie Kickball - a reference going back to the Cold War.

The real battles for US soccer are fought in getting MLS better, in getting kids in programs where their dads can coach effectively (because they also played the game), and in getting semi-pro leagues set up at the state level.

I can recall soccer not being a HS sport. I can recall a coach who when he showed up to my rec team practice, he did not bother coaching (we held them ourselves). My son will be able to recall different things because of my involvement.

My grandfather coached a town team to be runners up at the 1952-53 Scottish Junior Cup. My aunts tell me the town went wild when that happened. I'd love to see that type of atmosphere across the states. I'd love to see winners from the states battling each other.

Posted by Tom Haynes on June 23, 2006 at 03:08 AM CDT #

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