Originally Posted by Camp David
I share your admiration of Argentina and Diego's players but I am also impressed with Portugal and Germany and their attacking-minded offense. That said, I support USA going all the way to the finals...
I think USA going all the way would be great for American soccer.
Like many American kids, I played AYSO for 8 years, having played every position on the field. I played briefly in high school, but I was a skinny kid with relatively weak kicking legs, so never got any attention from coaches. And I broke my leg badly in my last AYSO Spring season, so that affected things as well.
But I never could understand why pro soccer hasn't taken off in the US. I find it a far better spectator sport than American Football, which I never developed a taste for.
I thought Beckham coming to LA would help, but it didn't.
But if the US wins the World Cup, things may get slightly better... slightly. And any improvement will be good.
I'm also an England supporter, just because. And I like Mexico's passing game, and would like to see them do well.
But I admire skillful play. Donovan doesn't come close to approaching Rooney or the South Americans. The Americans are good tactical players, but not very good individual players.
One thing you'll notice is frequent apparently un-targeted centering of the ball into a mixed group of players, hoping for the best outcome. The Americans do this again and again, which one could say is a good strategy, because you've got to get lucky sometimes, right? But other teams rarely leave things to chance in this way. They will find an open player before doing anything. And they have the individual ball-handling skill to be able to do that for far longer than the Americans can.