Monday, June 22, 2009
Replacing skill: LUCK.
* Million-to-one shots do come true. Welcome to the craziest night in U.S. soccer since South Korea's late goal against Portugal gave the U.S. a berth in the second round of the 2002 World Cup. It seemed impossible: to survive, the Americans needed a 3-0 win over Egypt and a 3-0 Brazil win over Italy. And they got it. What can you say? The U.S. showed all the determination, confidence and discipline that it didn't show against Brazil on Thursday. It scored goals with hustle (Charlie Davies), skill (Michael Bradley) and grit (Clint Dempsey). Miraculously, the U.S. will meet Spain in the semifinals on Wednesday in Bloemfontein.