Tue, 9 February 2010
With just over 4 months until the 2010 World Cup kicks off, there is a growing aura of good news on the U.S. Soccer front. The plague of injuries from the past 6 months have been, reportedly, on a quick mend, and the Americans that make their living overseas have been on somewhat of a hot streak as of late. These latest trends, along with the surprisingly manageable Group the United States drew in the World Cup, cannot help but get American fans excited.
The world’s most famous league, the English Premier League, is now home to the two most important pieces of the U.S. offensive puzzle. Landon Donovan and Jozy Altidore have both joined the EPL this season, playing for Everton and Hull City, respectively, and over the past 13 days each have netted their first goal for their new squads. Donovan is off to a hot start with the Toffees, which is a bit of a surprise considering the lack of production from four previous stints in Europe by the U.S. midfielder. Altidore, on the other hand, took some time to get acclimated to the English style, playing just portions of games from the start of the season. However, the striker has really impressed lately, gaining a starting spot and, just last Saturday, finding the tally sheet for the first time.
As for the injuries, every U.S. fan was devastated with the news of Charlie Davies’ car accident, from a human-level, as well as a fan-level. Add to that the injuries to Oguchi Onyewu and Clint Dempsey over the winter, and the World Cup-fire every American supporter had was flickering violently. But recent news of Onyewu and Dempsey possibly rejoining their club teams before the end of their seasons, and the latest news that Davies’ is recovering well ahead of schedule have offered a huge sigh of relief for every Yank.
I know personally, I absolutely cannot wait for June to come. Every time I flip the month on my calendar the excitement builds. As an American soccer fan, the past 20 years have been filled with peaks and valleys…
Hopefully, this June is the start of a climb to new heights.
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