JLo’s beginner’s guide to the World Cup: America is out, but there’s plenty of reasons left to watch
America is out of the World Cup. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that Belgium is just better than we are and deserved to win that game based on the number of great chances they created (thank you Tim Howard.) Round of 16 was a realistic goal and finishing point for the U.S. based on our talent and experience level, and it was a great achievement to get out of the Group of Death.
If we’re being honest with ourselves though, we’ll also admit that we had an incredible chance to score and steal an epic win right before the end of regulation and missed a tap in into an open goal. Those are the kind of chances that you just can’t miss and expect to survive in the World Cup.
Even though the USMNT is out, there’s still some great soccer left to be played and plenty of reasons for you to have your TV on during this 4th of July holiday. The two games today are ultra tasty, with Germany and France meeting in the first game, and Columbia taking on Brazil in the late game. I’m still not quite sure how good France really is, but then again they haven’t looked nearly as shaky as Germany did against Algeria, and their pace is likely the give a plodding German back four fits. I’m looking for a 2-1 French win, followed by the man of the tournament James Rodriguez leafing Columbia to a shock 1-0 win over Brazil.
Cheers and happy viewing.