Sunday, June 27, 2010
Days 16-17 (down go USA, England, and Mexico!)
The USA was eliminated from the World Cup yesterday in a 2-1 loss to Ghana in extra time. It was a disappointing result, but not unexpected given our rank in world soccer. The USA are ranked 14th, equating to losing in the round of 16, which is what we did. It was a nice run, and everything nice needs to come to an end sooner or later.
After we were eliminated from the tournament, my main hope was that there wouldn't be any bragging rights by our neighbor to the South (Mexico) or our colonial forefathers in England. Luckily, both England and Mexico were eliminated today to put all three teams out in the round of 16. So nobody's better than anyone else!
Half of the round of 8 are now complete, with Uruguay, Ghana, Germany, and Argentina punching their tickets to the World Cup quarterfinals. The Argentina-Germany match next Saturday should be a good one, and the chances of a non-European team in the finals grow greater by the day. Should be a slow ride to the finals..