The England vs USA World Cup 2010 match is as anticipated as any today, and the England vs USA game truly gets the World Cup under way, at least in the West. From the minute these two nations were put in Group C, and were put against each other for day 2 of the tournament, the hype machine has built up. This afternoon, it comes to a climax, as the two rivals have their first litmus test against each other. Although the England vs USA World Cup 2010 showdown has the Americans as heavy underdogs, a big performance could lead to something special.
These two nations are favored to get out of Group C and go to the knockout stage. But even if the U.S. goes to the second round, a bad loss today would help prove that they can’t take the next step yet. Every four years, American soccer tries to join the world’s elite, and occasionally gets close.
Today’s England vs USA World Cup 2010 match begins the Americans’ latest quest to take the next step. It seems that they only do well every eight years, as they got to round 2 in 1994, and reached the quarterfinals in 2002. But they were in last place in 1998, and couldn’t get to the knockout round in 2006. However, by this pattern, they should do well in 2010.
With Algeria and Slovenia in Group C, the England vs USA World Cup 2010 opener may not be life or death for tournament hopes. But a win or draw would give the Americans an early leap forward, and make it a little easier to advance. A bad loss, after all these months and years of waiting, could possibly be too deflating.
The English are obviously favored, in both this game and in the group. Even without David Beckham, they also hope to take the next step and contend for the championship. Yet losing in the England vs USA World Cup 2010 showdown would be a bigger step back for the English, given their high ambitions.
This is the 60’th anniversary of the U.S. 1950 upset against England, as both nations have heard over and over. An American win wouldn’t be as big of an upset, yet it would still be a substantial surprise. The U.S. shocked the soccer world last year by reaching the Confederations Cup final, although the World Cup is a completely different animal.
The England vs USA World Cup 2010 match will finally answer months of questions, and answer whether the hype and expectations are on target. Coverage begins at 1:30 pm est on ABC, with the match starting an hour later.
Yahoo Sports- “England-USA: Five things to watch”
The Guardian- “World Cup 2010: USA will need speed and discipline to beat England”