U.S. vs. England World Cup: Countdown To History

Ezri SilverCorrespondent IJune 12, 2010

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 12:  England supporters wear masks resembling Prime Minister David Cameron, England manager Fabio Capello and US President Barack Obama prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group C match between England and USA at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 12, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)
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As I watch the opening to the USA England matchup, several wistful thoughts come to mind:

1. Though the Americans are cheering for the red, white, and blue, I hope the American announcer does not speak anymore...  Oh well, that already is not coming true.  We need passion in our descriptions....

Non-Soccer (i.e. Football) factors:

1. England is playing on a foreign field in an old colony of S. Africa.

2. America has played here before.

3. The Americans are emotional.  If you saw the linking of the team in the national anthem you know what I mean.

This is American's soccer's second chance to prove The Simpsons wrong: America can embrace soccer.

Enjoy the match!