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Spirited Draw Wins Hearts

Twenty-one years ago the United States needed a late goal against Trinidad and Tobago to secure a spot at World Cup 1990 in Italy, today the United States withstood a punch in the mouth from one of world football’s heavyweights and stood up to it.

Following the worst possible start for the United States, going down 1-0 after just four minutes after England’s stand-in captain Steven Gerrard finished off a well worked move involving Emile Heskey you could’ve been forgive for thinking the underdog American team would’ve wilted under the bright lights and heavy pressure of the most hyped match in the history of US soccer, but you would have been wrong. While it may not have been pretty the United States put together a dogged, determined first half that with a bit of luck produced a Clint Dempsey equalizer in the 39th minute, sparking delirium from American fans both at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg and back at home watching on television, many of whom were watching their first soccer match.

The spirited display that the American team displayed, led by the rock solid goalkeeping of Tim Howard, the experienced,  passionate fullback play of Hannover’s Steve Cherundolo won the hearts of many of those first timers, and may have even converted some cynics into believers.

While the feeling of euphoria is justified it’s important to remember that the World Cup has just started and we face at least two more stern tests that will require equally battling performances. While Algeria and Slovenia might not be the sexiest of opponents we must keep in mind that they qualified for the World Cup in similar circumstances to our draw against England. Both teams entered their matches as underdogs and never gave in despite pressure from Egypt and Russia respectively. If today is any indication I’m certain that Bob Bradley will have his charges well drilled for the challenges ahead.

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  1. Bobby

    June 13, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Now that I take my rose colored glasses off and watch the match for entertainment purposes, I have to say it was a good one. Physical enough, thankfully not a hackfest, but neither team was scared of a challenge and I like to see that type of commitment in a match.

    I’d like England to go through (2nd to the US obviously!) and meet you guys again. That was a good one. For my money, pick of the matches so far.

  2. Victory Poker Rakeback

    June 12, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Yep, well done USA. I think England deserved to win but I thought your defence stood up to the challenge a lot better than i thought it would, so well played. Now let’s see if you can go on from this and get into the knockout stages. I hope for your sake you can as otherwise all the hardwork your team did tonight will be wasted.

  3. Andy - England

    June 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    You guys deserved the draw. The last 20 min I really thought you guys were retreating too much and inviting pressure, but you soaked it up and really deserved the draw. Let’s hope we can both make it through!

  4. Bobby

    June 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Haha, I know. Article is full of little errors. I’ll get to them, heart was at about 150 bpm for the entire match.

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