Many articles surrounding the Group C World Cup match between England and the United States say that the U.S. earned a hard-fought 1-1 tie.
I am not questioning the effort of the United States squad. There is no doubt that the players battled throughout the match.
However, "earned" is another story. "Given" would me a much better representation of the contest.
Early in the match, England's Steven Gerrard put in a short range goal to give them a 1-0 lead. This happened in just the fourth minute of the game. At that point, it looked like the English could run away with an easy victory.
For the remainder of the first half, the two squads were fairly even. Then, in the 40th minute, the United States was handed their first and only goal of the match.
Clint Dempsey took a shot from about 25 yards out that skittered on the ground toward the goal. English keeper Robert Green muffed the save, allowing the ball to roll into the net for a lucky American score.
A attempted English counterattack to end the half was thwarted by the United States, putting the score at 1-1 entering the second half of play.
Although no more goals were scored, England won the final 45 minutes of play.
They outshot the U.S. nine to five in the second half, 18 to 12 in the entire match. The English also had eight corner kicks to four for the Stars and Stripes.
In addition, England had possession of the ball for 57 percent of the match.
Normally, winning these statistical categories means that team is likely to be the victor.
The United States lucked out.
In the second half, England had continual scoring chances. The ball was in the U.S. box constantly. Crosses found their way into the middle on multiple occasions.
All England had to do was finish their chances. Throughout the contest, they did not.
The United States did not earn a tie with England. They were given a tie.
The only goal for the U.S. should not have even occurred.
The final score was 1-1. It could have easily been two or three to zero.