Well, the US men's soccer team is still hanging on in the World Cup. Today they tied Italy 1-1, even though they had to play most of the second half a man short, thanks to an overzealous World Cup referee. The US played very well today. Italy is one of the best teams in the world, and the US matched them step-for-step. It was a rough game, with two US players and one Italian player being given red cards and ejected from the game, but the US didn't back down. I wish they'd played this well in the last game.
The other game in our group was between The Czech Republic and Ghana. Ghana shocked everyone by winning 2-1. This was their first World Cup win. The standings in the US's group is as follows:
Italy...............1-0-1, 4 points
Ghana...........1-1-0, 3 points
Czech Rep....1-1-0, 3 points
U.S...............0-1-1, 1 point
In the final games of the first round, the US will play Ghana, and Italy will play the Czech Republic. If the US beats Ghana and Italy beats the Czech Republic, then Italy and the US will advance to the next round. If the US ties or loses to Ghana, then the US will be eliminated. If the US wins, but Italy ties or loses, then it will be thrown into a tiebreaker situation that does not favor the US. So GO USA! GO ITALY!
In the other sports story in the Metroplex, the Mavericks seem to have fallen apart. The have let the Heat win two in a row and tie the series at 2-2. How can something that looked so good go so bad so fast? I guess I'll just have to cross my fingers and hope the Mavericks find their game before tomorrow night.