The USA vs. England World Cup match on Saturday was everything soccer fans could have wanted. USA vs. England ended in a 1-1 tie, but it was a good way for both teams to open the 2010 World Cup action without losing face in front of their home countries. For Team USA, netting a tie against England is actually a huge deal, because now it gives them a point for the tie as well as a first place tie in Group C with England. This was supposed to be a win for Team England, so while they will also enjoy a nice point for the tie, the result isn’t exactly what they wanted in their opening World Cup match. Still though, Team USA also had a chance to win the match, so a tie for England is almost like stealing a point from Saturday.
If we are looking just at the FIFA World Rankings, then this was a pretty even match, as Team USA is ranked No. 14 in the world and England is ranked No. 8. With all of the countries that have soccer teams around the world, that is a really close comparison. One of these countries is expected to win Group C at the 2010 World Cup, but it had been thought that both countries could also advance from this Group. The other two countries in Group C are Slovenia and Algeria, which are good soccer teams, but are ranked a bit lower than both England and Team USA when it comes to the world rankings. All three countries will play each other before the group matches come to an end, with two teams advancing to the 2010 World Cup round of 16 starting near the end of June.
The next game for Team USA will be on Friday, June 18th, when they take on Slovenia at 7 a.m. PST on ESPN. England next plays against Algeria late on June 18th, with an 11:30 a.m. PST start time on ESPN2. As for the Algeria vs. Slovenia match, that one takes place tomorrow, June 14th starting at 4:30 a.m. PST on ESPN. The best case scenario for both Team USA and England would be if that game ended in a 0-0 tie, meaning that all of the teams would be tied at one point atop of the Group C standings. A win by either team would give them an advantage of three points in the Group C standings, making it tougher for both England and Team USA to advance. The USA vs. England game showed that Team USA is ready to compete at the 2010 World Cup, but there is still a lot of work ahead for them.
2010 Team USA World Cup Schedule (Pacific Time Zone)
England vs. Team USA on Saturday, June 12th @ 11:30 a.m. (ABC)
Slovenia vs. Team USA on Friday, June 18th @ 7 a.m. (ESPN)
Team USA vs. Algeria on Wednesday, June 23rd @ 7 a.m. (ESPN)