This is the first ever soccer post on the Oxgoad, but I just could not allow the scintillating defeat of Spain by the U.S. side to go without a post. The Spaniards were the number one ranked team in the world, European champions, and winners of fifteen straight matches. The last time Spain lost was November of 2006 – to Romania – a record-tying 35 straight matches (32-0-3). The victory is the first time the USA has beaten Spain in international play. Spain had also not allowed a goal during this Confederations Cup tournament in South Africa, site of the 2010 World Cup. But the youthful U.S. side scored early in the game, and added an insurance goal in the second half to defeat the powerful European side 2
The squad has recently come under fire , and needed a near miracle to even advance to this stage of the Confederations Cup. They did advance. Hardly anyone gave them a chance against Spain, but they have won by two goals. Now they await the winner of the Brazil vs. South Africa match. Hopefully, they will give the same spirited play they displayed today and upset the soccer world again by defeating Brazil!