Sunday, July 10, 2011

The greatest day in American soccer history

Simply put: The greatest day in the history of American soccer, men’s or women’s.

For those who have never truly understood or embraced soccer, you have no idea how difficult it is to come from one goal down while being one man down to win in extra time.

You might now.

Coming from behind to beat Brazil – and Marta, the best player in the world in women’s soccer – is soccer’s equivalent of the USA hockey team upsetting Russia in the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.

“We didn’t deserve to lose,” Marta said.

I respectfully and totally disagree. Brazil’s two goals came on a second-chance penalty kick and the apparent game-winner that appeared to follow a non-call on an offside penalty.

This American win was about resiliency. All American sports fans, whether they like soccer or not, should understand that.


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