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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Just over one week away….

…..before the US and England square off in the World Cup.  Now, I don’t need to rehash my feelings on soccer itself, but this event is really exciting and I am looking forward to seeing if the US can finally put itself among the world’s soccer elite.  They get an early chance against England. 

So, for those of you like me who don’t know a lot about the team and its history in the World Cup, I was lucky enough to have been sent a cool link by a reader with a US World Cup History.  Basically, it goes like this:

-The US played in the World Cup in 1930, 1934, and 1950, making it to the semifinals in 1930 (3-4-0 record)

-They didn’t qualify for the World Cup again until 1990 and have played in each event since (3-12-3 record)

-The US has made it out of pool play 3 out of 8 times it has played in the World Cup

-The have made it to the quarterfinals once (2002) and the semifinals once (1930)

Clearly, the US has some room for improvement when it comes to its World Cup history.  In this years tournament, it will play England, Slovenia, and Algeria in pool play.  The US record against those teams since 1990 are:

England: 1-3
Slovenia: 0-0
Algeria: 0-0

Current World Rank of US and its opponents:

USA: 14th
England: 8th
Slovenia: 25th
Algeria: 30th

And if you were wondering how much momentum the US has coming into the World Cup, here are our last 5 results:

Mat 29th: Won 2-1 to Turkey (ranked 29th)
May 25th: Lost 4-2 to Czech Republic (ranked 33rd)
March 3rd: Lost 2-1 to Netherlands (ranked 4th)
February 24th: Won 2-1 to El Salvador (ranked 72nd)
January 21st: Lost 3-1 to Honduras (ranked 38th)

OK, so now you know the basics about where the US stands historically and currently with the teams it will be facing.  So the question is:  Do you think the US can make some noise in this tournament?  I have my doubts, as injuries have been a problem at just the wrong time for the US.  And I just heard Alexi Lalas say he feels the team just isn’t clicking right now.  But, hopefully sticking it to the Brits will change things around.  Get Pumped!!!!

Article written by Bryan the Intern