Just a quick note to point out, before the Second Round gets underway....
Can you believe the teams in the USA's bracket??
We have Ghana and then the Uruguay-South Korea winner.
Now-- not to disparage to any of the teams above. But-- think about this:
No England (again).
In fact, the USA might well be the highest-ranked side in our quarter of the brackets. I realize that Uruguay has looked very good of late-- but this was a team that barely qualified! Meanwhile, the USA won CONCACAF (for whatever that might be worth).
So-- am I saying the USA should win this bracket and make the Semifinals? Am I saying the USA will win it?
But I am saying: We have as easy of a path to the Semis as it is possible to imagine.
The door is wide open. It only remains for Team USA to seize the day and run through it.