The USA National Soccer team was put in a group that included three very good teams. Just after the groups were announced for the 2014 World Cup, many people, including myself, lost hope and thought the US had little to no chance of advancing.
Many people lost hope after Landon Donovan was cut from the 23-man roster. Donovan was the face of the US team for years, and has the most goals for the US Men’s Team of all time. Things were not looking ideal for the USA out of the gate.
But actually, things couldn’t have gone better in Group G’s first games. The USA beat Ghana and Portugal lost to Germany 4-0. This is great for many reasons. First, the US has 3 points. Second, Portugal lost their best defender, Pepe, to a red card, so he can’t play against the USA. Thirdly, Portugal’s goal differential is very bad now, so it’ll be hard for them to win a tiebreaker.
Now, this is the point where I really gained confidence that the USA could make a run in this World Cup, and they did extremely well, surprising many people. Look, if you were going to tell me that the USA would advance to the knockout stage, I would have said,”No way.” However, they did.
This World Cup has been very interesting to watch, especially to see Spain, Italy, Portugal, and England be knocked out in the group stage. The excitement of this international tournament has gotten to me, and all I want to do is play soccer! I have been playing soccer a lot recently, after watching the World Cup.
For some reason, when I watch a sport, I always want to play it. Well, I probably would want to play anyway, but you know what I mean. So, now that the exciting World Cup is on, I have been playing soccer more and more. It’s actually probably good, considering I have to try out for the high school soccer team in the fall. After playing goalie for most of the time in my soccer career so far, I’m electing to play in the field in high school.
I played goalie more because I had to, not really because I wanted to. Also, there are few goalies going to my high school that are very good, so I probably won’t play a lot there anyway. And usually, I don’t really watch soccer at all. I don’t really have any interest in club soccer, so usually I’m only motivated to play baseball, basketball, or football. But the World Cup is like March Madness except international teams, and it’s soccer.
It’s even more exciting when your home country plays well. Many people doubted Jurgen Klinnsman (The USA Coach) and his team, but they surprised many people in this World Cup.
Despite getting knocked out by a talented Belgium team, the future is bright for our country in terms of soccer. We have a very young team, that has lots of potential. In the 2014 World Cup, we saw flashes of greatness from very young players, including John Brooks’ goal against Ghana and Julian Green’s goal against Belgium. The rest of the world should look out for the USA in 2018!