Despite stumbling in the jungle at the death, there is no reason why the US should not feel confident of making it through to the next round. The US team is writing a fascinating story here in Brazil, and yesterday in the rain forests of the Amazon, it does not get any more romantic. The US story is improving every four years. This time we have an authentic team, capable of rising to the challenges of the powerhouse nations such as Germany, Portugal, Brazil. The US has nothing to fear. The Costa Rica factor will also provide a major boost to CONCACAF footballing nations.
If you watched the game, it was an exhilirating game, worthy of any great sporting game the US can provide such as NFL and NBA. Even those who do not know the rules of ‘soccer’ would have found the match to be so intruiging! The moment Dempsey scored, everyone must have been sniffing victory, and there where numerous celebrations everywhere. Ironically, the believe is so high, that the majority of the fans in the Amazon were US.
More and more Americans are watching this World Cup — ESPN set a men’s soccer viewership record of 11.1 million during the 2-1 victory over Ghana, as reported the previous day by this site, but that was expected to climb sharply with the game being played at peak hour and it was expected not be so distant from the TV audience that watched Game 5 of the NBA final between the Spurs and the Heat. Also combine the fact that US fans were the most fans to have bought tickets after the local brazilian population.
The ideal scenario for US soccer is that what really needs to take place is another ‘Miracle on Ice’ adventure to take the state of US soccer to the next level. Noone will be able to ignore that fact and most of all it will have a positive efffect on the kids and immigrants coming to the US. Miracle on Ice is the film whereby the american defeated the Soviets in the 1980 Hockey final, whereby the americans played with their college team.