Thursday, July 12, 2007

USA beats Uruguay 2 - 1 to advance in the U-20 World Cup

Yesterday was supposedly the "worst day of the year in sports" according to to several places and blogs, most significantly over at deadspin. They had a post called the "The Doggest Day of Summer, which said that "[they] are fully wrapped up in the most boring day of sports. No sports today..." Are they serious? I know that there wasn't any crazy hot dog eating contests or sideshows of this nature, but come on. Is soccer really that irrelevant in America that people would rather talk about hobo Olympics and food eating contests than the most beautiful game in the world?

Sorry that Deadspin or most other blogs did not notice, but yesterday the US youth Men's National Team played against Uruguay in the round of sixteen in the U-20 World Cup and came from behind to beat them in exciting and stunning fashion.

- Michael Bradley scored in the 107th minute, and the United States rallied past Uruguay 2-1 Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. The United States, seeking its first title, plays Saturday against Austria, which defeated Gambia 2-1. Luis Suarez put Uruguay ahead in the 73rd minute, scoring on a rebound after Edinson Cavani's header was stopped by diving American goalkeeper Brian Perk, who couldn't hold onto the ball. The United States tied the score in the 87th minute when Danny Szetela's cross intended for Andre Akpan was deflected into the net by Uruguayan defender Mathias Cardaccio. Bradley, son of U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley, redirected the go-ahead goal past goalkeeper Yonatan Irrazabal in overtime following a corner kick. "It said a lot about the character of the team," captain Freddy Adu said. "We never quit, we never quit." When the game ended, players from both team shouted at each other and pointed fingers. The Americans dismissed it as emotions running high. "Not a big deal," Bradley said. The Uruguayan coach skipped the post-match news conference. U.S. forward Josmer Altidore left the game in the 51st minute after getting hurt in a tangle with Martin Caceres.

Go USA! We are now in the quarter finals. If you haven't been watching up until this point, you should, but you might have to catch the games on a Spanish channel such as Gala-vision. Also, Mexico played Argentina in the Copa America Semifinals yesterday. I guess that this also does not count as a sport either ever though some of the most popular and exciting athletes in the world were participating... WATCH SOCCER NOT HOT DOG EATING CONTESTS.

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