Gooooooooooooing home!

After a strong start, the U.S. soccer team loses to Brazil. Final score: 3-2. After the match Landon Donovan made it clear that 2nd place does not satisfy his appetite for victory, “We’re at the point where we don’t want respect, we want a win.”  I agree Landon and can someone please tell the  commentators this? ( Comments like “the U.S. put up such a great fight” and “they can hold their heads up high, Jon” are particularly insulting). A very wise coach once said, “You play to win the game!” Ditto.  Hmm, at the rate it’s going, Landon may be an old man watching on television when the U.S. clinches a significant soccer victory. Who knows, maybe next year? 348 days to go till the World Cup…I’m sure the U.S. soccer team can’t wait for another chance at an upset. Neither can I.

Brazil clinches the victory, 3-2.

Brazil clinches the victory, 3-2.


~ by Miss Tea on June 28, 2009.

3 Responses to “Gooooooooooooing home!”

  1. I guess it’s because about 5 years ago, the US represented nothing in the Men’s soccer world. It’s from that perspective that the commentator was talking. Donovan somewhat acknowledged that by saying that demanding respect is no longer their goal.
    One more soccer power in the world would make things more entertaining, taking the game to a whole new level.
    Brazil, a team that I’ve always loved with their game, their foot work that seems like poetic, artistic flair.
    The US, inspired by the long pass, strength in shooting the balls type of European style of play. A place I call home, a place that occupies a special place in my heart.

  2. @Emerson, you make a good point. I just think it’s a bit condescending. After all, they are soccer players and although they may not be as talented as Brazil–playing soccer is what they do. The commentators talk as if the U.S. soccer team is going to lose anyway. I think this is a defeatist attitude and can lead to poisonous thinking. The U.S. soccer team are competitors and saying, “good job”, “hold your head up high” isn’t worth a hill of beans. In 1994, if you asked the U.S. Olympic basketball team if they were proud to receive a bronze medal, they would have looked at you like you had three heads. Kobe went to the Finals with the Lakers sans Shaq and lost each time until finally clinching the big one. My point; going to the Finals doesn’t mean anything if you can’t win the big one. Alonzo Mourning understood this and desperately sought to win a championship before the door of opportunity closed. As a society, we have begun to accept mediocrity as the norm–we shouldn’t do this in sports. Even if the Brazilians kick our butts year in and year out.

  3. Sentence before last could be a whole nother topic!

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