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photo by coed magazineSunday June 28, 2021 8:30am - sitting in my kitchen on the eve of Canada Day celebrations I’m not flipping pancakes or frying Canadian bacon, but being so unpatriotic as I sip my morning coffee reading the paper, pondering a fairytale finish in today’s Confederations Cup final, for my American neighbours.

If you are not up to speed on events from the past week then you won’t know the US Men’s soccer team pulled off an upset Wednesday in beating Confederations Cup favorites Spain 2-0, the Americans booked a place in today’s the final. This feat in itself is a huge accomplishment, which I am sure many within the US sports media are still trying to formulate an adequate response. This competition and sport normally garnishes only 10 second sound bites and back page reports on this side of the pond.

To the chagrin of anti-soccer types like Jim Rome, the US Men’s team now concentrate on further greatness with promises of giving it their all in their first ever FIFA tournament final. “For U.S soccer, this is a very special day,” U.S. head coach Bob Bradley said yesterday. “It’s the first time we’re playing in a final of a world competition like this, and to play against Brazil – everybody knows their history – is extra special.”

US forward Landon Donovan has had a great tournament in my opinion and his words about today’s spectacle, makes you believe another miracle can happen. “This is a big opportunity for us, and one we don’t get very often, Donovan said. “There’s no promise that we’ll ever get back to a final like this, so we’ve got to try to take advantage of it. If we lose we lose, but we’re going to give everything we have.”


Will spirit overcome experience? After all team USA are facing an opponent they’ve only beaten once in 14 tries. The Brazilians are also seeking a record third title in this competition and know what is required to come out on top. True the Americans are playing tactically strong, as was evident in the victory over Spain but lets not forget they had the services of key midfielder Michael Bradley in that one and after a questionable red card in the 90th minute, Bradley will be missing for USA today. ( listen to Minute+5 pod Spain vs USA Review with Kartik Krisnaiyer)

A small amount of good news does exist for the Americans as Brazilian forward Luis Fabiano said he has flu and had trouble sleeping after the last match against South Africa with a fever. Best of luck my American cousins as you face the Samba boys from Brazil and take heart in knowing you are the singular reason why this year’s Confederations Cup is an all-western hemisphere final, no Italy, no Spain. European football snobs eat your hearts out, as North America meets South America at, Ellis Park, Johannesburg 20:30 local time today.

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