Well Red Door, of course players care. Any professional sportsman always wants to win. The thing though is that the Confederations Cup is still perceived as a friendly tournament, giving an opportunity for teams to set up tactics in order to prepare for the real thing: which was this year's world cup.
Indeed, beating Spain in 2009 remains a great achievement from the US side. And there's no doubt by the way that the US would probably have crushed France had we faced in the world cup. Now this being said, Spain was an extremely solid, well-organized, team during this tournament, and there's just no way in hell the US could have beat them. If you don't believe it, just see how teams such as Germany, the Netherlands or Portugal have been blocked by the Spaniards.
Team USA is clearly among the good surprises of this world cup. The team played with both heart and organization, and I think it was probably the best squad the US ever sent to a world cup. But winning it all still requires a lot more than that: experience, technique, collective play. If you check the 8 countries which have won the world cup in History, they all had strongly organized football federation, training schools with several decades of experience. You can't win it just like that, because you're the US and that's a big country. It doesn't work this way.
At best, the US could have reached the semi-final, but they'd have needed tons of luck to reach the final. Just give 10 to 20 more years of increasing popularity and practice of the sport in the US, and maybe you could win it. But for now, I don't believe you're ready yet. The US remains a very good team, clearly among the 10 best teams of the world cup, but there's still a big gap between that and being THE best team in the whole world.
"A war among Europeans is a civil war"
, Victor Hugo
Last edited by Marla_Singer; Jul 15, 2010 at 03:26 AM.