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25 June 2009 @ 02:54 pm
USA 2, Spain 0  
Woah. USA advances to the finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Some related trivia, to give you an idea how amazing this is... Spain was ranked number one in the world... They hadn't lost a match in 35 games (the best run in soccer history -- they last lost a game in 2006). They'd won 15 straight (also a record). They hadn't even given up a goal in 451 minutes (since April 1st). They hadn't given up two goals (in a game) in 29 games.

The US, of course, was ranked fourteenth in the world going in.

The US national team had never before advanced to the finals in any FIFA tournament. And this after being all but eliminated from the tournament on the last day of group play.

This was one of the biggest upsets in US Soccer history.
 
 
In the mood: happyhappy
 
 
 
Dustybigmog on June 25th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
And then the Brazilians will beat us soundly.
Douglas Triggs: us soccerdoubt72 on June 25th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Prolly. They already crushed us once this tournament, after all.

On the other hand, until now, they were the only other #1 ranked team the US ever beat (albeit just that once).

[I will get to the email eventually. Honest.]
Douglas Triggs: us soccerdoubt72 on June 29th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
Not so soundly -- Brazil had to come from behind to survive the final.
Dustybigmog on June 29th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
In other words, we choked.
Douglas Triggs: us soccerdoubt72 on June 29th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
I prefer to think of it as overachieving inadequately.