What The Victory Over Spain Means For United States Soccer
Miracle? Yes. Respect? Earned. Finished? Absolutely not.
This afternoon, while sweating, eating, and screaming at my television, I witnessed one of the greatest victories for US soccer and perhaps the greatest of all time.
Spain tried everything the entire game. They did not stop coming and each time they drove down the field they had more shots and chances.
Spain put up 29 shots and had 17 corner kicks in the match.
But the US prevailed.
The US win snapped Spain's 15-game winning streak and their 35-game unbeaten streak. Until today, Spain had not lost a match since November 2006.
The United States 2-0 shutout over Spain could not have come at a better time for the United States. They have been struggling lately and have been looking to gain momentum to use towards the Gold Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
What better way to earn momentum than by beating the number one ranked team in the world?
The United States has certainly gotten the attention of the international soccer world now, and has most definitely earned some respect.
Landon Donavon called the match "the greatest victory of his career", during an interview on ESPN after the match.
This victory was all over the news in the United States, which helps promote soccer to younger kids and help excite and bring more fans to such an exciting game.
But, what else does this mean for the United States and their soccer program?
Yes, they have made it to the Confederation Cup Finals for the first time in team history, yes they earned respect, but is it over?
The United States will have to face the winner of the Brazil/South Africa match-up which begins tomorrow.
The Confederation Cup Final is Sunday.
USA does not want to stop here. They want to finish their remarkable comeback run by winning the Confederation Cup for the first time.
Many will be on hand to watch the US in the finals. Can the United States keep this momentum going?
It is the ultimate question on everyone's mind.
While watching the FIFA World Cup in 2006, one thing I learned is that momentum means everything. The hardest thing for any team to do is to keep up their momentum and energy game after game.
Can the United States keep winning?
We'll all find out Sunday.
But for now, lets celebrate!
Congratulations United States Men's Soccer on a well deserved semi-final victory!
We'll be cheering you on Sunday. Best of luck.
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