It’s pretty simple, all the USA has to do is beat Algeria in their final group match Wednesday and they’ll advance to the knockout stage. The USA is a ½ goal favorite at even money in the match and it’ll be hard pressed to bet against them.
The interesting thing about this match is that it will be played simultaneously with the England-Slovenia match in which the Brits are sure to be doing some scoreboard watching as their fate is dependant somewhat upon what the USA does. If the USA is winning, the mounting pressure England will feel to win will be something amazing to witness.
Here in America, we root for our soccer team to do well; in fact more Americans watched last week’s USA game than any soccer match ever televised on ESPN.
But many of us don’t have a full grasp on just how important the English national team is to their country. Soccer, or properly called football, is all they have and the expectations from the British Empire have never been so high for the team than it was coming into this year’s World Cup.
We have so many sports in America that keep our attention span going year around that they soften the blow of a pivotal loss. If you’re in Boston, so what, the Celtics lost game 7, but the Sox are coming on strong. It’s a never ending cycle for us, whereas in England, if they don’t win Wednesday, it will be one of their biggest embarrassments that will not be forgotten anytime soon.
Here’s to hoping the best for our Mother Country. I’ll take England 1-0 and the USA 2-0.