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US Soccer Loses Heartbreaker To Brazil, 3-2

By Wyatt Earp | June 29, 2009

<i>A dejected Sacha Kljestan walks off the field.</i>

A dejected Sacha Kljestan walks off the field.

Dammit. The United States soccer team made it to the championship game of the Confederations Cup – a FIFA-sanctioned tournament – by an incredible combination of skill, luck, and small miracles. No one expected them to beat Egypt by three goals. They did. No one expected them to beat powerhouse Spain. They did. And no one expected them to beat Brazil.

Sadly, they didn’t, even after building a 2-0 lead at the half. A win yesterday would have been the soccer equivalent of The Miracle on Ice, as Brazil is arguably the best team in the world.

JOHANNESBURG – Clint Dempsey sobbed as the Americans walked up to get their second-place medals, unable to hide the pain and the disappointment any longer.

The euphoria of knocking off Spain last week dissolved Sunday in the Confederations Cup final when Brazil unleashed its “Beautiful Game.”

After dominating the five-time World Cup champions in the first half, the Americans were powerless as Brazil scored three goals in the final 45 minutes to rally for a 3-2 win.

There is certainly no shame in losing to Brazil – overall, the U.S. is 1-14 against them – but it is doubly disappointing because the Americans looked so terrific in the first half.

“We’re at the point where we don’t want respect, we want to win,” said Landon Donovan, whose goal in the 27th minute gave the United States a 2-0 lead. “There’s no guarantee we ever get back to a final game like this, so it’s disappointing.”

That’s good. It means the U.S. team is getting better and expecting more of themselves. Hopefully, they will do some damage in the World Cup.

Almost sure to qualify for next year’s World Cup, also in South Africa, the Americans certainly saw the benefits of playing this game. What hurt was the way they lost it.

“We continue to try and move ourselves forward, and playing these kind of games only helps,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. “But it still feels pretty lousy to let this one get away.” ()

To give you an idea off what this game meant in the Earp household today, Kyle, Erik, and I turned off the NASCAR race to see the match. We were hoping to witness history, only to be disappointed in the end.

The Americans led 2-0 at the half, and sat by while the Brazilians scored three unanswered goals to take the title. Visibly upset at the final score, Kyle started to cry when the final whistle blew. It’s a shame, because we all thought the U.S. had them right where they wanted them – before Brazil proved why they’re the best in the world.

The good news is that this match was great for soccer in America, and gives us a real rooting interest in the World Cup, which is only a year away. Hold your heads high, boys. You have nothing to be ashamed of.

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9 Responses to “US Soccer Loses Heartbreaker To Brazil, 3-2”

  1. Morgan Says:
    June 29th, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Hear, hear, Wyatt, and I look forward to the World Cup next year. USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!

  2. MUD Says:
    June 29th, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Someone help me understand why after playing games way, waaaay better than they normally could they cry when they lose. Man those guys should be still in the middle of the stadium jumping up and down about how well they played. They were a part of an epic game and it makes everyone happy to see a great game. MUD

  3. Doghouse Says:
    June 29th, 2009 at 11:08 am

    As disappointing as it is that they lost, at least it wasn’t a blowout like the last time they played; progress is being made. And I’d rather beat them in the World Cup than the Confederations Cup.

  4. RT Says:
    June 29th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    We need to start on the crazy fan outfits for the cup. :)

    Btw., I believe there is a sports-ish type establishment, maybe an Irish pub type of place that televises soccer games for its patrons…that would be a great place to go to watch future matches.

  5. RT Says:
    June 29th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Meant to mention that it is in Philly. Can’t remember the name. Dangit.

  6. Alan B Says:
    June 29th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Well done USA!

    Brazil at the top of their game are amazing. Like all the best teams they can go up a gear when necessary.

    Sounds like you have a great coach over there to have got this far.

  7. Kate Says:
    June 29th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Sad to say but I never had an interest in soccer. I know it’s a popular and probably fa un sport, but it’s one I could never just get into.

    My son, Anthony, however, lives for sports, especially tennis. Or maybe soccer. Or baseball. No, I think football. He is not the hockey fan like I am, though.

    I know he watched tthe soccer match was disappointed in the outcome.

    C’est la vie.

  8. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 29th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Morgan – It would be nice if we didn’t draw the Group of Death this time.

    MUD – I think they were devastated after coming so close and losing. Personally, I think they should be proud of themselves.

    Doghouse – I absolutely agree.

    RT – I wanted to watch a match in the England section of Epcot when we were in Disney last time. Would have been awesome.

    Alan B – Bradley knows his stuff, and will have the team prepared for the WC.

    Kate – Soccer’s great, but hockey and lacrosse are tops for me.

  9. Bitter American Says:
    June 30th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Meanwhile, the world of REAL sports, the US takes on Canada in a test match for the Rugby World Cup on Saturday. My DVR’s programmed.