American football does not value its history the way baseball and other sports do. But this country’s traditional patriotic pastime can hardly match the weirdness of history that will be at stake when the United States men’s soccer team plays against England in the World Cup on Black Friday (2 p.m., Fox29, Telemundo 62, Peacock).
This country and its parent colony have met four times in the World Cup finals: 1950 and 2010 on the men’s side, and 2003 and 2019 on the women’s side. England, the country that invented the game and still claims to rule the game, was winless in all four games.
It has been 72 years since the first competition won by the United States Walter Bahr Philadelphia He assisted Joe Getgens on the score in the match, which ended 1-0. That time period is too long Longest active World Championship title drought for only one city: Cleveland’s 74-year wait dates back to 1948.
Boston, and both sides of Chicago, Washington, and Philadelphia have all had longer droughts in the past, but they’ve been put out. Phillies own He won the world championship twice Since Bahar’s help – which is also twice as much as some people think The most famous year in the team’s history is 1964.
In fact, the Phillies have made the World Series more times over the years than the United States played England in the World Cup finals, going 7-4. This is a decent score in baseball, unlike, say, England beat Iran 6-2 In the opening match of The Three Lions group stage.
Certainly more than the 1-0 result that cheering purists cherish, right?
OK, enough snoring. This English team is really good. The Iran match marked the fourth time an English men’s team had scored four or more goals in a World Cup match, following 1954 (4-4 against Belgium), 1966 (4-2 against West Germany in the final), and 2018 (6-1). opposite Panama). And six goals from five different players, all elite: Jude BellinghamAnd the Bukayo SakaAnd the Raheem SterlingAnd the Marcus Rashford And the Jack Grealish.
I don’t think England will score six goals against the United States. I can’t imagine Bellingham and company expecting that either, even as the nation’s hype meter is up again.
I actually believe that the American offensive could run with England, mostly literally and figuratively – especially if Brendan Aronson And the Geo Rina game. The Americans are not built to score six goals in one game, but there is plenty of skill and energy in the midfield. And we know they’ll be on their toes for this opponent almost like no other.
Are you ready to watch Sergino d’Este Trying to defend sterling? or Weston McKinney versus Bellingham? If not, you have to hope that US coach Greg Berhalter pulls both of them from the starting lineup for players who may not be as good on offense, but are better on defense and possession.
I will start DeAndre Yedlin Over Dest at right back and Aronson over McKinney in midfield. I’ll probably start Rina all over again Tim Weah On the right wing too. McKennie and Weah could be divers in the second half if the game is close.
It might be close by then, because this American team has the talent to keep the game close. But even if they play the game of their livesthat may not be enough.
Prediction: England 2, USA 1.