U.S Beats Spain 2-0 For Confederations Cup Final Bid

JJ StrausserContributor IJune 25, 2009

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 24: Jozy Altidore #17 of USA takes a shot on goal against Carles Puyol #5 of Spain during the FIFA Confederations Cup Semi Final match between Spain and USA at the Free State Stadium on June 24, 2009 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. At left is Xabi Alonso #14 od Spain.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

So this is my first article in a while, it feels good to be back though. I know there have probably been a lot of other articles about this game but here it goes.

Yesterday the U.S Men's National Soccer Team pulled off one of, if not the greatest upset in international team soccer. The biggest one in our team's history.

Now as for the game I am not gonna say that the U.S outplayed the Spanish team because they really didn't, maybe in the first half but not the second.

The first goal took 27' and in my opinion showed just how strong Jozy Altidore is for only a 19-year-old (this was the first time that Spain had trailed in the tourney). The rest of the first half the U.S threatened a bunch but could never get the all important 2nd goal. Near the end of the 1st half Spain had a furry of chances to get the equalizer.

In the 2nd half Spain came out firing on all cylinders trying to get the equalizer early into the 2nd half and give them selves a chance to win the game. The U.S would get the next goal and make it 2-0 in the 74' from Clint Dempsey who was in the right place at the right time when Ramos misplayed a clearance in the box.

After the U.S scored they seemed to play back for the rest of the match basically letting Spain control the tempo of the game, and while Spain could not find the back of the net it was not for lack of chances (Shots on goal U.S:4, Spain:11).

This win would not have been possible if not for the amazing effort from Tim Howard and the back four for the U.S. This will be the U.S's first trip to the Confederations Cup final, and they will be playing either Brazil or South Africs who play later today at 2:25.