My favorite part about watching the 2010 World Cup is feeling all of the anticipation finally released. Even sitting at home and watching the action on direct tv promotions, I can feel the intense build up of emotions from the teams, coaches, and the fans. Living in the United States, my eyes are naturally focused on Group C which also includes England, Algeria, and Slovenia.
Just because I am a U.S. resident doesn't necessarily mean I am cheering on the US team. Politics and patriotism aside, I am really interested in seeing the English team because I am have been fascinated by the English Premier League for years. The weakn soccer heritage here in the USA has given me little faith in my own national team.
However, after watching the first match between England and USA, I might change my mind. Honestly, I was stunned that the final score ended in a 1-1 draw. Steven Gerrard, one of my favorite players, gave his team an early lead and I thought that the English squad would have no problem winning this game. Later on, I was surprised and disappointed when England's GK Robert Green lost his grip on an easy ball, which ended up in the back of the net. However, the match was only tied and there was plenty of time for more goals. At the end of the match, I was disappointed in England and impressed by the United States. I feel that English striker Rooney was not effective to his best abilities. Now, I think that the US team has a real shot of advancing through this group.
This guest post was written by Gregory Nevel.