GoM: Silver Linings

So it’s the Group of Megadeath for Jurgen, Landon, Clint, and Tim.  Every Euro pundit and more than a few Americans have dismissed the US’s chances of advancing out of hand.  There was much moaning to be heard, especially when you look at some of the other groups we could have drawn – particularly Mexico’s spot in Group A (with Brazil, Croatia, and Cameroon), or Honduras’ spot in Group E (with Switzerland, France, and Ecuador), or Group H, aka the Group of Life (USA could have drawn with Belgium, Algeria, and Russia).

But, if you listened to players interviewed, like Tim, Clint, and Jozy Altidore, you didn’t hear any whining.  You didn’t get a sense of intimidation.  It was more a sense of shrugging the shoulders and digging in for battle.  More than a few folks reacted like this.

In Beemsville, our initial reaction was it could have been worse.  Second reaction was:  Ghana – we have something for your punk ass…  Most will recall that Ghana put us out of the last two World Cups.  And it just so happens we open with Ghana.  That first game is so, so vital – the one for which you schemed and plan and prepare for months.  Silver lining here is playing your most beatable opponent first.  Teams that get three points from their first win are always more likely to advance.  Ghana’s defense is questionable, and Juregen’s team has shown more propensity for scoring over the last year.  If you have to open with someone from the GoM, let it be Ghana. Continue reading