Wednesday, June 24, 2009

USA Through To The Finals

The US National Team beat the #1 ranked team in the world today on goals by Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey. By beating Spain 2:0, the US ended a Spain's record of 15 straight wins, 32 games unbeaten and were the first team in the tournament to score on them.

There is a bittersweet taste left in the mouth of the US team, however. Michael Bradley was shown a straight red for what looked to be a fair challenge. Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda couldn't keep it in his pocket (Note that he was also the ref in the infamous draw against Italy in the 2006 World Cup). Bradley will be hard to replace in the final.

They'll now play the winner of the South Africa-Brazil semifinal shown on ESPN on Sunday at 1:30 Central time.


  1. One thing I forgot to mention. There is no way Villareal loan out Altidore, now. Based on that goal alone, he's gonna be a yellow submarine this year.

  2. USA!!!

    Interesting article from the spanish point of view on espn.

  3. After watching the game again last night, I must admit that the "studs up" explanation on the Bradley expulsion is just. He did show his studs.

    And boy, Landon Donovan was lucky not to have been whistled for the penalty...