Thought to be kings one day and subservient the next – this is the mark of a team that wants to join the exclusive club of world soccer powers. The case for US Soccer was no different in 2009.
We climbed Mount Everest by beating #1 ranked Spain, and then got obliterated by Mexico a month later.
American opinion followed the same highs and lows.
What’s the lesson? It’s a mistake to come to conclusions based on day to day events. You must place everything into context and take a long-term view to have a solid opinion.
Let’s look at this year’s resume!
(1-3) vs A-list Teams
The top sides we played were Brazil, Italy, and Spain.
(3-4) vs B-list Teams
These included Mexico, Egypt, Sweden, Slovakia, and Denmark.
(9-1-3) vs Soccer Minnows
All the wins came from CONCACAF teams during qualification and the Gold Cup.
Complete National Team Results
- World Cup Qualification (6-2-2)
- Confederations Cup (2-3)
- Gold Cup (4-1-1)
- Friendlies (1-2)