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June 23, 2006

USA 1 Ghana 2

Ha....guess why I do not make a living predicting football.

The USA did look stronger in the second half and had a few good chances, including a Brian McBride header that hit the post, but even with the officiating looking much more balanced, they could not find the back of the net. And as much as I want to moan about the dodgy penalty kick at the end of the first half, they would have needed one more anyway. Ghana was the better team on the pitch.

After the US lost 3-0 to the Czech Republic, we had a pretty good idea this was not a team that would not make it through to the final 16...the draw with Italy just prolonged the agony.

There will be a lot of thinking in the US on how to go forward from here. To be a truly world class power, we need more players in Europe, more international matches outside of the Americas, and probably a new coach. Arena had four years to build on the promise from the last world cup and did not get it done. It was a tough draw, but truly competitive teams (Ghana, for example) find ways to win.

By the way, FIFA's so-called #2 and #5 ranked sides both crashed out.

Posted by Kirk on June 23, 2006 01:55 AM