Jules Posted June 4, 2013 Author Share Posted June 4, 2013 I don't think you'll find many Europeans who follow the US soccer team and support and defend soccer in the US the way I do, but Twitter and Facebook were full off people actually suggesting that this game proved that the loss against Belgium was a fluke and that US soccer is capable of playing with the better European nations now. I don't believe that's quite true and I was just suggesting that I hope people are able to properly assess the value of this win. And yes, I said it a little mocking. Sorry 'bout that. Habit when talking soccer... ;) I want it to do wonders for their confidence, because a World Cup without the US would be less fun and one of my fellow writers at a Dutch sports magazine is the US soccer watcher for Fox Soccer and it would be great for him to follow them to the World Cup in 2014. It wasn't a jab at the team, although I can see how it came across that way, but I honestly wish the USMNT the very best over the next couple of months. If only because I root for the sport of soccer to become a lot bigger than it is now in the US. Sidenote: the world ranking is a bit of a skewed system. Despite losing in the 2010 World Cup Final to Spain, The Netherlands was ranked #1 for a while, because they scored more goals against really weak opponents in the qualification round. At that time I could list at least three countries who would win a best-of-3 against that squad. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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