The World Cup seen from Chicago
The American media have laid into the US team after they were well beaten
by the Czech Republic today. Before the start of the competition the mass media had built up the team to be world beaters, American's expect nothing else, with so called experts suggesting that this was the best squad that has ever been assembled. The people in the know, know that to be crap, and it looked like the better known players such as DaMarcus Beesley and Landon Donovon carried the world superpower's weight on their shoulders as they struggled to create anything against a vastly superior side.
The trouble is that the 'soccer' uneducated population would consider only an actual world cup final victory as success, which is showing their ignorance in both world football and the outside world in general. As a friend tonight said, Americans expect the size of the gross national product to have a similiar impact on world sport. Hey, if American teams can win the world series and hundreds of medals at Olympic games why can't they stuff nobody's like the Czech Republic and Ghana?
Unfortunately todays' defeat almost spells an early exit for the American's, unless they can do the impossible against Italy on Saturday.
Coach Bruce Arena who can always be relied upon to give an honest opinion, normally in the face of an uniformed media, laid into individuals after the match."Landon (Donovan) showed no aggressiveness."
Kasey Keller for "putting the ball upfield where we have nobody,"
and finally the ex Chicago Fire and now PSV winger, "we got nothing out of Beasley on the night."
Hmm, reverse psychology or just defeatism? One thing is for sure, the people have already written them off because their ambitions and world reality don't add up.