I am American. I root for the U.S. I want to see them win and evolve.
That said, Italy got jobbed at the Confederations Cup. Just so I get it straight:
- Italy beat the U.S. head-to-head, 3-1.
- Italy and the U.S. finish tied for second in their group.
- The U.S. advances? Because it scored more goals than Italy?
Pardon my Web 2.0 language, but WTF is that all about? Pardon me while I find my Confederations Cup-sized Mickey Mouse ears for this tournament. Yeah, yeah, I know the rules are spelled out ahead of time and everyone is playing on a level field, blah, blah. But what kind of dipshit event is this where two teams finish tied on points and goal-differential and a head-to-head result means NOTHING??
Call me when this thing is over.
Here's this week's tour of the football blogosphere:
- World Cup Blog wonders if the U.S. has used up its quota of miracles.
- Ives Galarcep laments the loss of one American in the Confed Cup: Guisseppe Rossi
- More hero worship for the U.S. men's national team at World Cup Buzz. I don't get it. Did everyone forget how Brazil and Italy stomped on this team?
- Off The Post lacking a little insight into Group B, but what the hell, here's a little link love
- More on the miracle of South Africa from Awful Announcing. Stick to Joe Morgan boys.
- Two hundred percent rebuffs the notion that South American teams don't travel well and points out that Brazil just might have what it takes to stop Spain.
- Center Line Soccer has a good read on tournament from a fan's point of view who is actually in RSA.
- New York Times' Goal blog rates the U.S. performance: high marks for the back four, and world class marks for Charlie Davies.
- Reuters Soccer Blog analyzes the quandary Maradona is in as Argentina preps for its next World Cup qualifier, which happens to be against Brazil.
- In case you were wondering, CR7 updates us on his status with Paris.
- SkySports has more on Ronaldo, and regrets publicly talking about his desire to leave Manchester United as early as 2007.
- Silvio Berlusconi dishes on Real Madrid's spending spree. He's, um, well, not, um, happy.