“Nor do you need a high IQ to know that if you lose your opening match 3-0 to the Czech Republic and your next game is against Italy, you should probably have packed your bags already.”
From my post The Idiot’s Guide to The Intellectual’s World Cup
You’ll have to believe me that I edited out a parenthises addendum that said
“(though the Americans always do better when expectations are lower.)”
Considered dead meat going into the game against the Italians, the USA team demonstrated how it ended up in the Quarter Finals of the last World Cup and why those who do follow the sport out here like to believe in the National Side. Judging by the report I followed on the BBC Five Lives site, the British commentators were no less impressed by a team that played a damn site better than England has in either game so far. The 1-1 draw may not be enough to get them into the next round, but – and especially considering the two awful red cards and the fact that they played the second half with only nine men against Italy’s ten – it’s enough to save their collective face. Good work.