Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
No Ronaldo, Figo or Riquelme for U.S. Team
The San Francisco Chronicle, June 24th, 2006 4:36PM

MOST READ


The media continues to pipe on and on about America's early exit from the World Cup. What happened? Was it just one bad performance and two referees sent to keep us from advancing to the second round? What happened? As San Francisco Chronicle columnist Bruce Jenkins says, "What happened? Did you see Brazil's game on Thursday? That's what happened. Joe Cole happened, as well as Figo and Shevchenko and the whole of Argentina. A two-week festival of soccer magnificence unfolded, leaving behind a U.S. team that was lucky to even take a shot..." Many of these teams have players who've demonstrated individual brilliance in the last two weeks, a commodity in glaringly short supply on the U.S. national team. "The Americans' demise is exactly what was forecast by soccer-wise folks never once impressed by Landon Donovan, Claudio Reyna or coach Bruce Arena," Jenkins says. And they would be proven right. No question the draw did the United States no favors, but no question they were the weakest team in a group of solid opponents, either. Nevertheless, he says, there's been some fantastic play at the World Cup so far, despite poor officiating and far too many yellow and red cards. And it will only get better: now the real tournament now begins.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Guardiola: I Would Leave Bayern if Asked    
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said he would be happy to leave the German giant after ...
Hazard a 'Major Doubt' for UCL Semi    
Chelsea on Friday confirmed that playmaker Eden Hazard is "major doubt" for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League ...
Neymar to Miss at Least Four Weeks     
Barcelona starlet Neymar looks set to miss the rest of the season after suffering an injury ...
Klinsmann on Altidore's Situation    
In the latest edition of Road to the Roster, U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann ...
Liverpool Players Lead PFA Awards Lists     
Liverpool trio Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard were nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association's ...
Cruyff: Barca Needs to Restore Laporta, Guardiola     
Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff thinks the best way to turn the Catalan giant's fortunes around is ...
Ronaldo Could Miss First Game vs. Bayern     
Cristiano Ronaldo watched from the stands as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del ...
Report: Moyes Must Qualify for Europa League    
Manchester United coach David Moyes is understood to be under pressure from the Glazer family, the ...
Bayern Eases into German Cup Final     
Bayern Munich on Wednesday remained on course for a record 17th German Cup by crushing second ...
Pellegrini: 'Mentally Tired' City Not Out of Title Race    
Manuel Pellegrini admitted that Manchester City is mentally tired after his team could only manage a ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives