The Stakes could not be Higher

Nigeria at United States, friendly

Four years of speculation and anticipation will end for those of us obsessed with US Soccer tomorrow as our side faces a mammoth challenge to reach the knock out stages of Germany 2006. We must beat Ghana, which involves scoring goals something we have not done yet in this World Cup while stopping a potent Ghanaian attack who had more shots on goal in a five minute period against the Czech Republic than we have had in the entire World Cup thus far. At the same time we must hope that Italy beats the Czech Republic. For those who do not recall, Italy and Mexico showed a disgraceful lack of respect for the sport in Korea/Japan 2002 by playing for a draw allowing both teams to advance to the knock out stages. That particular game was the worst I’ve ever seen on the International level and hopefully the Italians who are very much in the same, draw and advance position they were in the last World Cup will show a little more interest in the match at hand this time around.

This match is wildly critical for the future of Soccer in the United States. For the first time as walk around in suburbia USA people are talking about the World Cup and are anxious for the USA to play. The previously microscopic television ratings for the event have now risen to the point where the World Cup is outdrawing NHL’s Stanley Cup and Golf’s US Open (in fairness to the Open, Tiger Woods missed the cut) and the ratings look respectable even when compared to the NBA Finals. Soccer is becoming mainstream in our nation, even if so many elites in the media remain hostile to it. If the USA were to advance and play Brazil, we can expect record interest in Soccer in this nation. Building a soccer culture has taken time and several baby steps through the years. A victory tomorrow coupled with an Italian win would be one of the most positive developments for soccer in this nation. Not only would the USA advance to the knock out stages for the third time in the last four world cups, but we would have done so on European soil, and for the first time with many casual American sports fans paying attention. The stakes tomorrow could not be higher.



  1. Mr. Eko June 21, 2006
  2. USA06 June 21, 2006
  3. Hernandez June 21, 2006
  4. Hernandez June 21, 2006
  5. Federico June 21, 2006
  6. USA06 June 21, 2006
  7. Sams Army June 21, 2006
  8. USA06 June 21, 2006
  9. Sams Army June 21, 2006
  10. Hernandez June 21, 2006
  11. Tim L June 21, 2006
  12. Der Kaiser June 21, 2006
  13. Sams Army June 21, 2006
  14. USA06 June 21, 2006
  15. Federico June 21, 2006
  16. Xavier June 21, 2006
  17. USA06 June 21, 2006
  18. Xavier June 21, 2006
  19. USA06 June 21, 2006
  20. Kartik June 21, 2006
  21. Kartik June 21, 2006
  22. Hernandez June 21, 2006
  23. Der Kaiser June 21, 2006
  24. Mr. Eko June 21, 2006
  25. Kartik June 21, 2006
  26. Kartik June 21, 2006
  27. Hernandez June 21, 2006
  28. Kartik June 21, 2006
  29. Der Kaiser June 21, 2006
  30. Rafael June 21, 2006
  31. USA06 June 21, 2006
  32. The Babe June 21, 2006
  33. John Locke June 22, 2006
  34. Xavier June 22, 2006
  35. Federico June 22, 2006
  36. Xavier June 22, 2006
  37. Kartik June 22, 2006
  38. Kartik June 22, 2006
  39. Sams Army June 22, 2006
  40. Federico June 22, 2006

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