Thankfully, the Womens World Cup and a rash of soccer friendlies is providing me with a much-needed diversion during my end of school year, trying to sell a house and move across the country, stress. I love you, soccer. Two U.S. mens games in five days, two exciting wins.
As if the 4-3 victory over the Netherlands in Amsterdam wasnt enough. For the second game in a row, instead of the usual late game crash and burn, the U.S. mens team rallied and come from behind to defeat the world champion Germans for the first time EVER in Cologne Germany. Didnt see that coming. Ladies and gentleman, were starting to see the makings of a team that can compete on the world stage. A promising performance for the boys in red white and blue prior to the start of the CONCACAF ( Confederation of North, Central America, Caribbean Association Football) Gold Cup in July. Im excited!
The Germans held the majority of possession over the course of the match, but Jurgen Klinsmann has finally figured out how to get the most out of Micheal Bradley, and he was stellar. Klinsmanns choice of substitutes has also been key. Newcomer Bobby Wood entered both games late, and promptly scored the go-ahead goals. Way to go Bobby! And in spite of choosing to stay in college at Stanford University instead of going to the MLS, Jordon Morris is the first college player to receive a call up to the National team. And, hes been a difference maker. Jordons not only book smart, hes intelligent and creative on the soccer field as well.
So as I endure the trials and tribulations of sending a child off to college, selling a house, buying a new house, arranging a move, enrolling in new schools and most importantly, finding my daughter a new soccer club, Ill continue to enjoy the next several weeks of watching not only the United States, but the many talented teams from around the world.