Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Thoughts from the YWC
Stop reading now if you don't know the score.

I'm extremely disappointed in the United States' performance in today's Youth World Championship quarterfinal match against Italy. Is it unlucky to have to face a powerhouse like Italy after winning the group? Yep. Still doesn't matter.

The U.S. team was outclassed, outplayed and outhustled all over the field today and did not deserve to win the game. Our one goal was lucky and, yes, the Italian keeper was tremendous, but we still can't finish.

That wasn't what pissed me off.

As the game drew to a close, the U.S. reenforced the world perception that we're a bunch of whiny, petulant sore losers. We wouldn't play the ball out when the Italian player went down and Chad Barrett shoved every player he even came close to. We are going to lose matches as a nation and, as tough as it is, we need to play with class and sportsmanship. I do not want this group of players to follow in the mold of the European teams who constantly complain to the referee and harrass other players when they're losing.

Is it easy for me to say these things because I'm not on the field? Yes, it is. However, these players are representing my country and when they put on the colors of the U.S.A., I believe I have a right to expect them to represent me in a professional, mature, respectful manner.

Shame on you, U.S. U-20 team.


Blogger D said...

I take it you actually saw the game rather than doing the matchcast like some (read: me).

Damn. I hope you misinterpreted something, but you probably didn't. Shame indeed.

3:07 PM  
Blogger maradawga said...

Watching lots of soccer is one of the many benefits we get working here.

As for the U-20's ... I had to ask someone if Freddy was still playing or if he had been subbed. Didn't see him at all in the second half except for corner kicks.

All the bad sportsmanship starts after the 85th minute. Watch the replay on FSC to see it.

4:18 PM  
Blogger D said...

Where do you work?

4:42 PM  
Blogger D said...

Let me rephrase that: What do you do for a living that lets you get the soccer fix?

5:32 PM  
Blogger maradawga said...

I work for a company that works on sports websites. That's about all I'm gonna offer here. =)

5:47 PM  
Blogger D said...

Ah. Dig it. Very cool.

5:50 PM  
Blogger maradawga said...

Do you have any news on the United stadium, though? Shoot me an email: edanny@gmail.com

5:51 PM  
Blogger incendiarymind said...

I watched it on matchtracker and was going to watch it tonight. Now I'm just too depressed to do so.

Not from reading your summary but just from how the United States collapsed with one offensive adjustment from Italy. The shows a lack of flexibility in the defense.

It was a fun run though either way.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

It wouldn't have been so disappointing if they hadn't so dominated the group play. They basically got their butts kicked yesterday, and that's the last thing I expected.

Question: How did Freddy's corner kicks look? He takes a lot of them for DC, but they usually are too low, too long, or else he does the annoying short pass. I miss Etcheverry.

4:43 PM  
Blogger maradawga said...

Freddy, even at 16, is a free kick specialist. Every free kick (from a foul or corner) that wasn't a PK was almost perfect. His corners were very good and he always put the ball in a dangerous place.

The kid is lethal from a dead ball. Always on someone's head.

5:07 PM  

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