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U.S. vs. England World Cup: A New Born Rivalry

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 12: Wayne Rooney of England picks himself up as Tim Howard of the United States looks on during 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 Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Gabriel SmithContributor IJune 13, 2010

Yesterday was a day that changed American soccer.

The USA began what some may consider the beginning of a new born rivalry.

The match was certainly a great one to watch, even though it ended in a draw.

Some may consider this draw as a victory for the U.S., and, in some ways, it was.

Its considered a victory due to the fact that England by far has a better team with a better coach and definitely a better offense yet the US was able to hold them off and pull out a draw off a very controversial error made by England goalkeeper Robert Green.

Personally I thought that England played a superb match and used almost every possible form of attack but the US defense played extremely well.

The defense played great but the man who held everything together for the U.S. was goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Tim Howard who was injured during the first half but came back as a true team leader and produced extremely important saves.

The thing that Tim Howard did best was protect the ball.

He did this by catching the ball when he had to instead of letting it rebound, producing the kinds of saves that allowed the US to maintain a strong defensive and midfield line, preventing momentum to shift to England.

For the English this match is definitely a letdown, especially since the media will be all over them.

English fans are going to be furious especially since they have one of the best teams in the entire tournament, and the hype that England had entering the tournament was enormous.

Everyone believed that England was going to win this game and dominate this resilient US squad but the outcome was decidingly different.

As a result of the match, the English squad's offense has serious doubts, especially after a very average game played by star striker Wayne Rooney and a lack of consistency with the team playing the ball in the air. 

The USA didn't play perfectly either.

The team made some very stupid mistakes on offense that possibly could have given the U.S. a victory.

The mistakes involved making poor passes from the line and not being able to make good crosses into the box.

The team needs to work on new tactics and a strong attack from the line in order to produce good crosses to be able to score consistently.

Also, they should make minor improvements on defense—specifically on counter attacks.

If the U.S. keeps the defense up and Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey, as well as the rest of the midfield, should be able to hold the ball and make good passes to star striker Jozy Altidore.

Given what we've seen in this past match, the U.S. could possibly make a run for semifinals or even the finals.

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