Last night when Rick and I were sitting in the Tribe Social Deck area of the Jake he made an off-hand comment about soccer. It seems the world’s most popular sport isn’t good enough for at least one of the people who populate the pages here at WFNY. I like soccer. I love the World Cup. I got to thinking about it and I was wondering if there would be any interest amongst our audience of sports fans.
Are you going to be watching it? Are you all rooting for the U.S.A. or are you clinging to some other part of your heritage? I grew up with lots of people with last names ending in vowels that preferred to root for Italy over the United States.
For the US, they picked their final 23-man roster today, cutting seven, after yesterday’s ugly 4-2 World Cup warmup game loss to the Czech Republic. The schedule for the US looks like this in group C.
June 12 – 2:30 PM vs England
June 18 – 10:00 AM vs Slovenia
June 23 – 10:00 AM vs Algeria
After those games, the US needs to finish in the top two to advance. If they manage to do that, they will play either the #1 or #2 from Group D, which includes Germany, Australia, Ghana, and Serbia. As of May 26, 2010 England is ranked 8th, Slovenia is ranked 25th, Algeria is unranked and the United States is ranked 14th.
If the US advances Germany is ranked 6th, Serbia is 15th, Australia is 20th, and Ghana is unranked.
Will you be watching, or are you scoffing like Rick?