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June 18, 2006

Italy 1 USA 1

This team was more like the one we saw in 2002.

Despite having two players sent off, Team USA managed to hold on for a draw against Italy. And Ghana's surprising win against the Czech Republic means the US is still not out.

Of course, they will have to win their next match against Ghana, which looks much harder than it did yesterday, and hope Italy can rebound from their frustrating performance to knock the Czechs out of the finals. They could also advance if Italy and Czech draw and they manage to win by four goals, but that is hard to imagine. In their favour, Ghana's two goal scorers are out for the last match after receiving two yellow cards.

The US has managed to get back some of the respect they gave away after losing to the Czech Republic in the first round. Nice. They have a massive uphill battle to get out of the group and even if they did that, Brazil remains their likely opponent in the last 16. But a place in the last 16 would be more than most people expected.

Posted by Kirk on June 18, 2006 09:27 AM