So as an uninitiated, unwashed member of the masses....how does this work? Top one from each group goes on, or top two....?
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Cincinnati Bengals - None
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98
Satisfactory result. I applaud Manager Bradley for taking a positive attacking approach to this match. With all our holes in defense, he could have played it safe and defensive and I would have understood why.
We really need 3 points in the next match.
Cherundulo was the defensive man of the match but Demerit showed a lot of ability, strength and endurance. He minimized Rooney's impact. Now if he just played with more tactical nous...along with the rest of the central defense.
Dononvan really impressed me. He failed to come up with scoring chances for himself but he played two beautiful balls in to Gooch and Altidore - each of whom squandered them. Also, Gerrard and Lampard were busy running around after Donovan so he helped to keep them distracted.
Maybe the best part is that we made England look nervous and tense and they don't respond well historically to those things. Capello really pullled the string on Milner and King quickly, perhaps ruining their confidence. Rather surprising.
Good start for the US. We needed a point and we got it. Now on to six more in the final two matches.
Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.
Not all who wander are lost
So the hyped matchup of the USA vs the Mother country ends...in a 1-1 tie.
This is the reason I can't get excited about soccer. What's the use of going through all the hype and energy of a sporting event unless you end up with a winner and a loser? Why get all wound up if at the end of the day all you'll find is that you're equally matched? I won't even get into the "excitement" of watching an entire match and see one point scored for each team.
For that imaginary Englishman, today's draw feels like a loss, I guarantee you.
England SHOULD have higher expectations for their team than America. Every single one of their starters is an all-star caliber player in the EPL. (Well, besides their GK, perhaps. )
A draw in group play where you win a point versus the best team in the group is NOT a moral victory.