Just one day after “Merica’s” birthday the US women’s soccer team routed Japan 5-2 in a rematch of 2011’s World Cup final in Frankfurt, Germany. The American gals clearly had unfinished business to attend to. The 2011 Women’s World Cup Final left them heartbroken because they loss to Japan 3-2 in the dreaded penalty shootout (3-1). That very image of Japan hoisting the World Cup trophy haunted our girls for four years. This year’s team had a plethora of superstars on it: M/F Alex Morgan, goalie Hope Solo, forward Abby Wambach, midfielder Megan Rapinoe, and defender Julie Johnston. Now they are champions of the world and were clearly the most well rounded team in the tournament!!!
Deep in the dark corners of the sport galaxy a star is rising with sonic speed. In the midst of Germany’s dominance, it was a young and largely unknown Colombian player who gave arguably the best individual performance in the tournament. While the entire planet was focused on the final game, James Rodriguez was focused on German striker Thomas Müller. When the final whistle blew, the Germans were cheering, but miles away the Rodriguez family watched as their pride and joy became be first Columbian to ever win the “Golden Boot”.
It is now being rumored that the International futbol giant Real Madrid is currently making a bid to acquire James from AS Monaco. The transfer to Spain has super star potential and James is more than ready for that opportunity, “I’d jump at the chance of going to Real Madrid,” Rodriguez told Spanish sports daily Marca. The future starts now for the young star who would have remained an unknown commodity if it wasn’t for Falcao’s knee injury. Just another example of why we all need to be ready for opportunity in life, oftentimes we never know when our number is going to be called, one day your on the bench, the next day your raising trophies.
It was the best of times and it was the absolute WORST of times is the only way I know how to describe Brazil’s debacle. In case you missed the clinic it was a 7-1 shlacking of the host nation. Words can not describe the horror that circulated the air at the Estadio Mineiroa. The city of Belo Horizonte was the scene of the Brazilian’s execution. It was almost like a plague was running rampant through the stadium after each succeeding goal.
“If your brave enough to love, be strong enough for heartbreak…”
Sports serve as a gateway from poverty, a small way for underprivileged children to escape their inner cities with rags to riches stories. Some may call these Cinderella stories, delusions of grandeur, because the truth is most rags never turn into riches. Perhaps that’s why many Brazilian citizens were protesting this year’s World Cup way before the opening kick on June 22nd. The streets had a pulse similar to Bruce Banner’s blood pressure and the stage was set for riot gear and Molotov cocktails. However with every goal scored, national pride began to conquer national poverty and for a brief moment in time Jogo Bonitio would overcome the Pain of a Nation.
Every 4 years the Brazilian national team is historically the safest bandwagon. Unfortunately this year’s bandwagon came to a “back-breaking” end when star striker Neymar Jr took a flying knee by Colombian hit-man Juan Zuniga. Insult was added to the injury when team captain Tiago Silva was suspended after receiving his 2nd yellow card on aggregate. The game was bitter sweet to say the least, the final score was 2-1 but in hindsight the battle was a Pyrrhic victory.
The Germans have not committed genocide like this since… well lets not get carried away. When the smoke cleared the Brazilian team was embarrassed but the citizens were heartbroken. With millions of people still living below the poverty line and millions of dollars wasted on stadiums and accommodations, 2014 was supposed to serve as Brazil’s chance at redemption. A chance to forget how bad life is, a chance to celebrate the day they made history in their own back yard. That chance has been destroyed, so i pray… “stay strong Brazil, the journey is not for the swift, its for those who endure.”
The Round of 16 is in the books and you’d be hard pressed to find a more exciting way for things to have developed. Of the 8 games played in the Round of 16 five of those games needed 30 extra minutes to find a victor. 2 of the 5 ended in the dreaded penalty shootout. To say the tournament turnt up is a vast understatement. I can only suspect that business will pick up as the quarterfinal draws near!
The United States of America men’s soccer team have defied the lofty odds of advancing from the Group of Death. With a group which starred Ghana, Portugal, & Germany; the Americans were expected to finish dead last according to critics and analysts. They played with a great deal of discipline, heart, and spirit. That valiant effort rewarded the stars in stripes with a second place finish in the group behind Germany. Many feel the team should be happy to have made it this far and the end is near. I adamantly beg to differ.