The US Rips Spain
Apparently, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore got my message about nuking the Spanish team from orbit, because in what could be one of the more improbable victories in Team USA’s soccer history, the boys from the United States absolutely shocked the on-a-35-game-non-losing-streak Spanish by the score of 2-0. The lead video features Dempsey’s second goal which put the game out of reach.
Altidore’s is after the jump.
And with that, the US advances to the Confederation Cup Final. They will face the winner of the Brazil/South America game, which takes place tomorrow.
As for the win against Spain, standard hyperbole doesn’t do Team USA justice. If this result wasn’t the USA’s biggest win — perhaps ever in their history — then it’s not far from the top. For me, the 1994 World Cup win over Columbia has too much negativity attached to it. The 1998 Brazil win, while certainly impressive, just doesn’t seem as unexpected as the Spain result was, especially when you consider the absolute roll they’ve been on since winning Euro 2008 last summer.
The only result in the US’ soccer history that comes close to what they accomplished against Spain was their 1950 upset of England.
In order to secure the unlikely victory, the US had to withstand numerous assaults by the Spain’s attackers. In fact, if you look at the shooting stats, you would think the US lost. Spain had 11 shots, 6 of which were on goal — defended beautifully by US goalkeeper Tim Howard — while the US only had 4, with 2 on goal. Of course, those two-on-goal shots found the back of the net, while Spain’s did not.
And that, friends, leads to an upset of monumental proportions, especially on the international scene, where the US Soccer program is seen as… well, as a lesser squad than their European counterparts. If you have any doubt about the significance of the US’ win, check The Sun’s headline. And the BBC’s. And Sky’s. And the Guardian’s. And Typically Spanish, who happens to be leading with this image.
I noticed the word “stun” was used quite often. I think that’s an appropriate description for all parties involved. The fans, both Spanish and American, the governing bodies, the other teams involved — just about anyone you can think of connected to the sport.
The real question now is, can the US ride this incredible wave to a good match against
Brazil the winner of South Africa/Brazil?