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Getting back to a brighter note.

But I must say, one AP story mentions the U.S. men’s soccer team took some of the spot light away from Jon & Kate. Ha!

I did see the match the other night on ESPN. I really thought Landon Donovan and the squad would simply finish off the tournament with mediocre play, pack it up and come home. But the Americans were just too tough. After two bad losses (3-1 to Italy and a 3-0 loss to the Brazilians) the squad follows up with two fantastic victories. Maybe it was just playing without any pressure?

Whatever it was, the Americans will now have a chance to exact revenge in the final against Brazil on Sunday, who beat South Africa, 1-0. Spain will play South Africa for the third-place prize in the first match.

Can you imagine Spain’s win streak? They had not lost a match since November 15, 2006. The Spaniards were on a 35-match win streak; that’s huge. Like another Spaniard, the tennis player, “Rafa” Nadal, who lost in the fourth round at the French Open. He was on a four-year win streak too on the clay courts of Roland Garros.

And now, the U.S. is in the final, thanks to Jozy Altidore, who is just 19 (damn!), and Clint Dempsey.

Bad losers? One quote from the Spaniards were this was a one in ten loss. Apparently the Spaniards left the field without exchanging jerseys or other gifts with the American. This is a customary thing you do when you play international matches.

Written by Daniel Cásarez

June 26th, 2009 at 2:14 am

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