I can tell you I was jumping up and down and yelling at my TV when Jozy Altidore scored and then Clint Dempsey to beat Spain, the Worlds #1 ranked team to earn a sport in the Confederations Cup final against either Brazil or South Africa on Sunday.
Everything myself and all the other fans and pundits were complaining about from the first two games against Italy and Brazil such as lack of heart, poor tactical decisions, questionable coaching, were all erased, first starting with the Egypt win and then with a well deserved victory over Spain.
No one can deny that the US did what they needed to in order to win that game. They defended as a unit and with stood 80 minutes of attacking soccer from Spain's technically and tactically superior players. Threw their bodies on the line to stop shots and crosses, were tactically smart and counter attacked with speed. Most importantly they converted on the two key opportunities they were given to beat Spain 2-0.
Any team that wins a major tournament needs a little luck and the US certainly got it with Brazil beating Italy 3-0 but they earned their 3-0 win over Egypt and had to defend well because this scenario was the only scoreline that would allow the US to advance and not end up in 8th and last place.
So please let me know what your thoughts are on the game, the team, the coach and what this means to US Soccer.
Make sure you watch or record the game on Sunday and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE spread the word and tell you players, teams, clubs, parents everyone you know to watch the game on ESPN on Sunday. It is about time that US Soccer fans showed ESPN and the media that we care about our National teams and will support them by watching them on TV over golf, motor racing, Tennis or whatever other sport is on this weekend.
Who knows, maybe the USA can beat Brazil and win their first major tournament. Wouldn't it be great to turn the soccer world on it's head and you wouldn't want to miss watching that live. No one, myself included expected us to be in this position. We beat Spain, so we can beat Brazil, we have done it before (albeit in a Friendly in Florida)