USA vs. England World Cup: The Grudge Is Deeper

Ezri SilverCorrespondent IJune 12, 2010

4 JUL 1994:  GOALKEEPER PAT BONNER OF IRELAND SITS ALONE AND DEJECTED AFTER HIS DREADFUL MISTAKE LEAD TO HOLLAND SCORING ITS SECOND GOAL DURING THE 1994 WORLD CUP GAME AT THE CITRUS BOWL IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA.  Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/ALLSPORT
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Team USA pulled off an objective victory.  Today, USA versus England was a tie, but the events that approached that result are far from the true tie that the United States needs to become a part of the sport that is—worldwide—more popular than any of the revenue generating sports currently holding the American public captive.

Wayne Rooney was frustrated. Shortly into the second half, Rooney had yet to score and yet to reach any sort of result.  Yet America was exposed because as the hour dwindled, Rooney increasingly found his name called, called, and called again. 

In the end, the United States was lucky.  Not only was the start slow for the Pilgrim nation, but also the finish.  Never was America really in control—only one single mistake (which anyone who knows the sport would understand after emotion)—allowed the Yanks to stay in the scrum.

Tim Howard—USA's goalie—was better than the American commentators understood.  If anything, the lack of defense and general support prejudiced the ignorant American public to what was not at the fault of Mr. Howard.  Aside from that goal, the only mistake made was finite timing, which American fans would generally never recognize.

The closing interviews had the situation right—Dempsey needs something more and so does America if we are ever to cross our ego and dominate the true international  sport.