World Cup Frenzy
By Kelly S. Croslis – Sports
Every four years we become soccer fans, and become “cool’ in the process.
A somewhat obscure sport in the United States, once past the HS level, is big news and momentum builds for the next round of games.
The United States had something to cheer about this time around, by first tying with England who everyone saw as the arch rival from the “the pond.” This United States vs. England matchup also become the game that would become an example as to why instant replay is needed, when a goal was called back, preventing the United States a win over the Brits. With each game support rose for the home team. Everyday restaurants became instant sports bars, friends gathered for World Cup parties and big screen TV’s showed up on beaches so the games would not be missed.
As the United States reached the semi-final round, there was suddenly a real possibility that U.S. soccer was going to be a force to be reckoned with. A team up against the best players in the world was holding their own and playing well. Reaching the semi-final round, the U.S. came up against Ghana, the team many called “Africa’s last hope.” As the minutes ticked away, hope faded for the U.S. team, but not for the game itself. With the loss to Ghana, new soccer teams were now chosen to cheer for soccer fever was strong.
Heading into the semi-final and quarterfinal rounds, the soccer powerhouses, those expected to win were one by one eliminated from play. Brazil, Argentina, Germany, and Portugal each one sent home, while teams like the Netherlands stood in their place advancing to a level many thought they would not reach.
In the end Netherlands and Spain would play for the World Cup trophy and the right to be called the best in the world. The first time Spain had reached the title game and all eyes were on the two “underdogs” as they took the feed. In the end Spain would prevail, but not without a valiant fight from the Netherlands, they had come too far to go down without a fight.
What will this year’s World Cup mean for the future of soccer? That remains to be seen once the thrill of World Cup subsides. There is no doubt there will be a renewed interest in the sport, not only at the youth level, where it continues to grow rapidly, but there is the hope that at the professional level as we.
In four years, when the Word Cup games resume, the US will be ready to treat their fans to one heck of a game.
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