Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Stiff Competition

Talk about a schedule of preparation for the World Cup and beyond! If playing against the best is the right path to elevating a national program, consider this:
  • Thursday’s match against FIFA No. 5 Brazil will be the sixth time the U.S. has faced a team ranked in the top five since the start of 2007.
  • Thursday will also be the second time under Bradley that the U.S. has faced teams ranked in the top five in back-to-back games in less than a week. The U.S. lost 1-0 at No. 4 Spain on June 4, 2008, before returning home to draw No. 1 Argentina 0-0 on June 8.
  • With its victory today against Iraq, Spain has now gone 34 matches without a loss - one shy of the record set by Brazil - and won 14 straight matches, tying the record set by Australia, Brazil and France
  • During the two stints under Marcello Lippi, Italy has lost only once in their last 37 matches. That defeat was a 2-0 loss to Brazil this past February

3 comments:

mcadaal said...

Facts are facts - they are easy to state.

The fact is we will beat Brazil. Whether the world knows this or not, means nothing.

Jonathan said...

I would like to see this lineup...

Howard

Specter-Demerit-Gooch-Boca

Dempsey-Torres-Bradley-Donovan

Adu-Altidore

Probably won't happen, but sounds like a winner to me.

Jason said...

good luck to the US tomorrow!