Success on The World Stage

So some major congratulations are in order. First off, congratulations to Gabby Douglas of the US Women’s Gymnastics team who took home the all-around gold in the women’s competition yesterday. I was hoping we were going to have another 1-2 sweep of the medals, but Aly Raisman struggled on the balance beam which dropped her out of medal contention. I really wanted her to succeed after the stunning floor routine she gave to clinch the US team gold but it wasn’t to be I guess.

The Russian ladies put up one helluva fight, securing silver (Victoria Komova) and bronze (Aliya Mustafina) respectively. Watching Komova on the uneven bars was something to behold. Just like McKayla Maroney’s stunning vault performance, Komova’s uneven bars took that routine to a whole other level compared to the rest of the ladies in the field. They had their struggles too, including a full on fall off of the balance beam by Mustafina. The balance beam – the great equalizer of women’s gymnastics.

Even though the broadcast was 6 hours or whatever after the competition had actually happened, I was gasping and clapping through every moment. I was cheering like a fiend. By myself. In my apartment. Because I am that awesome. What can I say, I really get into the Olympics. 😀

Gabby in mid-flight during her balance beam routine.

Congrats Gabby!

Next up are some major congrats to our US Women’s National Soccer team for taking out New Zealand 2-0, and advancing to the semi-finals. Where’s Waldo dominated and I am super excited to see if the US women can’t take it all of the way to the gold. I have only managed to catch one of their games so far this Olympics which is really bumming me out, but such is the way of things with the time difference and actually having to work. Stupid work getting in the way of watching the Olympics. *shakes fist*

Another soccer moment of awesome in my opinion was Japan defeating hyped powerhouse Brazil 2-0. This was not a result I was expecting but I am very pleased that the Japanese made it past the Brazilians. Somehow I don’t think the Brazilians were expecting this result either to tell you the truth. Lol.

Let’s all do our happy dance – way to go ladies!

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Where’s Waldo Gaining Traction

The US Men’s National Soccer Team took on Antigua & Barbuda today in their first qualifying match for the 2014 World Cup. The final result was US 3, Antigua & Barbuda 1. This is actually the first time I got to see a US Men’s game live under the guidance of head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and I was eager to see how they would perform on the field. While I enjoyed watching the game quite a bit I was surprised at how much trouble Antigua & Barbuda gave the US. To be honest I was not expecting A&B to be much of an obstacle but they managed to make things interesting.

The weather was absolutely terrible in Tampa, FL where the match was held. Heavy rain was falling for almost the entire game drenching the players and the exuberant crowd. The rain, however, did absolutely nothing to dampen the spirits of the spectators who kept up the chorus of boos, chants and overall u-rah-rah-USA atmosphere going the entire 90 minutes.

Hopefully this game will be a learning experience for the US team and a spring board to tighten up their gameplay. Overall I was quite pleased with their performance despite the terrible pitch conditions. I also found the choice of starting Herculez Gomez to be a positive one. Gomez scored the third goal of the evening – which I believe was his first on the international stage. We will see if he continues to start or if Jozy Altidore starts instead. Klinsmann seems to be playing with his line-ups a bit so players could be moved around as he finds the most optimal starting 11.

I think I am leaning towards Gomez starting after seeing his performance today. They may need to make some changes in the defense lineup as well. Onyewu had some shaky moments that left holes in the defense that A&B exploited. Holes in the defense aren’t something the US can afford moving forward in the qualifyers as they come up against tougher teams. This world cup I am expecting them to make it out of the group stage referees’ calls or not *stares.*

USA Line-up: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 21-Clarence Goodson, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 16-Jose Torres (5-Oguchi Onyewu, 57); 7-Maurice Edu , 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones (18-Terrence Boyd, 81); 10-Landon Donovan, 8-Clint Dempsey, 9-Herculez Gomez (17-Jozy Altidore, 80)

P.S. My sister kindly informed me that no, this was not Gomez’ first international goal. Learn something every day. 😛

US Men’s Soccer: Road to The World Cup

After a thoroughly disappointing non-qualification to the summer 2012 Olympics in England, I am watching the US Men’s National Soccer Team for signs that perhaps they will actually qualify for the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

Tonight’s match versus the Canadian National team is a good way to build momentum going into the World Cup qualifiers. The US’ record against Canada is definitely in their favor. Despite this I don’t want to assume anything until the final whistle blows at the end of the match. This is once again another reason why I am debating about getting cable so I could actually watch the match live. :/ To pay, or not to pay, for cable? That is the question. Truly all I would need is like 10 channels. I would so buy cable in an instant if they let me choose channels a la carte.

I will be able to follow the online chat which I will probably do whilst also cooking dinner and watching a Big Bang Theory marathon. Bazinga!

 

Good luck US, make me proud!!

So Where Is Waldo Exactly?

A few days ago, the U.S. National Soccer Team released the design for their new jerseys. I get what they were trying to go for here with the flag colors and uber patriotism and whatnot.

The national team unveiled the above picture (among others) to promote the new design. Look at the intensity on Clint Dempsey’s and Alex Morgan’s features! Shit just got real.

I however did not weep from being so moved at the patriotism of this kit. When I look upon the above picture all I see is this:

Look, I found Waldo!

Don’t get me wrong – I am a huge supporter of both our national men’s and women’s soccer teams. But seriously? This is the best that they could up with for the kit design? *facepalm* C’mon guys, this is not the way to help soccer gain the respect of sportsfans in our country.