US-Spain Thoughts

US-Spain Thoughts

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 24, 2009
  • 12 Comments
  • Benny Feilhaber, Bob Bradley, Carlos Bocanegra, Charlie Davies, Clint Dempsey, Jay DeMerit, Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Howard
Could this be the biggest win ever for the US? (Getty Images)

Could this be the biggest win ever for the US? (Getty Images)

Boy what a thriller huh? If you called a 2-0 win over Spain for the US you should probably be well on your way to an island somewhere celebrating your winnings. No one honestly called that kind of a win for the US today. Sure some had hopes of that kind of result but truth be told you’d be kidding yourself if you thought it would actually happen.

But looking back on the game I can honestly say this was the best performance from the entire team as a whole in a long time. It’s been a very long while since I’ve seen the US national team play so well for 90 minutes and not give up anything too stupid or costly.

Consider this, the Spanish put their best squad out there today and gunned for the win. Its not like some past wins in this tournament where the world power didn’t care. Today they cared and the US were able to take it to them. While I don’t think this makes us a world power or anything just yet I do believe it will help get us to that next level that we as a country have been reaching for a while here.

A big thing today was the level of passion and intensity on the field from the US. I have to give credit all around the field because the defense stepped up like never before and the offense did just enough to annoy the Spanish defense to get the two goals. Maybe it had something to do with Carlos Bocaengra wearing the captians armband once again, or maybe it had something to do with the level of respect that US were not getting from the start.

I kind of believe the US just delievered the world a blueprint to beating Spain. Hold them tigh defensively and press the crap out of them when the chances are there.

Also the possession was there more so for the US than expected. They weathered the storm of corner kicks and Tim Howard came up huge with needed. Oquchi Onyewu and Jay DeMeirt had one of their best games each in defense, they were constantly clearing everything that came in their way.

Just how good were the two US goals too? Jozy Altidore and his strong possesional play to score his first goal and Dempsey’s hammering home of the second game late in the second half. Landon Donovan really set up the second goal were as good play from Charlie Davis and Michael Bradley helped fuel the first.

I know a lot of folks hammered Bob Bradley last week but this lineup worked well for the US today. Some would have liked subs brought on earlier in the second half but he picked his moments right today when he did bring on fresh legs. Also speaking of those fresh legs I thought he did an excellent job of picking the right guys off the bench to come on for the game. Benny Feihaber came on first for US and I thought he was the best sub of the game. Conor Casey late for Altidore was a smart move as Casey is big, strong and able to hold possession well.

In all this will definitely go down as one of the biggest wins in US soccer history. Bigger than the Brazil win in the Gold Cup a decade ago, and bigger than the Portugal win in 2002.

Now on to the final on Sunday. Do you all think the US has any magic left for the final?

  • WTF

    The biggest win in US history has been, and may always be, beating T&T in the final qualifier in 1989 to reach Italia '90. That put the USA in its first World Cup Finals in 40 years, and started the snowball rolling. It is unclear if soccer would have grown at such a rapid pace in the last 20 years without that group of college players laying the foundation. So with all due respect to England, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, Spain and others, T&T 1989 was the biggest American win.

  • WVHooligan

    Fair point…I think a lot of folks forget that win in the US soccer history. Certainly a big one no less.

  • Kevin

    I think the biggest win in US history was 1-0 over England in the 1950 World Cup. It was IN England, we fielded a team of amateurs, two of our best players weren't playing because they had to WORK, and the English people thought the score was printed incorrectly in the paper the following day, and decided it meant 10-1 England.<br />
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    But this is a close second.

  • MZ

    Actually Kevin, the game was played in Belo Horizante Brazil, and they radioed the score home, and they thought they had misheard it and printed 10-1. I agree though with WTF, the 89' game is being left out of this discussion rather unceremoniously.

  • WTF

    The biggest win in US history has been, and may always be, beating T&T in the final qualifier in 1989 to reach Italia ’90. That put the USA in its first World Cup Finals in 40 years, and started the snowball rolling. It is unclear if soccer would have grown at such a rapid pace in the last 20 years without that group of college players laying the foundation. So with all due respect to England, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, Spain and others, T&T 1989 was the biggest American win.

    • Fair point…I think a lot of folks forget that win in the US soccer history. Certainly a big one no less.

  • Kevin

    I think the biggest win in US history was 1-0 over England in the 1950 World Cup. It was IN England, we fielded a team of amateurs, two of our best players weren’t playing because they had to WORK, and the English people thought the score was printed incorrectly in the paper the following day, and decided it meant 10-1 England.

    But this is a close second.

  • SDM

    Yeah, as MZ pointed out, the 1950 World Cup was in Brazil, not England. I've been one of the many calling out Bradley, but I have to give him his due today. He made the perfect sub with Benny, whose calm on the ball and killer pass led to the second goal. And of course, the goal was scored by Dempsey, who Bradley had just put up front. The boys played great, pure and simple. A day to be proud.

  • MZ

    Actually Kevin, the game was played in Belo Horizante Brazil, and they radioed the score home, and they thought they had misheard it and printed 10-1. I agree though with WTF, the 89′ game is being left out of this discussion rather unceremoniously.

  • SDM

    Yeah, as MZ pointed out, the 1950 World Cup was in Brazil, not England. I’ve been one of the many calling out Bradley, but I have to give him his due today. He made the perfect sub with Benny, whose calm on the ball and killer pass led to the second goal. And of course, the goal was scored by Dempsey, who Bradley had just put up front. The boys played great, pure and simple. A day to be proud.

  • Mike

    Let's put this in some historical context and vote: Was it the greatest win in U.S. soccer history?<br />
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  • Let’s put this in some historical context and vote: Was it the greatest win in U.S. soccer history?
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