It was one of American Soccer’s greatest upsets. The Spanish National Football Club had not lost in 3 years. The Americans advanced out of a tournament pool that included Brazil and Italy only by a strange sequence of upsets and freak 3-0 victories for themselves and Brazil (over Italy). When the semi-final match up of Spain/America was set, it was hard for Spanish players, try as they might, to keep from thanking their lucky stars for getting the US as a draw. This US team that clearly could not compete on the highest level after severe beatdowns by Italy and Brazil in the first pool play matches.
But earlier today, the Yanks shocked the world with a 2-0 domination of David Villas, Casillas and the Spaniards on the feet of Clint Dempsey and Josy Altidore and on the strength of their backline. What a historical bout!
Only no one in America gives a shit. Here at my office, fairly international and cultured people, let out a healthy round of applause as Dempsey found the net late in the game, but most of America had no idea.
So I have to wonder, does this hurt the European community? Are they frusterated to see a big victory come to a nation that so brazenly doesn’t care at all? Most people I have told have responded with the obligatory, “nice”. I have not seen, heard or bared witness to so much as a fist pump or elevated heart rate.
I for one occaisionally enjoy watching the “beautiful game”, but too often get turned off by people that defend soccer too much. Appreciate it for what it is, but ultimately, it is a sport where flopping is accepted and often necessary. The same can be said of the NBA, but when you talk flopping, what is the first thing someone says? Europeans. That is right Manu G. and Tony P. Flop-tastic.
A little ref deception is great. But to flop? No thank you Soccer Gods. I prefer American Footbal where if you flop, you probably will get trampled and die. Unless of course you are the kicker, in which case there is a good chance you have played soccer at one point. Baseball is another sport where flopping won’t help you. I mean, you can argue or pretend to catch a ball, but at what point does pretending you are hurt help you? Also, what goes on when you roll around holding your knee and then some guy pours water on it and you get back up and play. It’s like a league of Paul Pierces.
As a survival tactic, I get it. But check out this video:
I certainly appreciate soccer, and please do not misread me. I am just making two points:
One, flopping is super lame.
Two, America doesn’t care that we beat Spain. (we probably should)
Anyway Lost Angeles, I am more curious what you think? Do you dig soccer? Now that we’ve beaten Spain in futbol, should they have to play us in American Football? What does a Spanish offensive lineman look like? Is it now possible that Pau Gasol (Hollywood Jesus) is the toughest Spaniard since Russell Crowe’s character in Gladiator?
Lemme know, yo.