Friday, December 09, 2005

 

US can't get a break

Italy, Ghana and the Czech Republic. That's who the US Men's National Soccer Team has to face in the 2006 World Cup next summer in Germany. A tough draw, perhaps the toughest of the 8 groups. We play the Czechs June 12 in Gelsenkirchen, Italy on June 17 at Kaiserslautern, and Ghana on June 22 in Nuremberg. Only the top 2 in each group advance to the second round. In 2002 in South Korea, the United States had its best ever performance in a World Cup, beating Mexico (yes!) in the second round and just barely losing to Germany in the quarter-finals (after outplaying them).

Anything less this next time will be considered not only a disappointment but a major setback. Hell, it will be a major setback. It's hard to get ESPN, et al., interested in soccer. When the US does well, especially at the quadrennial World Cup, some of the usual suspects among the soccerphobes may at least take some brief notice. When we crash out, as we did in 1998, they can go back to their accustomed soccer-bashing, and no amount of attempting to explain about "Groups of Death" will make any difference.

That said, the US has made itself one of the stronger nations in world soccer; perhaps not strong enough to win, but if we can't at least finish second in this group, we will deserve whatever lumps we take.

I have a lot of faith in Bruce Arena's ability to identify guys who can really play at international level and get them to play hard and together. It will be interesting to see what friendlies he lines up next year to prepare his team. Usually you try to find teams similar to those you will play who did not qualify for the finals. I don't know who is similar to our three opponents, but US Soccer is doubtless even now discussing the problem.

Anyway, now we know who we have to play. It's time to start getting ready! Ole ole ole!
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