World Cup 2010, Day 2

Just finished watching Day 2 of the 2010 World Cup–I’m watching or taping every game and will watch them all.

Obviously the biggest game of the day was the U.S. vs. England match. The Yanks took it to the Three Lions in the first half, demonstrating an aggressiveness that they’ve rarely shown when they’ve played better teams in the past. The key to the game, in my mind, was the fact that they didn’t let Gerrard’s early goal get them down.

Yes, the U.S. goal was a “lucky” one–but we’ll take it.  Robert Green will obviously never live down his catastrophic error, but apparently Fabio Capello still has faith in his netminder. As the article at the link notes, Capello’s bigger problem is the amount of space the American forwards found in the offensive third of the pitch.  Do they really miss Rio Ferdinand that much?

Next up for the U.S.–not getting overconfident in the upcoming matches versus Algeria and Slovenia. The draw with England seems like a victory, but it’s only one point. The Yanks need to stay focused against the other two “lesser” opponents; it will probably only take a win and a draw for the Americans to get out of the group, but nothing is a given.

To kickoff the blog’s Cup coverage, enjoy the official video of Shakira’s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).” It’s an amazingly catchy song, with great football clips mingled with the dance moves of Shakira and Freshlyground. My oldest daughter and I watched it about a dozen times straight, and I think I’ve got most of the dance moves down (and no, there’s blessedly no YouTube of that!).  Enjoy!!

The African lyrics in the chorus are “Tsamina mina zangalewa,” which translates into “Where do you come from?” and “Waka waka,” which means, roughly, “Do it.”  The five T-shirted footballers shown in the video are, in order, Gerard Pique (Spain), Dani Alves (Brazil), Carlos Kameni (Cameroon), Rafael Marquez (Mexico), and Lionel Messi (Argentina). Marquez shares my birthday, and Messi was the FIFA World Player of the Year for 2009.


2 Responses to World Cup 2010, Day 2

  1. Larry says:

    Hey Danny Ray!! Thanks for commenting.

    I wonder if Shakira is married? . . . .

  2. D.Ray says:

    Cool video and a great update. I think the US guys are happy to hold their own, and aware of the challenges that may be ahead. Since it’s in South Africa, it reminds me of the movie Invictus. Although it’s about rugby, it brings in the sports/history/politics combo that you might enjoy!

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