I'm starting to get World Cup fever. It's been building up, but so far I haven't seen any games. I do watch some during the regular season as my folks are big fans, so if I'm visiting and there's a game on, we watch it.
So I made a point of turning on the TV today to watch the first U.S. game in the World Cup. Everything I've read indicates that the U.S. team is a strong one.
Imagine my chagrin, then when 6'8" forward Jan Koller of the Czech Republic slipped a goal under the nose of the great Eddie Pope. And my horror when the Czech Republic scored a again in minute 36 with a 40 yarder by Tomas Rosicki. Koller was sidelined by a what looked like a hamstring injury in the first half. He's a formidable player. Hopefully his injury won't keep him out for the rest of the Cup. Koller injured ligaments in his left knee last September in a match, and spent four months in rehab.
In the 76th minute, Rosicki kicked a second goal, just as the U.S. team looked like they might be garnering some mojo. No such head of steam appeared, as the Czechs kicked our butts 3-0.
We have until Saturday to rub salve (or salt) in our wounds. We play Italy at 2:30 PM. Woohoo.
[Air currents around soccer ball travelling at 40 miles-per-hour via Fluent]